Chicago Craft Beer Week, Monday, May 23

Hey folks, American Craft Beer Week may be over, but the events still pile on thick and fast for Chicago Craft Beer Week. Just look at everything planned for Monday (some of these are regular events outside the purview of CCBW).

Bell's Brewery 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 week! May 23rd is Bell's Brewery out of Kalamazoo, MI. Enjoy $1 off Bell's Oberon pints and Bell's Two Hearted Ale bottles from open to close! [Facebook]

Lucky Monk ACBW event
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
"Know the Monk Beer" blind taste test. Winner receives beer for a year. Call or ask server for contest rules and details.

Mrs. Murphy's Bistro invites you to get Envious!
Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL (773) 248-3905
Mrs. Murphy's Bistro invites you to get "Envious" with beer specials from New Holland Brewery

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Brown Sound Oat Brown Ale release
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
This event is free with CCBW passport. Matty Kemp brewed this amazing Oat Brown Ale in honor of his love for Van Halen... So with that in mind we are blasting Van Halen all day long in tribute to this silky smooth brown ale.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Brew Masters Series
State and Lake at The Wit, 201 N. State St., Chicago (312) 239-9400
A weekly pairing of Craft Brewed beer and specially created burgers from Chef
Evan Percoco. This week featuring Half Acre's Daisy Cutter and a Portabella Burger (portabella mushroom, roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese and crispy polenta fries). This beer & burger pairing is also available all month, Monday-Sunday after 2 p.m. for $10.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Craft Beer Tasting at Finnegan's
Finnegan's Craft Beer & Gastro Pub, 24102 W Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Head out to Finnegans for a complimentary craft beer tasting every Monday. One of our Cicerones will pull new beers recently added to the list and provide some background on each style and samples for you to taste. All beer being sampled with be on special so if you find a favorite, you can enjoy it with out damaging the wallet!

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Finch's Crew at Brownstone
Brownstone Tavern & Grill, 3937 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 528-3700
Come celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week with the Finch's Crew! Brownstone will have Cut Throat on tap all day. Finch's Crew will be there to hang out, talk to fans and of course enjoy a cold one.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Beer Dinner with Left Hand Brewing Company
Public House, 400 N. State St., Chicago (312) 265-1240
Join Public House for an exclusive Beer Dinner experience hosted by Left Hand Brewing Company and executive chef, David Blonsky. Come try out Left Hand's newest Pale Ale, The Stranger. Only $65 including tax and gratuity. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!
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-Cheese and Charcuterie- Beer: Pole Star Pilsner. Local cheese and charcuterie
-1st- Beer: Pole Star Pilsner Frissee salad, haricot vert, shaved radish, anise cured bacon, quail egg, whole grain mustard vinaigrette
-2nd- Beer: Stranger Rye Pale Ale. Hand dipped ricotta & truffle ravioli, farm egg, mushroom broth, fried black trumpet mushrooms, spring garlic
-3rd- Beer: Good Juju. Bar Harbor mussels, lemon ponzu, pickled cabbage
-4th- Beer: Milk Stout. Coco nib & ras el hanout smoked lamb ribs, piquillo pepper jam, chocolate mint and pea tendril salad
-5th- Beer: Barrel Aged Widder Shins. Ginger spice cake, smoked vanilla cream sauce.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Central Waters Chicago Launch
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
We are very excited to welcome one of Wisconsin's best breweries to Chicago. Anello Mollica, Central Waters' brewer, will be on hand to answer questions and share a few pints.
In bottles: Illumination Double IPA Can you say Palate Wrecker? This double IPA comes in at 108 IBUs. As hoppy as it gets with a mouthful of citrus flavors. Grab onetoday and illuminate your tastebuds. 9% ABV
On tap: Glacial Trail IPA. This American style IPA is liberally hopped for a taste bud adventure! Slightly malty with a citrus floral hops right up front, a true hophead dream. 5.5% ABV.
Mud Puppy Porter. A robust, yet surprisingly refreshing porter, Mud Puppy is a favorite of dark beer lovers. Characterized by a thick, rocky head and luscious chocolate-like nose, the malty profile is balanced by liberal hopping for its style. 5.5% ABV
Satin Solstice Imperial Stout. This smooth, creamy stout and a crackling fireplace are the perfect answer to a wintery evening in Wisconsin. The rich coffee flavor compliments the "warm, fuzzy feeling" you get from the abundant alcohol. Enjoy in moderation. 7.5%
And the only keg in Illinois of Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout. Eighty pounds of tart Door County Cherries are thown into each oak barrel with a rich Imperial Stout then aged for 6 months. A 2006 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner in the oak and barrel aged strong beer category.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Chicago Craft Beer Week Rare Beer Tapping
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
For Chicago Craft Beer Week we decided to go deep into our cooler and tap something we have been saving for a special occasion. We will be tapping our Half Acre Baumé barrel with Half Acre Meat Wave. Something old with something new. We will also feature some fun draft beers from Firestone Walker, Southern Tier and Sierra Nevada. [FACEBOOK]

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Left Hand "Week Sauce" Tapping
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Milk Stout Nitro + Sawtooth Nitro = Moo Tooth! If that equation isn't enough, throw in a "square" divided by 16 or something like that and you get this surprise: Week Sauce Aged Porter with Kenyan Peaberry Coffee from "Cultiva Roasting" A 6% dream, & CCBW exclusive. Polestar Pils too? Maybe! Why not!

6:00 p.m. "Pig-out Under the Stars" Chef & Brewer Dinner
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Chef Christopher McCoy will be revisiting this amazing theme. Each course, a finely prepared dish utilizing different cuts of our favorite "other white meat;" paired with Rock Bottom and select locally produced beers. Dinner to be served, weather permitting, "al fresco" on our rooftop patio. Welcome beer at 6:00 p.m.. Cost is $50 all inclusive of tax and service. To make reservations, call Dieter at (312) 755-1677.

6:30 p.m. Founders Beer and Wisconsin Cheese Dinner
The Dining Room at Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch St., Chicago 1-888-905-3632
Cost: $38 per person. Attention Chicago-area Founders foodies. The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts has been hard at work planning the menu:
Each banquet begins at 7:00 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.) and consists of a set five-course menu featuring Founders beer and select Wisconsin cheeses. The Monday Night Dining Series is $38 per person, per banquet, which includes non-alcoholic beverages and sales tax, but does not include gratuity. See the Kendall College School of Culinary Art's Monday Night Dining Events here.
Call (312) 752-2328 for reservations, or reserve online here.

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Collaboration Night! Green Flash / Pizza Port Carlsbad / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
An inspired lineup from three California breweries to celebrate the latest "Collaboration Beer:" Green Flash / Pizza Port Carlsbad / Stone "Highway 78 Scotch Ale"
Also on tap: Green Flash Imperial IPA, West Coast IPA, Fizzy Yellow Beer;
Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels, Cali-Belgique IPA, Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Stone IPA - Double Dry Hopped w/Centennial and Chinook;
Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Wipeout IPA; The Lost Abbey Saison Blanc,. Red Poppy.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Great Divide Tapping
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Bryan Baltzell from Great Divide will be on hand as Bangers & Lace taps up some great beers from the number 7 rated brewery in the world! Draft lineup will include: 17th Anniversary Ale, Hoss Rye Lager, Hades, Hercules Double IPA, Claymore Scotch Ale, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, and Colette Saison (the 2010 Silver Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival).

7:00 p.m. Metropolitan & Two Brothers Night
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
A firkin of Metropolitan's bitter orange and coriander infused Krankshaft and Two Brothers Askew & Pahoehoe.

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Beer Trivia at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Timothy O'Toole's, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
This event is free with CCBW passport. Beer themed Trivia hosted by Comedian Joe Kilgallon! Winner team receives a $30 Bar Tab!

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