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Deschutes Has Come To Illinois. So, How Is It?

In Beer News, Beer Reviews by Karl5 Comments

Over the past month or two, the near-totality of beer press has revolved around the arrival of super popular West Coast brewery Deschutes. They’re from Portland! People adore their porter! We couldn’t previously get their beer without some serious travel or shipping costs so let’s freak out for just a bit! We’re equally to blame. We’ve covered the announcements, the …

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Chicago’s MillerCoors Cluster Of Distributors Lands Another Big Craft Brand; Boulevard

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It’s been a busy end of 2012, beginning of 2013  for the MillerCoors family of distributors in Chicago. First, the nine wholesalers closed out 2012 by adding craft powerhouse Dogfish Head and West Michigan staple New Holland. Today, the Chicago cluster is officially adding another Midwest craft brewer; Kansas City, MO based Boulevard Brewing. The brand was most recently repped …

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Pipeworks & Three Floyds Win Big In RateBeer’s Annual Awards

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Chicago-based Pipeworks cleaned house in RateBeer’s annual awards claiming the title for the top brewer and top new brewer in Illinois, top new brewer in the entire U S of A AND top new brewer IN THE WORLD, among other accolades, according to RateBeer reviewers. Three Floyds, meanwhile, placed in just about every style category possible. Below is the full …

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Ommegoodness, An Ommegang Beer Dinner Tuesday Night At Headquarters Beercade

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PRESS RELEASE Mark your calendars ladies and gents, because you’ve got plans Tuesday, February 5: Headquarters Beercade is joining forces with Brewery Ommegang to host a beer dinner you won’t want to miss. Guests will sip on five exclusive Brewery Ommegang craft beers, each perfectly paired with a savory snack. Word to the wise: don’t delay – spots are limited. …

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City Provisions Closes, Brewery Collaborations Remain In Question – UPDATED

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UPDATE BELOW At about 6:30 last night, an email went out from City Provisions, informing the world that the well-known Ravenswood delicatessen best known for their sustainable and local focus had closed for good. On this site, however, City Provisions and its proprietor Cleetus Friedman is best known for the series of brewery collaborations that created unique and tasty brews …

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Shift On Over To Jerry’s In Wicker Park Today For Some New Belgium Goodies

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PRESS RELEASE To celebrate the release of New Belgium’s SHIFT Pale Lager being available on draft in Chicago, Jerry’s Wicker Park is offering several of New Belgium’s delicious beers with suggested food pairings this Thursday, January 31st. SHIFT Pale Lager, Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout, Lips of Faith BIER DE GARDE, and Lips of Faith La Folie will …

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Mundelein Based Tighthead Brewing Expanding Its Footprint

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One of our favorite, under the radar brewers in the Chicago area is expanding its distribution area and is also planning to bottle and can its beers later this year. Binny’s beer blog has the scoop. “Tighthead Brewing of Mundelein is planning to quickly expand distribution of their beers south of Armitage Ave. This means that the beers of Tighthead …

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Why So Many Crafty Beer Collaborations In Chicago?

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The Full Pint takes a look at the uptick in brewer collaborations in Chicago, with a focus on a soon-to-be-released collaborative brew from Lakeview brewpub DryHop Brewers and Lake Effect Brewing in Portage Park. Here’s a snippet, but go read the whole thing – it will be well worth your time. “So just why are so many Chicago breweries lining …

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Growler Legislation Introduced Again In Michigan

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A proposal to allow growler fills at bars and restaurants in Michigan is back on the front burner. At the start of the new year the Michigan legislature was wiped clean; new and returning members automatically took office and the cache was cleared on all the bills that were introduced over the last two years that didn’t become law. The …