Chicago Open Air

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The art of brewing is alive and well, with smaller breweries and beer enthusiasts helping to push America into a culture of better beer. Specialized takes on the mixture of hops, yeast, and grain have ushered in a golden era for perhaps the greatest beverage invented by man – BEER. …

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Craft Beer, Community, and Cuisine

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Chicago Craft Beer Week is an incredible 10 days (best week ever!) where Chicagoans can explore the limits of local craft beer. More than 300 venues offered special deals, pairings, discounts, and events to honor those breweries and brewers who breathe life into beer. The celebration began with “Beer Under …

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Retroscape and Arise: Surly Nation at Emporium

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On Friday May 13th, Chicago Beer Geeks united forces with Post Apocalyptic Productions and Surly Brewing Co. to present RETROSCAPE and Arise: Surly Nation at Emporium Lake County. DJ Eternal (aka CBG Dan) and DJ Alpha Omega delivered 80s, new wave, vaporwave, synthpop, and chiptune beats, providing an electro-retro soundtrack …

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Headbangers Ball

Three Floyds Brewery + Distillery, Munster, Indiana

As far as we can tell Dark Lord was first bottled back in 2004. As recently as 2009 the annual celebration for its release was a free event. Nowadays the price is 200$ per ticket…for a beer festival. Gates opened at 10am but 41 degrees, rain and a Group D …

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Rick Bayless’ Two New Breweries

Chef Rick Bayless has taken his love affair with Chicago craft beer to completely new heights. Marisol, way back in 2010 was a Belgian Ale with green tea, coriander and tangerine zest brewed by Goose Island Clybourn. That moment of having a local house beer created for his restaurants has …

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Reinheitsgebot 500th Anniversary

On Saturday, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot at Prost!, a traditional German beer hall in Lincoln Park. The Reinheitsgebot, which literally translates as “purity order,” is one of the oldest food laws in the world. It was enacted in Bavaria on April 23, 1516 to ensure the …

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Ten Ninety Brewing Opening Soon in Glenview

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Ten Ninety Brewing is a North Shore destination for craft beer. After contract brewing for three years in Zion, Brian Schafer and co-owners Jamie Hoban and Andy Smith decided to relocate closer to the city. With its youthful atmosphere and utter absence of breweries (the closest is Temperance, seven miles away), …

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Fairmont Hotel’s New Tap House – Columbus Tap

16 taps, 30 bottle offerings

The Fairmont Hotel near Millennium Park has revamped their bar concept to embrace Chicago’s ever changing beer culture. Columbus Tap replaces Aria as a 120-seat gastropub with 16 taps dedicated the Midwest. The focus on locality extends to the menu where meats are sources from Green City Market and breads …

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