Recap: My Kind of Town Beer Tasting

On Saturday, May 14th, we partnered with The Hop Review on a tasting specifically focused on the craft beer scenes popping up around the city of Chicago. Right now, breweries in this city are like dandelions in a field, a swift wind and suddenly an assistant brewer in the west loop is now opening up his or her own brewery in North Center. The Hop Review's Brewery Map currently lists 67 breweries in the city and 91 throughout the burbs & beyond. You can't help but wonder, how in the world is this kind of growth sustainable? The simple answer: Chicagoans love to drink -- to get us through winter or add even more enjoyment to our limited summer -- and we define ourselves by our loyalty to the communities and businesses within our neighborhoods.

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Yeezy Does It: A Few Brews Homebrewing Experiment

The Few Brews crew has a tendency to take a small idea like "Hey man, let's taste some beers together" and blow it up into something like "So I designed a logo for our beer tasting thing; what do you think about turning it into a monthly club?" With homebrewing, there was no way we were going leave that tendency behind. Fortunately for us, James "JR" Peters -- longtime friend and our "Few Brews Brewguy" -- has been willing to ride with our madness.

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Good Beer Hunting: Uppers and Downers

"For more than eighteen months, Good Beer Hunting and Intelligentsia Coffee have been working to reinvent the coffee beer category through a series of educational and experiential events. [...] [Uppers and Downers] is both a culmination of that work, and the beginning of what we believe will be the future of coffee beers," Good Beer Hunting.

The festival featured 14 breweries, 6 roasters and expanded case studies from two of the Chicago area's best breweries -- Goose Island Beer Company and Solemn Oath Brewery. We, Tommy Crawford and Dylan Nelson, were fortunate enough to attend the event. Here is a brief recap of our experiences and thoughts.

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Goose Island 2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout

We have a running half-joke here at Few Brews. No matter how tense the room, cracking open a bottle of Bourbon County Stout (BCS) will result in an instant aura of calmness. It is relaxation in a bottle. If you asked us, we'd say you don't even need to drink it... you definitely should drink it, but just the smell of BCS will have you taking one big deep breath and sitting -- nay, melting -- a little further back in your seat.

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