Chicago Craft Beer Week events, Wednesday, May 25

Chicago Craft Beer Week shows no signs of slowing down. Many of these events were just announced Monday, as I'm writing this up! Again, the official CCBW events may require use of the CCBW Passport, and I've tried to indicate the ones that do. Others are hanger-on events, or regularly-scheduled events that just happen to fall during CCBW.

Pub crawls:

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. HALF ACRE HIKE!!!
Half Acre Brewery, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Join us as Half Acre Beer Company, Acre Restaurant, Hopleaf, and Fountainhead hike around the neighborhoods and drink some special beer. Every bar will have a keg of "Meat Wave" a special beer brewed for Chicago Craft Beer Week. The
day will go like this:
4:00 p.m. Half Acre Brewery Tour, there is a sign up sheet at each of the bars involved with 20 spots each so ask your servers and bartenders.
5:30 Arrive at Acre Restaurant and drink 3 special one-off beers from Half Acre Brewery, eat some food, have some laughs.
6:30 Arrive at Hopleaf to try 3 more specia one-offl beers, eat some food, and have a few more laughs.
7:30 Arrive at Fountainhead to try a special cask of "Meat Wave" English IPA, have some food, rest our tired legs, and have some laughs about the guy who tripped on his way over (because it's bound to happen). Direct your questions here:

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. River North Sales & Service and Chicago History Museum Trolley Tour
Reservation Not Required. For More Information, Email Enjoy specialty craft beers from top breweries, and meet their brewmasters. The trolley will run continuously to: Central Waters Brewing @ Local Option, Bridgeport @ Beer Bistro, Central City Brewing @ Bangers & Lace, Stillwater Artisanal Ales @ The Map Room, Uinta Brewing @ Quenchers, Brewery Ommegang @ The Village Tap, Goose Island @ Paddy Longs. CCBW Passport is required for trolley transportation.

More events:

Goose Island presents Rare Stout Night
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Drafts include rare beers from the Goose Island vaults plus others from some of their favorite local and international brewers. Current draft list: Evil Twin Soft DK, New Holland Dragon's Milk (cask), Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout, Mikkeller Rauch Beer Geek, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Uinta Labyrinth Stout, as well as FFF, Victory, Left Hand, Allagash, Lost Abbey, Tyranena & more. Open to CCBW Passport holders only.

Two specials at Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Two Brothers Brewing Company Day
In honor of craft beers in Chicago we will feature a different craft brewery each day! May 25th is Two Brothers Brewing Company out of Warrenville, IL. Enjoy $1 off all Two Brothers beers from open to close!
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Goose Island Marisol Release Event
Marisol is a Belgian Style Golden ale brewed in collaboration with Chef Rick Bayless. The beer is brewed with Citra and Crystal Hops then fermented with our house Belgian Ale yeast strain. Spices are added during fermentation include green tea, green coriander, orange, grapefruit and lime peel.

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Founders Old Curmudgeon Tapping
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
One of Founders' awesome brews gets tapped. Get here early as it won't last the night! This Old Ale conjures up thoughts of classic seafaring ports, there local pubs and the weathered fisherman that frequent them. In traditional style, Curmudgeon is brewed with an intense focus on the malt bill creating a very strong, rich, malty characteristic and a sweetness indicative of its cousin the barleywine. We are especially proud of the balance in this beer making it deceptively smooth and drinkable at 9.8% alcohol by volume.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 5 Rabbit & Metropolitan Meet & Greet
The Publican, 845 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, (312) 733-9555
Sample remarkable beers from 5 Rabbit and Metropolitan while meeting the brewers at The Publican. Appetizers from the eclectic menu of the renowned beer-focused restaurant are complimentary. No tickets needed; just show up.

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Chicago Craft Beer Week - Local Cask Night
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Our main event for Chicago Craft Beer Week is Local Cask Night! A great firkin night with our favorite local breweries. Half Acre, Lunar, Haymarket, Metropolitan, Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Revolution & Flossmoor Station, will all be supplying the goods. Yes, That means 8 casks!!!!! We'll be tapping a firkin of: Metropolitan Heavy Iron Works Sticke Altbier, Two Brothers Double Dry Hopped Cane & Ebel, Revolution Mad Cow Stout, Half Acre Meat Wave IPA, and the rest you'll just have to come & see!

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.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Great Lakes Brewery Beer 101 Class
Franklin Tap
, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Join Great Lakes Brewing Company's Kevin Hack for an "Beer 101" instructional beer sampling. Mr. Hack will discuss the history of this midwestern craft brewery and conduct an in-depth tasting of five Great Lakes selections paired with Chef Tim Dowling's classic American food.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Louis Glunz Beer Tasting
Branmor's American Grill, 300 Veterans Parkway, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 226-9926
Join our management team & staff for our first Beer Tasting Event at Branmor's American Grill in 2011! We will be featuring breweries within the Louis Glunz portfolio. Please be sure to register at the front desk. You will be given raffle tickets good for prizes offered throughout the evening! We will pair the beers with some hot hors d'oeuvres, artisan cheeses with assorted crackers, crostini & breads teamed with fresh crudites with a roasted garlic dip.
This event is a RESERVATION ONLY EVENT! $10 per person at the door. Please respond via Facebook Event or by phone. As always, there will be some prizes from the selected breweries. Tentative Beer List: Great Lakes Elliot Ness Amber Lager, Commodore Perry IPA; Breckenridge Lucky U IPA, Agave Wheat; Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Booze, Bars, and Bootlegging! Prohibition Era Chicago
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 642-4600
Find out what makes Chicago untouchable. Get a taste of infamous speakeasies frequented by some of Chicago's infamous gangsters like Capone, Moran, and Dillinger. On this trolley tour, learn how prohibition came to be, some fascinating facts about the era, and how it ultimately shaped the city and its image. Ticket price does notinclude beverages. Cost: $30; $25 Chicago History Museum Members. Info and tickets here.

6:00 p.m. Bourbon County Vertical at Paddy Long's
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Sample four different vintages of Bourbon County Brand Stout. There will be 4oz samples of '07, '08, '09, and 10 for $5 each. The whole flight will be $16, or the full flight and a bacon board with four different bacons for $22. Full bottles of each vintage will also be available.

Two Events at Owen & Engine, 2700 N Claremont, Chicago (773) 235-2930:
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Bridgeport Tapping
Portland's own BridgePort Brewing Co. will be introducing palates to three of their coolest brews: Stumptown Sour, Kingpin Double Red Ale, & Highland Ambush Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Family Dinner
It's springtime in Chicago, things are looking positively vernal, and we figured it was high time for a Family Dinner. Our chefs are presenting a menu featuring Spring lamb from Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, IL and produce from Werp Farms in Buckley, MI. Our Cicerone will be offering beer pairings to compliment, including Dupont Avril, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada Ovila, and Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet. $35/person, not including tax and gratuity. Beer pairing will be an additional $15.

6:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner
one sixtyblue, 1400 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 850-0303
Join Goose Island for a special dinner during Chicago Craft beer week as Chef McDonald pairs his locally sourced cuisine with Goose's Reserve Vintage Ales, Vintage Ales and Extreme Ales.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Lil' party with Great Lakes Brewing Company!
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Come and meet some of the Great Lakes brewers and staff while they pour their award-winning beers. Beers scheduled to be on tap: Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Lake Erie Monster, Grand Cru, Burning River Pale Ale, Holy Moses

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Port Brewing/Lost Abbey Rare Beer Night
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
Matt Wells from Port/Lost Abbey will be in attendance to pour some of their rarest offerings: Framboise de Amorosa, Older Viscosity, and the Chicago release of Port Brewing's Anniversary Double IPA, among other fine offerings for the evening.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Rock Bottom & Stillwater Sampling
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
This Event Is Free With CCBW Passport, Reservation not Required. Rock Bottom will be tasting out ... Stillwater will be tasting out : Existent : Black Saison Jaded : Belgian Strong Dark Ale

6:30 p.m. Beer Academy - Bocks
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Head Pub Brewer Jared Rouben on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call 312.915.0071. $20 per person.

6:30 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at Carnivale
Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago (312) 850-5005
Pairing Belgian style ales with Chef David Dworshak's Latin cuisine. To reserve a seat call the restaurant at 312-850-5005.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Left Hand Brewing Company Beer Dinner
The Tap House Grill, 123 Washington Street, Oswego, IL 630-383-2020
Proudly 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 with pairings featuring Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey, Good JuJu, Milk Stout, and Stranger. $45 Per Person. Please call ahead for reservations

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. New Belgium Beer Dinner
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
4 beers from New Belgium, and 4 beers from the Monk, throw in some good food and good people, and it is a must attend! Reach out to Lucky Monk to get tickets now. $55 per person, excluding tax & gratuity.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Brooklyn Beer Dinner
Paramount Room, 415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (312) 829-6300
3 limited release beers on the menu. Demi Cure Pork Belly? Grilled Pigeon Layonase? Pan Roasted Halibut? What ever will we pair with these? Gotta come to find out! Brooklyn Brewing rep Mike Maraghy will be walking you through the brewery's history, beers, and even some funny stories. Contact The Paramount Room for tickets to this kick-a$$ Beer Dinner. $50. Reservation Required, Email or call 312.829.6300

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Lagunitas & Stone Small Plates Pairing
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
Chicago Craft Beer Week continues! Join us for a simple beer and food pairing event featuring small plates by Justin White paired with great brews from Stone and Lagunitas.
Three pairings to choose from, each plate comes with a paired tasting portion from each brewery. Pairings will feature Lagunitas Imperial Stout, Fusion & Sumpin Sumpin Ale, and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, Double Bastard Ale, and Ruination. Just $11 Stop by, try and a plate and pick your favorite pairing!

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. New Holland Brewing night at Prairie Moon
Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 864-8328
Join us for a special night featuring New Holland Brewing and New Holland Artisan spirits on draft: Envious, Imperial Hatter, El Mole Ocho, Dragon's Milk; Mad Hatter Cocktails made with Knickerbocker Gin, Freshwater Rum's Zepplin Bend Whiskey.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Victory Brewing Co. Rare Beer Tapping
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
A Victory brewery representative will be in attendance to tap rare kegs from the brewery's archives: Firkin of Headwater's Pale Ale, V12 Belgian Quadrupel, Yakima Glory, their Bavarian Pale Ale, and Summer Love, a new beer from the brewery to Chicago.

7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Founders Beer Dinner
Branch 27, 1371 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 850-2700
4 Course Food & Beer Pairing featuring the Beers of Founders Brewing to celebrate Chicago Beer Week. $50 plus tax & Gratuity Reservations are required:

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Goose Island Reserve Tasting
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 348-6088
This Event Is Free with CCBW Passport, no reservations required.

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. New Belgium Sampling
Uptown Lounge, 1136 W. Lawerence, Chicago 773.878.1136
Come out to Uptown Lounge for a sampling of New Belgium's Fat Tire, Somersault, Ranger IPA, Abbey and Trippel.

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