Summer is in full swing and with that comes a slew of beer festivals throughout the city and suburbs. Don’t get me wrong, sampling tons of beers from your favorite breweries is super fun, but have you ever given thought to the smiling faces behind the jockey box? We asked five beer industry veterans who have worked a fest or two in their time to share some tips on how you can be the best festival attendee ever at your next beer festival.
Spring is an interesting thing here in Chicago. For many, it seems like winter never actually stops until it’s time to start complaining about the heat again. And while it’s hard to argue with that, each year there seems to be a few short weeks of true spring. Everyone comes out of their winter hibernation to crisp mornings and balmy afternoons. Whether you’re hanging out on the patio or just doing some spring cleaning, here are nine easy-drinking beers with refreshing characteristics to enjoy this spring.
Use our BEER FINDER to locate these fine beverages near you.
Temperatures are plummeting, snow is falling and you’ve busted out the flannel. If that’s not the greatest excuse to snuggle up and get cozy with a winter beer, we don’t know what is. Fireplace-friendly flavors like coffee, chocolate, spices and caramel come into play with these must-try beers this winter. We’ve picked six beers for you to taste this winter with a flavor range from a Belgian-style ale to an imperial stout.
Check out what we’ve suggested below and use our BEER FINDER to locate these fine beverages near you.
We had a blast last night at the third installment in our event series with The Hop Review, Arts & Crafts: A Celebration of Art and Craft Beer. The series is an opportunity for us to explore the connection between two things we care very much about: craft beer and art, and Vol 3: Hand Lettering with Frances MacLeod allowed us to do just that. Read More
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster, the largest loss of life tragedy in Chicago’s history. Unfortunately, this day is largely lost to the collective Chicagoan memory but one organization, the Eastland Disaster Historical Society is working hard to change that.
They’ve partnered with Liz Garibay of History on Tap and Ale Syndicate to brew a commemorative imperial pilsner, crafted in honor of the 844 people who lost their lives on July 24, 1915 during the S.S. Eastland Disaster in the Chicago River. On Friday July 24th at 8:44pm, we’ll be hosting a city wide toast to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the disaster.
Chicagoans all over the city will be raising their glasses to the memory of the 844. We’ll be toasting with Ale Syndicate’s The 844 but you can raise whatever you’ve got on hand. To join in, snap a photo of your raised glass and tweet or Instgram it with the hashtag #The844.
We celebrate craft beer in Chicago every day but that doesn’t prevent us from getting excited when Chicago Craft Beer Week rolls around. This year we sent Matt Tanaka, our blogger and beer traveller out into the city to liveblog his way through all 11 days of #CCBW. He drank fantastic beer, ate tasty food and spent time with people from every corner of the Chicago craft beer scene — and brought his camera with him as he did so.
Check out this video we put together of some of the highlights and then see our favorite photos below.
Music: "Rob Myself" by Mooner