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Backstage with Founders

CBS 2015. draft only.

When Co-founder of Founders Brewing Co, Dave Engbers was told that Stephanie Izard would be presenting food pairings for the CBS Dinner, he immediately committed to make an appearance. This was a special night, a small private party upstairs at Little Goat for friends and retail accounts that started with …

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Getting Beer Savvy with Cicerone


In contemporary uses, a “geek” can be described as an individual who has excessive enthusiasm for a specialized subject or activity. When I saw that I was the oddball in a room of mostly food & beverage industry people, I realized: I must be a geek to be here right …

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The Return of Founders CBS at Timothy Otooles

on draft January 8th at Timothy Otooles

The best bar in Streeterville is back at it. On Thursday January 8th Timothy Otoole’s will bring back one of the most revered brews in the entire Founders catalog – Canadian Breakfast Stout. We sat down with Otoole’s Assistant GM, Tony Smith recently to get the scoop. “This came as …

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The Tennessee Sippin Whisky Dinner


  Whisky lovers will tell you that whisky is what beer wants to be when beer grows up. I’m not sure I agree with that completely. But it’s important to note that The Beer Hunter Michael Jackson made it a point to write 5 books about whisky before his untimely …

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CBG Holiday Book Recommendations

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The weather is colder. You don’t feel up to partying, you kinda just want to chill… pick up a book.  We’ve complied a list.   The Foodie’s Beer Book: The Art of Pairing and Cooking with Beer for Any Occasion. (Skyhorse Publishing, Brooke and Luther Fedora) Gastropub owners and Culinary …

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12 Beers and 2 Million Winter Lights


Lincoln Park Zoo in the winter is Classic Chicago. For over 25 years ZooLights has been one of the most popular destinations in town. Louis Glunz Inc, Chicago’s oldest craft beer distributor complimented the scene by pouring 12 of their most celebrated seasonal ales under lights for a weeknight beer …

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