Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, June 27-30

Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, June 27-30

Hey, we have a lot of beer dinners in this edition, and limited space. So please check the websites of the restaurants listed here for their beer dinner menus.

Monday, June 27, 2011

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Chicago Firehouse Vintage Goose Island Sampling
Chicago Firehouse, 1401 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 786-1401
Cost: Free. Join Goose Island at one of Chicago's great restaurants, the Chicago Firehouse, for a sampling of our Belgian Ales. We will be pouring Matilda, Sofie, Fleur, and Pepe Nero.

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!

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Arrogant Bastard Ale Dinner BREWNIVERSITY
Public House, 400 N. State St., Chicago (312) 265-1240
A lesson in Extreme Brewing featuring Stone's Arrogant Bastard Family. Arrogant
Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and 2010 Double Bastard Ale paired with specially prepared menu designed by Executive David Blonsky This is an intimate event with limited tickets, get yours here:

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Pipeworks Summer Brew Release Party
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago (773) 252-7636
Chicago Magazine, The Map Room & Pipeworks present: Half Nelson, an 'English Summer Ale' by Pipeworks Brewing (Ratebeerians Davinci & 17thfloor). Join Chicago magazine for our one-night-only beer release. We're tapping the keg on our custom summer brew, crafted especially for us, by Pipeworks Brewing Company. Help us celebrate. Come enjoy a free glass. Map Room usually has a bunch of other awesome stuff on draft as well. Cost: FREE to attend.

Tuesday, June 28

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Up Down Cigar Summer Series #1
Up Down Cigar, 1550 N. Wells St., Chicago (800) 587-3696
Cost: $10. Come to Old Town and enjoy some Goose Island beers at Up Down Cigar shop.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Boulevard Brewing Night Featuring BBQ from Smoke Daddy
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago (773) 252-7636
If you hadn't noticed yet, KC's renowned Boulevard Brewing Company's beers are now available in the Chicago market. Come by on the 28th and enjoy a fine selection of BBC beers paired with - what else? - some fine BBQ from Smoke Daddy on Division.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Beer & Cheese Pairing Installment 3
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Our Lincoln Park Tasting Room will play host to Brooklyn Brewery from New York. The fine beers from renowned brew master Garrett Oliver will be sampled alongside some of the best cheeses in the world! Reservations are required. $5/w Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call for more information.

6:30 p.m. Bistro One West Beer Dinner with Two Brothers
Bistro One West, 1 W. Illinois St., St. Charles, IL (630) 444-0600
Bistro One West is hosting their first-ever beer dinner, featuring Warrenville's own Two Brothers Brewery Co. Chef Doug D'Avico is preparing a delicious five-course meal to accompany the beers of Two Brothers for $45 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). See the website above for the menu. To make a reservation, please call Bistro One West at (630) 444-0600.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Beer & Cheese with Two Brothers Brewery
Upstairs at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Local Cheese meets local Beer! Two Brothers Brewery will be offering up some special beers including the Hopleaf introduction of Askew Sour/Wild Ale paired with fine artisan cheeses from Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. $25 per person. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Space is limited so don't miss out.

Wednesday, June 29

Dripping Saison release
Half Acre Brewing, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
The Dripping Saison will be released on June 29th. This is an all draft / growler pour beer, so bring your glass and take home 64 oz of summer.
Background from the Half Acre blog: "We just scored some Saison yeast so we're brewing two back to back Saisons -- the first is a draft only beer called Dripping Saison. This is aimed at a core Saison to aid us all in gliding through the summer season with a stable go-to session anchor. We took a bit of it and roughed it up with some off-beat treatment.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. A Night for Japan
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
On March 11, 2011 Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami which took thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars in damages. The people of Japan are still struggling to get back on their feet. Please join Fountainhead to take a moment to remember what happened, to drink some of the best that Japan has to offer, and to raise some money to help speed their recovery efforts. We will be offering bottles of: Hitachino Espresso Stout, XH, White, & Commemorative Ale as well as drafts of: Hitachino White & Red Rice, plus Sake & fine Japanese Whisky from Suntory. And finally: A rare cask of Commemorative Ale. Chef Sarah will be creating some terrific Japanese inspired food specials.
To round out the night we will be playing music from some of our favorite Japanese artists and screening some great Japanese films on the TV. We will be donating a large portion of the proceeds from all sales to the Kiuchi Brewery, producers of the Hitachino Nest Beers. The Kiuchi family is using their facility to bottle water & cook free food for those who have lost their homes.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. New Belgium 20th Anniversary Party
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
Come Celebrate New Belgium's 20th Anniversary at Beer Bistro. Enjoy Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Somersault and some special Lips of Faith Beers. You will also have a chance to win a special 20th edition New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Facebook info.

6:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at Chicago Street Bar & Grill
Chicago Street Bar & Grill, 75 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL (815) 727-7171
Join Goose Island for a beer dinner utilizing our vintage ales paired with a special menu made for that night.

6:30 p.m. Beer Academy - Summer Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
$20 per person 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. Call the pub to RSVP.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Sam Adams Beer Dinner
Gaslight Bar & Grille, 2426 N. Racine Ave., Chicago (773) 929-7759
Tickets are only sold in advance. Seats are limited. $35 per person. Includes five courses prepared by Chef Chris paired with Sam Adams Brewery Beers
(five different beer samples). Contact: or the Gaslight website for menu information.

7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner
Leopold, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 348-1028
Join us for our first beer dinner, showcasing Brooklyn Brewery. Enjoy four courses of fare inspired by a long standing Chicago-New York rivalry, featuring cultural influences specifically from Chicago's diverse neighborhoods, paired with the beers of Brooklyn. $50 per person, exclusive of sales tax or gratuity. RSVP required. Call (312) 348-1028 for your reservation and more information, and see the menu at Leopold's website.

Thursday, June 30

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Red, Wine and Beer Tasting
Main Street Imported Liquors, 6924 Cermak Rd., Berwyn, IL (708) 637-4011
We will be tasting 3 reds, 3 whites, and 3 craft brews, all sourced from the USA. Get a taste for something different to compliment your 4th of July cookout this year. There will be some food to munch on as well.

6:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at Francesca's
Francesca's on 95th, 6248 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL (708) 598-7007
Join Goose Island as we pair our vintage ales with the fine Italian cuisine of Francesca's. Phone Francesca's for reservations and menu information.

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 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Orland Park taps American Dream IPA
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Due to the first Monday in July falling on the 4th we are tapping July's IPA early so it is available for the holiday. This light, refreshing summer IPA is dominated by the large amount of Amarillo hops used. I will have a dry hopped cask in the brewery for you all to try.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Trucking Thursday with Ethyl
Ethyl's Beer and Wine Dive, 324 S. Racine Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0007
A unique collaboration of Chicago Food Trucks and Chicago's latest smash dive bar. Scott Harris (Francesca's, Purple Pig, Davanti Enoteca) is opening a new restaurant and bar in the South Loop area called Ethyl's Beer and Wine Dive. Starting June 30th and continuing every Thursday night throughout the summer there will be a collection of roughly 7 different Food Trucks outside the restaurant. Come have a good time with Goose Island Beer, Food Trucks, and Music.

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Two Brothers Beer Dinner
Tommy Nevin's, 9680 Lincolnway Lane, Frankfort, IL (815) 464-1000
Join us as we host Two Brothers Brewing Co. for a night of fantastic food paired with outstanding, locally brewed, American craft beer. Theevent will be led by Brahm Fetterman, certified Cicerone, of Two Brothers Brewing Co. Five of Two Brothers locally crafted brews will be paired with a four course menu created by our Executive Chef Marcus Mooney. The beer dinner is served "family style" and is priced at $35 per guest, tax and gratuity not included. Payment is due at time of sign up.

7:00 p.m. Goose Island Invasion at Paddy Long's
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Paddy's will be featuring 15 rare Goose Island beers on draft. All night long on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m, sample 15 great Goose Island beers on draft. OR, if you'd like to have exclusive first access, buy a ticket to our VIP event. Click here to book your spot for the VIP hour and try as much rare Goose Island as you can before the public has a chance. We have limited spots for the VIP event, so book your tickets now. Goose Island Tap Takeover will feature: Indira, Lolita, Scully, Pepe Nero, Marisol, Fleur, Minx , Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout, Big John, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout / Edelweiss , Prince Henry, Green Line / Citra, Green Line / Columbus, Lazarus (Nitro).

By the way, Two Brothers takeover of the Roundhouse in Aurora has been completed. They have had their ribbon cutting Friday the 24th (announced only the day before), and while the Roundhouse's original web page still shows them as "closed," there's an impromptu Facebook page. Check them out at 205 N. Broadway, Aurora IL.

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