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Our Top Picks from Naperville Ale Fest 2017

Our Top Picks from Naperville Ale Fest 2017

NAPERVILLE, IL

A recap of the Chicagoland's west side favorite, Naperville Ale Fest – the first of two 2017 sessions. These are our impressions and 10 notable beers we had, as shared by THR Contributor Michael A. Hubatch.

Updated: The Comprehensive Brewery List of Chicago

Updated: The Comprehensive Brewery List of Chicago

CHICAGOLAND

Brewery Count: CITY (70), 'BURBS (114) –– Recently added: Buffalo Creek Brewing (Long Grove, IL), Kings & Convicts (Highwood, IL), Empirical Brewpub (Rogers Park), Englewood Brews (Englewood), More Brewing Co. (Villa Park, IL), Saint Errant Brewing (Elk Grove Village, IL), Open Outcry (Morgan Park)  –– Recently Removed: Mad Mouse (University Village)

Beer & Branding: Carlsberg Black Gold

Beer & Branding: Carlsberg Black Gold

COPENHAGEN, DK

Long-time Carlsberg design partner, Copenhagen-based firm Kontrapunkt, recently lent their services again, to help the Danish brewery progress its minimalist design aesthetic. They're back at it, refreshing the look for the dark lager, Carlsberg Black Gold. Matte black with gold accents – yes, please.