Summer drinking season is here and no matter what your taste preferences are, we’ve got a beer (or cider) for you. These essential summer beers are perfect for outdoor drinking, indoor drinking, boat drinking, beach drinking, well — any kind of drinking really. Consider this your helpful guide from now until September. Be sure to use our Beer Finder to locate one of these fine beverages near you.
Goose Island is back for another year of fierce competition, cold beer, and DODGEBALL. Their annual Battle of the Breweries Dodgeball Tournament is set for Sunday, May 20th and we’re giving away a pair of tickets for you and a guest!
Specialty beers include:
Say what?! And if that’s not good enough, there will be food from Girl and the Goat, DönerMen, The Fat Shallot, Yum Dum, 5411 Empanadas, and Bub City. Sounds like an excellent way to spend your Sunday if you ask us.
Shortly following the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in November 1932, the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed and enacted on April 7, 1933. The act stated that it was now legal to purchase, sell, and consume 3.2% ABV beer following Prohibition in the United States. As such, today we recognize this date as National Beer Day.
To get the full story behind this point in beer history, we sat down with beer historian, Liz Garibay (History on Tap, Chicago Brewseum) at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.
According to Twitter, Thursday, April 5th is #DeepDishPizzaDay. And as prideful as Chicagoans are, there are few things we do better than pizza (sorry New York City). Whether it’s the buttery-flakey crust from Gino’s East or Lou Malnati’s or the pan-style goodness from Pequod’s, there is deep dish style for everyone. Sure, it’s not necessarily the go-to pizza all the time–but when you do have it, it’s a real treat.
Our friends at Old Style also know a thing or two about pizza. Hell, they invented the annual Old Style Chicago Pizza Summit two years ago. This year’s Summit on April 22 is sure to be even better than the last two but unfortunately, it’s sold out…until now.
Just in time for spring, Old Style is introducing their newest seasonal release: Cooler by the Lake Radler.
“There is no greater place on earth than the Midwest in the summer,” says Anthony Spina, Brand Manager for Old Style Beer. “It’s exciting to see that Old Style’s fans have embraced both our storied legacy as well as our newer modern brews. Expanding our offerings to include our take on the very popular Radler style is the perfect way for us to create something new and fun to enjoy on those special Midwest summer days and nights. As our weatherman says, ‘it’s always cooler by the lake.’”
While the majority of beers you’ll encounter are carbonated with carbon dioxide, some are carbonated with nitrogen gas, or nitro for short. Nitrogen gas creates smaller bubbles than CO2, imparting a smooth, creamy mouthfeel in beers like Guinness Draught, perhaps the most well-known nitro beer in the world.
American craft breweries have since adopted the nitro technology Guinness invented back in 1959, incorporating their own creativity in the beers. 3 Sheeps Brewing from Sheboygan, WI was one of the first American craft breweries to successfully bottle a full line of nitro beers, led by their delicious Cashmere Hammer Nitro Stout.
And while nitro beers are most commonly associated with stouts, Founders Brewing adds nitrogen to Rubaeus, their raspberry ale, making for delightful treat — almost like drinking liquid jam. Our Training and Education Manager, Chris Kolodziej, shares his thoughts on nitro beers in our next video below.