Chicago Beer Wrap Up: March Edition

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 12:09pm

In March Chicago beer news, Lagunitas announced changes to their upcoming move to Chicago; Pipeworks Brewing let us all in on their barrel aging plans; Goose Island announced the date of their 25th Anniversary Party; the date of Alpha Beer X was announced and so much more. 

Keep reading for more of the most notable headlines  in the Chicago Beer world. Also, what's new on tap from some of everyone's favorite local breweries. 


In the News:

  • The Chicagoists' 2013 Beer Bracket Madness was launched on March 1st, and after a month of voting it came down to the final four: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Goose Island Juliet, Half Acre Daisycutter and Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn. Those four were then narrowed down to BCS vs Ninja. In the end, Pipeworks knocked Bourbon County Stout off of its long reign as most beloved Chicago beer.  
  • Goose Island announced the date of their upcoming 25th Anniversary Party. The party will be held on Saturday, May 11th under the roof where it all began -- the Clybourn Brewpub. To celebrate, a ton of beers will be on hand, from old favorites to vintage bottles and even some new innovative brews. Tickets go on sale to the general public April 1st. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter!
  • Speaking of Pipeworks, it was revealed in a recent podcast that barrel-aging is in the near future. Plans include converting the brewery basement into a barrel room, easing into Bourbon barrel-aging and then working towards more innovative brews.  
  • It’s a long standing legend that Gingers don’t have souls. Well, Half Acre’s India Style Red Ale Ginger Twin will help restore faith in even the most hopeless of red heads. It’s being released today, and they give a discount to people with “God-given red hair,” because Gingas need love, too.
  • Recent updates on California based Lagunitas plans to move into the Windy City prove that things have, well…grown. Owner Tony MaGree announced via Twitter that eventually, capacity of Lagunitas Chicago is expected to hit 7 million barrels. This is in addition to the 700k barrels at the original plantback in Cali.  
  • Hey – who’s up for drinking a Midwest brewed beer for every letter of the alphabet? The date of Alpha Beer X, the Great Lakes edition, was announced early in the month. The event will be held at John Barleycorn River North on April 20th. Buy your tickets here
  • Another event that causes all beer nerds to salivate uncontrollably is Three Floyds Dark Lord Days. Three Floyds Dark Lord DaysTickets went on sale, and promptly sold out, on March 17th. What is Dark Lord, you ask? It’s an Imperial Stout that is so fantastic they dedicate a whole freaking day to its debut. That day is April 27th. 
  • Atlas brewing will be hosting a Local Beer Showcase on April 4th. The small beer festival will feature beer from Lake Effect, 18th Street, Spiteful, DryHop, Begyle, and Flesk Brewing. Buy tickets here
  • Revolution Brewing released both Mean Gene and Bean Gene in bottle on March 9th. If you haven’t had the privilege of sipping already, Mean Gene is barrel aged version of the Eugene Porter and Bean Gene is that plus coffee. 
  • Andersonville based 4 Paws Brewing recently announced that their first batch of commercial beer is tentatively set for Chicago Craft Beer Week, which is just around the corner. In completely unrelated news, have you ever taken a look at the adorable dog Sadie who is basically 4 Paws mascot?

New on Tap:

  • New on tap at Revolution: Fistcal Cliff, an IPA brewed in collaboration with Half Acre, Three Floyds, and Bluejacket for the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference.
  • New on tap at Haymarket: An IPA dry-hopped with Crystal and Cascade hops. The name, Ruhe I.P.A, was given by a patron who won the naming privilege in a contest.
  • New on tap at Goose Island Clybourn: Daybreak IPA, a white IPA with a juniper and hop aroma; Hazy Weekend, a Witbier made with oat, spelt, rye & juniper berries; SPF, a Kolsch with with a lemon aroma, slightly hoppy bready flavor and Triple B, a Barrel Aged Belgian Dubbel.
  • New on tap at Atlas Brewing:  Elusive Spring Wheat Ale. Get it – Elusive Spring? Because spring is non-existent in Chicago? It’s brewed with orange blossoms, chamomile, lemongrass and coriander.
  • New on tap at Half Acre Tap Room: English Brown ale The Hammer, The Bullet and the Vice. Perhaps the most bad ass beer name of all time.


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