Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, April 25-28

Weeklong Events

Fountainhead One-year Anniversary Party week
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204 
"Fountainhead opened its doors to the public on April 28th 2010. We have been so
fortunate to meet so many fantastic people over the year-customers, staff, & vendors - and we know we wouldn't have had such success without all the wonderful people who have provided us so much support over the last 365 days!! In honor of our 1 year anniversary, we've lined up some exciting events for the week:"
Mon, April 25th - Belgian Night. $1 off all Belgian bottles & drafts, 50% off our Mussels, & a ton of Belgian drafts & a very rare sour cask of Hanssens Oude Gueuze.
Tue, April 26, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. - It Might Get Real - Import Cask Night: Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, BFM Douze & BFM La Cuvée Alex le Rouge Imperial Stout in Casks!
Wed, April 27, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Stone Collaboration Night & Highway 78 Tapping

We will be tapping the newest collaboration from Stone, Highway 78 Scotch Ale. Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing, Chuck Silva of Green Flash Brewing and Jeff Bagby of Pizza Port Carlsbad collaborated to create the Highway 78. The name is based on the main road connecting the three Southern California-based breweries. This Scotch Ale uses three different Crystal malts, chocolate malt, and English pale malt to provide a rich, bready body. East Kent Goldings and Target hops provide a very modest backbone of peppery hops, but the flavor is unequivocally malt-driven. Scotch Ale yeast and a touch of raw sugar called sucanat was added to give it a distinctive complexity to this hefty 8.8% abv beer. In addition to Highway 78, there will be another beer from each of the three breweries on tap: Stone Smoked Porter, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Port Wipeout Chef Robyn will be be making some small plate pairings for these drafts! Last, but certainly not least... we will be offering a very select amount of bottles of past Stone Collaboration beers: Saison du BUFF (Stone/Dogfish Head/Victory); Bashah (Stone/BrewDog); El Camino (Un)real (Stone/Firestone Walker/21st Amendment); Special Holiday Beer (Stone - Jolly Pumpkin - Nøgne Ø).
Thu, April 28, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Anniversary Party
We will be offering a selection of free passed appetizers as a thank you to all of our customers for making us such a success in our first year! We will introduce a special Anniversary cocktail created for this evening. We are are going deep into our beer cooler. As Phil, our Cicerone & Beer Director tends to do. Tapping that night:
Bottles: Founders '08 Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Brooklyn Black Ops
Cask: 3 Floyds Zombie Dust & Half Acre Ginger Twin
Drafts: Anchor Brekle's Brown, Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek, Lagunitas Imperial Stout, Schlenkerla Oak Smoke, Allagash Fluxus 2010, SKA Local Series #12 Merlot Stout, New Belgium Le Terroir, 3 Floyds Cerveza Mysterioso, Vander Mill Cherry Cider, Half Acre Ambrosia, New Holland Envious, Stillwater/Mikkeller Our Side, Dogfish Head Sah-Tea, Just to name a few. In honor of our 1 year anniversary, everything is $1 off all night long!

Big, Bad & Black Beer Week
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Friends! As you all ramp up for this year's Dark Lord Day on 4/30, join us all week as we will tap the following Big, Black Brews to get you ready for your Dark Lord! Fun Starts on Monday April 25th! Get them while you can! Avery Meph Addict, New Holland Night Tripper, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Left Hand Fade to Black, North Coast Old Rasputin, Allagash Black, Rogue Imperial Stout, Dark Horse Four, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, Three Floyds Topless Wych, Founders Porter.

Monday, April 25

Beerducation classes with Marty Nachel
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Pount, IN
Beerducation classes with Marty Nachel will be held on 4/18 and 4/25. 4/18 is the level one course and 4/25 is level two. You can sign up at the bar. Space is limited. 

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday tastings at Finnegan's Irish Pub
Finnegan's Irish Pub, 24102 Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Head out to Finnegans for a complimentary craft beer tasting every Monday starting at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. One of our Cicerones will pull new beers recently added to the list and provide some background on each style and samples for you to taste. All beer being sampled with be on special so if you find a favorite, you can enjoy it with out damaging the wallet!

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Beer Dinner with Left Hand Brewing Company
Public House, 400 N. State St., Chicago (312) 265-1240
Join Public House for an exclusive Beer Dinner experience hosted by Left Hand Brewing Company and executive chef, David Blonsky. Come try out Left Hand's newest Pale Ale, The Stranger. Only $65 including tax and gratuity. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!
Cheese and Charcuterie- Beer: Pole Star Pilsner, Local cheese and charcuterie
1st- Beer: Pole Star Pilsner Frissee salad, haricot vert, shaved radish, anise cured bacon, quail egg, whole grain mustard vinaigrette
2nd- Beer: Stranger Rye Pale Ale Hand dipped ricotta & truffle ravioli, farm egg, mushroom broth, fried black trumpet mushrooms, spring garlic
3rd- Beer: Good Juju Bar Harbor mussels, lemon ponzu, pickled cabbage
4th- Beer: Milk Stout Coco nib & ras el hanout smoked lamb ribs, piquillo pepper jam, chocolate mint and pea tendril salad
5th- Beer: Barrel Aged Widder Shins Ginger spice cake, smoked vanilla cream sauce

Tuesday, April 26

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Lagunitas Tasting at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago 312-357-6665
Ian from Lagunitas will be at Monk's Pub from 5-7:00 p.m. talking about beer and raffling off Lagunitas items. Lagunitas IPA pints are $4 ALL April!

6:30 p.m. North Coast Brewing Beer Pairing Dinners
The Tap House Grills:
Tuesday the 26th at Tap House Grill Plainfield: 24402 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5540
Wednesday the 27th at Tap House Grill Oswego: 123 W. Washington St., Oswego, IL (630) 383-2020
This month's beer pairing dinner features the beers of North Coast Brewing Co. Foods presented by Chef Todd Davies. Proudly presented by Chef Todd Davies & the team at Tap House Grill "A Study in Berkshire Pork." $45 per person.
Full menu at

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Abita Beer Dinner
Heaven on Seven, 224 S. Main Street Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
Join us for dinner featuring brews from Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Louisiana. It is a seven course dinner with each course prepared and paired with a different Abita brew - that's seven courses plus seven beers. The cost is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by following the link to our event website or calling us at (630)717-0777.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Food and Beer Pairing with Southern Tier Brewing & Chutney Joe's
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636 
Featuring 3 beers from Southern Tier each paired with a small plate of Indian food from Chutney Joe's (511 S. State St.). Buy one of the featured beers ($4/10oz), and get the food pairing for free! HopSun paired with Red Bean Rajma, 2xIPA paired with Spicy Chicken, Iniquity Paired with Pork Vindaloo These beers should put the fire out quite nicely!

7:30 p.m. Cheese, Charcuterie & Beer Pairing with Old Town Social
Old Town Social, 455 W. North Ave., Chicago (312) 266-2277
Price: $40.00, register here. Pastoral Artisan Cheese has teamed up with Old Town Social to show case our cheeses with excellent hand crafted meats and of course with beer. Join Chef Jared Van Camp and Fromager Cesar Olivares as they present to you 6 pairings that will make your mouth sing. From creamy young cheeses to aged dry ones you will find that the great cheeses in Pastoral's cheese case have a history of great pairings with the traditional recipes being used at Old Town Social to make their selection of hand crafted charcuterie. Old Town Social is using the best ingredients to create their own spin on classics such as Sopressata and Finocchiona, to name a few. Class begins promptly at 7:30 p.m., and lasts approximately (90) minutes. Class registration includes a 15% in-store discount that may be used within the week following the class.

8:30 p.m. Charlie Sheen movie month
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
The Boys Next Door and The Chase on our big screen! One order of our Hot Wings and any American Craft beer, only 10 bucks.

Wednesday, April 27

Holy Moses Tapping at Gannon Pub
Gannon's Pub, 4264 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago (773) 281-1007
Gannon's Pub invites you to join them for a Great Lakes Holy Moses Tapping. $4 pints and $15.00 Pitchers on all Great Lakes products!

Duvel/Ommegang Tap Takeover at The Beer Bistro
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013 
The Duvel and Ommegang family of brands will be taking over our taps! Come by to try delicious brews from the Moortgat family including Brasserie d'Achouffe, De Koninck, Liefmans, and Maredsous!

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 beef burger, with Wisconsin cheddar, pork belly, caramelized onions, stone ground mustard and potato bun with onion rings. Paired with Leinenkugel Classic Amber. This beer & burger pairing is also available Monday-Sunday after 2 p.m. for $10.

5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Great Lakes Holy Moses Launch Party at Brownstone Tavern
Brownstone Tavern, 3937 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 528-3700
$4 Great Lakes Holy Moses drafts/ $15 pitchers $2 Pretzels $5 Quesadillas. No Entrance Fee.

6:30 p.m. Beer Academy - Experimental Styles
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
$20 per person. Join Head Pub Brewer Jared Rouben on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of 12-15 different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call (312) 915-0071.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 12 Tap Throwdown! Great Divide & Port/Lost Abbey
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
True to Haymarket Brewpub's brewing fashion, we are highlighting two  outstanding breweries specializing in big hops and Belgian style ales. Please join Haymarket's brewer/owner Pete Crowley as he welcomes Tomme Arthur from Port/Lost Abbey and Bryan Baltzell from Great Divide Brewing! Here are the Dirty Dozen: Lost Abbey Devotion, Carnevale, & Red Barn Saison. Port Brewing Mongo IPA, Hot Rocks Lager,& Wipeout IPA. Great Divide Hades, 17th Anniversary, Titan IPA, Denver Pale Ale, Hercules, & Yeti Imperial Stout. A special lucky 13th beer may be tapped that night from Great Divide!

7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Beer Dinner
Branch 27, 1371 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 850-2700 
A four Course Food & Beer Pairing featuring the beers of Brooklyn Brewery. $50 plus tax & Gratuity

Thursday, April 28

Finch Cut Throat Pale Ale tapping
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave. Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Official first tapping party for Finch Beer Company's "Cut Throat Pale Ale". Try a great new beer, and, since it's Craft Beer Night here at the 'Tree every Thursday, get $1 off Finch's and ALL craft beers on draft!

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Avery Rare Beer tapping and can release party
Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Celebrate 5 Avery Beers on tap that include DuganA IPA, Joes Pils, Karma, Avery IPA, and, from the cellar, Mephistopheles on draught! $5 admission includes a pour of either Karma Ale or Joe's Premium American Pilsner. Reservations required. In April, Avery CANS hit the market running! Be among the first to get your hands on these! Call, or email for reservations. 

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.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Guinness Beer Dinner at Gaslight Bar and Grille
Gaslight Bar & Grille, 2426 N. Racine Ave., Chicago (773) 929-7759
$30 per person (Beer and Food Included). Amuse-Bouche and Three Courses featuring Guinness Stout, Guinness Black Lager, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Harp and Smithwick's. Tickets are sold on our website.

7:30 p.m. Bell's Beer Dinner at Blue Chip Casino
Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr., Michigan City, IN (219) 879-7711
Come enjoy a six-course meal featuring paired menu selections with seven unique Bell's Beers. You can RSVP for this exciting event by calling us at 888-879-7711, ext. 2229. $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included).

8:00 p.m. Monty Python Movie Event!
Elgin Public House - Pub 217, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Monty Python goblets available to purchase with Monty Python Holy Grail on tap. Some employees will be in costume! Movie starts @ 8.

Follow me on Twitter, Google Buzz or Facebook. For future events in first draft, check my Google calendar.

Leave a comment

  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Advertisement:
  • Meet The Blogger

    Mark McDermott

    Writer, trivia maven, fan of many things. I thought to learn all there is to know about beer as a way to stay interested in learning. It is my pleasure to bring Chicago's craft beer scene to you.

  • More Events, blogs and podcasts

    Local guides at the international city guide site Spotted by Locals have named Beeronaut one of the Best blogs about Chicago 2016

    From earlier in 2015, reviews for Groupon Guide Chicago.

    I've been named one of the Top Chicago-based Bloggers to Follow by, the vacation rental division of!

  • Recent posts

  • Categories

  • Tags

  • View my food journey on Zomato!
  • Latest on ChicagoNow

  • Advertisement: