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Oct 31, 2010

Chicago craft beer events, November 1-4 - Chicago craft beer |

A new English-themed Gastropub opens on the Near North, and Smutty Brewing's beers land in our

Oct 27, 2010

Bhut Chile Beer tapping at Flossmoor Station - The Beeronaut

Flossmoor Station's brewmaster, Bryan Shimkos, will be offering a chile beer this week; one using the current Guinness record holder for hottest pepper known to man.

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Oct 25, 2010

Chicago Non-Halloween craft beer events, weekend of October 29-31 - Chicago craft beer |

The weekend schedule is pretty slim once I separate out the Halloween events, isn't it? Some of these may have "Halloween" in the title, but seem to involve no costumes, no late hours, just a few hours with some good beers. Click on, click on…

Oct 24, 2010

Chicago Halloween parties with good beer! - Chicago craft beer |

Sure, every place open at night is offering “Halloween parties.” But do we want to end up hanging out at some sports bar where the “Halloween special” is a bucket of Lites and a cardboard cutout of Elvira. I didn’t think so. These places are our regularly listed brewpubs and good beer bars that have something Halloween themed going on. Doin’ what I can to make All Hallows’ Eve a bit less spooky! This listing will be updated as Halloween approaches, so check back soon!

Chicago craft beer events, October 25-28 - Chicago craft beer |

Beer dinners, tasting pumpkin, German wheat and barrel-aged beers, and a "Beer Wars" viewing party.

Oct 22, 2010

Wild Onion’s Pumpkin Ale now in cans - Chicago craft beer |

Just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving sipping, the Wild Onion Brewing Co. has issued its popular Pumpkin Ale in cans, available at discerning retail outlets around Chicago. Click to learn more!

Oct 21, 2010

Goose Island announces co-brewing deal, plans expansion - Chicago craft beer |

A three year deal to brew extra beer at Redhook's Portsmouth NH brewery gives Goose Island room to plan new capacity…

Oct 18, 2010

Chicago craft beer events, weekend of October 22-24 - Chicago craft beer |

Beer tastings through the alphabet, beer and cheese tasting, beer @ Kalamazoo Air Zoo, & Oktoberfests go head-to-head with Harvest Ales!

Oct 17, 2010

Chicago craft beer events, October 18-21 - Chicago craft beer |

Two brew'n'view events, beer dinners with New Belgium, Avery, and whole hogs, new Rock Bottom and Crispin Cider tappings,

Oct 15, 2010

Haymarket brewpub gets its license to brew - Chicago craft beer |

Haymarket Pub & Brewery, the new brewpub, restaurant and performance space venture in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, has announced that the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB, the successor to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), has granted them their Federal Brewer's License. This means, of course, they can begin producing beer for public sale and consumption.

Oct 12, 2010

Chicago weekend craft beer events, October 15-17 - Chicago craft beer |

Beer Vixens Pub Crawl, new draft only Half Acre release, Founders Harvest release party in Mich., and a Save the Dunes event in Indiana.

How to brew beer in a coffee maker, using only materials commonly found on a modestly sized oceanographic research vessel. « Southern Fried Science

Once again, life is made better by science. I have known of homebrewers who tried out "prison hooch" methods, so this is actually a step up. I have also pondered a method for a truly limited batch beer: "One Beer, One Bottle." Said bottle to be artfully decorated so I could truly claim the value of the beer is in its bottle, and that I won't claim the contents are drinkable, so it could be sold on the E-bay.

Just one question for the author: How do you gather and prepare the seaweed?

Oct 11, 2010

Finch’s Beer announces Chicago brewery location - Chicago craft beer |

One of Chicago's latest startup brewers, Finch's Beer Company, has come a step closer to reality with the announcement of its new home

Oct 10, 2010

Chicago craft beer events, October 11-15 - Chicago craft beer |

Royster with the Oyster, meet John Leinenkugel, share a few with Sierra Nevada's Brewmaster, or get your Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10 this week!

Oct 6, 2010

Festival of Barrel Aged Beer tickets now available - Chicago craft beer |

Fall is upon us, and so is FoBAB.
Tickets are on sale now for the eighth annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer, which will be held Saturday, November 6 in Chicago. The event is organized by the Illinois Craft Brewing Guild, the professional organization of craft brewers and beer professionals in the Land of Lincoln.

Oct 3, 2010

Chicago craft beer calendar, October 8-10 - Chicago craft beer |

Shoreline Brewery Oktoberfest in Michigan City, 4th Annual New Buffalo MI, Rock Bottom Oktoberfest Dinner downtown, and ChiliFest at Lunar Brewing!

Oct 2, 2010

Chicago craft beer events, week of October 4-7 - Chicago craft beer |

Beer Sampling at Vintage 51 at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond; a Stone Tap Takeover & Chicago Beer Showcase at The Tribes…