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Beer Thu Dec 10 2015

Some Like It Dark

Three big stout events this week, beer fans.

Tonight at Fischman Liquors, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Effect Brewing and Superdawg celebrate the release of SuperShake, a chocolate malt milkshake-inspired stout that joins the line of collaborations between the brewery and hot dog stand. Starting at 6pm, stop by to sample SuperShake as well as SuperBier and WhoopskiBier. There will be Superdawg and Whoopskidawg samples to pair with their respective beers, ice cream to make SuperShake floats, and a raffle for branded glassware and other stuff.

If you missed out on Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout on Black Friday, head to Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., for Not So Rare Day this Friday, Dec. 11. Starting at 4pm, the bar will be serving up bottles of BCS and multiple vintages of its variants -- and they'll also have a very limited quantity of Rare, which will be raffled at 5pm. Here's the catch, though: you have to drink it, all of it, in the bar. Not even the Rare will be available to go.

Then on Sunday, Dec. 13, Half Acre releases the seventh edition of Big Hugs imperial coffee stout at its brewery and tap room, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave. In addition to the standard Big Hugs beloved by fans of dark beers, this year there will also be a vanilla-infused version, made using Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans. They'll both be available in 22oz. bombers, but only the regular version will be available for growler fills.

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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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