The Chicago Brewseum

Some might assume that we have a one-track mind. Beer. Only beer. However, those some would be wrong. We also care pretty deeply about our city. Luckily for us, Chicago is a hot-bed of exciting beer activity so we’re basically getting our cake and eating it, too.

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Josh Seago
Brewery Feature: Lo Rez

It took nearly four years for Lo Rez brewing to open their taproom doors, with co-founders Dave Dahl and Kevin Lilly first coming up with the idea in 2013 during casual conversation. That side conversation was soon center stage with Dahl and Lilly getting serious by taking a few formal brewing classes, gaining experience in local Chicago breweries and eventually searching for a place Lo Rez could call home. They eventually found their home in the Pilsen neighborhood and opened their doors for business in June 2017.

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Josh Seago
Brewery Feature: Hopewell Brewing Company

Hopewell Brewing Company opened it’s doors in the Logan Square neighborhood in early 2016 and has been a welcome addition to that ever-changing stretch of Milwaukee Avenue. With it’s bright, minimalist interior welcoming a diverse clientele, the taproom is a truly communal space made for big groups as well as intimate conversations.

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Josh Seago
2016 | Kim Leshinski and MC Johnsen

Pro tip: if you have a passion, hobby, or skill, combine it with beer and there’s likely an audience willing to listen. With craft beer becoming more accessible every day, drinkers are connecting to beer through their other interests all the time. Enter MC Johnsen (Worth 1000 Beers) and Kim Leshinski (Hail to the Ale), two Chicago artists who combined their background in art and design with their passion for craft beer to start a couple of the most eye-appealing blogs on the web.

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Josh Seago
2016 | Featured Beer: Half Acre Beer Co. Benthic

Half Acre Beer Co. opened its doors on Chicago’s Northside in 2007 and have since become one of the city’s most prominent breweries. After maxing out capacity at their small Lincoln Avenue production facility, the brewery expanded its operation to a second, much larger space that has allowed them to experiment more and add to their already stellar lineup of beers. 

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Matt Tanaka
2016 | Brewery Feature: Solemn Oath

Solemn Oath of Naperville has been brewing some of Chicagoland’s best Belgian inspired beers since 2011. For this year’s BeerHoptacular event, founder and president of Solemn Oath Brewing, John Barley, vice president Eric Hobbs and head brewer Tim Marshall are bringing a real treat with them: 2012 FoBAB bronze medal winner Radth; a chardonnay barrel-aged blonde ale made with cherries. 

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Matt Tanaka
2016 | Interview With An Artist: Jourdan Gullet

We’re starting a new tradition. Each year, BeerHoptacular will collaborate with a bad ass artist to design a bad ass, limited edition, one-of-a-kind tshirt. This year, we asked Solemn Oath’s Jourdan Gullett to work his mystical powers of unprecedented bad-assery to transform the BeerHoptacular “Barrel Guy” into something darker, stormier, and more… well, bad ass, than ever before.

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Matt Tanaka
2016 | Marty Nachel: The BeerHoptacular Homebrew Competition

There’s no homebrew competition quite like BeerHoptacular’s homebrew competition. In just a few short weeks, 20 homebrew clubs will battle to the death (well, no one will die) to see who has what it takes to be crowned champion of BeerHoptacular. Every year, our competition is made possible by none other than beer author and judge, Marty Nachel.

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Matt Tanaka