Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, May 2-5

Monday, May 2

Mail Order ticket sales for Great Taste of the Midwest, to be held August 13th in Madison, WI. Tickets this year will be $50. All ticket requests must be postmarked May 2. Details on the Midwest Homebrewers and Tasters Guild website.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Meet & greet with Struise: Surprise ale on tap
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
The kick-off party starts here in Chicago! Join us! On May 2nd, Urbain Coutteau of De Struise Brouwers will begin an exciting journey through the Midwest hosted by Tyler Trotter and Lori Beck of Louisville Beer Store & Holy Grale in Louisville, Kentucky. His itinerary includes, among many adventures, 4 collaboration brewdays & the Kentucky Derby. Please welcome Urbain on his first Midwest visit and join us at this meet & greet! Urbain has sent us a very special surprise keg for this event.

6:00 p.m. Evil Twin debut at Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
This Monday, we are very pleased to announce the official launch of Evil Twin Brewing in the Midwest. We will be featuring all five ofthe first Evil Twin beers to hit the states starting at 6:00 p.m.

The beers:
Before, During, & After Xmas - 8% IIPA, draft
Soft DK - 10.4% Imperial Vanilla Stout, draft
Disco Beer - 10.5% ImperialIPA/Chardonnay blend, bottle
Yin - 10% Imperial Stout, 1/2 of Imperial Black & Tan, draft
Yang - 10% Imperial IPA, other 1/2 of Imperial Black & Tan, draft

Evil Twin Brewing is the brainchild of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø. An avid beer geek since 1997, Jeppe began home-brewing in Copenhagen, Denmark in June '03. His first foray into the commercial craft beer scene commenced in September '05, when he opened the now world-famous bottle shop Ølbutikken in Copenhagen. The reputation of Jeppe & his shop grew quickly, and myriad side projects began (including his collaboration with Cantillon on the Blåbær Lambik- one of this most highly regarded, highly sought-after lambics in the world). Evil Twin Brewing is Jeppe's latest venture, and is the culmination of the vast knowledge, experiences, and relationships he's built over the years.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Orland Park launches C4 IPA
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Join brewmaster, Iain Wilson, in the brew house for our IPA for May tapping. C4 IPA is an explosively hoppy West Coast IPA brewed with Crystal, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial Hops.

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Stone 2011 Russian Imperial Stout debut and Artisan Cheese Pairing
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
Blokes & Birds is pleased to announce they will be the first drinking establishment in Illinois to have a draught handle of 2011 Russian Imperial Stout by Stone Brewing Co. Pints of the highly sought-after brew will be available for $9 each starting on May 2. Stone Brewing Co. Ambassador Aaron Tyrell and Master Fromager Coleen Graham will lead an eight course beer and cheese pairing event on May 2 as well. This tasting includes Stone Brewing Co. beer samples, artisanal American cheese pairings and a souvenir Stone Brewing Co. taster glass to take home. The fee is $50 per guest. For reservations, please contact Blokes & Birds.

Stone Pale Ale paired with Bleu Mont Dairy Cow's Milk Cave-Aged Bandaged Cheddar (Blue Mont, WI)
Stone Smoked Porter with Ursinus Sheep's Milk- Open Plank Aged Gouda (GAC Private Label, IL)
Stone Levitation Ale with St. Joseph Sheep's Milk Manchego-Style (GAC Private Label, IL)
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale with Sunset Bay Goat's Milk with Smoked Paprika and Ash (Lazy Lady, VT)
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA with Great Year Gruyere Cow's Milk (GAC Private Label, IL)
Stone Ruination IPA with True Blue Cheddar (GAC Private Label, IL)
Stone Imperial Russian Stout with Trillium Goat's Milk layered with Ash and a Bloomy Rind (Lazy Lady, VT)
Stone Imperial Russian Stout Blend with Belgian Yeast and Star Anise paired with Fromager's choice

Tuesday, May 3

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Celebration of Chocolate featuring THE NIBULATOR
Limestone Brewing Co.
, 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815)577-1900

Limestone will be releasing Brewmaster Ken's newest creation! We will be celebrating this release with a variety of chocolate themed dishes to accompany THE NIBULATOR, a 6.83% Dopplebock that was tasty after brewing, but now after lagering for 2 months (the last few weeks on flavorful Ghanaian Cacao Nibs) it is incredibly smooth. The nibs add a mellow, bittersweet chocolate characteristic that enhances the rich, malty characteristics of this impressive beer. The NIBULATOR starts with a caramel sweetness and finishes with a chocolaty creaminess. There isn't a hint of bitterness in this lager! This easy drinker pairs well with most deserts, contrasts spicy foods like a dream and is so smooth that it can stand alone as a strong session brew! Chef Darren is planning some incredibly tasty treats for this evening to compliment THE NIBULATOR, so come by for some great food and great beer! We will have live music from Steve & Bobby K. starting at 7, specials on the NIBULATOR and will have a few raffles for growlers throughout the evening!

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Chicago Beer School
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery,
1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
On the first Tuesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm, we will be conducting 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.

6:30 p.m. Wildfire Chicago - Flossmoor Station Beer Dinner
WildFire Chicago, 159 W. Erie Ave., Chicago (312) 787-9000
6:30 Reception, 7:00 Dinner $45.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). Former Flossmoor Station Head Brewer Bryan Shimkos, Guest Speaker. RSVP to Brad Wermager, Wildfire Wine & Spirits Director at (773) 398-6960
Reception: Housemade Boston Brown Bread & Cream Cheese Sandwiches; Pullman Brown Ale
First Course: Spice Rubbed Chicken Breast on penne pasta, tequila cream sauce StationMaster Wheat Ale
Second Course: Wasabi Crusted Fresh Fish with a medley of Asian vegetables RailHopper IPA A traditional American IPA with intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma
Third Course: Peppercorn Crusted Rib Eye Medallion au poivre sauce, garlic spinach mashed potatoes, Bourbon Barrel Aged "Wooden Horse," Bourbon barrel aged Iron Horse oatmeal stout.
Dessert: Mascarpone Cheese Stuffed Crepes with blood oranges, clementines, classic Suzette sauce, Saison & Garfunkel
For more information or to view the menu, visit

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Map Room Tuesday Night Pairing: Metropolitan & The Rice Table
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Head to Bucktown this Tuesday with the Metropolitan Brewing crew and explore the The Rice Table's Indonesian cuisine paired with Metro's German-style brews. The exact dishes are pending (we'll update this event as they're made available) but it's pretty simple: purchase one of the featured beers and get the Rice Table pairing for free!

Wednesday, May 4

7:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at Acre
Acre Restaurant, 5308 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-7600
Cost: $65, the price includes early V.I.P. access to the Goose Island Invasion at Acre on May 18th.
Menu: 1. Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna, pea tendrils, pickled radish, boiled farm egg, mint - Matilda
2. Shrimp Spring Roll, shrimp mousse, pea shoots, cilantro, mint, daikon, green garlic chili sauce - Sofie
3. House Cold Cuts, lardo on crostini, duck prosciutto, red wattle guanciale, pickled ramps, grain mustard, blackberry jam - Juliet
4. Crispy Rabbit Confit, rhubarb-port compote, strawberries, baby arugula, manchego - Lolita
5. Roasted Duck Breast, seared foie gras, huckleberry gastrique, baby watercress - Madame Rose
6. Bourbon County Stout Ice Cream, candied bacon, whiskey caramel, cocoa nibs - Bourbon County Stout

Thursday, May 5

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. A Ska Cinco de Mayo
Finnegan's Craft Beer & Gastro Pub
, 24102 W Lockport St, Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over Frenchforces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 after which the embattled soldiers preceded to get totally hammered on cervesas! We are celebrating their victory with three unique SKA beers and Chef Dave's food pairings of which you can order just one or all three!
Tacos al Pastor - Braised spiced pork tacos, with onions, cilantro, and Sriracha hot sauce paired with a Ska Modus Hoparandi. $13
Elotes - Mexican style corn on the cob, with mayo, parmesan, hot sauce and fresh lemon paired with a Ska Euphoria $6
Pollo con mole poblano - Chicken slow cooked in a dark poblano mole with rice and beans Ska Mexican Lager. $15

Meadusa Pairing/Tasting
The Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 360-8406
$15 for a Burger and A Beer. Citrus honey glazed fennel & brie burger with Coney Island's Meadusa - a blend of Albino Python & Redstone Mead hosted by Schmaltz Brewing's Brian Ash Will be served all day starting at 11:30AM until it runs out.

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. Mother's Day tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 3121 Thatcher, River Grove, IL (708) 456-7400
Sample a selection of both wines and beers from around the world in this pre-celebration for Mother's Day. Call, or email for more information.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Schlenkerla Fastenbier Wooden Cask Tapping!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for a very special tapping of a traditional wooden gravity-fed cask of Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Bamberg, Germany! Dark hazy amber smoked lager made available during Lent, and only on draft. This is the first time this rare and celebrated beer has ever made its way overseas in a wooden cask. It exhibits a bold smoke aroma and a Noble hop note in the nose. Medium-bodied, yet highly drinkable, with a nice malt sweetness. A rare treat for fans of smoked beers, and an even rarer treat in its highly sought-after cask-conditioned form. This special wooden cask will be tapped on the bar in our pub room just after 6:00 p.m. The glorious elixir inside will be available to all guests (21 & over), seated in both in the pub and dining room, while supplies last.

From Traditional Wooden Gravity-Fed Cask: Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
On Draught: Eiche"Oak-Smoke" Doppelbock
In Bottles: Aecht Schlenkerla Weizen, Helles Lager, Marzen, Ur-Bock, and Eiche "Oak-Smoke" Doppelbock

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Vienna Lager for Cinco de Mayo tapping
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Join RB-Orland's celebration of all things Mexican with a return of their double Gold medal winning Vienna Lager for Cinco-de-Mayo. Jose will be creating a Mexican themed pairing as we tap the beer in the brew house.

6:45 p.m. Lagunitas Beer Dinner
Jerry's Sandwiches
, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Our next beer event will be a beer dinner with Lagunitas Brewing of California. Ian Jacobs of Lagunitas will host, and will be bringing a couple of rare (Gnarlywine vertical tasting) or unavailable (Imperial Stout) items. Reservations are available now. $45 per person. Reservations recommended, walk-ins as space permits. Menu at

7:00 p.m. Cinco de Mayo bar crawl
Start at Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
The Pioneer Tavern Group of Lottie's, The Pony and Frontier will host their first annual Cinco de Mayo Dos Equis Trolley Pub Crawl. Two trolleys will be stocked with Dos Equis beer and Dobel Tequila and Dos Equis promotion girls on board traveling between the three venues. While on the trolley, guests will have the opportunity to win $100 gift cards and other raffle prizes. The trolley is FREE and pick up will begin at Lottie's Pub at 7:00 p.m. Guests can also board the trolley at The Pony at 8:00 PM. Each location will have a featured special including $5 tequila shots, $3 Dos Equis and more.
Specials: Lottie's: $5 Call Tequila Shots · $3 Dos Equis · $2 Chips and Salsa · $1 Tacos
8:00 p.m. pick-up at The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 828-5055  · $5 Maestro Dobel Margaritas ·$5 Call Tequila Shots · $3 Dos Equis · Half-off Nachos and Quesadillas
9:30 p.m. at Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 772-4322  · $3 Dobel Tequila · $3 Dos Equis · $3 Game Tacos
RESERVE: Patrons can sign up at Lottie's and The Pony beginning Wednesday, April 6

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