The Second Annual Lincoln Avenue Beer Stroll

This event was so good that I couldn’t even finish my route. With three sample pours at every location, merchants you normally walk past were transformed into tasting destinations!!! The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce got this one right. Diversey to Belmont (Route B) started at Beermiscuous.  The craft beer café …

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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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Ten Ninety Brewing Opening Soon in Glenview

Ten Ninety Brewing is a North Shore destination for craft beer. After contract brewing for three years in Zion, Brian Schafer and co-owners Jamie Hoban and Andy Smith decided to relocate closer to the city. With its youthful atmosphere and utter absence of breweries (the closest is Temperance, seven miles away), …

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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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The Return of Founders CBS at Timothy Otooles

The best bar in Streeterville is back at it. On Thursday January 8th Timothy Otoole’s will bring back one of the most revered brews in the entire Founders catalog – Canadian Breakfast Stout. We sat down with Otoole’s Assistant GM, Tony Smith recently to get the scoop. “This came as …

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