Chicago Craft Beer Week events, Thursday, May 26

The much-longer-than-seven-days Chicago Craft Beer Week, sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild only slows down slightly today before the big finish on Friday. As usual, I'm listing all events going on this day, and noting the ones that require a CCBW Passport. Some bars were listed in the article for last Thursday's opening events, and even for the May 16 launch of American Craft Beer Week, when their listings involved weeklong specials or food pairings. However, the CCBW site's own Twitter feed is fielding complaints over these bars closing off for private events and refusing to offer the "bottle caps" for the Passports. Caveat Cervesor.

Chicago Craft Beer Week Prix Fixe Menu featuring Two Brothers
Leopold, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 348-1028
Three course prix fixe menus with craft beer pairings each night of Chicago Craft Beer Week. Wrap up our celebration with the beers of Two Brothers (May 26-27). Menu and pairing details will follow soon. Leopold now takes reservations so please book yours today!

Lagunitas 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! May 26th is Lagunitas Brewing Company out of Petaluma, California. Enjoy $1 off all Lagunitas beers from open to close!

Tyranena Beer & Burger Night
The Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 360-8406
$14 for a Burger & Beer: braised oxtail and goat cheese burger with Tyranena Brewing's Dirty Old Man: Imperial Rye Porter aged in rye whiskey barrels hosted by Tyranena's Conrad Tufte & Windy City Distribution's Chad Wulff.

New Belgium Lips of Faith Tapping
High Dive, 1938 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (773) 235-3483
Free With CCBW Passport. Reservation Not Required. Tapping of a few of the Lips of Faith series. Offered up will be the Dunkelweiss and the Super Cru.

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gypsy Brewer Night
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
What are "Gypsy Brewers?" Gypsy brewing is the act of producing beer without a brewery. We are celebrating some of the best "Gypsy Brewers" with a night of amazing drafts & a pre-fixe dinner to go with some of them. Brian from Stillwater Artisanal will be on hand to answer questions & to tap a extremely rare firkin of the gypsy collaboration, Stillwater/Mikkeller Our Side, dry-hopped with Summit hops! On Draft: Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit, It's Alive, Koppi IPA; Stillwater Saison Darkly, Existent, Of Love & Regret; Mikkeller/BrewDog I Hardcore You; Evil Twin Soft Dookie. In addition to the special tappings we will be serving a Pre-fixe dinner.

5:00 p.m. '10 Hell Hath No Fury Tapping
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
A 2010 Hell Hath No Fury from Bell's will be tapped and will be gone when it is gone. There will also be some other Bell's Beers on draft for this evening.

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Belgian Beer Tasting
Binny's, 670 E Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 545-2550
Taste a fantastic selection of Belgian beers, including Scaldis, De Dolle, Duvel, and many more. $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call, or email for more information.

6:00 p.m. Stone Brewing and Three Floyds: Death and Double Deuces.
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
Stone Brewing: '07 Double Bastard Ale - 22 oz. btl. '08 Russian Imperial Stout - 22 oz. btl. 09/09/09 Vertical Epic - 22oz btl. Vanilla Bean Smoked Porter - draft. India Pale Ale - draft
Three Floyds: Arctic Panzer Wolf - 22 oz. Blackheart - 22 oz. Rabbid Rabbit - draft. Pride and Joy - draft.
Mike Sullivan of Russian Circles will be playing records all night.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Erin Go Beer! Irish Pubs of Chicago
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 642-4600
Chicago has deep Irish roots and continues to celebrate its Irish heritage. On this trolley tour, explore your inner leprechaun and learn about Irish history in Chicago and about the history of each Irish pub we visit. Ticket price does not include beverages. Cost: $30; $25 Chicago History Museum Members. Info and tickets here.

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 - 11:00 p.m. Metropolitan Night at Jake Melnick's
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Come meet Doug and Tracy Hurst, the dynamic duo behind Chicago's Craft Lager Brewery! Celebrate what Chicago Craft Beer really means with the people who make it; and raise a toast to the week before and the city that hosted it! Subtle, nuanced, painstakingly handcrafted, and always right for refreshment- Metro's beers are the answer to the question "what did I just do to myself the past 7 days" All four year round beers will be on draught + a specialty 1/6 bbl will be tapped this night!

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Orland Park taps Liquid Cureage
Rock Bottom, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Support our charity by joining us for the Liquid Cureage tapping. This charity tapping is for the Walk for Life in aid of cancer research. Liquid Cureage is a rich, malty deep copper colored Dusseldorf style Alt Bier. Brewed using 100% imported German malt and hops this is a great beer for a great cause.

6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Brewers of Chicago Past
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Free With CCBW Passport. We'll be pouring special beers honoring trailblazing brewers of Chicago's past who now brew all over the country. Featuring beer from Matt Van Wyk, Nick Floyd, Phineas DeMink, John Mangee, Todd Ashman, Matt Brynildson, and Greg Browne.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Konigshonig Tapping
Rock Bottom, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL (630) 836-1380
We are tapping our honey lager! This delicious beer is crafted using local honey from Naperville's own Talbot Apiaries. Countless hours of bee work went into the 60 pounds of honey used in this recipe. This lager is a traditional type of beer produced in Austria and Germany. Konigshonig is German translated to "king's honey". The honey adds a distinctive flavor and a touch more alcohol than traditional lagers. This will be a delicious way to kick off the summer. Joe Talbot, the owner / beekeeper extraordinaire will be in attendance to talk about his trade.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Boulevard Brewing Tasting
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 348-6088
Free With CCBW Passport. Come out and try brews from Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing. Making great beer since 1989, Boulevard is a great Midwest brewery. We will be pouring samples of Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale along with a selection of their other great brews.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Rogue Beer Dinner
Burger Bar - Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago 312-255-0055
Free With CCBW Passport. Reservation Not Required. Featuring off-menu items beyond burgers and different beers from Rogue paired to each of the five courses, the night is bound to expand upon any burger lover's notion of a great burger and beer pairing.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. New Belgium Lips of Faith Tapping
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
The Lips of Faith program was established at New Belgium to allow the brewers to create unique beers. To test the boundaries of established styles and sometimes to create new styles. Sheffield's has been saving some of these unique beers to tap for Chicago Craft Beer Week: Dunkelweiss (Dark German wheat beer), La Folie (Sour Brown Ale), Vriendon (Allagash & New Belgium collaboration), Le Terrior (Dry Hopped Sour), Sahit (Finnish style beer), Ooh La La (Ale brewed with fresh raspberries), 10-10-10 (Belgian Strong), Abbey Grand Cru (Abbey Dubbel), Super Cru (25th Anniversary beer).

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Paramount Merchants night
Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 642-9253
Join us as we pour some of our favorite beers from our American Breweries. Abita Purple Haze, Turbo Dog Amber; Southern Tier 2XIPA, Iniquity, Phin & Matts; New Holland El Mole Ocho, Envious, Imperial Hatter; North Coast 2011 Old Stock, Le Merle, Brother Thelonius, PranQster.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stillwater Artisanal Meet & Greet with Brian Strumke
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Named by RateBeer as one of the Top New Brewers In The World, 2011, meet Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Tapping: The 'Import Series': OF LOVE & REGRET, A Belgian Saison Ale, accented with grassy hops & an array of spring botanicals (heather, chamomile, lavender & dandelion). A SAISON DARKLY- Brewed at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium with Dr. Canarus. This black saison carries qualities similar to a stout with light roast and burnt sugar flavors, spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandraberries. JADED- Brewed with Urbain Coutteau of De Struise Brouwers. Urbain describes this work as "Dark chestnut coloured ale with a nice steady off white head. Aroma is all about finesse, loads of blossoms and spring flowers. The mouth-feel is refined, playful and complex with Saison like peppery flavours. Soft nutty after taste with a bite." And a special bonus keg of OUTBLACK.

7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Origin of the Rabbit - 5 Rabbit Brewery
National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago
An evening of art, food and beer at


The National Museum of Mexican Art. 5 Rabbit beers are informed & inspired by the best Latin ingredients past and present, but have a 21st Century global point-of-view. Drawing inspiration from Píixan, a Mayan language term loosely meaning "free spirit," 5 Rabbit looks to celebrate this notion of a free spirit in craft beer as well as in food, art, community & other aspects of a good life. Join us for an evening of art, food and beer. Andres' wife, Mila, and a chef friend designed the menu, which will include ceviche, empanadas, meatballs in green chile sauce and choco-flan, plus several other dishes paired with our three 5 Rabbit beers. If you haven't been to this museum in Pilsen, it's really something special and should be a great venue for this beer and food presentation. Buy your tickets ($35) at Ticket price includes access to the museum galleries, food, beer, 5 Rabbit t-shirt and pub glass. Gallery viewing: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Beer pairing cocktail: 7:30 -10:30 p.m.


8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Uinta Brewery Night
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Free With CCBW Passport. Reservation Not Required. We are super happy to host an evening with Steve Kuftinec of the Utah's Uinta Brewery. We'll have several Crooked Line Beers on tap and specials on the big bottles.

9:30 p.m. Half Acre Presents The Growlers at The Empty Bottle
The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-3600
we are setting up shop at the Empty Bottle for the "Half Acre Presents, The Growlers," show. We are taking over the taps, selling beers for $3.50 per pint and looking to let our collective hair down. That, to me, sounds like a trip worth making. We'll be pouring some off the funkier froth. We're also going to give away a bunch of tickets for free. You can buy tickets here to insure you'll be there, only $8.

10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. 2nd Annual Brewers Bowling Night
Timber Lanes Bowl, 1851 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (773) 549-9770
$10, Reservation Not Required. Join some of your favorite brewers at the end of a long day for an evening of bowling and craft beer. We have all 8 lanes rented for the night. It is $10 per person, and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild will pick up the remainder. 1st come, first bowl. Local craft beer will be brought in for our consumption. For More Information, Email, or call (773) 316-0552.

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