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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Midwest Mud….. Brewers Fest 2014


This was an interesting year for the Midwest Brewers Fest that will be surrounded with people on both sides of the argument as to everything that happened that day. But before we get to any of that lets talk about the fest itself. This is the 4th year for the …

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