21 Sep

GIRLS ON THE RUN BREW BASH

You’ve heard of the craft beer movement, now come find out what it’s all about. Revolution Brewing in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how their beers are made. And what good is learning about beer if you can’t enjoy a few? $35 gets you two hours of unlimited Revolution brews and some of the tastiest appetizers in town.

Date

Start: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 @ 6:30 PM

Address

Revolution Brewery
2323 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL

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31 Aug

Cruising on the Craft Beer Boat with Artisanal Imports & Sixpoint Brewery

On Wednesday, August 29th, I went to an private invite only event with Adam Schulte of Artisanal Imports, Jake Williams of Sixpoint Brewery and a host of others within the Chicago Craft Beer industry. To be honest I can not sit here and describe just how awesome it really was, because it was one of those events that you just had to be there yourself for the experience. It was picture perfect weather as we sailed around Lake Michigan, in the back drop was the Chicago Skyline, which is the absolute best of any city there is.  Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, as the night fell upon us, we were engaged in the Navy Pier fireworks, looking up at the sky in amazement as if it were our first time seeing them.  In the back drop the city was lit and the colors filled the dark sky and I had a beer in my hand as did many others. It was one of those nights you wish you could recreate over and over again because you had so  much fun and hated for it to come to an end.

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Beer Geeks

Those who attended whether, they were invited or one of the lucky ones to win a pair tickets from the pre party events held around the city, were engaged in conversations on the rapid growth of the Chicago Craft Beer industry or how they were excited to be apart of the event and looked forward to the next one.  It’s amazing how good beer can bring strangers together, because by the end of the night we were saying goodbye to one another as if we were life long friends. Maybe that could have been the buzz we had from all of the drinking, either way connections were made and stories were shared. What’s funny is the fact that many have asked me what was the name of the boat we were on and to be honest, I could not even tell you because to those that were aboard, it was the CRAFT BEER BOAT, for the night. A large boat with free beer and I think that is all that really mattered.

Adam and Jake defintely succeeded in their efforts in showcasing their beers and  to also show they are strong competitors in the craft beer industry all while hosting an event that will be labeled as one of the greatest beer events for the summer of 2012.  If I had to pick my favorite from each, I would chose the  Tripel Karmeliet from Artisanal Imports and the Spice of Life from Sixpoint. While all of the beers of the night were good those are the two that impressed me most. The Tripel Karmieliet, has a zesty taste and light finish with a hint of banana and vanilla and the Spice of Life is a bittersweet floral taste with a well balanced finish.

I am glad that I had the opportunity to partake in this adventure and I definitely look forward to doing it again. Adam and Jake, cheers to you for hosting an awesome event, you guys throw one hell of a party!

 

Happy Drinking…

 

 

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27 Aug

ZOO BREW at Brookfield Zoo

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Beer Geeks

 

On Sunday, August 26th, I went to the Zoo only this time it was not the usual family outting this was adult only fun. Brookfield Zoo hosted its first ever Zoo Brew at the Pavillions on the zoo grounds. A $45.00 ticket got you into the event to listen to live music,  taste 40 different beers, represented by 14 breweries, such as Argus Brewery, Blue Moon, Crispin, Crown Imports, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery, Inc., Leinenkugel’s, Magic Hat Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Newcastle, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Wild Onion Brewing Co., Hopothesis Beer Co.,  and Woodchuck Hard Cider.

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Beer Geeks

While I’m a newbie in, on and around the beer scene, let’s face it, I’m no Chicago Beer Geek, however, I did notice the long lines, which was a bit of a bummer and the whole 20 ticket system was also a kill joy. Let’s be honest for $45.00 bucks you expect to drink your fill with out the worry of running out of tickets and not be limited by a predetermined amount. Despite those 2 infractions, I still had a great time and must admit,  I’m also excited to see Argus stepping out more into the beer scene, they represented the WILD HUNNITS righteously ( yes I know how that is spelled, that is dedicated to Nick from Argus). It was also the first time I have had the chance to try anything from Hopothesis Beer Company and the Wild Onion. I must admit they both left quite an impression, especially Wild Onion’s Pumpkin Ale. I look forward to checking out more from both of these breweries. This makes me realize that I need to stop being a hermit and  that I have been slipping and need to step up my beer game.

Now for those that were there, I’m sure they will agree, while there were many other noteworthy breweries there, the spotlight for the night really belongs to Firestone Walker Brewering Company. While I did not personally get a chance to sample all of their beers, because the line was insanely long for them, the DBA (Double Barrel Ale) impressed my pallette for the night. I chatted it up with quite a few ladies that found themselves back in line 3 or 4 times wanting more. It’s a well balanced English Pale Ale with a diverse taste of flavors and it was defintely a winner for the night.

Despite the rain, more than a few hundred beer geeks braved the weather for good beer and great times. I look forward to this being an annual event and also the changes that comes along with enhancing it more into an even greater event. Also a special thanks goes out to Chicago Beer Geeks for the posted photos, I’m sure you all know that of course Nik of CBG was on the scene and it just isn’t an official beer event without those guys.

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Beer Geeks

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22 Aug

FALL BEER CRAWL WITH WHOLE FOODS AND CHICAGO GIRLS’ PINT OUT

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Friday, September 28th 6:30-8:30pm

Whole Food’s South Loop Store

1101 South Canal Street, Chicago, IL

Chicago Girls’ Pint Out’s goal is to unite women from all over Chicago who share a love of craft beer! We have the honor of being invited to work with Whole Foods for an evening of delicious Fall beers from their favorite vendors. Meet the ladies of Chicago Girls’ Pint Out and take a tour of the Whole Foods store like you’ve never seen it before. There will be samples throughout the aisles and one lucky sampler will take home a prize perfect for beer lovers everywhere. Please register in advance to receive a signature mini beer mug at Customer Service or by calling 312.435.4600. Cost: $5 donation to benefit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance.

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25 Jul

The Craft Beer Boat

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Do not miss the boat…The Craft Beer Boat that is…

A Collaboration beer cruise featuring the fine beers of Artisanal Imports and Sixpoint Brewery.

10 Pre Party events are being hosted by various craft beer bars across Chicago which will lead up to the final event, The Craft Beer Boat, a Lake Michigan boat cruise on August 29th.

Join Artisanal Imports and Sixpoint Brewery for the first pre party event at:
Monk’s Pub, 205 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

You will have a chance to win a set of tickets to this highly anticipated event. Stay posted for more info about pre party events so that you can GET ON THE BOAT….

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24 Jul

FESTIV-ALE

 

6th Annual Festiv-Ale: A Celebration of Beer
A showcase of craft beers for beer lovers by beer lovers!

Location:
Carmichael’s Steakhouse – Warehouse
1052 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60607

Date & Time:
September 14, 2012
6:00pm – 7:00pm VIP Reception
7:00pm – 11:00pm General Admission

Tickets:
Tickets on sale June 1st at 12:00pm

Come out and “Cure What Ales Ya!” Festiv-Ale brings together beer enthusiasts to sample handcrafted, high-end beers from the Midwest’s finest brewers. The event also features a silent auction, bucket raffle and our infamous Tower of Beer raffle and music!

Tickets are $65 for regular entry and $100 for the VIP reception.We will sell out the event this year quickly.

Included in the ticket price are unlimited craft beer tastings, Free Signature dish samplings from local restaurants and entertainment. VIP ticket includes an extra hour of tastings, a special Ale just for the VIP hour, and a goodie bag including additional beers.

Evening Highlights
Music
Silent Auction
Heavy Appetizers
Unlimited Beer Tastings
Towers of Beer Raffles

 

 

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24 Jul

Pints & Pedis

I have to admit, I’m not really sure how to start off this blog, so I’m just gonna have to wing it. Yes, it appears as if Chicago Girls’ Pint Out have been off the grid lately, I can guarantee you that looks are truly decieving, because we have been on the move. You may have spotted a few of our ladies around the Chicagoland area, orrrr even in Indiana at the Beer Bloggers Conference… we may have traveled in a small group, but we have made our presence known…

Sooo what have we been up to…Well! That’s funny you should ask because on Monday, July 23rd, we held our Pints and Pedis event at Cozy Nails in Lincoln Park. We were getting pinted and all prettied up and can not express the amount of fun we had. Each woman brought something to share, and let me tell you CGPO is a bunch of women with awesome beer taste, Just a few beers from our list, Dog Fish Head 120 Minute ( and despite the disclaimer it causes fights, trust me… there wasn’t any girl fights last night), 3 Floyds Apocalyse Cow,  Grand Teton Lost Continent and soooo many more, it was quite the function. This was just a small social event where we can combine two of our favorite things and catch up with one another. It was such a success, we have decided to implement this idea hopefully every 6 months. So if you did not have a chance to make it to the last one, there will defintely be another chance for you to meet us at the next one.

After our amazing event, we decided to travel a couple of doors down to Atlas Brewing Company, which is right next door to Seven Ten, that opened its doors just a few weeks ago. It is a nice upscale brew pub that defintely should not be over looked, with friendly staff and great food, not to mention some really good beer, you really could not go wrong if you decided to check it out. A special thanks goes to John, Ben and Greg for hosting our impromptu afterparty. We are defintely looking forward to seeing them more within the Chicago Craft Beer Scene.

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02 Jan

Reflection on our Creation

 

Sheffield's Beer & Wind Garden

In search for awesomeness

Well first and foremost, let me start off by saying HELLO! Also, let me be truthful. I’m sitting here with a 22oz bomber of Creme Brulee and I’ve finally found my liquid courage in a bottle to sit down and type up my first official blog EVER (so please excuse me if I go all over the place,  I’m sure I will need to tweek my technique).

 

Let me introduce myself, My name is Chalonda Harris and I am the Chapter Head of Illinois Girls’ Pint Out. I often get asked as to how, I started this epic beer journey, so what better time to reflect on my travels, that now has me searching for awesomeness. Picture this! It was in Chicago,  November 2009, my significant other asked me to try a beer with him. I was a little skeptical because I was not much of a beer drinker, although yes I was guilty of the occassional MGD and Corona and little did I know my palette that crisp fall day was about to change forever. He pulled out Sophie from Goose Island, I had already made up in my mind, it will taste like the typical beer and there was nothing special about it, because to me at that point beer was beer. Little did I know, I was about to be proven wrong. He pulls out a tulip glass and it poured so smooth with this light honey color, I wasn’t prepared for what I was about to taste. He asked me to smell it first and of course I looked at him like he was crazy, I had no idea that this beer did not smell like the domestics I was used to and it smelled like citrus fruits. The first taste I was in shock, because it was something different, to me it did not taste like beer.  It poured like a champagne, but tasted of something I still can not really describe. The second sip, had me hooked and in love and it made me eager to try anything else he was willing to share.

 

As time passed, I sampled different beers,  trying to discover what beers I liked and did not like. For a long time I was strictly a Belgian Beauty and it was not until recently that I grew to really like the IPAs and Stouts. In my taste testing, while he was building his brand with now a popular Beer Geek group, I was curious if there were any other women who shared my new love for beer. So I started to search on my own. For 3 months I searched high and low for groups in the Chicagoland area, where female newbie beer lovers such as myself could taste and learn in a comfortable atmosphere. Finally! in May of 2011, I came across the lovely ladies of Girls’ Pint Out. Tamera Mullins and Magen Peters shared my excitement in starting up a chapter in Illinois and from there  Illinois Girls’ Pint Out was on its way.

Just a quick recap of what we have done over the past 6 months,  since we have been established. In July we held a meet and greet sign up at the Small Bar on Fullerton, where the owner Phil McFarland gave us a very warm welcome and my very first Beer Margarita…Yes..I said it correctly and let me add.. it was awesome and also where my fab 4 as I love to call them, made their way out to be my first official members of IGPO. Jessica, Samantha, Leslie and Renee, you girls rock. In September we held our first coed social gathering at the Sheffield’s, where the super awesome planner Beth, helped out with every detail in having a successful event and also where, Beer Buyer Bob Egan set up a righteous, (yes I said righteous) beer menu for us. This is the night I fell in love with Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee. We also met and volunteered for Finch’s Brewing Company for a private event they had at the brewery and let me tell you, those are a great group of guys. They have been all over the map and have been very supportive in many  local events in and around the city. We also went to the Argus Private Reserve event out in Bloomingdale at Ballydoyle’s where my palette for IPAs have changed because of their beer Pegasus,  I’m love with the rich flavor of their IPA and I can not wait to grab hold to another one. We also had the pleasure of attending FestivAle for Cystic Fibrosis, which was the first official large scale beer event I attended and also my favorite one of 2011. I can not tell you how much I am looking forward to 2012′s event, our very own Erin Kearns and her group deserves more than a standing ovation for their hard work for such a truly great event.
Now here, we are in present day, as I sit here in front of my laptop reflecting on what a great beer year I have had. Illinois Girls’ Pint Out started out with just one member and we now officially have 17 members and counting and to be honest, I couldn’t be any happier with my group of ladies. They are fun, vibrant, beer drinking gals that I would not trade anything in this world for.

 

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