Beware the Ides of Cider!

I’ve talked about CHAOS Brew Club on this site a few times but an event occurred this weekend that warrants another mention.  On Saturday, October 15, 2011, CHAOS hosted a fundraising event at the soon-to-be community brew space at 1329 W. Grand Ave in Chicago. Titled the “Ides of Cider,” CHAOS members brewed fall-themed beers… Read more »


As the Chicago beer and brewery scene is exploding, so is the hobby of homebrewing.  And with this influx of individuals brewing on the kitchen stove in a tiny apartment or a banjo burner in the front yard, new homebrew clubs are popping up to support these hobbyists. One of these new clubs is CHAOS (Chicago… Read more »

Review: Revolution Brewing’s Barrel-Aged Institutionalized Barleywine

I vaguely remember tasting this beer when it was first released and before it was aged for 10 months (since November 2010) in Jack Daniels Whiskey and Heaven Hill Rye barrels. But why dwell on the past? The barrel-aged version is incredible. It pours a dark brown with reddish undertones and a creamy head. The… Read more »

“Collaboration is the New Competition”: A Meet & Greet with New Chicago Brewing Company

If you are even remotely interested in the ever-expanding beer scene in Chicago, you have heard or read about New Chicago Brewing Co, the sustainable endeavor dreamt up by brothers Jesse Edwin Evans and Samuel Evans. I’ve written before about my high opinion of the supportive business practices of the Chicagoland brewers and this sentiment… Read more »