HQ Hub 4/14/14: Countdown to KBS

10015643_615755431832026_1667042387286256911_nDRINK IT UP: This Friday at 3 p.m., we’ll be tapping one of the most hard-to-find beers in Chicago: Founders Brewing Co.’s KBS. We’re doubly excited to drink this epic Breakfast Stout and for it to be Friday. BEST. DAY. EVER.

EAT IT NOW: Yes, yes, so much yes.

HANG IT STRAIGHT: We most likely need all of these posters.

PLAY IT AGAIN: Our three newest pinball titles (Cirqus Voltaire, Theatre of Magic and The Wizard of Oz) are all ranked top 15 in the world, so they deserve a special place in our gaming hearts – and your weekend schedule.

SOAK IT IN: Okay, Chicagoans, we think it’s finally utter the word “spring.” We’re keeping the party going even longer with Seasonal Fridays all season. Yes, that’s two extra hours of gaming and drinking at HQ.

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HQ Hub 4/7/14: Happy National Beer Day

craft beer chicagoB is for Brooklyn Brewery: Our second #FlightClub drawing is tomorrow night – this time we’re sending the winner on a plane straight to New York for a free VIP tour of the epic Brooklyn Brewery. Sign up HERE for a chance to win.

E is for Extra Hoppy: As the days get longer, we’ve got a hankering for hops. Some of our favorite IPAs are here.

E is for Every Can Sold: We’ve sold more than 200,000 cans alone at HQ. Now, where can we find a gigantic can crusher?

R is for Rewind: We’re still reeling from last week’s incredible Firkin Fest – top names in the industry like Randy Mosher and Pat Fahey were rubbing elbows with the craft-loving crowd of Chicago. We can hardly wait for #whatthefirk2015.

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HQ Hub 3/31/14: Seasonal Fridays Are Here

SEASONAL FRIDAYSCUT OUT EARLY: Spring is sort of, kinda, almost here so we’re opening our doors at 3 p.m. every Friday starting this week. Cheers to two extra hours of beer and games!

DRINK IT DOWN: This beer is made with brains. We repeat, brains. Get your inner zombie on and report back to us – we’re not sure we could go there yet.

FLY WITH US: Straight to Brooklyn Brewery. We’re giving one lucky winner two free round-trip tickets to NY for a brewery tour they’ll never forget. Seriously – we wish we could win. Join the flight club here.

LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES: Well, it’s more like a great draft list, but we’ll take any excuse to quote Tom Hanks before International Tom Hanks Day comes back to HQ on April 12th.

WHAT’S YOUR DAMAGE?: Today marks the 25th anniversary of Heathers, one of our favorite sick-and-twisted movies from the ‘80s. We’ll be celebrating with a big cup of liquid Drano.

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HQ Hub 3/24/14: It’s Finally FIRKIN Here!

WHAT THE FIRK BANNERFIRK: Our “What The Firk?” Firkin Fest is this Sunday, March 30th at noon for VIP tickets and 1 p.m. for regular admission. Still haven’t bought your tickets? What are you waiting for?!

GAME: We’ve got three new epic pinball titles, all ranked Top 15 in the world: The Wizard of Oz, Theatre of Magic and Cirqus Voltaire. We will soon be launching high score tournaments for these three pay-to-play heavyweights…are you ready?

LOOK: The more we hear about Gotham, the more into it we are.

SPRING: What does spring mean to us? It means open windows in the Pincade. It means fruit beers and lambics and IPAs (oh my). It means another Flight Club brewery drawing on April 8 to Brooklyn Brewery. And it means #chiberia is finally gone.

WATCH: Future Cinema needs to come to Chicago. Right now.

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HQ Hub 3/17/14: Luck Of The Chi-rish

1238805_603557759718460_1497906469_nCELEBRATE: Don’t expect any green beer at HQ on St. Patrick’s Day – we’re continuing the festivities from Saturday with classic crafts and free games.

FIRK: We’re gearing up for a coast-to-coast battle come Firkin Fest on March 30th. Who will take the crown? Get your tickets here before they sell out!

LISTEN: Tune in to Q101 all week to hear HQ shout-outs. Now we know we’ve made it.

REMEMBER: Between Sbarro and Radio Shack, the biggest hangouts of our childhood are closing. A moment of silence, please.

RUN: We’re officially scared of Alien again.

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HQ Hub 3/10/14: Check Out Our Billboard

1782577_599491346791768_1782364143_oDRIVE: You might see something extra-special on Chicago Ave. in front of the #HQRiverNorth location – we’ve put up a giant billboard to announce our impending arrival in May…who else is excited?!

FIRK: We’re getting ready to announce the individual flavor profiles for our “What the Firk?” Firkin Fest firkins. Let’s just say they are firkin amazing.

PLAY: Monday, March 10th is National Mario Day, a celebration of our favorite dude. We think this calls for a round of Super Mario Bros. in the Beercade! #gameon

REMEMBER: We’re still not done mourning the epic loss that is Harold Ramis. So, we’ll be watching this on repeat for the next few weeks.

TIME: The clocks sprang forward over the weekend, so you lost an hour of precious gaming time. Come make up for it this week at HQ!

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HQ Hub 3/3/14: We’re Moving In

APARTMENT ARCADESBUY: Tickets for Firkin Fest, our crazy beer spectacular featuring 25 breweries, 25 custom firkins and 20 expert judges, are on sale TODAY!  Get them while they’re hot – these bad boys are sure to go fast. #whatthefirk2014

EAT: We’ll say it right now: the Waffle Taco looks amazing.

LIVE: Always dreamed of having HQ as your neighbor? Starting today, we drop ten arcade games in apartment buildings around River North to get the neighborhood excited for #HQRiverNorth. Get in on the action HERE and see if there’s an arcade game near you!

SLURP: This Friday is National Cereal Day, so we’ll be celebrating by smashing down our Cinnamon Toast Crunch-infused cocktail, the Cereal Killer. Who’s in? #drinkup

SPIN: March brings in a great new crop of DJs to HQ… tune in to hqbeercade.com every week to see what’s on the slate.

Got something amazing we missed? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter! #gameon