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Downtown Brooklyn’s First Ever Craft Beer Festival


Brooklyn is the largest of the 5 boroughs that make up New York City. To put that in perspective, its population is greater than the entire city of Chicago!   Barclays Center, the downtown Brooklyn arena that opened three years ago (with a $1 billion price tag) recently played host to …

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The 13th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers

Barricale Taps

FOBAB 2015 In our humble opinion, this is Chicago’s finest hour. FOBAB is a national competition that offers the widest collection of wood & barrel aged beers available anywhere. UIC Forum was once again home to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild signature event. This festival is a tradition like no …

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The Return of Bourbon County Rare

the full '14' + '15 BCS lineup flowed at Rare Day

Friday the 13th has always been a special day for the Goose Island Beer Company. The original brewpub on Clybourn and the Fulton Street production brewery both opened on that day. If the city’s site inspectors hadn’t ruined the groove with last minute, ‘mandatory flame retardant ceiling’ needed, the taproom …

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La Birreria Chicago

floor 2 at Eataly Chicago

  This downtown Chicago brewery hiding in plain sight is just 2 blocks from the Magnificent Mile. La Birreria is the brewery and taproom at the largest Italian marketplace in the world – Eataly. Currently, New York and Chicago are the only American outposts. Raise your hand if you knew …

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Black Friday in October

2015 Rare & Prop are boxed and ribbed for your pleasure

Goose Island’s Four Star Pils was the reception beer as we entered the largest warehouse for barrel aged beer that Chicago has ever seen. We are talking over 120,000 square feet dedicated to bringing you the one of the most important beers in American history – Goose Island Bourbon County …

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Cochon 555

Table, Donkey and Stick. Logan Square, Chicago

Nights like this are what make Chicago so special. An all-star lineup up chefs and mixologists gathered for a friendly Sunday afternoon competition / showcase in West Loop at the 7th Annual Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ. Cochon’s mission is to support farmers by educating the public through events about heritage …

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