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Changing Perceptions with Shawn Decker of Sketchbook

Changing Perceptions with Shawn Decker of Sketchbook

EVANSTON, IL

Evanston, Illinois has a long history with alcohol, mostly spent avoiding it all together. The city is finally seeing changing perceptions and is experiencing its own craft renaissance, now home to a cidery, distillery, and several breweries. One of those is Sketchbook Brewing Co., founded on the premise of bringing together a community that's still not totally convinced beer belongs.

Boston Brewing: Beers with Michael Oxton of Night Shift Brewing

Boston Brewing: Beers with Michael Oxton of Night Shift Brewing

EVERETT, MA

As any fan of craft beer should look to do when traveling, a recent trip to Boston led me on a search for "whatever the locals drink." I quickly discovered a thriving Boston area beer scene—one that has many parallels with the one back home in Chicago. With many a brewery popping up around the city center, there was no shortage of options during my brief visit—a stark contrast to a previous visit several years ago. Throughout my own research and the many suggestions received through social media, Night Shift Brewing in nearby Everett was a consistent theme.

Our Top Beers from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America

Our Top Beers from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America

CHICAGO, IL

Yet another summer weekend, yet another big beer tasting event right? We'll admit that we had fairly low expectations for the Sierra Nevada brainchild, Beer Camp Across America. After all, the event was held in Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom, a place many Chicagoans never make it to due to losing all desire to dodge the hordes of tourists bouncing between Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Bubba Gump Shrimp.