Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 24th, 2016

Cheers for beer!

Several Chicago breweries (including a few Friends of Gabriel) won awards at the recent RATEBEERmedallion-smRateBeer Best Awards Show:

Top 100 Breweries in the World:

Local Indiana favorite Three Floyds Brewing Co.came in #4 in the world.

Top 100 Beers in the World:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Barleywine
  • Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout
  • Three Floyds Zombie King

Best New Brewery (Illinois):

Best 50 New Beers:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Rare (2015 edition)
  • Pipeworks Brewing’s The Lizard King
  • Three Floyds Amber Smashed Face
  • Three Floyds Wigsplitter

Best Pale Lager:

Best Strong Ale:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Barleywine

Best Strong Stout:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Coffee


Craft Beer website Guys Drinking Beer has a nice summary on all of the local Midwestern award winners, for those who want to dive in a little deeper.

Gabriel is a proud associate member of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.  We work with many brewers around Chicago to help with their environmental compliance and sustainability initiatives.

Cheers to all of the winners!

February 17th, 2016

Chicago Flower & Garden Show getting ready to bloom at Navy Pier

chicago flower and garden show logo

In less than a month, Navy Pier will come alive with plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees during the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show.  After another long winter, these signs of spring boost our spirits and help us look forward to another warm summer.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show will feature:

Date & Location:
March 12 – 20, 2016 | Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611

Buy tickets in advance to save money.


February 3rd, 2016

Forest Preserves of Cook County seeking citizen scientists

FPCC logoForest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) is seeking volunteers for several programs it runs to monitor plants or animal species of these natural reserves.

These ‘citizen scientists’ help collect data for the following programs:

FPCC uses this data to make decisions regarding new construction and development projects; focus management and restoration; and track whether things are expanding or declining for a plant or animal species.

“Monitoring over longer periods can give us an idea of whether the habitat is facing a downward trend, indicating more restoration or management work needs to be done, or show us positive results,” said Chip O’Leary, deputy director of resource management.

There are several upcoming volunteer training programs.  For more information on the different monitor programs and volunteer requirements, visit FPCC’s Volunteer Opportunities page.