Been putting out a lot of fires. Some caused by the ChicagoNow site shutting down: I and some others were trying to guide bloggers who were caught by surprise in finding their articles through Google Cache and the Wayback machine. And then our home internet was down for a few days. So instead of working in the beer news that’s been piling up over the past several days into my calendar articles, here’s a summery all in one place:
Goose island 312 Block Party Returns
Goose island Beer Co. has announced the return of their 312 Block Party: Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24 at the 1800 Fulton Street Brewery.
“We’ve had a long history of getting together with our friends and neighbors with some live music over great beer and food and we’re excited to be back,” notes a company news release. “We’ve got a solid lineup featuring a number of artists including Tobacco City, White Reaper and Deer Tick on Friday and Serengeti, Brijean, Nation of Language and Bomba Estereo on Saturday.”
- No tickets necessary
- Suggested $10 donation at the gate to go toward some of our favorite local charities
- Doors open at 5pm on Friday, September 23, and 4pm on Saturday, September 24
- The event is first come first served, and we will have a maximum capacity that we will be strictly following
- The event is for adults 21+ only
- Beers will be $5 and the lineup includes 312 Wheat Ale, 312 Lemonade Shandy, Hazy Beer Hug, Neon Beer Hug, Big Blazer Dank IPA, select offerings from other brewers in the Chicago Brewing District, and a rotating list of Bourbon County Stout.
The full lineup can be seen here.
Pilot Project Buying MKE
In July, I interviewed Dan Abel, co-founder of the Pilot Project Brewing incubator, for an article on the Square Roots Festival. He mentioned at the time that were working on opening or acquiring a second location. That location has turned out to be the Milwaukee Brewing Co., which had previously announced it would be going out of business August 30. The deal was confirmed by MKE co-founder Jim McCabe, although Pilot Project has not confirmed the plans. (On Milwaukee)
Stag Beer in Retro Cans
Downstate legacy brand Stag Beer announces it’s rebranding with a retro can, returning the Stag head logo and returning the logo “Golden Quality Since 1851.”
Stag was originated by the Western Brewing Co. of Belleville, IL as a Christmas beer in 1907. The brewery was purchased in 1912 by Giesedieck Brothers – the company that produced Falstaff. In the 1950’s Giesedieck reorganized under the Falstaff banner. Through a series of mergers, Stag ended up under the wing of Pabst Brewing Co., and is contract brewed in Milwaukee by Molson Coors Miller.
Of course we must give a shout out to Stag’s advertising spokesman of the 1950’s, Mr. Magoo.
Maui Brewing Acquires Modern Times
Another San Diego brewer has been purchased this month. Modern Times Beer is to be acquired by Maui Brewing Co. of Hawaii in a deal worth more than $15 million, according to Craft Brewing Business. The joint venture will be named Craft ‘Ohana.
Modern Times had been closing some of its tap room across the Western US recently. They were also caught up in brewer Brienne Allan’s @ratmagnet Instagram documentation of sexual harassment at several breweries: in this case, forcing out founder Jacob McKean.