Union Station

Our Top Beers from the Chicago Beer Festival

Our Top Beers from the Chicago Beer Festival

NEAR WEST SIDE, CHICAGO

Another year and another chance for us to attend the appropriately named Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station. The twice-a-year event has become something of a tradition for us at The Hop Review. While it doesn't hold quite the same beer geek draw as several other of the city's upper echelon beer events, we've always found good beer and met a ton of great people; many of whom you now see featured on our site!

Looking back at the 2014 Spring Chicago Beer Festival

Looking back at the 2014 Spring Chicago Beer Festival

UNION STATION, CHICAGO

The Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station has become something of a tradition here at The Hop Review. It's one of the first events we attended together back in it's 2012 and many of the connections we made back then have spawned the interviews you now see throughout our site.

The event itself is much the same as it's always been which is, for the most part, a good thing. The cavernous Union Station Great Hall provides a beautiful and spacious setting for the hoards of people who descend on the 65+ breweries in attendance. The event organizers have still yet to address some of our biggest gripes, namely the difficulty in locating a brewery (very little signage and no mobile app) and a truly terrible website that is entirely unhelpful.

Despite those complaints, it's a great time and a perfect excuse to schmooze with some of the country's best brewers while sampling beers you've never laid your hands on.

A Righteously Good Chat with Church Street Brewing

A Righteously Good Chat with Church Street Brewing

ITASCA, IL

It’s inevitable, after any homebrewer’s first successful batch of beer, they begin to hear that voice that says "you could do this for a living."  For some, that voice gets drowned out by other ventures bidding for their time.  For a few, that voice gets louder and louder until it consumes every waking moment.  Soon enough, your nights are occupied with drawing up plans for your brew system, scoping out the neighborhood for that ideal location, coming up with a memorable name, and perfecting the delicious beer you are about to spread to the masses.  For Church Street Brewing Co.’s Joe and Lisa Gregor, that’s exactly what happened after Joe’s son decided to buy dad some homebrew equipment.  Little did he know how that small gift would alter his parents’ lives in the next few years.