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Chicago's Beers & Bars to Celebrate Oktoberfest

Chicago's Beers & Bars to Celebrate Oktoberfest

CHICAGO, IL

September 16 marks the opening of the worlds largest and most famous beer festival, Oktoberfest. Nearly every local brewer has taken a shot at the "Fest" beer this year, so we've compiled a list of a handful of Chicago offerings to imbibe over pretzels and a schnitzel–as well as a few local favoritess worth checking out. Prost!

Brewer Chat: Reviving a Brand, with Rob Sama of Baderbräu

Brewer Chat: Reviving a Brand, with Rob Sama of Baderbräu

LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO

There was once a time when Baderbräu (now, that's pronounced 'bay-der-brau') gave the Miller and Budweisers of the world a run for their money on Midwestern store shelves. Since that time, the brand and original brewery has completely fallen into obscurity and, until recently, was just a memory for many a Chicago old-timer.

Rob Sama aims to change all that and bring the city's "Original Craft Beer" back to prominence. We sat down with Rob at Logan Square's Radler to discuss his history with a brand he loves and the tall task of resurrecting a historic label in a market exploding with options.

THR to Help Judge Cask Ales at HQ Beercade's Firkin Fest

THR to Help Judge Cask Ales at HQ Beercade's Firkin Fest

LAKEVIEW, CHICAGO

Us here at The Hop Review are excited to announce that we will be helping judge beers at the first What the Firk? Firkin Festival at Headquarters in Lakeview. Really, we are pretty stoked about this one – 25 of the best breweries in the land, providing some of their rarest brews in the form of cask-conditioned ales. What better way to kick off our role as "experts" than at one of the coolest new bars in the city, and with some superiorly top-notch breweries? There is no better way. At least we think not...