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Revolution’s Penguin Hops Released Into The Wild

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Revolution Brewing’s beer brewed with hops grown at Shedd Aquarium is now available at nine bars around Chicago, including the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, which is holding a Penguin Hops tapping party tonight. The hops used in brewing Penguin Hops were first planted at Shedd Aquarium about five years as a way to spruce up the grounds. A Shedd …

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Help The Hopleaf: Some Jerk Stole Their Art

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Look, we have a pretty extensive collection of coasters and matchbooks, but those things are supposed to get taken. When people sneak out things like glassware and ashtrays and the like, that always kinda drove me nuts. So it was a huge bummer to wake up and see this on Facebook this morning: We search constantly to find rare and …

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‘Best Beer in the World’ Heading to Binny’s

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If you’ve heard of Westvleteren 12, you might have heard of it referred to as “the best beer in the world.” When Andrew gave it a shot last August, he confirmed: This beer was an incredibly balanced, unique, complex beer that I’m still trying to figure out…I walked away from this beer completely blown away by the balance and complexity in the …

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IL Homebrew Legislation On The Back Burner

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Daily Herald reporter and friend of The Guys, Mike Riopell, wrote a good piece over the weekend updating us on the homebrew legislation introduced in the Illinois House a few months ago by State Representative Keith Farnham (D-Elgin). The bill would allow homebrewers to showcase their beers at festivals in Illinois. It’s something they’ve been doing for years until the …

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Beer Politics: Two Beverage Industry Related Bills On The Move In IL House

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The Illinois legislature is due back in Springfield tomorrow for the second week of the fall veto session, with a pair of beverage industry related pieces of legislation inching closer to a vote. The first is a controversial proposal pushed by State Representative Esther Golar (D-Chicago). The bill (SB 1531) would give the Local Liquor Control Commission in Chicago the …

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From The Cellar: New Glarus Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey

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New Glarus says: “This decadent Chocolate Abbey Ale is a lovely trifle for your senses. Brewed with a proprietary Belgian yeast and English Maris Otter Malt it is smooth and rich. Inspired by a recent tour of Europe and brewed with chocolate we enjoyed there. Subtle Segal Ranch hops promote the rich dark chocolate flavors of this rather strong Dubbel.” …

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Getting To Know Fireman’s Brew

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Last month we told you about Fireman’s Brew and it’s foray into the Illinois market. The brand, started by a pair of Los Angeles area firefighters and contract brewed at Mendocino Brewing, is one of a handful of new breweries to find their way to Illinois in recent months. We recently had a chance to sit down with samples of …