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International Beer Day

Since last week was International Beer Day (Aug. 5), I decided to celebrate by drinking Anchor Steam Beer (one of my favorites). On this day, beer enthusiasts are encouraged to appreciate beer and try something new. So this year, I tried Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale and it was not bad. I think I liked it because it was fruity and light. Unfortunately, I expected more cream. But it was great to try something new.

For those of you who don’t know, International Beer Day started in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. According to the official website, you can celebrate by drinking with friends, enjoying new beers from other cultures, buying beers for your friends, and thanking a brewer and bartender for devoting their lives to beer.

If you didn’t celebrate it this year, make sure you put it on your calendar for next year!!

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Grilling With Beer Competition

It’s times like these when I wish I had the option to jump on a plane from New York and fly to Wisconsin. Sprecher Brewing Company, the Wisconsin Beef Council (WBC) and Keg-a-Que are having the third annual Wisconsin State Fair grilling competition, Grilling with Beer. This competition has my name written all over it. I love to grill! If you’re in Glendale, Wisconsin, this is a competition you won’t want to miss.

Here are the details:

The top eight recipes will be pitted against each other with the winner being decided by an expert panel of judges on the stage at State Fair’s Central Mall on August 9. The eight finalists will receive $10 toward purchase of beer and beef for the final cook-off.

Second and third place winners will each receive one case of Sprecher beverages, two Sprecher tour passes, two tickets to Sprecher’s 25th Anniversary Bash, a $25 certificate for beef from the Wisconsin Beef Council, and a portable Keg-a-Que (Awesome!).

The grand prize winner will receive six cases of Sprecher beverages, two Sprecher tour passes, 2 tickets to Sprecher’s 25th Anniversary Bash, a $200 certificate for beef from the Wisconsin Beef Council,and a portable Keg-a-Que (Awesome again!).

All recipes must contain beef and Sprecher beer, and be cooked on a gas grill. Recipes must be received by July 26th. Finalists must be present to win the Wisconsin State Fair grill-off on August 9.

Visit the Sprecher Brewing Company website,, for eligibility requirements, entry form and complete details.

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Chicago Beer Week

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is also celebrating its first annual Chicago Craft Beer Week, a city-wide celebration of the art of craft brewing. Chicago Beer Week has a heavy list of events for its first year. If you haven’t celebrated yet, don’t miss some upcoming events!

Wednesday, May 19

Chicago Beer Society Authors Night at the Map Room
Join Ray Daniels, author of Designing Great Beers (and founder of the Cicerone Certification program); Steve Hamburg, writer of many articles on real ale and British beer; Randy Mosher, author of Tasting Beer; and Jeff Sparrow, author of Wild Brews, on the traditional CBS Third Wednesday social for a night featuring the beers they know best. Each writer will select a special beer to be on tap and speak on its relevance. Daniels, Hamburg, Mosher and Sparrow will be available throughout the evening to discuss beer, the universe, and everything in between. They’ll also have books and periodicals on hand for those looking to complete their libraries.

Metropolitan Brewing Tasting at Fizz Bar and Grill (3220 N. Lincoln)
Metropolitan’s Doug and Tracy Hurst will be on hand to talk about their beers. Metropolitan’s bottles will be on special for $4 and they’ll be tapping a special India Pale Lager, brewed with a ton of Hallertau hops.

Half Acre Beer Dinner at Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark)
Chef Ben Sheagren will craft a five course dinner starting at 7:30 p.m. with beers paired by Half Acre’s Gabriel Magliaro. $50 per person. Seating is limited! Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets


Thursday, May 20

Crown Valley Brewer Tasting at Binny’s South Loop (1132 W. Jefferson)
Come meet Bryan Siddle, owner, operator, brewer of Crown Valley Brewing out of Ste. Genevieve, MO, from 6-8 p.m. Siddle will discuss his beers, including a couple of specialty beers that are not yet available in Illinois.

Historic Bars of Chicago book signing at John Barleycorn (658 W. Belden)
Sean Parnell of the Chicago Beer Project (and former Chicagoist interview subject) will be on hand to sign copies of his newly-released book, Historic Bars of Chicago (Lake Claremont Press). The book includes reviews of the Top 100 most historic bars, taverns, nightclubs, lounges, dives, and bierstubes in Chicago.

Big Sky Brewmaster and Special Beers at Quenchers (2401 N. Western)
Meet Big Sky Brewery brewmaster Matt Long while enjoying Big Sky beer specials all night, including specialty beers not currently available in Illinois.


Saturday, May 22

The Drinking & Writing Brewery Presents The 4th Annual Beerfly Alleyfight at Rock Bottom Chicago
The Drinking & Writing Brewery holds its Fourth Annual Beerfly Alleyfight — a “pairing” of homebrewed beer, home-cooked food, and homegrown art — from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Beerfly Alleyfight competition goes one step further than other pairings by adding an artist to the mix. Tickets to the Beerfly Alleyfight are $30.00 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $35.00 at the door if available.

CCBW Closing Event w/ICBG @ Half Acre
Tickets will be sold to this event at Half Acre Brewery, with many brewers from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild present, pouring their beers.

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Atlanta Beer Week

Atlanta is joining other states around the country by having a week celebrating beer! This week, bars, beverage stores, restaurants, brewpubs and breweries in Atlanta and Athens will be holding dinners, tastings, and seminars.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Crawford Moran brewer of Five Seasons Brewing Co. joined other local beer enthusiasts to plan the first annual Atlanta Beer Week.

“Trying to get anything off the ground is always a challenge but the response has been pretty good,” Moran said. “It’s kind of like the All-Star Game. You have all these people who might be rivals on the same team working together for a week. We have a nice mix of places doing different things and it’s a great foundation to get things going toward next year.”

The week kicked off Sunday at Brick Store Pub with rare beers on draft and a ceremonial cask tapping. The week continues with a five-course beer dinner featuring five different beers aged in wine barrels at Five Seasons Westside on May 20.  For a complete listing, go to

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Beer Recipe Cook-off in WA

I just learned about an awesome cook-off taking place in Washington.  On Sunday, February 28, Backcountry Essentials in Bellingham will host a Beer Recipe Cook-off.

Participants may cook an entrée, appetizer or dessert that will be taste-tested and judged by local beer experts. All recipes must include beer as an ingredient. The experts, whose names have not been released, include local bar owners and people who work in the beer business.

Prizes will be awarded to the best entrée, appetizer and dessert. Additional prizes will also be offered including gift cards to Backcountry Essentials.

The event starts at 5 p.m. For more information, visit their website at

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Super Bowl Sunday Poll

Vote for your favorite beer commercial here!

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Super Bowl Sunday Beer Commercials

When I think of Super Bowl Sunday, I think  of parties, awesome appetizers, beer, and the hilarious commercials. If you’ve missed some of the beer commercials while running to the bathroom or filling up on chili, here they are – all eight of them.

Take the poll! After watching these commercials, vote for your favorite here.

Bud Light – “House”

Bud Light – “Asteroid

Bud Light – “Autotune”

Budweiser – “Bridge”

Bud Light – “Lost”

Budweiser Select 55 – “Down”

Budweiser – “Friends

Michelob Ultra – “Lance Armstrong

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