Sunday, August 29, 2010 is officially online. We'll try our best at keeping readers up to date with what's brewing, both throughout the industry, and most importantly in our very own lab. Should be a fun ride!

Friday, August 13, 2010

What You On Tonight?

Tonight in Pilsen, it's the monthly Second Friday's. Lot's of galleries/studios open to the public for free. Specifically, stop by the Beer Run Gallery to catch Won Kim and Jarrett Spiegel's collaborative effort. Won says it's very different than anything else he's done. Goose Island beer's and DJ Intel on the beats... it's a no-brainer.

This is special. Stop by the Gene Siskel Film Center tonight for the 8:15 screening of Sharkula's documentary, Diarrhea of a Madman. This guys somewhat of a Chicago legend, and will show only once, so this is a rare opportunity. Should be good.


Boris plays at the Metro tonight. Get your face melted.


Thursday at Sheffield's, Goose Island invades for the bar's 30th anniversary. What that means is a lot of special beers on tap. Beers you will never see in bottles, and may never see on tap again. Chili pepper Bourbon County?? YES PLEASE.

Photo courtesy of LunaPark

Lastly, peep the production OS GEMEOS and FUTURA 2000 are working on in Manhattan. Why can't Chicago get these kind of treats??

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Beer & Art

Low Dive is about to jump into our 20th beer brewed. We've made some great beers and learned quite a bit in the last year and a half. We're about to take the next step in doubling our normal batch sizes from five to 10 gallons. It's been fun learning, experimenting, and of course drinking these beers, so I'm excited for our next 20. Yesterday in fact, we bottled our oak-aged barleywine ale, Malevolence, clocking in at a hefty 17.75% abv. We brewed it on Halloween, so it was nice finally getting that in bottles. I suspect we'll try a bottle in a couple months, but the rest will likely be resting in the cellar to allow the alcohol to mellow and the flavors to balance out. But it did taste quite well I must say. Here's to hoping I get to drink our beer with each and every one of you in the near future!

I'm getting back to painting which feels good. More on that later.

Shawn Smith has a show opening at Oh No! Doom this Friday titled Monster March. Shawn's been doing big things lately, so I'm curious to see what he brings. Oh No! Doom moved into a new spot this year also, and if you haven't been yet, you should go based on that alone. Good people and a dope space.

Won is a good friend, and he along with Jarrett Spiegel have been working on this show for the last several months (when he wasn't cooking, Painting signage at your local watering hole/big-ass Whole Foods or DJing). I've personally not been to the Beer Run Gallery yet. I know a couple of the artists that run it, so I'm excited to see them along with Won's work.
Pay it a visit. I'll be there. What more could you want??

It's Midwest Craft Beer Month at all Binny's locations in August. Find your favorite libations or better yet, use this sale as an opportunity to try something new. ALWAYS SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BREWERIES, but more importantly, please support the entire craft/micro beer movement. It's certainly growing in popularity, but it could still use your help.

Half Acre
announced the release of a highly anticipated collaboration between them, Short's Brewing and Jonathon Cutler from Piece. I cannot wait to try this. Freedom of '78 (Pure Guava IPA) will be released Friday, August 6!

Jason Brammer
teamed up with sculptor Jason Hawk for a collaborative exhibition titled "Finding the Future" as part of the Pop-Up Art Loop at 240 S. State
tonight from 5-8. I think it's safe to say that their work will surely entertain.