Well, yes a lot more going on out there than these events. But weed out the ones who think Irish means green Miller Lite (the so-called "Chi-Rish") and the List is manageable.
Week of March 14
Maple Tree Inn's Weekly Beer Flight
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave. Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Weekly Beer Flight For Hop Lovers! Four 5 oz. pours for $9! Dogfish Head Aprihop, Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, Founders Red's Rye PA Brewdog, Mikkeller I Hardcore You.
Monday, March 14
Longman & Eagle / Goose Island Collaboration Pork Soda Returns
Longman & Eagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 276-7110
Thanks to Chicagoist for this tip. Longman & Eagle, in collaboration with Goose Island Brewery, debuted "Pork Soda" last month, a Golden Belgian Double IPA. The brew is "dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe hops." Last time, the special brew sold out in a matter of days. This Monday, it will be back on tap. Longman & Eagle posted an informational video on their blog when it first debuted.
6:30 p.m. Founders Beer Dinner at WildFire Oakbrook
WildFire, 232 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL (773) 398-6960
Join Wildfire Oak Brook for our Founders Brewing Company Beer Dinner! The evening will feature a five course menu paired with Founders' most popular beers to create the ultimate beer enthusiast experience! A guest speaker will be on hand to discuss the pairings and brewing complexities of these flavorful ales. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. and is priced at $45.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at (773) 398-6960. View the menu here.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Iron Works release party
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Join the Metropolitan brewers at the Hopleaf to drink their newest brew, Iron
Works Alt! Many more tasting to come, check Metropolitan's calendar.
10:00 p.m. Special Late Night Tapping of Founders KBS!
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Join us at 10:00 for a late night tapping of the elusive Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout! John Freyer of Founders will be on hand. Also in the lineup: Devil Dancer Imperial IPA, Double Trouble DIPA, Imperial Stout, Endurance Ale and Nemesis Barleywine.
Tuesday, March 15
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 3 Floyds / Longman & Eagle Beer Dinner
Longman & Eagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 276-7110
Join us any time Tuesday evening for our Night Moves beer dinner at Longman &
Eagle. Four fantastic Three Floyds pairings. No reservations needed.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. New Belgium Mighty Arrow tasting
Cactus Bar and Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago (312)922-3830
Available only in February, March, and April, Mighty Arrow Pale Ale provides lots of pleasurable sniffs from Amarillo and Cascade hops with a fetching honey malt base. This is New Belgium's brewed tribute to Arrow, Kim's Aussie/Border Collie mix who ran (literally) New Belgium for 12 years.When she wasn't patrolling the brewery grounds, she was famous for her office visits: She never met a tummy rub she didn't like. Click here to RSVP.
6:30 p.m. Founders Beer Dinner at Wildfire Glenview
Wildfire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd. Glenview, IL (773) 398-6960
Join Wildfire Glenview for our Founders Brewing Company
Beer Dinner! See the listing for the Oak Brook location on Monday the 14th, above, for details.
8:30 p.m. Gary Oldman Movie month
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
"State of Grace" & "The Dark Knight" on our big screen!
One order of our Hot Wings and any American Craft beer, only 10 bucks.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Smuttynose & Victory Beer Dinner
The Tap House Grill, two locations
Smuttynose, Victory and the Taphouse Grills Dual Beer Dinners! Join Chef Todd
Davies and Certified Cicerone Dan Schnarr as they take you through two different pairings per course! 6:30 p.m. - $55/person, RSVP's required
Tuesday March 15 - Taphouse Grill Westmont, 6010 South Cass Avenue Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Wednesday March 16 - Taphouse Grill St. Charles, 3341 West Main St., St. Charles, IL (630) 443-1664
Dinners next week at the Oswego and Glen Ellyn locations.
Wednesday, March 16
Irish Stout tapping
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Flavor Flav Presents KBS & CBS Lineup at The Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
On Wednesday, we will be releasing the Flavor Flav Lineup, featuring the best beers in the world, honoring the master of flavors' 52nd birthday. Here are the beers on draft:
Bell's: Hopslam; Bluegrass/Local Option Cuppa Two Tree; Cantillon Saint Lamvinus; De Dolle Oerbier; DeProef/Terrapin Monstre Rouge; Founders: Black Biscuit, Breakfast Stout, Canadian Breakfast Stout, DoubleTrouble, All Day IPA, Imperial Stout, AND Kentucky Breakfast Stout; Great Divide: Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Grand Cru; Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura; Lost Abbey Angel's Share Brandy Barrel; Mahrs Saphir Weiss; Mikkeller: Beer Geek Brunch, It's Alive, Koppi IPA; Schlenkerla Oak Smoke; Ska Toaster's Shebeen Black IPA; Struise: Pannepot, Rosse; t'Gaverhopke.
Extra rare bottles available tonight: Brew Dog Atlantic IPA; Brooklyn: BCS 2006-2010, Black Ops, Local 1 & 2, Hopfen Weisse; Fantôme Saison, Brise BonBons, de Noël, Hiver; Founders Backwoods Bastard; Lost Abbey Deliverance; Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, I Beat You, Draft Bear, Devine Rebel, USAlive; Nøgne Ø Sweet, Dark, & Red Horizon; Stone Vertical Epic 6/6/6; Three Floyds Alpha Klaus '09
No Entrance Fee Contact: Flavor Flav 773-348-2008
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Irish Brewer's Dinner
RAM Restaurant & Brewery, 700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 847-520-1222
Please join our Chef and Brewmasters as they take you through their delectable Irish food and beer pairings that are sure to delight your palate! Seating is limited, please call for reservations: (847) 520-1222. See the Facebook event page for menu details.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 3 Sisters Flight at Sheffield's (Lakeview)
Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
We will be featuring a flight of Goose Island beers. Madame Rose, Juliet, Lolita and Dominique.
Madame Rose is a crimson colored Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild
yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels. Layers of malty complexity, sour cherry, spice and wood notes make Madame Rose an ideal beer to suggest to Bordeaux enthusiasts and beer drinkers fond of Belgian Kriek and Flanders Brown Ales.
Juliet is fermented with wild yeasts and aged in cabernet barrels with blackberries, Juliet is a tart, fruity, complex ale. Notes of wood, tannin, dark fruit and spice make Juliet an ideal beer to suggest to Pinot Noir enthusiasts and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian sourales.
Lolita is a very sophisticated Raspberry Belgian Ale. Fermented with brettanomyces (the little guys who give us that tart zing) and fresh raspberries, this brew is bright yet deep with spices and edges of the fruits natural tart quality to give it a white wine kind of finish. Lolita was barrel-aged with Schaarbeek cherries, a type of fruit previously unavailable outside Belgium--until Hall asked Seedling Fruit's Peter Klein to grow 30 of the trees for him.
Domininique is a Belgian Sour Ale aged in Goose Island Bourbon County Stout barrels. $12 for a flight.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Irish (Inspired) Ale Class
Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 587-0648
Join our resident Beer Geek Sean Reilly as we explore the wonderful world of Irish and Irish Inspired Ales. It's the eve of St. Pat's and what a great way to usher in the evening. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Customer Service or www.active.com.
St. Patrick's Day: Thursday, March 17
Limestone St. Paddy's Day
Limestone Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815) v577-1900
It's argued that all the beer Brewmaster McMullen makes is Irish, so come out and get a little Irish in you with some of his tasty brews!
- Limestone Beer - $3.50 14 oz McMullen brews (excludes High-Gravity beers)
- Jameson - $4 shots, $5 cocktails
- Car Bombs - $5 (made with our own Oatmeal Stout!)
- Jameson Flask Packages - $20 (includes a flask of Jameson & 4 beers!)
- Shamrock Martinis - $5
We'll also have some terrific food specials from Chef Darren to go along with the drinks and there'll be music from Seth Bradley of The Personnel. Call (815) 577-1900 with questions or for reservations.
7:00 a.m. - close Mickey Finn's St. Paddy's 2011
Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688 /
We looooooooove Thursday St. Paddy's day. It kicks off the weekend. Yes, take Friday off or you will regret it. For the 6th year in a row, WIIL Morning team of Tom & Lisa will be broadcasting live in the Amber Room. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. Again we'll be serving Irish Egg buffet breakfast. All are welcome, no cover charge. We love off duty firemen, policemen, housewives, househusbands, and more. Irish food and drink specials all day long. It's the kick off of the NCAA tourney that day too. Live Irish music from the Glen Ayre band (7:00pm), Irish Dance from the McNulty Irish Dancers (5:00pm), bagpippers (8:00'sh), and rockin' kick arse music from Ordinary Outcast late night.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. St. Patty's Day EPH style
Elgin Public House - Pub 217, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Food: Shepherd Pie, Lamb Stew, and of course Corned Beef and Cabbage
Drinks: Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, St. Peters, Jameson and Tullamore Dew specials.
Entertainment: Starting us off is some traditional Irish music from 3-6:00 p.m., then a Scottish bagpiper will stop by at 6:30, and then Liberty's Teeth will take the stage at 8/8:30!
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.
7:00 p.m. 'Ole' Roundhouse Leprechaun Toss
America's Historic Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL (630) 260-BREW
Registration: 6:00-7:00 PM Competition: 7:00 PM
$2.50 16 oz. POT O' GOLDen Ale
$5.00 Green Lanterns
$4.00 Absolut U-Call-It (standard)
$11.00 Bud Light Buckets (4)
$4.00 Jameson Shots along with other Great Food & Drink Specials
Musical guests: Scarlett Fever
CLICK HERE for official rules & entry form
9:30 - 10:30 p.m. Fade to Black release
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Pount, IN
Fade to Black Double Black IPA will be released.