Hey beer people!
We are going to start regularly updating what we think is useful beer information on our blog. Check out this week’s “What’s On Tap”:
ILLINOIS CRAFT BREWERIES LISTED ON A GOOGLE MAP
The Chicago Tribune compiled a list of more than 110 craft breweries from Chicago to across the state of Illinois. It’s a growing list, but includes only breweries incorporated in Illinois. View them all in a Google map. Click here.
CITY OF BIG SHOULDERS SUPPORTS CRAFT BEER REAL ESTATE
Prohibition wiped out most of Chicago’s small breweries during the start of the 20th century. But those days are long gone. Now the city’s craft brewers occupy an estimated 1.6 million square feet of commercial real estate, more than any other metro area in the country. Click here.
HISS! NITRO BEERS TAKING OVER TAPS
What’s the deal with nitro beers? Quite simply, nitro provides smaller bubbles and a smoother, creamier taste. You’ll notice more and more nitro beers on tap, but getting nitro into bottled and canned beers is still an ongoing process. Click here.
Chicago RedEye reporter Heather Schroering covers the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. Destihl Brewery (Bloomington) won best in show; Spiteful Brewing (Chicago) won two first place awards; and Revolution Brewing brewpub (Chicago) placed second in strong dark beer and third in strong porter/stout. All totaled, 16 awards went to Illinois breweries. Heather also lists her five favorite tastings from the event. Click here.
CHEW ON YOUR HOPS!
Hoo Lawd is the hoppiest beer ever documented through scientific analysis. Courtesy of Dogfish Head Brewing, founder and president, Sam Calagione, calls the newest creation “DEFCON-five-hoppy!” What’s their secret? An experimental hop referred to as “Alpha Beast.” Once again, Dogfish Head is living up to its motto: “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Hoo Lawd will be available at Boston’s Extreme Beer Fest this spring. Click here.
PICKING UP WHERE JAY’S LEFT OFF
Atlas Brewing has taken over the former Jay’s potato chip factory on Chicago’s south side. Native Southsiders Ben and John Saller, owners of Atlas Brewing, talk about turning their homebrewing passion into a thriving brewing business. Mathew Powers shares his conversation with Ben at his Chicago Now blog “A Pint of Chicago.” Click here.
A BEER WITH ATTITUDE
Like so many craft breweries, Founders was on the brink of filing for bankruptcy; then came the release of Dirty Bastard scotch ale. The beer not only helped save the company, but also led to a new philosophy for the company: brewed for us. Founders’ co-founder, Dave Engbers, pulls back the curtain on the once struggling brewery in an interview with Loren Green at Paste magazine. Click here.
A PEDICAB PROPOSITION
Will Lincolnwood have its first-ever brewery opening in 2016? Begyle Brewing Co. has plans for a 24,000 square-foot brewery and tap room in the village area known as Town Center. Natalie Hayes from the Chicago Tribune has the skinny on how the whole idea came about during a conversation at Wrigley Field four years ago. Click here.
ROSSIANO’S CHEMISTRY CLASS
Mary Bauer was recently recognized in a Chicago list of “Top 40 executives under 40.” She earned a chemistry degree from the University of Illinois and is now the master brewer at Chicago’s biggest craft brewery, Lagunitas. Jane Donahue at the Chicago Tribune tells Bauer’s story, including the high school teacher who inspired her career path. Click here.
FIRST, LET ME TAKE A SELFIE
Women are leading the way in Korea’s craft beer movement. Not surprisingly, it’s all about taste and sophistication—and Selfies, too. But why haven’t Korean men jumped on board the craft beer bandwagon? Maxine Builder at Munchies delves in with the details. Click here.
Thanks everyone, and have a great week!
Bruce, Brian and the CBE Family