Coconuts

Ingredient Study: Coconut

“Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail No of course not. But they have managed to find their way into quite a few modern-day craft beers! Some of them taste like sunscreen juice (not naming names here) and some of them taste like a tropical breeze that wafted through your head holes, touched down on your tongue and gave … Continue reading Ingredient Study: Coconut

Harry Potter-Inspired Butterbeer Recipe (Made with Actual Beer)

For those of you who didn’t know, I love the Harry Potter series. Are there people who love HP more than I? Of course. Are there those who love it less? Most certainly, because I love it a great deal. In fact, here is a chart, describing my love for HP as it compares to others’: Footnotes: 1. Pope Benedict was known to have opposed … Continue reading Harry Potter-Inspired Butterbeer Recipe (Made with Actual Beer)

You’re Invited! “RAW: Chicago Artist Showcase” at the Metro

About 2 months ago, I got a random phone call from Los Angeles, California. I don’t pick up the phone when I don’t recognize the caller, so it went to voicemail. When I finally listened to the message about 3 hours later, I learned that I had been head-hunted to be a part of a vendor showcase event featuring all independent Chicago artists!!! I thought … Continue reading You’re Invited! “RAW: Chicago Artist Showcase” at the Metro

Quick Draw: Off Color Space Tiger

Off Color Brewing, known for their quirky black & white illustrated labels and packaging (and their delicious beers, too!) recently added a small retail space inside their brewery located at 3925 W. Dickens Avenue in Chicago. The brewery sold $1 tickets to their opening party back in February, and donated all of these proceeds to local organization Wright Way Rescue. As the mother of an … Continue reading Quick Draw: Off Color Space Tiger

Almanac Brewing Farmer's Reserve Citrus

Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

(a sour Belgian Blonde ale aged in wine barrels with Buddha’s hand citron zest, yuzu, and blood oranges) Hoppy New Year, beer-lovers! (See what I did there? I said “hoppy” instead of … oh, you get it? … K.) Well anyway, welcome to 2016. December was a busy month for me, and I slacked off quite a bit when it came to this here blog. I produced … Continue reading Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

Beerfest Bingo Contest: Win a Free Beer Art Print

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. If you are in the Chicagoland area, and are attending the Oak Park Microbrew Review this Saturday, August 15th, then you are in luck! I will be there, handing out some Beerfest Bingo cards (made by yours truly), and if you play the game during the fest, you could win a FREE piece of artwork from my Etsy store! In order … Continue reading Beerfest Bingo Contest: Win a Free Beer Art Print

Belgium Part Un: Brussels & Dinant

On the way to Belgium, my luggage flew first class. I could see it sitting in the overhead bin, through the small sliver of curtain left open to reveal the roomier isles of our AerLingus airbus as the flight attendants prepared the cabin for takeoff. Yes, we were going to Belgium! And Netherlands! This is our Eurotrip story, the most epic of our “beercations” so … Continue reading Belgium Part Un: Brussels & Dinant

Etsy Store: It’s Live!

“Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you to stop what you’re doing and listen … … ETSY STORE!” – Ron Burgundy OK, this isn’t a horrifying announcement at all (I hope). It’s great fun! Ron Burgundy and I couldn’t be happier to announce that I am officially selling prints of … Continue reading Etsy Store: It’s Live!

Beer Glassware Guide

Hail to the Ale’s Beer Glass Guide

Last week, my friend Kim Leshinski, fellow graphic designer and creator of local craft beverage blog Hail to the Ale, kicked off a monthly guest spot on Lakeshore Beverage’s beer blog. Kim has partnered with the Chicago distribution company to share the history, design, and purpose of beer glassware and has begun doing so with the creation of this amazing infographic: I encourage you to read Kim’s full article on the Lakeshore Beverage blog. It will … Continue reading Hail to the Ale’s Beer Glass Guide

Style Study: Russian Imperial Stout

Russian Imperial Stouts are currently classified as style 13F within the BJCP guidelines, and are described as being “brewed to high gravity and hopping level in England for export to the Baltic States and Russia.” The popular belief is that the likes of Catherine the Great loved this style, but after I went down an Internet rabbit hole in search of more information on this idea, … Continue reading Style Study: Russian Imperial Stout