Chicago-American Craft Beer Week events, Saturday May 21

I guess a lot of people may be expecting to be taken up by "The Rapture" today. If you want some advice, please consider: The cheesy posters I've seen at Zondervan show the "saved" drifting through the sky with no clothes on. That looks like a long, cold ride. You may be glad you had a good beer in your hand at the right moment. Or a large coffee.
And, again, a lot of these events may be restricted to those of us left behinders holding Chicago Craft Beer Week passports. The passports are listed as available for $10 at participating venues. But some places just might hand one out for free, if you know how to work good beer karma.

Featured Events:

Celebrate Hyde Park Beer Garden
Kimbark Beverage Shoppe, 1214 East 53rd Street Chicago (773) 493-3355
Celebrate Hyde Park Mayfest is a celebration of all things Hyde Park, taking place on 53rd St., Dorchester to Nichols Park. Food, Music, and BEER!!! Kimbark Beverage Shoppe and Samuel Adams are sponsoring an Beer Garden as a part of the Festival. Come sample beers from over 15 different brewers! The cost is $10 for 10 samples. Or you can buy Sam Adams on tap for $5. Live Music by The American English Beatles and other local bands. Costs $10, Reservation Not Required, For information, Email info@secc-chicago.org or call (773) 324-6926.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Craft Day Afternoon
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 348-6088
A benefit tasting for Hamilton and Morton schools. The best beers from the world's best craft brewers will be served without limit to discriminating craft beer drinkers who want to do their own small part to make the world a better place. Craft Day Afternoon will also feature unlimited food, a souvenir glass and a prize drawing featuring the opportunity to win a 55" LCDTV with free installation as well as two tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest. Randy Mosher will also sign his books, Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer. Tasting takes place indoors and out, weather permitting. WHY: Needs as basic as libraries, safe outdoor play areas and music, arts and sports programs are not all offered at all CPS schools. The teachers and parents at Hamilton and Morton Elementary Schools - supported by Map Room Chicago and Fizz Chicago - are committed to raising the funds necessary to providing the best opportunities available to their students.
TICKET INFO: Event tickets: $50 (strictly limited to 300) Prize Drawing tickets: $20 To purchase and for more information: fizzchicago.com or maproom.com. Winner need not be present.
Including beers from: Allagash; Arcadia; Ayinger Celebrator; Bavik; Bell's; Boulevard; Brooklyn; Capital; Doubleheart (Yet another BRAND NEW brewer in Chicago I knew nothing about!); Duvel Moortgat; FiftyFifty; Firestone Walker Double Jack; Flossmoor Station; Founders; Goose Island; Great Divide; Great Lakes; Gulden Draak Vintage; Half Acre; Haymarket; Köstritzer; Magic Hat; Maredsous; Metropolitan; Mickey Finn's; New Belgium; New Holland; North Coast; Oakshire; Ommegang; Petrus Dubbel Bruin; Pipeworks; Rock Bottom Chicago; Shmaltz; Shorts; Southern Tier; Summit; The Pike; Three Floyds; Two Brothers; Unibroue; Van Steenberge; Weihenstephan; Wells & Young's; Wychwood, plus Chicago's own Koval Distilling; as well as 8-10 Fizz house beers and a few select brews from some of Chicago's favorite home brewers.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Elgin Public House Beer Fest
Elgin Public House - Pub 217, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Elgin Public House is bringing a taste of Chicagos Craft Beer week to the western suburbs! For only $20 a head, $25 at the door, you get entrance and sampling tickets to our first annual Beer Fest! Brewers include: Bell's, Left Hand, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Two Brothers, Metropolitian, St. Peter's, Wychwood, Crispin Ciders, and many more to come! Plus an after hours event in our Pub 217, with the opportunity to chill with the brewers and get a couple samples! Make your reservations today!

Rock Bottom Chicago Brewery Tours/Tasting
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339

Conducted by the brewers, with pairings of artisan cheeses from Pastoral Cheese, Bread & Wine. Cost is $7 + tax. Includes complimentary logo glass. To make reservations call Dieter at 312-755-1677

Rock Bottom Chicago Disc Golf Outing
Meet at Rock Bottom downtown for a pint, then head over to the disc golf course at IIT via the red line train (or Metra). Extra discs will be available for beginners to use, and they will be paired with more experienced throwers. Free with CCBW passport, and no reservations necessary, this is a casual 'doubles' event.

11:00 a.m. Lottie's Pub 77th Anniversary Party
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland Ave., Chicago (773) 489-0738
Lottie's Pub will celebrate its 77th anniversary with an all day bash featuring live music from rock band Pistols at Dawn at 2:00 p.m., country-rock band Grimm Taylor at 6:00 p.m. and live band karaoke at 9:00 p.m. A complimentary buffet will be available beginning at noon and will feature an array of signature Lottie's items including pizza, tots andmore. Guests will also enjoy drink specials including 77-cent draft beers and $4 Jameson. No Cover.

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Beerfly Alleyfight
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 638-0700
The Fifth Annual Beerfly Alleyfight is a pairing of homebrewed beer, home-cooked food, and homegrown art. The Beerfly Alleyfight competition goes one step further than other pairings by adding an artist to the mix. Tickets to the Beerfly Alleyfight are $35.00 online at www.drinkingandwriting.com or $40.00 at the door if available. Each beer and food pair will be matched with a Chicago artist who will interpret the pair as they see fit... an interpretive jazz dance to go with a wheat beer and peanut butter and jelly sandwich... just for example. Throughout the day, the artists will present their pieces in the Beerfly Alleyfight boxing ring. Based on audience votes, awards will be given for Best Beer, Best Food, Best Art, and Best in Show.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Brooklyn Brewery Beer Tasting
Kenwood Liquors,
12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Check out this Northeast brewer in the Southwest suburbs!

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Beers from Spain & Michigan
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Stop by and taste the beers of Estrella (from Spain) and Founders (from Michigan).

3:00 p.m. Craft Beer & Bacon Fest
Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago (773) 506-3100
Sample 20 different hard to find, craft and unique beers at our Spring Beer and Bacon Fest! Stations of beer tastings and bacon being passed. Not just any bacon - oh no! This is the bacon your mother warned you about. Jalepeno Bacon, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Bacon Popcorn, Candied Bacon, Bacon Lollipops, Bacon Tempura, Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts... Tickets available for pre-sale now. We will sell out. $40 ticket sales with proceeds benefiting the St. Andrew's School in Lakeview, Chicago.

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Goose Island tasting at Whole Foods Kingsbury
Whole Foods Market, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street Chicago (312) 587-0648
Drinkers are invited to sample both Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout, a special fruit variation of Bourbon County Stout, Pepe Nero, and Fleur in the front bar area. Goose Island staff will be on hand for a customer "Meet & Greet" in the bar area. Passport holders ONLY will be invited to join Goose Island Education Coordinator Suzanne Wolcott in the kitchen demo area for a Beer & Food pairing seminar from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Three Goose Island beer and food sampling stations will be set up throughout the store for the duration of the event.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. A Collaboration of Food And Beer
Long Room, 1612 Irving Park, Chicago (773) 665-4500
It's time to take back your Saturday afternoons for drinking beer! We will help get you started: join the best regional and national craft brewers in the world for a special afternoon delight, featuring dishes prepared by Chef Cleetus Friedman and the famous City Provisions. Enjoy local desertress Vanilla Vixen and her expertly paired beerserts.
Smoked Ham Deviled Egg: Lagunitas Censored
Chicken with Mushroom Ragout over Mashed Potato: Two Brothers Domaine Dupage
Mushroom Quinoa Risotto with Basil: Metropolitan Krankshaft
Turkey Meatloaf with Chipotle Pepper Sauce: Victory Hop Devil
Vanilla Vixen Cakes: Stone Smoked Porter; Cheesecake with Chocolate dusted Almond crust with Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Beans
Vanilla Vixen Cakes: Chai Tea Cupcake with B. Nektar Vanilla-Cinnamon Mead Frosting with Left Hand Ju Ju Ginger
Cost will be $30.00, and includes all 6 food and beer pairings as well as a Pint of your favorite beer to finish!!!! Reservations required. Purchase at brownpapertickets.com

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Chicago's Greatest Dives
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 642-4600
Feeling a bit in the pour house? Join this walking tour as we pour into some of Chicago's best dive bars. We'll learn about the history behind eachdrinking den we visit and discuss the history behind moonshine, bathtub gin, and other historic homemade drinks. Ticket price does not include beverages. Cost: $30; $25 Chicago History Museum Members

5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Two Brothers and Half Acre Double Firkin Tapping Event.
SmallBar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
Firkins of Two Brothers Cane and Ebel and Half Acre Gossamer, poured
straight off our Patio Bar (weather permitting). Special Kegs of Two Brothers Askew Sour Ale and Half Acre Meat Wave IPA On Tap. No Cover with passport.

6:00 p.m. Two Brothers Night
Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL (312) 642-9253
Stop by and join us for some rare offerings and meet members of the Two Brothers family.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Chicago Craft Beer Week: FFF v Victory
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago (773) 772-2727
Join SmallBar as they pit the boys from Three Floyds and Victory head-to-head with rare beers from their archives and of course some year round favorites. THREE FLOYDS: Zombie Dust, Evil Power, Hell's Black Intelligencer
VICTORY: Summer Love, Yakima Glory, Bavarian Pale.

8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Brooklyn Brewery's Heavy Hitters
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
Til 2 am Free With Passport On Tap: Brooklyn's Pennant Ale '55, Brooklyner Weisse, BLAST! and Main Engine Start. Brooklyn's coming to town and so are the New York Mets. Passport holders will have the chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets to the Cubs vs Mets game on Tuesday, May 24th. Winners will also be treated to a Brooklyn Summer Ale pre-party at Sheffield's immediately preceding Tuesday's game. Batter up.

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