Chicago Craft Beer Week opening events, Thursday, May 19

Today kicks off Chicago Craft Beer Week, sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers' Guild, taking place in the middle of American Craft Beer Week, sponsored by the Brewers Association. I'm confused, too. So I just lumped all the beer related events for today into this column. It's the beer that matters. 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.

Featured Event:

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. "Beer Under Glass" Micro-Brew Event
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago (773) 746-5100
Taste Local Craft Brews and Restaurant Food at the Conservatory. Cost: $40 online, $30 online for GPCA Members, $50 at the door (if available). Celebrate the return of spring with the return of Beer Under Glass! This year's Beer Under Glass will be even bigger and better - with more breweries from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and more restaurants spread throughout the Conservatory. Enjoy the Conservatory at night as you sip inventive brews from some of Chicagoland's hottest craft breweries in your souvenir glass. Popular local restaurants will serve up tasty small plates, and other surprises will round out the evening.
Companies scheduled to participate this year include BrickStone, Emmett's Tavern and Brewing, Finch's, Flatlander's, Flossmoor Station, Goose Island Beer Co., Goose Island Brewpub, Gordon Biersch, Granite City, Half Acre, Hamburger Mary's, Haymarket Pub and Brewery, Limestone, The Lucky Monk, Marion St. Cheese Market, Metropolitan, Mickey Finn's, New Belgium, Revolution, Rock Bottom Chicago, Rock Bottom Lombard, Rock Bottom Orland Park, Rock Bottom Warrenville, Shmaltz, Stockholm's, Stone, Two Brothers, Wild Onion, and 5 Rabbit Cerveceria.

Beer Under Glass is the opening event for Chicago Craft Beer Week. The Beer Passport, official guide and event pass for Chicago Craft Beer Week, is included with each Beer Under Glass ticket! Tickets are nearly sold out! A portion of your ticket purchase will help support theprograms, events and activities offered by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Katherine Schultz at 773-638-1766 x.28 or

Thursday, May 19:

BrewDog Extreme beers available
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
Brew Dog Tactical Nuclear Penguin (a stout weighing in at 32% ABV) and Sink the Bismarck (quadruple IPA with a one-time world record 41% ABV) are now available at Blokes & Birds Chicago. They're $150 apiece and extremely rare, and we've got them both!

Chicago Craft Beer Week at the Beer Bistro
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
Join us for a Week long Celebration of all things Craft Brewed! We will have special events all week long, including new brewer Finch's Beer, Goose Island BCS and Vanilla BCS tapping, plus specialty brews from Bell's Brewing Co.
Friday night: East Coast-West Coast-No Coast beer event featuring Firestone-Walker, Half Acre, and Southern Tier. Brooklyn Brewing Co. will be raffling off Tickets to Cubs Vs. Mets - Some Firkins from Summit - The debut of Bridgeport's Summer Bright Ale and so much more...
ALSO - Sunday 5/22 after 8:00 p.m. we will have a special offering for Industry Workers from Ommegang (quarter brews while supplies last)

Chicago Craft Beer Week Prix Fixe Menu
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. We kick it off with Brewery Ommegang (5/19-5/20), then North Coast Brewing Co. (5/21-5/22), Allagash Brewing Co. (5/24-5/25) and Two Brothers (5/26-5/27). Menu and pairing details will follow soon. Remember, Leopold now takes reservations so please book yours today!

Craft Beer Sale at Berkot's Super Foods
All Berkot's Super Foods Grocery Stores
Berkot's Super Foods is running a special sale from 5/19/11 to 5/25/11 on an assortment of American craft beers. Check out our website for details about the event and to find a Berkot's Super Foods near you, with 12 locations in the southwest suburbs.

Craft Beer Week Special Draft Beer Line-up
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago (877) 410-7148
Throughout Craft Beer Week, The Village Tap will be featuring a special line up of draft beers including a selection of one-offs and rare finds. Some of the special offerings include:
New Holland Envious and Dragon's Milk, Three Floyds Topless Wytch, Goose Island Pepe Nero, Stillwater Jaded, and Ommegang Gnomegang.

Drink Me! tapping at Rock Bottom Yorktown
Rock Bottom, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Join Rock Bottom Yorktown for American Craft Beer Week! On May 19th, we'll have the tapping of Drink Me, a Finnish style Sahti.

Firestone Walker Guest Tap Take Over
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Revolution will be pouring Dos Osos and 4 other Firestone Walker styles. This event is free with Passport. Reservation not required. Along with Dos Osos West Coast IPA, the Collaboration brew between Firestone Walker and Revolution Brewing; we will also be featuring four beers from Firestone Walker. The Double Jack IPA, Walker's Reserve Porter and two more that will be announced soon!
The day's events also include a Free Brewery Tour between noon and 1:00 p.m. Join us for a brewery tour of the "under construction" second floor, our brewhouse and our barrel aged basement. Tours given by Jim Cibak, Matty Kemp and Josh Deth.

Tasting of Port/Lost Abbey
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Sample everyday and rare offerings from this epic California brewer at Jerry's Sandwiches. We will be featuring Port/Lost Abbey all week. Rare offerings so far include Older Viscosity and the first appearance of Judgement Day on draft in Chicago. "Rarer" beers from other US brewers will also be made available during the week.

12:00 noon - 11:00 p.m. Craft Beer Week 3-Course Menu
Saloon Steakhouse, 200 E. Chestnut St., Chicago (312) 280-5454
3-course menu offered May 19-27 with beer pairings. $35 (6oz. pour, per 2 guests,) $45 (12 oz. pour). Menu available all week, in bar and dining room.

2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Crown Brewing Hosts the 2nd Annual Illiana Mayfest
Lake County Fairgrounds Industrial Building, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point, IN
The Illiana Mayfest is hosted by Crown Brewing and is held during American Craft Beer Week every year. The event is made up of sampling booths of craft breweries from Indiana and Illinois. Your ticket covers all of your beer samples. Join us for four hours of beer sampling! Online ticket sales are now closed, general admission tickets available for $30 at Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN  (219) 663-4545. Designated Driver admission only $5 at the gate.
Craft beer lovers come from all around to enjoy a huge variety of local craft beer!
Breweries Attending Illiana Mayfest include:
Crown Brewing, Limestone, Harrison's, Half Moon, Back Roads, Rock Bottom, Upland, Brugge, Lafayette, People's, Argus, BrickStone, Moylan's, Breckenridge, Broad Ripple Brew Pub, Barley Island, Mad Anthony's, 3 Floyd's, Figure Eight, Shoreline, Sun King, Flat 12, Goose Island and Flossmoor Station. Email:

4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Four Course Beer Pairing
Tavern at the Park, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 552-0070
We will offer a four course tasting menu, each paired specifically with a craft beer. $60 prix fixe does not include tax or gratuity. Check the website for a menu.

4:00 - 11:00 p.m. Goose Island Fleur Roof Top Tapping Party
ZED451, 739 N Clark St., Chicago (312) 266-6691
We will be tapping a barrel of Goose Island Fleur on Thursday evening. Join us on our roof top for a night of great beer and good times.

5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Beer Week Kick-Off with Two Brothers
Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
Join us for the first keg of Askew ever released from the brewery! Brettanomyces literally translates as eater of Brett. Bretts beware, we'll be tapping the first keg of Two Brothers' 100% Brettanomyces fermented sour: Askew... Way to start things right!

5:00 - 11:00 p.m. Celtic Fusion Food meets American Craft Beer
The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5555
Each night during Chicago Craft Beer Week, we will pair a different or unusual craft beer on draft with an Appetizer, Sandwich and Entree from our Celtic Fusion menu. Beers include Lagunitas, Left Hand, Three Floyds and Guinness.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Czech Mate Pilsner Tapping Party
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339

6:00 p.m. Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout Release Party
Merkle's Bar & Grill, 3516 N. Clark Street, Chicago (773) 244-1025
Kick off Chicago's Craft Beer Week at Merkle's Bar & Grill. We only have a limited amount of this spectacular brew. Please stop in and join in the festivities while supplies last. Event is followed by:

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Merkle's Beer Expo Night
Merkle's Bar & Grill, 3516 N. Clark Street, Chicago (773) 244-1025
Merkles Bar & Grill is hosting their 1st Annual Beer Expo Night. Several local and national breweries will be sampling some of their seasonal and limited brews (Goose Island, Two Brothers, Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, & more). Admission includes beer, light appitizers, and live music. All proceeds will benefit Lakeview's Hawthorne Scholastic Academy Elementary School. Space is limited.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Half Acre beer dinner
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W Devon Chicago (773) 465-9801
$35 per person Space Limited. Call for reservations: (773) 929-3680
First course: Fresh Jonah crab cake with chipotle slaw & housemade guacamole paired with Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
Second course: Housemade broccoli, spinach, artichoke, crispy Jones Farm bacon
& capriole goat cheese lasagna paired with Half Acre Over Ale
Third course: Blackened Duroc pork loin with sweet potato gratin, asparagus & wild mushrooms paired with Half Acre Ginger Twin India Red Ale
Fourth course: Housemade buttermilk panna cotta with strawberry-rhubarb compote & chocolate biscotti paired with Half Acre Baume Chocolate Rye Stout
Chef de Cuisine: Daniel Jacobs

6:30 p.m. Styles Beer Dinner
Landmark Inn, 1352 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL (847) 559-1919
Celebrate American Craft Beer week with Landmark Inn's first beer dinner. Explore six different styles of beer paired with six courses. $60 includes beer. RSVP at
1st course: Mini sliders with apple, caramelized onion and blue cheese paired with Monk's Cafe.
2nd Mesclun salad with citrus vinaigrette paired with Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat
3rd Pan-seared red snapper with Swiss chard and blood orange sauce paired with North Coast Pranqster
4th Pork loin with habanero-cherry Demi-glade paired with North Coast Brother Thelonius
5th Mini lamb chop with coriander spice rub paired with Founder's Reds Rye
6th Berry panna cotta with chocolate ganache paired with Flying Dog Horn Dog barley wine.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Goose Island Sampling
Timothy O'Toole's, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
This event is free with Passport. Goose Island will be in the house sampling beers! Our Goose Island taps: Honkers Ale, 312, Matilda, Sofie, Summertime, Marisol. Large Format Bottles: Madame Rose, Demolition, Pepe Nero, Fleur.

7:00 p.m. Allagash Beer Dinner Pairing
Finnegan's Craft Beer & Gastro Pub, 24102 W Lockport St, Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Reception at 6:30. $50/person, reservations and pre-pay required. Five course dinner matched with Allagash's Belgian style ales.

Reggie's Rooftop Founders Beer & Burger Pairing
Reggie's Live, 2109 S. State St., Chicago (312) 949-0121
Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at door. We'll be partying on the rooftop at Reggie's with some burgers, Founders Red's Rye PA, Dirty Bastard, and Porter.

7:30 p.m. CCBW kickoff at Prairie Moon
Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 864-8328
Our kick-off event will be a screening of Ryan Cappelletti's "Locally Buzzed" in the back bar. We are very fortunate that Ryan will be on-hand to chat about beers, his experiences in creating Locally Buzzed, and perhaps share some insight on his latest venture. If you missed his Chicago premiere last summer, feel free to stop on by and catch this encore showing. This event takes place during Prairie Moon's regular "Thirsty Thursday - Homebrewers of the World Unite!" event, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Every third Thursday of the month, Prairie Moon and the Evanston Homebrewers' Association host an open forum of homebrewers and beer lovers for the purpose of the celebration of beer. Thirsty Thursdays are a wonderful opportunity to talk about beer and brewing with people that love beer as much as you. Many brewers will also have samples of their own brews to share with you... for free!

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