Chicago Craft Beer Week closing events, Friday, May 27

Chicago Craft Beer Week closing events, Friday, May 27

I hope everyone has survived to the end of this town's biggest beer event. I've been reading more about problems with the CCBW Passports, in that they didn't really offer much in the way of discounts. Haymarket brewmaster Pete Crowley responded in a letter to the Chicago Beer Society listserv, pointing out that restricting admission to Passport holders made the events "private parties" in the eyes of the Three-Tier Distribution law, so the venues can offer beers that aren't yet available in Chicago. It is the first year for this system. There may be changes or refinements next year.

CBBW Events:

4:00 - 11:00 p.m. Beer Fistival (SOLD OUT)
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Beer Fistival is the closing party for Chicago Craft Beer Week. It's a beer tasting event with a bunch of Chicago breweries for $40.
Two sessions; 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. All net proceeds go to the Illinois Craft Beer Guild. Join Chicago breweries like Half Acre, Goose Island, Metropolitan, Haymarket Brew Pub, Rock Bottom Chicago, Finch Beer Company and many more! Revolution will be releasing Red Scare, a big hoppy Red along with the last keg of Sodom, the Revolution/3 Floyds collaboration. Check out your usual e-mail accounts for extra tickets.

North Coast Brewing Company Day
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
In honor of craft beers in Chicago we will feature a different craft brewery each day for the next week! May 27th is North Coast Brewing Co. out of Ft. Bragg, CA. Enjoy $1 off all North Coast beers from open to close!

6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Bell's Beer Tapping
The Rocking Horse, 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 486-0011
Free with CCBW Passport, Reservation not required Friday, we will be tapping
Bell's Wedding Ale and the Consecrator.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Introducing 5 Rabbit Brewery
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Free with CCBW Passport. Taste the first beers from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, the first ever Latin microbrewery in the US: 5 Rabbit Golden Ale, 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier, and 5 Vulture Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale. We'll be serving some appetizers and giving away glassware and t-shirts to the first 30 people to buy their beer. Beer author Randy Mosher, who consulted on the recipes, will also join the brewers for the tasting.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Prost! German Bars of Chicago
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 642-4600
Whether you prefer lagers, bocks, or kölsch, this tour will make you say "Prost!" This trolley crawl explores the heart of German Chicago and discusses German immigration and contributions to the City. We'll visit several of Chicago's best bierstubes and learn about the history of each saloon. Ticket price does not include beverages. Cost: $30; $25 Chicago History Museum Members Purchase tickets here.

Other events:

Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors, Homer Glen
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
12 noon - 2 p.m.: Mike's Hard Malt Beverages
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Goose Island: Matilda, Sofie, Pepe, Fluer

5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Beer and Snacks Pre-Fixe
Lush Wine and Spirits, 1412 W, Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 666-6900
Craft Beer Pre-Fixe dinner and beer pairing. GOOSE ISLAND beer. Tasty snacks from Kelly Snack Master extraordinaire. You may need to buy your bottle at LUSH. They are working on a "by the glass" license.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wild Blossom Mead tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Meet Greg Fischer, the man behind the bees all over town. He'll be here sampling out his award winning Wild Blossom meads, made in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Belgian Beer Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 1950 Lincoln Hwy., St. Charles, IL (630) 377-1671
Sample through some of the classic styles from Belgium, the land beer calls home! $5 W/Binny's Card/ $10 non-members. Call, or email for more information.

This weekend's road trip

Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29 • 3rd Annual Kohler Festival of Beer
Various locations, including The Shops at Woodlake Kohler, 725 Woodlake Rd. Kohler, WI (920) 459-1713
Join us in the Village of Kohler for a weekend of good food and great beer! Don't miss this event featuring breweries from across the country, demonstrations, tastings and entertainment. The weekend's events include: Eggs & Kegs breakfast buffet, Cheers to Beers, Craft Beer Tasting, 3rd Annual Blackwolf Run®, Beer Challenge Tournament & Million-Dollar Shootout (sponsored by Leinenkugel's Beers Around the World), Blues, Brews & BBQ party... and more! You may order tickets by phone at 800-344-2838. Tickets will be available for purchase throughout the event weekend at the Will Call Desk at The Shops at Woodlake. Full info here.

Check the "Recent Posts" box below for other days' events; or the CCBW site.

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