Afro Beer Chick + The Handsome Bastard Join Forces at Electric Jungle


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When you have a record shop (Electric Jungle) next door to a barbershop  (Handsome Bastard) apparently the thing you do is host a bottleshare /beard competition the day after FOBAB.  Strangely it’s the perfect antidote to end Chicago’s most revered festival week.  

 Electric Jungle 1768 W. Greenleaf, Chicago, IL

Electric Jungle 1768 W. Greenleaf, Chicago, IL

 

Electric Jungle’s décor is true to its name, lush greenery over most corners of the main floor and a fuzzy stage complete with a vintage Palmetto Rockola 450  jukebox.  The vinyl collection is effortlessly displayed in a collection of repurposed rolling garment carts typically found at laundry mats.  It’s a brilliant move that makes inventory more accessible…and of course carts can shift to make space to host events like this one.

 Moveable carts to move inventory around.

Moveable carts to move inventory around.

 

Illuminated Brew Works heard about the hang and sent a pair of mixed culture ales and more to share.  Pareidolia, was a buckwheat farmhouse aged on Asian pears with Amchur used to accentuate the fruit. It was aged for a year in third use Virtue Cider barrels that previously held whiskey. The Fulton Market brewers known for their notorious invite only bonfires mentioned they might be looking to move up to Norwood Park of the northwest side of the city. 

 Illuminated Brew Works tasty donations to the party

Illuminated Brew Works tasty donations to the party

 

A local comedian hosted handsome Bastard’s Beard Competition. All contestants received a balm and oil from their Whiskey & Wax grooming collection.

 Whiskey and Wax can be be found at 1766 W. Greenleaf, Chicago, IL

Whiskey and Wax can be be found at 1766 W. Greenleaf, Chicago, IL

 

Judges were granted permission to touch beards in most cases.  The local chapter of the Bearded Villains, Chalonda White (Afro Beer Chick)  and 49th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Maria Haddon.  Open since June, Electric Jungle is the newest concept from the crew that ran Logan Hardware Records.  Conveniently located across the street from Rogers Park Metra, the urban vinyl garden located on Greenleaf Avenue is the type of concept we wish we had come up with. A listening station sits in front of the wall with boxes full of Chicago House and Stax Records.

 And the Beard Competition kicks off

And the Beard Competition kicks off

 

Rogers Park, tucked away on the deep north side has a resident base made up of every walk of life. It’s one of those city neighborhoods that really feels like its own small town.  Most of us live a mile from the lake and enjoy connecting with people who cant wait to share where their favorite spaces are in this corner of the earth.  The bottle share yielded everything from coffee liqueur to treats from New Glarus.

 Electric Jungle has such a dope space and it is very inviting.

Electric Jungle has such a dope space and it is very inviting.

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Making My Rounds

It's been pretty slow in the beer events scene in Chicago since everyone is still in holiday recovery mode. For 2018 I have some new ideas to keep this site fresh, fun and full of information.  Until then, check me out on a couple of really cool podcasts. I ended 2017 on BeerDownload and kicked off 2018 on Chicago Beer Pass, It's pretty cool they let little ole me in on the fun to talk about BEER.  

 Photos Courtesy of  Beerdownload.com

Photos Courtesy of Beerdownload.com

 Photo courtesy of   Chicagobeerpass.com

Photo courtesy of  Chicagobeerpass.com

 

 

 

 

Chicago Beer Pass - AfroBeerChick

 

 

Happy Brew Year

 

Happy Brew Year, I hope you all were safe and partied hard at the same time. 2017 is now just a thing of the past that has left us with memories of great parties and new beers that hit the market. It was also the Year of the Haze so I am intrigued to see what 2018 has in store for us.

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I attended some kick-ass parties last year so it was only right that I ended the year at Brew Years Eve, a Lou Dog Event, that was held at Architectural Artifacts an 80,000 square feet antique shop that also doubles as an event space in Ravenswood. 2 floors of beautiful vintage furniture and decor  that you get to browse while drinking one of the 5 crafted cocktails, 10 breweries and 25 beers in the line up. Out of all of the beer listed, Half Acre Lead Feather was my beer of choice for the entire night, a black ale that hit you with chocolate and note of roasted coffee beans. Very well balanced in body and in taste.

 

 Photo courtesy of  Chicago Beer Pass

Photo courtesy of Chicago Beer Pass

The energy was high on the lower level, not just because of the drinks but also because of Run Forrest Run a 90’s cover band that paid tribute to the hottest songs of that decade, ranging from R&B to Pop.  I was quite impressed with their song selection and the ability to fully engage the crowd.

 

I have attended this party a couple of times before,  I had become used to the champagne toast at midnight, but unfortunately, that was not the case this year. At the stroke of midnight, you toasted with whatever you had in your keepsake Brew Years Eve glass, as hugs, kisses, and cheers filled the air. I was a pleasant night to end 2017 and to begin 2018.

 Photo courtesy of  Chicago Beer Pass

Photo courtesy of Chicago Beer Pass

 

 

For more info on upcoming  Lou Dog Events, go to www.loudogevents. The Chicago Ale Fest - Winter Edition will feature more than 150 American Craft Beers with a strong focus on beers only available in the winter on Saturday, January 20th. Use promo code BYE to save $10.00  per ticket. For more ticket information on Chicago Ale Fest, go to www.chicagoalefest.com

 

BeerHoptacular

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I know if I am gonna classify myself as a blogger, I’m going to have to stop dragging my ass and post my stories sooner (so my bad, I promise I will get better).  I’m slowly finding my way back into the beer scene after taking such a long hiatus and  have to get work out a better routine.  So while it should have been sooner, it is better late than never to share my last weekend adventures with you guys.

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On Saturday, November 4th, I ventured over to Cinespace Film Studios for my first  BeerHoptacular, a place that I have been acquainted with a few times, as a working makeup artist on a few projects, so I thought it was really dope that I would be able to go back and check it out as beer event, because I was used to seeing it set up as a production site.   While, Chicago’s weather was not our friend, with the heavy rain, it did not hinder the open and friendly vibe in the space.  When you walk into this massive space you see the breweries were along the walls and t-shirt merchants in the middle.  I really enjoyed  the fact that it was not overly crowded and you were able to move around freely within both sides of the connected studios.

 

Beer, Beer and More Beer! There were just too many beers to just run down, some of my top favs were from Lo Rez, Maplewood, Sun King and Half Acre. Goose Island was also on deck pouring up Bourbon County Stout, which is one of my staple favorites, outside of all those that I’ve named, Prairie Artisan Ales Paradise was my BeerHop fav of that day. It’s an imperial stout brewed with coconut and vanilla, it has a nice light aroma, in which the vanilla and coconut can be tasted but not overwhelming. While at the Beer Museum’s  table, I was able to sample for a very small donation,  Revolution’s Cafe Deth, a rare barrel aged Russian imperial stout release that was gifted to them for the event.  I have to admit towards the middle I started to lose sight of what I was drinking because I started to hit a wall because I found myself opting for the heavier beers, which has me thinking how in the world am I going to survive my first FoBAB.  

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As the party came to an end, I decided to make a quick trip across the parking lot to LaGunitas, for even more drinking (lol what better way to end a party then to drink even more). All in all, I had a damn good time at my first BeerHoptacular, I definitely plan on stepping up my game if I am gonna party with the big boys. Until then, I am mentally preparing myself for FoBAB, because I have heard many many things, that has me scared but yet excited.