All right. I have 30-count 'em-30 events on the calendar, and not all of them are officially tied in the Chicago Craft Beer Week. An article by the Chicago Tribune's Josh Noel notes that in order to get on the event list,bars had to pay a $250 fee and get a stack of Passports to hawk. And they don't quite have the prize list set for collecting "bottle caps" on the passport anyway.
So I am trying to note the events that do require a passport to attend.But don't worry, there's plenty of beer to go around.
Chicago Craft Beer Week Prix Fixe Menu featuring Allagash
Leopold, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 348-1028
Join us for Chicago Craft Beer Week! Three course prix fixe menus with craft beer pairings each night with a focus on four different breweries. For May 24 & 25, try Allagash Brewing Co. Leopold now takes reservations, so please book yours today!
Haymarket Brewing - Pizza Port
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Brewmeister Pete Crowley writes: "Below is the tap list for our Pizza Port night. Almost all are in 1/6th barrels. It is a CCBW passport required event, which will basically act as your 'ticket' which makes it a 'private' event, which allows me to have these awesome beers!"
Pizza Port Carlsbad
- Sharkbite Red: 6.2% abv, American style red ale
- Pants Optional Pale Ale (the only 1/2 barrel keg Pizza Port sent off premise): 6.6% abv, American strong pale ale.
- Night Rider Imperial Stout: 10% abv, American style imperial stout.
- I-5 Brown Ale: 9.5% abv, American style imperial brown ale, made in Collaboration with Matt Van Wyk from Oakshire Brewing Co.
- Revelations: 8.2% abv, Belgian style pale strong ale.
- Good Grief Brown Ale: 5.1% abv, English style brown ale.
Pizza Port Solana Beach
- The Booya Steez: Imperial IPA, 8.5% abv.
- Old Boneyards: American barleywine.
- Swami's IPA: American IPA
Pizza Port Ocean Beach
- The Jetty IPA: 7.3% abv, dry hopped with chinook and simcoe.
- Tarantula's 2.0: 6.5% abv, black strong pale ale.
- O. B. Spaceman Belgian Pale: 6.5% abv.
- A. B. L. E. American Stout: 8.2% abv, a beer made to raise funds for our friend Brit Antrim.
Pizza Port San Clemente
- Feeding Frenzy: 8.7% abv, Imperial red ale
- Pier Rat Porter: 5.5% abv, Robust porter
- Oro de Cervecero: 5.1% abv, American pale ale.
Three Floyds Brewing Day
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665 www.mmonks.com/
In honor of craft beers in Chicago we will feature a different craft brewery each day for the next week! May 24th is Three Floyds Brewing out of Munster, Indiana Enjoy $1 off bottles of Gumballhead, Robert the Bruce, and Pride & Joy from open to close!
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Chicago Craft Beer Week - Sierra Nevada Night
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
As part of Fountainhead's Chicago Craft Beer Week we are pleased to bring you the largest tapping of Sierra Nevada drafts in Chicago history!!! Our friends from Chico, CA have sent us some very fun pub beers, new releases, & one of the 30th Anniversary brews!
In bottles available only available that evening: Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken's Ale, 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken's Ale, 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Ken's Bock.
Some of the drafts: Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve - Grand Cru, Southern Hemisphere Harvest, Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel, Beer Camp - California Common, Beer Camp - Double IPA, Best Bitter, Blonde Brown
...and many more!! There will also be flights paired with Flat breads as part or regular daily Tuesday special. [Facebook]
3:00 p.m. Ticket Sales for Ultimate Beer Bout VI
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Since we loved the last format, we decided to put Dogfish against all Comers! Tickets go on sale May 24, 3:00 p.m. for the August 6 event. Available only at Tribes. Expect tickets to sell out quickly. Price to be determined.
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. More details coming. You may need to buy your bottle at LUSH. They are working on a "by the glass" license.
Two different events on the same day? My sources are getting confused...
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
5:00 - 11:00 p.m. Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Series Tapping w/ Farmhouse Gueuze!
Lagunitas and Jake Melnicks (Quite simply, like sugar and spice) The end result? Everything Niiiiiice! IPA Hop Stoopid, FUSION 6, FUSION 5, Maximus Farmhouse Gueuze, Little Sumpin' Sumpin.'
5:00 - 11:00 p.m. Victory V12 + VVV Tap Lineup
Victory's Cameron Russell will be in attendance to answer questions regarding any
of the following specialty offerings that will... quite simply... leave you speechless. (which makes Cameron's job very very easy) V12 Quad Yakima Glory Bavarian Pale Summer Love Look for the red VVVV's and and you will see!
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. New Belgium Craft Beer Sampling
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Please join New Belgium Brewing at Cactus for a beer sampling event. Tastings include Fat Tire, Mothership Wit, and two selections from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sam Adams Imperial White Sampling
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Join the Boston Brewing Company at Franklin Tap for a complimentary sampling of the latest from their Imperial Series, Imperial White.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Meet the Brewers: Half Acre
Tiny Lounge, 4352 N Leavitt St., Chicago (773) 463-0396
Tapping a barrel of the newly released Half Acre MEATWAVE. Enjoy the latest seasonal offering with the very same people who conceived, created, and might even be hand-serving the brew itself. We'll be tapping the English style IPA and pairing it with delectable off-menu sausage and encased meat treats from Chef Martin. This event is free with CCBW passport.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Anderson Valley Beer Dinner
Lillie's Q, 1856 W. North Ave., Chicago (773) 772-5500
Lillie's Q chef/owner Charlie McKenna, who serves award-winning competition BBQ along with Southern favorites and sides at his Bucktown restaurant, will host a four-course beer featuringrare Anderson Valley Brewing Company brews. There are no reservations needed for the beer dinner, and it will be served on a first come, first serve basis starting at 6:00 p.m. Lillie's Q will also serve its regular a la carte menu as well. The cost of the four-course dinner - with each course paired with a different 8oz pour of Anderson Valley beers - is $55 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Anderson Valley owner and president Trey White will be at the beer dinner and will talk about the beer pairings. Proceeds from each beer dinner sold will go the Make-A-Wish Foundation's "Dining For Wishes" campaign.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Lucky Monk ACBW event
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Meet & Sip with Bridgeports's Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton
Jaks Tap, 901 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago (888) 344-8492
Free with CCBW passport. In celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week, Bridgeport Brewery has flown in brewmaster Jeff Edgerton! Jeff will be sampling some of Bridgeport's award winning crafts such as Kingpin Double Red, Highland Ambush, Hop Czar and the ever so sexy Stumptown Tart. These crafts will also be available for an incredibly $4! Free pizzas!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. New Holland Brewing night at Village Tap
Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St, Chicago (877) 410-7148
Join us for a spectacular night of New Holland brews. We will be tapping some exciting beers from these pioneers of their craft: Envious, El Mole Ocho, Mad Hatter and Imperial Hatter [Facebook]
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sausage & Beer Featuring Founders & Great Lakes Brewing
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Great Lakes & Founders Brewing companies will have six beers on tap and we'll be offering three pairings of sausage and beer. The pairings are: Chicken sausage made with orange peel, corriander, and Great Lakes Holy Moses Wit paired with Holy Moses Wit; Pork and Lamb sausage with mint, coconut milk, Garam masala, and Founders Double Trouble paired with Double Trouble; Duck sausage and cranberry paired with Great Lakes Instigator Dopplebock.
6:00 p.m. Three Floyds tap takeover
Big Star, 1531 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 680-7740
We're pouring only Three Floyds beer from our taps! Our beer directors are DJing.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Tyranena "Flight & A Bite" Beer Dinner
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Conrad Hartwick Tufte of Tyranena Brewing will be hosting as we kick back & relax and enjoy 3 awesome Tyranena brews with 3 Maple Tree "Bites". Tickets for this event are extremely limited and available on a first come, first served basis. (We will probably max out at 20-30 people so please get your tickets soon!) Only $20 bucks! Menu atthe event's Facebook page.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Windy City Tap Takeover
Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
The good people from Windy City Distribution will be hijacking our taps for the evening, and offering up some fine examples of the brewed arts, including beers from Stone, Lagunitas, Left Hand, Metropolitan, & Two Bros. Check our website & here for more information and a full listing of the beers.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Left Hand Brewing Company Beer Dinner
The Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Presented by Chef Todd Davies & the team at Taphouse Grill. Reception @ 6:30 / Dinner @ 7:00. Starts with a complementary pint of Sawtooth Ale! Five Courses. $45 Per Person. Please call ahead for reservations, and check out the menu at Taphousegrills.com/beerpair
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Swine, Wine & Hops with Ari Weinzweig
Zest at Lemon Tree Grocer, 5101 Mochel Dr., Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-9869
Lemon Tree Grocer and Zingerman's of Ann Arbor have teamed up to bring you a once in a lifetime event! A gourmet dinner hosted by one of the world's foremost bacon experts. Ari will be speaking about his philosophies on bacon, business and life as well as signing his best seller, "Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon".
Pairings include Flossmoor Station Pullman Brown Ale, Metropolitan "Krankshaft" Kolsch style, Unibroue "La Fin Du Monde" Triple, Stone "Arrogant Bastard" American Strong Ale, and Firestone Walker "Walker's Reserve" Porter. $42 for Dinner +$18 for optional beer and wine pairings Call 630-969-9869 to reserve a seat before they are gone!
7:00 p.m. Chicago Craft Beer Week: Hwy 78 Collaboration Night
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago (708) 525-2727
Stone Brewing Co, Lost Abbey, Port Brewing and Green Flash collaborated on the Highway 78 Scotch Ale this past winter. Now, brewery representatives join SmallBar to tap beers from all three breweries: Green Flash Fizzy Yellow Beer (a Czech Pils), Imperial IPA, West Coast IPA. Port Brewing Older Viscosity (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter), Anniversary Double IPA. Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa. Stone Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale, Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Double Dry Hopped IPA. [Facebook]
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Crispin Limited Release tapping
Flo and Santos, 1310 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago (312) 566-9817
Crispin will be tapping its very limited release Desert Noir at Flo and Santo's to celebrate Craft Beer Week. A very Limited Release draught oak barrel aged cider. Desert Noir blends apple-wine aged in Tennessee Whiskey Barrels with apple-wine aged in red wine oak barrels then back-sweetened with Agave Nectar and a touch of Prickly Pear Nectar. There will also be a cider food pairing with flights of Crispin's artisanal reserve series.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Deb's Red Tapping at Long Room
Long Room, 1612 Irving Park, Chicago (773) 665-4500
Bell's Deb's Red is a pub only beer, and this will be your only chance to try it in Chicago. Come early to try this great beer, there is only 1 quarter bbl of it, first come, first served. Hope to see you there. There will also be other Bell's Beers on tap for the evening.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Rare Beer Tapping
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing's Matt Wells will be in from San Diego to tap rare kegs from the brewery's cellar: Framboise de Amorosa, Brandy Angel's Share, Saison Blanc, Older Viscosity, and some year-round beers to round out the mix.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Somersault Kickoff
Brownstone, 3937 N. Lincoln, Chicago (773) 528-3700
Come on out and help us give New Belgium's Somersault Blond Ale a good welcome as we get the tap pouring. [Facebook]
7:00 p.m. Sour night at the Bristol
The Bristol, 2152 N. Damen Ave. Chicago (773) 862-5555
Join Goose Island and Zagat as we present a closing party for the National Restaurant Association conference featuring Matilda, Sofie, Lolita, Madame Rose, Amara and Mae on draught, paired with small plates from Chef Chris Pandel. Open to passport holders only.
8:30 p.m. Movie Night
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Featuring B-HORROR Flicks: Tourist Trap and Blood Diner on our big screen! One order of our delicious Hot Wings and any American Craft beer, only 10 bucks!
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