Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 22-24

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 22-24
The big thing for this weekend is that tickets are going on sale Saturday at noon for Dark Lord Day, being held May 18 at Three Floyds Brewpub. Meantime, there's some good news: Moody Tongue Brewing has announced they will be expanding by leasing the building that previously held Baderbräu. As it turns out, all of Baderbräu's brewing equipment was auctioned off, but Moody Tongue has already begun installing stainless, including moving their existing tanks once they've been emptied. Josh Noel, of course, has the story. Chicago Tribune...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 18-21

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 18-21
Someone rushing to fit in all the last-minute St. Patrick's related stuff into the last article has left most of this schedule ready a little early. Apparently, everybody but me is gearing up for March Madness. But we will see a lot of places open early for the games, or having specials, or their own "brackets" for you to root for a favorite beer. Wait, one of my almas mater, Iowa State, just won the Big 12 Tournament again. Maybe I'll fill in a bracket after all...

Chicago St. Patrick’s Weekend Beer Events, March 15-17

Chicago St. Patrick’s Weekend Beer Events, March 15-17
Update 2: Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 15, for the 10th annual Beer Under Glass. The event is May 10th at the Garfield Park Conservatory, and is the kickoff for Illinois Craft Beer Week. Tickets usually sell out in the first day or so. You can get them at 10:00 AM Central time at the ticketing site. $60 General Admission, $80 VIP. Update: Okay, as of Thursday afternoon, I've got all my saved listings posted onto this article. But it's for certain a few more last-minute events will pop up. so do feel free to check back here! Once again I'm running late getting all these St. Patrick's weekend events posted. This is only partly due to the Facebook outage of Wednesday, where I find and save most of my events. Then our #1 Son failed to return last night from an evening at the game shop, at least 2 hours overdue. Of course he appears just as the police we called showed up at our door. Turns out he was walking one of his friends home. About 3 miles. That's the kind of thing he does. Please note that many of these locations are doing St. Patrick's stuff all weekend long. Rather than repeat them and make this article even longer, I have tried to underline the part of the listing that mentions extra days. I still have a few more events to add, so please do check back. And generally, if all you have is "green beer," you better have a good view of the local parade ("St. Patty" and "Irish Car Bombs" will also be frowned upon). And here's a note to check out the page of new Chicago area beer makers coming in the near future. Click the link in the sentence just before this, or the appropriate button above this article's title...
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 11-14

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 11-14
I'm way late (according to my schedule) getting this out. That's what happens when I enjoy myself at beer events over the weekend; and yes, I had a great time at Alter Brewing's Beer & Cheese Social Saturday night in their recently expanded Barrel Room. Thanks, too, to the Great American Cheese Collection, and to Nik White of Chicago Beer Pass for the ticket. Then pile on losing an hour to Daylight Savings Time, and the weekend wanders away. Meantime, this week is "312 Day" on 3/12. I've listed a few specials below for Goose Island's made-up holiday. And there's one event on Thursday as a preview to Friday's wide release of Founders' Kentucky Breakfast Stout!...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 8-10

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 8-10
As of Wednesday evening, Saturday's Chicago Beer Fest, at the Field Museum is all sold out. And so is Goose Island's Stout Fest on Sunday. And the presentation on Women in Beer. I'm leaving the listings up for these in case you might want to see if more tickets were "released into the system." But we are rolling into St. Patrick's weekend celebrations, so there's that. And here's a note to check out the page of new Chicago area beer makers coming in the near future. Click the link in the sentence just before this, or the appropriate button above this article's title...

Local Beer Review: Maplewood Pulaski Pils

Local Beer Review: Maplewood Pulaski Pils
New Page Promotion: Hey there! See those little gray text boxes hovering above this article. The bottom one now reads “Future Brewery Openings in the Chicago Area.” That is an ongoing page, different from a post in that it should stay “evergreen”, as I can update it with current information. It’s the same as with my ongoing... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 4-7

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 4-7
We are lurching into March, a cold week, and Mardi Gras. Which for some reason, has given us a new category of Paczki beers. Not to mention Pulaski Day. And this coming Saturday, you can get some culture—yeast culture, that is—at the Field Museum with the Chicago Beer Fest. Tickets won't be sold at the door, so check this Eventbrite link...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 1-3

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 1-3
As of Thursday morning, there are still tickets available for Night of the Living Ales, this Saturday at the Bottom Lounge. And there is a 20% discount for the 6:00 pm session—$37.50 instead of $50. If your weekend is all booked, there's also next Saturday's Chicago Beer Fest, at the Field Museum...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 25-28

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 25-28
We have a rare event with many variants of FiftyFifty Brewing's Eclipse Imperial Stout Thursday (and Friday). Still more Girl Scout Cookie pairings, and some more Bourbon County Stout events. And this weekend, we have Night of the Living Ales, the area's premier barrel and firkin beer event, hosted by the Chicago Beer Society. The 2019 edition is Saturday, March 2 at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., with sessions at 1 pm and 6 pm. Tickets are still available at Brown Paper Tickets...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 22–24

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 22–24
I'm not getting very far with my plan to get St. Patrick's weekend events posted early on. But bear with me. There's beer involved...
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