Monday, March 30, 2015
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    the tiny begyle brewing, chicago

    I am in the habit of asking locals for travel suggestions, especially places to eat. The restaurant industry, although often catering to out-of-towners and those willing to splurge,

  • Half Acre black saison

    half acre brewing, chicago

    I had whet my palate for Half Acre days before, at Blue Door in Armitage, and was pumped to visit the place. Half Acre is located north of

  • samples revolution

    revolution brewing, chicago

    By Tuesday, the weather wasn’t getting much warmer in Chicago. We had a few breweries planned for our afternoon, plus a stroll down south Michigan Ave and a

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    atlas brewpub, chicago: “it is what it is”

    Further up the brown line from Armitage neighborhood is Atlas Brewpub, a brewery that was recommended to me by a few locals. In spite of the fact that

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    Chicago’s Armitage neighborhood

    Last week’s adventures in Chicago were the perfect mix of culture, history, beer, food, and public transportation. The city was cold – just as cold as here in

  • nico's tequila

    nico’s tacos, tequila, and nostalgia

    There are a few spaces in Minneapolis that I refer to as restaurant black holes. Maybe you know what I mean. These kitchens are like extended-stay hotels, with new

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    J Carver Barrel Gin

    J. Carver Distillery of Waconia has recently released their barrel gin, an incredibly unique sort of pet project that has evolved into a bottle-worthy liquor. The spirit is

  • Fulton Insurrection

    Fulton Insurrection

    A few summers ago, Summit’s Damian McConn chatted with me on the Red Cow patio. He was all jazzed up about experimenting with southern hemisphere hops – varieties

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    buzz and buzz head to head, part three

    [please pardon the appearance of ABV as some necessary upgrades are in progress!] Never mix uppers and downers, you’ve been told since your days as a doe-eyed freshman

  • Simcoe likes beer. And coffee.

    Under Construction

    Please pardon the appearance of ABV for the next two days as I roll out some much-needed updates and an exciting new platform. I am happily working with wolf&fox design

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Posted On February 13, 2015 | No Comments

J. Carver Distillery of Waconia has recently released their barrel gin, an incredibly unique sort of pet project that has evolved into a bottle-worthy liquor. The spirit is distilled from local grains including Minnesota wild [...]

Host: Alcyone Black Saison, and Maia Belgian Strong

Station Ho.St

October 1, 2014 | No Comments
samples revolution
Posted On March 16, 2015 | No Comments

By Tuesday, the weather wasn’t getting much warmer in Chicago. We had a few breweries planned for our afternoon, plus a stroll down south Michigan Ave and a walk through Millennium Park. Monday evening was [...]

Fulton Insurrection

Fulton Insurrection

February 10, 2015 | No Comments
samples revolution
Posted On March 16, 2015 | No Comments

By Tuesday, the weather wasn’t getting much warmer in Chicago. We had a few breweries planned for our afternoon, plus a stroll down south Michigan Ave and a walk through Millennium Park. Monday evening was [...]

samsmithwinterwelcome
Posted On December 23, 2014 | No Comments

Still shopping? Just thirsty? Or maybe you REALLY need to get out of the house. Read on. For those who are getting a bit tired of errands, cleaning, worrying, gift-receipt-saving…take a break! I sincerely recommend [...]

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Panther Distilling

November 18, 2014 | No Comments