Join us THIS SATURDAY, May 19, for "Ultra Fresh," our Illinois Craft Beer Week event showcasing the freshest beer available from 26 of the best local breweries. A limited number of tickets are on sale still, for this once-a-year event. Don't miss out!
DETOUR No. 026: In search of the most remote brewery in the U.S., contributor Paul Lewis makes the trek to Big Bend Brewing and learns why it’s high time for drinking in West Texas, according to the locals…
We recently had the honor of being guests on Chicago Beer Pass, alongside hosts Brad Chmielewski & Nik White, as we discussed Illinois Craft Beer Week, Ultra Fresh and the ins and outs of the local Chicago beer scene. It was great to finally get the chance to sit down with them, as we chatted over a few fresh beers.
In 1994, Highland Brewing made history as the first brewery in North Carolina since Prohibition and introduced Western NC to a new way of thinking. Today the mountains that cradle Highland’s 40 acres of wooded hillsides are as majestic as ever, but the brewing landscape has changed dramatically. Highland was getting lost on the shelf and found that their branding didn’t fit what they’d grown to become. They didn’t brew Scottish beers, and had grown past the image of the Scotsman on their original logo...
BrewDog is a name you know but likely haven't had in a while. Co-Founder James Watt is the face of the brewery in the US and is spearheading the suddenly fresh take on the brand he built from the ground up. Over pints of four day old, Ohio-brewed, Juggernaut DIPA, we found out how he's managed to build BrewDog from a bottle of homebrew to a multi-billion dollar, and still independent, brewing empire.
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". We tasted through the following 24 beers for May (our 24th iteration of "The Hop Reviews"). This month we explore a few uses of Brettanomyces, plenty of tropical pale ales, a couple barleywines, and a showcase of beers from the UK.
One of the most important things to get right when it comes to beer is its temperature. There’s nothing sadder than an otherwise perfect brew ruined by less-than-ideal serving conditions. But what’s a dedicated beer drinker to do with all those bottles at home? Here’s what you need to know to get the maximum flavor out of everything from a barleywine to a Budweiser.
As far as beer festivals go, the ones that take place in the Midwest during that winter-meets-spring period aren't often the ones that folks anticipate. However, Schlafly Beer was able to pull off a gathering that would've put many sunshine clad festivals to shame. We highlight their innovative stouts, and reminisce of oysters from their Stout & Oyster Festival in Saint Louis.
DETOUR No. 027: Arrive in Stowe, Vermont and you'll likely be met with the well-decorated brewery that put the state's beer scene on the map. It's here where you will find one of the world's most acclaimed pale ale producers, The Alchemist. Their highly clamored-for beers beckon travelers from all over the world…
Scotland's Loch Lomond Brewery was recently on the hunt for a visual refresh, in an effort to maintain relevancy on the shelf, as well as begin to tell a story across its packaging. They turned to fellow Scots, Glasgow's beer-focused design agency, ThirstCraft. Together they crafted a lineup of landscape-focused labels.
We recently attended Upland Brewing’s Sour Wild Funk Fest in downtown Indianapolis featuring over 50 sour and wild breweries and at least 150 brews ranging from puckeringly tart to mildly funky. While it would have been impossible to sample every beer poured during the festival, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 beers that left a mark.
Join us Saturday, May 19, 2018 for "Ultra Fresh," our Illinois Craft Beer Week event showcasing the freshest beer available from some of the best local breweries. A limited number of tickets are on sale 4/16 at 10 AM, for this once-a-year event. Don't miss out – Cheers to (ultra) fresh beer!
Updated: Here is our best effort to comprise a comprehensive "THR-approved Chicago Beer Bar List." Mind you, there are certainly plenty of places in the city not on this list where you can get a decent beer. In fact, they're all over the city. However this list is curated to those spots where not only is the variety impressive, but the staff is knowledgeable & the atmosphere is unmatched.
Over a decade ago, three brothers from Detroit made a push to change their lifestyles to live 'organically.' Their passion for pure ingredients soon carried over to their beer-making. We sat down with Chicago's LaGrow Organic Beer Co. to discuss how the misconceptions of the "organic" label can sometimes influence purchase decisions.
The Chicago Craft Crawl is an ongoing series that we use an excuse to check out some of Chicago's best neighborhoods–and drink some fantastic beer along the way. The idea is simple: Plan a route through the city focused around a CTA route or main thoroughfare and get ready to spend a solid day imbibing Chicago's best.
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 April, we're sharing reviews of 18 choices that we think you oughta know a bit more about...
After over 260,000 votes, we have a Readers' Choice Chicago Brewery Bracket Championship matchup. From 64 worthy entrants, remain just two worthy opponents–complete a Cinderella in the North and a recognizable player in the West. Be sure to vote for your Champion. Polls close Tuesday, 4/3 at 9AM CST.
DETOUR No. 026: Past rolling hills, streams and valleys, you'll encounter the small town of Waterbury, Vermont, home to some of the state's most respected beer outposts. One of which is the small restaurant-brewery in a building with quite the past, Prohibition Pig.
After over 250,000 votes, we have a Readers' Choice Chicago Brewery Bracket "Final 4." From 64 worthy entrants, remain each region's champion–complete with some surprising upsets, and a few recognizable stalwarts. Be sure to vote for your Championship matchup. Polls close Saturday, 3/31 at 9AM CST.
After nearly 250,000 votes, we have a Readers' Choice Chicago Brewery Bracket "Elite 8." From 64 worthy entrants, remain just two per region–complete with some surprising upsets, and a few recognizable stalwarts. Be sure to vote for your Final 4. Polls close Wednesday, 3/28 at 9pm CST.
Podere La Berta is another in the line of wineries turned beermakers. Located just southeast of Bologna, near the Adriatic Sea, this Italian craft producer has taken a modern approach to it's initial lineup of packaging, that is a pleasant progression of it's wine cousins, and a nod to the region's culture.
After nearly 200,000 votes, we have a Readers' Choice Chicago Brewery Bracket "Sweet 16." From 64 worthy entrants, remain just four per region–complete with a few major upsets, and a few recognizeable stalwarts. Be sure to vote for your Elite 8. Polls close Wednesday, 3/27 at 9pm CST.
DETOUR No. 025: In a northern Chicago suburban strip mall, tucked discreetly behind a nail salon and grocery store, is perhaps one of the most unassuming brewery exteriors you'll ever come across. Expectations will be low as you walk up to Lake Zurich's Roaring Table Brewery, until you step inside....
The first four rounds saw over 250,000 votes in the 2018 Reader's Choice Chicago Brewery Bracket, and there were some notable upsets throughout. The Final 4 battle is now underway... Vote for your favorite breweries by Saturday, 3/31 at 9AM CST, to determine the Championship matchup.
With everyone's favorite drinking holiday just around the corner, it's time to don your green and prepare for a marathon day of imbibing. But just because you're dressed head-to-toe in emerald, doesn't mean your beer should be too. We've selected 13 beers to help you celebrate like a true Irishman this March 17th.
Ska Brewing founder Dave Thibodeau sometimes finds the brewery floor a little quieter on days when the weather changes. But, that doesn't upset him, as we learned when we chatted with him recently. We caught up with Thibodeau to pick his brain about fighting for the indie brewers, bad decisions and...music.
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 March, we're sharing reviews of 16 beers that we think you oughta know a bit more about...
In Shanghai, the face of modern China is on full display–and craft beer is a common fixture. One major and early pioneer in brewing fresh, Western-style beer is Boxing Cat Brewery. In the affluent Xuhui district, we visited Liquid Laundry, BC’s hip gastropub, and talked to Head Brewer Matt Jimenez about brewing in Shanghai and discovering craft beer in China.
From their picturesque backdrop in rural Queenstown, Cargo Brewery creates a lineup of honest, locally-sourced-ingredient, classic style beers. Their path from mobile brewing and food truck to brewery began in 2015. Along the way, they got the help of designers makebardo for their minimalistic packaging.