Chicago Craft Beer Week highlight for Wednesday, May 23

Such a marathon event to keep up with. Remember, this is only skimming the surface. For more events, try the CCBW calendar, or my full calendar at

Rare Beers:

5:00 p.m. Big Sky Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Monk’s Pub is proud to feature Big Sky Brewing Company during CCBW! Beers to be served on tap tonight include some rarities highlighted by the Onion's AV Club: Big Sky IPA in a Firkin, plus Five Valley Wheat Wine, and All Souls Belgo American Dark Tripel. Also tapping Moose Drool and Double IPA.

7:00 p.m. • Delicious Sixpoint beer Tasting at The Owl
The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA Come on out to The Owl to get down on some Chicago Craft Beer Week action! We’ll be Pouring Sixpoint’s Bengali Tiger, Occupation Ale (Red ale), along with Cans of Crisp and Resin. Also featuring Harbinger Saison, recommended by the Onion's AV Club. $4 pours of the Bengali Tiger all during the week and a half long event.

Local Brewers Spotlight:

Haymarket Chicago Craft Beer Week: Chicago Brewers Night
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W Randolph St, Chicago
Chicago Brewers’ Night & Logo Pint Night. Spotlight on classic hometown brews! All our friends will be out, we’ll be pouring some amazing brews & we’ll be giving away logo pints (ours and from other local breweries).

"Funny Bunny" Hosted By Mike Stricker
Cigars and Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL
Craft Beer Week special: $4 Pints of "5 Rabbit." Special tasting at 4 to 7:00 p.m. today of 5 Vulture (Oaxacan Style Dark Ale), 5 Lizard (Latin Style Witbier), and 5 Rabbit (All Malt Blonde Ale)
Live Open Mic Comedy Show 8:00 p.m. Hosted by "Mike Stricker" Chicago's Only Rock Comic! Plus a revolving door of Chicagoland Comics. Showtime 8:00 p.m. cover $4.00 Cover starts at 7:30 p.m. BBQ Wing and Beer specials FYI Cigars & Stripes WINNER Of The Best Wings In Chicago 2 Years Running by Suburbanites Magazine. Facebook Event page

Through May 25 • Lambic and Pizza Pairing of the day
Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL (312) 432-0500
Today's pairing features Boon Kriek, a delectable cherry lambic, with our Telagio and Smoked Guanciale pizza for $18. The flavor of tart cherry plays well with the smoked pork and telagio flavors.

Perennial is Bringing us Beer!
Revolution Brewery, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
We have some friends visiting from St. Louis! Our esteemed associates at Perennial will be heading north to pour a few of their beers here at the pub. We'll be pouring Hommel Bier (Dry-hopped Belgian Pale), Saison de Lis (Saison brewed with Chamomile flowers), and Black Walnut Dunkel (Dunkelweiss brewed with black walnuts).

Whole Hog Six Hop IPA
Jak's Tap, 901 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago (888) 344-8492
Special Tasting. Of this beer from Stevens Point.

12:00 p.m. • Sixpoint Resin IPA Gets Tapped!
Old Town Pour House, 1419 N Wells St., Chicago,IL
Old Town Pour House is proud to feature Sixpoint Brewery's Resin IPA on draft! Limited availability, so hurry in to try it from the tap.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Big Sky, Meet the Brewer
Map Room,1949 N Hoyne, Chicago, IL
Big Sky's brewer and owner will be on hand and we will be pouring Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout.

4:00 p.m. • Duvel/Chouffe/Ommegang Night
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena, Chicago 773-525-8665
Belgian Lovers Unite! Special tappings of Duvel Single, La Chouffe, La Chouffe del Sol and Ommegang Gnomegang!

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Southern Tier Tap Takeover
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for an evening celebrating the brews of Southern Tier Brewing Company! Draft delights from the brewery's full-time line-up, plus seasonal delights, cellared releases, and no less than four oak-aged rarities. Don't miss it!
Southern Tier Brews Available on Draft: Oak-Aged Imperial Pumking, Oak-Aged Unearthly Imperial IPA, Oak-Aged Backburner Barleywine, Oak-Aged Cuvee Series Three, Imperial Mokah Stout, Imperial Choklat Stout, 2XIPA Double India Pale Ale, Gemini Imperial Blended Ale, Imperial Pumking, Eurotrash Pilz.
Entire Southern Tier Draft Line-Up Available @ 4:00 p.m.. Information Subject to Change Without Notice. Last Minute Surprises Always Possible! No RSVP Required. No Entrance Fee. 21 & Over Only in the Pub Room. Facebook Info

5:00 p.m. 'Faux BAB'
Acre Restaurant, 5308 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-7600
Our own little festival of barrel/wood aged beers, ranging from the dark and boozy to the crisp and tart. Favorites and rarities will all in be abundance on all 25 of our draft lines. Beers on draft will include:

5:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Brothers in Arms at Leopold
Leopold, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 348-1028
Join us Wednesday as Chef Jeffrey Hedin pairs his signature flavors with Trappist Brewery La Trappe and local brewery Two Brothers Brewing Company. Four Course Pairing Menu. Special Cellar Reserve Beer to First 50 who RSVP. Brewery Representatives on Site Reservations required, call 312-348-1028 for more information.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week with Southern Tier Brewing!
Franklin Tap, 325 S Franklin, Chicago, IL, 60606, US
Steve Carnes, Certified Cicerone, will represent the Southern Tier Brewing Company to help guests tap into what it's like to be at the forefront of America's craft beer scene. He will also be available to chat with guests and sample out some of Southern Tier's old favorites and newest recipes.
Tap list: Gemini Imperial blended unfiltered ale, 2XIPA double IPA, 2X Stout double milk stout. $4 2XIPA Very Limited! Awesomeness - OAKED AGED PUMKING (tapping at 5 p.m.) Event info and reservations.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Central Waters Owner Anello Mollica at Prairie Moon
Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 864-8328
Central Waters Brewing Company owner and brewer, Anello Mollica, will be joining us at Prairie Moon for beer and good fun. We'll be serving some great Central Waters' brews from the tap and bottle. If you didn't already know, Anello is a cool dude so you really should stop by to meet the man and have a pint or two!

5:00 p.m. • Lounging with Lagunitas
Owen and Engine, 700 N Western Ave Chicago
We're tapping some incredible stuff from Lagunitas this Wednesday with our favorite Mid-Central Chicagoland Vice Manager for Zymurgicological Quality Control Sampling and Supply-Vectored Beverage Implementation, Kerry Spring! Drafts to tap this night: Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale, Imperial Red, and Waldo Special Facebook info

5:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Ommegang Brewery Night at Northdown
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Featured beers from Ommegang Brewery We'll be pouring Ommegang Aphrodite on draft and featuring the Art of Darkness in bottles!

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. • We Want Beer: The history of brewing in America as told through the pin-back button
Busy Beaver Button Co., 3279 W. Armitage, Chicago
Get a private tour of the Busy Beaver Button Museum and see a century's worth of historical beer buttons. See everything from Pre- Prohibition era buttons to Spuds MacKenzie buttons to modern day brewery buttons in the museum's extensive beer button archives. Enjoy pizza and beer from Piece Brewery and Pizzeria. RSVP to Become part of the history! Bring your own brew to share and we'll create a custom button or button bottle opener to be inducted into the museum.

5:30 p.m. • Michigan Night at Beer Bistro
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
We will be Featuring the amazing beers of Michigan. Including: Bell's, New Holland, Founders, Arcadia, Greenbush, Vander Mil and possibly more.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Dinner with Greenbush Brewing Co.
City Provisions, 1820 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago (773) 293-2489
Chef Cleetus Friedman will host a multiple course dinner with beer pairings, two of them being collaboration brews. Come meet the brewers from Greenbush and enjoy seasonal dishes at City Provisions. Limited seating. $95 per person Tickets at or call (773) 293-2489

6:00 p.m. • Firestone Walker Night
Map Room, 1949 N Hoyne, Chicago
Firestone Walker lights up Map Room. David Walker on hand. We'll pour Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA, Parabola, Double Barrel Ale.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Pint & the Past - European and Belgian-Style Craft Brewers Trolley Tour
Depart from Northdown, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Pints & the Past Craft Beer Week Trolley Tours, presented by River North and Chicago History Museum. Join us as we tour some of Chicago’s best craft beer bars. While you’re at each pub, enjoy specialty craft beers (including several rare brews) while meeting some of the brewmasters and founders. And while on board the trolley, Liz Garibay from the Chicago History Museum will provide tidbits about Chicago beer history and tavern history. $20/ $15 for Museum members ticket price, includes transportation, a beer sample at each bar, and history! All proceeds benefit the Chicago History Museum. Reservation required. Wednesday, May 23, 2012: European and Belgian-Style Craft Brewers, 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. We’ll tour the best craft beer bars in Lincoln Park and Lakeview featuring the following top breweries. And some are bringing rare and special beers and brewers... just for you during Chicago Craft Beer Week.

  • 6-6:30 pm STARTING POINT – Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY at Northdown Café and Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • 6:40-7:10 pm – Atomium, Belgium at Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave. Enjoy the only beer in the world that is brewed with six different grains: barley, spelt, rye, maize, wheat and buckwheat is what gives Atomium its incomparable character
  • 7:20- 7:50 pm: Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Baltimore, MD at Paddy Long’s, 1028 W. Diversey. Gypsy Brewer Brian “Stillwater” Strumke has a penchant for Belgian saisons and sour ales, all of which are original and expertly crafted.
  • 8-8:30 pm: Local Option Bierwerker, at The Local Option, 1102 W. Webster. Bierwerker is Local Option’s brewing division... enjoy their fine beers in their home.
  • 8:40-9:10 pm: Duvel / Brasserie D’Achouffe, Belgium, at Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave.
  • 9:20-9:50 pm: Maisel’s Weisse, Veltins and Zwick’l Kellerbier, Germany at Mrs. Murphy and Son’s Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. These authentic German beers are the finest examples of favorite German beer styles, and Zwick’l is one of the few real authentic Kellerbiers imported in the U.S. Special guest, MikeBaker from Northwest Beverage Importers.
  • 10-10:30 pm: Brouwerij Liefmans and Maredsous Abbey Ales, Belgium at The Green Lady, 3328 N.Lincoln Avenue

To purchase tickets, please visit this page. For updates on special brewery guests and special beers available at each location, visit our Facebook page.

7:00 p.m. • Jolly Pumpkin Take-over with Charles Psenka
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
We'll be pouring a massive amount of Jolly Pumpkin beer all week including Bam Biere, Weizen Bam, Noel de Calabaza, La Parcela, Maricaibo Especial, Bam Noir, Madrugada Obscura, Oro de Calabaza, iO Saison, and ES Bam. Charles Psenka, Jolly Pumpkin's lead liaison, and founder of Leelanau brewing, will be here on the 23rd for a meet and greet with specialty beer and food pairings.

7:00 p.m. • New Belgium's Lips of Faith Tasting
Ryan's Public House, 8942 W. Ogden Ave, Brookfield, IL (708) 485-7400
Kevin Kuzlik from Burke Beverage will be sampling out the unique beers of New Belgium's Lips of Faith series. He will be on hand to learn about the beer and the brewery. No Cover.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Uinta Brewing Co. Meet N' Greet / Beer School / Tap Takeover
A. J. Hudson's Public House, 3801 N Ashland, Chicago
Meet one of the owners of Uinta Brewing Co. Steve Kuftinec, who will tantalize your taste buds with their“out-of-the-box” award winning Crooked Line collection. It’ll be a Tap Takeover along with some bottles to try and of course he’ll be taking you to school with a little Beer 101. Definitely a good time! What beers will you be tasting? It’ll be a great lineup. Classic Line: Dubhe (pronounced Doo-Be) Imperial Black IPA brewed with hemp seed.
Organic Line:
Baba Black Lager, Monkshine Belgian Golden Ale, WYLD Extra Pale Ale.
Crooked Line
: Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner, Detour Double IPA, Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine, Labyrinth Black Ale aged in RyeWhiskey Barrels, Birthday Suit Sour Cherry Ale (19th Anniversary release, Limited Edition). Uinta Brewing is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as being 100% green. The brewery runs on 85% wind power and 15% solar power. Uinta is also proud to be an OU Kosher certified company producing kosher certified products.

7:30 - 10:30 p.m. • Drink and Draw: New Holland Black Tulip Tripel Release
42N Latitude, 4500 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago  (773) 907-2226
Welcome back New Holland's Black Tulip Tripel with Drink and Draw Chicago as they sketch the lovely Natanya, who will model her pose from our new label live as we sip this special spring release. Feel free to come and hang out with us even if you're not an artist. Facebook Event Page

8:00 p.m. • Shiner Wild Hare Release Party
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Since the owner and the beer buyer of Bigby's are a little west-coast biased, we thought we would show some love to a great brewery of the South. Wednesday, Bigby's will be releasing Shiner's Wild Hare, the first ale crafted by the Spoetzl Brewery in its 103-year history, and will now be available to Illinois. This pale ale release will also be accompanied with other year-round brews from Shiner.


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