So you didn't get a Dark Lord Day ticket, and you see them being offered for $250 and up on the legalized scalping sites. Well, there's also a WhiskyFest Chicago this Saturday. That's sold out, too, but somehow WhiskyFest is translating to some good beer events below:
Monday, March 19
6:30 p.m. • Harvest Moon Farms and Two Brothers CSA Dinner
Farmhouse Chicago, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 280-4960
Farmhouse will be hosting a four-course prix fix meal along with our friends at Harvest Moon Farms and Two Brothers Brewing. The four-course meal includes wine and beer pairings and will cost $40, which does not include tax and tip. This your chance to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Farmhouse Tavern will be a drop-off point for Harvest Moon Farms organic produce and products this summer, and this event is a great opportunity to get to know your farmers as well as enjoy the fruits of their labor. By supporting a CSA program you can help the farm by committing to buying your share before the growing season then enjoy the bounty of the farm weekly as produce and products are available. A single share is less than $30 per week, and you can learn much more at this dinner. Check the Farmhouse website link above for menu information.
Tuesday, March 20
7:30 p.m. • Scottish Beer Tasting at Bluebird
The Bluebird, 1749 N. Damen Ave. Chicago (773) 486-2473
Come check out some of the coolest beers being made in Scotland today! $30/person, reservations are highly recommended. As always, we’ll put out some snacks to soak up the brews. Email email@example.com to reserve space. Innis & Gunn Original Ale and Rum Cask, BrewDog 5:00 AM Saint and Storm IPA, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Twisted Thistle IPA, and Scottish Stout, Heather Ales Alba Scots Pine Ale, Orkney Skull Splitter, Inveralmond Black Friar, Traquair House Ale and Jacobite.
Wednesday, March 21
6:30 p.m. • BrickStone Spring Maerzen tapping
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
Each year BrickStone teams up with a Brewers of South Suburbia home brewer to make one of their award winning brews at BrickStone. This year we teamed up with Dave Persenaire and he and our BrewMasters brewed his award winning Spring Marzen which will be released today. Come in for a taste and stay for a live music acoustic show with Matt Yeager starting at 8:00 p.m.!
7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • An evening with your Better Half
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
An evening with Founders Brewing Co. To celebrate brewery of the month with one of our favorites, were tapping a few specialties from Founders: Curmudgeon's Better Half, 2010 Curmudgeon and 2011 Curmudgeon. Come try both versions of this delicious beer!
7:00 p.m. • Bourbon Barrel Beer Tapping at Fizz Bar & Grill
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 348-6088
It’s Whiskyfest time! Build up to the big event at our tapping of six Bourbon barrel aged beers and barley wines.
7:00 p.m. • OAK & IRON: A Bounty of Barrel-Aged Beer
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Celebrate an eve of magic, myth, and epic heroism. DJ Grimsbørg will spin an array of fantasy-inspired prog, dungeon synth, and assorted metals, as we regale you with tales from forgotten sword-wielding cinema on our 10 foot screen. Costumes Encouraged! Tentative tap list includes: Allagash Curieux & Interlude, Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Firestone Walker XV, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti, Left Hand Oak Aged Widdershins, Local Option Morning Wood, Lost Abbey Deliverance, New Belgium La Folie, Two Brothers BareTree, Uinta Cockeyed Cooper.
Thursday, March 22
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Firestone Walker Night - Whiskey Fest Week Kick-Off
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
As part of our Whisky Week festivities, we will have the great folks of New Holland in our presence to serving New Holland whiskey paired with New Holland beers. We will be featuring pints of barrel aged Ichabod, barrel aged Charkoota Rye, and single barrel aged Dragon’s Milk and we will be pouring nips of Black River Bourbon, Double Down Barley, Zeppelin Bend, Malthouse, and Beer Barrel Bourbon. See the Facebook page for more information about these beers and spirits.
6:00 p.m. • Rock Bottom Lombard "Solemn Oats" Tapping
Rock Bottom, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Solemn Oats is a collaboration beer betwixt the Brewing Mastermind at Solemn Oath and your friendly neighborhood Rock Bottom Brewer. Since Tim Marshall was previously the brewer at Rock Bottom Yorktown, this seemed like the perfect way to bridge the gap between brewpub and packaging microbrewery. It is well known that Mr. Marshall makes incredible hoppy zany beers and this is no different. Solemn Oats is the first and possibly last Oat Barleywine ever made. The mash tun grain record was dashed to little bitty bits as we stirred a hundred pounds of dry oats into a barely wet mash for over 30 minutes. This Oatwine is over 10% abv and full of delicious hoppy fruitiness and smooth oaty maltiness. Come and get the first offering of Solemn Oath, or is it Oats?
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Tap This!!!! Beer & Food Trucks at Fischmans
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545.0123
Belgian beers and Chicago foods trucks descend upon Fischmans Liquors & Tavern with amazing food and beer pairings being offered till we run out! Check our Facebook events page for a list of food trucks that will be present. The beer taps will be pouring Cuveé des Jacobin Rouge Flemish Sour Ale, St. Feuillien Saison, La Trappe Quadrupel Trappist Ale, and Kwak.
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. • Firestone Walker Beer Dinner
Zest at Lemon Tree Grocer, 5101 Mochel Dr., Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-9869
Join us at Lemon Tree Grocer in hosting a beer dinner featuring the award winning Firestone Walker Brewery! Meet Rob Salitori, their official rep. In addition to the different brews, Lemon Tree's resident experts have put together delectable food pairings to go with the craft beers provided by Firestone Walker. The event costs $45/person for five courses and exclusive beer pairings.
6:30 p.m. • Guinness Beer & Food Pairing at Tap House Grill (Glen Ellyn)
The Tap House Grill, 411 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 858-4369
Tap House Grill & Guinness Chef Todd Davies Present a five-course Guinness Beer Pairing Dinner. Check our web site for the menu and please call ahead for reservations. $45.00
6:30 p.m. • Tasting Room Beer Dinner
The Tasting Room, 1415 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 942-1313
The Tasting Room Welcomes Anthony Norkus of Louis Glunz Beers for a Fine Beer Degustation and Dinner. $65. Featured Beers: Oud Beersel Framboise, Petrus Aged Pale, Westmalle Tripel Trappist Ale, Schneider & Sohn Aventinus, Trappistes Rochefort 10, & J.W. Lees Harvest 2009, Lagavulin Barrel Finish.
7:00 p.m. • Say "Lah-Goo-Knee-Tuss" at Bigby's Pour House
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Glassware party with the friendly people from Lagunitas!! Buy any Lagunitas products on draft or in bottle and take home a Lagunitas Mason jar!!
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. • Zapatista 5 Rabbit Beer Dinner
Zapatista Fullerton, 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago (773) 525 4100
Zapatista and 5 Rabbit have teamed up to produce a unique beer dinner experience. Four of our beers including Huitzi will be paired with a unique four course menu that showcases the fusion of food and beer. The event cost is $35 plus tax and gratuity and reservation are encouraged.
8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Beer School at A.J. Hudson's Public House
A.J. Hudson's Public House, 3801 N Ashland, Chicago (773) 348-2767
Time for school and don’t be late to class! Join us for a fine and fancy affair of new tastes and tonics. One of Chicago’s favorite beer enthusiasts, Matt from Windy City will take you to beer school with ten fantastic brews from all over to taste and indulge. Anderson Valley, Stone, Smuttynose, Allagash… to name a few. Also, beers from Belgium, Germany and India. No Entrance Fee.