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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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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The 2nd Annual Magnolia Brewing Grateful Dead Brunch

spiced coffee cake, caramel sauce, chocolate cream cheese mousse

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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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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