A very special event with meditations on the communal spirit of beer from guest speakers Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing, Ray Daniels, the founder of the Cicerone program, Jared Rouben, the culinary brewer behind Moody Tongue, and Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting. Created in collaboration with FORMA Collective. Read on, and get tickets! >>

 

 

 
 
 
Michael Kiser, founder

Michael Kiser, founder

In the midst of a sea-change, you don't just build a boat.
You make the wave.  

Good Beer Hunting is how I'm crafting the story of beer around the world — not from the outside looking in, rather, from the center of the movement. GBH is my chronicle of the most compelling people, places and products I encounter on my travels, and right here in Chicago.

GBH is also my brand consultancy, storefront, and gallery space in Chicago working with some of beer's most motivated companies, developing products for the beer lifestyle, and collaborating on events for its most dedicated and curious audiences. 

 
 

 

“A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.” — Miguel de Unamuno

Last year’s modest experiment has become a real collaborative endeavor between Good Beer Hunting, Max Wastler of Buckshot Sonny’s Sporting Goods, and Camp Wandawega. It’s the biggest event they throw every year, and not just in terms of attendees. For two autumns now, a group of happy men have arrived at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin for a weekend of revelry, full of good food and beer, with only the days ahead to consider — knowing that these days would be largely what they made of them. GET THE WHOLE STORY >>

 

 
DRINK MICHIGAN APPLES  A new collaboration between GBH x Ryan Burk of Virtue Cider featuring a run-down of Michigan's greatest and most unique apple varietals used to make some of the country's best hard cider. 

DRINK MICHIGAN APPLES 

A new collaboration between GBH x Ryan Burk of Virtue Cider featuring a run-down of Michigan's greatest and most unique apple varietals used to make some of the country's best hard cider. 

GIFT/CELLAR/SHARE HANG TAGS These iconic, industrial style tags do triple duty as gift tags, cellar trackers, and memory-keepers for the beer geek in all of us. 

GIFT/CELLAR/SHARE HANG TAGS

These iconic, industrial style tags do triple duty as gift tags, cellar trackers, and memory-keepers for the beer geek in all of us. 

THE PERFECT PINT PRINT For this Good Beer Hunting print by Andrew R. Wright, we wanted to get to the iconic, bare essence of a beer. That perfect pour with a deep golden-yellow hue and head retention like a glacier. Very limited run of 35, hand-signed and numbered!

THE PERFECT PINT PRINT

For this Good Beer Hunting print by Andrew R. Wright, we wanted to get to the iconic, bare essence of a beer. That perfect pour with a deep golden-yellow hue and head retention like a glacier. Very limited run of 35, hand-signed and numbered!


 

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The new GBH b-Roll blog
Contrary to popular belief, it's not all about what's in the bottle. Dive into the GBH b-Roll blog to see small moments that capture the spirit of craft beer in America, and around the world, one shot at a time. 


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AT THE INTERSECTION OF BLACK METAL AND COMMERCIAL SUICIDE — JESTER KING HAS THE LAST LAUGH Everything old is new again, and some of the best is happening in Austin, Texas. Artisanal brewing is replete with risks. It’s far more likely that your beer will stray from your intent than it will ever behave. But to the artisanal brewers like Jester King, that’s the whole point. 

AT THE INTERSECTION OF BLACK METAL AND COMMERCIAL SUICIDE — JESTER KING HAS THE LAST LAUGH

Everything old is new again, and some of the best is happening in Austin, Texas. Artisanal brewing is replete with risks. It’s far more likely that your beer will stray from your intent than it will ever behave. But to the artisanal brewers like Jester King, that’s the whole point. 

PENROSE SEES THE PATTERN FOR SUCCESS — CHICAGOLAND'S MOST ANTICIPATED BREWERY LAUNCH Eric Hobbs had been building a brewery in his mind for some time before Goose Island Brewer, Tom Korder, surprised him with is knowledge and charm at a beer dinner. Hobbs knew the business, the market, sales and distribution. But the more he got to know Korder, the more their new brewery, Penrose, seemed inevitable. 

PENROSE SEES THE PATTERN FOR SUCCESS — CHICAGOLAND'S MOST ANTICIPATED BREWERY LAUNCH

Eric Hobbs had been building a brewery in his mind for some time before Goose Island Brewer, Tom Korder, surprised him with is knowledge and charm at a beer dinner. Hobbs knew the business, the market, sales and distribution. But the more he got to know Korder, the more their new brewery, Penrose, seemed inevitable. 

"LA FIN DU MONDE" IS THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER AT UNIBROUE Mentions of Canadian breweries in Quebec go back to the mid 1600s. The larger breweries we’re all familiar with today, Molson, Labatt, and O'Keefe, moved in over the next two hundred years, and comprised the totality of production brewing in the province of Quebec until the 1980s, when we saw a renaissance in brewing as one microbrewer after another popped up. Finally, in 1990, Unibroue was established in Chambly near the Richelieu River just southeast of Montreal, and quickly became the prize of Quebec’s brewing history.  

"LA FIN DU MONDE" IS THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER AT UNIBROUE

Mentions of Canadian breweries in Quebec go back to the mid 1600s. The larger breweries we’re all familiar with today, Molson, Labatt, and O'Keefe, moved in over the next two hundred years, and comprised the totality of production brewing in the province of Quebec until the 1980s, when we saw a renaissance in brewing as one microbrewer after another popped up. Finally, in 1990, Unibroue was established in Chambly near the Richelieu River just southeast of Montreal, and quickly became the prize of Quebec’s brewing history.

 


 
GOOD BEER HUNTING x BUCKSHOT SONNY'S — STEALING SOME FRIENDS AWAY TO CAMP WANDAWEGA Running wild in the woods of Wisconsin with Solemn Oath, Penrose, Fountainhead, Longman & Eagle, Intelligentsia, and so much more, for the second annual Good Beer Hunting collaborative retreat.

GOOD BEER HUNTING x BUCKSHOT SONNY'S — STEALING SOME FRIENDS AWAY TO CAMP WANDAWEGA

Running wild in the woods of Wisconsin with Solemn Oath, Penrose, Fountainhead, Longman & Eagle, Intelligentsia, and so much more, for the second annual Good Beer Hunting collaborative retreat.

SETTING SEOUL ON FIRE — 48 HOURS IN THE HEART OF SOUTH KOREA In the middle of monsoon season, I set out into one of the world's largest cities for a hi-lo brow adventure filled with soju and Seoul's only craft brewpub.

SETTING SEOUL ON FIRE — 48 HOURS IN THE HEART OF SOUTH KOREA

In the middle of monsoon season, I set out into one of the world's largest cities for a hi-lo brow adventure filled with soju and Seoul's only craft brewpub.

THIS AIN'T NO FARM TEAM — NEW BELGIUM, BREWERY VIVANT AND THE LUBBERS TAKE THE FIELD  Brewery Vivant welcomes New Belgium to Michigan market with a collaborative beer dinner based on the French cooking heritage of Escoffier. 

THIS AIN'T NO FARM TEAM — NEW BELGIUM, BREWERY VIVANT AND THE LUBBERS TAKE THE FIELD 

Brewery Vivant welcomes New Belgium to Michigan market with a collaborative beer dinner based on the French cooking heritage of Escoffier. 

GETTING BUZZED ON THE FARM — CITY PROVISIONS, METROPOLITAN AND TEMPLETON RYE AT HERITAGE PRAIRIE  A special day in the field with some of Chicago's greatest providers as they serve a variety of collaborative dishes, cocktails and brews. 

GETTING BUZZED ON THE FARM — CITY PROVISIONS, METROPOLITAN AND TEMPLETON RYE AT HERITAGE PRAIRIE

 A special day in the field with some of Chicago's greatest providers as they serve a variety of collaborative dishes, cocktails and brews. 

DEEP IN SWEDEN'S KOLARBYN FOREST — BEERS AND ADVENTURE AT CAMP I strike out for the wilds of the Swedish forests with no electricity, running water or heat — but I bring some critical campfire brews.

DEEP IN SWEDEN'S KOLARBYN FOREST — BEERS AND ADVENTURE AT CAMP

I strike out for the wilds of the Swedish forests with no electricity, running water or heat — but I bring some critical campfire brews.

OATH DAY — A NEW RITE OF PASSAGE AT SOLEMN OATH BREWERY I spend the day with a about 100 new friends as Solemn Oath opens their doors for an unprecedented day of knowledge sharing and beer making. 

OATH DAY — A NEW RITE OF PASSAGE AT SOLEMN OATH BREWERY

I spend the day with a about 100 new friends as Solemn Oath opens their doors for an unprecedented day of knowledge sharing and beer making. 

PANG PANG BREWERY — SWEDEN'S SMALLEST BREWERY MAY BE ONE OF ITS BIGGEST WEAPONS A one man operation shows how it's done in Stockholm, brewing, packaging and distributing spectacular nanobrews by hand. And dreaming of the future. 

PANG PANG BREWERY — SWEDEN'S SMALLEST BREWERY MAY BE ONE OF ITS BIGGEST WEAPONS

A one man operation shows how it's done in Stockholm, brewing, packaging and distributing spectacular nanobrews by hand. And dreaming of the future. 

THE 2012 FALL MASH TUN FEST AND A VISIT FROM S.E. KISER, A GHOST OF CHICAGO BEER'S PAST Myself and Max Wastler bring my great great uncle's 100-year-old anti-prohibition speech back to life as we help launch the second issue of Mash Tun Journal. 

THE 2012 FALL MASH TUN FEST AND A VISIT FROM S.E. KISER, A GHOST OF CHICAGO BEER'S PAST

Myself and Max Wastler bring my great great uncle's 100-year-old anti-prohibition speech back to life as we help launch the second issue of Mash Tun Journal. 

JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY — FOLLOWING AN AGING BARREL HOME Down the road from Greenbush Brewing Co., one of the MIdwest's most spirited companies gets cooking in Three Oaks, Michigan.

JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY — FOLLOWING AN AGING BARREL HOME

Down the road from Greenbush Brewing Co., one of the MIdwest's most spirited companies gets cooking in Three Oaks, Michigan.


 

 
For their first Eat, Drink and Be Merry issue, Anthology Magazine wanted to see how a love of craft beer connects with my everyday living with an apartment profile of my Chicago two-flat in Lincoln Square. Read More >>

For their first Eat, Drink and Be Merry issue, Anthology Magazine wanted to see how a love of craft beer connects with my everyday living with an apartment profile of my Chicago two-flat in Lincoln Square. Read More >>

Good Beer Hunting won the Saveur award for Best Wine or Beer Blog this year. Thank you to everyone who voted. It's an honor to serve such a passionate audience.  Read More >>

Good Beer Hunting won the Saveur award for Best Wine or Beer Blog this year. Thank you to everyone who voted. It's an honor to serve such a passionate audience.  Read More >>

This past June, I gave a presentation at the Apple Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, discussing the journey of Good Beer Hunting entitled: From Passion to Platform. Stay tuned for a recap of the presentation.  

This past June, I gave a presentation at the Apple Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, discussing the journey of Good Beer Hunting entitled: From Passion to Platform. Stay tuned for a recap of the presentation.

 

Named "10 Chicago Power Players You Need to Know Right Now" in the Zagat Chicago guide, alongside Kevin Heisner and Matt Eisler of Trenchermen, Charles Joly of the Aviary, and Jason Vincent of Nightwood. Read More >>

Named "10 Chicago Power Players You Need to Know Right Now" in the Zagat Chicago guide, alongside Kevin Heisner and Matt Eisler of Trenchermen, Charles Joly of the Aviary, and Jason Vincent of Nightwood. Read More >>

In collaboration with Slow Food USA, Brooklyn Brewery, and Chicago historian Bill Savage, I talk craft beer's past, present, and future as part of the MASH tour in 11 cities across the US. Read more >>

In collaboration with Slow Food USA, Brooklyn Brewery, and Chicago historian Bill Savage, I talk craft beer's past, present, and future as part of the MASH tour in 11 cities across the US. Read more >>

Outside Magazine's Jared Diamond profiles Good Beer Hunting as a beer resource, but also "a larger city-making story about Chicago." Read more >>

Outside Magazine's Jared Diamond profiles Good Beer Hunting as a beer resource, but also "a larger city-making story about Chicago." Read more >>

A new coffee beer event series takes off between Good Beer Hunting + Intelligentsia Coffee. Starting in Pasadena, California and coming home to Chicago — we're uniting two cultures, and two cities, around an exciting new exploration in the dark arts of brewing coffee and beer. Read more >>

A new coffee beer event series takes off between Good Beer Hunting + Intelligentsia Coffee. Starting in Pasadena, California and coming home to Chicago — we're uniting two cultures, and two cities, around an exciting new exploration in the dark arts of brewing coffee and beer.
Read more >>

Shooting covers and feature articles for one of the world's most widely-read beer magazines — Beer Advocate reaches over 150,000 readers per issue, and lands on the desks of every brewery in the country. Read more >>

Shooting covers and feature articles for one of the world's most widely-read beer magazines — Beer Advocate reaches over 150,000 readers per issue, and lands on the desks of every brewery in the country. Read more >>

Proud to be a talking beard in one of the coolest films ever produced about craft beer, made by Michigan-based Rhino Productions — currently booking showings around the Midwest. Stay tuned for a Chicago screening!

Proud to be a talking beard in one of the coolest films ever produced about craft beer, made by Michigan-based Rhino Productions — currently booking showings around the Midwest. Stay tuned for a Chicago screening!