BIFDA stands for Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act and BFD — well — that stands for Big F***ing Deal. And while the state’s BIFDA isn’t talked about all too often outside of sit-downs between brewers and wholesalers it is a big deal. And we’re going to tell you why.
Ale to the Burbs, a group of suburban beer bloggers and Nevin’s Brewing Company are teaming up to put on the 1st annual “Illinois Suburban Brewers Summit.” The event is this Saturday, March 8th, at Nevin’s Brewing Company (12337 South Route 59, Plainfield) and — yes — there will be beer.
The idea is to get suburban brewers, who are fairly spread out, together to talk about the industry, the Chicago-area market and future collaborations. We reached out to the beer writers behind Ale to the Burbs to find out more about the event, why city beer drinkers should care what suburban brewers are doing and what’s going to be pouring at the event (spoiler alert: Nevin’s tap list looks ridiculous). Below are answers conjured up by Jeremy Teel of SubBeerBia, Kevin Bastian of Pour Man Beer, and Eric Woodruff of Blah Blah Beer.
Beer labels approved so far this month from: Bent River, Goose Island, Lake Bluff, Lake Effect, Off Color, Only Child, Pipeworks, Temperance, Two Brothers & Von Jakob. Continue reading
Last night, we spent a few hours in the company of fellow beer drinkers enjoying the release of our ‘collaboration’ beer, “It’s Dangerous To Go Alone.”
Here, take this: Continue reading
Three Floyds. Paul Kahan.
Actually, though, you don’t have to imagine. Continue reading
Imagine my surprise today, walking down LaSalle St in Chicago, when I saw this:
Last year, Pipeworks and Three Floyds took center stage, with Pipeworks winning damn near everything possible in RateBeer’s annual best list. This time around Goose Island, riding the wave of its Bourbon County Brand Stout varieties, reclaimed the top spot in Illinois while Three Floyds continued its dominance in Indiana.
Sometimes you make jokes on Twitter and your wit goes out into the great unknown, unseen and unappreciated. (Or worse, unfavorited.)
Sometimes you joke around and someone decides to let you help turn it into a beer.
About a month ago, the latter happened.
On Tuesday night, as the snow began falling on Chicago, thousands of people streamed in to the long-awaited Lagunitas Chicago Brewery for a “not-so-dry-run,” a chance to showcase the space and give those uneducated on all things Lagunitas a crash course on eclectic brewery.
Beer labels approved so far this month from: Ale Syndicate, Arcade Brewery, DESTIHL, Goose Island, Lake Effect, Little Egypt, Off Color, Revolution, Rolling Meadows, Templar Brewing, Urban Legend and Von Jakob Brewery. Continue reading