Sunday, March 30, 2014

Argus Brewery's Spent Grain Pizza

Not only is Argus Brewery a purveyor of craft beer in the Chicagoland market and beyond, but they have recently teamed up with a local pizza artisan to make a delicious line of Argus "Brewery Pizza". These pizzas use both the spent grains and brewer's yeast from Argus' brewing process to make the crust. 

We had the chance to try both the Chicago Sausage and Five Cheese varieties. Both featured all-natural, local ingredients including Wisconsin cheeses and Chicago made Italian sausage. The crust was neither the Chicago deep dish or thin crust style, which was a pleasant surprise. Instead what we found was a hearty pan-style crust. It was soft and doughy on the inside with a thin crunchy layer on the outside, showcasing the grain and yeast characteristics of it's ingredients, that you can actually taste. The sauce was thick and chunky with lots of fresh vegetables and just the right amount of spices. These were one of the few frozen pizzas we've had that weren't over spiced, under topped or dripping in grease. The flavors and textures tasted like something we would have made at home.

And since beer and pizza are the perfect duo, we recommend pairing a nice American IPA with the Chicago Sausage and a crisp, clean German Lager or Czech Pilsner with the Five Cheese. 

The four varieties of Argus Brewery Pizza can be found at your Chicago Jewel supermarkets. For more information visit their website of follow them on Twitter at @ArgusPizza.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Chicago Beer Gals: Beer & Beauty Night

Ladies - join us for an evening of craft beer & pampering at Noktivo Spa & Beauty Boutique, Chicago's ONLY non-toxic spa. They will be offering a choice of two services: mini manicure, mini pedicure, mini massage.

We will be joined by Patti Mandel from Goose Island Beer Company. She will be sharing two NEW beers from Goose Island - Endless IPA and The Illinois Imperial IPA. Both of these new beers have unique ingredient stories with a local twist.

Jenny Perillo, Owner of Noktivo Spa, will be talking about the skin benefits of beer and hop oils, which are also used in beauty care products.

Tickets include 2 mini spa services, samples of 2 new beers from Goose Island and light snacks.

You must be over 21 to attend. IDs will be checked at the door.


Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa & Beauty Boutique is Chicago's premier chemical-free salon and spa for eco-conscious beauty enthusiasts and green glamour gals. Whether you're craving a little bit of pampering or need an environmentally-sound spa day, you'll leave Noktivo feeling healthy, luminous, and beautiful.

Goose Island Beer Co. is an innovator and leader in the craft of brewing. Striving to create beers that define styles, win awards, and captivate the hearts, imaginations, and palates of beer drinkers.

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

Interested in being involved in future events as a speaker or collaborating brewery? Email us at