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A couple weeks ago, almost 300 awards were presented to breweries from around the globe at the World Beer Cup held in Denver, CO. Of those, 20 were given to breweries from the Chicagoland area (within three hours driving distance from Chicago), further solidifying this region as not only one of the fastest growing, but also as a hotbed for some of the world’s best beers. Here are just a few of this year’s award winners you should seek out the next time you’re visiting Chicagoland…


Newbies - New Releases You Want to Look Out For

Dankosaurus IPA / Blacklight / Rick & Robbie’s Spröcketbier and more!

So many beers, So little time … Newbies is your essential map to the “best of the best” and the hottest new craft beers rolling out each week. From Stone Brewing’s first-ever Spotlight Series Release to the latest from Cedar Creek and Upslope Brewing – we’ve all kinds of beers that you’ll want to chase down.

So welcome to another edition of Newbies –Your ultimate guide to great new craft beers!  

 |  APRIL 24, 2014

Bad Ideas in Brewing – Palcohol

Okay, we get that this isn’t actually a brewed product. But this idea is so massively misguided that we felt it earned its own right to be included in our Bad Ideas in Brewing Series. We recently learned via BevLog that a product called Palcohol, a new powdered booze creation, had been approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and that its makers are hoping to get it into the marketplace this fall.

APRIL 23, 2014

The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill - April 23, 2014

Hey it’s Wednesday and that means it’s Rumor Mill Time….The NAB is sponsoring a Cicerone Program for their staff and associates and we’ve the complete skinny for you! Plus we’ve an update from our friends at New Belgium and some San Francisco Giants news from Anchor Brewing.

So fasten your seat belts everybody because….THIS WEEK’S RUMOR MILL IS ON!

APRIL 23, 2014

Meet the Brews Travelers, On a Mission to Hit 365 Breweries in 365 Days

Any craft beer lover would probably admit that, at one point or another, they’ve dreamed of traveling the country at length to visit as many breweries as they could squeeze into their schedules. For Dallas, Texas-based craft beer enthusiasts Michael Roberts and Brandon Wurtz, that dream has become a reality since they started their yearlong, cross-country brewcation at the beginning of this year as the Brews Travelers 365.


Newbies - New Craft Beer Releases That You Want to Look Out For - April 22, 2014

River North IPA / Dead Rise / Citra Victorious and more!

So many beers, So little time…Newbies is your essential map to the “best of the best” and the hottest new craft beers rolling out each week. From Denver’s brilliant River North Brewery to the latest releases from Dominion and Harpoon – we’ve all kinds of beers that you’ll want to chase down.

So welcome to another edition of Newbies – Your ultimate guide to great new craft beers

APRIL 22, 2014

Navigation Brewing Charts A New Course

Who would have thought that a casual discussion between two family members drinking homebrewed beer on a Maine beach could turn into a business venture? That initial discussion and many that followed between PJ Mercier and his father in-law, Bob Johnson (an avid homebrewer), would eventually lead to the establishment of Navigation Brewing Company.


The American Craft Beer Quick Hits - April 21, 2014

5 Craft Beer Happenings That You Need To Know About!

We blame the industry for this… It used to be that when we wrapped up our Weekend Picks on Friday, we could coast through the weekend. There was little need to check in for updates –things were pretty much done. But clearly all that’s changed.

So here’s some of what’s happened in the world of craft beer while you were off enjoying yourselves.

APRIL 21, 2014

The American Craft Beer Weekend Picks - April 18, 2014

Hey it’s Friday… Spring has finally sprung and you’re ready for the fun. Well good, because we’re all about it and we’ve got all kinds of ideas for you. From the nation’s coolest beer festivals to movies, music, and cutting-edge TV – we’ve got your back big-time. We’ve also a Weekend Beer Pick for you too, because we know you’ll be drinking.

So welcome to our awesome Easter Holiday Weekend Picks…

APRIL 18, 2014

Seven Craft Beers Paired with Easter Brunch

Easter is this Sunday and that means the Lord has risen, the eggs are dyed and hidden in a places where you won’t find them until three months from now, and that same stupid Cadbury Crème Egg commercial from the 80’s has been playing for last 3 months.  Traditionally Easter brunch or dinner marks the end of lent which means indulging in fatty delicious food and sweets that were given up for 40 days.  For those of us who drink craft beer and follow lent, it may also mean lifting your one to two beers a day restriction and reverting back to your guzzle gut ways.  ACB has suggestions that will help you merge your beer immoderation with Aunt Doris’s feast, as we explore Easter craft beer pairings. 

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