Beeronaut's Chicago events, April 9 to 12

Monday, April 9

Gluten Free Feature Night
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Celiac disease affects one out of every 133 people. It is estimated that 97% of individuals with celiac disease are never diagnosed. In patients with celiac disease, the small intestine is damaged and it is unable to absorb specific nutrients. Gluten in the diet, which comes from wheat, barley, and rye, causes a reaction and produces the damage. As a result of the inability to absorb nutrients, an individual with celiac disease will become malnourished, regardless of how much food they eat. Eating out can be tough when you are trying to eat gluten free. But Fountainhead has numerous items on both our food & drink menus that are gluten free? Join us as we will be highlighting the items we already serve & pairing them with some of the delicious Draft Gluten Free Beers & Special Ciders!! No reservations needed.
Draft Gluten Free Beers: Dogfish Head Tweason’ale: A gluten-free sorghum based beer brewed with fresh strawberries, hints of molasses and pit fruit and an added complexity thanks to buckwheat honey. Two Brothers Prairie Path Prairie Path Ale is a Belgian-style golden ale. Prairie Path Ale is a full flavored, slightly bitter, clean and refreshing ale. The Belgian malts along with the Saaz and Goldings hops give this beer great drinkability. Recently been proven Gluten Free! Draft Ciders: Crispin The Bohemian: Unfiltered apple cider, fermented with authentic Pilsner lager yeast. Doc’s Draft Framboise: Fresh raspberries are added to their apple cider and refermented to create a delicious spin on traditional cider. Vander Mill Chapman’s Blend: an American Heirloom cider using Winesap, Baldwin, Northern Spy and Jonathan varietals. It is a semi-dry cider with a clean fruit flavor and slight carbonation. Fox Barrel Wonderwall: A pear cider, aged in Zinbarrels for 14 months with a light kiss of organic honey. Crispin Marvin: Unfiltered apple cider with a stout yeast, oak aged, with organic molasses, honey, dark chocolate, & black cherries.

7:00 p.m. Chicago History Museum Punk ‘n’ Brew Dinner
Revolution Brewery, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Join Revolution Brewing and the Chicago History Museum for an evening of history, punk music, and rockin’ good food. We’ll enjoy four courses and beer pairings inspired by punk music. Learn about Revolution’s punk connections while rocking out to a kickin’ playlist. Price includes four courses, beer pairings, tax, and gratuity. Cost: $60, $55 for Chicago History Museum members. Purchase tickets here.

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Lagunitas Buy the Pint Steal the Jar
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
Join Blokes & Birds for Lagunitas pint night when we will be featuring Lagunitas Brewery and giving away complimentary Lagunitas mason jars, wearables and a chance to meet Lagunitas ambassadors.

Tuesday, April 10

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Beer Drinker's Local 737 Union meeting
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
We'll be tapping… Bieber's Banana Hammock Hefeweizen! And yes, we're going to make you ask for it by name. Support your boy wonder brewer and get yourself into Spring mode. We'll be pouring samples to our card carrying union members. If you haven't already picked up your card, please let us know if you'll be joining us so we can have your card ready for you when you arrive.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Spring Chef & Brewer's Dinner
Rock Bottom Yorktown, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
At long last, we are going to be having a Chef and Brewer’s Dinner! It's been a while since we have had a brewers dinner and we have got a wonderful lineup for you. The courses are all prepared by Chef Pawel Marszalek, our brilliant European Chef! See the menu here and call for more information and reservations.

7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Two Brothers Bonfire Release Party
Rocking Horse, 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 486-0011
Tapping the Bonfire Dunkel Weiss… 2nd of the 15 special releases for our 15th Anniversary.

Wednesday, April 11

Mutiny & The Mollusk at The Weather Mark Tavern
The Weather Mark Tavern. 1503 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 588-0230
(This is a correction: I originally had this event set for Thursday. Thanks to Rog at Half Acre for the catch) Wednesday features the Chicago premiere of Half Acre's recent collab-brew with Three Floyds: Mutiny & The Mollusk. This Oyster Stout will have limited exposure on the Illinois side of the border so come scavenge along with us brewery folk at The Weather Mark Tavern. Bonus beers from each of our breweries and seafaring food specials will be available to beef up your bounty.

4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Finch's Threadless IPA CAN release
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
We will be having an event of Canned Proportions….. Finch’s Beer Company and Threadless have joined forces and made one hellva IPA… now its available in cans…come get em… $3 each.

Thursday, April 12

7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. RedStreak Cider Release Party
Hideout Inn, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago (773) 227-4433
Hideout hosts the official kickoff party for Virtue Cider's RedStreak Cider Featuring music by The Waco Brothers & The Blisters. Food provided by: Belly Shack, GT Fish & Oyster, Lula Cafe, Mindy's Hot Chocolate, Publican Quality Meats, Sunday Dinner Club, Trencherman, & Yusho Proceeds contributed to The Academy for Global Citizenship. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased through the HideOut.

Weekend preview: Saturday April 14
Blue Chip Brewfest
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa Michigan City, IN 888-879-7711 ext. 2427
The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino plays host to the second annual Blue Chip Brewfest, where top microbreweries from around the nation will gather to showcase the unique flavors of their different brews. VIP Admission: $55; includes access to limited release beers paired with food from 12 noon to 1 pm. Also includes complimentary pint glass, bottle opener, t-shirt and lanyard.
Tickets on sale now at or you can visit the Blue Chip Gift Box!
Participating Breweries: Abita, Anchor, Ayinger Brauerei, Back Road, Bare Hands, Barley Island, Bee Creek, Bell's, Bitburger, Blue Moon, Bluegrass, The Boston Beer Company, Boulevard, Brasserie LeFebvre, Ommegang, Brouwerij Lindemans, Brouwerij Timmermans, Brooklyn Brewery, Chapin Park Homebrewers, Chimay, Crispin Hard Cider Company, Dark Horse, Evil Genius, Figure 8, Flat 12, Flying Dog, Four Horsemen, Greenbush, Hacker Pschorr, Harpoon, J.W. Dundee, Leinenkugel, Lost Coast, Magic Hat, New Belgium, New Holland, North Coast, Oaken Barrel, Orval, Paulaner, Pyramid, Rogue, Samuel Smith, Schlafly, Shiner, Southern Tier, Trappistes Rochefort, Unibroue, Upland, Victory, Westmalle Trappistes, Woodchuck Ciders, Wyder’s Ciders. Illinois readers, here's your chance to sample the wares of many Indiana brewers that aren't distributed here!

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