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Nov 25, 2013
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Giving Thanks for Chicago Beer

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year.  Yes, of course, I love the sparkling lights and candy cane lanes of Christmas.  And yeah, I may be over twelve, but I still look forward to blowing out those candles on my birthday apple pie (What?  Like that doesn't sound utterly amazing once you think about it.)  But Thanksgiving will always hold a special place in my heart as a perfect sort of holiday.  It seems to me that every other day of the year we obsess over the things we…See More
Nov 25, 2013
Marie Cummins posted a blog post

New Glarus Brewing's Berliner Weiss

Never say never.  Yes, its an awesome Bond flick. Also apparently, a what I can only assume is an unbearable, Justin Beiber "song".  And yeah, I put the word song in quotation marks. Just because it has systematically arranged letters set to random musical notes doesn't necessarily make it a song.  (Please don't mention the quotation marks thing on Twitter.  I understand that Beiber owns all of Twitter.)  But more than an excuse to watch Sean Connery being his suave, Scottish self, it's a good…See More
Aug 12, 2013
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Deep Ellum Brewing's IPA

I've never been to Texas.  In fact, if you don't count countless trips to Las Vegas or middle of the night stop overs at various airports, my experience with all things Southwestern is woefully lacking.  I would love to take a trip to check out Austin's food and band scene.  And who doesn't want to visit The Alamo just so when someone tells you to remember it, you can?  But as of today, right now, my basic knowledge of Texas is limited to some weird mix mash of …See More
Jul 1, 2013
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North Coast Brewing's Pranqster Belgian Golden Ale

There's something rather right with the world when I can honestly say that my favorite beer garden is the one located just beyond by own back porch.  Yes, I have predatory hibiscus plants and ragweed is a total bitch.  But on a mild late Spring evening, the kind when the air is slightly crisp with a lingering memory of snow, yet the late setting sun is still doing ins what it can to warm the blood, a reasonable person (and contrary to popular opinion, I do mean me) couldn't really ask for a…See More
Jun 17, 2013
Marie Cummins commented on Marie Cummins's blog post Pipeworks Brewing's End of Days Milk Stout
"It's a terrific milk stout.  If you have access to the Chicago area, definitely give it a try."
Jun 4, 2013
Brauista commented on Marie Cummins's blog post Pipeworks Brewing's End of Days Milk Stout
"Wow, that looks fantastic.  I love a good milk stout!"
Jun 4, 2013
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Pipeworks Brewing's End of Days Milk Stout

A year ago Mayans were the new Nostradamus (I know that the Mayans predated some bearded Euro dude by almost thirteen hundred years.  Don't get technical on me.)  Everyone was speculating/ scaring themselves silly like a midnight screening of Paranormal Activity.  You couldn't go any where (and by anywhere I mean Facebook) without hearing about the coming End of Days that was supposedly predicted on the Mayan calendar for December 2012.  Personally, I felt that if the umpteenth renewal for Two…See More
Jun 3, 2013
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Half Acre Beer's Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

My first trip to Las Vegas was during the Spring Break of my Freshman year of college.  A friend invited me to come home with her for our week long break.  And yes, up to that point in time, I hadn't realized that people actually lived there.   You know, in neighborhoods in houses with grocery stores, little leagues, laundry mats and all.  I also learned that those grocery stores and laundry mats did have slot machines stationed by the front door, so it wasn't all Mayberry USA.  Since that…See More
May 20, 2013
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Bell's Brewery's Porter

  Porter and Stouts are often unfairly delegated to winter season imbibing.  Come Spring (and Spring will come, even if the weatherperson is calling for a rouge snow shower in Chicago.   But what does she know?  She spends her days pointing at an imaginary map while trying to come up with a new way to describe news that a normal person can figure out for themselves just by sticking their heads out a window. )  Anyway, come Spring most people gravitate towards lighter beer.  And I mean lighter…See More
Apr 22, 2013
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New Glarus Brewing's Totally Naked

Purity.  It seems like a good thing, doesn't it.  We want our water to be pure from chemicals so we buy expensive filtration systems that make unfiltered water look and taste like, well, water.   We want our vegetables to be pure from  pesticides so we buy organic, even if we end up leaving most of the sack of grapes rotting uneaten in the fridge.  And now we can buy our beer pure from additives.  At least we can, if we live in Wisconsin (or know a guy willing to schelp a a six pack or two…See More
Apr 16, 2013
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Spiteful Brewing's Burning Bridges Brown Ale

I love learning the story behind brewery names. Sometimes they're funny (Clown Shoes Beer)  Sometimes they set a location (New Glarus or Great Lakes.)  But the best names give you a bit of insight into the brewers themselves.  Spiteful Brewing is a small (how small?  Let's just say that I'm pretty sure that…See More
Apr 8, 2013
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Avery Brewing's Ellie's Brown Ale

Once people get an idea in their heads, it's very difficult to get them to change their minds about something.  Wine should always be corked.   Eggs are bad for you.  Glee is a well written, heartwarming show about teenagers.   When in reality, a twist off top is a better capping system to keep your wine from being oxidized.  An average egg contains just 70 calories and 6.9 grams of muscle building  protein.  And Glee  is just a sorry excuse for light FM TV starring actors who could almost…See More
Apr 5, 2013
Marie Cummins posted a blog post

Half Acre Beer Co.'s Baume Rye Stout

I have been given the impression, on more than one occasion, that most beer drinkers don't really consider the science that goes into producing a typical batch of beer. Yes, brewing a good bottle (can, bomber, growler) of beer is a craft too. But to create an amazing batch of beer, the brewer must have the soul of an artist and the know how of a mad scientist (and really, aren't all the really great scientist a bit batty?). Personally I had some rather vivid flashbacks of honors chemistry…See More
Mar 29, 2013
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Begyle Brewing's Crash Landed

Being the new kid is never easy.  Finding your place in the group.  Figuring out what it is that you have to offer and then convincing everyone that they actually really want whatever that is.  It's all the insecurity of  high school, only with out the backpacks and bad hair (although I've got to ask.  Are hipster beards the brewers version of chef tattoos?   And do they have any sort of direct correlation to the IBU units in the beer they produce?  I wonder about these things.)   Right now in…See More
Mar 22, 2013
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Pipeworks Brewing's Hyler Dog Milk Stout

Cool is as cool does.  Most people give up a good portion of their waking hours in an effort trying to be cool.  Fitting or blending into the scene isn't enough.  Cool people have an unique, effortless style that makes everyone around them  take a breath and whisper "Man, that is soooo cool."  But there are two problem inherent with this desire.  First, the definition of cool is always changing.  What's "in" one day, is seldom still popular the next (hello Kim Kardasian!)  And secondly, people…See More
Mar 18, 2013

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http://downthehatch1.blogspot.com/
Tell us about yourself!
I've been interested in wine for a while now. In the last few years I've discovered that beer has really begun to emerge as a true craft drink. I enjoy tasting and studying as much as I can about beer and wine. I live in Chicago and our craft brewery scene has exploded in an amazing way. I'm proud to be part of it.
How did you get started as a beer blogger?
It's just such an exciting time in the world of craft beer. In the last few years, the choices for beer have gotten more diverse and the product has just gotten so much tastier. I wanted a format to share my enthusiasm and hopefully bring others into the fold.
I am interested in
collaboration, guest posting, meetups, trading links, recieving advice

Marie Cummins's Blog

Giving Thanks for Chicago Beer

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year.  Yes, of course, I love the sparkling lights and candy cane lanes of Christmas.  And yeah, I may be over twelve, but I still look forward to blowing out those candles on my birthday apple pie (What?  Like that doesn't sound utterly amazing once you think about it.)  But Thanksgiving will always hold a special place in my heart as a perfect sort of holiday.  It seems to me that every other day of the year we obsess over the things we…

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Posted on November 25, 2013 at 1:06pm

New Glarus Brewing's Berliner Weiss

Never say never.  Yes, its an awesome Bond flick. Also apparently, a what I can only assume is an unbearable, Justin Beiber "song".  And yeah, I put the word song in quotation marks. Just because it has systematically arranged letters set to random musical notes doesn't necessarily make it a song.  (Please don't mention the quotation marks thing on Twitter.  I understand that Beiber owns all of Twitter.)  But more than an excuse to watch Sean Connery being his suave, Scottish self,…

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Posted on August 12, 2013 at 10:42am

Deep Ellum Brewing's IPA

I've never been to Texas.  In fact, if you don't count countless trips to Las Vegas or middle of the night stop overs at various airports, my experience with all things Southwestern is woefully lacking.  I would love to take a trip to check out Austin's food and band scene.  And who doesn't want to visit The Alamo just so when someone tells you to remember it, you can?  But as of today, right now, my basic knowledge of Texas is limited to some weird mix mash of …

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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 11:49am

North Coast Brewing's Pranqster Belgian Golden Ale

There's something rather right with the world when I can honestly say that my favorite beer garden is the one located just beyond by own back porch.  Yes, I have predatory hibiscus plants and ragweed is a total bitch.  But on a mild late Spring evening, the kind when the air is slightly crisp with a lingering memory of snow, yet the late setting sun is still doing ins what it can to warm the blood, a reasonable person (and contrary to popular opinion, I do mean me) couldn't really…

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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 11:35am

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At 8:46am on October 26, 2012, Marcus Guiliano said…

Hello, welcome to Beer Bloggers Unite.  This is a great site to network with craft beer lovers.  I blog with my buddies here: http://beerbloggingbuddies.blogspot.com.  We are three in-experienced beer experts.  Tell us about yourself.

At 12:22pm on October 26, 2012, William Kurtek said…

Checked out your blog seems really well set up. Good luck on all your beer endeavors.

At 10:43pm on October 26, 2012, Sud Savant said…

Heck yeah!  Thanks for following the FB, btw.  :)  Cheers!

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