This past Sunday, I was invited to serve as a judge at the first “What the Firk” festival held at Headquarters Chicago, a barcade that’s doing its best to force Depaul students to drink good beer even though they may not want to.
Casks were set up on bars and tables around the space — any spare shelving that wasn’t too close to a pinball game or an arcade console seemed to have a barrel (or two, or four) perched on it, with staffers ready to distribute 2-oz. pours as needed.
It was pretty excellent. Here’s what I found:
Beer labels approved so far this month from: 5 Rabbit, Church Street, Finch’s, Goose Island, Hopothesis, Marz Community Brewing Company, Metropolitan, Off Color Brewing/Three Floyds, Only Child, Spiteful, Urban Legend and Zumbier. Continue reading
Beer labels approved so far this month from: Bent River, Goose Island, Lake Bluff, Lake Effect, Off Color, Only Child, Pipeworks, Temperance, Two Brothers & Von Jakob. Continue reading
Last year, Pipeworks and Three Floyds took center stage, with Pipeworks winning damn near everything possible in RateBeer’s annual best list. This time around Goose Island, riding the wave of its Bourbon County Brand Stout varieties, reclaimed the top spot in Illinois while Three Floyds continued its dominance in Indiana.
Beer labels approved so far this month from: Ale Syndicate, Arcade Brewery, DESTIHL, Goose Island, Lake Effect, Little Egypt, Off Color, Revolution, Rolling Meadows, Templar Brewing, Urban Legend and Von Jakob Brewery. Continue reading
We fell, by happenstance, into something rather interesting Wednesday morning. It looks like Goose Island’s 312 Urban Wheat Ale is getting a new little sibling.
Beer labels approved so far this month from: Ale Syndicate, Arcade Brewery, Big Muddy, Cahoots Brewing, DESTIHL, Excel, Goose Island, Lake Effect, Metropolitan, Middle Brow, Only Child, Rolling Meadows, Templar Brewing and Urban Legend. Continue reading
Holy hell, has it been a busy year in beer.
Not just for beer, but for us here at the GDB desk as well. The Saveur nom. The Chicago Magazine cover piece. Starting all that shit about “girl beer”. Oh, and one of us had a kid, too. That’s kind of important, right? (Little Julia already has some cellared beer, including a Westy, set aside for her 21st b-day. Dad of the year, right there.)
So without further ado, let’s see where the hell we’ve been in the last 12 months or so. Behold, our Chicago Craft Beer Almanac for 2013, the biggest year in Chicago beer news (since last year, which you can remind yourself of here)!
Here we go: Continue reading
Beer labels approved so far this month from Bent River, Goose Island, Lake Bluff Brewing, Only Child, Penrose, Small Town Brewery & Urban Legend Brewing Company. Continue reading
We’re glad people get excited about beer, but come on. Beer isn’t a concert ticket. Don’t buy it and turn it around and scalp the stuff.
This drives us nuts every year. Don’t be these guys, please.