Dreams Come True at Iron Brew

I think it is safe to say that Chicago’s craft beer scene is booming, and it is just going to continue to grow over the next few years. But what you might not know is that Chicago’s underground craft beer movement is on the rise as well, and these homebrewers and homebrew collectives will be… Read more »

Lawn Guyland’s Blue Point Brewing Company

Through anyone’s craft beer journey, there are certain beers and breweries that develop a bit of sentimental value. I have a few exceptional beers and breweries that will always be special to me, and one of these is Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue, New York.  My hubby and I met in a bar on… Read more »

Homebrewers Will Fight to the Death at Iron Brew!

OK, maybe that title is a bit of an exaggeration.  But as far as homebrew competitions go, this may have the most at stake.  As you know, the Chicago craft beer scene has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last few years and it is just going to continue to grow.  In addition… Read more »

What Would a Craft Brewer Do?

Imagine you are a small company making widgets.  No, scratch that; I hate widget analogies.  Imagine you are a small company making gourmet candy and you are going to launch in Hometown, U.S.A. in a few months.  There have already been five gourmet candy companies that have opened up in Hometown in the last three… Read more »

Beer Bloggers Conference Part 2: Better Late Than Never!

I usually do not have a difficult time coming up with ideas for blog posts.  I like to write. I like beer.  It is usually that simple. (Obsessing over proper grammar and over-usage of certain vocabulary stresses me out a great deal, though.)  Despite the incredibly awesome experience that was the 2012 Beer Bloggers Conference,… Read more »

Pints and Pedis!

Beer is still very much considered a man’s beverage. And it’s not just the bikini-clad commercials that allude to the unrealistic expectations that a crappy light beer will make you richer, better looking, and able to score the hot babe on the beach. While great strides have occurred to equalize the beer gender stereotypes, there… Read more »

Beer Bloggers Conference Part 1: Pre-Conference Festivities

I just had my one-year blogerversary in May and I feel like I have made some big strides since that initial post.  I have been brought in as a correspondent for both Chicago Beer Geeks and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild; I appeared on WGN Morning News to provide my beer recommendations for St. Patrick’s… Read more »

Chicago Breweries: The Next Generation

Brant Dubovick, head brewer at the soon-to-open Dryhop Brewers, remembers a quote he heard while attending the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego earlier this year: “If your number one concern as a craft brewer isn’t quality, get out right now.”  That quote stuck with him and motivated him to reach out to the breweries-in-planning… Read more »

The Best 21st Birthday Party EVER

How did you celebrate your 21st birthday?  If you are like most Americans, it was probably spent sucking down shots of Sour Apple Pucker or doing a keg stand at some creepy frat party.  Or, if you are like me, it involved two bud lights at an Outback Steakhouse in Topeka, Kansas in between work… Read more »

The Best 21st Birthday Party EVER

How did you celebrate your 21st birthday?  If you are like most Americans, it was probably spent sucking down shots of Sour Apple Pucker or doing a keg stand at some creepy frat party.  Or, if you are like me, it involved two bud lights at an Outback Steakhouse in Topeka, Kansas in between work… Read more »