The elephant in the room this weekend is Great Taste of the Midwest, going on this Saturday in Madison. If you're looking here for something to do this weekend, then you probably aren't going either. Most local brewers will be there, too, so let's see who's taking up the slack:
Friday, August 12
3:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. The Great Taste of The Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Beer nerds rejoice. Jeppe Bjergsø from Evil Twin will be in attendance. We'll be featuring several Evil Twin midwest releases. Here are just a few of the beers we will be serving on draft: Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel, Evil Twin Wet Dream, Firestone Walker Parabola, Founders Devil Dancer, Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam, Lost Abbey Angel’s Share, Port Older Viscosity, Three Floyds' Shark Pants. First come first serve.
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. 2011 Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl
Presented by Euclid Beverage, the 2011 Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl includes stops at:
- The AfterSet, 158 Symphony Way (847) 608-7570
- Douglas Street Sports Pub, 231 Douglas Avenue (847) 695-5659
- Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street (847) 468-8810
- The Gasthaus, 15 N. Grove Avenue (847) 695-8828
- La Puesta Del Sol, 165 E. Highland Avenue (847) 468-1416
- Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Street (847) 741-0349
- Medusa's, 209 E. Chicago Street (818) 342-9877
- Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 13 Douglas Avenue (847) 742-0263
The streets of downtown will be alive with activity, with musicians on street corners to entertain crawlers as they travel from bar to bar. Each bar will offer unique drink specials and other goodies. Crawlers may begin at any of the 8 participating bars and will be given a route to follow from there. For a $10 donation at the door (or online), crawlers will receive one raffle ticket for a cash prize of $500, as well as an official Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl lanyard (complete with bottle opener) courtesy of Euclid Beverage. Crawlers who visit at least 5 of the 8 participating bars will receive a second raffle ticket for the $500 cash prize drawing. Each bar will also host a unique prize package - raffle tickets for these prizes are $1 each. Donation proceeds and raffle ticket sales benefit the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin to support the continued revitalization of downtown Elgin.
REGISTER ONLINE! We use PayPal to process our payments, but you don't need to have a PayPal account to use this service. Only VISA is accepted. Payment by check or cash is also accepted in advance or at the door. You must be 21 or over to register. Photo IDs required at check-in. If you are interested in setting up group transportation from a single location, contact us at (847) 488-1456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of a rain out, the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl will be held on August 13.
Saturday, August 13
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Art of Beer Festival
The Mendel Center, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI
Celebrate great American craft beers during the 2nd Annual Art of Beer Festival at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Craft brewers from Michigan and the Midwest region will have a wide range of fresh and unique beers of all colors, styles and tastes for you to sample. The afternoon will also include live music from Midwest Hype, food, and the camaraderie of other craft beer enthusiasts. This year’s event will have a special focus on home brewing. You can visit with home brew stores, talk with experts about the growing home brew hobby, and even meet with home brew clubs on hand to share ideas and enjoy great beer.
Breweries scheduled to attend include: Arcadia Brewery, Arbor Brewing Co., Atwater Block Brewing, Bell’s, Dark Horse, Dragonmead Microbrewery, Founders, Frankenmuth Brewery, Greenbush Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Keweenaw Brewing Co., Livery Brewing Co., Michigan Brewing Co., Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing Co., North Peak Brewing Co., Old Hat Brewery, Paw Paw Brewing, Round Barn Brewing Co., Sunset Brewing, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Schmohz Brewing Co., Short’s Brewing Co., and Goose Island.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Each festival entry includes 12 beer tastes and a Festival Pint Glass. Designated drivers tickets are $10. Home brew and beer tasting classes will be available for a fee. Book your class now or at the festival – seats are limited and may be sold out before the start of the Festival. A detailed description of the classes being offered will be posted soon. Online ticket purchases will end at NOON on August 12th! After that time, tickets will be available for $30 at the door, if available. There are a limited number of tickets available, so pre-purchasing your tickets is highly encouraged. Tickets and information at www.artofbeerfestival.com.
Sunday, August 14
Sunday Movie Night
Jack's Bar & Grill, 2856 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 404-8400
Every Sunday we have our Movies on the Patio from May 29th to Sept 4th. Complimentary popcorn and 8 flat screens. Tonight: Batman Begins and The Dark Night.