Certified Cicerone Exam: The Day Of + the Aftermath

I took my Certified Cicerone exam yesterday... Here's what I can say about my experience:


My 10 Faves from FoBAB 2018

So many beers to choose from, deciding between trying something from a brewery you've never heard of or seeing what your local favorite brought to the fest, ridiculous names trying to grab your attention, shuffling through the sea of boozy people... these were 10 of my favorites

The Good, The Bad, and the Barrel-Aged: FoBAB 2018

For normal Chicagoans, the holiday season kicked off yesterday with the opening of the Millenium Park skating rink and Daly Plaza Christkindlmarket, and the tree lighting ceremony. For Chicago beer nerds, it was the opening night of the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. Few things warm the body and soul like hundreds of people getting jolly on barrel-aged beers...

More with Less Alcohol

At the Beer Bloggers Conference, I got a taste of Polish hopped water and my mind was blown. It was refreshing, didn't contain alcohol or sugar, and provided the same kind of great hop flavor you'd find in a fresh IPA. When I got home, I started looking up hop water and found a company,... Continue Reading →

10 Most Memorable Beers of BBC18

Trying to summarize an entire week drinking incredible beers is not an easy task. I wish I would've checked in every beer on Untappd; it would make compiling this list easier and I'd love to know just how many different beers I sampled this week. Another attendee said he sampled over 100! Between the extra... Continue Reading →

Beers for a Happy and Hoppy 4th!

Yeah, California wine and Kentucky bourbon is world famous, but our beer is legendary from coast to coast. Our brands are sold all over the world, our craft beers are internationally revered. We've established our own styles and rich brewing traditions.¬† According to some, the pilgrims' story even involves¬†beer. America, and its beer, is badass.... Continue Reading →

Tips for Getting Tipsy: Summer Edition

Summer is truly the best time of year for beer. We've moved past the "drinking to survive" vibes of winter and now we're basking in the glory of crushable beers, bright flavors, warm breezes. We don't have to get wrecked on a bomber of barrel-aged beer for warmth. But we do have to worry about... Continue Reading →

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