The 11th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer

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What is the quintessential Chicago beer? The West Coast has it’s tongue-destroying IPAs. The East Coast excels at traditional styles, often influenced by recipes brewed by our founding fathers. But what is a Chicago beer? Regardless of the beer style, you better believe that it is barrel-aged. Goose Island started (and perfected) the trend in… Read more »

Do This: ManBQue & Barley’s Angels Valentine’s Day Feast

People tend to have a love/severe hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. Sure, it’s great if you have someone. But if you don’t, the entire month of February pretty much rubs it in just how alone you are. Well, you know what always loves you no matter what Hallmark-created holiday it is? BEER. And Barley’s Angels… Read more »

Lady Beer Nerds Rejoice! Barley’s Angels Chapter Formed in Chicago

During this political season leading up to Election Day, many of the news networks were commenting on a “war on women.” They were referring to the Republican Party’s initiatives to restrict women’s rights but, in my opinion, the real war on women is the condescending move of so-called beer companies to develop light, low calorie,… Read more »

Oktoberfest Revolution!

First of all, let me offer an apology. I am usually much better about posting event write-ups in a timely fashion. I will save you the gory details but I’m pretty sure the Bubonic Plague (aka ‘Black Death’) resurfaced in Chicago and I, somehow, contracted this disease. But before I succumbed to this mostly eradicated… Read more »

#DrinkLocal

Have you noticed that it is getting easier and easier to drink local in Chicago? No? Well, go to your friendly neighborhood craft beer establishment and count how many brews were made right here in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. I bet that there are quite a few. I experienced this the other day when… Read more »