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Drink Wed Apr 18 2012

Taste Virtue Cider Tonight at Hopleaf

virtuecider_apple.jpgVirtue Cider, former Goose Island Brewmaster Greg Hall's new small-batch artisanal cider company, has slowly been releasing its first brew, Red Streak, in Chicagoland bars. Tonight at 7pm, Hall will be at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., for a tasting party and meet'n'greet.

I tried Red Streak at Hopleaf last night, and it's a delight. Virtue calls it an English style cider, made with Redstreak bittersharp apples, and it is very dry compared to the typical commercially available hard cider -- even most of the ciders imported from merry old England. The flavor is that of a nice, crisp green apple, with peach and citrus notes and a tart finish. Champagne-like bubbles give it a rich mouthfeel. It paired nicely with my CB&J sandwich, cutting through the rich cashew butter, but was also nice and refreshing on its own.

Taste Red Streak for yourself tonight or find it on tap at these bars and restaurants:

• Bad Apple
• Delilah's
• Goose Island Brewpub (Wrigleyville & Clybourne locations)
• The Green Lady
• GT Fish & Oyster
• The Hideout
• Hopleaf
• Lula Café
• Nellcôte
• Prairie Moon Cafe
• The Publican
• Sheffield's
• Uncommon Ground (Clark & Devon locations)
• The Village Tap

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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