Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, March 28-31

Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, March 28-31

Monday, March 28

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Bell's Oberon Keg Tapping
Limestone Brewing Company, 12337 S. Rt. 59 Suite 155, Plainfield, IL
We'll all have to wait for summer, but we don't have to wait for Oberon! Limestone Brewing Company is one of only a couple Plainfield bars that will have Bell's Oberon Ale on tap! Oberon Ale is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouth-feel, making it a classic summer beer. Alcohol by Volume: 5.8% Original Gravity: 1.057 We will be selling 14 oz. drafts for $5 and 23 oz. drafts for $7, but that price will bump up a little after Monday. Come get a head start on summer and have some Oberon at Limestone. It will be flowing all day, but we can't promise it will still be around for the weekend! Hurry in on Monday, we only have a 1/6 barrel.

4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. It Might Get Dark
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
A Night of a whole lot of Dark Beers & bit of Metal Music.
Half Acre Baume, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary, Two Brothers Northwind, De Proef Witte Noir, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Avery Mephistopheles, New Belgium Ohh La, La, 3 Floyds Topless Wych, Meantime London Stout, Allagash Black, Left Hand '09 Oak-Aged Widdershins, Porterhouse Plain Porter, Lost Abbey Brandy Barrel Aged Angel Share, Dark Horse "Tres" Blueberry Stout, Founders Imperial Stout, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, New Holland Night Tripper, Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada & Dark Dawn, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Black Barley Wine. Oh and a little brewery in Minnesota... Surly, 4th Anniversary and maybe a few more.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Bell's Oberon Annual Release Party
Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
As always, Sheffield's will be the first bar in Chicago pouring Oberon. You know summer is right around the corner when this event rolls around, come join us to kick off the summer right!

6:00 p.m. Bell's Oberon Release Party
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Bring on Summer!

Tuesday, March 29

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Oberon Release and Summer Fun Party
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 666-6775
There will be a DJ spinning surf tunes, raffle prizes and different sausages paired with 4 different Bell's beers. This event should be a blast. Even though the weather outside might not feel like summer, we are going to make it feel like it inside The Bottom Lounge!

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Chicago Chili Cook Off
Rock Bottom Chicago, One W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
(Oops! I first had this posted for March 19!)
As part of Rock Bottom's Fire Chief Ale fundraising month, we are holding our 15th annual Chili Cook Off, where local fireman battle it out over who has the best chili in Chicago.
*$5 bottomless cups of chili (after judging is complete)
*$10 gets you a cup and logo Fire Chief Ale pint glass to keep! (all proceeds go to MDA)
*And prizes and give-a-ways throughout the night The Chicago Fire Department Facebook page reports: We've got a new division pairing firehouses with top chefs. Basil Leaf Cafe, LOKaL Restaurant & Lounge, Old Town Social, Cleos on Armitage, Bonsoirée Restaurant, Gaztro Wagon, Big Star Chicago, Sterling Goss & One Sixtyblue are turning up the heat for MDA Chicago District!

Now in its 15th year, Fire Chief Ale has continued to gain popularity and is one of the company's cornerstone promotions. Since its inception in 1997, it has raised over $1 million dollars for local fire departments and related charities. This is the largest charity event Rock Bottom does all year!

7:00 p.m. Beer and Bacon Pairing at Map Room
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Danish bacon paired with Stiegl Goldbrau
Pepper Bacon paired with Firestone Walker Double Jack Imperial IPA
Brown Sugar Bacon paired with Ayinger Dopplebock
Buy a $4 10 oz of any of these beers and get free bacon! Presented by Paddy Long's Beer and Bacon Bar.

8:30 p.m. Gary Oldman movie month
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Interstate 60 and Bram Stoker's Dracula on our big screen! One order of our Hot Wings and any American Craft beer, only 10 bucks.

Wednesday, March 30

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Warrenville Fire Chief Ale Chili Cook-Off
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL (630) 836-1380
Enjoy all-you-can-eat chili prepared by our local fire departments (while supplies last). $10.00 fee includes a free Fire Chief Ale logo glass. See which department takes top honors and takes home the 1st place trophy. This is a CraftWorks Foundation event. Proceeds from the sale of Fire Chief Ale and related The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance "Camp I Am Me."

6:30 p.m. Beer Academy - Belgian Styles
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
$20 per person Join Head Pub Brewer Jared Rouben on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.

7:30 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at the Harmony Grill
Harmony Grill at Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 525-2508 Goose Island beer dinner at Schubas with Belgian style ales paired with cuisine from the Harmony Grill. $48 per person.

Menu: Pear Gelee & Watercress paired with Pere Jacques Asian pears poached in Pere Jacques then formed into gelee squares with a watercress salad tossed with orange segments, and a walnut vinaigrette. BBQ roasted Duck paired with Nightstalker Roasted BBq duck leg served with tempura fried long beans, with a wasabi mayo. Cabra paired with Pepe Nero Pan seared goat meat over stuffed black pepper- triple crème cheese in brioche crouton, and sautéed napa cabbage. Matilda Split paired with Matilda Caramelized bananas, Matilda orange ice cream, Baileys ice cream, Cherry ice cream. Finished with pistachio dust.

7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Lagunitas Beer Dinner
Branch 27, 1371 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 850-2700
4 Course Food & Beer Pairing (click link for menu) featuring the Beers of Lagunitas Brewing Company. $50 plus tax & gratuity.

8:00 p.m. Oberon Kickoff Party at Fizz
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 348-6088
You know it is close to summer in Chicago when you see Oberon hitting the shelves and local bars. Come join us in welcoming summer at Fizz Bar & Grill with a release party for Oberon!

Thursday, March 31

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 2nd Annual Oberon Release Party with Larry Bell
Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago
Celebrate the release of Bell's Oberon with legendary brewmaster Larry Bell. Other draught rarities such as Hopslam, Batch 9,000, and Batch 10,000 will be available for purchase. Have a pint with the man responsible for making Bell's the premier craft brewery it is today! $5 admission includes a pour of Oberon! Reservations required. Call (312) 768-4400 or email for more information.

6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Baseball & Beer Open House
Binny's, 3121 Thatcher, River Grove, IL (708) 456-7400
It's baseball and beer season, so come out and sample beers from states that have Major League baseball teams. From retro to craft, we will cover all styles in this event to celebrate Spring. Call (708) 456-7400 or email for more information.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Goose Island Clybourn tapping
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 North Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Every Thursday, a new beer brewed at the Clybourn brewpub is tapped.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Orland Fire Chief Chili Cook Off
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Our Annual Fire Chief Chili Cook Off featuring a silent auction, $10 Chili and beer and our very own expert chili judge Jose "Dr. Jalapeño" Torres. Expect some great chilli's from the local Fire Houses.

7:00 p.m. "The Western Avenue Project" screening
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago
March Madness aint got Sh#* on D&W! On March 31st, Chicago will witness one of the most historic documentaries of all time. The Western Avenue Project. Four days, 64 bars, a 24.7 mile walk and a beer at every bar up one of the longest continuous running streets in the  world, Western Avenue. And Chicago, we did it for you. Directed and edited by the fabulously talented Jamie Budzick, this documentary promises to be an edited film about, Steve and Sean... uh... drinking... beer... for 4 days... straight... with friends... uh... and you can see it for free! Who knows? You just might see yourself in the film? You know who you are. For more information and to watch the trailer go to Steve Mosqueda, Sean Benjamin.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Metropolitan Beer Dinner @ Matilda
Matilda, 3101 N. Sheffield, Chicago  (773) 883-4400
Reserve your spot by calling Matilda or e-mailing
Four course dinner with beer pairing is $40.
Course #1. Metropolitan Krankshaft served with grilled scallop & fresh herb civiche.
Course #2. Flywhell served with Chicken & Yellow Pepper slider served with fresh tomato and basil.
Course #3. Dynamo served with Mac & Cheese with smoked cheddar, charred jalapeño, and bacon.
Course #4. Ironworks Altbier served with Beef Tenderloin carpaccio with a olive medley and honey rosemary toast.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Timmermans Meet & Greet
Upstairs Bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Timmermans Meet & Greet. Bourgogne de Flanders on draught, Timmerman's Strawberry, Kriek & Framboise bottles. Timmermans Managing Director Anthony Martin & Export Director Dimitri Demol will be in attendance.

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Tyranena Beer Dinner
Fork Chicago, 4600 N.Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 751-1500
Lincoln Square foodie favorite Fiddlehead Cafe has reopened its doors as Fork Chicago, a marriage between contemporary American gastropub and classic bistro fare. On March 31, they will be offering a five-course prix fixe dinner paired with and featuring Tyranena brewery. The menu will be posted on our website. Seating is limited and we encourage everyone to purchase tickets early as it will likely sell out. Tyranena's beer ambassador, Conrad, will be here walking around and chatting with those of you who'd like to meet him and discuss the brewery, as well as, our executive chef Josh Rabbie.

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