River North

LYFE Kitchen pairs healthy food with craft beer

LYFE Kitchen pairs healthy food with craft beer

RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO

Who knew LYFE Kitchen, River North's healthy semi-fast food dining option, also served beer? Certainly not us. When we were invited to stop into the restaurant to try our a few of their food and beer pairings, we weren't sure what to expect. It turns out we got more than our fair share of surprisingly delicious food that was well complimented by their selection of craft on tap.

Brewer Chat: The Art of Beer with Arcade Brewery

Brewer Chat: The Art of Beer with Arcade Brewery

NORTH CENTER, CHICAGO

Most people think they know art when they see it. Whether it be walking the countless galleries of the Art Institute or passing one of the many architectural gems scattered across the city, there's no shortage of 'art' in our city. But what about other forms of art that don't immediately spring to mind? The comic book, for instance, has seen a renaissance of sorts in the last decade with the revival of some of the format's most storied characters on the silver screen. And what about video games? Years of work poured into a totally immersive world, with gameplay that blurs the line between fantasy and reality...

And then there's our beloved beer. When you really boil it down, craft beer is an art form. Each drop getting lapped up by the adoring hoards of beer nerds is the result of months of testing, sampling, and retesting until the brewer is satisfied with their creation. Two IPA's sitting side by side on your local store shelf can be as different and unique as the minds behind them.

Chris Tourre and Lance Curran (above, left and right respectively) of Arcade Brewery know their art. But you won't see them around town with a paint brush in hand anytime soon. Instead, they're combining their passion for comic books and video games with their love of beer to create something truly unique. The beneficiaries of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Chris and Lance plan to launch Arcade Brewery into a market already flooded with fantastic beer options. So what makes them unique? And why should you care, you ask? I recently joined up with the pair for a few beers at Fountainhead to discuss exactly that.

Brewer Chat: Patrick Lynch of Upland Brewing

Brewer Chat: Patrick Lynch of Upland Brewing

BLOOMINGTON, IN

Bloomington, Indiana favorite, Upland Brewing is set to hit the Chicago market by early October, helping warm Hoosiers' craft beer hearts all over the city. Of course, their aim isn't just to ignite nostalgia for IU grads, but to let all Chicagoans in on a little something: Indiana is brewing. Here in Chicago, we're all well familiar with the expansive 3 Floyds portfolio and occasionally see the likes of Sun King or ShoreLine around the city. Indianapolis' craft scene is booming and the Hoosier state has plenty of reasons to be proud. One of them, Upland Brewing Company has, until now, remained nearly hidden from folks in Chicago. One of their brewers, Patrick Lynch, caught up with us to discuss their flagship and experimental brews, what it's like brewing in a college town, and what we can expect as they take on the Windy City.