Lyft-branded beer debuting in Chicago, includes ride discounts

Lyft, the popular rideshare service, is working with Chicago’s Baderbräu Brewing Company to release cans of its own Lyft-branded beer in the Chicago market. “We know through data that nightlife is one of our largest business segments, especially going out on a Friday or Saturday night,” David Katcher, general manager for Lyft in the Midwest, told … [ Read more]

State of Chicago Beer: A good time to be thirsty in the Windy City

If you’re heading to Chicago, come parched. As of this writing, there are just under 200 breweries in the greater Chicagoland area. Like many American cities, the Chicago craft beer scene is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Eight Chicago-area breweries took home a total of 10 medals at the most recent Great American Beer Festival, … [ Read more]

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Green businesses are sprouting at The Plant

Beer is the key to everything, says Carolee Kokola of Bubbly Dynamics, landlords of Chicago’s The Plant. The Plant is a former meatpacking plant that’s been repurposed as into a food-production facility. The goal is to have a building with zero waste and a self-generated power supply—no small feat for a large industrial building. While open to … [ Read more]

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Frontier adds non-stops flights from MSP to O’Hare for low, low price

Frontier Airlines announced today it’s adding non-stop service in 42 markets across the country, including new service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The MSP to ORD service will begin April 15 for an introductory fare of just $29 each way. That will rise to $59 after the promotion period ends, however. Tickets must be purchased by 11pm CST … [ Read more]

Chef Rick Bayless Debuts Beer Line

Chicago chef Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, Frontera Grill) will debut his Tocayo beer line at Xoco Bistro this week. The modern Mexican master’s first beer is a Hominy White Ale, a Belgian-style wit brewed with hominy and coriander. Next spring, Bayless will open Cruz Blanca, a long-anticipated brewpub in Chicago’s West Loop. He’ll distribute the beers brewed at Cruz … [ Read more]

‘Beer Chicago’ exhibit chronicles the history of beer in the Windy City

Chicago has a long and storied history with beer, from the city’s first brewery established by German-Americans in 1833 to the Town of Chicago becoming official at a tavern the same year. The Elmhurst Historical Museum has a free exhibit that traces the history of beer in the Windy City, complete with information about the science … [ Read more]

Chicago gets Surly

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Surly Brewing Company announces plans for limited distribution in The Windy City. A couple weeks after breaking ground on their new facility in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, Surly Brewing Company announces they are returning to the Chicago market in select accounts at the bar and retail level. From Surly: … [ Read more]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Chicago

The Growler wonders what’s brewing in the City of Big Shoulders. By Anthony Cefali The first half of the 1900s formed Chicago, the City of Big Shoulders, as we know it today. After recovering from the Chicago Fire of 1876, Chicago maintained its place as the second largest city in the United States through two … [ Read more]

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Q&A with Joe Swanberg — Director of ‘Drinking Buddies’

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton _ In the film Drinking Buddies Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) work at a Chicago brewery. The two are quite fond of one another, but both are involved in relationships with other respective partners. A complicated and intricate love story ensues. The film is unique in that “there was no … [ Read more]