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Josh Noel

Chicago, IL, United States

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  • Southern Illinoisan
  • Casper Star-Tribune
  • The World
  • The Bismarck Tribune
  • The Post-Star
  • JG-TC
  • Napa Valley Register
  • Quad-City Times
  • Globe Gazette
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Past articles by Josh:

Get ready to hit the road, beer fans: From saison to hazy IPA, here are 5 suburban breweries worth the drive

Many of the most exciting Chicagoland breweries in recent years have sprouted beyond the city lines — in some cases well beyond. Here are five favorites in the suburbs. → Read More

It’s alcohol-free wines, tequila and beer — oh, my — as Chicago’s NA scene takes flight

Chicago is seeing growth in its options for nondrinkers, including nonalcoholic beer and spirits, Benedition Dry Bar, Go Brewing, Ritual Zero Proof and Prazbar. → Read More

With move from longtime Clybourn Avenue home to The Salt Shed, can Goose Island recapture what once made it essential?

Goose Island is set to close its Clybourn Avenue brewpub and open at The Salt Shed concert venue in 2023. Here's what that means for Chicago. → Read More

NA Day is yet another beer and spirits festival — just hold the alcohol

NA Day offers alcohol-free festival for Dry January in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, as nonalcoholic beer, wine and spirits become increasingly popular. → Read More

Craft beer bubble burst? Not quite — but after years of growth in Chicago, closures and headwinds arrive

Chicago's craft brewery scene has mirrored national growth over the past decade, but closures and fewer openings signal potential struggles ahead. → Read More

Beery Christmas and Hoppy New Year: 10 festive beers to stuff in your holiday stocking

Here are our 10 favorite festive brew finds, each guaranteed to help create a happy holiday. → Read More

Review: Goose Island’s 2022 Bourbon County lineup is strong, with at least one unlikely highlight

Tribune beer writer Josh Noel reviews the 2022 Bourbon County Barrel Stout lineup from Goose Island, available Black Friday, Nov. 25. → Read More

First look: Hop Butcher for the World transforms former Half Acre taproom, opens Thursday

Hop Butcher for the World will open its new taproom in Chicago on Thursday, 18 months after announcing it would take over the former Half Acre space. → Read More

Still short of 1st anniversary, Evanston’s Double Clutch Brewing named US’ small brewery of the year

Double Clutch Brewing in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, has been named small brewery of the year at the Great American Beer Festival after an expansion to Millennium Park this summer. → Read More

20 years of FOBAB: How the nation’s signature barrel-aged beer festival grew into a Chicago legend

After 20 years, the Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer returns to Chicago Nov. 4, and the founders retell its history. → Read More

Old Irving Brewing set to expand with new brewery in former Finch space

Old Irving Brewing will be taking over the former Finch Beer Co. brewery in Chicago's West Town, a sign of growth for one brewery and a move to contract brewing for Finch. → Read More

Last call for late night? Customers are back, but bars and restaurants closing earlier as demand dwindles.

Chicago bars and restaurants saw customers return in 2022, but late-night hours are being cut as crowds empty out earlier than before the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

We tried every local Oktoberfest beer we could find. Here are our 4 favorites.

Chicago Tribune beer reporter Josh Noel tried 25 Oktoberfest beers from local breweries — here are his favorites. → Read More

Pilot Project Brewing opts against suburban expansion, heads to Milwaukee

Pilot Project Brewing will expand to Milwaukee while retaining its Chicago location in the Logan Square neighborhood. → Read More

Garrett Popcorn brown ale: Here’s how the popcorn-packed Revolution Brewing collab tastes.

CaramelCrisp beer uses Garrett's caramel corn in its mash, along with some brown sugar, for a popcorn-based ale that hits store shelves Wednesday. → Read More

Cider from one of Chicago’s favorite cider bars hits store shelves: ‘It’s a little bit of a eureka moment’

Northman Cider Co. grows from what began as Chicago's only cider bar, The Northman. Now, cans are available. → Read More

First and 10: For a first-class tailgate this football season, pack your cooler with these 10 beverages

Even if the Bears are likely to be staring at the bottom of the standings, these options won’t let you down during tailgating season. → Read More

The Grafton announces closure after 2 decades in Lincoln Square

Open for nearly 20 years at 4530 N. Lincoln Ave., The Grafton was a popular gathering spot for students from the nearby Old Town School of Folk Music. → Read More

A brewpub, but make it liquor: Take Flight Spirits lifts off in Skokie

Take Flight Spirits is a newly opened distillery pub in downtown Skokie, where the focus is on small batch spirits and in-house cocktails. → Read More

Most plastic beer tops end up in landfills. Chicago breweries have a new way to fix that.

Craft for Climate has set up a network of Chicago-area breweries and beer shops that will collect PakTech plastic beer holders to be reused or recycled. → Read More