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
Time to dust off your lederhosen and/or dirndl, it’s Oktoberfest! The 183rd annual German beer festival kicks off year this weekend and we’re here to give you a rundown of some of our favorite Märzens to celebrate with. Read More
Attention, Chicago: summer is here.
Outdoor dining, concerts and movies in the park, THE BEACH, I mean come on, what’s not to love about summer in the city? Whether you just finished a nice bike ride along the lake or find yourself hanging out on a rooftop patio, here are some summer beers to accompany you along the way.
For Ben and John Saller, getting into the beer industry wasn’t just about making their home-brewing hobby a means of income—it was about proving something. “I was tired of working for causes that I didn’t care about,” says Ben as he and his brother John show me around their production facility, a former Jay’s Potato factory on Chicago’s South Side. “I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder because you hear people talk shit about home-brewers who try and ‘go pro.’ I think it’s certainly true some of the time but we’re the biggest critics of our beer. I’m determined to not give up on having this be a career for me.”