Beeronaut's Chicago calendar, April 2 to 5

Beeronaut's Chicago calendar, April 2 to 5
Another brewer debuts in Chicago this week!

Monday, April 2

4:00 - 11:30 p.m. "It Might Get Wild" - A Night Of Wild & Sour Beers
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
The next in our "It Might Get..." series, this time we are featuring beers with wild yeast. Unlike conventional ales and lagers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer’s yeasts, lambics and other wild yeast beers are sometimes produced by spontaneous fermentation: it is exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne Valley in Belgium. It is this unusual process that gives the beer its distinctive flavor: dry, vinous, and cidery, usually with a sour and/or funky aftertaste. This might just be our wildest “It Might Get…” yet!
Allagash - Old HLT; New Belgium - Clutch and La Terrior; Victory - Wild Devil; New Holland - Blue Sunday; Dogfish Head - Noble Rot; Evil Twin - Ron & The Beast Ryan; Jolly Pumpkin - Noel de Calabaza and Maracaibo; Cisco Brewers - Monomoy Kriek & Lady of the Woods; Petrus - Aged Pale; Allagash/New Belgium - Vrienden; Stillwater - Bri-Witter Weisse and Premium; Two Brothers - Askew; Brouwerij Timmermans - Bourgogne Des Flandres; Hitachino - 3 Days; Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne; Anderson Valley - Gatlin Damnosus; Vicardin Tripel Gueuze; and maybe a couple more treats.
Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey will be our very special guest! Tomme is bringing a very rare keg of his Red Poppy to add to our "Wild" list.  We are super excited to be pouring a Cask of Half Acre Cactus Pear & Brett Gossamer too! Latest updates on the event's Facebook Page.

5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Milwaukee Brewing Company Launch at The Beer Bistro
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Chicago (312) 433-0013
We are Proud to be selected to help launch Milwaukee Brewing Company to Chicago. We will have: Louie’s Demise Amber Ale, Pull Chain Pale Ale, BOOYAH Saison, Hop Happy IPA and Oh Gii Wit. These are new products to Chicago, let's welcome by draining a few barrels for 'em.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Crystal IPA Tapping
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Join us as we launch the April hoppy beer of the month, Crystal IPA. We will have a dry-hopped cask in the brew house for our Mug Clubbers. This beer was made with homebrewer Gregg Ferlin as a raffle prize at the Brewers of South Suburbia Christmas party. It's a traditional American IPA made with crystal hops.

Tuesday, April 3

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Milwaukee Brewing Co. Founder Appearance
Binny's Lakeview, 3000 N. Clark, Chicago (773) 935-9400
The beers of Milwaukee Brewing Co. will be appearing at our stores this week. Jim McCabe, founder and owner of Milwaukee Brewing Company, will be hosting a meet and greet tasting at our Lakeview store. Jim opened his first brewpub, the Milwaukee Ale House, in 1997. One of his recipes was Louie’s Demise, an Amber Ale that would become the flagship beer and best seller of the Milwaukee Brewing Company. In a time where Milwaukee was predominantly known as a lager town, Jim became one of the first ale brewers to appear in town. In November of 2007, Jim opened the doors of the Milwaukee Brewing Company, a 50 bbl brewhouse and packaging facility located on 2nd Street in the Walker’s Point area of Milwaukee. In 2010 Jim and Milwaukee Brewing Company were the first Wisconsin craft brewery to brew and can their own beer.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 16th Annual Chili Cook Off at RB Chicago!
Rock Bottom Chicago, One W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Don't Miss Our 16th Annual Chili Cook Off! Local firefighters will compete for prizes and bragging rights to call themselves the CHILI CHAMPION! All proceeds from the event will benefit the MDA. The cook off starts at 5:30pm and winners will be announced by 7:30pm. There will also be a 50/50 split-the-pot raffle.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tapping Party! Maibock Tapping Event & Benefit for March of Dimes
Gordon Biersch - Bolingbrook, 639 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 739-6036
Come to Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant to celebrate Spring, sample the new seasonal menu and have a chance to win a variety of prizes while benefiting the March of Dimes Signature Chef's Event. Gordon Biersch’s Maibock Beer is a smooth, malty and deceptively strong auburn bock-style lager. It is a traditional Rite of Spring. Facebook info.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Duvel Art Glass Giveaway
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for Duvel Art Glass Night! We’ll have the Duvel Single on draft and Duvel Strong Pale Ale in bottles. The first 3 glasses in the Duvel Art Glassware collection will be available – buy a beer, keep the glass! This is your chance to get any of the first 3 you are missing. The 4th Art Glass will be available at Northdown on April 24th!

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. April is Godzilla Movie Month!
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Godzilla movies the Big Screen all month long! 2.50 bottles of Birshoff Black lagers all month! Now that's a MONSTER DEAL! There are 79 movies to pick from...they all kick ass!

Wednesday, April 4

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. 3 Floyds mini tap takeover
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison St, Chicago (312) 433-0013
A little Mini TAP TAKEOVER, from 3 Floyds, as a warm up to Dark Lord Day. All brews will be served in a 12 oz glass. so far we have: Powder Burns, Tiger Jelly, Stygian Darkness, Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn, Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker, Rune Priest, Aoteara, Topless Wynch, Artic Panzer Wolf, Ham on Rye and Region Riot. Facebook info.

7:00 p.m. Bottom Lounge Beer Social: Sierra Nevada
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St, Chicago, IL
The sixth installment of Bottom Lounge’s monthly Beer Social series will feature Sierra Nevada Brewery. Six Sierra Nevada Beers will be paired with handmade sausages. Representatives from the brewery will be on hand to talk about brewing and Sierra Nevada products. Cost: 20.00. Tickets at this link.

Thursday, April 5

Cubs Opening Day at Haymarket
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Bring your opening day ticket stub for a $9 burger & pint

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. "Smoke Out The Curse"
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Sheffield's & New Holland present... 'Smoke Out The Curse.' We're Gonna Smoke A Goat and end that curse!!

  • 10:00 a.m.-12:30: Beer Brunch, buffet style with paired New Holland beer flights and Sheffield's signature cocktails.
  • 1:00 -4:00 p.m. Stay at Sheffield's for the Game and sample the Smoked Goat 3 ways; Smoked Goat Tacos Smoked Goat Pastrami Smoked Goat Burgers
  • 5:00 -9:00 p.m. "There's No Place Like Home" Burlesque After Party and tunes from DJ Joel.

There will be plenty of other festivities going on through out the day and night, and over 20 New Holland Beers on tap including Dragons Milk & Mad Hatter Firkins. Facebook Info.

1:20 p.m. Opening Day Pils tapping
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
We'll be tapping our next beer, the Opening Day Pils, to welcome the beginning of baseball season, namely the Cubs' first game (I know you south side'ers might be hating, but you know as well as anyone that the sad truth is the Cubs are prolly the best chance for post season) Anywho, about the's a nice, lightly hopped and soft bready malt body pilsner (try saying that five times fast) At about 5.2% abv, it makes for the perfect replacement of Old Style to session the game with, and with this early summer, makes for a great warmer weather beer. We'll be tapping into the beer with the first pitch of the game, at 1:20pm, and will be doing the normal tapping occasion at 5:00 p.m. in our pub room.

6:00 p.m. "Tap This:" Brooklyn Brewery & Food Trucks at Fischman's
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545.0123
Fischman Liquors and Tavern is proud to be hosting Brooklyn Brewery for this weeks Tap This even featuring the music of 3 in Counting! The trucks, as always, will be rollin’ in around 6:00 p.m. and we will be pairing them up with some of Brooklyn’s finest. Check the link above for a full schedule of trucks and pairings.

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