The Brewery in the Back of the Yards

Back in 2011 the now defunct Ale Syndicate (known then as New Chicago Brewing) announced that they were moving to The Plant.. they never did. With its circular economy, commitment to material reuse and energy conservation, The Plant is one of the most interesting urban renovations happening in the city. …

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Industry Night at Half Acre Balmoral

At the bar of Half Acre’s new 100,000 sq. ft production space, I glance over and see two of Chicago’s finest producers, Gabriel Magliaro (Half Acre) and Jesse Diaz (Dark Matter Coffee) sharing a moment. Big, badass coffee imperial stouts are commonplace now. Their annual collaboration Big Hugs turns 9 …

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Bourbon on Division

The strip between Ashland + Western on Division Street is a space where you’ll discover a new gem every time you cruise it.  This spot at 2050 W. Division was previously The Shambles, a 4am bar that was known for getting it popping after midnight. In fact 90% of their …

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Colectivo Coffee x Beer in Lincoln Park

Wisconsin isn’t just the home of Happy Days, Summerfest and serial killers. On the otherside of the cheddar curtain is a beer and coffee culture that rivals any in the Midwest. The latest import from Milwaukee is Colectivo Coffee. This crew is 23 years old, about 6 years ago they …

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Stay Gold Chicago

The Run The Jewels, Pipeworks, Interboro Takeover at Emporium. Before last week the coolest popup we’ve seen was when Goose Island turned their barrel warehouse into an 9-hole mini golf course for Chicago Craft Beer Week 2012. That thing was the balls, GI Brewmaster Brett Porter brought in these massive …

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