King’s Day with La Trappe Trappist – April 27th

Join the Artisanal Imports crew in a mini-bar crawl of Kingly proportions (really, it’ll be more like playing tag with Adam and Nick, if you can find them!). Every year The Netherlands celebrates the birth of their monarch, now King Willem-Alexander, and Artisanal Imports celebrates in kind, with the La Trappe Trappist line of Dutch…

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…

Whiner Beer Co Ultraviolet Bottle Release – April 7th, 5pm

In February, Whiner Beer Co released Candy Darling (All Oak Barrel-fermented, Barrel-aged Wild Ale with crazy plums), to much acclaim amongst Chicago’s beer scene. Personally, it ranks among my favorite beers of the year so far. Now they’re doing it again, this time with Ultraviolet, and I’m even more excited. I love all things blueberry…

Off Color Brewing Night at The Barrel! 7pm Kickoff, 3/31!!!

I present to you, your last minute Friday night plan. Off Color Brewing sneaks into The Barrel with some pretty wicked tap offerings tonight, and makes off with all the cheese when they’re done. No promise that they’ll be in Dinosaur gear.

Thursday Events Post

Just a quick events post for Thursday, March 30th. Some fun stuff going on! Victory Brewing Tap Feature – Monk’s Pub – 4pm Onward Kirsch Gose ● Cherry Gose ● 4.7% ABV Prima Pils ● German Inspired Pilsener ● 5.3% ABV Blackboard Series: Coffee Cream Ale ● Cream Ale w/Cold Brew Coffee ● 6.5% ABV…