January 2017 CBE Brewsletter

on January 6, 2017

Hello brew crew!

As part of our New Year’s resolutions – other than going to the gym (#alreadyfailed) – we are starting a monthly newsletter. This will be hopped up on beer related info from Chicago, the U.S., and the world.

Let’s start with a little 2016 craft beer-in-review. Here are some stats from the U.S. Brewers Association regarding the United States:

–  We now have over 5,005 breweries, compared to just 1,500 in 2008.

–  Craft beer growth slowed from 13% in 2015 to 8% in 2016.

–  India Pale Ales represent 25% of craft beer volume. Holy hops!

In Chicago:

–  According to the Hop Review, there are currently 65 breweries in the city and 103 in the suburbs.

–  New breweries that opened in the city in 2016 are: Around the Bend Beer Co., Baderbräu Tap & BreweryBand of BohemiaCervecería Cruz BlancaDovetail BrewingHopewell Brewing Co.Motor Row BrewingOld Irving Brewing Co.Suller’s Past Brewing, and Whiner Beer Co.

– According to the Hop Review, approximately 10 breweries are scheduled to open in the city of Chicago in the future.

Trouble brewing?

– Is there a craft beer bubble? This question has been asked for years, but we may be reaching an inflection point in Chicago. Recently, Finch Beer Co. announced it was leaving its recently acquired taproom and closing its existing brewery, planning on moving elsewhere. Also, Ale Syndicate Brewers lost its lease on a space where Arcade Brewing also brewed, closing, at least temporarily, the two breweries. There will probably be some rough spots ahead for some breweries in the future – bars and beer stores only have so much space – although we wish everyone the best.

Regardless of trouble, there is one thing we believe: the quality of beer has never been better, both in Chicago and the country. Brewers will need to continue to produce delicious suds for consumers, which is excellent for us!

We’ve got more information for you below, and hope you enjoy. Have a great start to 2017!
– Bruce and the CBE Team

December Lakeview Beer Tour Small

We had a blast over the holidays on our Lakeview & Lincoln Park beer tour!



Lakeview & Lincoln Park Beer Tours – January & February; Link

Winter Brew – January 27-28, Lincoln Square (Dank Haus, 4740 N Western); Link

Chicago Ale Fest (Winter) – January 28, Navy Pier (Grand Ballroom); Link

Cider Summit Chicago – February 11, Navy Pier; Link

Here are other interesting beer stories from the past month:


– Pipeworks Brewing has opened a bottle shop in the Logan Square neighborhood. Link.

– Alarmist Brewing’s taproom set to open in February/March in the Sauganash neighborhood on the city’s north side. Link.

– Off Color Brewing to open brewery with outdoor patio in Lincoln Park neighborhood. Link.

– Dovetail Brewery, one of Chicago’s 2016 breweries, interviewed on WGNTV: Link.


– Yuengling beer is coming to Indiana, inching ever so closer to Chicago. Link.

– 21st Amendment Brewing (out of San Francisco) on the art of naming a beerLink.

– Here are the hops to watch in 2017. Link.


– Goose Island is opening brewpubs in 6 countries around the world. Link.

– Belgium’s beer culture has been officially recognized by UNESCO. Link.

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