Category Archives: beer tasting

Beer Hoptacular!

Purchase a ticket to any one (or all three!) of the tasting events scheduled for June 4, 5 and 6 at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom and you’ll be rubbing elbows with the country’s finest craft brewers.   It’s pretty straightforward – entry into the event gets you a souvenir glass and unlimited tastings from any of the breweries in attendance.  And wow, the list of breweries is impressive – Dogfish Head, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Summit, Bells and many more.  Of course, local breweries Goose Island, Half Acre, Two Brothers, Flossmoor and Roundhouse will be sharing their suds.  Complete list here. The big downside is going though Ticketmaster for tickets.


Chicago Craft Beer Week

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild announced the 1st annual Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 17-23, 2010) which coincides with American Craft Beer Week. The week-long celebration of all things craft beer will showcase our local breweries, tastings at bars/restaurants, beer dinners, pub crawls and special limited edition beers created especially for the various events.

For more information and a soon to be published calendar of events, check in with Chicago Craft Beer Week and start planning your Chicago craft beer adventures!

DogFloydAPalooza II

The Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake) is hosting what’s bound to be a stellar beer event tonight (April 6) to kick off the Craft Brewer’s Conference in Chicago.  Dogfish Head and Three Floyds will be on tap – five different beers from each brewery.  Beer Gods Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head) and Nick Floyd (Three Floyds) will be in attendance this evening.

The beer will be accompanied by music from Andre Williams with The Goldstars and Jon Langford and The Cashed Johnnies.

Grab your tickets here.

2010 Craft Brewers Conference

Chicago hosts this year’s Brewers Association conference for breweries and brewpubs.  The event will be held at the River North Sheraton Chicago April 7-10.

The conference is a meeting place for craft beer professionals to exchange tips and techniques to improve their own breweries and brewpubs. With scheduled speakers from a variety of North American brewers, as well as classes on brewing, storage, packaging, media relations and much more, the conference will undoubtedly develop ideas to fuel and grow the craft beer movement.

Excited?  Let’s hope you have already confirmed your registration since this year’s event registration has been closed to due to extraordinary demand.

The biennial World Beer Cup also takes place during the conference.  The winners will be announced on the last day of the conference at the World Beer Cup Gala Awards Dinner.

The World Beer Cup was capped at 3,500 entries this year – roughly three times as many entries from 2002.

Craft Brewers Conference

Brewers Association

World Beer Cup

It’s going to be a great beer week in Chicago, my friends.  Cheers!


Brews for History 2010

The Chicago Metro History Education Center is hosting a beer tasting on Wednesday, March 3rd.

Goose Island and Two Brothers will pouring their delicious craft beers for the tasting.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Chicago Metro History Fair (serves 20,000 students and 500 teachers in 200 local Chicago schools).

There will also be a Chicago beer history lecture, door prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets are $40 and they encourage an RSVP.

To register or for more information, visit Brews for History and Chicago History Fair.