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  • The state of Chicago craft beer

     The state of Chicago craft beer
    Walk into any half-decent bar and you're sure to find a menu featuring at least a handful of Chicago-made beers. The list of local breweries has swelled to about 60 — with more growth on the way — which makes drinking beer made in and around the nation's third largest city practically routine.
  • Beyond the usual St. Patrick's Day suspects: Irish whiskey and beer

    Beyond the usual St. Patrick's Day suspects: Irish whiskey and beer
    So the old Gaelic toast goes, "Croi follain agus gob fliuch." It means "A healthy heart and a wet mouth," arguably two of the most important necessities for this weekend's kickoff to St. Patrick's Day celebrations. You can expect to see the ubiquitous...

    Another Swanberg makes her mark in film

    Another Swanberg makes her mark in film
    You may note this column does not begin with a Park City, Utah, dateline. While the annual Sundance Film Festival wraps this weekend in Park City, I am here in Chicago, and it's a peculiar thing watching the latest film by a Chicago writer-director here,...

    Rahm Emanuel's favorite beers and bars in Chicago

     Rahm Emanuel's favorite beers and bars in Chicago
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the idea came to him while he was swimming: Why not push Chicago as a beer destination? "You can count your laps while you're swimming, or you noodle on an idea," the mayor said. "I was getting ready for a quarterly tourism...

    Why Destihl Brewery coming to Chicago matters

    Why Destihl Brewery coming to Chicago matters
    In our local craft beer landscape, Destihl Brewing has long been an oddity.   Started in 2007 as a brewpub in Normal by home-brewing lawyer Matt Potts (who has since stopped practicing law), Destihl embarked on an ambitious sour beer program that won a...