I did a little experiment recently where I basically hacked the Picobrew Packs to add my own ingredients to the boil. This is a short guide for anyone who’d like to do the same.
Many breweries today will sell you a large glass jug of their beer, known as a growler, to take home with you. They will also refill that container and usually knock a couple of bucks off in order to A) not have to sell you a new container and B) reward you for reusing that jug. The […]
In case you were wondering what the best beer labels featuring astronauts might be, we compiled this list. After all, thanks to Budweiser, we’ll be brewing in space soon.
In which I interview Jason Burke, another long-time art contributor to the Pipeworks Brewing brand. To say that Pipeworks Brewing is a local gem for us here in Chicago would be a “kick to the stones” to the science of gemology and a wet willy to mineralogy.
A lot has been said about sexist beer labels in the last few years. Considering who our president is, expect things to get worse before they get better. What’s genuinely surprising is how creatively bankrupt these labels can be. Simply put, if you think you are being creative by putting a scantily-clad blonde woman on the […]
I first became aware of the work of Hired Guns Creative back in 2015 when I featured their pumpkin beer label from Longwood Brewing in our “Best Of…” post. Since then, we’ve played Twitter tag with Hired Guns on a few occasions, especially when a new label masterpiece hits the shelves. Leif Miltenberger was kind enough […]
If you were to tell me that Josh Cockrell was a time-traveling illustrator of fine botanical tomes that had been transported here from a Medieval European alchemist’s laboratory in order to properly document the zymurgical heraldry of Austin’s Jester King Brewery, I’d probably go right back to my beer without batting an eye. Cockrell’s body […]
I’m not sure what YOU were doing during Craft Beer Week, but your favorite breweries (and some you’ve never heard of) were submitting beer labels to the US government for approval. I had some great beers during CBW: Pipeworks Imperial End of Days Pipeworks Over The Line Both 2012 and 2014 Goose Island Bourbon County […]
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to attend 3 Floyds Dark Lord Day in picturesque Munster, IN? Or any major beer festival for that matter? If you don’t live in the Chicago vicinity, it can seem like a magical wonderland where your wildest beer dreams come true! The truth of the matter is, IT […]
Everyone starts somewhere. By its very nature, homebrewing is an amateur niche. If you’re a denizen of the internet and you’ve done even a little research, you’re either a trigger pull away from brewing today or so scared you want to switch to Malort for the rest of your life. Luckily, Thirsty Bastards has you […]
2016 was a roller coaster of a year. In some ways, the worst year I can recall. We lost so many amazing celebrities, but we also got a kick-ass Star Wars movie! We had to drink infected Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout but also got refunds and fresh, uninfected bottles in November. Here in Chicago, […]