nkosio

Beverage Consultant, Host of the Chicago Brew Bus, Co-Host of the Chicago Beer Pass Podcast, Co-Founder and heartbeat of the Chicago Beer Geeks..@nkosio on twitter

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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Sun King Day

Wee Mac

Our last encounter with this crew was on a Sunday in Indianapolis, back then the brewery was typically closed that day. Our group, about thirty deep were in town to hear Garrett Oliver and Randy Mosher give keynote speeches at a Beer Writers conference. After a brewhouse tour the Sun …

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Westmalle – The Original Belgian Tripel

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There are eleven Trappist monasteries worldwide, but only one can lay claim to being the originators of both the Dubbel and Tripel styles synonymous with those breweries. If you visited the Westmalle Abbey in Belgium all you would see on just about any given day are beautiful walls and closed …

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Chicago Avenue Finally Has A Brewpub

Wildflower Pale Ale

I’m pretty sure this is the first ribbon cutting ceremony of any kind that we’ve attended. Alderman Joe Moreno was convicted in his belief that this project needed to happen.  He shared how some opposing residents felt about the city’s newest brewery. “I’ve met some of my constituents that made …

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Collingwood Canadian Whiskey Hits Chicago

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Up to this point Bottlefork Chicago is the only establishment under the Rockit Ranch Productions umbrella that we have yet to imbibe. Their name reflects staying true to the idea that there be a fusion between the bar and the kitchen. This mindset is reflected in today’s offering of a …

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The Brewery That Conquered The World

2nd Floor of the seven story Storehouse brewery

You could argue that this is the most iconic brewery on the planet. Over 10 million pints sold daily in 150 countries. Ireland, this small island off the western edge of the UK produces one of the most exported beers of all time with Guinness Irish Dry Stout. 1759 was …

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