Chicago Craft Beer Festival Highlights, Saturday May 26

Chicago Craft Beer Festival Highlights, Saturday May 26
CCBW hits its second day. Here's just the tip of the iceberg!

I've finally gotten to one or two of the bars taking part in CCBW. Except for the Solemn Oath tapping at Bavarian Lodge, no real events, just a chance at a few nice beers. And now only two days left to get in on the fun. Find even more events at my ChiTownOnTap Calendar or at Chicago Craft Beer Week's schedule.

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Join us for THE Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt starting at 10:00 a.m. and running to 8:00 p.m., win great prizes. Afterparty at the Irish Bistro, starting at 8:00 p.m..

11:00 a.m. Haymarket Chicago Craft Beer Week: Brewer’s Brunch
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Brewers' Brunch: Bottomless Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers & 4 Courses paired with Haymarket brews! $25 plus tax &gratuity!

11:30 a.m. New Holland Full Circle
Michael Diversey's, 670 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL
New Holland Full Circle (Kölsh Style) (4.9%) Michigan $4. GLASS INCLUDED with first purchase while supply last. *Ommegang Hennepin ($4 pints)

12:00 p.m. Chicago Craft Beer Week Beer Brunch
Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park, 1550 N Kingsbury, Chicago
Celebrate the close of Chicago Craft Beer Week with a 5 course beer brunch prepared by Chef Won Kim. We’ll be welcoming Two Brothers Brewing Company at this celebration of craft beer! Tickets at $25 are available here. Veggie and vegan options available.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. East Coast, West Coast, No Coast II - Allagash, Stone, Jolly Pumpkin
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead is featuring beers from the East Coast’s Allagash (Portland, ME), the West Coast’s Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA), and the No Coast’s Jolly Pumpkin (Dexter, MI). This event will offer so many delicious brews on tap that you will kick yourself if you miss it. Allagash: Big Little Beer, Fluxus, Grand Cru, Vrienden Confluence. Stone: More Brown Than Black, Old Guardian, Vertical Epic 11.11.11, Russian Imperial Stout, 15th Anniversary. Jolly Pumpkin: iO Saison, La Parcela, Weizen Bam, Maracaibo Especial, Oro De Calabaza - CASK! Facebook event page.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Great Divide Feature
Rocking Horse, 2535 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
Tapping up Great Divide's Hades, Hercules, Oak Chocolate Yeti, Old Ruffian, Colette and playing with the Hoss Rye Lager for $4.

1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Illiana Mayfest
Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point, IN
Beer Fest!! $30 General Admission to sample beers from over 20 breweries, including several Indiana brewers not available in Illinois! Hosted by Crown Point Brewing. See the website at for ticket sales and info.
Brewers attending: Rock Bottom Orland Park, Brickstone, Crispin Cider, Crown Brewing, B. Nektar Meadery, 5 Rabbit, People's, Flossmoor Station, Fountain Square, Harrison's, Figure Eight, Bloomington, Four Horsemen, Evil Genius, Argus, Sun King, Back Road, Shoreline, Barley Island, Lafayette, Power House, Upland, Flat 12, Finch's, Mad Anthony, Destihl, Goose Island, Moylan's, Sixpoint, Shmaltz, Breckenridge.

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Public Brewery Torus
Metropolitan Brewing, 5121 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL
We're excited to host our monthly brewery tours on the last Saturday of CCBW. We'll be pouring samples of the usual suspects along with our special CCBW beer: Arc Welder Dunkel Rye. Start times are 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes a Metro pint glass. Since our tours do sell out in advance, make sure to make your reservation soon at this link.

3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firestone Walker Rare Beer Tappings!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Spend your afternoon enjoying unique, rare, and delicious beers from Firestone Walker! We'll have Pale 31, Double Barrel Ale (DBA), Velvet Merkin (Bourbon Barrel Aged), Double Jack AND Walker's Reserve Porter!!! All of these beers are very limited, and all will be on draft!

3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Sonorama and 5 Rabbit
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W 31st St, Chicago
Join us with an extraordinary night of Latin 60s and 70s music by Sonorama and your favorite Latin craft beer: 5 Rabbit. We'll be grilling complementary treats from 6:00 p.m. til 9:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. Against The Grain Citra Ass Down
Jaks Tap, 901 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL
Special Tapping of an American IPA (6.8% abv) from Lexington, KY's Against the Grain.

5:00 - 11:30 p.m. Beer Flight Night
Mayne Stage / Act One Pub, 1330 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL
Your choice of four 6 0z draft beers for $10! Allagash White | Bell’s Oberon | Dogfish Head 90 Min. IPA | Founders Porter | Guinness Stout | Lagunitas Pils | Leffe Blonde Pale Ale | Goose Island Matilda | Rogue Dead Guy German Maibok | St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Three Floyds Pride and Joy | Unibroue Maudite. Catch a show, too! Mayne Stage brings New Orleans to Chicago with The New Orleans Suspects starting at 8:00 p.m. Featuring "Mean" Willie Green from Neville Brothers, Reggie Scanlan from Radiators, Jake Eckert from Dirty Dozen Brass Band, CR Gruver from Outformation and Kevin Harris from Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Tickets here.

5:00 p.m. Lambic and Pizza Pairing of the day
Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph, Chicago,IL
The event's final pairing will be the St. Louis Gueze and our Fontina pizza for $20. This pizza uses our house milled flower, is topped with a sunny side up egg, then covered in freshly shaved black truffles. A legendary Gueze for a phenomenal pizza.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Baderbräu Re-Launch at Hackney’s
Hackney's Printer's Row, 733 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
On the 10-year anniversary of its disappearance, Baderbräu Chicago Pilsener, Chicago’s landmark “first craft beer,” returns with its original recipe in time for Chicago Craft Beer Week. The team responsible for Baderbräu’s return, Baderbrau Brewing Company, has spent a two-year journey tracking down the original master brewer Douglas Babcock, rediscovering the original recipe and proprietary yeast strain, and working with brewing partner Argus Brewery to perfect the flavor–all to save this historic Chicago beer from being lost. Be there to experience the return of this landmark Chicago Pilsener.

7:00 p.m. Ciders & Sliders
Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL
This one's for all you cider drinkers, a pairing of Original Sin's delicious cider lineup with $1 mini Angus burger and BBQ pulled pork sliders. In addition to their regular apple, we'll also pour their Newtown Pippin (made from heirloom apples) and Cherry Tree (heirloom cider naturally sweetened with tart cherries).

7:00 p.m. Lagunitas Tap Takeover
Simone's Bar, 960 W 18th St., Chicago (312) 666-8601
We will be having our good friends from Lagunitas in for a Tap Takeover. Stop on by and have a chat with brewery reps and enjoy some great Lagunitas beer all for $4. Draft list includes Pils, IPA, Dogtown Pale, Lil Sumpin, Hop Stoopid, Lucky 13.Alt, Imperial Red, 2011 Gnarlywine and Waldo.

8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Rare Beer: Lakefront Bridge Burner FIRKIN Release!
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W Lake St., Addison, IL
Bigby's Pour House will have a ONE-OF-A-KIND cask conditioned firkin of Lakefront Brewery's Bridge Burner. This 2009 Los Angeles County Fair gold medal barley wine winner is not available in Illinois, so this one is going to go FAST. We will be tapping the firkin at 8:00pm and will be giving away free Bigby's pint glasses with every purchase of Bridge Burner.

9:00 p.m. Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom at The Logan Theatre
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee, Chicago
Join us for Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom for Late Night at The Logan Theatre! Metropolitan Krankshaft and Three Floyds Pride and Joy are our craft beer week specials. Advance tickets available here.

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