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Upcoming: Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

If you thought you got your fill of craft beer at New York Craft Beer Week, think again. The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest is quickly approaching, and all you brew-heads (especially the locavores among you) should take notice.

What’s The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest, you might ask? In essence, it’s a celebration of the five boroughs’ sudsy bounty. Thirty-three breweries from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and The Bronx will be gathering together to display their beautiful wares, alongside paired snacks from five awesome local eateries (namely, Bill’s Balls, Brooklyn Wok Shop, Asiadog, Bite Size Kitchen, and BeeHive Oven.)

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Event Preview: Discount Drinks at the Lion Head Pub

Do you feel like it’s hard to reconcile that part of you that loves discounted drinks with the part of you that would like to upgrade to craft beer and top shelf liquor? Well then welcome to your new favorite sports bar. The Lion Head Pub is offering half-off drinks every Thursday, and that goes for the whole liquor menu. Beer geeks should definitely put it on their list, because you’re not going to find marked down Goose Island anywhere else in Chicago.

What: Half-price Drinks at the Lion Head Pub

When: Thursday, February 27

Where: The Lion Head Pub, 2251 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

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NYC Craft Beer Festival Spring Seasonals Tasting

With Beer Week fast approaching, there are a ton of awesome brew-related events to look forward to, and we just heard about yet another can’t-miss event for beer lovers put on their calendars. The NYC Craft Beer Festival Spring Seasonals tasting will be going down on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st at the Lexington Armory. This is going to be an old-school epicurean blowout in the tradition of the Grand Tasting, with over 150 craft beers from all over the country available in unlimited 2oz pours. The list of featured breweries reads like a list of the hottest and most renowned figures in the craft brew world: big names like Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose. and Goose Island will join exciting newcomers like Bayou Teche and Bell’s Inspired at the Armory for a night of exquisite craft beer goodness,

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Celebrate the Holidays in True Brew Style!

If you love beer, there are a number of places that have major beer selections to choose from. But if you want a unique experience to get you into the holiday spirit, then look no further than American Social's 12 Crafts of Christmas!

Join the celebration with some of the specialty craft brews down at Las Olas. American Social will be offering twelve seasonal beverages to its beer tasting menu for the occasion!

12 winter warmers, 11 spiced ales, 10 seasonal ciders, 9 artful malts, 8 full pints, 7 hops combos, 6-six-pack specials, 5 spicy fruit brews, 4 ginger beers, 3 honey cloves, 2 nutty nutmegs, and a very merry piney kicker!

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In every age, and on any frontier, an explorer needs his navigational tools. In so much, the technology of exploration has evolved quite radically over the centuries. We went from the cross-staff, to the back staff, from the compass, to the GPS, and so on and so forth. As human beings we have a natural instinct to explore; we want to find new places where there’s cool stuff, and plenty of action. Now, thanks to the digital age, the wireless age, and the digitally witless age, we no longer have to explore alone. There’s an app that connects every pub bar fly, pub crawler, and high end alcoholic and lets them instantly share their discoveries. Its a little marvel of technology called Untappd.

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Happy National American Beer Day!

We at Joonbug are serious when it comes to the important stuff, which is why we felt it was so essential to inform you, our dear readers, about a hallowed national holiday that is on the horizon. That’s right: this Sunday is National American Day, and we wouldn’t want you to neglect your patriotic duty to drink some delicious beer. That’s why we’ve decided that it’s time for a rundown on the beautiful brew.

  • Beer is one of the oldest beverages ever produced, dating back to (at least) the 5thMillenniumBC. The development of beer is tied intimately to the development of agriculture: pretty much every culture that domesticated a cereal also developed beer soon after. Think back to all of the hallowed ancient cultures in history, the founders of modern civilization: the Mesopotamians, the Ancient Egyptians, Peruvians, and Zulus. Now picture them all standing around kegs, because they were all massive beer drinkers.
  • We’re not kidding—they took their beer really seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the Code of Hammurabi included a decree that brewers who watered down their beer would be executed. Cause of death? Drowned in their own shoddy beer.
  • Beer has been the subject of religious veneration throughout history, as well as a central theme in world mythology. The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Zulus all had beer goddesses (called Ninkasi, Tenenit, and Mbaba Mwana Waresa respectively) while the Norse Gods had a personal brewer, Ægir, who served them endless beer in magically refilling cups. In the Finnish epic Kalevala, more lines are devoted to the origin of beer and brewing than to the origin of mankind.
  • Though “monk” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of beer, they were actually tremendously influential in the history of beer. During the Middle Ages, monasteries became some of the first organizations to brew beer as a trade, using the profits to provide services to pilgrims and the poor. To this day, various monasteries inBelgiumbrew some ofEurope’s best small-batch beers. Don’t worry, though—they didn’t go thirsty back then, and they still don’t. Most brewing monasteries sizeable portions of beer in their daily rations.
  • And, again, though the first thing you think when you think “patron saint” might not be beer, there are not one but four patron saints for suds:Saint Augustine, Saint Arnulf ofMetz, Saint Luke the Evangelist, and Saint Nicholas.
  • Historically, beer has been a woman’s trade. Among the Wari people of ancientPeru, only elite women were allowed to brew, while Ancient Egypt had a written law that barred men from making and even selling beer. Even during the Middle Ages, women dominated the beer scene: they adopted the methods used by the monastery monks to brew in their own home. It wasn’t until the late 1700’s that beer became a male-dominated field.
  • Beer has also historically been the people’s drink, the great unifier (and it sure beats death and taxes). Rich and poor people alike have always enjoyed getting their brew on…and on, and on, and on. In pre-modernEurope, when water quality was dubious at best, beer was drunk multiple times a day, with every meal. That means it’s likely that even the famously prude Puritans drank beer with their breakfast.