Let's get out the calendar to cover events for Mardi Gras now so I can go to bed early, okay?
Monday, March 7
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Orland Park Taps Crystal IPA
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
With over 17 lbs of Crystal hops in this IPA, there is sure to be plenty of citrus hop flavor and aroma. Join our brewmaster in the Brew House for a sample of an extra dry hopped cask version and take advantage of our half price Mug Club burgers on a Monday.
Tuesday, March 8
Emmett's Beer Tastings
Join us for a free seminar on beer, how it's made, and the history behind each featured style along with a free tasting of two commercial style of the beer. For beer aficionados and those who would like to learn a little more about how beer is made and best enjoyed. Held quarterly, great outing for groups, reservations highly recommended. Must be 21 or older to attend this free event.
- Emmett's Tavern & Brewing Co. 128 W. Main St., West Dundee, IL (847) 428-4500
- Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
- Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
4:00 - 11:30 p.m. Meet Left Hand's New Brew, Stranger!
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Friend or Foe? Sane or senseless? Harmless or harmful? Sometimes it takes awhile to get to know a stranger. Initial impressions are not always reality, so you must delve deeper. Beyond the initial floral hop aromas, malt sweetness is revealed, yet with a spicy undertone that exposes a very rye sense of humor. Take your time to get to know the Stranger. It's strangely satisfying. On Tuesday, Fountainhead will be tapping a keg of the new pale ale from Left Hand Brewing Co, "Stranger." It's a 5% ABV pale ale with a little rye malt in the grain bill, and a classic American hop profile - citrusy, grapefruity, and delicious. And just to spice things up a bit, Fade to Black Volume 2 will be on tap, along with Sawtooth Nitro and a keg of 2010 Chainsaw (Imperial Sawtooth)! As usual, Chef Robyn and her crew will be whipping up some amazing small-place specials to pair with the beers! Everything will be available at 4 o'clock and beyond!
5:00 - 11:00 p.m. Mardi Gras - FAT TUESDAY
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Join us for Mardi Gras "Fat Tuesday" on Tuesday, March 8th! This year we are offering our FULL MENU, all 26 craft beers on draught, Hurricanes, Creole Voodoo Zombies, Margaritas, Louisiana Iced Teas and MUCH more!
Performing LIVE are The Toasters, a "roots, rockin', blues, zydeco, cajun, reggae, grooves" duo. There is no cover and tables are reserved for diners on a first come, first served basis. Lotsa beads, masks, and party favors for all. Dress up if you want, bring some friends and, of course, your appetite!
6:00 p.m. Fat Tuesday Crawfish Eating Contest
Cactus Bar and Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago (312) 922-3830
$25 per person includes souvenir T-shirt and le bon temps. All proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Ask your server or bartender how to enter, or phone or check the link above.
6:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Lombard taps Fire Chief Ale
Rock Bottom Yorktown, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Fire Chief Ale tapping: 50/50 prize opportunity, silent auction, bagpipers and guest servers - men and women from our local fire departments! One of many Fire Chief Ale events at Rock Bottom restaurants in Chicago land.
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Fat Tuesday Brewmaster Dinner
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL
Whether Fat Tuesday is truly your last excuse to indulge before Lent or you like to simply take part in the tradition, we invite you all to our annual Fat Tuesday Brewmaster Dinner. Our chef and brewer are hosting a four-course menu of traditional Louisiana cuisine meets Goose Island beer: Passed Hors': Dirty Rice Arancini with a Creole sauce
- Course #1: Oyster Po' Boy: Oysters, Tabasco compound butter, remoulade, baguette
- Course #2: Low Country Boil: crawfish, potatoes, okra, lemons
- Course #3: Roasted and Stuffed Game Bird: quail, andouille, wild rice, natural jus
- Course #4 : Beignets and coffee pralines, chicory, confectioner sugar
Brewer Jared is still working on designing the perfect pairing for each of these courses. Each of them will be paired with a hand-crafted Goose Island brew. Price: $60 inclusive of tax & gratuity. RSVP: (312) 915-0071
7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Fat Tuesday Hopslam Keg Tapping Party
Wild Goose Bar & Grill, 4265 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 281-7112
One keg only on one day only! We have one lonely keg of Bell's Hopslam Ale that's begging to be drunk on Tuesday March 8. Keg tapping at 7:00 p.m. All sorts of specials & goodies to celebrate both occasions on the night. BTW... we're next door to Half Acre Brewing so it's worth stopping by there for some samples first! The beer list has been overhauled so plenty of beers you're not used to seeing at The Wild Goose. Info:email firstname.lastname@example.org
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday
Limestone Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Mardi Gras starts late this year and we are gonna have some special brews for Fat Tuesday! A month ago we let you taste our "Oaked Pig", which was our Flying Pig Imperial IPA, aged on oak. Everyone loved it and it was gone quickly! So, Brewmaster Ken has made another batch and it will be ready to go on March 8th! Ken is also bringing a new pig into the family, the "Drunken Pig"! This little piggy is being aged on bourbon soaked oak and is finishing up right now. The "Drunken Pig" will make it all the way home on the 8th, but needs your help getting through the door! On Fat Tuesday you can enjoy all 3 of our pigs side by side by side in a delicious flight. In addition to those, we will also start selling Lakefront Brewery's "Big Easy Imperial Maibock" that night. This tasty brew comes to us from Milwaukee! On March 8th we will have live music, rum specials, Cajun food specials, and a whole lot of beads, in addition to some delicious beer!
7:00 p.m. Mardi Gras Tasting
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Enjoy 3 small plates from The Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008 Each paired with a different beer from Three Floyds Brewing Company.
8:30 p.m. Gary Oldman movie month
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
True Romance and The Fifth Element on our big screen! One order of our Hot Wings and any American Craft beer, only 10 bucks.