During the long process of writing “Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out," I looked forward to the summer of 2018, when I wouldn't be reporting or writing anymore, or checking facts or squeezing in one last interview (followed by another ... and then another) — I could simply talk about the book. Preferably with beer in hand.
We’re finally here! Through 2018 (and beyond), I’ll stage a number of events, each of which is intended to be unique — different place, different people involved and different beer being poured. “Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out” will be sold at all events, each of which will conclude with a book signing. All events are free, but space may be limited. Please check back; this list will be periodically updated.
• Nov. 29, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
New Oberpfalz Brewing, 121 E. Main St., Griffith, Ind.
Reading, followed by live discussion with New Oberpfalz founder/brewer Dan "Gus" Lehnerer about the realities of running a small brewery in 2018. Followed by Q&A and book signing.
• Dec. 6, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago
Reading followed by live chat with Hopleaf founder Michael Roper about the past, present and future of beer in Chicago. Followed by Q&A and book signing.
• Dec. 11, 7 p.m. (Tuesday)
The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
A joint event with Jonathan Eig, author of several books including Ali: A Life. I'll interview him for 30 minutes about Muhammad Ali and he'll interview me for 30 minutes about the craft beer industry in Chicago and beyond. Followed by Q&A and book signing.
• May 10, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
Funk Factory Geuzeria, 1602 Gilson St., Madison, Wis.
Reading, followed by audience Q&A. "Grab one of his books and have a chat about how big beer is influencing the way craft beer is being received in America." A Madison Craft Beer Week event.
• May 24, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
OFFICIAL KICKOFF EVENT!!! Reading, followed by live panel discussion with three former Goose Island brewers: Josh Deth (founder of Revolution Brewing), Phil Wymore (founder of Perennial Artisan Ales) and Claudia Jendron (quality control brewer at Pipeworks Brewing). To be followed by audience Q&A. An Illinois Craft Beer Week event.
• June 1, 7 p.m. (Friday)
The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Celebrating indie bookstores with a reading at Lincoln Square's finest, followed by audience Q&A. Official book release day for stores nationwide!
• June 2, 1 p.m. (Saturday)
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Reading, followed by live panel discussion with three former Goose Island employees: John Laffler (founder of Off Color Brewing), Suzanne Wolcott (now of Marz Community Brewing) and Austin Harvey (of Beermiscuous). To be followed by audience Q&A. Special beers to be tapped from Off Color, Marz and more.
• June 7, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
Solemn Oath Brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave., Naperville
Reading, followed by a conversation with former Goose Island and Anheuser-Busch sales manager Eric Hobbs, who is now Solemn Oath’s chief operating officer. To be followed by audience Q&A.
• June 9, 1:45 p.m. (Saturday)
Printer’s Row Lit Fest, 700 S. State St.
In conversation with author and Cicerone Certification Program founder Ray Daniels. In a role reversal, Daniels will interview Noel about reporting and writing “Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out.”
• June 14, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
Lagunitas Brewing, 2607 W. 17th St, Chicago
Reading and in conversation with Lagunitas founder Tony Magee (author of “So You Want to Start a Brewery?: The Lagunitas Story”). Followed by audience Q&A.
• June 19, 7 p.m. (Tuesday)
Kinslahger Brewing, 6806 Roosevelt Road, Oak Park
Reading, followed by audience Q&A. (SOLD OUT)
• June 21, 7 p.m. (Thursday)
Reading and in conversation with Mary Pellettieri (former Goose Island head of quality control) and Andy Jones (former Goose Island brewer, now brewmaster and partner at Good City Brewing), followed by audience Q&A.
• July 14, 3 p.m. (Saturday)
Reading, followed by audience Q&A.
• August 16, 6 p.m. (Thursday)
House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.
"Taps Through Time: The Past, Present and Future of Chicago Craft Beer," a mini beer festival and roundtable discussion moderated by Josh Noel with representatives of Goose Island, Half Acre, Metropolitan, Spiteful and Solemn Oath breweries, plus Michael Roper of the legendary Hopleaf bar and Karl Klockars of Guys Drinking Beer. A Chicago Tribune Food Bowl event. $15 general admission; $45 VIP (Tickets here.)
• Sept. 19, 7 p.m. (Wednesday)
Epic Brewing, Denver (3001 Walnut St.)
Book signing. Come say hi, have a beer … buy a book.
• Sept. 20, 1 p.m. (Thursday)
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins (500 Linden St.)
Reading, followed by book signing. Sales on site from local indie book store Old Firehouse Books.