Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth Jackson

Beer vacations – probably the best combination of two words in the dictionary – are quickly becoming all the rage. But, what happens when your significant other is looking for a little more “us” time than drink time? Here’s three easy ways to get your brew on while getting your groove on.

Charlottesville, VA

Home to Virginia’s Original Beer Trail, the Brew Ridge Trail, Charlottesville provides a lot of brewery power in one little area. Blue Mountain Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, South Street Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Three Notch’d Brewing Company, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company (among others) are a staples that only add to the breathtaking mountains and friendly welcoming atmosphere.  If you’re special somebody is more of a winery worshiper than a brewery buff, Charlottesville has your back with more than 20 local vineyards. An easy double score is the Monticello Wine Trail. You get your trail and they get theirs. Add in the historical value and you’re golden. The Monticello Wine Tour and Coach Co. gives you some options for pulling together the wine and brewery tours into one.

Beyond the beverages, Charlottesville provides some of the more traditional romance that you’d expect from a place that boasts that they are “For Lovers”. While you’re hitting up Blue Ridge for the breweries, schedule an “impromptu” hot air balloon ride at Blue Ridge Balloon.  When selecting your home base, take advantage of one of the two most romantic hotels out there, either the Oakhurst Inn or the 200 South Street Inn.  Or, get a little more warm and fuzzy and book your room at one of the many bed and breakfast locations.


Chicago, IL


Got more of a “city gal” on your hands?  Welcome to the Windy City.  Chicago is an easy weekend beer vacation destination and also provides a healthy selection of your favorite brews. From the Revolution Brewery Tap Room (make sure to try the to the Eugene Porter) to Half Acre Brewery and on to Lagunitas, Chicago is the city of a thousand breweries.  It’s almost guaranteed that between the time you decide to head out there and your arrival, at least one “new” brewery will become an overnight sensation.

One thing that Chicago does better than almost any other city is food. Not just food, but basically any kind of food you’re looking for can be found within the city limits.  For higher-end book your table early at Alinea to even have a chance at one of the most coveted table reservations in the city.  For the best burger in America head over to Au Cheval.  Cindy’s provides amazing views of the city and a relatively smaller environment.  If you’re going for more entertainment than a food fiesta, put Howl at the Moon on your list for a not-to-miss dueling piano show.  If it’s more romance you’re after, grab a seat at the RM Champagne Salon.  It’s a little like a Parisian street-side restaurant in the heart of Chicago that doesn’t disappoint. RM doesn’t open before 5, but stays open late so make sure to plan ahead.

As for your companion, they will love everything that Chicago has to offer.  Shopping on the Mag Mile and a stop over at Navy Pier are almost a given.  The Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium, are all within walking distance of each other.  Looking for a night to remember?  Head over to Second City to see the next Bill Murry, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Gilda Radner, or Chris Farley.  When it’s time to turn in for the night, head over to the Palmer House for the best stay in the Theatre district, or over to the Kinzie Hotel for its very own Romance Package.

Beer vacations may not be the first that comes to mind when you think of a getaway for two – unless it’s with your old frat buddy, but it’s clear these destinations have more than just excellent beer. Now, the next time she says, “hey want to go somewhere?” you know how to get your beer vacation!

Sunday, 04 March 2018 23:36

Brewer's Corner: Tighthead Brewing Co.

Brewer Spotlight: Tighthead Brewing Company

Tighthead Brewing Company is a popular, neighborhood brewpub located in Mundelein, IL – a suburb of Chicago. Founded in 2010, the brewpub has become a staple in the community.  Featuring a variety of year-round and seasonal brews, Tighthead provides a diverse line up that easily explains their tag line, “Worth More Than A Try”.


Their Story

As with so many stories, Tighthead began with a homebrew kit. Bruce Dir, the Owner and Master Brewer at Tighthead caught the brew bug in 1993 and kept passionate about his hobby until 2009 when a reorganization in corporate America provided him with the chance to turn his hobby into something more. Dir added to his 16 years of practical knowledge by attending Siebel Institute of Technology Brewing School in Chicago.  Tighthead officially opened its doors in 2010, staffed by Dir and his wife, Molly.  In 2011, Dir brought on Billy Oaks to join the team.  Oaks brought years of experience as well as his formal training at the American Brewers Guild Brewing School.


Their Brews

Tighthead brews six year-round beers that include Comfortably Blonde (Blonde Ale), Irie IPA (India Pale Ale touting an impressive 100+ IBU score), and Scarlet Fire (Irish-style Red Ale).  Also included in their year-round menu is their signature Chilly Water American Pale Ale.  With an ABV of 4.8% this mango, tangerine and citrus fruit blend is an easy partner for a visit to their traditional English Pub-style tap room.

In addition to their year-round brews, Tighthead has some phenomenal seasonal augments.  Their Old Kaya Dog is a Barleywine sure to keep you warm on cold Chicago nights, but their Barrel-Aged Old Kaya Dog steps it up a notch and brings in hints of bourbon and oak.  

Click here for more information on their beers and to see a calendar of their seasonal schedule.

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