Tour de Fat Rides On

  Since its inception in 2000, Tour de Fat has brought together thousands of people from all walks of life with its promise of bikes, beer, and bemusement. This philanthropically-minded national tour of performance artists, bike-enthusiasts, and musical entertainment has raised over 5 million dollars to non-profits around the country. After a somewhat criticized 2017 season, Tour de Fat rides on; the popular festival made its honorable return to six … Continue readingTour de Fat Rides On

Purpose Brewing and Cellars’ One-Year Anniversary Party

On August 4-5 weekend, Purpose Brewing and Cellars celebrated its 1st anniversary. We can’t believe it’s already been a year! Last year, former owners of 1933 Brewing, Zach and Laura Wilson, teamed up with former brewmaster of New Belgium Brewing Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to create a unique brewery that delivers an entirely new experience to the craft beer community.     On August 4-5 weekend, Purpose Brewing … Continue readingPurpose Brewing and Cellars’ One-Year Anniversary Party

Celebrating 30 years of Exceptional Brewing with GLBC

30 years of exceptional beers – now that’s something to celebrate! This spring, Great Lakes Brewing Company is kicking off its 30th anniversary celebrations. The Cleveland-based company is commemorating the occasion with the All Yours campaign, the Pint Size Pub – a traveling version of the GLBC brewpub experience – and a brewery celebration in September. To celebrate its anniversary, Great Lakes Brewing Co. is kicking off a Pint Size … Continue readingCelebrating 30 years of Exceptional Brewing with GLBC

HopCat’s Wood & Wild Ale Festival

When you get an invitation to a festival that claims to have the best Barrel Aged & Sour beers in existence available for your drinking pleasure you jump at the opportunity to attend. Or at least, I did. HopCat Chicago hosted the Wood & Wild Ale Festival on Sunday, October 22nd, tapping more than 30 beers for the occasion. (Thanks HopCat for the invite and for the first round!) With … Continue readingHopCat’s Wood & Wild Ale Festival

Happy Birthday High Hops!

On Oct 13th and 14th, High Hops Brewing celebrated their 5th anniversary with three bands, a food truck, commemorative t-shirts, two beer releases, giveaways, and good times all around! When Lace & Lager arrived at 1 pm, Tyler T. and his didgeridoo took the stage, followed by Dan and Bill Duo at 3:30. Then, local favorite House with a Yard closed down the party, playing until 9 pm.       … Continue readingHappy Birthday High Hops!

Tour de Fat: Changing with the Times

Tour de Fat loudly proclaimed its 19th birthday this year, bringing its collaboration of artists, carnies, and performers to 33 different cities, starting in Asheville, NC on May 20th end ending October 7th in Tempe, AZ. Lace & Lager’s Ali Cornish was able to join the bikes, beer, and bemusement when TDF rolled through the source of all things New Belgium Brewing: Fort Collins. On Sept 2nd, a perfect late-summer … Continue readingTour de Fat: Changing with the Times

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