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Drink With Spite: Four Moon Tavern To Host Spiteful Brewing Event Friday

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If you’ve been enjoying the new bottled beers from Spiteful Brewing – we quite enjoyed their GFY Stout – you may have wondered to yourself, “Self, when are we going to get to drink their beer on draft?” The answer is that is’ already been around town for a little while, at places like Norse Bar, Farmhouse, and Bangers & …

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New Chicago Beer Company Changes Names Again; Chicago, Meet Ale Syndicate

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It’s been nearly a year since the Evans brothers, Samuel and Jesse, announced they (and their well-publicized New Chicago Beer Company) were leaving The Plant, and finally we have an answer as to what they’ve been up to for this long. Below, is the announcement re-branding their efforts as Ale Syndicate Brewers, contracting through Big Chicago and Galena Brewing Companies. …

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5 Rabbit Legal Woes Continue But At Least The New Beers Sound Good

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Since the end of last week was consumed with a decent amount of news about the ongoing legal drama at 5 Rabbit, we wanted to give a little signal boost to a part of the story that we feel like collectively we could pay a little more attention to. Both Crain’s and Josh Noel at the Tribune had updates on …

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The Illinois Legislature Is Taking Aim At Anhueser-Busch, WEDCO & City Beverage – UPDATED

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***UPDATE*** A companion bill has been filed in the Illinois House, mirroring the legislation introduced a week-and-a-half ago in the Illinois Senate. State Representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley), who sponsored the “Craft Brewer Act” in 2011, is the lead sponsor of HB 2606. Mautino is joined by nearly 40 co-sponsors – and counting Neither bill has been assigned to a …

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How to Grow a Brewery From the Ground: Brewery Terra Firma Takes Shape in Traverse City

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It’s been a while since we’ve brought you up to speed on what we believe to be one of the most anticipated breweries in the entire midwest – Brewery Terra Firma in Traverse City, Michigan. Since this week saw the broadcast of this Interlochen Public Radio feature – one we happen to be quoted in – we thought we’d bring …

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3 Days in Cleveland: A Chicagoan’s Guide to Beer Drinking in the ‘Mistake By The Lake’

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Other than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that scene from Spinal Tap and that time they set the river on fire, most people probably don’t know a ton about Cleveland. Craft beer aficionados like you and I know it mainly for another reason: Great Lakes Brewing Company. After that, though, what else is there to drink in Cleveland? …

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Flossmoor Station Looking To Expand?

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Tucked into an interesting Times of Northwest Indiana piece on development plans for a former crime-ridden apartment complex in Hammond, Indiana is this nugget. The city received three proposals, including a restaurant and brewery from the owners of the Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery in Flossmoor… According to the article, the brewing operation in Flossmoor is at capacity so they’re …

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A Bounty Of Barrel-Aged Awesomeness On Tap Thursday At Jerry’s In Wicker Park

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PRESS RELEASE Jerry’s in Wicker Park (1938 W Division St, Chicago) is excited to announce the return of their annual Barrel-Aged Beer event. This year the rare barrels and doom will occur Thursday, February 21. OAK and IRON II: A Bounty of Barrel-Aged Beer Celebrate an eve of magic, myth, and epic heroism. DJ Grimsbørg spins an array of fantasy-inspired …

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Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani, Siena Tavern, Goose Island and…Pizza Yeast Beer?

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Every celebrity chef opening a restaurant in Chicago brings a flurry of press around it, and the new Siena Tavern from Top Chef fan favorite Fabio Viviani is no different. (We desperately hope “monkey ass in an empty clam shell” is somewhere on the menu.) A handful of releases are going around today with info about the menu, the pasta …

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Review: Arbor Jackhammer Old Ale

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Arbor says: “Jackhammer Old Ale is our celebration of the wonder and magic of autumn in Michigan. At nearly 9% ABV, this high gravity ale combinds a warming sensation with a rich malty sweetness to create an outstanding initial complexity.” Arbor Jackhammer Old Ale Old Ale, 9% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: “Arbor’s beers tend to be kind of hit …

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Review: New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red

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New Glarus says: “Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this beer uniquely “Wisconsin.” So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this beer to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet.” New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red Fruit Beer, 4% ABV Sayeth …

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Review: Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale

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Destihl says: “This imperial stout is made with sour cherries and Belgian yeast and aged in oak barrels. Black in color and full-bodied with subtle aroma, flavor and tartness perceived from the addition of sour cherries.” Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale Imperial Stout, ?% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: A few years ago Karl & I hit up a fancy Mexican …

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Review: New Glarus Spotted Cow

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New Glarus says: “Naturally cloudy we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle to enhance fullness of flavors, which cannot be duplicated otherwise. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying. You know you’re in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow.” New Glarus Spotted Cow Cream Ale, 5.1% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Karl: Taking from the Spotted …

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Review: Sprecher Black Bavarian

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Sprecher says: “This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it a world champion.” Sprecher Black Bavarian Schwarzbier, 6% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: Over the last year I have developed a profound appreciation for the schwarzbier …

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Review: Boulevard The Sixth Glass 2010

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Boulevard says: “Do you know what dwells in a glass?” asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur… “ Boulevard The Sixth Glass Quad, 10.5% ABV Sayeth the …

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Review: Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA

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Arcadia says: “Deep amber hue with a generous white head, Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and a sweet caramel notes as a result of the high-quality Maris Otter Malt, imported from the UK. The hops are right up front in the aroma, reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.” Arcadia HopMouth …

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Review: New Holland Golden Cap Saison

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New Holland says: “Golden Cap Saison is a modern interpretation of a traditional farmhouse ale. A soft, pale beer, Golden Cap embodies the flavors and aromas of summer fields. Brewed with an ancestor of wheat called spelt, its straw-colored body, lively carbonation and a unique fermentation profile evoke fresh cut hay and cracked peppercorn.” New Holland Golden Cap Saison Saison, …

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Review: Victory Prima Pils

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Victory says: “Heaps of hops give this pale lager a bracing, herbal bite over layers of soft and smooth malt flavor. This refreshing combination of tastes makes Prima a classy quencher in the tradition of the great pilsners of Europe.” Victory Prima Pils German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: Apparently over1,500 reviews of this beer on beer advocate …

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