Sometime in this week I'll be observing my birthday. Like many national holidays, the "date observed" might not be the actual date.
Monday, June 6
5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Beer Debut: 5 Rabbit Cerverceria!
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
5 Rabbit Cerverceria is a new Chicago brewery and they're debuting their beers at Hopleaf! "The first Latin microbrewery in the US". Come try: 5 Rabbit Golden Ale, 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier and 5 Vulture Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale.
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 Finnegan's 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!
7:30 - 10:30 p.m. A Night Cast in Stone
Rocks Lincoln Park on The Patio, 1301 W Schubert Ave., Chicago (773) 472-7738
Patio Burger and Beer Dinner. $30 Includes a reception beer & a four course dinner paired with four different Stone beers. Tickets are limited so get yours today!! Beers Stone IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Levitation Ale and Brewdog/Stone Collaboration "Basha" Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale (Brewed in Scotland) and a special brew TBA that evening.
Tuesday, June 7
Emmett's Beer Tasting and Brewery Tour
Join us for a seminar on beer, how it's made, and the history behind each featured style along with a tasting of two commercial style of the beer. For beer aficionados and those who would like to learn a little more about how beer is made and best enjoyed. Held quarterly, great outing for groups, reservations highly recommended. Must be 21 or older to attend this event.
- Emmett's Tavern & Brewing Co., 128 W. Main St., West Dundee, IL (847) 428-4500
- Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
- Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Chicago Beer School
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
On the first Tuesday of each month, we will be conducting an in-depth tour and tutored tasting at our brewery. Classes meet in the State Room, on the second floor of our restaurant. We are limiting this to 25 "students" each month and seats can be reserved, for $15 per person, by calling (312) 755-1677. Classes conducted by our Brewmaster include brewery tour, discussion of beer styles, history, and flavor profiles, light snacks, and tastings of every beer currently on tap.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. This Year's Professor Darnell's Berry Ale
Limestone Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
As the weather warms, it becomes time to release the Berry Ale! Named after the infamous Professor Darnell who fell to his death from a hot air balloon trapeze in 1911. He had no immediate relatives around, so Plainfield paid for a monument tombstone and gave him a proper burial. In turn we give him a proper berry-ale! Last year we had a raspberry wheat, but this year Ken has made a blueberry wheat! This light and refreshing wheat beer has sweet, aromatic blueberry notes to accompany it's german-style wheat beer backbone. Come to Limestone to try this summer's release! Steve & Bobby K. will playing at 7, we'll have raffle drawings throughout the night and there will be specials on Professor Darnell's Berry Ale!
8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Free Tasting Tuesdays: Night of the IPAs Part 1
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
We have over 40 different IPAs at the bar, so the staff is having a night where we select our favorites and vote for the Best IPA in thehouse. Tonight is part one where we enjoy IPAs from around the world. Next week is Part II: the Night of the Imperial IPAs. Come by. vote. As usual, it's free.
Wednesday, June 8
3:00 p.m. Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale tapping
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy., Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Tribes will tap Dogfish Head's Hellhound on My Ale, brewed in cooperation with Sony Legacy to celebrate the Centennial of blues legend Robert Johnson. "Hellhound is a superhoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse, 10.0 ABV, 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we at Dogfish are stoked for this mighty musical centennial? To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a shout out to Robert Johnson's mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool." The last Sony/DFH project was the much sought-after Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. So be sure to get in on this before it's gone!
Thursday, June 9
4:00 - 11:30 p.m. Evil Twin & Mikkeller: Yin & Yang Release Night
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
A special evening celebrating the beers of Evil Twin & Mikkeller. We're proud to announce the midwest debut of Evil Twin Brewing... the brainchild of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, beer geek extraordinaire! Following much home-brew success in Denmark, Jeppe opened a world-class beer shop in Copenhagen, collaborated with world-famous lambic brewer Cantillon, and most recently founded Evil Twin Brewing. Worthy of note, of course, is that Jeppe is the brother of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the driving force behind Denmark's famed Mikkeller Brewing Co. Our first two exclusive Evil Twin offerings will be a very special release of two beers meant to be served as one. Yin & Yang (a 10% Imperial Stout and a 10% Imperial IPA, respectively) can be enjoyed separately, but were brewed to be blended together, half & half, to create a glorious imperial black & tan named Taiji. Of course, what's an Evil Twin without its other half? We'll also be featuring a pair of rare beers from Mikkeller that too represent the Yin & Yang. "Not Just Another Wit', a white ale taken to another level. Very strong and extra-hoppy... the world first IPW, perhaps? We'll also be tapping the highly sought-after "Beer Geek Brunch Weasel", an imperial oatmeal stout made with Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee, one of the most expensive coffees on earth. An exotic brew to say the least... Be sure to stop in and try these fantastic, rare, ultra small-batch beers from Evil Twin and Mikkeller.
Available On Draft: - Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Taiji (Imperial Black & Tan) - Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit - Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
All beers listed will be tapped and ready for purchase at 4:00 p.m.. Evil Twin & Mikkeller taster flights will be available. All beers will be available in both the pub & restaurant.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. "Brew with a View" at Cityscape
Cityscape Bar at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center Dr. 15th Fl., Chicago (312) 836-5000
Join Cityscape Bar for their monthly "Brew with a View" beer sampling event. This ongoing event is held the second Thursday of every month. Sample an array of beers while enjoying panoramic views of downtown'sRiver North. Hosted by The Boston Beer Company, the event will highlight several beers from the Imperial Series Samuel Adams line including: Wee Heavy, Imperial Stout, Imperial White and Double Bock. Indulge in an assortment of small bites including Hot Wings and Grilled Fresh Veggies with Aged Balsamic. All attendees will receive a 20% discount off dinner in ItaliAsia Restaurant after the event. Cost is complimentary, but reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
7:00 p.m. Half Acre Beer Dinner at Isla Pilipina
Isla Pilipina Restaurant, 2501 W. Lawrence Ave., Unit D, Chicago (773) 271-2988
Half Acre says: "We patronize Isla Pilipina, a local filipino establishment on Lawrence. They enjoy beer and we enjoy food: a barter system is born. Through this enjoyable give and take we decided to kick up a beer dinner highlighting our collective offering. Isla Pilipina will be dropping their main menu to pull out some filipino classics just for the evening."
Isla Philipina says: "1. Seating is limited, so call NOW to make a reservation. Tickets are priced at $35 each. 2. Tickets are "will-call" style. You call. You tell us the names of your group. You give us a credit card number. (payments will not be processed until you show up to the actual event). 3. You show up to Isla on June 9th at 7:00 p.m. 4. You drink an endless amount of beer served by Half Acre and an off-menu, family style 6 course 5. You ride home in a cab."