Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries


Articles By Jill Jaracz

Beer Goblins

Is this year’s batch of pumpkin-enhanced beers from the Midwest a trick or a treat? [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published October 8, 2008

Clip That Grass, Then Raise A Glass

Ten solid Midwest lawnmower beers to whet your whistle this summer. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published July 23, 2008

Water, Water Everywhere, So Let’s All Have A Drink

Most of the breweries in the Midwest are safe after more historic flooding. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published June 26, 2008

Fruit Beer Manifesto

When it comes to craft fruit beers, using juice additives instead of actual fruit is a total sellout. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published November 19, 2007

Iowa City Madness

Jill and Baby-boy tear it up at the 12th annual Iowa City Brew Fest [»]
by Jill Jaracz and Baby-Boy Jackson
Published October 4, 2007

SnowBeerDorks Allowed

If you choose to winter in Florida, you’ll still have good beer. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published March 22, 2007

Chutzpah or Beer?

Checking out a Kosher microbrew. [»]
by Jill Jaracz
Published October 11, 2006
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Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

Beer Dorks News

Want to know how healthy the craft beer industry is? As always, look to Portland. Craft pioneer Bridgeport announces sudden closure, adding to a growing list of PDX casualties.
Did Anheuser-Busch Chicago offer their shit beer to Cody Parkey before his missed field goal? Because that may explain why he "accidentally" biffed it.
Chicago now has the most breweries of any city in the country. Other things Chicago has the most of: murders, mobsters, and Ditkas.
Trying to spin it positive, BA releases end of year graphic. Only 5% growth in the craft sector when nearly 1000 new breweries opened? That's a collapse waiting to happen.
R.I.P. Tallgrass... another casualty as the regional/national craft beer market continues to get squeezed.
Wait... Constellation Brands cut all of the Ballast Point and Funky Buddha sales staff? They merged it with their Corona/Modelo staff?? We're SHOCKED!!!
Pizza Beer founder crying about failure of company, blames everyone else. Reminder, the beer tasted like vomit. Try having better ideas or making better products so you're not a failure.
It's Bud Light so doesn't really matter, but we expect this beer to be sitting around for awhile.
Indiana brewery to open with controversial beer names to "get the conversation going". Translation: taking advantage of serious issues for free publicity.
Hundreds of amazing beers in Wisconsin and the Cubs took back the one everyone drinks just because it exists and people have heard of it. How fitting...