Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, April 11-14

Monday, April 11

6:30 p.m. WildFire Oakbrook - Flossmoor Station Beer Dinner
WildFire Oakbrook, 232 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL (773) 398-6960
6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 Dinner. $45.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). RSVP to: Brad Wermager, Wildfire Wine & Spirits Director at (773) 398-6960
Moreno Espinoza & Juan Bautista, Executive Chef. Flossmoor's Head Brewer, Bryan Shimkos, Guest Speaker. For more information or to view the menu, visit

Tuesday, April 12

12:01 p.m. The Drinking & Writing Festival: Haymarket tickets on sale
Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago
Tickets go on sale at 12:01 p.m. on First 100 ticket buyers get a rare taste of Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)! The 7th Annual Drinking & Writing Festival celebrates the Haymarket Riot's 125th Anniversary. How fitting since the new Drinking & Writing Theater is situated in the new Haymarket Pub & Brewery right near the location of the Haymarket Riot. Join us Saturday, June 7 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for discussions including the Haymarket Riot by Northwestern Professor Bill Savage, "Save Illinois Beer" by Haymarket Brewmaster and Cofounder Pete Crowley. Haymarket Books will host a booth with a selection of their books. This year's coveted Drinking & Writing Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drinking & Writing goes to Studs Terkel. And then there is the BEER... Amazing homebrewed beer by HOPS! (Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside Homebrew Club). AND...Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Three Floyds and Founders Tasting featuring over 20 beers: 10 of Haymarket Pub & Brewery's beers including, but not limited to, Mother Jones Dubbel, Mathias Imperial I.P.A., Comeback & Guzzle Spiced Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Founders: Nemesis 2010 Double Trouble Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon, KBS (first 100 ticket buyers) and more! Three Floyds: Dreadnaught, Black Sun Stout, Rabid Rabbit, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Topless Whytch Baltic Porter. See More.

7:00 p.m. Cheese and Beer Tasting Hosted by Randy Mosher
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Join Randy Mosher, nationally-recognized author and expert in the field of beer and brewing, as he pairs up great cheese (from Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine) with some excellent craft beers. Randy writes for virtually all the national beer and brewing-related periodicals, has lectured to audiences across the country, and teaches beer style and food-beer pairing courses at the Siebel Institute of Technology. Randy is best known for his two recent works, Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink and Radical Brewing, but he always has something new in the pipeline, so stop in, sample his pairings, and get the latest dope from the man himself!

7:00 - 10 p.m. Coriander Krankshaft Firkin Tapping
Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
Join us Tuesday for a tapping of a special firkin from Metropolitan! Doug and Tracy Hurst spiced the firkin with 2 oz. of coriander added directly to the firkin, adding a flowery, earthy, lemon-like twist to the mild fruity notes of Krankshaft Kölsch, just in time for Spring. And if you're hungry, we'll be serving a curried prawn and mussel with sweet peas, diced cucumbers and grilled halumi cheese.

8:30 p.m. Charlie Sheen movie month
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Young Guns and Scary Movie 3 on our big screen! One order of our Hot Wings and any American Craft beer, only 10 bucks (And again, I get to put "Charlie Sheen" in my keywords!).

Wednesday, April 13

Crusch Kölsch release
Half Acre Brewing, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248 4038
We have a one-off to be released, a Kölsch called The Crusch. This will be a draft only release for growler fills at the brewery.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Brew Masters Series
State and Lake at The Wit, 201 N. State St., Chicago (312) 239-9400
A weekly pairing of Craft Brewed beer and specially created burgers from Chef Evan Percoco. This week featuring Charred Lamb burger with Feta cheese, cucumber aioli on a brioche bun, with Zartar spiced fries. Paired with Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale. This beer & burger pairing is also available Monday-Sunday after 2 p.m. for $10.

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at Biaggi's
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, 20560 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park, IL (847) 438-1850
$75 (Includes tax & gratuity) An eight course beer dinner and pairing. This one of a kind event will feature in depth detail into Goose Island Brewing Company's styles, history and future. Check the website for the menu, and to make your reservation please contact Tony Marlotti at 847-438-1850.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. "Get Capone!" Book Signing
Hamburger Mary's Brew & Grille, 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 784-6969
One of Chicago's most popular books of 2010 is now available in paperback. You can get your own copy of "GET CAPONE!" and meet the author, Jonathan Eig! He'll be on-hand to sign books and chat about Chicago's most notorious gangster. Be one of the first to get a copy of the book, and get a sample of Mary's own home-brewed "Gangster Ale." Drawing on recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone's handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathon Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the nation's most infamous criminal in rich new detail.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Moonshine's 8 Year Anniversary Party
Moonshine Chicago, 1824 W Division Street, Chicago, IL (773) 862-8686
It's hard for us to even fathom that we've been a part of the community for 8 years and counting now. It seems like only yesterday we welcomed all of you for the first time into our urban roadhouse. Garage doors at the West end of the bar established a growing trend in Wicker Park, and we didn't even have a liquor license. True to our grit, we have continued to strive for excellence, overcoming obstacles and establishing ourselves as a bona fide neighborhood staple and true watering hole for the Chicago masses. But we couldn't have made it this far without all the support of our friends, family and staff. And we would love to invite each and every one of you to join us this Wednesday to celebrate our ongoing tradition of food, music, spirits and the occasional blackout. Chef Wilde will be preparing a deluxe menu of hors d'oeuvres to be paired with JD's latest creations from the brewery. For those of you that forgot about our brewery, take a tour of our grassroots operation behind the kitchen that brings you the freshest and tastiest craft beers in Wicker Park. And from 7-8:00 p.m. we'll be getting the party going with a hosted bar featuring our craft beers and Cruzan mini mojitos. Guest DJs will provide tunes all night long.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. New Holland Whiskey & Beer Dinner
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
A very special Whiskey & Beer Dinner with New Holland. A Five Course Meal meticulously paired by Chef Robyn with New Holland's Zeppelin Bend straight-malt whiskey, brewers' whiskey Walleye Rye, Hatter Royale Hopquila, Dragon's Milk Ale & Zeppelin Bend barrel aged Charkoota Rye. Check our website for the menu. New Holland's Rich Blair & Dennis Downing will be on hand to guide us through the dinner and to answer any questions. All of this for a mere $45 a person Tickets Available at

Thursday, April 14

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. "Brew with a View" at Cityscape
Cityscape Bar at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center Dr. 15th Fl., Chicago (312) 836-5000
This April, Cityscape Bar will host their first monthly "Brew with a View" beer sampling event. This ongoing event will be held the second Thursday of every month. Guests are invited to sample an array of beers while enjoying stunning panoramic views of downtown's River North. All attendees of "Brew with a View" will receive a 20% discount off dinner in ItaliAsia Restaurant after the event. In addition, they can enter to win an ItaliAsia "Tasting Room with a View Party" for 8 people which includes a five-course tasting menu paired with specialty wines. Hosted by The Boston Beer Company, this month's event will highlight several beers from the Samuel Adams Imperial Series line including: Wee Heavy, ImperialStout, Imperial White and Double Bock. Patrons can indulge in an assortment of small bites including: Hot Wings and Grilled FreshVeggies with Aged Balsamic. Cost: Complimentary, Reservations Required:

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Founders Brewing on Tap
Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Join us as we tap some of the most sought out beers around. Founders KBS, Devil Dancer, Double Trouble... should we keep going? Nemesis 2010, Endurance and Backwoods Bastard too. Taste why ranked Founders Brewing 4th 2nd best brewery in the world! $5 admission includes a pour of either Centennial IPA or Endurance. Reservations required. Call or email for reservations.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at McCormick and Schmick's
McCormick & Schmick's, 1 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago (312) 923-7226
$65 all inclusive. Goose Island beer dinner at McCormick & Schmick's featuring Belgian style ales paired with four courses.

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

6:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Yorktown taps 417 Maibock
Rock Bottom Yorktown, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
This German style Bock beer is brewed in anticipation of the month of May and boasts a rich, malty flavor profile with a light, grassy hop balance.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Select Pils Tapping
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Join Brewmaster Iain Wilson in the Brew House as he launches his Select Pils. This German style Pilsener won a Silver medal in 2010 at the Indiana State Fair and this year's batch is even better. Jose Torres, Executive Chef, is sure to come up with a wonderful food pairing for this. Be sure to make a reservation for our Easter Brunch buffet immediately following the Spring Gathering.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Arcadia Ales Beer Dinner
Whole Foods Market, 1550 N. Kingsbury Ave. Chicago (312) 587-0648
Join Tim Surprise, owner, of Arcadia Brewery in Michigan for a night of fabulous food and beer. Cost is $20/ticket with limited space available. Reserve your spot by visiting

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. High on Rye - Whiskey Fest Week
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
As part of Whiskey Fest Week, Fountainhead presents: High on Rye! A Night Of All Things Rye. Rye Beer, Rye Whiskey, & Rye Bread. From 7 - 9 p.m., Bulleit will be doing a tasting. Then, 9 - 11 p.m. a Templeton Rye tasting. All Night Specials: $1 off all Rye Whiskeys!!! Bulleit & Templeton Rye Cocktails, Rye Food Specials and of course Rye Beer: Founders Reds Rye P.A., Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, He'Brew Lenny's RIPA.

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