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Go Out In Style At Jerry’s In Wicker Park

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If the Mayans are correct and the world really is going to end on December 21st, you might as well be drinking some good beer when it happens. Jerry’s Sandwiches, 1938 W Division St in Wicker Park, is teaming up with Stone for a killer party featuring the likes of Vertical Epic 11.11.11, Vertical Epic 12.12.12 and Vertical Epic 09.09.09 …

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The Year in Beer: 2012’s Most Read GDB Posts

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We’ve covered the biggest beer news of the year so far – but what was the biggest news on our own site? We thought we’d throw together this Top 10 list of our highest-traffic posts just for a fun look back at some of the things that you found the most interesting, newsworthy, eyeball-earning and clickable through 2012.

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AleSmith Coming To Central & Northern IL

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AleSmith’s full array of year-round beers are due to arrive at central Illinois distributor Marketplace Selections this weekend. And, by next week, those beers will be on store shelves across central and northern Illinois. Just in time for New Year’s Eve. Marketplace Selections confirms to GuysDrinkingBeer that the San Diego, California brewery’s beers are coming to retailers, bars and restaurants …

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Begyle-Dryhop Collaborative Black IPA Tapping Tonight At Northdown

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Ravenswood neighborhood-centric-brewers Begyle Brewing have teamed up with the crew from Dryhop, a much-anticipated brewpub opening early next year in Lakeview, to craft a Black India Pale Ale. Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sell Outs will be tapped tonight at Northdown Cafe & Taproom at 3244 North Lincoln Ave. Here are some tasting notes, compliments of Dryhop Head Brewer Brant Dubovick: …

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Schlafly To Chicago?

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St. Louis Post Dispatch Beer Columnist Evan Benn held a live-chat with Schlafly CEO and co-founder Dan Kopman on Friday. The nearly hour-and-a-half conversation covered a lot of ground including the early stages of the St. Louis brewery’s sour program, the expansion of its canned offerings and the possibility of opening up a brewpub in Chicago. That’s right, Chicago. “We …

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Chicago Beverage Systems Parent Company Is Buying Windy City Distribution

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It was reported over the weekend that beer wholesaler powerhouse Reyes Beverage Group, the largest beer distributor in the country, is purchasing Warrenville-based craft-centric distributor Windy City. The deal, reportedly worth 50 million dollars, will be finalized by the end of the year. Interestingly, according to the Chicago Tribune, Reyes will not be absorbing Windy City. Reyes’ Chicago Beverage Systems …

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Michigan Brewer Taps Into The Unexplored Market Of Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer

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At a time when double-digit alcohol content beers receive top billing at bars, brewpubs and bottle shops across the country, a small west Michigan brewer is making its footprint brewing a non-alcoholic beer. The idea started innocently enough at Schmohz Brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of their mug club members wasn’t able to drink beer anymore. Well, beer with …

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The First Market To See Destihl’s Beers Outside Of Its Brewpubs Is…

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Wisconsin. And that’s not in the works, it’s already happened. A number of Destihl’s beers have been on draft at bars like Maduro and Brasserie V in Madison and Sugar Creek and The Rumpus Room in Milwaukee since this summer, according to Destihl CEO Matt Potts. Destihl inked a deal with Watertown, WI based River City Distributing in April and …

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Greenbush Barrel Aged Collaboration On Tap Tonight At Bangers & Lace

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A barrel aged, rye porter – the brainchild of Wicker Park craft beer bar Bangers & Lace and southwest Michigan brewer Greenbush – will be on tap at B & L for a limited time beginning tonight. The beer, It’s My Porter & I’ll Rye If I Want To, was first released during Chicago Craft Beer Week in May alongside …

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Now Brewing At Two Brothers; Coffee

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(Press Release) Warrenville, IL – December 11, 2012 – This Friday, December 14th, Two Brothers Brewing Company is proud to announce their venture into specialty coffee. They will be serving free coffee samples to all guests at both Two Brothers Taphouse in Warrenville and Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. The Roastmaster will be present to field questions and talk about …

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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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Review: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

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Lagunitas says: “Way smooth and silky with a nice wheaty-esque-ish-ness. Just the little sumpin’ sumpin’ we all need to kick Summer into full swing!” Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale Pale Wheat Ale, 7.3% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: While I may be waiting till the end of summer to review this, rest assured I drank plenty of it this …

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Blackout Breakdown! 3 Years of Great Lakes Stout Goodness

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“Are you ‘The Guys?!’” We sheepishly grinned and responded, “that’s us,” at Cliff Eihnorn, co-owner of the Twisted Spoke in Chicago, approached us from behind the bar. A week ago we didn’t know Cliff. We knew his bar, quite well actually, but we didn’t know him. So how did we get from being total strangers to sharing a three year …

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Review: Sam Adams Noble Pils

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Sam Adams says: “Samuel Adams® Noble Pils is brewed with all 5 Noble hops for a distinct hop character and fresh taste. Deep golden in color with a citrusy hop aroma, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner. The honeyed malt character from traditional Bohemian malt is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from …

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