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Your Weekly GDB for September 5, 2016.

Happy Labor Day, all. 

As this is the last day for us to completely embrace summer beers before we freely drink the fall ones (and we've got a couple Oktoberfests in the fridge just waiting for us) allow us to encourage you one last time to drink deeply of the shandies, radlers, fruited IPAs and other summery brews on this fine holiday Monday. 

And now we don't need to speak of this for about another nine months or so.

What fall beers are you looking forward to? Is this the year that the pumpkin beer finally starts to fade from sight? Feel free to send us anything you see fit at theguys@guysdrinkingbeer.com, please and thank you.

This Week's GDB Coverage:

Email subscribers -- we spoke with the owners of Great Central Brewing Company about their all-contract plans, soon to open in the West Loop. Can't wait to see what beers come through their doors. 

The new IN Beer Brigade program from the Brewers of Indiana Guild is .

This Week in GDB History:

Set the Wayback Machine for 2014, when with the new ICBG Board President (and the first one in over a decade not named Pete Crowley), Solemn Oath's John Barley. Still a good read, if we do say so ourselves, and we do.

And since tomorrow kicks off our fall beer binge, let's look back to and this look at Short's Autumn Ale.
New Label of the Week: In our final label update of August, we stumbled across another first look at a new brewing outfit, Bold Dog Beer Company, and this new K.I.S.S. Saison.

All of our other August labels, including the first Xmas beer we've seen this year (!), can be found here.

Chicago Craft Beer News:

  • The new Hopcat in Lincoln Park is now open -- Eater got a first look here, and DNAInfo went inside here. 130 new taps in Lincoln Park? Yes, please.
  • Men's Journal gives some attention to the Chicago Brewseum...to note that there are two other competing beer museums in planning in Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. 
  • The lease on longtime beer-and-sandwich spot Jerry's in Wicker Park is coming to an end, so the team has decided to close that location and move home base up to the new Lincoln Square spot. 
  • CraftBrewingBusiness.com posted this piece about the cool new packaging of Burnt City. I want some of those matches.
  • The Public Relations Society of America interviewed the head of Lagunitas communications, Karen Hamilton. 
  • The headline for this VinePair piece asserts that brewers making old, nearly-extinct beer styles are "bored", but the URL says they're just tired of IPAs. Either way, the piece includes comment from Forbidden Root and a mention of Off Color.
  • BeerAdvocate magazine put together this quick clip featuring Whiner Brewery as part of their feature about urban breweries doing farmhouse styles.
  • The Pioneer Press reports on the efforts of Une Annee to move their brewery and tasting room to Niles -- and the ordinance that will allow them to.
  • This upstate New York publication takes a look at three of the beers coming out of the A-B Baldwinsville plant, letting readers know where these 'craft' beers come from, including Goose Island's Honkers Ale.


The Belleville News-Democrat has a nice piece about the planned expansion of 4204 Main Street Brewing, including plans to bring on a former Schlafly brewer.


The Bouquets and Bourbon site visited Byway Brewing, and don't you know it, the food looks pretty good. Who's got intel on the beer? 

Taxman Brewing is looking to expand their facility to the tune of $3 Million, which would allow them to triple their output and be one of the state's largest brewers.

This Zionsville site has a nice conversation with this year's Indiana Homebrewer of the Year, Tom Wallbank, who won back in 2012 as well. 

CBS Indianapolis visited Upland's new Pump Room taproom in Columbus.

Opening soon in Indy's Kennedy King neighborhood is Cannon Ball Brewery. Also opening soon near downtown indy: Round Town Brewery.

Here comes the annual Sun King Canvitational festival.


Four Leaf Brewing in Clare partnered with nearby Cops & Doughnuts for (what else?) a couple of donut beers based on English-style brown ales. Apparently C&D previously tried to create an NA beer, which would have been...an interesting thing to see.

Perring Brewing announced that their sales were up 92% over last year, after the sale to Oskar Blues, which is completely insane. (We visited their taproom here.) 

This year's ArtPrize beer from Founders is called Pale Joe, a coffee pale ale. 


Coverage of Minnesota's hop farms continues with this KARE piece about the state's ever-growing acreage, including the County Bitters operation.

Eater Minneapolis has a full list of the craft brews you should try at the State Fair, including a funnel cake beer from Bad Weather Brewing Company as well as a caramel-apple cider and a sweet corn beer. 


This hot pink "beet weiss" from Crane Brewing Company in Raytown, MO (a suburb of KCMO) looks crazy. 


Cleveland's Platform Beer Company is rolling out a year-long series of new monthly kettle sour brews, all based on berlinerweiss-style or gose-style beers. 

Goldhorn Brewery now has a beer named after Cleveland native and Wild Cherry band member Mark Avsec, which of course is named "Play That Funky Music Witbier."


This MakeItBetter piece featuring a roadtrip-worthy beer and cheese pairing itinerary focusing on breweries and creameries in close proximity -- think New Glarus near the Edelweiss cheesemaker and Milwaukee Brewing Company just steps from Clock Shadow Creamery -- is a good read, and we think so because our Karl Klockars wrote it.

The Brewers Association website featured Octopi Brewing's Isaac Showaki, who apparently "decided to leave" 5 Rabbit. We remember it a little differently.

As Milwaukee is in the midst of a brewing renaissance, the folks at the Milwaukee Record ask an interesting question: Where is the Miller Genuine Draft

Sounds like a move to raise the Wisconsin beer tax may be rumbling around (though unlikely to pass, it sounds like). The last time it was raised was back in the 1960's. 

And Beyond: 

This former Chicago resident is heading back home to Des Moines to open a brewpub called Barn City Brewing
The new Mr. Beer kits reminded me this week of how many Chicago-area brewers first started with one of these. But which ones? 

You'll find out when you read Beer Lover's Chicago, the first book to fully cover the dozens of Chicagoland breweries, taprooms, brewpubs, and bottleshops that have emerged in this new wave of craft beer.

Pre-order your copy now! Written by our Karl Klockars, it's basically everything you need to know about the Chicagoland beer landscape.

Random Social Media Updates of Note:

  • Keep an eye out for new tshirts from Argus Brewery, each with a new design from a Chicago artist. 
  • The latest coverage for Empirical Brewery's cat-based rodent control? This publication from Japan.
  • Blue Island Brewing Company has named their new FVs. 
  • Happy 2nd anniversary, Vice District.
  • When you think Perennial you probably don't immediately think of session IPAs, but they're making one nevertheless. ff
  • This North Peak cherry hibiscus beer looks rad. Someone in Michigan please set some aside for us, thanks. 
  • Usually we don't promote many events but Band of Bohemia had us by promising "general folderol" at this shindig September 18.
  • Half Acre's GoneAway is back
  • These dudes in line at like 7am sure wanted some free Crack Fries from HopCat.

And Finally...

GABF will be here before we know it, so Denver's Westword is already building a list of all the related festivities surrounding the actual festival itself. We're still kicking ourselves for skipping the Beers Made By Walking event back on our 2014 trip.

Speaking of Denver, ever wonder what the impact of Colorado craft beer is on the state's economy? About $1.7 Billion. Not bad.
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