Chicago Craft Beer Fest highlights, Sunday May 20

Chicago Craft Beer Fest highlights, Sunday May 20
CCBW hits its second day. Here's just the tip of the iceberg!

Already I'm running behind. But I did get to the Solemn Oath debut at Bavarian Lodge as I write this evening. Once again, an hour or two at a great beer bar sampling some new, wonderful beers. Can't get much better than this.

Sunday, May 20

Local Brewer spotlight

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Metropolitan Firkin & Rye Night!
Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
As a part of Chicago Craft Beer Week, join Bavarian Lodge for an evening with one of our perennial favorites, Metropolitan Brewing Company! Hang out with owner Tracy Hurst and GM Jess Straka as we tap into a couple Metro delights crafted just for Chicago Craft Beer Week! Arc Welder Dunkel Rye will be available on draft. (Pair it with a shot of Templeton Rye Whiskey for a Whiskey/Beer induced Nirvana.) We’ll also be featuring a gravity-fed cask created just for this event: Krankshaft Kölsch infused with fresh Lemongrass... Don’t miss it!
Available on Draft: Arc Welder Dunkel Rye, Ironworks Alt
From Gravity Cask-Conditioned Firkin: Lemongrass Krankshaft Kölsch
All Metropolitan Drafts Available @ 12:00 p.m.. Meet Tracy Hurst & Jess Straka 4- 7:00 p.m. in the Pub Room. Krankshaft Firkin will be tapped @ 5:00 p.m. Facebook event page.

5:00 - 11:00 p.m. • 3 Floyds Night at Northdown
Northdown Taproom, 3244 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Northdown is featuring beers from 3 Floyds: We’ll be pouring Topless Wytch & Al-Dabeyoun on draft! We’ll also be tapping a keg of Samurai Gazebo! AND–our featured beer for CCBW will be Zombie Dust!

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • An Evening with Solemn Oath
DMK Burger Bar, 2370 Fountain Square Dr, Lombard, IL
Come to DMK Burger Bar and get to know John and Joe Barley, head brewer Tim Marshall, as well as two great new beers. Solemn Oath Brewery, Chicagoland’s newest craft brewery, will be celebrating the close of their first weekend on the market. We will have Oubliette, a Belgian Golden Ale, & Khlöros, a Belgian White Ale on tap for you to enjoy.

6:00 p.m. • Two Brotherly Love at Owen & Engine
Owen & Engine, 2700 N Western Ave, Chicago
Join Owen & Engine with Matt Killion of Two Brothers as they tap a few seldom-seen specialties to keep CCBW going strong. Dog Days Dortmunder, Pillar of Salt, Red Eye Porter, Scotch Ale- and maybe more...

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Craft Beer Week Pub Trivia
Gordon Biersch, 639 E Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL
Join Gordon Biersch for a special Craft Beer themed pub trivia night. Put that useless beer knowledge to the test for prizes and fame! Our Head Brewer, John, has created a fun but challenging set of questions. Schwarzbier and Golden Export are on special for your drinking enjoyment!

New Brewers in the Chicago Market

12:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Upright Brewing Tap Takeover & Launch Party
The Cellar Door, 5150-A Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 654-9862
Come join The Cellar Door for the Chicago Launch Party and Tap Takeover of Upright Brewing from Portland, OR. While the bottles have been in the market for about a month, this marks the first time it will be on draft in Chicago. We are really excited to showcase this great brewer from Portland, Oregon!  We will have the regular lineup and then even a few surprises and special offerings from Upright. This page will be updated when I get more information on exactly what special things we will be pouring.  Tap List: (will be added to)  • Four • Five • Six • Seven.  Some special surprises Bottles of Four, Five, Six, and Seven and possibly more will also be available for carryout as well!

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Goose Island Minigolf
Goose Island - Fulton's Barrel Warehouse, 1800 W Walnut St, Chicago
(I remember when the Goose brewpub first opened in the corner of a run-down warehouse. Its second floor featured “Artgolf,” an installation of a mini gold game with individual holes designed by the likes of Ed Paschke, Tony Fitzpatrick, and Lynda Barry. That building was later torn down, leaving only Goose Island.)
In celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week and ideas hatched over pints, Goose Island and fellow Illinois Craft Brewers have created a nine hole minigolf course in Goose Island – Fulton’s Barrel Warehouse. Come practice the ancient samurai art of putt putt and see why maybe brewers should just stick to making beer! Because ticket numbers are low, we are raffling off the chance to purchase tickets to this event. Click this link to enter the random drawing. Tee times will be available to be selected from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Beer from Goose Island and participating breweries. Tickets will only be sold in pairs at 20 per person. That’s $40 for a pair.

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • Rock Bottom Chicago Brewery Open House
Rock Bottom Chicago, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago
Guided brewery tours and tastings featuring cheese pairings with select Rock Bottom beers. Join brewers Marc Wilson and Chris Rafferty for guided brewery tours and matched beers and cheeses.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Macho Man – 3 Floyds – Jolly Pumpkin at Farmhouse
Farmhouse Tavern, 228 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
Last year on May 20th we lost a pillar of American Pop Culture, Randall Mario “Randy” Poffo also known as “The Macho Man” Randy Savage. To celebrate, Farmhouse is bringing in our friends from 3 Floyds with 16Drafts, Jolly Pumpkin with 10 Drafts, and Metropolitan Flywheel Bright Lager! There will be a minute of silence to honor “The Macho Man” followed by an “OOOOOHHHH YEAAAHHHHH!” That will shake the ground of River North! Video of his best moments will be looped on the Tele, and a complimentary SLIM JIM will be handed out to every guest and after the moment of Silence. We look forward to seeing you there during Chicago Craft Beer Week. OHHHHH YEAHHH!!!!

6:00 p.m. • Firestone Walker Tap Take Over at Burger Bar
Burger Bar, 1578 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago
Come sample a variety of Firestone Walker beers on tap at Burger Bar, including some hard to get brews.

6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Release Party
Rabbit's Bar & Grill, 4945 W Foster Ave, Chicago
The Loch Ness of the American Midwest, Lake Erie Monster rears its head once a year to the delight of high gravity fans everywhere. A true monster in and of itself, this Imperial IPA clocks in at 9.1% and packs a heavy bittersweet bite that comes straight from the cool deep waters of the Midwest’s Great Lakes. Stop by Rabbit’s to help celebrate this perennial favorite. No cover, craft drafts, and our bottle list might surprise you.

7:00 p.m. • Left Hand Brewery Night!
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Join The Green Lady for Sunday Funday with Left Hand Brewing and the musical stylings of The Drummond Brothers. Flowing will be: Beer Week Sauce, Wake Up Dead, and a cask to be determined! Facebook Event page.

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Community Brewing: Discovering the Flavors of Beer With Dave Kahle
Co-Prosperity Sphere (Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar's gallery)
3219 S Morgan St, Chicago
$30 Please rsvp at There will be only 30 participants for this event. In this seminar, we will discuss how flavor perception works and how to apply it to tasting beer. While discussing the range of flavors that can be found in beer, we will do side by side taste comparisons to give an understanding of the different ingredients and how they play a rolé in creating beer styles. This tasting session will also help you to understand what your preferences are within the scope of beer styles, making it easier to buy a beer that you’ll enjoy.Dave Kahle is a Master Cicerone, one of just four people to have earned the title. He has earned certificates from the Siebel Institute/World Brewing Academy, in Brewing Technology, Sensory Panel Management, and Brewing Microbiology, as well as having an Advanced Draft Tech certificate from the Micro Matic Draft Institute. This experience and beer education has lead him to work for the Cicerone Certification Program. He works as a consultant and beer educator when he’s not grading, writing and proctoring Cicerone exams. Dave is also an AHA member, homebrewer, and a beer judge at the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) in Chicago. More information or tickets at this link.

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