Monday, August 4, 2014

Chicago Beer Gals at Lagunitas Taproom

For our next Chicago Beer Gals event we'll be taking it to the new Lagunitas Taproom and brewery in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

We will be joined by special guest Lagunitas Brewmaster Mary Bauer.

Tickets include sampling of beers, private brewery tour and light snacks.

Advanced tickets required & can be purchased HERE.

The Chicago Beer Gals Collective is a series of craft beer events connecting enthusiasts with women in the industry. Events produced by 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dogs Love Homebrewers Too

If you're a homebrewer and dog lover we have the perfect solution for all of those left over spent grains after a brew day. Simply cool your grains and use to make spent grain dog biscuits that your pup will go nuts over. We stored our spent grain in gallon ziplock bags and froze until ready to bake.

Cookie Ingredients:
4 cups spent grain
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup all natural peanut butter
2 eggs
cookie cutters (we love the dog bone shape)

(optional glaze – MUST be applied before baking
Glaze Ingredients:
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp water
liquid food coloring
pastry brush

yield: approx 4 dozen cookies

1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.
2. Flour surface, roll out cookie dough to 1/4 inch and then cut a shape out of them. (Due to the texture it is hard to get a clean cut and some gentle shaping was necessary).
3. If using colored cookie glaze – whisk together ingredients (add color as desired), paint onto cookies with a pastry brush.
4. Put the cookies into a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees.
5. Cook for about 45 mins.
6. Turn off oven for 30 mins and then heat again for 2 hours at 225.
7. Turn off oven and let sit in oven overnight or for 2-3 hours. This helps the cookies get completely dried-out so they don’t get moldy. If the cookies don’t have a hearty snap to them they are not dry enough.
8. Store up to 2 weeks in airtight tupperware, ziplocks or package in cellophane candy bags or with bakers twine as gifts for your dog-loving friends.

Just a few satisfied tasters:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Upcoming Events!

We've got a busy upcoming month and wanted to share all of the exciting events on the horizon...

July 21st
Homebrewing with Spices: Beer & BBQ
Savory Spice Shop, 7pm
We'll have discussions, demos and sampling of beer fermented with different spices as well as some BBQ snacks using spices/rubs from Savory Spice. BYOB friendly. $18

July 22nd
Chicago Beer Gals: Demystifying the IPA 
Fatpour Tap Works, 7pm
Sample a selection of IPAs with women from Bell's, Widmer Brothers & Hop Head Farms. We'll talk about various hop varieties and their qualities, demystifying why IPAs can be more bitter, grassy, citrusy than other beer styles. $25

August 12th
"Blood In The Water" bottle release party
Bottles & Cans, 7pm
Bottle release party for our collaboration beer with Lake Effect Brewing "Blood In The Water" hibiscus saison. In celebration of "Shark Week" $1 per bottle goes to Shark Savers charity. Snacks, samples, raffle prizes.
Free event.

August 19th
Chicago Beer Gals: Lagunitas Event
Lagunitas Taproom, 6:30pm
Our monthly ladies event with Lagunitas Brewmaster Mary Bauer. We will have a private tour and beer samples with Mary herself. Beer samples & snacks included. Ticket info to come.

August 29th
Beer Spa Event (Open to men & women)
Noktivo Spa, 7pm
Pre-Labor Day pampering with our 2nd Beer Spa event at Noktivo Spa in Lincoln Square. Mini spa services & snacks included. More info to come.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Grand Opening of Craft Beer Café Beermiscuous

Today Lakeview welcomes a unique craft beer café concept, Beermiscuous. With both a cozy bar/café and retail space with an underground Euro aesthetic, Beermiscuous offers the perfect atmosphere for exploring a wide array of breweries and beer styles. A curated selection of 12 rotating drafts and more than 300 bottles and cans will be served by beeristas in the café, or are available for purchase for off-premises consumption. There’s a heavy focus on local beers, with 50 percent of inventory from Chicago and Midwest breweries. Sodas and water also available. The mission of the highly trained staff is to understand your tastes and guide you through further exploration of craft beer.

A selection of packaged snacks available for purchase. An extensive list of menus are available from local restaurants that deliver to Beermiscuous. Regularly scheduled events with food trucks will also take place.

Location: 2812 N Lincoln Ave (north of Diversey Ave intersection)

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 12pm - 10pm
             Friday-Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
             Sunday: 12pm - 7pm
             Monday: closed


Website/digital presences:

Wi-fi: Yes. Ample power outlets available.

Parking: Yes. Six spots available for Beermiscuous customers in adjacent lot. Plentiful street parking, both metered and unmetered options.

Public Transit: CTA Brown line to Diversey. Diversey #76 Bus. Divvy station on Racine south of Diversey.

Private Parties: The main level cafe area has a capacity of 79 people, available for group events. The lower level also offers a private party space with a 20 person capacity. 

Photo credit: Timothy Musho

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Smylie Brothers Brew Pub Brings Craft Beer & BBQ to Evanston

Evanston, ILSmylie Brothers Brewing Company ( is excited to announce a scheduled opening for June 24, 2014. The Brewpub, located at 1615 Oak Avenue in Evanston (phone: 224-999-7320), will open with dinner service Tuesday through Sunday with brunch and lunch services added later in the year. The restaurant brings craft beer, Texas-style barbecue, wood-fired pizza, and Midwestern comfort food to downtown Evanston.
On why he decided to open the brewpub, owner Mike Smylie explains, “I grew up with a large family – there are five Smylie Brothers and over forty cousins on the North Shore – and I have been cooking for as long as I can remember and home brewing since college. My dad is from Texas, and so we grew up on Texas barbecue. Family and friends always asked when we would open a restaurant, and now we can’t wait to share our beer and food with Evanston.”
Evanston’s Fourth Ward Alderman, Don Wilson, adds “I have been waiting with great interest since I first heard about the idea and concept. I am excited to see what Smylie Brothers has in store for us!”

Beer lovers can expect head brewer Brad Pulver to deliver a fresh take on old-world styles at Smylie Brothers. The brewpub will have twenty-four taps with eight featuring a rotation of Smylie Brothers beers and the remaining taps offering local, Midwestern brews from the Great Lakes area. The beer list will switch but visitors can expect to find Smylie’s signature beer, a California Common or ‘Steam beer’ (the only true American beer), and a Belgian brew always on tap.  For those who want to enjoy Smylie Brothers beer at home, growlers will be available.
Executive Chef Grant Carey promises an eclectic mix of regional American cuisine. From Midwestern comfort food to the Smylie family’s secret Texas style barbecue recipes, the Smylie Brothers menu will compliment the brewpub’s beers and even use ingredients straight from the brewery.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Chicago Beer Gals June Event

Join us on Sunday, June 22nd for our monthly meetup of female craft beer enthusiasts, which will be hosted at Bottles & Cans by Co-Owner Carly Katz.

We will feature a tasting of local summer wheat beers, as well as a summer beer cocktail featuring CH Distillery.

Special Guests:Amanda, Co-Owner of Only Child Brewing
Lara, CH Distillery

Tickets include sampling of beers, sampling of CH Distillery offerings, light snacks and a swag bag of goodies.

Buy Tickets HERE

Saturday, June 7, 2014

YogaQuench Yoga + Craft Beer with Metropolitan

Unite two crafts.
Have a great time.

Saturday, June 14th, 11am
Howells & Hood

Experience a lighter side of yoga with an approachable Vinyasa Flow session 
with Tracy Hurst, co-founder of Metropolitan Brewing. Then, quench your thirst with a free pint of Metropolitan beer and hear Tracy's story and more about their craft beers.

BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat, and whatever else you may need like a towel and water bottle)

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!