Beeronaut's Chicago calendar, July 25 to 28

Monday, July 25

11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. New Belgium Taste and Talk at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
All day long we’ll be serving $4 pints of New Belgium’s beers, and have some of the New Belgium folks here to talk about the company, their core values and beliefs, and of course to drink some brews. Expect to find Fat Tire, Somersault, and Ranger IPA all tapped and served as they should be with quality and a great deal of fun for all who partake.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Korean Polish Bar B Q
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
We will be serving the goodness of Korean Polish BBQ out on the patio. We will have $1 off craft drafts too. Come on over…. enjoy some free food. Drink the good stuff.

6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Province 3 Floyds Patio Dinner
Province, 161 N. Jefferson, Chicago 312-669-9900
Featuring Three Floyds' Thick White Freeks and Eben-emael and Zombie Dust. $30/person for the food and bites (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are required.

Tuesday, July 26

6:00 p.m. Brooklyn Brewery Night
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago (773) 252-7636
Sample some fine beers from renowned brewer Garrett Oliver at Brooklyn Brewery. Catering will be provided by Pleasant House Bakery, a new bakery/cafe at 964 W 31st Street in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. We're thrilled to feature Art and Chelsea's fine creations at Map Room! The flavors of the meat pies will be: Steak and Ale Pie. All natural beef, ale, carrots, and herbs. Chicken Balti Pie. All natural chicken in fresh ground curry spices with tomato and Nigella seeds. Mushroom & Kale Pie. Assorted mushrooms, kale, white wine, herbs and Parmesan. All pies are handmade and feature the bakery's own flaky, buttery pastry.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner
Tommy Nevin's Naperville, 3032 English Rows Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 428-4242
Join us as we pair Goose Island's vintage ales with a menu guaranteed to expand your palate and leave you wanting more. You do not want to be left out of this event, so please contact us to sign-up before all the spaces are filled! Menu includes pairings with Goose Island Fleur, Sofie, Matilda, Pere Jacque and Pepe Nero.

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Brewmasters Dinner featuring Founders Brewing Company
Heaven on Seven, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
A seven course beer dinner featuring Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ranked as the 4th best brewery in the world by in 2010, winner of four medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup and two medals at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, this is sure to be an outstanding event. The beers we will be pairing with are two seasonal brews, Cerise and Double Trouble, plus their five year-round offerings: Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA, Porter, Red's Rye and their Dry Hopped Pale Ale. We also were fortunate enough to receive a keg of Blushing Monk for this event, which we are excited to be able to offer our guests.
The cost of the dinner is $50 plus tax & gratuity, and as always attendance is by reservation only. Call (630) 717-0777 to reserve your seats.

7:00 p.m. The Midsummer Theatre Troupe presents Love's Labour's Lost
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL (630) 260-BREW
Come enjoy Shakespeare under the stars at 4 great venues this summer. Love's Labour's Lost has something for everyone young and old alike...laughter, goofy characters, love at first sight. This is not your classroom Shakespeare...done in 90 minutes this show is a blast. Set in the Islands, you'll not only get great Shakespeare comedy - but you might see some Island flair as well...overall a wonderful family event or even a first date. Bring your picnic basket and blanket and sit back and enjoy.

7:00 p.m. Randy Mosher Beer Dinner at Burger Bar
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
5-courses, $50. Randy Mosher is an author, lecturer and consultant on beer styles and brewing. an instructor for the Siebel Institute in Chicago and the author of The Brewers Companion, Radical Brewing and most recently, Tasting Beer. Randy and chef John McLean are collaborating on a spectacular beer menu featuring craft brews from breweries all over the country selected by randy. This is a great opportunity to for beer enthusiasts as well as newcomers to learn marabout their favorite breweries as well as enjoy their craft. Not an event to be missed. Beers featured include Chicago's 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, for which Randy is brewing consultant: 5 Rabbit Golden Ale, 5 Lizard Latin-style witbier with passion fruit, plus Goose Island Pepe Nero, Stone Self Righteous Black IPA, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, plus the Burger Bar Beer Cocktail – Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, Prosecco and Chambord. Details and the menu can be found at the Burger Bar website under the News/Events tab. Randy will be signing books after the event.

Wednesday, July 27

5:00 p.m. Family Dinner at Owen & Engine
Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
An all-Charcuterie Family Dinner? Yes please!! Chef Charles Burkhardt is giving in to his love of cured meats, pates, & sausages by featuring them all over this menu. All capped off with one of Pastry Chef Crystal Chiang’s splendid desserts & beer pairings from Cicerone Elliott Beier. Pairing will feature Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, Brasserie Theillier’s “La Bavaisienne” Biere De Garde, Bockor’s “Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge” Flanders Red, and Rochefort’s “10” Trappist Quadrupel. For this evenings dinner, we are proudly featuring house-made charcuterie made with meats, from our friends as Gunthorp Farms in Indiana, and produce from Nichols Farm in Illinois. $35 per person, 4 courses, not Including Tax or Gratuity Additional $15 for beer pairings

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Barks for Beers at Lottie's
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
Help support the Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation by attending the third monthly happy hour Barks For Beers event at Lottie’s Pub in Bucktown. For a $30 cash donation at the door, guests will enjoy a 3-hour open bar featuring liquor, house wine, domestic draft beer and appetizers. There will also be a raffle for great prizes at 8:00 PM and guests can purchase tickets for $2. Dogs are welcome on the patio at Lottie’s. Chicago Canine Rescue’s Barks for Beers will be held the fourth Wednesday of every month at different Pioneer Tavern Group locations including The Pony, Frontier and Lottie’s Pub. RSVP to

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Goose Island Vintage Ale Beer Dinner
Pete Miller's, 1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-0399
We are very pleased to present a wonderful evening of great food and fantastic drink. We will taste our way through Chef Sandy's best cuisine along with Goose Island's best beers. Representatives from Goose Island will enlighten you to the beer making process and Chef Sandy will help explain the choice of pairings. Cost is $45 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Click Here to see the menu.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Great Lakes Beer School at Franklin Tap!
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Meet Kevin Hack from Great Lakes Brewing of Cleveland and try one of their classics. Come for a talk lead by Kevin about the brewery, the beers, and the people behind Ohio's oldest craft Brewery.

6:30 p.m. Beer Academy - Hop Dominance
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. To RSVP call (312) 915-0071.

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Beer-B-Q Dinner
The Happ Inn, 305 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL 847-784-9200
The Happ Inn is teaming up with Louis Glunz to pair regional Bar-B-Q items from around the country with great beers. The regions represented will be North Carolina, Kansas City, Texas and Memphis, with a little peach cobbler for dessert. The beers being offered that evening are Dogfish Head India Brown Ale, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Delirium Tremens, New Holland Black Hatter, North Coast Old Rasputin and New Holland Golden Cap. $35 per person Price excludes sales tax and service charges. Please confirm your reservation by Monday, July 25 (space is limited).

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Spirits of DuPage at the DuPage County Fair
DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL
For the first time in its history, the DuPage County Fair will offer beer and wine. Celebrate with this tasting event with appetizers in the Grandstand. Fundraising event to Benefit our 501(c)3: “Friends of the DuPage County Fair Inc.” $40 ticket Includes Fair Admission when purchased before the Fair! Spirits of DuPage event features entertainment from Back Country Roads Band. Info and tickets at

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Dogfish Head 120 Minute Tapping
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
We were very lucky to receive a barrel of Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA. This barrel just arrived in Chicago and we decided to tap it sooner then later to enjoy the freshness of this glorious ale. Join us at 7:00 as we tap this hop monster. Get here early because when it's gone it's gone! We will also feature Dogfish Head Hell Hound & Festina Peche.

7:30 p.m. Win The 2011 Fat Tire Cruise Bike at The Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
During the Month of July, The Tribes will be offering New Belgium Fat Tire, Ranger IPA and 1554 Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday for just $3.50. For every New Belgium beer you order you will be entered in the drawing for a 2011 New Belgium Fat Tire Cruiser Bike! On July 27 at 7:30 P.M., The Winner Of The Joy Ride Promo will be chosen and all Tribes’ guests will be given the opportunity to record their own“Joy Ride / Fat Tire” stories! Best stories will be published on New Belgium’s website!
Note: The day starts with Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow as their Wednesday tapping at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28

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 - 9:00 p.m. New Belgium Cruiser Bike Raffle
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Every time you order a New Belgium beer you get a raffle ticket. At 9:00 we will announce the winner of the cruiser bike. We will feature Ranger IPA, Somersault, Super Cru & very special sour we have been saving: Le Terrior.

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. 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.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Bell's Beer Dinner
Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street Chicago (312) 587-0648
$20 Join resident Beer Geek Sean Reilly and Chef Won Kim as they welcome Bell's Brewery from Comstock, MI. Don't miss out on Summer's best beer and food pairings, straight from the Midwest. Registration in advance is required, and may be completed by visiting our customer service desk, by calling Whole Foods at 312-587-0648, or online here. Please specify carnivore, vegetarian, or vegan when registering.

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. North Coast Grand Cru Release
Mrs Murphy's Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln, Chicago (773) 248-3905
Join us for a night of North Coast Beer featuring the release of North Coast Grand Cru, which is brewed exclusively with Pils malt, with an addition of agave nectar in the kettle. It’s subtle, complex, and lightly hopped with a deceptive 12.5% ABV, and aging it in oak gives this unique beer an extra dimension. The result is really champagne-like. Also available this night will be PranQster draft, Scrimshaw draft, Blue Star draft, Le Merle bottles and Old Rasputin bottles.

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