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Chicago Beer Pass: I’m Not A Scientist

Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

Brad Chmielewski & Nik White are back with a new episode and there is a lot to talk about. Plus, this week we welcome another special guest to the studio. Theresa Carter from The Local Tourist joins Brad and Nik to chat about Alpha Beer XIII

Before getting into all the awesomeness that is Alpha Beer, there were some great events last week that we had to chat about. Goose Island opened a pub at the United Center and then those two fantastic days of Beer Hoptacular.

Coming up this week on October 15th is Nano IPA Night At Dryhop Brewers. Six of Chicago’s smallest yet most talked about breweries are banding together for a night of IPA tasting. Also on the 15th is Harvest Dinner on the Roof Deck: A Night with Angel’s Envy and Metropolitan Brewing at Fountainhead.

To close out this episode, Theresa gives the low down on Alpha Beer, what it is, where it’s at, and why you should be there. Be sure to grab your tickets!

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass. Cheers!

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Oct 9

Chicago Beer Pass: Back From GABF

Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

On this weeks episode, Brad Chmielewski & Nik White talk for a long time about the Great American Beer Festival. Nik made it out there and has a few great stories to share. a also got another look at Alarmist Brewing this past week and it’s looking like Gary might be brewing by the end of the year. 

Coming up this weekend are some fun events that might be worth checking out. Thursday night Piece Brewing is throwing an Oktoberfest event… like you need another reason to go to Piece. Friday and Saturday are two beer festivals. First up in the Suburbs is  Lake Zurich Craft Beer Festival, Tasting Times: 5-9pm Friday (Festival runs until 10pm); 2-6pm Saturday (Festival runs until 10pm). In the city, Friday and Saturday there is Beerhoptacular at the Beerhoptacular

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass.

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Oct 1

Chicago Beer Pass: Beermiscuous

Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

On this weeks episode, Brad Chmielewski & Nik White take the podcast on the road and visit Beermiscuous at 2812 N Lincoln Ave. Joining them on the episode is Founder & CEO of Beermiscuous, Paul Leamon. Brad and Nik also talk about Delilah’s Oktoberfest &  Pumpkin beer festival. And they shed a tear for the closing of Goose Island Wrigley. 

Coming up this week are some fantastic events at Beermiscuous and you might find yourself going every night. There are a few other events happening around the city this week you should check out too. Thursday, October 2nd at Fischman Liquors & Tavern is TAP WHAT!? F#@k the Hype, It’s a Blind Tasting! Yes, that’s right a blind tasting. Then this Friday at Revolution is their annual Oktoberfest Party. Any Revolution event is always a blast, so be sure to grab tickets. 

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass.

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Chicago Beer Pass: Block Party

Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

On this weeks episode, Brad Chmielewski & Nik White talk about the Goose Island 312 Block Party and the Chicago Brew Bus trip to Lagunitas.

It seems like a light weekend for beer events coming up but there are still a few worth checking out. September 24th at Sheffield’s is the Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest Party. Head over to Sheffield’s and celebrate all things BEER. Then Friday is one of those awesome Local Option events that kicks off at 3:30 PM. On Saturday, September 27th, Flossmoor Station Brewing Co. is hosting their annual Oktoberfest celebration from 2-9pm. Finally, next Tuesday, September 30th (if you happen to have $150 to drop on dinner), the Publican Barrel Aged Beer Dinner with Goose Island looks to be an awesome evening. 

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass.

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Chicago Beer Pass: Octoberfest

Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

On this weeks episode, Brad Chmielewski & Nik White talk about two awesome festivals they made it to recently. First up was Chicago Festiv-Ale at Carmichael’s, where Brad won a tower of beer, that’s over 400 bottles. Then Sunday afternoon they both made it over to Goose Island Clybourn for Belgian Fest. There were some great breweries at Belgian Fest but Goose Island Clybourn really brought some killer beers. 

Coming up this week are some great events that should be on your calendar. Wednesday at One North Kitchen & Bar is the Suit & Thai Launch Party. Then Thursday at Fischman Liquors & Tavern is TAP THIS! Goose on the Loose! This Thursdays line up of beers is pretty fantastic. On Saturday are two great events that are going to be hard to choose from. At Haymarket Pub is SasuageFest and then just a bit to the west at the Goose Island Brewery is the 312 Block Party.

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass.

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Chicago Beer Pass: 50 Dollars A Bottle?!

Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

After a week off, Brad Chmielewski & Nik White are back with a new episode and there is a lot to talk about. Nik has been busy hitting as many events as he can while Brad’s been in New York City for New York Fashion Week. Kicking it all off, Nik talks about Delilah’s Chicago 21st Anniversary and the special bottle release. Then on Tuesday, September 2nd Nik made it over to Vice District Brewing Co. for the opening event. Finally, wrapping up the week, Nik made it over to Hopleaf for Kegs For Kids. What a week for Nik! Even though Brad was out of town, he did still make it to the Hideout for the block party where Lagunitas was in full force with IPA and Daytime IPA.

Coming up this weekend is a full list of events. On Friday is Chicago Festiv-Ale at Carmichael’s. If you’re looking to learn a little more about Festiv-Ale, check out the previous episode of Chicago Beer Pass.  Then Saturday, if you’re looking to get out of the city make your way up to Racine Wisconsin for the Great Lakes Brew Fest. Then wrapping up the week is Belgian Fest at 12:00 PM at Goose Island Clybourn.

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Chicago Beer Pass: Chicago Festiv-Ale

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Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

After a couple weeks off, Brad Chmielewski & Nik White are back with a new episode and there is a lot to talk about. With having so much to cover, we run a bit long on this episode but it’s all worth it. Plus, for the first time in the studio, we have a couple special guests. Heather Kundert and Sarah Mclain join Brad and Nik to chat about Chicago Festiv-Ale

Before getting into all the awesomeness that is Festiv-Ale, there were some great events that are worth chatting about including a dinner at Blackbird where Nik got some juicy beer news. We also talk about The Midwest Brewers Fest and the opening of Headquarters Beercade in River North. 

Sadly, Chicago Beer Pass will be gone again next week but Brad and Nik try to give you a list of some great events to check out. On August 28th is Delilah’s 21st anniversary party. Then on Friday, August 29th is Vice District Brewing Co. opening day. Next week on Wednesday, September 3rd are two good events, one is the Metropolitan Brewing Pop-up Taproom at SmallBar Division and then at Logan Arcade is the Arcade Brewery Launch Party!

To close out this great episode, Heather and Sarah give the low down on Chicago Festiv-Ale, what it is, where it’s at, and why you should be there. Be sure to grab your tickets, you know Brad and Nik will be there. 

Whew! All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass. Cheers

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Chicago Beer Pass: Great Taste Of The Midwest

Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

On this weeks episode Brad Chmielewski & Nik White open a New Glarus Yokel as they chat about the past week. Sure, New Glarus might not be an Illinois beer but Nik picked some up while he was in Wisconsin over the weekend for the Great Taste Of The Midwest. So when you get a chance to enjoy some New Glarus, you have to take advantage.

Nik breaks down everything he did in Madison for the Great Taste Of The Midwest as well as who he ran into. Brad made it over to Northdown Taproom for some great beers and pinball.

The next couple weeks seem light on events and both Brad & Nik will be out of town so sadly there will be no episode next week. But don’t let that stop you from heading out for a beer. This weekend is the Oak Park Micro Brew Review and is a great festival to check out not only for the beers but to support the Illinois Craft Brewer Guild.

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass. Enjoy your week! Cheers!

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Aug 6

Chicago Beer Pass: Another Rare Bourbon County Stout

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Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

On this weeks episode Brad Chmielewski & Nik White open a couple bottles of Ten Ninety IPA as they chat about this past week. First up on the recap is the Chicago July MEATing. Nik made it over to Ale Syndicate last Thursday for some meat, beer and rock n’ roll. Then this past Saturday at the Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub was the Goose Wrigleyville 15 Anniversary / Benefit for Bodhi. There were some great beers being poured at Goose that night and the fun crowd made it even better.

Coming up this week there are no shortages of events, so be sure to check one of these out. Friday August 8th is the The Great Taste of the Local Option. Then if you already have tickets, have a blast at the Great Taste Of The Midwest in Madison. Right outside the city at the Brookfield Zoo on Saturday and Sunday is Zoo Brew, animals and beer now that’s wild! Finally 6:30 on Tuesday at Beermiscuous is a tasting event with Jared Rouben and Jeremy Cohn from Moody Tongue. Jared and Jeremy with be sharing free samples of the Cold-Pressed Paw Paw and Crushed Green Coriander Wit.

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass. Enjoy your week! Cheers!

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Chicago Beer Pass: Beer Camp

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Welcome to the Chicago Beer Pass: Your ticket to all the great beer events happening in and around Chicago.

On this weeks episode Brad Chmielewski & Nik White open a bottle of Une Année’s Maya and chat about two great events this past weekend. On Saturday, Brad made it down to St. Louis for the Midwest Belgian Beer Festival at The Moto Museum. And Nik had a blast at Navy Pier at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp.  

This coming week are some fun events that are worth putting on your calendar. Wednesday, July 30th at SmallBar Division is a Forbidden Root Beer-cocktail event. SmallBar will be making special Beer-cocktails featuring Forbidden Root’s Sublime Ginger Wit! Then Thursday, July 31st the Chicago Brew Bus is debuting a new route and making its first after work brewery tour to the suburbs! Saturday you’ll find a couple great beer festivals in the suburbs, one of those being Wheaton Brew Fest. In the city on Saturday at the Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub is Benefit for Bodhi. There are no shortages of events this week so be sure to check one of these out.

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass. Enjoy your week! Cheers!

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