2021


Flight
Chicago Breweries Pt. 5 Here’s part 5 of our Chicago brewery tour & other touristy things post. As I said in our Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 posts, this is not an all-inclusive best breweries in Chicago list. With so many breweries to choose from, our decisions were mostly based on factors of convenience. As Beerventueres we like to maximize our travel time by flying into a city super early and flying out super late.  Since our flight didn’t leave until late afternoon on our last day in Chicago, we were able to hit four more breweries on the way out. Old Irving Brewing Co. The first stop of the day was decked out in Oktoberfest décor and had a diverse tap lineup ranging from Kolschs to Imperial Stouts.  Old Irving Brewing Co. of Chicago is a rather large brewpub with plenty of seating, delicious smelling […]

Chicago Breweries Pt. 5


Chicago 360
Chicago Breweries Pt. 4 Here’s part 4 of our Chicago brewery & other touristy things to do post.  As I said in our Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 posts, this is not an all-inclusive “Top” anything list.  With so many breweries to choose from, our decisions were mostly based on factors of convenience. Dovetail Brewery When you’re looking for beer brewed using the traditional method, look no further than Dovetail Brewery.  Dovetail serves up a wide array of lagers and spontaneously fermented brews with an exciting barrel age bottle list. Unfortunately for us, there were no flights being served at the time.  As we were limited to full pours, the beertender recommended the Dovetail Hefeweizen and their traditional Kriek. The Hefe comes completely as advertised; a traditional method hefe. The wheat beer has a wonderful aroma of clove and a balanced, not overly sweet banana note in a […]

Chicago Breweries Pt. 4


Andrew
Chicago Breweries Pt. 3 I’m absolutely crushing it this week! Here’s part 3 of our Chicago brewery tour & other touristy things to do post.  As I said in our Chicago Breweries Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 post, this is not an all-inclusive “Top” anything list.  With so many breweries to choose from, our decisions were mostly based on factors of convenience. District Brew Yards Another fun collaboration site to visit while in Chicago is the District Brew Yards, a collab brewhouse that is home to: Around the Bend Beer Co., Burnt City Brewing, Casa Humilde Cervecería Artesanal and Bold Dog Beer Co.  Despite being a 4-in-1 brewhouse, each brewery offers their own stall of self-service pours courtesy of an old friend and sponsor of ours “Pour My Beer.”  Each stall offers 10 taps so that’s up to 40 brews (and beer alternatives) that you can sample!  And did we […]

Chicago Breweries Pt. 3



Pilot Project
Chicago Breweries Pt. 2 Finally! Here’s part 2 of our Chicago brewery tour & other touristy things to do post.  As I said in our Chicago Breweries Pt. 1 post, this is not an all-inclusive “Top” anything list.  With so many breweries to choose from, our decisions were mostly based on factors of convenience. Crushed by Giants Being tourists, we had to do touristy things which put us in downtown Chicago. Unfortunately, downtown Chicago has a clear drought of breweries.  I can’t even imagine how much the rent would be! But lucky for us, Crushed by Giants was open and ready to welcome us after our Wendella boat tour (below!). The downtown brewery is only a few blocks away from the beautiful Chicago River and offers a wide variety of beer styles and food.  Our little flight basket features six brews and of those six, our two favorites were Secret […]

Chicago Breweries Pt. 2


Goose Island 4
Chicago Breweries Pt. 1 There are tons of things to do in Chicago, like boat tours, eating tours, and of course brewery tours. With over 100 breweries on my planning map, I knew we would never be able to do the Chicago beer scene justice with our 3.5 day visit.  Consequently, please do not take our trip as any comprehensive list or favorite area breweries.  With so many breweries to choose from, our decisions were mostly based on factors of convenience.  For those of you wondering if we made any stops in Indiana, no, no we did not and I know we missed quite a few great stops.  Goose Island Beer Company We know, we know. AB Inbev = bad.  That is until BCBS is released every year and then everyone forgets about the ownership.  However, while in Chicago, Goose Island is a must visit location.  We visited the Clyburn […]

Chicago Breweries Pt. 1


Speciation Ales 1
Beer City, USA Grand Rapids (GR) Michigan is known as Beer City USA, and with 80 breweries in and surrounding the city, it’s a title well earned.  While you could easily spend a month in GR, we of course had to make our trip as abbreviated as possible – by flying into Chicago at 7 am and driving out to Michigan.  On our excursion to GR we hit 14 breweries based on input from the Instagram beer community.  So in no specific order, we present to you our Top 5 Breweries of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Speciation Artisan Ales & Native Species Winery If you’re looking for the extraordinary and are a fan of spontaneously fermented beers then Speciation is a stop you won’t want to miss.  Don’t let your GPS and eyes fool you, yes there is a brewery in the back and they are fermenting big things. The immaculately […]

The Top 5 Breweries of Grand Rapids