Bottleneck Blog


An Introduction to Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon and Rye ›

If you want to impress friends and strangers with some liquor-related knowledge and musings at your next cocktail party or networking event, then welcome to our whiskey class. These simple guidelines can help you figure out what kind of whiskey to order at a bar, and why you may like a certain type of whiskey more than another.

5 Things to Eat and Drink in April ›

Your guide on what to eat and drink in Chicago over the coming month: breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, craft beer and more.

The Great Sweetwater Chicken Cook-Off ›

8 Chefs. 9 chicken dishes. 1 new menu place up for grabs. Sweetwater Tavern and Grille held a (kinda) secret Chicken Cook-Off between nine chefs, who were to pit their best chicken dishes against each other. I decided to document the occasion, and volunteer myself as a tasting judge in the process.

Introduction to Craft Beer ›

Craft Beer is booming. The Craft Beer scene has seen rapid rise in recent years, but where did it all begin? And What makes a beer a ‘craft beer’? We explore, and share why craft beer became so popular, and if it shows signs of slowing down.

Craft Beer Growth in 2013 ›

Craft Beer is still experiencing a very strong growth period, with 2013 producing record figures in sales and volume, despite an overall industry decline. In addition to the global sales, the number of breweries operating in the US reached 2,822 and of those; 2,768 are considered craft breweries.

Beer Tapping ›

What is beer tapping? We discovered what goes into a beer tapping event with local craft brewery Big Shoulders at Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook.

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