March 16 2018 - 11:39 AM

Too Much New Glarus

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June 10 2016 - 1:51 AM

DryHop Brewers Anniversary Week

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March 24 2016 - 2:09 AM

Aged 2012 Founders Imperial Stout

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November 21 2015 - 2:28 AM

Segura Viudas Brut Cava

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July 26 2015 - 9:51 AM

Old Irving Beer & BBQ Challenge

Summer is at its zenith.  Each of these precious, warm and sunny Chicago weekends during the sun’s Midwestern sojourn warrants rejoicing.  And there’s hardly a better way to celebrate summer’s…

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May 21 2015 - 9:00 AM

Rockit’s Relaunch

Earlier this month, River North’s  Rockit Bar & Grill underwent a complete relaunch featuring a complete redesign and new menu. Partners Billy Dec, Brad Young and Arturo Gomez – along…

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November 24 2014 - 9:00 AM

Drinking with Dinosaurs

As previewed earlier this month, Chicago’s newest spirits event, the Lively Water Whiskey Festival, recently hit The Field Museum for an evening of drinks, drams and dinosaurs. The stunning backdrop of…

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September 03 2014 - 1:00 PM

Guinness Goes Blonde

I was lucky enough to attend a Guinness’s Discovery Series event at The Dawson for a sneak peak of their first brew in the series, Guinness Blonde. We enjoyed great…

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July 13 2014 - 11:20 PM

Maine Beer Company Lunch

Recently at Millennium Park I saw a rock show by legendary punk-pop rocker Bob Mould which made me think about the concept of excellence.  Despite his age of 53, Bob,…

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June 09 2014 - 9:00 AM

DryHop’s 1st Anniversary

It feels like yesterday we were previewing the opening of Lakeview’s DryHop Brewers and chatting with Proprietor, Greg Shuff. Flash forward to this month when DryHop celebrates its 1st anniversary….

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May 14 2014 - 10:32 PM

DryHop Brewers Events During Chicago Craft Beer Week

Greatness starts with attitude.  Living proof of this maxim is forged in DryHop Brewers.  My very first sip, several years ago, of their then-unnamed Shark Meets Hipster wheat IPA foretold…

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May 01 2014 - 1:00 PM

WhiskeyFest Chicago 2014

WhiskyFest – the annual event put on by Whisky Advocate Magazine which celebrated its 15th year this past Friday– has grown to positively gigantic proportions. It is a place to…

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December 16 2013 - 6:59 PM

2011 Bridlewood Cabernet

The 2011 Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles is a good example of a Cab that’s perfect for this time of year. It’s big, jammy and has a heavy hand…

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December 13 2013 - 9:00 AM

Know and Love Vin Chicago

“We’re here because we love wine. Period.” It’s a simple sign-off, tossed out after exchanging thank-yous for an afternoon of chatting, but I come back to it later realizing it…

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October 15 2013 - 9:00 AM

Points on Pairing

For me, it was a 2005 Savagnin Vin Jaune from Domaine de Montbourgeau served with turtle consommé, the second course of what would later become one of the most memorable…

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August 26 2013 - 1:00 PM

A Chat with Bittercube Bitters

Nicholas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz of Milwaukee’s Bittercube have had a couple busy months. The duo released a new limited-edition bitters style called Door County Hops and worked to open two…

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July 09 2013 - 9:00 AM

Good Vines Wine

In the 21st century, shoppers have become more savvy and are more aware of what they buy – and who they support by buying – than ever before. We live…

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June 07 2013 - 9:00 AM

DryHop Brewers Preview

The buzz surrounding the opening of Lakeview brewpub, DryHop Brewers, has been building exponentially over the past few weeks. If you’re like me, you’ve probably walked by the space at…

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May 16 2013 - 9:00 AM

Craft Beer Week Tips

The word is out that Chicago Craft Beer Week 2013 is finally here!   Chicago Foodies has already provided you with an event overview and the most pertinent links.  With 250…

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April 30 2013 - 9:00 AM

WhiskyFest Chicago 2013 Recap

All of our Whisky Week coverage was leading up to this past Friday’s main event, WhiskyFest. As the city’s largest gathering of whisky producers, ambassadors, and aficionados, there were nearly…

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April 27 2013 - 3:53 PM

Cocktail: The Seelbach

Our Saturday cocktail is a celebratory one. Nearly lost to the ravages of time, the reincarnated Seelbach is an elegant bourbon-based cocktail, topped with Champagne.  Admittedly, that sounds like an…

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April 25 2013 - 11:00 AM

Cocktail: The Boulevardier

For Thursday’s Whiskey Week drink, we bring you the Boulevardier, another cocktail that is sophisticated, delicious and completely simple to make. You’d think with the popularity of the Negroni cocktail…

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April 23 2013 - 11:00 AM

Cocktail: The Blinker

For the second day of Whiskey Week, we bring you a lesser-known but equally delicious classic, The Blinker. This refreshing cocktail combines rye whiskey and grapefruit juice for a bitter…

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April 22 2013 - 9:00 AM

Cocktail: The Sazerac

Perhaps the most classic riff on the ever-riffable old-fashioned, the pink-hued Sazerac is amazingly complex tasting for its small list of ingredients. Although the first printed recipe didn’t appear until…

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April 08 2013 - 1:00 PM

3 Reasons DryHop Is Your New Fav

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending emerging brewer DryHop Brewers’ pre-opening party, which occurred at the site of their soon-to-be open Lakeview brewpub. Behind a Violet-Hour-esque plywood storefront, with a…

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April 07 2013 - 4:41 PM

Founders 2013 KBS Release Party

Greetings, beer lovers.  I recently visited Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend the release party for the 2013 installment of their legendary Kentucky Breakfast Stout.  This year, Founders…

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January 28 2013 - 1:00 PM

Hot Toddy Time

The origins of the hot toddy are murky, but like all good cocktail and spirit stories, it was at one point considered medicine. (And in some circles — my own…

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August 20 2012 - 12:45 PM

Oval – Structured Vodka

I read about structured vodka online a few weeks ago. It sounded good…a reknowned homeopathic scientist, Valery Sorokin, has determined a way to build vodka where the alcohol is surrounded…

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August 17 2012 - 12:45 PM

Portugese Reds

I was listening to an excellent ’60s and ’70s Brazilian band called Os Mutantes, and since Brazilians speak Portugese (and also because Portugese wines are cheap), I somehow started thinking…

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August 13 2012 - 11:46 PM

The Monkey Picker

There is a style of oolong tea that — as the story goes — was carefully picked by trained monkeys. The leaves of the wild tea were delicate, the trees…

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July 23 2012 - 9:28 PM

Bum Wine… Trader Joe’s Style

I remember drinking Thunderbird in college. We called it “Dundabud”, in homage to sugary-wine-addled ne’er-do-wells that would kill a bottle, or more, in a sitting – or staggering. That’s when…

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July 21 2012 - 11:51 AM

Letherbee – A Gin for the People

Brent Engel laments the ethos characterizing some of today’s small distillers that craft immediately implies better, and that better must mean expensive. “Some people wield their product as a moral tool. They…

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June 12 2012 - 11:38 PM

Amaro’s Bitter Bite

Humans are particularly sensitive to bitter tastes; it’s part of our evolution. Many of nature’s poisons are bitter, so those cavemen ancestors who winced and spit got to live another…

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April 13 2012 - 10:12 AM

Wines of Languedoc

Languedoc produces more wines than any region of France, most of which is produced for the domestic market, and its region covers more than 725,000 acres with thirty appellations. Historically…

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April 02 2012 - 10:16 AM

Founders All Day IPA

I first tried this beer in 2011 and foolishly dismissed it.  It’s a thin, 4.7% IPA that, so I thought, lacks the complexity of Founders other hoppy offerings, such as…

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March 14 2012 - 9:44 AM

Vibrant Rioja

On Monday earlier this week there was a chance to sample various wines from Rioja, sponsored by Vibrant Rioja.   I view Rioja fondly as my gateway drug into Old World…

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February 06 2012 - 6:00 PM

White Wine Tasting at Oceanique

Last week the editor-in-chief of Chicago Foodies and I met Philip André, the wine director of Oceanique, an intimate French-American seafood restaurant situated in the city center of Evanston that…

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December 12 2011 - 8:45 AM

Brooklyn Brewing Black Ops

Does it exist?  You tell me.  It's not listed on their website.  I'm not talking about Area 51, Smoking Man, the black cancer, or the Trilateral Commission.  I'm talking about…

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December 07 2011 - 1:31 PM

Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale

I'm having home made moussaka for dinner and was trying to figure out what beer would pair with the sweet and creamy-spicy eggplant-potato casserole. I have a nice stockpile of…

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September 01 2011 - 5:37 PM

Beer Wars

It's now streaming online. Cool to see the people involved from Dogfish Head to New Century and the risks they take.

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April 25 2011 - 8:40 AM

Chicago Wine Country Reality?

In a noble gesture of putting underutilized parts carpa hinchable of town to use, it is interesting, but with a lack of hills and history, will this work?,0,4091986.column –Brian…

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April 19 2011 - 10:31 AM

Hudson Whiskey Tasting

On April 13 we attended a Tuthilltown Distillery-sponsored whiskey tasting and food pairing at Bangers & Lace in Noble Square.  Gable Erenzo, the distiller and brand ambassador, as well as an…

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April 13 2011 - 11:29 AM

Michigan Wine Tasting

I’ve been dying, somewhat irrationally, to have a Michigan wine tasting.  The Midwest, with its high summer temperatures and limestone soils, seems like an underrated place to grow wine.  As…

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March 25 2011 - 11:52 PM

2005 Royal Tokaji Furmint

The increasing number of eastern European wines makes it an exciting time to explore and dive into something that Americans seldom explore:  the vast number of native varietals, the breadth…

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January 06 2011 - 11:05 AM

Smuttynose Robust Porter

I was browsing around Pastoral Artisan Cellars’ North Broadway location, and I remembered some earlier postings in Chicago Foodies regarding the arrival of Smuttynose, so when I saw some Robust Porter…

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December 30 2010 - 10:45 AM

Bell’s 10,000 is Out

Thanks to fellow Chicago Foodies writer Mark Sheppard I last year was introduced to Bell’s 9000 at Sheffield’s bar in a rather small snifter, a dark, rich complex mass of many different…

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