Chicagoland scores 10 medals at GABF 2017

One day we will be able to tell our kids that were there the day Illinois brewers took home 10 medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Leading the charge was Very Small Brewer of the Year, On Tour Brewing. On Tour’s first festival appearance also featured a silver for …

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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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