Iceland: Brugghús Steðja and Hvalur 2

Note: This article was originally published on www.chicagobeergeeks.com  In 2016, I visited the Land of Fire and Ice and returned with tales of waterfalls, fjords, sheep, and gnomes. But, the most interesting story of all involved drinking the most controversial beer in the world: Hvalur 2. First of all, one would think that a Nordic country like Iceland would have breweries in every city. However, the breweries they have such … Continue readingIceland: Brugghús Steðja and Hvalur 2

Reinheitsgebot 500th Anniversary

This article was originally published on The Chicago Beer Geeks On Saturday, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot at Prost!, a traditional German beer hall in Lincoln Park. Happy Anniversary, extremely hard-to-pronounce German beer law! The Reinheitsgebot, which literally translates as “purity order,” is one of the oldest food laws in the world. It was enacted in Bavaria on April 23, 1516 to ensure the quality and consistency of beer, … Continue readingReinheitsgebot 500th Anniversary

Begyle and Smoque BBQ Team up for Sold Out Pop-Up Dinner

Pop-up dinners are among the fastest growing trends in the food and beverage industry, having 82% growth in 2014, according to Event Brite.  These events appeal to the “experiential diner,” one who “craves not just an amazing meal, but a new and exciting dining experience.” Restaurants and nontraditional venues collaborate on giving diners a casual place to connect with friends where they can develop a communal relationship between food, drink, and … Continue readingBegyle and Smoque BBQ Team up for Sold Out Pop-Up Dinner