All posts by Taylor Laabs

23, Chicagoan, lover of (most) beers due to my Wisconsin-based education and craving of brewpubs. Cheers!

Patriots vs Falcons has turned into Samuel Adams vs Sweetwater

Its Super Bowl week, which means there will be constant coverage of both lucky football franchises, along with the antics of the fans, businesses and cities each team hails from. And while there’s sure to be buzz about what the local Atlanta and Boston governors bet each other and anticipation, or dread, or the latest Budweiser Super Bowl spot, there’s one interesting bet from two prominent breweries that has me intrigued: Sweetwater (ATL) vs Samuel Adams (NE). Maybe you saw that a local Georgia gas…

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Bell’s Big Packaging Shift

Bell’s Brewery has become one of the larger craft brewers in the U.S. due to the quality of beer they produce and the loyal following they’ve amassed. To meet this growing demand, Bell’s did what any growing company would do – they expanded their production capability and distribution lines. In 2015, Bell’s announced a $50 million expansion plan to their primary brewery which will add in additional bottling and production capabilities. More recently, Bell’s continued their quest to distribute nationwide by announcing that they would begin to distribute in…

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7 Craft Beer Predictions for 2017

For as tumultuous as 2016 was, one thing that stayed consistent throughout it all was the craft beer market. As we enter into 2017, craft beer fans and casual drinkers alike will have more choices, more breweries and more beer styles than ever to choose from. Not only does this lead to an increase of creativity among brew masters, but also a healthy dose of competition that will make sure that beer drinkers get the best product, at the best prices.  2016 was a year…

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Founders Brewing Co. Backwoods Bastard Ale – 4-Pack Review

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Your vote counts!When I saw the recent winter weather advisory for the Chicago area, I knew I had to pick up a beer that would keep me entertained during the promised blizzard to come. So, while looking through the shelves of my local craft beer store, Founders’ Backwoods Bastard Ale caught my eye. I’m familiar with Founders Brewing Co., as many craft beer fans are, due to the insane nationwide following their All Day IPA and KBS have generated. Both beers are known for their flavor…

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale – 6-Pack Review

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Your vote counts!As the seasons change, so does the beer. For me, the winter period gives the beer community some of the most flavorful and poignant beers you can find. Barrel-aged stouts, smoky porters and Christmas-time ales are all some of my favorites. And although you might not be able to chug these like you would a summer lager, these winter beers are worth sipping and savoring – none more so than the Christmas concoction Great Lakes Brewing Co. has perfected year after year. The…

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Want to own part of a brewery? Now you can

The top craft brewers do a lot to create, engage and retain their customer bases. Whether it be a one-of-kind-brewery tour, beer-themed music festival, nationwide beer camps or pop-culture themed beers, craft breweries nationwide are very in-tune with what their drinkers want, both in their beer and in their ownership. And while many people remain committed to their favorite beers and brewpubs, others decide to set off on their own to create their own beer and foster their own story – with only themselves to…

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Lagunitas Brewing 12th of Never Ale – 6-Pack Review

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Your vote counts!When you mention Lagunitas Brewing to an adamant beer drinker, you probably get a lot of opinions on not only their beer, but also about how they make it and the backstory behind it. The iconic brewery has been a west coast staple since founder Tony Magee opened his first brewing location in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, and has since expanded into Chicago, and into a new spot back in Azusa, California. When the Chicago location opened in Douglas Park in the summer…

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The 5 Beers I’m Drinking this Fall

Ah, Fall. For me, it’s easily the best time of the year. Not only does it offer the best range of temperatures (in my opinion), but it also means football is back, sweatpants are acceptable – oh, and the beer gets really good. Gone are the fruity wheats and saisons; in are pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests. If they could concoct the smell of a fall bonfire into a beer and sell it in cans – that’s all I would drink during this time of year…

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Revolution Brewing Citra-Hero -6-Pack Review

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Your vote counts!As a Chicago resident, I’m very familiar with Revolution Brewing. In fact, an Anti-Hero IPA was one of the first beers I drank when I got here, and it’s solidified my love of Revolution Brewing beer ever since. Since opening in 2010, Revolution has been a staple in the Logan Square community. They make strong, flavor packed beers that are hard to forget and easy to try again. Beers like A Little Crazy, Fist City and Rosa are all beers that stand out…

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Brewery Review: Excelsior Brewing Co.

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Your vote counts!I live in Chicago but I was born and raised in Minnesota. Like many people know, Minnesota has a ton of lakes and a ton of people who enjoy them, but it only has one brewery that really encapsulates that lifestyle, and that’s Excelsior Brewing. Quick disclaimer, I’ve been to Excelsior Brewing Co. tap room numerous times, so it only makes sense that I wrote a review on what is probably my favorite brew spot in Minnesota. A few weeks ago I got…

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