Join us as we go behind the stems with Michael Glader, local florist and designer behind Coach House Plants, for this edition of Meet the Maker! We visit Michael's home studio for a peek at his design process, learn what drew him to working with...

  Road trip! Join us for a jaunt down 94 to meet the fine folks at Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan - While they've grown tremendously since they first opened their doors in 2011 as a small distillery + tasting room, their dedication to quality and...

  But first, coffee let’s Meet the Maker. Responsible for probably 90% of our daily productivity (☕️☕️☕️), Xavier Alexander is the co-founder of Chicago’s own Metric Coffee Co., and mastermind behind the beans brewed by yours truly. From humble beginnings (think empty garage with no money)...

  For our second edition of Meet the Maker, let's have a drink with one of Chicago’s largest self-distributing craft beer companies - Pipeworks Brewing Co! Whether you're a local beer hound or a casual drinker, it's hard to deny the influence their unique and spirited...

  Welcome to Meet the Maker  - a new series exploring the stories of your favorite products at Foxtrot! In each feature, we'll go behind the scenes and get to know the people, process and passion behind the brand. To kick things off, we're hitting the mixers with...

 
Good ol' Evanston, Illinois. Aside from being the "Home of Evanston's Big Ten Team" (sorry NU grads, a shameless Illini over here), Chicago's neighbor to the North is also home to great beer, a la Temperance Beer Company, and we're excited to take this week's Beer Drop to celebrate the first-ever cans of their Birdsong Saison! I recently had the chance to catch up with Emily Kwasny, Brewery Operations Manager at Temperance, to dive into the beer, their Evanston roots, and much more. Crack open a fresh one and read on - cheers!

We're taking our first trip down to the Peach State for this week's Beer Drop! But rather than stone fruits, we're gettin' into more 'botanically' inspired ales with SweetWater Brewing - I believe the Venn diagram between the 420 and craft beer cultures has a pretty significant overlap, and apparently so do the folks at SweetWater, whose flagship 420 Extra Pale Ale has made them a household name in the Southeast and beyond. Now they’re taking it a step further with their brand new 420 Strain G13 IPA that packs a natural hemp flavor. Though it won’t make you feel like you’re exploring Amsterdam via space cakes, the homage and olfactory experience is unmistakable. Pick up some of this brand spankin’ new brew now, and read on for my Q&A with Dane Lewandowski, SweetWater's Illinois Market Manager, for more on this new 420 Strain series.

  We first got to know West Town’s Forbidden Root last October when we had the opportunity to feature one of my favorite beers of all time, Snoochie Boochies, as our Beer Drop. Since then, the brewery has made a few key changes - most notably bringing on a new head brewer, Nick Williams, and launching a fresh series of beers - so naturally, it was time for a revisit! We recently chatted with Nick to catch up on what’s new at FR, what makes their hazy beers so damn good, get a glimpse into daily life at the brewery, and of course, the skinny on this week’s beer - the juicy Ghost Tropic from their hazy series. Read on for our conversation, and be sure to order up your Ghost Tropic now - this release will be gone again before you know it. Cheers!

  In a land historically renowned for their beer, this Belgian “King of Beers” has been at it since 1871. In 1920, to celebrate the end of World War I, they debuted their now signature Belgian Golden Ale, originally dubbing it “Victory Ale." Later, a local craftsman noted during a tasting that this new style was, “quite the devil,” or Duvel in Flemish language — and the name has stuck ever since. As you've probably gathered by now, this week's Beer Drop is a nod to one of the world's most storied breweries: Duvel Moortgat. (Pronounced Doovle - NOT Doovel. #details) Duvel has been the measuring stick for Belgian beer and the international beer industry for generations, all the while staying at the forefront of innovation throughout that time. You know the tulip glass used so often as a vessel for your favorite brew? Well, they invented it to create a more complex drinking experience. Even with all its tradition, this old guard isn’t afraid to adapt in the quickly changing beer world. Duvel has partnered with various craft breweries throughout the world, including past features Brewery Ommegang and Boulevard Brewing Company (to name a few), to create modern takes on their classic Belgian Ales. This week, we celebrate the first can release of Duvel Single Fermented! Read on for my Q&A with Stuart Knight, Director of Import Marketing at Duvel USA, to learn more about this beer previously only available on draft, and how it compares with its older brother.