Chicago Craft Beer Week 2016


Not only do we have Chicago Craft Beer Week May 19-29 2016, but there are a lot of other events coming up! Get ready for Chicago Fest Season. Check out our events page for details on the events and festivals we are participating in.

Santa has been caught breaking and entering

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RE: Federal Grand Jury Issues Multi-Count Indictment

A Federal Grand Jury, earlier today, issued a multi-count indictment authorizing Federal prosecutors to move forward with charges against one, Kris Kringle a/k/a Santa Claus. This follows a thorough Federal investigation into the questionable activities of Mr. Kringle.

One Federal Investigator, speaking anonymously (for obvious reasons), said that the Feds have been closely monitoring the activities of Mr. Kringle for quite some time now. When last seen, Mr. Kringle was frequenting a local shopping mall and filling young childrens’ minds with false hopes and empty promises.

Although full coverage of the charges being brought against Mr. Kringle are still pending, this source has confirmed that said charges include the following:

  1. Multiple counts of trespassing;
  2. Multiple counts of breaking and entering;
  3. The possession and distribution of controlled substances aka “Magic Flying Dust”;
  4. Violation of fair labor practices;
  5. Violation of animal rights;
  6. Violation of international air space;
  7. Violation of numerous Privacy Acts (Apparently Mr. Kringle knows when you are sleeping and when you are awake. And even if you have been naughty or nice. That’s just plain creepy.); and
  8. Tax evasion.

Speaking through his attorney, Mr. Kringle has denied any wrong doing and said that it appears that “I’m not the only one keeping a list.”

More to follow as developments occur.


The firkins are coming


Limited Edition Witness Protection Hefeweizen

Coming to stores and bars very soon, including some infused styles with ingredients from Latin America.

  1. Guava – @Taphouse Plainfield 7/25

  2. Tamarindo – @Midwest Brewers Fest 8/22

  3. Pomegranate – @Taphouse St Charles TBD

  4. Maracuya/Passion Fruit – @Sovereigntap 8/11

  5. Jamaica/Hibiscus – @Brass Tap 7/31

Try to hunt them down.

Only at the Winter Solstice

The BGB Team will be at the Blarney Stone’s Winter Solstice this Saturday! Pouring our Acquittal Strong Dark Belgian and NINER American Barley Wine.

Also for the celebration of the upcoming holidays, we will have limited pours of our Doing Time Winter Warmer to share. First come, first serve! See you there.

Tickets are on sale for $25.


Winter Solstice


Join us at Blarney Stone’s 4th Annual Winter Solstice Craft Beer Fest

Tickets are $25 in advance
Located at: Blarney Stone Pub in Oak Forest, IL
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (CST)

Crossing Borders


Nice write-up by Steve over at Guys Drinking Beer about the First Ever Munster Ale Fest 2014

Spoiler Alert: He mentions how he liked our stout.

P.A.W.S. Bark and Brew

Mash Tun Homebrewer’s Ball


“Chicagoland has so much talent when it comes to homebrewing. That is something that we really should take a tremendous amount of pride in. cheers!” -Jim Richert, President

#drinklocal #chicago #homebrewers @MashTunJournal @BanginGavel @marzbrewing

Hoppy National IPA Day!


Today is National IPA Day — Get out and have one… OR a double.


Banging Gavel Brews Two:


Pours out a bright golden color. Floral notes on the aroma balanced out with sweet carmel notes on the back end. Medium body feel with hints of fruit.


Pours out a bright golden color. Pine notes on the nose with a hop bite on the back end. Medium body feel with a lingering hop aroma.

GUILTY AS CHARGED! We Admit it — We did it


Our Lawyer is Fired!

No really though, we are so fired up about our FUNDED You Be the Judge Kickstarter Campaign, and excited to include you in this journey from the start. Thank you all so much for the support and belief in us. June 2014 was such a crazy month, and there’s no slowing down now.

We have a few meetings coming up so we will keep you up-to-date on what comes of them. Subscribe to our Brew News “You’ve Been Served” which comes from the email address

We couldn’t ask for better advocates for our beer. Cheers! … ¡Salud! … Slàinte … Prost to our 74 backers.