Westmalle – The Original Belgian Tripel

There are eleven Trappist monasteries worldwide, but only one can lay claim to being the originators of both the Dubbel and Tripel styles synonymous with those breweries. If you visited the Westmalle Abbey in Belgium all you would see on just about any given day are beautiful walls and closed …

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Chicago Avenue Finally Has A Brewpub

I’m pretty sure this is the first ribbon cutting ceremony of any kind that we’ve attended. Alderman Joe Moreno was convicted in his belief that this project needed to happen.  He shared how some opposing residents felt about the city’s newest brewery. “I’ve met some of my constituents that made …

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Collingwood Canadian Whiskey Hits Chicago

Up to this point Bottlefork Chicago is the only establishment under the Rockit Ranch Productions umbrella that we have yet to imbibe. Their name reflects staying true to the idea that there be a fusion between the bar and the kitchen. This mindset is reflected in today’s offering of a …

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The Brewery That Conquered The World

You could argue that this is the most iconic brewery on the planet. Over 10 million pints sold daily in 150 countries. Ireland, this small island off the western edge of the UK produces one of the most exported beers of all time with Guinness Irish Dry Stout. 1759 was …

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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

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

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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