Hi beer people!
So we’ve got this fancy new website with no blog entries! I was very very bad at updating the blog on the old website this past year and am going to try and do much better. As a part of this effort, I’m going to try and do a weekly beer update named, after too many beers, “Beerkly.” It will contain info that caught my eye that I would think that you enjoy from Chicago, the US, and the world, with a likely beer connection…albeit sometimes tenuous. If you want to see it sooner, follow us on our social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and even Google Plus. We post much more often during the week on those. I hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting!
- Revolution Brewing is tripling capacity to 300,000 barrels of beer annually. This is the craziest quote: “To put its new size in perspective, Illinois’ 83 craft brewers combined produced 137,000 barrels of beer in 2013, the latest full year for which data are available, according to the Brewers Association, a trade group.” WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THAT. My head exploded into deliciousness. That is pre-Lagunitas moving into Chicago, but still awesome. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150210/NEWS07/150219969/look-out-lagunitas-revolution-brewing-to-triple-capacity
- Great article on bootstrapping a new brewery here in Chicago. Keep an eye out for Illuminated Brew Works around town – if they put as much effort in their beers as they are doing in their brewery, they will have some great stuff (and early reports are that they are INCREDIBLE). “Rather than hire a contractor, Monk and Buckman broke up a section of the original cement floor with a sledgehammer themselves, so that a friend of Monk’s could pour a new floor and install a trench drain. And Monk used his skills as a metalworker to retrofit used food-processing tanks into IBW’s brew house.” http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/02/09/illuminated-brew-works-takes-its-secret-society-aboveground
- From CBE fan and West Virginian Pinaki, here is a funny, interesting article about the “Hillbilly Migration” from Appalachia to Chicago in the mid 20th Century, mainly to Chicago’s Uptown and other north-side neighborhoods. “While many African Americans found labor alongside the Poles and Lithuanians in the stockyards and steel mills on Chicago’s South and East Sides, the Appalachians settled almost entirely north of Fullerton Avenue. They worked in medium-to-large factories like Bell & Howell, General Valve and Stewart-Warner, which had a 100,000-square-foot plant on Diversey near Racine; some found jobs in gas stations or as handymen. http://newcity.com/2012/06/21/hillbilly-heaven-chicagos-other-migration-from-the-south/#sthash.rerEwySE.dpuf
- A Turkish guy tried to sneak A CASE of beer into a soccer match. Very impressive. And I get nervous with just a flask. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/13/man-caught-smuggling-beer-into-stadium_n_6679756.html
- Liking the taste of beer is the best predictor of wanting to “make love” on the first date. Giddy up! http://www.businessinsider.com/four-statistically-proven-ways-to-identify-weirdos-on-a-first-date-2012-2#if-you-want-to-know-will-my-date-have-sex-on-the-first-date-1
That’s it for this week. Thank you for reading and have a great week!