The Beeronaut & CBG Nik Cruise Sox Park

Back in the early 90’s Mark McDermott would host Halloween parties with Mensa International and invite the Chicago Beer Society over. The two groups would share homebrew made for the occasion. His work with The Examiner and Tribune Publishing pre dates anything our website has done. When the chance to …

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Smithsonian Channel’s Drinks, Crimes and Passion

If you’re like us, there is rarely ever any cable programming to look forward to. This story about the only repeal in U.S. Constitutional history challenges that. The Smithsonian Channel is here with a two-part Prohibition era documentary releasing this month. _______________________________________ Part One: Flappers and Bootleggers (June 11th) Part …

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Ballast Point Chicago

Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen in West Loop is the ninth location for this San Diego based juggernaut. Disneyland is under way; and the Virginia facility is actually bigger than the original California brewhouse.  This new Chicago location includes a rooftop space and has room for 250 guests. The …

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The Inaugural Italian Beef Festival

Revolution Brewing’s taproom was the scene. The Legends of Beef (Al’s, Buona and Mr. Beef) were all in attendance. Every one here acknowledges that Italian Beef is a Chicago tradition from the 1930’s. Immigrant weddings needed an efficient way to provide food to serve large groups. The beef was slices …

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