Chicago Craft Beer Week events - Friday, May 20

Chicago Craft Beer Week is off and running, sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers' Guild. This is a companion to American Craft Beer Week, sponsored by the Brewers Association. I just lumped all the beer related events for today into this column, including some that weren't intended as official Beer Week events. Please note that most CCBW events are free to attend, but some may limit attendance to those bearing Beer Week passports. Most participating establishments will sell you a passport on-site for $10. And check the "Recent Posts" box below for events on other days!

Friday May 20

Bar on Buena is Going to the Dogs! BrewDog
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena, Chicago (773) 525-8665
Join us on May 20th for an evening featuring the beers of BrewDog Brewery.

Lucky Monk ACBW event
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
Cask Brown Ale tapping ceremony.

New Holland Brewing 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 20th is New Holland Brewing Company out of Holland, MI. Enjoy $1 off all New Holland beers from open to close!

Prairie Moon Firkin Friday: Arcadia Ales
Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 864-8328
Prairie Moon invites you to join them for Firkin Fridays with Arcadia Ales, honoring American Craft Beer Week.

7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Three Floyds / Half Acre collaboration
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588


Three of the country's most rad craft breweries are hosting a double event in Bridgeport: One at Maria's; and a simultaneous event two blocks away at our gallery, the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan Street). These events are being held to celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week.
Half Acre, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head will be stocking Maria's with some rare beers on draft at 7:00 p.m. til 2:00 a.m. There is no cover. Over a dozen styles of beer will be available for imbibing at a simultaneous sweet party at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. The event at the Co-Prosperity Sphere takes place from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Admission is $10, which entitles you to complementary beer. There are no online or presale admission tickets. Meet the staffs of your favorite breweries. Three Floyd's Gregg Alzinga will be on the decks. Lord of the Yum Yum will perform at both venues. Proceeds will go to the non profit 501(c)3 arts organization the Public Media Institute.

4:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. American Craft Beer Week - Special Keg Tapping
Palmer Place Restaurant and Biergarten, 56 S. LaGrange Rd., La Grange, IL (708) 482-7127
Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Dubbel will be tapped.

4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. East Coast-West Coast-No Coast beer event
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
No Entrance Fee. We will feature Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Brew & Nectar Red from the West; Southern Tier 2XIPA and HopSun from the East; and Chicago's Half Acre Daisy Cutter and Baume. Which is best? come drink and find out!

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 40 oz. Beer Tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
All your favorite 40 ouncers! Miller products Magnum Malt Liquor, Mickey's Malt Liquor, Steel Reserve 211, Olde English 800 High Gravity & more! Luke Tavit from Chicago Beverage will be here to guide you through these amazing beers! Don't miss this one!
This takes place along with West Lakeview Liquors BBQ at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Representatives from Founders will be pouring. Be sure you can tell the beers apart.

5:00 p.m. Firkin tapping - black pepper-infused Iron Works Alt
In Fine Spirits, 5420 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9463
Celebrate Firkin Friday with Metropolitan's black pepper infused Iron Works Alt!

5:30 - 11:00 p.m. Goose Island Summertime Pub Crawl
Join Goose Island as they host an ambitious South Loop pub crawl with six featured stops.

Open to CCBW passport holders only.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 10.10.10. Squared - A New Belgium & Stone Brewing Night
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
"So, I looked in my cooler a few weeks ago and realized I had a keg of Stone's Vertical Epic 10.10.10, and then saw that I had a keg of New Belgium's Metric 10/10/10... Let's put them on at the same time!!!
Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10: A Belgian-style golden trippel is the starting point of this beer with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. Then the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. ABV: 9.5%.
New Belgium 10.10.10 Metric Ale: A beer made from 10 ingredients on 10.10.10 at 10:10 in the a.m., then fermented in Fermentation Vessel #10 for 10 days resulting in an abv of 10%. 10.10.10's 10 ingredients include lager yeast, Polish noble hops, multiple malts, black pepper and grains of paradise. Though relatively high in alcohol at 10% abv, the beer finishes quite dry with a fruity nose from spicing.
In Addition to the 10.10.10's, you know how we at Fountainhead love cask beer so...we have a cask from both breweries: Stone Double Dry-Hopped IPA w/ Amarillo New Belgium's 20th Anniversary -Super Cru As well as fun drafts like New Belgium Ooh LaLa & Stone Double Bastard with Chipotle Peppers!!

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Globe Pub - Craft Beer Night
The Globe Pub, 1934 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (773) 871-3757
Globe Pub invites you to join them for Craft Beer Night. Cost is $40/person for beer and appetizers.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Two Brothers Night at Jake Melnick's
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago 312-266-0400
Stop by and join us for some rare Two Brothers offerings and a few cask-conditioned beers.

7:00 p.m. 1/2 way to Halloween Dogfish Punkin Tapping
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Paddy Longs invites you to join us for 1/2 Way to Halloween, with a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale tapping. Costumes optional.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Chicago Craft Beer Week: Local Brewery Night!
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
Enjoy rare offerings from three of Chicago's Best Craft Breweries! Brewers and representatives from all three breweries will be on hand to talk about their beers. Featuring:
Metropolitan Brewing; a single hop pils brewed with Chad & Phil from Small Bar called "Gold Star For Robot Boy"
Two Brothers; a fresh firkin of their foudre-aged Resistance IPA
Half Acre; Baumé Rye Stout

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. The Avery Experience
Long Room, 1612 Irving Park, Chicago (773) 665-4500
First time ever in Chicago! Kick off Chicago Craft Beer Week with 15 draft lines of Avery beers for your pleasure, including some never before seen rarities from their cellar!
Meph Addict (Mephistopheles with coffee toddy), Collaboration not Litigation (with Russian River), Out of Sight (Out of Bounds Stout with coffee toddy), Lilikoi Mahu (WhiteRascal with Passion Fruit), Buddha's Hand (Karma spiced with buddha's hand), Hog Heaven (Barley Wine), Reverend (Belgian Quadrupel), Salvation (Belgian Strong Golden Ale), Karma (Amber Farmhouse Ale), Maharaja (Double IPA), Out of Bounds Stout, Joe's Pilsner, White Rascal (Belgian Wit), Ellie's Brown Ale, Avery IPA.
Take a cab. Ted Whitney will be in from Boulder, but we assure you, he won't be driving.

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