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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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Chicago Beer Pass: Pitchfork

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 Chicago Beer Company’s Windy City Wheat and chat about this past week. The biggest event both Brad and Nik went to was Pitchfork Music Festival. Not only was this a great music festival but it also featured a ton of great beers from Goose Island.

This coming week are some fun events that are worth putting on your calendar. Wednesday, July 23rd at Clark Street Ale House is AVBC Tap Invasion. Then Thursday at Jerry’s in Wicker Park is Ciders & Sliders & Sci-Fi, Oh My! Sunday at Navy Pier from 12-5 is Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Beer Camp.

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

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Chicago Beer Pass: Pancakes!

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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 Lagunitas IPA. Now the brewery is open and brewing in Chicago we can now consider this a local beer. This past weekend Brad made it over to Atlas Brewery for the Raspberry Brown Saison Release; a collaboration with Atlas & Une Annee. The beer is tasting great and worth a visit for a test. Over the weekend Nik made it to Lincoln Square for the Square Roots Festival. Nik shares what made this more then a typically neighborhood festival and more of a beer fest. 

This weekend it’s likely many of you are busy with the Pitchfork music festival but if not we’ve got a couple other events for you to check out. Saturday in the suburbs is Naperville Ale Fest, it’s $45 for general Admission and isn’t far from the train station. Also outside the city limits is Milwaukee Firkin Fest. This is always a great festival and everyone we’ve known that has gone as had a blast. Finally Saturday night at Reggies is the Pancakes & Booze Art Show where you can drink and get all you can eat pancakes. 

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

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Jul 9

Chicago Beer Pass: Hop Centric

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

Hopefully everyone had a fantastic 4th of July! On this weeks episode Brad Chmielewski & Nik White open a couple bottles of Two Brothers Hop Centric.

This past weekend Brad made it over to Star Lounge Coffee Bar for the Dark Matter Anniversary. It was a great block party style event with free music, food and beer. Nik was on the other side of the city hanging out in Bridgeport, getting the inside scoop on Marz Brewing.

This weekend there are some fun events that should keep everyone rather busy. Kicking things off Wednesday at Atlas is a Raspberry Brown Saison Release; a collaboration with Atlas & Une Annee. Then Thursday at Fischman Liquors is the “Tap This! Got any good IPAs Bro” event. There is a lot happening this Saturday including New Belgium’s Tour De Fat, Burger Fest in Roscoe Village and Square Roots Festival.

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

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Jul 2

Chicago Beer Pass: Happy 4th Of July

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

Brad Chmielewski & Nik White crack open a couple bottles of Goose Island Sofie as they chat about this past week. First up was a fun little event at the Goose Island Barrel warehouse announcing that they are working with Untied Airlines to offer Goose Island beer on all United flights. Later in the week Brad and Nik got a preview of a new beer spot in Lakeview that just opened; Beermiscuous. Nik also made it over to the new Lagunitas brewery on 18th street.

This weekend it’s likely everyone will be pretty busy with 4th of July plans but there are a couple great events going on as well. Friday at Local Option is Alcohol Dependence Day. Then on the 5th head over to Star Lounge Coffee Bar for the Dark Matter Coffee anniversary.

All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass. Happy 4th of July! Cheers!

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Chicago Beer Pass: Homegrown

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

Brad Chmielewski & Nik White had a blast this past week not only drinking in Chicago but also out in Cleveland. On this weeks episode Brad talks about stopping in at Sketchbook Brewing in Evanston and a trip to FEW Distillery over the weekend. Nik shares his wild ride on the brew bus out to Lombard. 

June is coming to an end and there are some great events this coming weekend. Thursday, June 26th at 8pm is Home Grown At Sheffield’s. Make your way to Sheffield’s and grab a beer with Phil Kuhl, Tony Dziura and Bob Egan to hear about their beer adventures. On Friday, Bucket List Brewing and SlapShot Brewing Co. are having a Tap Takeover at The Arrogant Frog Bar. Saturday has a couple great events including Atlas Brewing’s Second Anniversary, and then out in Oswego is the Arranmore Ale Fest.

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

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Chicago Beer Pass: Booze Cruise

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

Brad Chmielewski & Nik White had a blast hanging out at Temperance last episode, if you missed that one be sure to check it out. Brewmaster Claudia Jendron talked about some of the plans Temperance has coming up for the summer. For this weeks episode Brad and Nik are back in the studio. There were some fun events this past week and one of those was on the water; Nik talks about his Blue Moon Booze Cruise.

It feels like it’s been a light couple of weeks but this coming week the calendar is jam packed. Wednesday, June 18th at Burger Bar is a Rude Hippo Brewing Co tasting event and then again Thursday at Burger Bar is a Une Annee Beer Dinner. Also Thursday is There’s No Place Like Home. As the weekend rolls around there is the Two Brothers Summer Festival that kicks off on Friday. Then on Saturday you can get a little taste of Moody Tongue’s beers at their first annual pair-up. All that and more on this weeks episode of Chicago Beer Pass. Cheers!

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