The killer photo you see above was shot by my comrade in beer Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting. We planned a quick beer run to Sawyer, Michigan to grab some Greenbush bottles. Planned is the key word. Some detours and working beers–lubricated meetings?–later, and bam. My first post on the Chicagoist, including more of Michael’s photos, is up. I’ll be contributing there regularly. And if Michael and I can manage to get any writing and photo editing done between all the fun we plan on having, you can expect to see more of our work together in the near future. Make sure you check out his write-up of our beer run, “The Long March.”
2011 was a rollercoaster year for craft beer in Chicago. Here at Chitown On Tap we put our drinking and thinking caps on (in that order) and decided the best way to wrap up the year was to give props to the amazing people in our local craft beer community who have made drinking the good suds so damn rewarding this year. This list of “bests” is by no means exhaustive, and represents our best, though inevitably incomplete, knowledge and ethanol-fueled subjective taste. The selection of one person or place doesn’t mean there aren’t other good or even great options. So let’s start with a big “You rock too!” to all the wonderful people and places we left out. And you–we would love to hear what YOU have to say about craft beer in Chicago in 2011. Like our choices? Learn something? Think we missed something big? Let us know. We love hearing from you. Thanks for reading and we hope you stick with us in 2012! For your following pleasure, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.
Best New Local Brewery: Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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The big news: Goose Island is moving half of its production of 312 to an Anheuser Busch brewery in upstate New York and Honkers Ale and India Pale Ale will now exclusively be brewed at Red Hook and Widmer facilities in New Hampshire and Washington.
I’m already sick of the “It’s not brewed in Chicago, it shouldn’t be called 312″ comments. Stop drinking it. There’s better beer out there. In fact, there’s much better Goose Island beer out there. To me, the most compelling facet of this development is that Goose Island is using its new ownership structure to externalize the production of a few standard, staple beers in order to make room in-house for brewing larger quantities of Belgian, sour, and extreme beers. This really throws a wrench into simplistic understandings of what “craft” beer really is, doesn’t it? [Read more...]