Ale Syndicate Aims to Reimagine Chicago and Craft Beer Community

I can’t believe that it has been a year and a half since I first met Samuel and Jesse Edwin Evans, the brothers who were working to bring New Chicago Beer Company to thirsty Chicagoans. There were quite a few hiccups along the way, including needing to find a new home for the brewery after their original location at… 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 »

Lake Effect Brewing Company Brings Craft Beer to Jefferson Park

Entrepreneurs built this great nation of ours; the creation of small businesses and ‘mom and pop’ stores were the foundation of our early economy.  Since the industrial revolution and the increased popularity and convenience of big box stores a la Wal-Mart, America has, unfortunately, lost some of that independent spirit. In recent years, however, the… 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 »