Ultra Fresh had one very simple rule: Any beer in attendance had to be packaged within 5 days of the event. Charged with documenting the day, contributor John Doessel gave himself two rules: 1) To try every beer. and 2) To write the synopsis the night of. This is an ultra fresh review of Ultra Fresh II.
Brewery Count: CITY (67), 'BURBS (109) Recently added: Englewood Brews (Englewod), Saint Errant Brewing (Elk Grove Village), Ravinia Brewing Co. (Albany Park), More Brewing Co. (Villa Park, IL), ALULA Brewing (Pilsen), Short Fuse Brewing Company (Shiller Park, IL)
NEW YORK, NY
Like many modern beer drinking trends, the idea of “session” beer starts with the British. It is said the earliest beer-drinking sessions started during World War I, when English factory workers were allowed to imbibe on the job during two daily sessions. Back then, the beer of choice would have been an under-4% English mild or bitter ale. So exactly what else is it that defines a session beer?
A new month and a whole new batch of beer to try. We've tasted through the following 16 beers for May, and rated them on a scale of 100, for our monthly "The Hop Reviews." From fruited stouts to hoppy wheats and a smattering of coconut, we've got an eclectic mix that's sure to satisfy any palate. Find out which ones we think you stock up on for sunnier days.
DETOUR No. 017: Contributor Michael A. Hubatch goes on assignment to Yazoo Brewing Co., in Nashville. The brewery, entering it's fourteenth year, has become a staple in the city's craft beer scene, and has been looking at ways to keep their creativity and pioneering approaches fresh.
While beer and sports have always gone hand-in-hand, you may've found yourself many times at a ballgame, tailgate or sports bar with severely limited beer options. Enter: Columbus, Ohio's Land-Grant Brewing Co., who're helping Ohio's capital city beer renaissance, while providing a twist of their own.
Join us Saturday, May 20, 2017 for "Ultra Fresh II," our Chicago Craft Beer Week event showcasing the freshest beer available from some of the best local breweries. A limited number of tickets are on sale now, for this intimate event. Don't miss out – Cheers to (ultra) fresh beer!
DETOUR No. 016: As the capital of Vietnam, it’s only fitting that Hanoi is an international melting pot of continually evolving ideas and traditions. Hanoi is a proud Vietnamese city amidst the ever-changing cultural and political landscape, and new to their culture is craft beer. Enter: Chicago Siebel graduate Quang Van and Barett Craft Beer.
HO CHI MINH, VN
DETOUR No. 015: Woven into the busy, congested and stimulating streets of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City is Pasteur Street Brewing Co. Glance the wrong direction and you may miss it. After walking through an unlit gangway and up a short set of stairs, you’ll be rewarded with a cozy place to unwind. Welcoming us at Pasteur St. was Taproom Manager, Nguyen Nga, a friendly and cheerful host that made us feel just like a regular.
A new month and a whole new batch of beer to try. We've tasted through the following 24 beers for April, and rated them on a scale of 100, for our monthly "The Hop Reviews." From sours to European imports and adjuncts from near and far, we've got an eclectic mix that's sure to satisfy any pallet. Find out which ones we think you should fill your fridge with.
As city dwellers, we often take for granted the added challenges a brewery in the suburbs faces. Often fighting a battle on two fronts, one in their local market and another in the city, they require entirely different strategies. Brian Pawola, Co-Founder and Head Brewer of Lemont's Pollyanna Brewing Company leads the charge in one of the more successful breweries to tackle this challenge.
After a quarter million votes across 64 of the finest breweries in Chicagoland, we announce the winner of our 2017 Chicago Brewery Bracket. Thanks to everyone who voted!
After nearly a quarter million votes, our Chicago Brewery Bracket has whittled its 64 initial breweries down to two. The readers have spoken and while we could never have guessed this matchup, there's no arguing with these votes. Vote for your favorites to determine our champion through Tuesday, 4/4 at 9am.
The second Bryant Goulding, co-founder of Rhinegeist Brewery, stepped into the 120 year old building over the Rhine River, he knew there was a once in a lifetime opportunity to restore the rich brewing history that once occupied the building and surrounding neighborhood that he could not refuse.
After over 200K votes, our Chicago Brewery Bracket has whittled its 64 initial breweries down to its Final 4. The readers have spoken and the cream of the crop from each region has risen to the top. Vote for your favorites from the remaining 4 through Friday, March 31st.
Whether it's at a week night beer event, a weekend festival or a Guild meeting, Alex Lovinggood seems to be omnipresent. He's worked his way around the brewing circuit after starting at Temperance, then Burnt City and, and now finally on to Brickstone Brewery. We met with Alex to find out what drives him to be such a jack of all trades.
After 3 rounds and 175k votes, our Chicago Brewery Bracket has whittled its 64 initial breweries down to 8. The readers voiced their favorites, while many upsets occurred this past round, so the battle for the Final 4 is about to get interesting. Vote for your favorite from these 8, and we'll release the results on Monday, 3/27.
Begyle Brewing Co. has carved its place in the Chicago scene by way of variety and approachability. And as of last week, some of their longtime staples have found their way into the growingly popular 12oz can format. We took a look at the new format and the design effort behind it.
For the return of the Chicago Brewery Bracket, we curated 4 regions and 64 breweries from the city and surrounding suburbs to battle for the crown. After two rounds, we've seen some surprising upsets, as well as some fan favorites advance. Vote for your favorite breweries across Chicago and we'll tally the votes in order to select an 'Elite 8' for the next round...
NEAR WEST SIDE, CHICAGO
With the barrier for entry into expanded distribution often being steep, many growing breweries have turned to third party contracts to meet demand. Contracting has developed an often negative stigma for consumers. But just take a visit to Chicago's Great Central Brewing Co. and you might find that to be incorrect.
The Hop Review is excited for the return of the Chicago Brewery Bracket, and this year is bigger and better with 64 breweries from the city and surrounding suburbs battling for the crown. Vote for your favorite breweries across Chicago and we will tally the votes in order to select a 'Sweet 16' for the next round...
DOWNERS GROVE, IL
The historically alcohol averse 'burb, Downers Grove, is surrounded by towns that have embraced the craft revolution in recent year, and is now home to Alter Brewing Company. A beautiful new taproom and brewhouse showcases one of the fastest growing area breweries.
The Pacific coastal city of Carlsbad, California lies about 40 minutes north of San Diego, one of the most traveled beer mecca's in the world. Not to be overshadowed by its famous neighbor, Carlsbad offers a lot to the aspiring beer traveler.
Bayou Teche Brewing is revolutionizing Louisiana craft brewing in a discarded rail car turned farmhouse brewery in tiny Arnaudville, Louisiana. To continue their success, Bayou Teche chose TILT to rebrand the operation and repackage four of its flagship beers for January 2017 release.
What started as a side project with a few barrels from a local winery over a decade ago, has become a full fledged sour brewery at Upland Brewing Co., dubbed 'The Wood Shop.' Now, that offshoot operation is ready to share their labors of love with sour beer fanatics across the country. We caught up with Pete Batule, VP of Brewery Operations, to learn more about one of the most seasoned sour beer producers in the US.
New month, new beers. We've tasted through the following 20 beers for March, and rated them on a scale of 100, for our monthly "The Hop Reviews." From sours to stouts, and APAs to black IPAs, we've got an eclectic mix that includes new to the scene beers plus a few solid standbys.
LAS VEGAS, NV
Founded in 1999, Tenaya Creek Brewery quickly became a local institution with a number of popular brews. As the line grew in popularity and varieties, the packaging had become fragmented. Illustrator Kendrick Kidd was tasked with creating a unified label system for six of their core beers.
In 1978, Ward Fowler traveled Italy and got exposed to coffee, and espresso-based drinks. To him, it was a revelation. He came back feeling that the US was missing something incredible. From there was born Colectivo Coffee: which now includes their own beer division and soon their first non-Wisconsin cafe, in Chicago's Lincoln Park.
Nestled Inside a nondescript former auto shop is a brewery making a name for itself, at the fringe of the city limits: BuckleDown Brewing. Co-founded with his brewing partner Ike Orcutt in 2013, Sean Mahoney has been getting his hands dirty making blue collar beers. Paying homage to Chicago’s legendary grit and determination, BuckleDown's IPAs have found their space in the crowded beer scene.
The Oak Cliff borough of Dallas, Texas is small. It was with that modesty, that the aptly named Small Brewpub positioned itself in the local community. And as design firm Mast explains, the name is not for derogatory reasons. Rather, it's "for the story of how they came to fruition..."