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A 6-pack of Michigan Beers for Your 4th of July Cooler

A 6-pack of Michigan Beers for Your 4th of July Cooler

Michigan, USA

There are few things better than Michigan summers; backyard BBQs, cabins on the lake, sunsets after 9PM, and a spoil of craft beer riches from coast to coast. So whether on the boat, the beach, or the backyard, we put together a 6-pack of crushable Michigan craft cans perfect to fill your cooler with all summer long. 

The Hop Reviews Vol. 04: A Monthly Beer Review

The Hop Reviews Vol. 04: A Monthly Beer Review

CHICAGO, IL

We drink a lot of beer here at The Hop Review. A lot of different beer, all the time. So, we found it only fitting that we share some of our thoughts on said beer, with our Hop Reviews. This month, we're sharing reviews of 16 beers that we think you should know a little more about, through our palate and with BJCP scoring in mind...

The Rise of the Craft Beer Store: A Chat with Bottles & Cans

The Rise of the Craft Beer Store: A Chat with Bottles & Cans

NORTH CENTER, CHICAGO

With over 10 years of industry experience, Joe Katz knows a thing or two about drinking and selling beer in Chicago.  In a previous life, Joe was challenged with creating and building out the craft beer segment for Stoller Wholesale, traditionally a wine and spirits distributor. During those years, Joe was living, breathing, and drinking all things craft beer.  Frequently, that would involve him taking his work home to Carly Katz, co-owner, wife and, most recently, mother who was always rather pleased about that.  Together they explored the variety and flavors that craft beer was offering and continued their education by going through the Cicerone program. 

Along the way, an idea popped into their minds that they could go out and make it on their own.  After all, they had all the knowledge they needed to make it in the industry.  Their idea?  A "liquor store" unlike any liquor store in the area.  One that didn't include 40oz bottles of malt liquor, cigarettes or the complimentary layer of filth on the bottles.  Instead, they envisioned a bright, clean and welcoming store front filled with a plethora of craft beer and a variety of both wine and spirits.  

Bottles & Cans and talk shop with owners Joe and Carly Katz.  Conveniently located on Lincoln Avenue, Bottles & Cans has been supplying Chicago with all the beer, wine and spirits they could handle.  Always willing to talk about beer, Joe and Carly gave us the ins and outs of running a craft beer store in Chicago.