Finch’s Beer Co. launched a contest with Threadless to design the can for their Threadless IPA. That’s very cool, but clearly the best part here is that they’re going to start canning Threadless.
This summer, I interviewed Goose Island brand ambassador Ian Hughes about the company’s sustainability efforts. Ian was then a part-timer at Goose, but just announced that he’s adding “environmental scientist” to his title at the brewery, where he’ll now be working full-time. It’s great to see Goose Island leading the charge on sustainability, and this hiring represents an important milestone. Let’s not forget–John Hall’s five-year plan is to build the greenest brewery in the world right here in Chicago.
Pipeworks Brewing, famous for successfully crowdsourcing a good chunk of its startup costs via Kickstarter, is at it again. They’re taking donations for specific items they need to get beer in fermenters by February. I’m in $50 for their bottle filler. How about you?
Cook County is getting set for a budget vote Monday that could raise taxes on alcohol by 50%. NoDrinkTax.com represents the views of the restaurant industry and has done a nice job compiling the arguments against the tax hike.
What’s On Tap
Dogfish Head is releasing its Sony Legacy collaborations starting this Monday at select locations. Bitches Brew (Miles Davis), Faithfull (Pearl Jam), and Hellhound on My Ale (Robert Johnson) will be available in limited quantities in bottles at Lush, West Lakeview Liquors, Whole Foods, Binny’s, the Noble Grape, and In Fine Spirits. On tap, the same beers will be available soon at Whole Foods, Sheffield’s, Hopleaf, Bavarian Lodge, Tribes Alehouse, and Fountainhead. Follow the brewery’s Chicago sales rep for details @dogfishdonn.
Vanberg and Dewulf, the trailblazing importer that brings us great Belgian beers from brewers like DuPont, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Tuesday, November 15. Over 40 bars and restaurants will be participating, but the highlight is certainly the six-course prix fixe dinner at Publican with accompanying beer pairings.
Goose Island is releasing its King Henry English-style barleywine on Black Friday at its Clybourn brewpub. Bottles of 2010 Bourbon County Stout, 2010 BCS Vanilla, 2005 Icarus Barleywine, and 2009 Pere Jacques will also be available to drink there or take home.
City Provisions has entered the chef-brewer collaboration fray with force. After notching inventive brews with Flossmoor Station, Greenbush, Finch’s, and Metropolitan, it’s almost time for the next entry in the series. City Provisions owner Cleetus Friedman recently brewed a sarsaparilla stout with Michigan’s Dark Horse Brewing, and it will hit the taps at the deli with a release party on November 29. Follow @cityprovisions for event details.
Two Brothers twelve packs are hitting shelves before the end of the year.
Festiv-Ale shot into the top tier of Chicago beer festivals this year. Mark your calendars now for next year’s event on September 14th, 2012.