Chicago Reader’s Cocktail Challenge (Sarah Syman’s Kimchi cocktail)

The Chicago Reader’s Cocktail Challenge probably stands as my favorite on-going series in the Chicago booze world. A bartender that recently completed the challenge picks an almost certainly bizarre ingredient, and then challenges another bartender in the city to  whip up something imbibe-able. Recipes get included too, so adventurous at-home bartenders can play a long….

A New Era Begins…

I have been lax around here lately. No excuses. It happens here, and I wish it didn’t. But now I have some really cool new motivations to dive into this old blog and this old boozy scene in the form of: New Jobs/Roles: I am now the Chicago area/Illinois state managers for both a Brewery…

Open Letter to Flying Dog/Medium.com

Reprinting this here, as it represents a core belief of The Boozy Beggar, myself, and all things associated with where this blog is going. https://medium.com/@kaleighkdunn/an-open-letter-to-one-mr-jim-caruso-of-flying-dog-brewery-because-actions-speak-louder-cfa2a01f0cc2

Cider Needs a Lexicon

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/ciders-core-curriculum/ Market dictates needs right? That’s what drives a lot of economic theory and probably is one of the forces behind recent efforts to develop a lexicon for cider in the U.S. Market needs – and in my mind, it is a need to diversify, classify, and mature the cider drinker – seem to be…

Classic Cocktails meets Modern Distilling Series, Take 1 – Sazerac

I am starting this cocktail series based on the classics. We’ll take a classic cocktail, we’ll use a few different recipes from my collection of books, from Imbibe magazine, and from other online sources. We’ll make an approximation of the classic, or the version I learned as a bartender, and then we’ll do some re-making…

Saison Day at The Hopleaf, April 8th, Noon

Every year (this is the 4th) Allagash celebrates the diversity of saisons by celebrating Saison Day with an event featuring their portfolio of saisons/farmhouse beers, poured alongside selections from their brewery friends from around the world. In Chicago, Saison Day gets hosted by the The Hopleaf, our bastion of Belgian and Belgian-style beers, and a…

March 2017 – My Top Breweries

This one is a particularly Chicago-centric list. If I haven’t had the beer in the city area yet, I’m not going to count it. This is really just the beginning of a weekly/monthly list of favorites on my radar, that I feel compelled to share with anyone reading. Seek out the beers from these breweries,…

Boozy Beggar Picture of the Day – Whiner Miaou

Whiner Miaou – A Blended Barrel-Aged Dry-Hopped Belgian Wheat Cans, cute as can be, available at Coalfire, my favorite pizza joint in the city. If you’re with a wine drinker, trust me, get the Argiano Super Tuscan. via Instagram http://ift.tt/2ogZke4

The Wine List!

Ok, it is time to start documenting some of my experiences with wine. For fair warning, I am not an oenophile and I am just now teaching myself about wine, both in terms of grapes and in terms of producing regions. I’m going to approach this a lot like I would spirits, but with a…