Last night we had the pleasure of attending Virtue Cider’s 3rd Annual Stone Fence Cocktail Competition at the beautiful Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. A dozen bartenders and mixologists from some of Chicago’s most esteemed beverage programs competed to create their take on a classic cider cocktail, the Stone Fence. According to Virtue Cider founder, Greg Hall, the origin of the Stone Fence goes back to the American Revolution, when cider and rum (the cocktail’s two ingredients) were plentiful. Read More
Let’s be honest, January kind of sucks. After hearing every iteration of “New year, new ___” that’s humanly possible, I think we’re all just ready for springtime. Yeah? Yeah.
So alas, we put our hope in the only scientific reasoning that can truly tell us how much winter we have left: Punxsutawney Phil aka The Groundhog. That’s right, Groundhog Day is right around the corner and we thought it only appropriate to celebrate with two of our favorite things: beer and movies.
Our friends over at Burnt City Brewing got wind of the idea and decided to brew a special beer inspired by the movie, Groundhog Day. The beer, appropriately dubbed, “Groundhop Day IPA” will be released in conjunction with a one-night-only screening of the movie at The Logan Theater on Thursday, February 2nd. Yep, it’s going to be a party. And Bill Murray, if you’re out there listening, you can come too.
We tagged along with Burnt City for the brew day of Groundhop Day IPA, a repeatedly hopped IPA.
January 11th is National Milk Day and if you ask us, that calls for celebration. And how else to celebrate than with a milk stout or four? Milk stouts are made with lactose, a disaccharide sugar that is not fermented by yeast during brewing. This process is what’s used to sweeten the beer; resulting in that sweet sweet milk stout goodness we love so dearly. Watch as our fearless trainer and educator, Chris Kolodziej, explains milk stouts further. Read More
Now that we’ve passed the winter solstice, everyday is one day closer to spring. And after several months of dark and heavy beers, January is the perfect time for something lighter, something new, and something that will keep us looking towards baseball season. Leave it to Chicago’s own Goose Island Beer Company to fulfill those notions with their brand new seasonal, Preseason Lager, a Vienna-style lager made with both German and American hops. We sat down with Goose Island’s Retail Development Manager and Advanced Cicerone, Beau Forbes, for a private tasting of the new beer.
In our last post we showed you our gift guide for everything but the beer. Well, a certain someone paid a visit to Chicago to let us know some fantastic stocking stuffer ideas for the beer lover in your family so obviously we had to make a video. We hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful holiday season! Read More
We know holiday shopping can be stressful. And time consuming. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of beer-centric gifts for the holiday season — whether your buying a little something for yourself or for someone special. Skip the traffic, crack open your favorite winter seasonal, and browse our holiday gift guide for beer drinkers.