Friday, July 15
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Bastille Day activities at Chicago French Market.
Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St., Chicago
The Chicago French Market, a year-round indoor marketplace in River West, has been celebrating Bastille Day (France's Independence Day) since Wednesday, but the weekend brings some events of interest to our little sphere.
Thursday and Friday, July 14 & 15: Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer offers French beer specials: Castelain Blonde Biere de Garde, Jenlain Amber, Jenlain Blonde and Saint Druon de Sebourg French Abbey Ale ($5).
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Great Lakes Beer Tasting
Before You Go Liquors, 1917 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago (773) 789-0050
Stop on in for a beer tasting centered on Great Lakes Brewing Company's line-up. Up for sampling: Commodore Perry India Pale Ale, Burning River Pale Ale, Eliot Ness Amber Ale, Dortmunder Gold Lager, Holy Moses White Ale, a Summer Seasonal, and Lake Erie Monster Imperial India Pale Ale (if available)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. New Belgium Joy Ride Bike Giveaway
Whole Foods Downton Evanston, 1640 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 733-1600
Join us in the Specialty Department at Whole Foods Market Downtown Evanston to celebrate New Belgium’s Annual Tour de Fat and Joy Ride bike giveaway. Our New Belgium rep will be here with great giveaways including the grand prize giveaway: the brand new 2011 Limited Edition New Belgium Felt Cruiser Bike hanging in the Beer Department now. The grand prize giveaway is at 6:00 p.m. No purchase necessary, but you must be present to win; please see in store sweepstakes rules for official terms and conditions. Just want a taste, but can’t stay until 6:00 p.m.? Go to newbelgium.com/joyride/share-your-joy-ride for more chances to win!
4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Crafting For A Cure
20 West Wine/Spirits/Beer, 20 W St. Charles Rd., Lombard, IL (630) 629-4600
20 West is hosting a craft beer tasting benefit with all proceeds going to The American Cancer Society. 25+ beers to taste include beers from Avery, Summit, Stone, Goose Island, and Firestone Walker. Purchase tickets now at 20 West as an advanced $15 donation for tasting and food, or $20 at the door. Raffle prizes: a bike, grill, & more will be offered. Food generously donated by Shannon's.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fear! Tapping Party
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Fear! El Chupacabra, Vienna Lager
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Great Lakes beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Dani Hoyler will be here tasting out her line-up of beers including Great Lakes'
new seasonal release!
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Summer beer tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 790 Royal St. George, Naperville, IL (630) 717-0100
Sample beers for your summer parties and cook-outs, including Pilsner, Lager and special Summer Brews. We will have the cutting edge, craft beers you are looking for! $10 w/Binny's Card / $15 non-members. Call, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Barrel Aged Cocktail Night at Twisted Spoke
Twisted Spoke, 501 N. Ogden Ave., Chicago (312) 666-1500
Join the crew at Twisted Spoke for a special barrel-aged cocktail release! One of New Holland's very own whiskey barrels was used in designing this amazing libation! Toasted Hazelnuts Knickerbocker Gin Bouidin Frambroise Aged 4 months in a Zepplin Bend whiskey barrel. A magnificent bronze cocktail, served on the rocks, or possibly, with a spritz of Crispin's Rose Liqueur. Stop on in and discover the beauty of barrel-aged cocktails!
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Logan Square Kitchen Presents “BREWER’S BYO”
Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 342-2333
LSK presents its first Brewer's night-- join Half Acre Beer Company and Chef Matt of Gaztro Wagon food truck for phenomenal local beer paired with food designed to bring you to your knees. Tickets on sale now. $30 gets you in front of a 3-beer tasting flight of Half Acre offerings and Chef Matt's food pairings served buffet style. You can also bring your own home brew, or other favorites in and rub elbows with brewers from around Chicago. Gaztro Wagon foods will be paired with Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Gossamer, Over Ale and a seasonal surprise.
Logan Square Kitchen is one of only three LEED Gold restaurants in Chicago. Come soak up the good mojo in Logan Square's greenest event venue.
Get your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets. Cash bar open for additional tasting flights and pints of Half Acre Beer.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seasonal Beer Tasting
Elgin Public House - Club 217, 217 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Seasonal Beer Tasting, featuring Bell's Oberon, 2 Brothers Dog Days & New Belgium Somersault. Free.
8:15 - 10:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Chicago Brew Cruise
What could be better than cruising the lake, snacking on delicious appetizers, and sipping on flavorful beers? Join us for one of our Brew cruises in partnership with Shoreline Sightseeing. We will be featured for the July 15th and August 12th cruises, both full-moon dates! For all the information go to: ShorelineSightseeing.com.
Saturday, July 16
New Belgium's Tour de Fat Comes to Chicago
Palmer Square (2100 N between Kedzie & Humboldt), Chicago
If you haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, you just haven’t had enough fun on two wheels. In its 12th season, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle will return to Chicago on Saturday, July 16. Tour de Fat is more than an event; it’s a rite of passage that includes a costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eye-popping entertainment, local food, crazy bike contests and much more. A highlight of Tour de Fat is the annual car-for-bike swap, and we’re still looking for a swapper to represent Chicago in this challenge! At each Tour de Fat stop, one person hands over his or her car keys and commits to one year of living car-free. Each car-for-bike swapper will receive a hand-built Black Sheep commuter bike in return for their car. Volunteers are chosen after submitting an application describing their desire to live sans- car. To apply, go to the New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Facebook page, click on "Events" and your city of choice, and upload your application in one of three formats: video (two minutes or less, please), photo or the written word.
Here are details about the Chicago event:
Parade Registration: 9:00 a.m.
Ride Times: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Entertainment: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Benefiting: West Town Bikes, which received $14,000 at the Chicago Tour de Fat stop last year. Sustainable Support by Illinois Recycling Association. Performances by The Daredevil Chickens Club, The Dovekins, Squirm Burpee Circus, Mucca Pazza (Chicago-based) and Free Energy.
Admission – Free. Suggested donation of $5 or more Beer- $5 for a 16 oz. pour.
See the Tour de Fat Facebook page for the credo, schedules, videos and to submit your entry to swap your gas guzzler for a shiny new bicycle.
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Dobby Fest
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Come out and join us for our 4th Annual Dobby Fest. If you're new to Dobby Fest, we have a wine tasting, beer tasting and a liquor tasting. We also have a wonderful grillout where our grill master, Dennis, grills everything from frozen pizza to ribs. The tastings are from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Grilling is from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. PopFest 2011 at Rock Bottom Warrenville
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL (630) 836-1380
PopFest 2011 will be held in the side parking lot of the Rock Bottom in Warrenville, IL. This festival brings together everyone's favorite two things, Beer and Popcorn! There will be beers from Half Acre, Haymarket Pub and Brewing, Goose Island, Limestone, Chicagoland area Rock Bottoms, and many others. As with last year, a special beer made with popcorn will be unveiled. Beers will be paired with gourmet popcorn flavors from Chicago's own Popcorn Palace. $20 gets you beer and popcorn pairings as well as a souvenir tasting glass. Tickets can be purchased @ Brown PaperTickets.
2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Pairings in the Plaza at Giddings Plaza
Giddings Plaza, N. Lincoln Ave and W. Giddings St., Chicago
Come out and enjoy Lincoln Square’s newest summer event, “Pairings in the Plaza.” The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce Square Kegs HomeBrew Club will host an afternoon of food and craft beer pairings under the open sky in Giddings Plaza. Several of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and local breweries will provide samplings of delectable cuisines paired with the best brews in town. Participating Restaurants: Bistro Campagne, The Grafton, Homage Street Food, LM, Pizza D.O.C., Prix Fixe. Participating Breweries: 5 Rabbit, Finch Beer Co., Metropolitan, PipeWorks.
Tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets by 11:59 p.m. on Friday are $30. Any tickets available the day of the event will be $35. Tickets include: 24 tickets to be redeemed for food and/or beer tasting that will be distributed at the event, and a commemorative beer tasting glass for first 100 Brown Paper Tickets sold. Additional food and/or beer tasting tickets can be purchased at the event in packets of 10 for $10. Food Tastings = 4 tickets, Beer Tastings = 2 tickets. Contact: 773-728-3890.
Sunday July 17
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. St. Arnoldus Fermentation Celebration!!
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join us for a pairing event of Belgian Beer & Artisanal Cheeses, in honor of St. Arnoldus, the patron saint of Belgian Beer. We are collaborating with our good friends at Marion Street Cheese Market to pair 20 cheeses with 20 of our favorite Belgian Beers from importers such as Artisanal, B. United, Vanberg & Dewulf, Global & Merchant duVin! We will have stations set up throughout the bar displaying the different cheeses & beers. Tickets are $35 per person if purchased in advance at Brown Paper Tickets, or $40 per person at the door. The event runs for three hours so feel free to drop in or out at your leisure, or to stay for the whole time!
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday Goose Club
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Green City Market’s Junior Board and Pub Brewmaster, Jared Rouben, on Sundays as Jared showcases his weekly Farmer’s Market Series beer featuring a new ingredient and farm from Green City Market. Check out the Junior Board's Goose Club Facebook event to see which beer will be premiering this Sunday.