The 2nd Annual Magnolia Brewing Grateful Dead Brunch

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In 2015 The Grateful Dead celebrated their 50th Anniversary. The four living original members of the band decided to mark the occasion by going on tour one final time. The Fare Thee Well Tour would only make two stops – San Francisco and Chicago. San Francisco is the Dead’s hometown, …

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Outside of the Madness: GABF Part II


Denver is the epicenter for all things craft beer the week of GABF. The festival itself, by nature, can be a bit over the top… it’s supposed to be. The scene around town offers a wider range of events just as exciting as what’s happening at Festival Hall. Here’s a …

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The 34th Annual Great American Beer Festival


  This is the granddaddy of them all, America’s oldest and largest craft beer festival. The scope of this event is insane: 60,000 attendees enjoying 3,500 beers from 750 breweries. In 2015 tickets sold out in about an hour. New additions to the fest included a Meet The Brewers Pavilion, …

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The IPA from St. James’s Gate


This is the fifth entry in the Brewers Project Series from one of the world’s most beloved beer brands. The good folks from Guinness were in town recently at Hubbard Inn for the 2nd stop on the 20-city North American tour to debut Nitro IPA. Chicago Beverage Systems will distribute …

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No Barley, No Beer


For the 2nd straight summer, we’re dedicating a story to the agricultural side of the beer experience. In 2014, we spent 4 days on one the most majestic hop farms in the world – Elk Mountain Farms. This year the focus was a media outreach event to a barley farm …

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Pitchfork Music Festival 10th Anniversary

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  The annual Pitchfork Music Fest is the only local, 3 days summer bash to feature beers made in the neighborhood that it resides. Goose Island’s production facility on the Near West Side is just three blocks from Union Park. At least one of those beers went on to become …

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Believe In BBQ

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The space at 560 W. Grand Avein the past has been home to Riverfront Mayfest and Beerhoptacular, but never have we seen any party like this. Three days of beer, bbq and country music over 2 stages. And for good measure Jack Daniels set up a mini tour of their …

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Miller Lite Extra Bases Club at The Cell


The Miller Lite Extra Bases Club made it’s debut this season at Sox Park. A key feature is that it’s no longer private suite like years past. Anyone with a ticket to the game can party in the 250-person event space. MillerCoors is the team’s official beer partner. The revamp …

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