Doing It. Again. Beer 2Up!

It was SO MUCH FUN to do Beer 1Up last year, that I said right then and there I’d like to do it again.

Luckily, Eric and Jeremy felt similarly. And Emporium Arcade? They agreed to host us again this year.

Not only is this going to be awesome fun, again, but it’s going to be BIGGER. AND BETTER.

Why? Well, for one thing, it’s more beer. We got to pour from four taps last year, this year we have twelve. For another, Emporium nearly doubled their size since last year, so THERE’S SO MANY MORE GAMES. More brewers! More games! More beer! CAN’T LOSE.

And, our four original breweries have graciously agreed to come pour again. We’ll get to see what they’ve been up to in the last year.… Continue reading →

Beer 1Up! Awesome. Maybe Beer Gets 2Up!

As most of you know, last Saturday I spent a solid chunk of the day at Emporium Arcade for a beer event. I was hoping to spend the day with at least 30 of my nearest and dearest beer friends.

It was more like 60 to 80 of my nearest and dearest. Holy Crap. It was unexpected and unbelievable. It was fun. It was so much fun. It’s actually been hard to write up, because it was so much fun that it’s been difficult to take it all in (still) and then put it all back out there for you.

Still, I want to do a bit more of a wrap-up than just the t-shirt contest post. (Still running, by the way! If you haven’t voted yet, please do!) Ale Syndicate gave us a gift, day of, in support of our event – one of the cool brewery tin signs that so many folks collect.… Continue reading →

The Fate of BEER is at Stake!

Okay. It’s actually nothing so dramatic. But it IS the fate of these two folks, one of whom will will get a chance to spend a day with the folks at Flesk Brewing in Lombard! Brewday! Good times!

Also good times? Last minute, the kind folks at Naperville Ale Fest gave us two tickets to add to the grand prize here! NICE. Talk about the fate of beer. The winner here is going to get to have a brewday and then have a day of trying all KINDS of new beers.

One of the features of Beer1Up was a t-shirt contest. We had categories of “beer-themed” and “video-game-themed”. The plan was to award a bottle of Dayman Coffee IPA, donated by Aleman to the winners of each category.… Continue reading →

Beer1UP!

So, I’ve mentioned a “beer event” a couple of times on this blog. It’s this Saturday. It’s noon to 3:00 pm. It’s going to be awesome. If you just want quick details, wander over to this Facebook event page and read up. If you want some of the background, keep reading.

Jeremy over at Subeerbia, Eric over at Blah…Blah…BEER and I teamed up with Arcade Emporium to bring a fun beer event to Chicagoland for those beer geeks who didn’t manage to get tickets to wander down to Munster, Indiana and buy some very special beer. There’ll be some envy in our group, for sure, and you know we’ll be raising a glass to those making the hike, but we have a little something to console ourselves.… Continue reading →