American Craft Beer Week events for Monday, May 16

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Here it is, the first of eleven days for American Craft Beer Week and Chicago Craft Beer Week. See this article for some background.

Weeklong events:

Beer Dinner, Brews and Tours at Rock Bottom Chicago
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Join Rock Bottom Chicago for American Craft Beer Week! We will be offering a three course prix fixe menu, pairing a 5 oz. beer of your choice with each course. Cost is $35.00 + tax and service. Please call 312-755-9339 for reservations.

Craft Beer Mini Tour at Old Chicago Restaurants
Old Chicago, 740 East 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN
May 16 - June 5. In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Old Chicago will feature 8 legends and locals of craft brewing during their Craft Beer Tour. Join us on Monday, May 16th for the largest kickoff to Craft Beer Week in history!

Glunz - New Holland Collaboration Tapping
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us at Sheffield's to celebrate Tall Dark & Handsome Stout, the collaboration
brew of New Holland Brewery and Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. - Kasablanca Brewing Team.

Hand Crafted Beer Abounds at Rock Bottom Yorktown
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
May 16 - 22: Featuring Pritchard #4 American-style Stout, Demon Sweat Belgo American Double Red Ale, Valentine's Double IPA, Flash! Belgian Blonde Ale infused with Lemon Peel and Planifolia Vanilla Beans, Cuvée Du Bre Saison aged 6 months on Apricot and Rosehips in a Chardonnay Barrel, Blanche Devereaux Belgian White Ale infused with Cherries, and Third Eye Imperial Stout. We'll also have the tapping of Drink Me, a Finnish-style Sahti, on May 19th.

Old Codger Barley Wine at Rock Bottom Orland Park
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
May 16 - 22: Join Rock Bottom Orland Park for American Craft Beer Week! We are featuring aged strong ales. Old Codger Barley Wine will be on tap and on Cask, along with Blitzen Belgian Trippel and Old Biddy Wheat Wine.

Promenade Pils Tapped at Gordon Biersch Bolingbrook
Gordon Biersch - The Promenade Bolingbrook, 639 E. Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 739-6036
We will be pouring our Promenade Pils, a Northern German-style Pilsner beer that
is crisp and dry with a slight grassiness and 43 bittering units of bite.

Silver Cloud - Mad Hatter IPA Week
Silver Cloud Bar & Grill, 1700 N. Damen, Chicago (773) 489-6212
Silver Cloud is proud to celebrate American Craft Beer Week with Mad Hatter IPA
Week May 16 - 21: Join us in celebrating the New Holland brewery

Stockholm's Beer Week
Stockholm's, 306 W. State St., Geneva, IL (630) 208-7070
May 16 - 22:  Come enjoy your favorite brew! All 12 of Stockholm's handcrafted beers will be on special for $3 a pint all week long for American Craft Beer Week.

Monday, May 16

3:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Opus Askew Sour Ale release
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville, IL 630-393-BEER
Join us at the Tap House for the release of the newest beer in the Project Opus series- Askew Sour Ale. Draft is extremely limited so this will be one of the only chances you will have to experience it on tap. Chef Tommy has put together a special menu that will complement the beer. No tickets are necessary.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Craft Beer Tasting at Finnegan's
Finnegan's Craft Beer & Gastro Pub, 24102 W Lockport St, Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Head out to Finnegan's for a complimentary craft beer tasting every Monday. 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 p.m. • Local Option's Kentucky Breakfast Stout tapping
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Get your KBS fix at the Local Option. They'll also have the following Founders beers on tap (along with some from other breweries): Black Biscuit, Breakfast Stout, Canadian Breakfast Stout, Double Trouble, Imperial Stout, Our All Day IPA.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • New Holland Brewing night at Bar on Buena
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena, Chicago 773-525-8665
Join us for a spectacular night of New Holland brews. We will be tapping some exciting beers from these pioneers of their craft. On draft - Night Tripper aged in Zepplin Bend Barrels, Envious, El Mole Ocho, Imperial Hatter, Mad Hatter.

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. • CollaBEERation #1 Release Party - ACBW Kick-Off
Lucky Monk, 105 Hollywood Blvd, South Barrington, IL
Please join Lunar Brewing Co.'s Head Brewer, Brad Davis & Lucky Monk Brewmaster, Anthony Carollo as they kick-off American Craft Beer Week with the release of their first CollaBEERation brew in a series - a Belgian Tripel. Don't miss out on your chance to imbibe in this Small Batch Beer & purchase limited edition breweriana!

When the lines below are blue, I have the calendar posted:

  • Tuesday, May 17 events
  • Wednesday, May 18 events
  • Thursday, May 19, Chicago Beer Week kickoff events
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