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Beer Tue Feb 04 2014

Beer Specials: Metal & the Dude

Two local microbreweries have fun new projects this week.

First, DryHop Brewers launches Metal Beers & Burgers, its collaboration with Kuma's and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, this Wednesday, Feb. 5 with the release of Reverse Thunder, an 8.0% ABV imperial red, named for a song by the metal band Red Fang. The beer will be tapped at DryHop at 6pm, and will be available at DryHop, Kuma's Corner and Kuma's Too for the next month.

For its part in the collab, Kuma's chef Michael Jarvis created the Red Fang II, a half-pound burger with house-made jalapeno milk stout beer cheese, beer-battered onion rings and bourbon BBQ sauce, which will be available at both Kuma's locations beginning Thursday, Feb. 6.

Two more burger/beer collaborations are planned for March 5 and April 2 debuts, developed around songs by Corrections House and Russian Circles.

Pipeworks Brewing Hey Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here

Meanwhile, Pipeworks Brewing has a new brewski coming out. "Hey Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here" White Russian imperial milk stout is inspired, as you might have guessed, by the cult classic film The Big Lebowski. The brewery is celebrating its release with a special tapping in the lounge at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 9pm this Friday, Feb. 7, followed by a screening of the film at 10:30pm. Pipeworks brewers Gerrit Lewis, Bobby Minelli and Mike Schallau will be on hand in bathrobes to talk about the beer and the Dude, and you're encouraged to dress up, too. Tickets are $7; call the box office at 773-342-5555 to reserve.

The Big Lebowski will also show on Saturday and Monday night. The beer will remain on tap until it runs out.

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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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