As a pub historian, Liz Garibay knows her watering holes. Her interest in history began as a teen growing up in Chicago, working at The Field Museum. In the 90s her passions for drinking culture and history collided, with her site, History on Tap. Now, her efforts are on The Chicago Brewseum.
DETOUR No. 024: Writer Michelle DeLong makes the trip out to Boulder to see what's 'weird' at Avery Brewing Co., and what helped Co-founder Adam Avery save the brewery from the brink of closure nearly 20 years ago.
In the east end of London, down an industrial corridor, sits the small Redchurch Brewery. And one of the first things that will likely grasp your attention upon introduction to their brand is their uniquely type-driven visual identity, created by fellow Londoners Bibliothèque Design.
By THR Contributor John Doessel – How does a 20-plus-year-old Chicagoland brewpub stays relevant in the ever changing craft scene? A trip to Wild Onion's new Oak Park Tied House brewpub and an impressive beer dinner shed light on the answer.
One of the earliest adopters to the modern craft beer movement in Chicago was Metropolitan Brewing. Founded by then husband and wife Doug and Tracy Hurst, the brewery established themselves in a niche few others ventured – traditional lagers. We sat down with Tracy to discuss their unwavering commitment to style.
We drink a lot of beer here at The Hop Review. A lot of different beer, all the time. So, we found it only fitting that we share some of our thoughts on said beer, with "The Hop Reviews". For February, we're sharing reviews of 18 beers that we think you should know a little more about, via our palate.
Ever wonder how a lineup of 50 of Chicago's best stouts might fare in a blind tasting? Well, wonder no more, because along with our friends at Few Brews Beer Club (+ a slew of readers), we took on the task, to determine, "Just what is Chicago's 'Best Stout'?" See how they ranked...
Toronto's beer scene houses several beautifully branded breweries. And now, the city can add Halo Brewery to its list. Designed by fellow Torontoans, Underline Studio, the geometric illustrations provide a bright, cheery spin on your typical taproom's aesthetic.
DETOUR No. 025: Translated as "Northern Capital" (Nan - North, Jing - Capital), Nanjing is a historic city with plenty of culturally significant things to see and do. To wind down and digest all the sights, grab a local craft beer at Master Gao. With two locations in Nanjing, Master Gao was started by Gao Yan and he’s been a huge advocate for the emerging craft beer scene in China.
We drink a lot of beer here at The Hop Review. A lot of different beer, all the time. So, we found it only fitting that we share some of our thoughts on said beer, with "The Hop Reviews". For January, we're sharing reviews of 13 beers that we think you should know a little more about, through our palate.
Few Brews Beer Club is partnering with us for our second annual Stout Night. This is a unique tasting experience, where attendees will help us score and rank Chicagoland's top 50 stouts. You don't need to be a Cicerone to attend this event. You should just enjoy drinking stouts. Join us Thursday, January 11th.
Twenty-sixteen was some year. We conducted 35 interviews with industry folks in 11 different states and five different countries, hit our 100th interview milestone & introduced new content. We take a quick look back at some of our 'bests' and other favorite moments and items this year in the world of beer–with a decidedly Chicago focus.
We previously covered the rebrand of the Quebec outfit, Boréale, just last year – 'the brewery with the polar bear.' Design agency, lg2 is back at it, this time with the packaging design for the newly minted 'Artisan Series' for the brewery.
UPDATED: Our ninth Chicago Craft Crawl leads us to the North Side and some of the finest beer bars and breweries the city has to offer. In fact, with so many choices for a beer north of the Loop, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Keep it simple and start with our CCC #9...
As the major metropolis of Taiwan, Taipei City is the cultural capital of the country and the place to be if searching for Taiwanese craft beer. We spoke with Winnie Hsu, Head Brewer at Taihu Brewing about making beer that accommodates Taiwanese tastes and how working at a TGIF kickstarted her brewing career.
The holidays are the perfect time to gather with kith and kin, even better so with a few beers in hand. And with Christmas only 12 days away, we've made a list–checked it twice–of 12 Christmas appropriate beers perfect for all your favorite holiday festivities.
An hour's drive north of Edinburgh, sits Inveralmond Brewery. Rebranding the recently Innis & Gunn purchased brewery was left to design studio Freytag Anderson. It's new labels feature a consistent identifying system, complete with Scottish landscape watercolor illustrations and textured stock.
Austin Beerworks came onto the scene in 2011. To stand out from the crowd, they hired fellow Austin-based designers, Helms Workshop to create a system of can-only packaging that doesn't take itself too seriously, and in the end helped seriously fuel the brewery's growth.
We drink a lot of beer here at The Hop Review. A lot of different beer, all the time. So, we found it only fitting that we share some of our thoughts on said beer, with "The Hop Reviews". For December, we're sharing reviews of 16 beers that we think you should know a little more about, through our palate and with BJCP scoring in mind. Reach for some of these winter-ready beers...
UPDATED: The Ravenswood Corridor and surrounding area is home to some of Chicago’s best and most diverse beer options. With a bevy of breweries (and a renowned distillery) planting their roots in the area, it truly has become Chicago’s Malt Row. So set aside a Saturday for our Chicago Craft Crawl v. X.
DETOUR No. 023:‘No taproom. No problem.’ That’s what I told myself as I researched the Fort Point, Boston location of Trillium Brewing Company. After wandering in at opening, stacks and stacks of 4-packs were ready, and the back of the house was buzzing... I grabbed some cans to-go, then headed to the beer garden.
Pedal Haus Brewery is a small craft beer operation in Tempe, Arizona. And while their branding has since changed, we felt the need to share the original aesthetic, as created by celebrated graphic designer, Jon Contino of New York City. With a heavy cycling focus, the brewery launched with a well considered concept and plenty of playful visual stimulation.
We made the trek from HK to Shenzhen to chat with Joe Finkenbinder, Founder & Brewer and Cody Fuiten, Bar Room Manager of Bionic Beer to shed light on the challenges of making craft beer in Shenzhen, dealing with quality control issues in China and the will to keep brewing regardless of being shut down numerous times.
DETOUR No. 022: Two hours in line on a Saturday morning...to purchase beer. It’s basically the opposite of what beer drinking should be. Right? A two-hour wait for any beer is right inside my ‘see ya’ zone, but since I wouldn’t get back to Tree House Brewing Co. anytime soon, I opted to stay and see what all the fuss was about.
FoBAB 2017 showcased 370 beers, from 206 different breweries, in 11 different categories. Enough to please virtually any beer nerd's palate. And trust us, there were plenty present–clamoring for it all. We picked our favorites from the weekend, as well as the list of medal winners in each category.
The latest release of Deep Wood marks the premier of Revolution's foray into barrel-aged beer, packaged in cans. With no less than eight barrel-aged releases, the brewery hopes to put wood-aged beer in more people's hands. We sat down with Founder Josh Deth and Head Brewer Jim Cibak to taste through the early offerings and hear more about why they made the switch to cans.
"Strong branding is table stakes for a brewery." Those were the first words shared with us by Jordan Bamforth of Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., when asked to describe the importance of design in craft beer. It perfectly echoes the thoughts I had when I first came across the brand a few years ago. Such level of design detail, in the beer industry, is refreshing to see...
Every so often, work brings me just south of Los Angeles to a place called Torrance, California. Which, a few years ago didn’t mean much. Now, however, it means I’m able to visit one of the most rightfully-hyped purveyors of the hazy IPA – Monkish Brewing Co. These are the thoughts & process of a craft beer hunter, by contributor John Doessel.
With more beer available than anyone could possibly hope to drink, we chose 10 beers from BeerHoptacular 2017 that we felt represented the best of the local beer on offer. The diversity of styles throughout our picks prove the incredible depth the Chicago scene has developed. Here are our top beers from the annual festival...