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.


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


Boobs & Craft Beer....Why?

First and foremost, let me issue some serious side eye to the content I am about to post because it just simply vexes my spirit.  I of course had to use  Prince the King of Side Eye, may he Rest In Peace.


Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I want to ask, why is there soft porn to XXX craft beer IG accounts? Yes, I do understand these are personal IG accounts and people have every right to post what they wish, I just want to know why? This isn’t corporate beer, craft beer does not need a gimmick to gain the attention. Even though they are not representing an individual brewery, I just do not understand the purpose of showing a stout sitting on or sometimes in someone’s ass.  


Speaking from a woman’s perspective ( I mean last time I checked I was one), there is no need to sexualize craft beer, women are still trying to gain the notoriety and respect  in this industry, it is sometimes hard to be taken seriously when there is sex attached to women drinking beer. I feel this type of attention sets us back and demeans the hard working women who are in the industry. 


I personally think it is a damn shame,  when I check my afrobeerchick IG account, I have to look over my shoulder to make sure my daughters do not see these XXX postings with beer. It is already more than enough sexual content on there.  Just show us the beer and please hold the tits and ass, it really isn’t all that exciting. If it wasn’t in poor taste, I would post a couple of pictures from the accounts I have come across, but as I mother, I know my nosy 12 and 17 year old daughters may check my website, so I will refrain, however, it isn’t hard to come across these accounts.  



Maybe, I am a little old school, I just want to be able to enjoy some of the simple things in life without being overwhelmed with sex being attached to it. For years, corporate beer attached sexy models in barely there clothing to their ads, because they needed a gimmick to sell their beer.



The craft beer community is simple in the art of enjoyment, either you love, like or hate a beer and keep it moving to the next one. A simple picture with a brief description is all that it needs.  There is no need to be a “hey look at me” type beer chick, just being a woman who enjoy a nice hoppy or stout beverage is good enough. Let’s keep the boobs and butts for the other instagram thots. 


Let Me Introduce Myself

Hello! I am Chalonda AKA Afro.Beer.Chick.  (that is such a cool ass name right???)

I just wanted to take this time on my very first blog post ever to introduce myself. I can quickly sum it up by saying, I am a chick who loves beer, but nowadays ummmmm there are alot of us out there. So I am just going to share a little with you. 

Picture it, 2009 on the South Side of Chicago on a crisp fall night, I was introduced to my very first craft beer. It was Goose Island's Sofie that forever changed my palette and at that very moment, I had no idea that beer could have so much flavor.  I also did not have any idea that other ingredients were even brewed in beer beside barely and hops, needless to say I was dumbfounded by this knowledge and yet grateful to gain it at the same time. On that day, I gave up my ways of MGD, Corona and quite a few others,  because I discovered a new taste and had a new appreciation for beer.   Since that first sweet taste of Sofie my palette evolved and  I began expanding my knowledge on the brewing industry. I was amazed to learn that the craft beer community was like a family because there was no competition to be the best, because it was not about competition among breweries as you would find on the macro level, it is about collaboration and the friendships forged over having great beer.  

 In Late 2011, I came across a great group of women who called themselves Girls Pint Out,  they had already established numerous chapters in quite a few states, many of which are still going strong to this day. At that time Chicago did not have a local chapter and with the permission of the founding members Tamera Mullins and Megan Peters, I was able to start a chapter of Girls Pint Out. The turn out at our first event was beyond amazing, it was better than I could have ever imagined, I was ecstatic to see that so many women were into drinking craft beer. While we all shared our stories, I found that we all came from different walks of life. Some were professionals, mothers, young college students, or wives, but despite the category we fell in, we were all brought together by beer.  Unfortunately my run as a local chapter President ran short because I was a mother of 2 young daughters at the time that needed so much of my attention and it became too much to balance. The torch was been passed on to another group of women whom I follow on social media and I see that they are keeping the group alive and well and it continues to grow.  

While I have never actually worked in the beer industry, I have always kept up with the changes and the progress it has made, especially in Chicago. I read various blogs and listen to various podcasts (shouts out to Chicago Beer Pass, keep up the great work Brad and Nik ) to keep me in the loop. I also get to experience the scene by attending numerous events.  It was my coworker who convinced me that I should blog about my beer experiences by stating that it's not that you don't see women blogging about beer, but you don't see very many African American women doing so, which gives it a  different perspective, because I find there are many people who are shocked to find out that I enjoy craft beer.  So now that my girls are older 12 and 17 ( YES! I am almost an empty nester), I am gonna give this a shot. I look forward to making new friends over beers and posting new content to share with my readers. I promise you all that as time goes on,  the website will grow into something cooler (because right now it is a work in progress).  

My goal is to  create stories that you all can relate to as if we are sitting down and having a conversation. So please excuse me if you see an error, (although I will proof read like 1.5 times before posting). I do not want my post to feel as if you are reading a technical manual. So with that said, you may come across a curse words here and there (depending on how much I've had to drink), but I promise I will keep it interesting, because I definitely want to guys to keep coming back.  

To my followers on my Instagram page (afro.beer.chick) , thank you all for the love and the messages I have been receiving urging me to get this website together, you guys are awesome.