Smithsonian Channel’s Drinks, Crimes and Passion

If you’re like us, there is rarely ever any cable programming to look forward to. This story about the only repeal in U.S. Constitutional history challenges that. The Smithsonian Channel is here with a two-part Prohibition era documentary releasing this month. _______________________________________ Part One: Flappers and Bootleggers (June 11th) Part …

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Ballast Point Chicago

Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen in West Loop is the ninth location for this San Diego based juggernaut. Disneyland is under way; and the Virginia facility is actually bigger than the original California brewhouse.  This new Chicago location includes a rooftop space and has room for 250 guests. The …

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The Inaugural Italian Beef Festival

Revolution Brewing’s taproom was the scene. The Legends of Beef (Al’s, Buona and Mr. Beef) were all in attendance. Every one here acknowledges that Italian Beef is a Chicago tradition from the 1930’s. Immigrant weddings needed an efficient way to provide food to serve large groups. The beef was slices …

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Dark Lord Day 2018

ChemTrailMix is so fucking good it’s hard to believe it’s the same base beer as Dark Lord. By 3p Marshmallow Handjee (bourbon barrel aged Dark Lord w vanilla beans) was selling for $250 before you even left the brewhouse with your allotment. It’s Dark Lord Day, by most accounts it …

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Henna & The Insane Rise of More Brewing

Head Brewer Shaun Berns was recruited by Mikerphone Brewing before joining More last year. The hype train began approaching full throttle during his era at RAM Brewery with the Chaos Imperial Stout Series in 2016. What followed was a trajectory we rarely see in the Midwest. More Brewing was less …

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Goose Island Turns 30!

Not many breweries in this country can claim they’ve been in business for 30 years. R&D Night is the quarterly invitational to chat and enjoy new Fulton Street offerings. Tonight was especially righteous due the only appearance ever at these things from Founder, Mr. John Hall. 30th Anniversary Ale pays …

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