Tag Archives: Chicago

• UPDATE: Chicago Brewery renames Trump beer, “F*ck Your Hair”

UPDATE: Chicago Brewery renames Trump beer, “F*ck Your Hair”

UPDATE FROM PREVIOUS POST: 5 Rabbit Cerveceria dumped Trump over recent comments about Mexican immigrants even though it meant losing business. The brewery was making a house beer for Trump Tower’s Rebar but wouldn’t think of continuing to do business with the ignoramus under the circumstances. The owners of the brewery are Latin American and […]

• Gulp. How’d we get to the $22 cocktail?

Gulp. How’d we get to the $22 cocktail?

The deep, amber-colored drink is a looker, that much is true. But there is no forest of mint perking up this Manhattan at Georgetown’s Rye Bar. It does not arrive in a pineapple. It is an unfussy Manhattan. It just happens to cost $22. If eyebrows rise and jaws drop over the price of the […]

• Drizly uncorks a second e-commerce revenue stream

Drizly uncorks a second e-commerce revenue stream

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Drizly, the Boston-based online alcohol delivery company, had inked a major deal with MillerCoors to cross-promote the delivery service. As part of the partnership, Drizly delivered cases of Miller Lite for free over the past weekend in four of its nine service cities. While the news of […]

• Does it matter where Templeton Rye whiskey is made?

Does it matter where Templeton Rye whiskey is made?

Templeton Rye has been in the news a lot lately. Bryce T. Bauer’s book Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots was released in July, the same month that the Daily Beast published an article by Eric Felten titled “Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a […]

• GQ Calls Chicago ‘The Greatest Drinking City in America’

GQ Calls Chicago ‘The Greatest Drinking City in America’

Our fair city is receiving some impressive shout outs from two national magazines, highlighted by GQ calling Chicago the “greatest drinking city in America.” Dedicating a lengthy slideshow to its assessment, GQ documents everything from old bars (Maria’s Packaged Goods), to the establishments that set the stage for the current bar revival (The Violet Hour), […]

• Chicago Mixologist Named International Bartender of the Year

Chicago Mixologist Named International Bartender of the Year

Charles Joly of The Aviary in Chicago has captured the title of international bartender of the year at a major event in London, where he beat his rivals for his “passion, creativity and unrivalled mixology skills.”Joly became the sixth winner of Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2014 award over the weekend, beating […]

• Lagunitas makes the leap to Chicago

Lagunitas makes the leap to Chicago

Lagunitas is one of the US’s leading craft breweries, renowned for its highly hopped ales and now it has expanded its operations to the east of the country with a new 300,000 square foot brewery, bar and restaurant in the old Ryerson Steel Complex of Chicago’s Douglas Park neighbourhood. When finished the new brewery will […]

• Old-Fashioned debate: 2 cocktails with 1 name + recipes

Old-Fashioned debate: 2 cocktails with 1 name + recipes

Few drinks are as steeped in controversy as the Old-Fashioned, particularly since the name refers to two different drinks. One is a drink at its most austere — just a brown spirit, typically but not always whiskey, along with bitters, sugar and maybe a few drops of water and/or a twist of lemon or orange […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” a gin bar, to be exact, at The Flintridge Proper

“a woman walks into a bar…” a gin bar, to be exact, at The Flintridge Proper

What’s a girl to do all alone on her birthday? Go to a gin bar would be the correct answer. But wait, don’t cry for me…this is what I wanted to do.  If I smoked, it would be gin and cigs, a louche night out swigging shots with which to face the age demons. As […]

• Beer Company Employing Vets Debuts First Brews

Beer Company Employing Vets Debuts First Brews

The Veteran Beer Company launched its first two brews Thursday. The beers debuted only in Indiana, and in the state where the company is headquartered, Illinois. The Veteran Beer Company was founded by a veteran with a unique business model. Everyone working for Paul Jenkins served in the military. “Each of us has given something. […]

• Charlie Trotter: A pioneer in wine as well as food

Charlie Trotter: A pioneer in wine as well as food

When Christie’s auctioned off “The Magnificent Cellar of Charlie Trotter’s” last December, the 357 lots, much of it fabled Burgundies and Rhones, fetched close to a million dollars, $918,027 to be exact. Trotter, who was found dead Tuesday morning in Chicago at age 54, loved wine. And the successive sommeliers, some of the best in […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” with Tess Vigeland

“a woman walks into a bar…” with Tess Vigeland

UPDATE: Tess took another leap and now travels without a net! She lives in Bangkok, Thailand and writes often about her experiences plus the added value of her terrific photographs. You can follow her on Facebook Who do you call when you want to hang out with someone über interesting, someone who’s taking life by […]

• Happy National Vodka Day!

Happy National Vodka Day!

“The Water of Life” The versatile, once virtually tasteless and odorless tipple accounts for almost 20 to 25 per cent of spirits sold today in North America, making it our most popular libation, a feat that occurred in the 1970s when it outpaced bourbon as America’s favorite spirit.    We raise our glass on October 4 to toast […]

• Chicago felon gets $105K grant to open liquor store where stores are banned

Chicago felon gets $105K grant to open liquor store where stores are banned

Keeping the sordid reputation of Chicago politicians alive and not-so-well, Alderman Deborah Graham reportedly gave convicted drug dealer Frederick “Juicy” Sims great assistance in getting a huge monetary grant to open a liquor store in Chicago, according to Opposing Views on Tuesday, as well as an original report by the Chicago Tribune. Sims, who previously […]

• Booze ‘n Bullets: Chicago bans guns in places that serve liquor

Booze ‘n Bullets: Chicago bans guns in places that serve liquor

Chicago suffered a recent setback when an appeals court struck down an Illinois concealed weapons ban, but the city put new regulations on the books Wednesday. The Chicago City Council fired a retaliatory shot in the gun-control battle Wednesday, passing ordinances that ban concealed weapons in many liquor businesses. Chicago, home to some of the […]