Lagunitas Tap Room

It’s been a while since my last visit to a local brewery, so I was pretty excited to receive an invite to the Lagunitas Tap Room for our friend Jeff’s birthday. Children allowed?!? Even better.

So we packed up the diaper bag for some celebrating and had the best time. We got to the Tap Room around 3:30 pm on a Saturday, and the parking lot was pretty full. We entered the warehouse, where we were greeted at the door, and followed on to a psychedelic hallway of blue lights, neon paint, and loud music. I was a little nervous what I’d find at the end of the hall, but quite amused along the way!

We got to the end of the hallway where there was a super long line. Thinking it was for the brewery tour, we headed to the front, let them know where we were going and for a birthday, and headed up the stairs to the Tap Room. (I didn’t realize this WAS the line for the Tap Room. I was very grateful for these men, not making us wait with our little one!)

And after climbing the metal steps, it was clear why there was a line: the place was packed, and everyone was having a good time (=not leaving soon). There were a few rooms with lots of seating for lounging and eating, live entertainment in the form of a band and a magician, and picnic tables overlooking the brewery. Lucky for us, our friends scored a great picnic table with plenty of room to sit and stand around.

First matter of business: order beer! I opted for a sampler, which I think is the best way to try a bunch of options at a super affordable price. I chose:

  • Daytime – IPA
  • Pils – Czech Style Pilsner
  • Copper Fusion 17 – Red Ale
  • Aunt Sally – Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale

I liked all of them, but Aunt Sally was the kind of beer that a few sips is plenty. Although I appreciate how unique it is. I’ve never had a mash before. But Nate stole my Aunt Sally. Haha.

And in my effort to eat better, I ordered the chili (instead of a burger or pretzel or nachos, which I was drooling for!). Now, I’m a whimp, but consider this your warning: it’s spicy. Everyone at our table heard me say it about 15 times (sorry!), but it’s the kind of spicy that makes you keep eating and eating. I just needed something to cool me down. Enter: Glazed and Infused’s Jumbo Doughnut.

I love donuts. Like, I really love donuts. And this donut is one of the most glorious I’ve ever seen. The perfect layer of icing paired with tons of sprinkles. And one would wonder if it would taste any good. I’m here to tell you–it’s amazing. So amazing that I ordered one for my sister-in-law’s birthday the following weekend. 

Please check out the Jumbo Doughnut and Lagunitas Tap Room. Good for day or night drinking with friends and family any age! 

    

 

Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest Party

When my husband received an early bird special email in his inbox for Revolution Brewing‘s Oktoberfest Party, we both agreed we had to go. So we invited a bunch of our friends from college to come and have a stein with us!

For $25, your ticket to the Oktoberfest Party buys you a commemorative glass stein and one fill up (that’s 33.4 ounces). What did you think was going to happen?!?

You guessed it–this light weight had the time of her life at last Friday night’s event. These were a few reasons why:

1. I was able to check “visit a local brewery” off of my to-do list.
2. I didn’t have to wait much in the super long line to get into the event (if you remember, it was chilly and raining).
3. When it was time to refill my stein (yes, after the first 33.4 ounces went down rather smoothly), the brewers were going around giving people free cans of Oktoberfest (please go to your favorite local grocery store and get some–it’s delicious!). Here is Revolution’s description of Oktoberfest:
 A classic German-style Oktoberfest beer that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty malt flavor. Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops  give the beer a crisp, balanced bitterness and a spicy, earthy aroma. Our head brewer Jim Cibak says our 2014 version is our most refined yet!
4. So many of our friends from college were there–it was amazing! (This is the most important reason!)
5. The people in #4 let me take as many group selfies as I wanted to. But even better than that GlitterGuts was there with a photo table with free prints! (All photo booth photos from the event are here.)
6. There was a rock band, food trucks outside as well as German fare inside, a touchdown toss, drunk tank, and more activities to enjoy.

When this event comes up next year, do yourself a favor and go. For now, just pick up some Oktoberfest and enjoy!

Revolution Brewing
3340 N Kedzie Ave
Avondale

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Google City Experts Party at Threadless

I think Google and Threadless are both pretty cool, so when my friend Erica told me about the Google City Experts party at Threadless, I had to RSVP to see what it was all about.

I wasn’t exactly sure what a Google City Expert was, so I Googled it (hehe): The Google City Expert program brings together the most active users on Google Maps who write reviews and upload photos of local places.

Sounds right up my alley!

My friend Sandra, Nate, and I arrived at Threadless HQ, walked past the parked food trucks (good sign!), and into a sensory overload: lots of people, awesome music (think Beyoncé and Aaliyah), another food truck, photos on the wall, an airstream, photographer, custom map making, and so much more.

Here’s a short list of some of the highlights (the pictures tell a lot, too):

Custom Chicago Maps: At our first Inspiration Station, they silkscreen maps of Chicago onto paper, and then you could customize your map with colored stamps. I included a home stamp for our place in the West Loop, a martini glass stamp in River North, a puppy stamp by Montrose Beach, a tree stamp by Lincoln Park, and more.

Picture Time!: Sandra and I took pictures with the photographer at the “photo booth”.

Pancakes for Dinner: We sampled Babycakes Gourmet Food Truck: strawberry cheesecake, peanut butter cup, and red velvet pancakes–yum! I think the red velvet were my favorite!

Button Up: We made our own buttons using magazines they had at the station. I made Nate an espresso maker pin (he loves ours at home) and mine was cat flexing her muscles (because I’m tough, right?).

I think I can speak of all of us when I say this was a fun event! The photos don’t even do it justice, but be sure to check them out. Thanks, Google and Threadless!

Threadless
1260 West Madison Street
West Loop

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