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

The Cellar at SideDoor Chicago

large format bottles at SideDoor Chicago

This story is about one of Downtown Chicago’s best kept secrets. Located in the historic McCormick Mansion, a block from the Magnificent Mile is Lawrys Prime Rib. It’s hard to miss this building, it’s a mansion! The space was once home to the Kungsholm Miniature Grand Opera Theatre, a troupe …

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The 2014 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers

2014 saw the introduction of the Barricale project

The 2014 edition of the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers was the largest to date. An unprecedented event at UIC Forum which included 3 sessions over 2 days with nearly 5000 attendees. For the second straight year an American Wild Ale took home Best Of Show. In 2013 …

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All The BCBS

Black Friday 2014  Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., LA, NY, Philly, Phoenix and San Fran

Chef Meets Brewer It’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Season! By now you probably know the story. Legend has it that this beer was disqualified back in 1992 from the Great American Beer Festival because at the time they didn’t have a bourbon barrel aged beer category. Fast forward 20+ …

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Sunday Bloody Sunday

Powell & Mahoney's Bloody Mary Mix and Revolution's Oktoberfest. A winning Sunday combo

CBG Nik here!  This is our first ever post about beer cocktails that we enjoy from time to time. On weekends after I crush it as host of the notorious Chicago Brew Bus for 8hrs and 2 sold-out tours, I usually don’t want another beer. Postgame for me includes a …

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Oktoberfest on Lake Michigan

souvenir Oktoberfest mug

Exploring Chicago by water is one of the coolest thing you can do in our town. There are very few American cities that compare to our blend of architecture, history and spectacular urban scenery. If you don’t take a ride on the Chicago River or the cruise the Great Lake …

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Local Brews, Local Grooves

Foundation Room

The concept for this event that takes over all 4 floors and celebrates local arts,  started at the San Diego location back in 2011. The House Of Blues Chicago edition featured 10 bands and 20 breweries spread over every inch on the venue. Unlike most craft beer events held in …

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