There are 8 micro breweries either open or slated to open in the coming year within 20 miles of my house. There is so much great stuff out there its hard to decide on what to drink. On a related note I spoke with program director for the new masters certificate in brewing science program at Auburn University. Classes are suppose to start in the fall of 2014 and I hope to be in the first class. :)
Be happy that Lagunitas is opening shop in Chicago too! More Sumpin Sumpin on the shelves across the country!