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April 11, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt
Just before I graduated college, my roommate insisted we throw a James Bond-themed party. It was her boyfriend's birthday. She thought her boyfriend looked like Daniel Craig. During the course of the night, I settled into the in-no-way-legal bartending gig in the kitchen that had been making me money at parties for months. Only this time, there were martinis involved - shaken, not stirred. They were about as well-balanced as you'd expect a college house party drink to be, but that wasn't the point.
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May 28, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
New breweries need to stand out if they are going to make an impact in Chicago's busy craft beer scene. Forbidden Root , a new Chicago brewery set to hit taps in early June, is poised to do it. Calling itself a 'botanical brewery,' Forbidden Root uses roots, herbs and spices in its beers, harkening back to a somewhat forgotten American brewing tradition. The result is a lineup of beers that are unique, complex and probably unlike any other craft beer you've recently tried. News about the brewery recently has focused on its efforts to open a West Town taproom , but as zoning concerns...
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September 9, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A suburban man was arrested Friday for trying to steal money and cases of beer from Theater on the Lake, the Chicago Park District performance space, county prosecutors said. Jeremy Morrison, of Bridgeview, Ill., and a companion broke into the North Side theater Sept. 1, prosecutors said, where they stole two cases of Coors Light beer from the bar inside the performance venue and about $1,000 they found. Police officers observed Morrison loading the beer into a garbage can and wheeling it away in a hand truck, according to the police report.
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May 20, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT It's Time For A Crabbie's Night Pizza Rustica 3908 N. Sheridan Road 773-404-8955 Taste complimentary samples of Crabbie's alcoholic ginger beer in the original and new spiced orange flavors (5-8:30 p.m.) and dine on it, too - in $7-$11 appetizers and $16-$22 entrees including ginger beer- and bourbon-marinated ribs with grilled polenta and roasted duck white pizza with caramelized onions and sauteed spiced orange cherries. 5-10 p.m. No cover. DRINK (Free!
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May 22, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Yes, some fans go to baseball games to watch the on-field action. But I'll attest that a solid 72 percent - a completely unscientific digit I've selected - are there for the sunshine, the nacho helmets and the chance to catch a slingshot tee. Especially when the teams' performances are lackluster, most fans are at a game because Wrigley and The Cell essentially are Chicago's two largest beer gardens. As the Cubs and Sox square off for the Crosstown Classic next week (May 27-30), only one question was on my mind: Which field has the better brews?
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June 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Do you believe in magic? What if there existed a small vial of liquid, a few drops of which could instantly transform your meh-tasting light beer into a flavorful craft beer? Just the promise of such a godsend would be enough to intrigue you, right? Same here. When I first saw OnTap liquid beer enhancer hit the internet, I was skeptical. But I also knew that, hey, I couldn't knock it until I tried it. So I ordered two vials of the stuff - in Pale Ale and American Ale flavors - and enlisted my RedEye colleagues to taste them with me. ...
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September 5, 2012 | RedEye
Want to drink like the President of the United States of America? Now you can. Last week, the recipe for the President Obama's White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter were released, sending craft brewers all over the country scurrying for just the right ingredients to recreate the Commander in Chief's drink of choice. In Chicago, North Center's Brew Camp has the beer recipe kits available, and brewing demonstration classes are scheduled for Sunday and Sept. 23. "Following the White House's announcement, business at our...
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February 15, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins
It's not an iPhone 4, but today we managed to get our hands on the Goose Island 312 can. Because I love you people, I taste-tested this beer (don't check the timestamp on this post) and have a semi-professional review. ( NOTE: I'm not a real professional, but I have had beer in at least six different states.)   Here's the thing: It tastes...different.  Not different like bad, mind you. I mean, it's the 312 flavor you've come to know. Here's the thing: I truly think some beers taste differently in a can vs. in a bottle or in a glass.  It's...
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November 29, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Chicago's hipster alderman is doing something effortlessly cool again - by buying a round of beer for Wicker Park and Bucktown residents. Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) is hosting his monthly constituent meet-and-greet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday at sports spot Boundary Tavern and Grille, 1932 W. Division St. Moreno, who has been alderman since March 2010, said he's been hosting these get-togethers since May of last year. "They've been very successful," said Moreno, who has been dubbed the "hipster alderman" because of his love of indie music and bikes.
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December 1, 2011 | Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
O'Hare on Thanksgiving Eve and I had made it through security in less than 15 minutes. Now was clearly the time to celebrate. I settled into a barstool at a vaguely depressing Chili's, squashed between the luggage of a man who clearly enjoys The Sharper Image catalog and a fellow who had just returned from wandering aroud India. And it was there that it happened: I had my first airport beer. I'm not an infrequent flyer, but the urge has never hit me as I schlup my bags through a terminal to sit down for a drink.
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May 14, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
When Goose Island opened the doors to its Clybourn brewpub more than 25 years ago, "craft beer" was barely in Chicago's collective vocabulary. Now, new breweries open here each year, and we can brag that our favorite beers are made just a neighborhood away. All of that hometown pride culminates annually in Chicago Craft Beer Week - actually 11 days of $4 pint specials, tap takeovers and bar crawls - which runs May 15-25. So, how to prepare yourself? First, you should start carrying around a giant bottle of water ... right now. This will serve you well.
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May 1, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Turns out, Cinco de Mayo is not America's high holiday for guacamole and Mexican beer.  Sales of Mexican beer are 29 percent higher during the week before Independence Day, compared with the week before Cinco de Mayo, according to data from 26,000 stores across the U.S. Catalina, a company that tracks consumer data, says the Super Bowl and New Year's Eve are more popular party days for guacamole, according to sales. But the green stuff is still popular for Cinco, as 2.6 times the amount of guacamole is sold for the holiday, compared with the average...
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April 29, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The first thing Jared Rouben does when we meet is suggest we talk over a lunch of charcoal-grilled chicken, refried beans and arroz amarillo. We're here to chat beer - specifically, his coming-soon Pilsen brewery, Moody Tongue - but food is never far from his mind. "Beer is food. Brewing is cooking," Rouben said, explaining his style of beer-making which he calls 'culinary brewing.' "I became a much better brewer when I started using culinary techniques in the brewhouse, when I started thinking like a cook to create...
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April 25, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The CTA has released the list of buildings that would face demolition if the Red and Purple Line overpass project goes through, and some beer taps might run dry.  Beer on Clark, Clark Street Beach, Fiesta Cantina, Beggars Pizza, Johnny O'Hagan's Irish Pub and Restaurant and the newly opened Big Cheese Poutineire  are among other buinesses and residential properties that may need to be razed to make way for the proposed Red-Purple Modernization project,...
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April 9, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Time to drink like it's 1933.  To mark the anniversary of the end of prohibition, The Berghoff is offering 10-cent beers every Monday in April.  The historic resturant has Chicago liquor license No. 1 and 2 for its resturant and bar, which hang prominently at their 17 W. Adams St. location. For the dime beers, patrons must take a photo of themselves and post it either to Berghoff's Facebook page , or tweet @berghoffchicago . The first 30 people to do so every Monday in April will get a brew of their choice in a Berghoff...
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March 25, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Sox fans who need to eat their feelings are about to have more options.   The White Sox announced their new menu offerings at concession stands throughout the park Tuesday, and "bacon-on-a-stick" in sections 112 and 528 is a highlight. Additionally, the park announced more beer options, a pork chop sandwich and a burger with macaroni and cheese on it.  Here's the full list from the press release:  Pork Chop Sandwich:  This classic Chicago sandwich features a seasoned, boneless pork chop served with grilled...
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August 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Craig McRae not only wants you to have a beer in the shower, he wants to make it easier. The 27-year-old Lakeview resident and his longtime friend and business partner Craig Conant fondly remember their days as college dorm mates, when they would grab a brew and hit the showers before a night out. But the problem of soap, suds and water mixing in with their drinks of choice always remained. Five years after graduating, they're hoping to fund their solution, Sudsy. “The idea sort of came out of our own experiences,” McRae said of his Kickstarter campaign for Sudsy, an...
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August 13, 2012 | By Mick Swasko and RedEye
Rob Garcea already proved he's literally the best in Chicago at holding his liquor. Now he's taking the talent he didn't even know he had to New York. The 30-year-old Roscoe Village resident said he hadn't even heard of a beer stein holding competition--called Masskrugstemmen--when he stumbled into Uberstein after a Cubs game about six weeks ago. But on Friday, he came back a little more prepared, and won a trip to New York to represent Chicago in a national Masskrugstemmen championship.
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March 24, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Half Acre 's announcement of a second location will come as good news to fans of Daisy Cutter, Heyoka and Over Ale. The North Center brewery said in a blog post Monday morning that they have purchased a second building at 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. just north of Lincoln Square in Bowmanville. The expansion will allow for additional distribution in the Chicago area as well as increased creativity and experimentation in brewing.  And yes, there will be the opportunity for "on-site enjoyment" at the second location.  Half Acre opened its Lincoln Avenue facility in 2007 and ...
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