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Beer Story: How Did Our Area Become A Beer Neighborhood?

By Meryl Williams

It’s a fact: Our area has become a Beer Neighborhood. In some ways, Lincoln Square, Northcenter, and Ravenswood seemed almost destined to be Chicago’s premier beer neighborhood. So which came first: the beer or the beer-drinker?

Begyle Brewing’s Ambitious Plans Include a Kickstarter Campaign to End Shrinkage

By Patty Wetli

The owners of Northcenter-based Argyle Brewing have been busy since we last checked in with the trio: applying for manufacturing and retail licenses, getting married, changing their name to Begyle. Oh, and brewing beer, which they should be ready to sell shortly. We caught up with Begyle partner Kevin Cary one night last week at Read the Rest…

Craft Beer Week: What’s on Tap Around the ‘Hood

By Patty Wetli

In just its third year, Chicago Craft Beer Week has become such a popular event, seven days can’t contain the excitement. The “week” now runs for a whopping 11 days, May 17-27, and that still isn’t enough time to hit up the more than 200 participating venues and special events. Lincoln Square has been lumped Read the Rest…

Chicago Craft Beer Week: Drink Up! It’s for Charity

By Patty Wetli

Somebody at Chicago Craft Beer Week headquarters must have trouble counting, because last we checked, the event runs for a whopping 11 days, May 17-27. At that, beer lovers will scarcely have enough time to hit up the more than 200 participating venues and special events. Lakeview and Roscoe Village have been lumped in with Read the Rest…

Meet Dogfish Head Founder at Fountainhead’s Dogfish Fest Tonight

By Patty Wetli

Chicago Craft Beer Week doesn’t officially start until Thursday, but we haven’t heard any complaints that Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., is jumping the gun by hosting Dogfish Head owner/founder Sam Calagione at a mini-fest tonight, featuring some of Dogfish’s greatest hits. Featured in his own Discovery Channel series, Brew Masters, and a New Yorker Read the Rest…

How Do You Like Them Apples: Goose Island’s Greg Hall Is Betting Big on Cider

By Patty Wetli

Greg Hall is hoping to catch lightning in a bottle for the second time. The former Goose Island brewmaster is now looking to invigorate interest in cider the way he helped spark a revolution in craft beer nearly 25 years ago. We know, cider. WTF? It’s like Picasso drawing caricatures at Navy Pier, Meryl Streep Read the Rest…

New Ravenswood Brewery Plans To Open In May

By Mike Fourcher

Three local brewers have formed Argyle Brewing and hope to start offering a wide variety of high-quality craft beers from a new brewery at 1800 W. Cuyler Ave. this May. The neighborhood’s fourth brewery, Argyle plans to be the first brewery in the nation to use a CSA model typically used by small organic farmers. Founded by Kevin Read the Rest…

Square Kegs Kicks Off Home Brew Contest

By Patty Wetli

Think you’ve got an award-winning stout brewing in your basement? Time to put your skills to the test in the Square Kegs Home Brew Club’s first Winter Brewing Competition. The contest is sure to be the hot topic at the club’s meeting, Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Brew Camp, 2039 W. Belle Read the Rest…

Pop-Up Cheese Shop At Half Acre

By Patty Wetli

Beer and cheese doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue like beer and pretzels or beer and brats, but monks have been pairing the two since the Middle Ages, and if you can’t trust monks, who can you? Putting a modern spin on this ancient tradition, Half Acre Beer Company, 4257 N. Lincoln, is hosting a Read the Rest…

Red Lion Snags Liquor License, What’s on Tap?

By Patty Wetli

The wait is over. For those longing to belly up to the Red Lion‘s oh-so inviting bar and order a pint, your moment has arrived. The British-style pub, at 4749 N. Rockwell Ave., is finally in possession of its highly anticipated liquor license and is ready to start pouring pints. “We’re still getting set up Read the Rest…

Fast Food (and Drink)

By Patty Wetli

A quick take on the local restaurant scene. The Square Kegs Home Brew Club is hosting “Pairings in the Plaza” on Saturday, July 16, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Local restaurants and breweries will join forces in Giddings Plaza, sampling food and beers and offering advice on how to play matchmaker between the two. Participants include Bistro Campagne, Read the Rest…

Half Acre Responds to Charges of Favoritism

By Patty Wetli

Just in time for the annual Crosstown Classic, Chicagoist decided to add a little fuel to the old North Side vs. South Side feud. Reporting that pints of Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter Pale Ale were scarce to non-existent at various South Side pubs, Chicagoist seemed to imply that the Lincoln Avenue brewery showed a preference Read the Rest…

Brew Camp: A Mind-Expanding Homebrew Destination

By Karl Klockars

Chicago has seen homebrew stores before, but not one like Brew Camp. Not just content to provide grains, hops and yeast to area homebrewers and craft beermakers alike, owners Jared Saunders and Whit Nelson want to digitally evangelize their decades of homebrew knowledge as well. Sure, the store will be happy to sell you bags Read the Rest…

Half Acre and Isla Pilipina Join Forces for Beer Dinner

By Patty Wetli

For the past couple of years, staff at Half Acre has been ordering food from Isla Pilipina, and folks at Isla have been buying beer at Half Acre. Like the moment Reese’s grasped the potential of peanut butter and chocolate, it finally dawned on the two businesses to pair their respective products. “After getting to Read the Rest…

Tonight: Local Cask Night At Fountainhead

By Patty Wetli

Chicago Craft Beer Week is nearing its end. If you haven’t had a chance to participate yet, there are still loads of great events on tap. If you’ve already done plenty of imbibing, what’s one more pint, or five? Tonight, check out Local Cask Night at Fountainhead (1970 W. Montrose), 4-7 p.m. Local brewers Half Read the Rest…

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