Once again, the weekend's biggest beer event is one that sold out as soon as tickets were announced. But if you know how, you can get a hold of a ticket from a friend indeed. No, I don't have a ticket, either:
2011 Day (and Night) of the Living Ales
Saturday, March 5 at Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
For the seventh consecutive year, the Chicago Beer Society sponsors Day (and Night) of the Living Ales, a walk-around real ale tasting featuring the best cask conditioned ales from Chicagoland breweries and some very special guests. We'll also be serving fine meats, cheeses, and other appetizers to help you consume responsibly. As always, DotLA will feature the region's largest selection of real ales (40+ casks), all of them coddled by our own staff of experienced cellarmen, trained in the UK to care for and serve real ale. Attendees will be able to sample the beers and then vote for the 2011 Champion Real Ale of Chicagoland. Both afternoon (1-5 p.m.) and evening (6-10 p.m.) sessions are sold out.
As always, there are a few things going on this weekend that may help ease the pain of missing out.
Friday, March 4
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Ommegang BPA Tasting at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W Lake St., Chicago 312-357-6665
Stop into Monk's Pub and sample Belgian style Pale Ale from Brewery Ommegang! The lovely Shannon will be here to talk about beer!
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Clown Shoes Brewery Open House
Binny's Downers Grove, 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 705-9463
Clown Shoes, the newest brewery to our shelves is finally here! Sample all four brand new beers from the Massachusetts based brewery: Brown Angel, Clementine, Eagle Claw Fist, and Hoppy Feet. Call (630) 705-9463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Cask Night Tapping
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division, Chicago (773) 772-2727
Join us for another installment of our monthly Cask Night series We'll have cask fresh from the Lagunitas Brewery with their Hairy Eyeball Ale. Tapping at 7:00 p.m. Gravity Pour off the bar until it's gone.
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 andcocktail specials including $5 Grey Goose, $4 House Micro Brews, $3 Miller Lite and a complimentary appetizer buffet that will change monthly and include spicy wings, flatbreads, pretzels and much more.
Saturday, March 5
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Beers with an Irish Accent
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
As St. Patrick's Day approaches we all become just a little bit Irish. In literature and in everyday life, the Irish love celebrations and beer is almost always a part of the festivities. Brewing is truly considered an art in Ireland. We'll have a number of Irish style beers on hand for sampling along with other selected brews.
2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Two Brothers Beer Dinner
Fireside Restaurant & Lounge; 5739 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago (773) 561-7433
A six-course Cajun-inspired beer dinner cooked and paired with Two Brothers beers, featuring the 2010 vintage Bare Tree Weiss Wine. Vegetarian options available with advance notice. $60/person. Call (773) 561-7433 to reserve your seats over the phone or stop on in and purchase tickets at the bar.
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. To Cure a Hangover - Drinking and Writing Brewery
Haymarket Pub and Brewery, 737 W Randolph St., Chicago
The Drinking & Writing Theater has extended its first show at Haymarket Pub and Brewery Drinking & Writing Volume III, To Cure A Hangover now runs through March 5. If you've never seen the show shame on you. If you've seen the show before you know exactly why we must continue to perform it in order to save the world. For tickets and information go to drinkingandwriting.com
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Bailiwick Chicago Live!
Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's, 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 784-6969
Bailiwick Chicago theatre company presents Bailiwick Chicago Live!, a party and performance of song, dance and improv comedy from the talents of Bailiwick Chicago theatre company members. Proceeds from the night will help fund Bailiwick Chicago's upcoming 2011 season. Visit www.bailiwickchicago.com. $7 entry fee at the door.
Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6
2:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Great Wrigley Beer Fest
$20 advance, $25 day of event This 1st annual fest will take place in four Wrigley area bars:
- The Yard, 3441 N. Sheffield Ave. (773) 477-9273
- The Dark Horse, 3443 N. Sheffield (773) 248-4400
- Nisei Lounge, 3439 N Sheffield Ave. (773) 525-0557
- Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave. (773) 327-2739
There will be approximately 13 breweries represented with 40 different beers. The cost for the event is $20 in advance or $25 day of the event. This includes: 12 (5 oz) samples, a souvenir tasting guide and map, and tasting glass (limited amount). Contact any of the 4 bars for more info. Brewers include:
- Bells, pouring specialty brews Hell Hath No Fury and Cherry Stout along with year round offerings.
- Three Floyds
- New Belgium
- Sierra Nevada
- Half Acre