Rabid Brewing- Behind The Home Depot

The scene was FOBAB 2022 after the awards ceremony when we discovered it was Rabid Brewing, Co-Founder Raiye Rosado singing the Star Spangled Banner at closing time. Our pal Janna Mestan was smiling at the rafters as ‘Raiye from the Rabid crew’ was really killing it with this rendition of a song …

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Pairing Japan’s Oldest Brewery Brand – Sapporo

Japan’s oldest brewery is named after the capital of Hokkaido. For the summer they have added Sapporo Pure, a 4% session sipper to their top selling lineup. We enlisted Chicago’s Jaiyen Sushi and Noodle. The texture of the Spicy Udon with its tangy special sauce offered a wonderful contrast to balanced, …

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Goose Island Spring Showcase

Brewing is both medieval art and advanced science.  During our visit to Fulton last year for the Suffolk County Stout release we saw seven IPAs on draft and wondered what the hell was going on. But this was a strategic mission to highlight Pacific Northwest and Southern Hemisphere hops selected …

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Buffalo Creek Brewing

Over in Historic Long Grove, IL is a 17,000 square ft destination taproom with a rustic, industrial farmhouse vibe. Buffalo Creek Brewing at full tilt draws 2500 people to their location for festivals.  Recently the decision was made to scale back distributed offerings from 8 down to 3 in part to …

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The Love Shack – Liquid Love Brewing

They try to keep a balance between sours and stouts on all year long up here in Buffalo Grove. It’s a joint where classic rock grooves and the bright warm colors pop and you instantly feel at home. Liquid Love is a rebrand of sorts from Prairie Krafts Brewing. Back …

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Goldfinger Dark Lager Day 2022

Every tap handle is a side pull faucet in this joint. The decision was inspired by places like the Czech Republic where most lagers are served via that method.  The name is Goldfinger and not like the James Bond movie. It’s named for Markus Goldfinger and based on the Kraków, …

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