Besides the happenstance founding of this operation, the other piece of the brewery's identity that catches attention is the branding itself. A true 'less is more' approach that in turn becomes an instantly recognizable brand, and is identifiable at pubs all across the UK. The creative force behind the recent visual refresh is Studio Juice.
In our new series, Re-Tapped, we check in with the subjects of our past interviews to find out how they've progressed since our first visit. First up in our re-visits is Chicago's own Vice District Brewing. We check in on their new Homewood location, the second to their South Loop origins.
In 2007, craft brewer AND UNION began working closely with different brewmasters from small, regional, family-run breweries in Bavaria to create a distinctively curated lineup of craft lagers and ales. Recently, the Bavarian brewery unveiled the first canned beers in its range with a 'ballsy yet restrained design,' in an attempt to stand out on the shelves with a minimalistic approach.
Brewery Count: CITY (71), 'BURBS (114) –– Recently added: Ballast Point (West Loop), Kings & Convicts (Highwood, IL), Englewood Brews (Englewood), Jolly Pumpkin (Hyde Park), Saint Errant Brewing (Elk Grove Village, IL) –– Recently Removed: Mad Mouse (University Village), Southbridge Brewing
We've tasted through the following 16 beers for August, and rated them according to our very own interpretation of the BJCP scoring guidelines. This month, fruits and vegetables are highlighted ingredients, sessionable sours get a look, smokiness plays a key role, and even malt liquor and...popcorn are remixed. Cheers!
There are currently 11 Trappist breweries, all creating some of the most revered beer in the world. THR caught up with the women behind Trappist Beer Travels: Inside the Breweries of the Monasteries–for a closer look at their exclusive journey behind the usually-closed doors of the world's Trappist breweries.
For Austin's Blue Owl Brewing, playfulness and whimsy are what set their brand apart–well that and their sour-mash brews. To achieve this approachable aesthetic, founders Jeff Young and Suzy Shaffer turned to Jessica Deahl to apply her design and illustration skills.
A recap of the Chicagoland's west side favorite, Naperville Ale Fest – the first of two 2017 sessions. These are our impressions and 10 notable beers we had, as shared by THR Contributor Michael A. Hubatch.
Long-time Carlsberg design partner, Copenhagen-based firm Kontrapunkt, recently lent their services again, to help the Danish brewery progress its minimalist design aesthetic. They're back at it, refreshing the look for the dark lager, Carlsberg Black Gold. Matte black with gold accents – yes, please.
THE LOOP, CHICAGO
Of the nearly 90,000 to have gained some level of Cicerone Program certification, only 13 have reached its pinnacle. Known as Master Cicerones, these select few have proven themselves to be veritable walking encyclopedias of beer knowledge. One of the 13 is Jason Pratt, Senior Manager of Innovations at Tenth & Blake Beer Co., the craft division of MillerCoors.
NEAR SOUTH SIDE, CHICAGO
Tour de Fat is coming to Chicago's Northerly Island on July 29 & we've teamed up with New Belgium Brewing to give away 2 pairs of tickets. Expect the unexpected and plan to party with NBB and The Roots at this one of a kind beer festival. Enter for your chance to win...
DETOUR No. 020: Although small in its geographic footprint, Singapore transcends beyond its Little Red Dot nickname. And as craft-beer advocates, Good Luck Beerhouse & Innocence Brewing, along with their patrons, have an unwavering thirst for quality beer and are strong supporters of the emerging craft beer scene in the tiny country.
We've tasted through 18 beers for July, this month unique ingredients are front and center, kettle sours get some attention, barrel-aged beers are sticking around for summer, and...NEIPAs are still here. We considered aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, overall impression and trueness to style. It's not an exact science–we know this. We just don't like to pass on the opportunity to drink...more beer. Cheers!
DETOUR No. 019: San Francisco's Presidio is as historic as it is expansive. Located in the shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point sits a quickly growing brewing operation: Fort Point Beer Co. We paid a visit to their production facility and then to their Ferry Building taproom.
The Ravenswood Corridor and surrounding area is home to some of Chicago’s best and most diverse craft beer options. With a bevy of breweries (and a renowned distillery) planting their roots in the Ravenswood Corridor, it truly has become Chicago’s Malt Row. So set aside a Saturday and get started on our Chicago Craft Crawl v. X.
A recap of the Chicago leg of the eight festival Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America traveling festival, held this year at the Aon Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier. These are our impressions and the best beers we had, by THR Contributor Michael A. Hubatch
I love beer. Unfortunately, enjoying a handful of 'em often leads to horrific hangovers. My strategy is usually to dose myself with aspirin following a night of revelry and hope for the best. As a result, I jump at the chance to try anything that might relieve my next day suffering. Enter: ClearVia.
WEST TOWN, CHICAGO
For the last 2 years, I’ve traveled down Chicago Avenue as part of my work commute. One constant along the way was the transformation of an old theatre into a brewery. That place: Forbidden Root. Their founding principle was ‘botanic' – a claim that comes with question marks. And I suppose those question marks were enough to deter. Until recently, thanks to the introduction of a new style: The New England IPA.
Detroit, like much of the midwest, has a rich brewing history. Yet in the craft boom of the last decade, few breweries have opened their doors within the city's limits. Eastern Market Brewing Co., and founders Dayne Bartscht and Paul Hoskin aim to capitalize on the energy and excitement coming from the city while still paying homage to its rich history.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
What began in 1997 as an idea and a leap of faith, has cemented founders Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens into American craft brewing lore, and a potential candidate for Harvard Business School case studies. On the heels of their 20th year in business and Detroit taproom announcement, we made our way to 'GR' to dig deeper into what's spawned such triumph.
We've got 15 beers for June, scored on a scale of 100. This month, fruit is showcased, IPAs get international twists, traditional styles get re-approached and (to no one's surprise) NEIPAs are still here. We considered aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and trueness to style to rank these, and ended with several highly-scored beers. Cheers!
DETOUR No. 018: San Francisco's Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery. The legendary brewpub sits in the heart of the fabled Haight Ashbury neighborhood and has been cranking out English-inspired ales for two decades–all in one of the coziest brewspace setups around. Oh, and the food is fantastic.
Fuzzco is a well-known entity in the East Coast design world. They've touched on creative work for everything from MailChimp to liquor packaging, and most recently, a brewery and can refresh for Coast Brewing Company. With a cleaned up approach, Coast's new packaging combines a simple font + clever illustrations to create playfully approachable can designs.
So you’re ready to take your homebrew to the big leagues. If you’re like many beer brew masters, you have a dream to open your very own brewery complete with food trucks and trendy décor. But opening a brewery is no cake walk. If you want to win the acclaim among your brewing heroes, you need more than just beer...
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.
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!