Congratulations to the GABF Winners

Ok, I know by now you have already heard about the winners at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. I’m pretty sure most of us cheered for our local breweries for the kick ass beer they produce for us. I just wanted to say congratulations to all of this years winners and send special love to my 11 local Chicagoland breweries that brought home medals.


Bronze - Charlatan - Maplewood Brewing Co. - American Style Pale Ale - Chicago

Gold - Overcoat - Midnight Pig Beer - Barley Wine-Style Ale - Plainfield

Bronze - Bad Polaroid - Werk Force Brewing Co. - Double Hoppy Red Ale - Plainfield

Silver - Purple Line - Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. - Fruit Wheat Beer - Evanston

Gold - Scarlet > Fire - Tighthead Brewing Co. - Irish-Style Red Ale - Mundelein

Silver - DDH Double IPA - Corridor Brewery & Provisions - Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale Ale - Chicago

Gold - Le Jus - Alarmist Brewing - Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale - Chicago

Bronze - Foiken Haze - Eris Brewery and Cider House - Juicy or Hazy India Pale - Chicago

Gold - Pour le Mineur - Corridor Brewery & Provisions - Other Belgian-Style - Chicago

Gold - Golden Prairie Doppel Alt - Argus Brewery - Other Strong Beer - Chicago

Bronze -Straight Jacket - Revolution Brewing - Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer - Chicago

For a complete list of the 2018 Great American Beer Festival winners go to

Goose Island Proprietor's Day Lottery Opens

Summer is now a memory, Oktoberfest is about to be one, as we quickly roll into fall, we are also entering stout season. Goose Island will be holding their 2nd annual Proprietor's Day on Sunday, November 19th at their tap room, 1800 W. Fulton St., in Chicago.  The lottery to win admission to purchase this Chicago exclusive beer is officially open until midnight CST of October 18th.  You can enter the lottery once daily by visiting




The  lucky winners will be announced on October 18th at noon. Tickets are $30 and the winners will have 48 hours to claim their tickets as well as have the option to buy one extra ticket.  Any unclaimed tickets will go back into the pool for another draw on October 20th and those winners will be announced on October 22nd. 

On Sunday, November 19th, bottles can be picked up from 11 am to 5pm and will be broken down into four hour shifts. 2 bottles of Bourbon County Stout Proprietor's and 1 bottle of Bourbon County Reserve Stout can be purchased for $70. You must have proper ID at pick up and names must match IDs,  attendees also must be at their  registered pick up time slot, because if you snooze you will lose and will not be permitted to pick up at a different time.