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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Phase Three Minutiae 2021 Release

Minutiae is a stripped down medley of barrel aged stouts from different recipes. The team declares that it’s a unique offering and not the same base as the Curvature and Eunoia stout releases. For $110 the private Minutiae event 2021 included one 750ml bottle, 4 pours from the lineup of …

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Forbidden Root: Cultivate

It’s been five years since the ribbon cutting ceremony for Forbidden Root’s Chicago Ave brewpub. A longstanding liquor moratorium banning alcohol permits was lifted for that project to see daylight.  After building a space from the ground up in Columbus, Ohio of all places, the team has expanded nicely into …

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