Craft Beer

Updated: List of Beer Bars of Chicago

Updated: List of Beer Bars of Chicago

CHICAGO, IL

Updated: Here is our best effort to comprise a comprehensive "THR-approved Chicago Beer Bar List." Mind you, there are certainly plenty of places in the city not on this list where you can get a decent beer. In fact, they're all over the city. However this list is curated to those spots where not only is the variety impressive, but the staff is knowledgeable & the atmosphere is unmatched.

Brewed for Us: Founders Brewing Co.

Brewed for Us: Founders Brewing Co.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Coming of age in Michigan at the time of the craft beer renaissance sure had its benefits. For three quarters of The Hop Review, we've been fortunate enough to cut our teeth on beers like Centennial IPA, Red's Rye, and Dirty Bastard. Flash forward 15 years, and Founders Brewing Co. is one of the most respected breweries in the world. We recently sat down with co-founder Dave Engbers and Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki, to discuss what it's meant to maintain the brewery's "Brewed for Us" culture through astronomical growth, why Midwest IPAs are best, and what exactly defines 'fluid suicide.'

Industry Chat: Virginia Thomas of the Cicerone Certification Program

Industry Chat: Virginia Thomas of the Cicerone Certification Program

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

So you think you know beer? Could you blind taste one and put it in its correct style category? Would you be able to diagnose and fix a problematic draft system in order to pour a perfect pint. Do you know what a beer clean glass is and how you go about creating one? In order to complete any of the three levels of the Cicerone Certification Program you better be able to do all that, plus much more.