• Lagunitas Brewery Tour: Pure Imagination

    Posted in News on Oct 17, 2018

    We do not know if we should even write this review since witnessing this taproom for yourself for the first time without comprehending what you are getting into is a trip in itself. We do not mean 'trip' as in a cross-country drive, but rather a trip that comes from a few of the illegal kind of mushrooms. Not that the subject above is anything of which we know.

    Upon finding this place on the near south side of Chicago, you see a warehouse, a parking lot, and a very dull looking storefront door. As soon as you pass through it, everything changes. The first sensory overload is a rather lengthy...

  • RIP CAN MAN!!!

    Posted in News on Oct 16, 2018

    Original developer and creator of the aluminum can, Bill Coors, also chairman of the Coors company, passed away peacefully at his home over the weekend. Coors isn't most craft beer lovers cup of tea, but his legacy will continue to bring happiness to many generations for years to come. Sodas up for the Can Man!

  • STONE BREWERY GOES NUTTY

    Posted in News on Oct 16, 2018

    Co-founder of Stone Brewing takes nutty to a new level by creating artisan, stone-ground nutbutter. His newest product Stone Xocoveza Nutbutter is a collaboration with Stone Brewing. He claims "its like a warm hug". HUGS ON TAP!!!

  • BEER REVIEW: YOUR AUNT IS A TART!

    Posted in News on Oct 15, 2018

    Aunt Sally is an offering only several-years-old from Lagunitas. The beer is a tart, bright 'fruit-essence' beer. Named for the homely aunt of Huckleberry Finn, the beer is tart from a process called kettle-souring. It is a natural way to add in just a touch of the flavor that sour beer drinkers crave.

    Beer is brewed by soaking cracked grains in a large kettle of hot water until the starches in the grains slowly convert to sugar. Then the sugary water is siphoned off and boiled as hops and other additions are mixed in. Then the sweet liquid result is sent to the fermenters and converted to al...

  • Urban Artifact Has Some Real Wild Yeast

    Posted in News on Oct 10, 2018

    Cincinnati Brewery is brewing beer from 150 year old yeast strain. The strain was found preserved in a Cincinnati cellar built before electricity and refrigeration. History has never tasted so good.

  • Bee 23 Beer Review

    Posted in News on Oct 10, 2018

    Bee-lieve in Bee 23!

    Bee 23 from Short Fuse is a big beer. It is a double IPA with all the bitterness one would expect from the style but combined with honey during the brewing process which significantly mellows the aroma and flavor. The beer is eight percent alcohol, and it feels and smells that way.

    The brewery touts a triple dry-hopped production process. That means that after the beer is fermented, a brewer climbs a large ladder and drops more hops into the top of the tank. The process is done for aroma only and doesn't add to the bitterness. Short Fuse lets us know that this has been d...

  • Weekly Taproom Review

    Posted in News on Oct 09, 2018

    Today, we review Maplewood Brewery and Distillery.

    In the process of covering other breweries, it has been shown that some of the taprooms take a bit of work to find. Maplewood Brewery and Distillery is indeed one of those clandestine joints. In fact, it is geographically situated near some of the most busily traveled arteries in the city. It's located down the end of a dead-end street that butts up against the Kennedy Expressway. Guess the street name? Yup, it's Maplewood. However, there is a billboard on the other side of the building that is noticeable from the expressway with the bre...

  • Sushi Lovers Have Something Else To Be Excited About

    Posted in News on Oct 05, 2018

    Japan provides Americans with so much awesomeness including sushi, technology and automobiles. Japan is now looking to hop across the pond and spread some craft beer love. 22 Craft Beer Brewers from Japan have started a marketing campaign to showcase the “authenticity, richness and unique flavour profile” of Japanese Craft Beer.

  • Booze Cruise Takes on a Whole New Meaning

    Posted in News on Oct 05, 2018

    Carnival Cruise Line has certain ships with their own breweries. Colin Presby, Carnival Brewmaster, does his best to keep passengers hopping onboard for good craft beer.

  • Have a Short Fuse here!

    Posted in News on Oct 02, 2018

    Today, we review Short Fuse Brewing Company.

    Short Fuse Brewing Company in Schiller Park, IL, directly under the landing runways of O'Hare Airport. Every 30 seconds or so, a loud plane will approach from several hundred feet in the air with its landing gear open. We heard from one of the 'beertenders,' Mitch that frequently first-time visitors look for the closest brewery as soon as they land in Chicago. Short Fuse does not disappoint.

    The taproom is a spacious brewpub with big open windows and murals. The food and the beer are both excellent. Often food is a secondary thought at breweries, b...