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 »