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.
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
Digital archeology is fun.
Doing some random googling one recent evening, we stumbled onto this page, posted three years ago Sunday. Seems like forever ago, doesn’t it? Back then, a couple of guys named Gerritt and Beejay wanted to start a brewery, and they asked for your help.
They asked like this: Continue reading
Beer labels approved, so far this month, from Excel, JT Walkers, Little Egypt, Off Color and Pipeworks.
Beer labels approved, so far this month, from 5 Rabbit, Argus, Excel, Finch’s, Goose Island, Little Egypt Beer, My Three Sons Brewing, Off Color Brewing, Pipeworks, Revolution and Wild Onion.
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 rundown of Illinois (area) winners:
Best Beer, Brewer & New Brewer By Subregion
Top Beer (IL):
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
Top Beer (IN):
Three Floyds Dreadnaught
Top Brewer (IL):
Top Brewer (IN):
Top New Brewer:
Best Beer Retailers By Subregion
Revolution Brewing, Chicago
Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
Brewer Tap Room:
Half Acre Beer Company & Tap Room, Chicago
West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago
Logli Supermarket, Rockford
The Local Option, Chicago
Top New Brewers In The World
Top 50 Beers of 2013
#8 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
#21 Three Floyds Dreadnaught
#22 Three Floyds Zombie Dust
#25 Three Floyds Dark Lord (Bourbon Vanilla Bean)
BEST BY STYLE 2013
English Style Pale & Bitter
#5 Pipeworks At Her Majesty’s Pleasure
#6 Three Floyds Dreadnaught
#4 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
#9 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
#15 Three Floyds Dark Lord (Bourbon Vanilla Bean)
#13 Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine
Imperial, Baltic Porter
#12 Three Floyds Alpha Klaus
American Amber/Pale Ale
#1 Three Floyds Zombie Dust
#4 Three Floyds Alpha King
#10 Half Acre Daisy Cutter
#3 Three Floyds Gumballhead
#5 Flossmoor Station Barrel Aged Imperial Schwartz
#13 Three Floyds Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn
2012′s Best New Releases
#33 Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn Double IPA
#38 Three Floyds Rye’d da Lightning
#41 Three Floyds Rye Da Tiger
#46 Goose Island Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
Best Beer, Brewer & New Brewer By Country
New Brewery (United States)
Best Brewers In The World
#2 Three Floyds
#60 Goose Island
#66 Half Acre
#90 Revolution Brewing
(Editors note: Yes, we are well aware that Three Floyds is not in Illinois but their close proximity and quality of beer brewed most certainly warrants a mention.)
Now that 2012 is coming to a close, we thought we’d go back and poke through the archives and the year of news to break down exactly what happened in one of the most crazy, busy, insane, explosive, expansive, interesting years in Chicago brewing history. Continue reading
New labels, to date, from Begyle, Big Muddy, Finch’s, Goose Island, Lake Effect, Pipeworks, Revolution and Spiteful.