The Cellar at SideDoor Chicago

large format bottles at SideDoor Chicago

This story is about one of Downtown Chicago’s best kept secrets. Located in the historic McCormick Mansion, a block from the Magnificent Mile is Lawrys Prime Rib. It’s hard to miss this building, its a mansion! It was once home to the Kungsholm Miniature Grand Opera Theatre, a theatre world …

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The 2014 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers

2014 saw the introduction of the Barricale project

The 2014 edition of the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers was the largest to date. An unprecedented event at UIC Forum which included 3 sessions over 2 days with nearly 5000 attendees. For the second straight year an American Wild Ale took home Best Of Show. In 2013 …

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All The BCBS

Black Friday 2014  Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., LA, NY, Philly, Phoenix and San Fran

Chef Meets Brewer It’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Season! By now you probably know the story. Legend has it that this beer was disqualified back in 1992 from the Great American Beer Festival because at the time they didn’t have a bourbon barrel aged beer category. Fast forward 20+ …

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Sunday Bloody Sunday

Powell & Mahoney's Bloody Mary Mix and Revolution's Oktoberfest. A winning Sunday combo

CBG Nik here!  This is our first ever post about beer cocktails that we enjoy from time to time. On weekends after I crush it as host of the notorious Chicago Brew Bus for 8hrs and 2 sold-out tours, I usually don’t want another beer. Postgame for me includes a …

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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

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  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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