Once again, we strive to bring you the most interesting Chicago craft beer events over this most beery of weekends. No fake "Chi-Rish" parties, no beer dyed green, I even had to excise some events that had little more than Guinness specials. But there are a few, plus last-minute additions, that can be seen on my full calendar at chitownontap.com. BUT just one warning: if you're out and about at noon, you may miss your chance at Dark Lord Day tickets.
Friday, March 16
SmallBar's Friday Fish Fry
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago 773-525-2727
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division, Chicago 773-772-2727.
SmallBar has come up with two special fish dishes that will be available Fridays during Lent. Chef Justin White takes the “Friday Night Fish Fry” to whole new level with hand-crafted plates, including a pint of beer. Check the web links above for menu options. The special dishes will be available all day, every Friday until April 6.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Meet Stillwater Artisanal Ales Brewmaster Brian Strumke
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Join us for a meet n' greet with Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales in Baltimore Maryland. "You could describe Brian Stillwater of Stillwater Artisanal Ales as a Vagabond, Gypsy Brewer, Lone Ranger, whatever you'd like. But one thing is sure, he's garnering a cult following because of his unconventional brewing method and his completely uncompromised brews. He parallels his brewing method from that of his music days as a globetrotting DJ. The breweries he uses around the world are his studios and he is a visiting artist." The Evening's Line-Up: Bottles: 'of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol 1 - Brewed at 't Hofbrouwerijke), 'A Saison Darkly' (Import Series Vol 2 - Brewed at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus, 'Jaded" (Import Series Vol 3 - Brewed at De Struise Brouwers), Debauched (Import Series Vol 5- Brewed at Fano Bryghus), Holland Oats (Collab with Bierbrouwerij Emelisse), Our Side (Collab with Mikkeller- Brewed at DOG Brewing), Autumnal, Cellar Door, Stateside Saison, Barrel-Aged Stateside Saison, Existent, Debutante, Folklore: (all brewed at DOG Brewing) Draft: Premium Pils (Post Prohibition Style Ale) Bri-Witter Weisse (Collab with Ryan Merriweather at Fano Bryghus) Fine Cheeses & Charcuterie for your snacking pleasure! Facebook
6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. • Two Brothers Brewing Company 15th Anniversary Kick Off Party
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
Join us as we tap Monarch on our 15th Anniversary. Monarch will kick off our project, "15 Beers for 15 Years." We will be bringing back 14 of our favorite artisan brews, some you may remember and some may have appeared before you even knew we were around. Then we will finish with a brand new 15th anniversary artisan beer you won't soon forget. The 15 Beers of 15 Years project will run all summer long and give you something new to look forward to every few weeks. A buffet will be served from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. Live music will feature Folk-Rock band Old Shoe. Two Brothers Roundhouse is located at the end of the BNSF Metra line. Tickets are $20 before/ $25 at the door They can be purchased at either the Tap House in Warrenville or the Roundhouse in Aurora. They are also available by calling 630-393-2337 or 630-892-0034, or by emailing Katie at kpfiffner@TwoBrothersBrewing.com Limited tickets are available so get yours fast! Facebook
Saturday, St. Patrick's Day
8:00 a.m. • Irish Breakfast at Paddy Long's
Paddy Long’s, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Irish Breakfast, Paddy Panini, Multitudes of Bacon and Corned Beef and Cabbage served all day. 8 Irish Beers among the 18 served on tap. Live Rugby: Ireland vs England @ Noon. Irish DJ Barney @ 10:00 p.m. Should be a nice quiet day....
8:00 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. • St. Paddy's Day at Mickey Finn's Brewery
Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688
Things kick off at 8:00am with the Tom and Emily Morning Show (95.1 WIIL Rock). Free Irish egg breakfast, live Irish music, and shortest leprechaun contest. Yes the bar will be open (Irish car bombs and Doppelbock oh' plenty). At 10:00 am the big beer tent in back opens, and again we are hosting a St. Baldrick's Fundraiser against kids' cancer. The tent will have Irish food specials from noon on. Of course a beer truck featuring St. Pat's Irish Ale, Hackett Irish Stout, Amber Ale, and Miller Lite. Live music from 2:00 p.m. on, including the Trinity Irish Dancers at 5:00 p.m. Cover charge: $5 after 5:00 in the Beer Tent, and $5 after 8: 00 p.m. in the Amber Room (you only need to pay cover once). Facebook info.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Rock Bottom Chicago St. Patrick's Day
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Kick off St. Patrick’s Day right with Rock Bottom Chicago’s Kegs & Eggs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.. Enjoy a Hearty Breakfast Buffet and Handcrafted Beers for only $25.00 per person. The party continues all day with No Cover after 11:00 a.m., $4.00 pints of Irish Red Ale, $5.00 shots of Jameson & $7.00 Irish Car Bombs. Chicago bands One Of The Girls, MER,and Georgetown providing the party music from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.. Rooftop Beer garden open weather permitting. Sláinte!
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • St. Patrick's Day Kegs & Eggs
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
We're blowing it out for St. Patrick's Day!!!! Come on down to Haymarket and go green with us. We're celebrating with a Kegs & Eggs Buffet - all your favorite breakfast items, as well as Corned Beef & Cabbage. Oh and don't forget the beer! There will be Pilsner flowing... green, if you'd like! Perfect for daytime drinking. Call 312-638-0700 for reservations. $35 + gratuity.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. St. Patrick's Day Party at Mitchell's Tap
Mitchell's Tap, 3356 S. Halsted St., Chicago (773) 927-6073
We will be open at 9:00 am to kick off your St. Patty's party correctly. 3 Floyds Brian Boru 22 oz Bomber Bottles for $10
12:00 noon • Ticket sales for 3 Floyds Dark Lord Day
Funny how they plan it on a rather busy day. Tickets go on sale at noon at musictoday.com. $15/ticket. This ticket, if you can get one, will entitle you to enter the grounds of 3 Floyds brewery and pub on Dark Lord Day, Saturday, April 28th at 9750 Indiana Pkwy., Munster, IN. You will then be able to buy a limited allotment of 3 Floyds Russian Imperial Stout in waxed 22 oz. bottles.
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Delilah's Whiskey Barrel Aged Beer Tasting
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
Delilah’s is hosting its first ever tasting of exclusively Whiskey Barrel Aged Beers. Mostly covering Bourbon Barrel Aged and Scotch Barrel Aged Beers, with many in multiple vintages. Brews like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout in multiple vintages, J.W. Lees finished in Lagavulin Barrels, Central Waters, Rogue, Allagash, Stillwater, Lost Abbey, BrewDog, Harviestoun, to name a few. It costs $20 and includes sample tickets and info about the beers.
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Goose Island Stout Fest (SOLD OUT)
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL
Cost: $25 entry, includes 20 beer tickets - SOLD OUT. Again, I say ask around. Chicagoland breweries and their brewers will reunite for Goose Island Clybourn's annual Stout Fest! Event & ticket info can be found here.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. • Great Beer! Not Green Beer
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Come out to Brixie’s and enjoy Many fantastic beers that won’t be dyed green. We will have Three Floyds' Zombie Dust pouring all day and many other great craft brews on tap. Live Music starts at 8:30, and we will be serving corned beef all day.
St. Patrick's Day: an O'Limestone Celebration!
Limestone Restaurant & Brewery, 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Available for one night only: A special tapping of Guinness Draught, plus Ken's Dolomite Irish Carbombs all night long. Bites: Irish fare amped up with LBC Brews: Corned Prime Rib & IBA au jus, LBC Dolomite Shepherd's Pie, Insanely Irish Fish & Chips, and the Plow Match Reuben. Plus a special performance by Final Say: your favorite pop, rock and dance hits plus promos and giveaways courtesy Jameson's Irish Whiskey.
"Every Limestone Beer is Irish, thanks to brewmaster Ken McMullen!"
Sunday, March 18
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SmallBar's 5 Rabbit Beer Brunch
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
SmallBar will offer a special menu designed by Chef Justin White to pair with unique brews from 5 Rabbit Brewery. The pairings are listed on SmallBar's web site. Each diner will receive housemade Agua Fresca! The entreés and the beers are available á la carte. The full brunch menu will also be available during this special event. The pairings are merely suggestions, so diners can order off the regular brunch menu and create their own pairings, as well. The event is a mix and match, take it or leave it, fun beer and brunch event! Due to the popularity, reservations are strongly recommended.