Chicago Celebrates Craft Beer Week 2011 with a Full Calendar of Citywide Events.

CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF CHICAGO'S BEER, PUBS AND NEIGHBORHOODS.
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Over 25 breweries, 30 restaurants plus the Chicago History Museum and the National Museum of Mexican Art be offering a flurry of beer related activities today through Friday, May 27.  Get a history lesson on dives, bootlegging, Irish and German pubs, and IPAs from the Chicago History Museum, beer pairings from participating restaurants, brewery tours, and a taste of the best craft beers--many events are free with your Chicago Beer Passport (see bottom of post).

Highlights include:

Friday, May 20.
Reggie's Music Joint hosts the Goose Island Summertime South Loop Pub Crawl. The pub crawl will stop at six South Loop locations: Kroll's (5:30pm, 1736 S. Michigan Ave), Reggie's Bar (6:30pm, 2105 S. State Street), Weathermark Tavern (7:30pm, 1503 S. Michigan Avenue), Jimmy Green's (8:30pm, 825 S. State Street), Wabash Tap (9:30pm, 1233 S. Wabash Street), and Flo and Santo's (10:30pm, 1310 S. Wabash Street).  Free with Passport, Reservations not required. 5:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.

Saturday, May 21.
A pub crawl, Chicago's Greatest Dives, visits some of Chicago's best dive bars.  Tour participants will learn about the history behind each drinking den visited and discuss the history behind moonshine, bathtub gin, and other historic homemade drinks. 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30/25,  (312) 642 4600 or at the Chicago History Museum.

The Beer Bistro. Join The Brooklyn Brewery for a Grand Slam lineup of draft favorites plus drawings for prizes. 8:00p.m. to 1:00a.m., Free with Passport. 1061 W Madison Ave. at Aberdeen. (312) 433 0013.

Whole Foods - Lincoln Park.  Goose Island Beer Company Presents a Beer and Food Pairing Seminar. 4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Free with Passport. 1550 N Kingsbury St at Weed.  (312) 587 0648

Sunday, May 22.
The Chicago History Museum Boat Tour. The Voyage of the IPA explores India Pale Ale's (IPA) deep roots and ties to ship travel.  Wesley Phillips, Certified Cicerone™ from Windy City Distribution, will discuss the historical significance of the IPA and its place in American Craft brewing.  Participants will enjoy four varying types of IPAs and brewery representatives will be on hand to answer questions while sailing the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.  The tour covers more than 200 years of brewing history and is presented in collaboration with Windy City Distribution.  6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. Tickets, $65, $60.  (312) 642 4600 or at the Chicago History Museum. 

Monday, May 23.
Free Brewery Tour. Revolution Brewing, noon to 1:00p.m. Free with passport, reservations required. Logan Square. 2323 N Milwaukee Ave. between California and Fullerton.  (773) 227 2739.

Craft Beer Tasting at the Twisted Spoke. Join Goose Island brewers as they present several select barrel-aged beers at this extremely rare tasting opportunity. Free with Passport, reservations not required. 7:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. River West, 501 N Ogden St. between Grand and Race. (312) 226 6666.

"Pig-Out Under the Stars" at Rock Bottom Brewery. 6p.m. to 9p.m. $50.00, reservations required. 

Tuesday, May 24.
Goose Island and Zagat bring you Sour Night.  7:00p.m. to Midnight. Free with Passport, reservations not required. 2152 N Damen Ave at Webster. (773) 862 5555.

Free Brewery Tour. Revolution Brewing, noon to 1:00p.m. Free with Passport, reservations required. Logan Square. 2323 N Milwaukee Ave. between California and Fullerton.  (773) 227 2739.

Wednesday, May 25.
Goose Island Clybourn. Goose Island presents Rare Stout Night as they pull out some of their rarest special reserves. 6:00p.m. to 2:00a.m. Free with Passport, reservations not required.

Pub crawl, Booze, Bars, and Bootlegging!  Prohibition Era Chicago gives participants a taste of infamous speakeasies frequented by some of Chicago's infamous gangsters like Capone, Moran, and Dillinger. The tour will discuss how prohibition came to be, some fascinating facts about the era, and how it ultimately shaped the city and its image.  6:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $30/25,  (312) 642 4600 or at the Chicago History Museum.

Thursday, May 26.
National Museum of Mexican Art. Origin of the 5 Rabbit -- An Evening of Art, Food and Beer. The first Latin microbrewery in the US, 5 Rabbit celebrates the rich and ancient lore behind Latin drinking culture and cuisine. 7:00p.m. to 11:00p.m. $35.00, Reservations required. (312) 895  9591.

Chicago History Museum pub crawl, Erin Go Beer! Irish Pubs of Chicago delves into Chicago's deep Irish roots. The tour informs participants about the city's Irish history and the history of each Irish pub visited.  6:00p.m. 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $30/25,  (312) 642 4600 or at the Chicago History Museum.

Friday, May 27.
'A BEER FISTIVAL'! Closing Ceremonies for the Chicago Craft Beer Week at Revolution Brewing will feature special offerings from Chicago's top Breweries.  $40.00, Reservations not required. 8:00p.m. to 11:00p.m. (773) 227 2739.

Chicago History Museum Pub Crawl, Prost!  German Bars of Chicago explores the heart of German Chicago and discusses German immigration and contributions to the city. The tour will visit several of Chicago's best bierstubes and learn about the history of each saloon.  6:00p.m. 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $30/25,  (312) 642 4600 or at the Chicago History Museum.

Chicago Beer Passport.
Passports are available for $10 each online. They are also available from the Chicago History Museum, the UPS Store: North Center, and at each of the featured events. For a full schedule of events go to Chicago Craft Beer Week.

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