In April we told you about the complete makeover of Berghoff’s beers, which included new, colorful packaging and zippy beer names, in hopes of breathing new life into the brand. This week, Berghoff’s revival takes center stage at Sheffield’s, in Lakeview, where six new beers will debut.On tap, Thursday, beginning at 6:00 pm: Continue reading
Yesterday, Chicago Real Estate Daily reported on the rent troubles being had by the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. Back in 2008 (three years before Anheuser-Busch bought the brand, but not the brewpubs) they went through a similar debacle but managed to come to a solution that allowed the brewpub to continue to operate on the site. We have to assume that was a five-year deal, because CRED says that the brewpub might be on the way out once again. Continue reading
As we mentioned the other day, we don’t often post press releases about or otherwise promote beer dinners because, for the most part…they bore me. Perhaps this is an example of my personal beer ignorance or stubbornness, but I like keeping beer and food separate.
Don’t get me wrong — I like beer. I like food. Those two things should never be in doubt. But, do I like slamming the two together to see how they work? Personally, I prefer to concentrate primarily on one at a time.
However, we really like the ethos of Paul Virant, which includes his local focus and his “pickle everything” attitude on display at Lincoln Park’s Perennial Virant. We’ve also enjoyed what we’ve drank from Perennial Artisan Ales, which has that strong Half Acre heritage behind it as well. So when the two came together, we set aside our general aversion towards beer dinners, and decided if we were gonna do one, we were gonna do this one.
And godblessit, if we didn’t have a really good time and ate a lot of really good food. Continue reading
Beer labels approved, so far this month, from Off Color and Pipeworks.
With a few flicks of a pen today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 2606 into law effectively ending Anheuser-Busch’s minority ownership — and majority control — over distributor City Beverage.
The legislation, approved overwhelmingly by the Illinois House and Senate during the spring legislative session, would prohibit a brewer from owning a distributor.
Introduced in February, the bill specifically targeted Anheuser-Busch’s 30-percent stake in wholesaler City Beverage, which has four locations in Illinois; Arlington Heights, Bloomington, Chicago and Markham. The distributorship was seen as a pivotal piece in A-B’s attempt to chip away at MillerCoors’ stronghold on the Chicago market. Continue reading