Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, April 4-7

Monday, April 4

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Weihenstephan Night with export managers Marcus Englet & Johannes Weiss
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL
Join us for a night of German Beer & Basketball! Weihenstephan export managers Marcus Englet & Johannes Weiss will be on hand & giving away some glassware & other swag. We will be pouring drafts of Weihenstephan Original, Dunkel Hefe, & 09' Korbinian Dopplebock & bottles of Vitus Weizenbock. As a Special treat we will have a very limited amount of bottles of the collaboration beer Weihenstephan did with Sam Adams, Infinium! Special Food Pairing by Chef Robyn, and the NCAA Basketball Championship Game will be on.

Tuesday, April 5

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cheers to Three New Beers!
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago 312-357-6665
Stop by Monk's to taste three new additions to our beer list! BrewDog Hardcore IPA, Coopers Sparkling Ale, and Gulden Draak-Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Jim from Louis Glunz Beer will be here!

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Gordon Biersch Maibock Beer Tapping
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant - The Promenade Bolingbrook, 639 E. Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook, IL
Earth Day Celebration! Bring it back to Earth with the Tapping of Maibock Beer and Veev Acai Spirits. Gordon Biersch's Maibock Beer is a smooth, malty and deceptively strong auburn bock-style lager, originally brewed in Einbeck, Germany. It is a traditional Rite of Spring.
A fun filled Beer Tapping and Earth Day Event to include:

  • DJ music outside
  • Maibock Beer Tent
  • Veev Acai Spirit Tent
  • Veev Acai Spirit Ring Toss
  • Bags Tournament
  • Prizes and giveaways including a One Night Stay at the Aloft Hotel, Gordon Biersch Gift Cards and much, more.

In honor of Earth Day, the first 50 guests will receive an Arbor Day 6-12" Tree. Dress for the occasion and wear you favorite"Green"/"Flower-Child" attire or your favorite Tie Dye T Shirt... best wins the grand prize.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Premiere of Reprieve Schwarzbier and The Brothers Brew
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville, IL (630) 393-BEER
Join us as we celebrate the premiere of the Artisan beer Reprieve Schwarzbier and the short film The Brothers Brew, a film by Jamie Gallant. Doors open at 6 with a screening of the film at 7. We will be closed for normal business and tickets are required. They are available for $20 and include a delectable dinner buffet in addition to the screening. To purchase tickets email or visit the Tap House.  Check out a trailer for the film at

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Chicago Beer School
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
An in-depth tour and tutored tasting at our brewery. Classes meet in the State Room, on the second floor of our restaurant. We are limiting this to 25 "students" each month and seats can be reserved, for $15 per person, by calling (312) 755-1677. Classes conducted by our Brewmaster include brewery tour, discussion of beer styles, history, and flavor profiles, light snacks, and tastings of every beer currently on tap.

7:00 p.m. Fundraiser for the Kiuchi Family
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was devastating - over 10,000 lives lost and billions worth of damage to property. The Kiuchi Brewery, producers of the Hitachino Nest beers, suffered damage of almost $125,000, but this is relatively small compared to other breweries in the region. For example, another Kiuchi family brewery was completely washed away, and some of the staff are still missing. Hitachino has made repairs and are ready to start brewing again, but the electrical power is limited. They are bottling water to supply everyone, and the staff of their restaurant is cooking free food for people who have lost their homes. On April 5, Map Room will be holding a fundraiser for Hitachino and the Kiuchi family. We will be serving sushi from Nano Sushi (10-piece plates for a minimum donation of $5 per plate) and will also be pouring Hitachino beers that were en route to the States before the earthquake/tsunami hit. It may be a while before we get more of Hitachino's fine beers, so come, enjoy, and donate to a good cause. 100% of all money raised goes directly to Toshiyuki Kiuchi and his family.

8:30 p.m. Charlie Sheen movie month
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
No Mans Land & Hot Shots part Duex on our big screen! One order of our Hot Wings and any American Craft beer, only 10 bucks  And I get to put "Charlie Sheen" in my keywords again!

Wednesday, April 6

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Iron Works release
Green Grocer, 1402 W Grand Ave, Chicago (312) 624-9508
Jess will be hanging out at this incredibly friendly grocery store in River West for a couple of hours to give YOU a generous sample of Metropolitan beer!

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Lombard Fire Chief Chili Cook Off
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Enjoy all-you-can-eat chili prepared by our local fire departments (while supplies last). $10.00 fee includes: a free Fire Chief Ale logo glass. See which department takes top honors and takes home the 1st place trophy. Proceeds from the sale of Fire Chief Ale and related events will benefit The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and "Camp I Am Me" program. Now in its 15th year, Fire Chief Ale is one of the company's cornerstone promotions. Since its inception in 1997, it has raised over $1 million dollars for local fire departments and related charities.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Brewmaster Dinner at Sun Wah BBQ
Sun Wah BBQ, 5039 N. Broadway, Chicago (773) 769-1254
Cost: $30. Goose Island Brewmaster Gregory Hall will be hosting a beer dinner at Sun Wah BBQ in Vietnamtown on the North Side of Chicago.
Menu: Beijing Duck - Matilda; Roast Pork - Juliet; Pan Fried Shrimp - Sofie; Minced Fish Nuggets w/ Iceberg Lettuce - Lolita; Chicken w/Bittermelon and Black Bean Sauce - Pere Jacques; Seasonal Vegetable of the Day - Fleur; Beef Chow Fun - Madame Rose; Stir Fried Tofu Medley - Pepe Nero

7:00 p.m. Saloon Steakhouse and Bell's Beer Dinner
Saloon Steakhouse, 200 E. Chestnut St. Chicago (312) 280-5454 
$65 per person Seating is Limited. Please RSVP by April 5th.
Welcome Course: Cured Salmon Canapé with Oarsman Ale, Pickled Cippolini Onions, Sour Dough Crostini & Dill Crème Fraîche.
1st Course: Razorneck Clams with Two Hearted Ale, Thai Chilis, Apricots, Coriander & Brown Sugar.
2nd Course: Cream of Potato Soup with Third Coast Old Ale, Corned Beef Hash, Green Onions.
3rd Course: Scallop En Croûte with Winter White Ale, Shrimp Mousse, Braised Swiss Chard, Béchamel.
4th Course: Cocoa Nib-Rubbed Wagyu Cheeks with Expedition Stout, Purple Peruvian Mashed Potatoes, White Asparagus Tips, Expedition Stout Reduction.
Dessert: Dark Chocolate & Black Cherry Mousse with Cherry Stout, Burnt Caramel Sauce

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Two Brothers Pint Night at Stanley's
Stanley's Ale House and Restaurant, 335 S. Mclean Blvd., South Elgin, IL (847) 468-8022
New restaurant / bar hosting Two Brothers pint night, with a brewery rep there to talk beer. Buy a pint, keep the glass. No Entrance Fee.

Thursday, April 7

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Opening Day BBQ at Mitchell's Tap
Mitchell's Tap, 3356 S. Halsted St., Chicago (773) 927-6073
April 7th is the White Sox Home Opener and Mitchell's will be having their annual free BBQ. Come out and enjoy some great beer and great food. BBQ is from 11 till 1. No Entrance Fee.

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Binny's Craft Beer Extravaganza
Binny's, 670 E Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL
Celebrate the huge popularity and increased availability of quality craft beers at this extensive tasting. Beers will include Sierra Nevada, Bell's, Ska and many more. $5 w/Binny's Card / $10. non-members. Call (630)545-2550 or email for more information.

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 - 8:00 p.m. New Signature Beer Tasting
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Join our brewmaster, Iain Wilson, in the brew house to try our 4 new signature beers. The new beers are Kölsch to replace the Line Drive Lager, White which is being added to the line up, Red to replace Eric the Red and IPA to replace Powerhouse Pale Ale. We are going to continue to offer Orland Park Light, Lumpy Dog Brown, a rotating wheat, a rotating dark and our monthly IPA.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Two Brothers Firkin at Binny's South Loop
Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Join us as we tap a Firkin of Two Brothers Cane and Ebel in our South Loop Tasting Room. $6 per pint glass. This Red Rye Ale has 7.0% ABV. and 68 IBU's - "Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai Palm sugar and the spicy tang of rye, all balanced by loads of hops." Available for one day only! Call, or email for more information.

6:30 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner with Seasons 52
Seasons 52, 1770 E Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-5252 $45 plus tax and gratuity. Goose Island and Seasons 52 team up for an evening that pairs Goose Island beers with a specially crafted multi-course menu by Executive Chef Partner John State. David Acra from Goose Island will be at the event to discuss the history and craftsmanship behind Belgian style ales. For questions or to reserve seating for the event, guests should call Nicole at (847) 517-5252 or e-mail Seasons 52 Goose Island "Vintage Ale" menu includes:
• Black Mussels with fennel nage, garlic, orange and grilled ciabatta, Paired with Sofie
• Roasted Pork Tenderloin with potato-lady apple pave, Wisconsin goat cheese and spiced cider reduction, Paired with Matilda
• Oak Grilled Quail with espresso coffee barbecue, warm organic frisee, nueske's applewood smoked bacon, balsamic onions, and fingerling potatoes, Paired with Pepe Nero
• Creamsicle Cheesecake Mini Indulgence with navel orange and candied zest, Paired with Pere Jacques

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Pilgrim Ale Tapping
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL (630) 836-1380
Pilgrim Ale is a hop lover's session beer. The English dubbed this style of beer "bitter". It will be somewhat bitter, but bitterness is not the defining characteristic of this beer. This slightly lower alcohol offering is filled with loads of malt and hop flavor. 14 lbs of hops were added to the kettle in this brew, 11 lbs were Cascade, which has a gentle fruity citrus aroma. It's great to have a beer that is so socially endowed. All of the malt in this beer came over from England to escape persecution and misuse of hops.

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