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Video: Karl on WGN-TV

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To coincide with Karl’s article in Chicago Magazine, and his subsequent supplemental followup article on this site,  he also made an appearance on WGN News to talk suburban brew with anchor Steve Saunders:

Beer In The Burbs

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Karl made a jaunt to Chicago’s suburbs to look at some of the best brewpubs you may have never heard of.  You can find his article in September’s Chicago Magazine, which is now available on news stands and online. Here’s an excerpt; Chicago’s beer renaissance focuses on city brewers such as Metropolitan, Half Acre, Revolution, and the soon-to-open Haymarket. But …

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Supplement: Chicago Mag’s Best Suburban Microbreweries

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I read a lot of food/beverage media around town, and for all the conversation about the new brewpubs and gastropubs (still hate that word) around the city, it struck me that there are a fair number of places in the suburbs doing their own brewing as well, without nearly as much fawning over it, likely due to their non-proximity to …

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Review: New Holland B.A.M.B

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New Holland says: “This Belgian specialty ale has an unfiltered, hazy deep straw colored body. Clove dominates the aroma. The flavor is bready sweet with a spicy clove backbone. The profile has the malt com…plexity you would expect from a big Belgian Ale. It finishes with a slight fruity tartness from the addition of pomegranate. Winner of the 2009 New …

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From The Cellar: Weyerbacher Old Heathen Imperial Stout

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Weyerbacher says: “Old Heathen Imperial Stout is our interpretation of a beer style that originated in the 18th century. Brewed in England and exported to Germany, Scandinavia and Russia, these beers became fashionable among the members of the Czar’s court. In order to survive long voyages they were brewed with high alcohol content to prevent spoilage.” Weyerbacher Old Heathen Imperial …

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Review: Arcadia Sky High Rye

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Arcadia Sky High Rye Rye Beer, 6% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Karl: Fun name.  Pretty lame label.  Good beer?  Good beer.  I know I keep going back to the Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard as a touchstone, but only because it was so damned good.  It’s going to be tough to top, and until then, I’ll be revisiting it as often as …

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Review: Half Acre Freedom Of ’78

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Half Acre says: “We went out on a limb with this beer. Working with a boat load of Guava from Ecuador was “different,” but 40 days & one Ween show later we landed on a beer we’re psyched about; a 7% double dry hopped screamer with some wheat tones and a nose that rings of island life. Our thanks to …

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Review: New Holland Beerhive

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New Holland says: “Little John’s local bees create a spring wildflower-honey that lends a sweet, earthy complexity to a traditional style of beer with a balancing snap of ginger in the finish.” New Holland Beerhive Tripel, 9% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: I had this on tap at New Holland during a brief stop for lunch.  Before I get in …

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Summer’s Getting Shorts-er Review: Short’s Imperial Spruce India Pilsner

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Short’s says: “Imperial pilsner brewed with Northern Michigan Blue Spruce needles and healthy doses of high alpha hops” Short’s Imperial Sprice India Pilsner Imperial Pilsner, 10% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: I’d like to imagine that this beer was created by accident.  Picture, if you will, Gary Busey’s character Drake Sabitch in the movie Black Sheep making up a big …