Friday, April 1
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Lucky Monk First Friday Social
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
The Lucky Monk's first Friday Happy Hour event features live entertainment and cocktail specials including $5 Grey Goose, $4 House Micro Brews, $3 Miller Lite and a complimentary appetizer buffet that will change monthly and include spice wings, flatbreads, pretzels and much more.
4:00 p.m. Stone is One Year Old in Chicago/Highway 78 Collaboration tapping
Big Star, 1531 N. Damen Ave., Chicago (773) 680-7740
Last year this time we were all gearing up for the Chicago market release of one of America's best and most sought after craft breweries, Can you believe it has been a year already? Well of coarse there will be a parties, with lots of really great, delicious Stone beer, and the first one is at Big Star. The boys and girls at Big Star are dedicating a whole weekend to the gargoyle and the whole city is invited. The show kicks off this Friday April 1 with the inaugural tapping of Stone/Green Flash/Port Brewing Collaboration Highway 78. There will be Stone IPA and some surprises from some of our San Diego friends. Look for special limited bottles and other goodies all weekend. Sunday there will be a special night of music and food. This is the front door for a whole month of special events and pairings.
5:00 p.m. Firkin tapping - black pepper-infused Iron Works Alt
In Fine Spirits, 5420 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9463
Join Metropolitan's brewers as they tap this special infusion, made specially for In Fine Spirits. Chef Marianne will offer up some hors d'oeuvres to pair with the brew.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Left Hand Beer & Cheese Pairing
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Join us for an evening of Beer & Cheese featuring beers from the Left Hand Brewing Company and specially selected cheeses from our market. Whether it's a Goat cheese with an IPA or a Creme with a Milk Stout, we've got you covered! Jason Baldacci from Left Hand will be here to help guide you through the pairings. $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call (312) 664-4394 for more information.
Saturday, April 2
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Metropolitan Iron Works release, City Provisions
City Provisions, 1818 W Wilson, Chicago (773) 293-2489
Metropolitan will be sampling out all four of their regular beers, including Iron Works Alt! Eat, drink, and shop as local as it gets.
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Beers for the Spring Season
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Another season of hope begins for Cubs and White Sox fans all over Chicagoland. True sport aficionados know that having a great and distinctive house beer can often be the highlight of the game your watching. So be prepared. Stop by and sample some of our beer team's suggestions for your signature house brew.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Samuel Adams Longshot Tasting and Signing with Rodney Kibzey
Famous Liquors, 105 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL
Come out and sample the release of West suburban homebrewer Rodney Kibzey's new Samuel Adams Longshot Beer, Blackened Hops. The beer will be available for purchase, and he'll also be signing bottles.
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Drinking & Writing Volume IV: The 12 Steps Of Christmas
Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
Christmas in April? What the...? But dig this: April is National Donate Life Month. In honor of organ donation awareness and giving the gift of life, we are doing Christmas in April. Five dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to Donate Life Illinois. The true Christmas Spirit comes out when it's drunk. In the 4th Volume of The Drinking & Writing Series, Sean and Steve explore the addictive, destructive holiday called Christmas. The Chicago Reader says, "It's almost a party but a very structured one, where the hosts dominate an evening that's relaxed, entertaining, and unpretentious. Mosqueda and Benjamin give out gifts, read aloud, and tell some funny/horrifying stories from their own pasts about drinking at the holidays. Terrific hosts, they keep things light and seem to genuinely enjoy themselves. And they don't flinch when audience members walk by to get a refill." More info and tickets at Brownpapertickets.com!
Sunday, April 3
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Brotherhood of the Rt 59 Brewers Beer Dinner
Limestone Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Join us on Sunday for a very special Beer Dinner featuring Limestone and Two Brothers beers. Chef Darren has created a unique 6 Course Dining experience for you, with each course being paired with a beer from each Brewery! Here is the lineup for our upcoming beer dinner with Two Brothers! You will see that every course comes with samples of beer from both of our breweries!
AMUSE COURSE - Deconstructed Electric Park Cheese Dip, Two Brothers Long Haul Session Ale
1ST COURSE - Fennel Dusted Scallops & a Mango Horseradish Marmalade, Two Brothers Monarch White Ale, Limestone Brewing Co. Wheatlander Hefeweizen
2ND COURSE - Roasted Vegetable Tart with a Balsamic glaze, Two Brothers Domaine Dupage Country Ale, Limestone Indian Boundary IBA
3RD COURSE - Roast Pork Loin with LBC Root Beer BBQ, Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, Red Rye Ale Limestone Brewing Co. 6450 Red Ale
4TH COURSE - Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with Roasted Redskin Potatoes, Two Brothers Resistance Pale Ale, Limestone Brewing Co. Dolomite Oatmeal Stout
DESSERT COURSE - Chocolate Ukranium Krusher Banana Stuffed Beignets, Two Brothers Ebel Weiss, Limestone Brewing Co. '10 Ukranium Krusher Imperial Stout
Call Limestone now to reserve your seats. $55 covers everything including tax and gratuity! For reservations please call (815) 577-1900.
6:30 p.m. Hop Sinner Double IPA Release
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
Join us as we release our spring Brewmaster's choice. A douple IPA, O.G. 20.4 Plato, bittered with Warrior and loads of Cascade, Amarillo & Columbus hops added throughout the boil, then dry hopped at a rate of two pounds per barrel. All Brewmaster members receive double points for the tapping.