Oktoberfest on Lake Michigan

souvenir Oktoberfest mug

Exploring Chicago by water is one of the coolest thing you can do in our town. There are very few American cities that compare to our blend of architecture, history and spectacular urban scenery. If you don’t take a ride on the Chicago River or the cruise the Great Lake …

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Local Brews, Local Grooves

Foundation Room

The concept for this event that takes over all 4 floors and celebrates local arts,  started at the San Diego location back in 2011. The House Of Blues Chicago edition featured 10 bands and 20 breweries spread over every inch on the venue. Unlike most craft beer events held in …

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The Denver Beer Trail: GABF Weekend Part II


  Many judges for GABF arrive the Monday before the festivities begin. It’s the combination of the events around town and the awards ceremony that make this week unlike any other of the calendar year. In part two of our coverage, we’ll give you a quick hit of the things …

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Heaven Is a Beer Hall

Gold!!!!! Pete Crowley, Janna Mestan, Steve Mosqeda, David Kerns, Gary Valentine and Michael Gemma accepting the Gold Medal for Haymarket's Defender American Stout at the Great American Beer Festival

Back in 1982 this party hosted 20 breweries and 40 beers. Today there are over 700 breweries pouring 3500+ beers. The 33rd Annual Great American Beer Festival was an event that sold 49,000 tickets in 32 minutes. Illinois Breweries took home 9 medals, including a gold for Haymarket’s Defender American …

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Hub 51 End of Summer Bash


Since it’s inception back in 1971, the Lettuce Entertain You group has opened 130 restaurants with 70 concepts. We took our maiden voyage to one of their spaces in River North for the End of Summer Bash recently. The Hub 51 concept focuses on Modern American Cuisine, the intimate lower …

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The Return of Ballantine

Ballantine Ale 2014

The Return of Ballantine Ale On the eve of Pabst announcement that their brewery would be sold for over 700 million dollars, we caught up with brewmaster Greg Deuhs to discuss his largest project of 2014- Ballantine IPA. During the interview, I was home in Chicago, Greg was at The …

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Kegs For Kids: The Ultimate House Party

the party really hit its stride in year 3 when it found a permanent home at Hopleaf

Us attending this annual event in Andersonville actually predates our website. The last 3 years Michael & Louise’s legendary gastropub- Hopleaf has been the location.  The Kegs For Kids fundraiser for the Helen C. Peirce School Of International Studies just celebrated it’s 5th year. The first 2 years Hopleaf’s plans …

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South Loop Welcomes Vice District Brewing


  South Loop, Chicago is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the country. You could tell by the energy in the air on Opening Day that residents have been waiting for a brewery to call this area home. The influx of jobs, condos and population boom in the 2 …

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