Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights for Monday, May 21

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights for Monday, May 21
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Once again, here's my choice of event for Chicago Craft Beer Week. For a full list of daily specials, and other stuff, check my ChiTownOnTap calendar, or the Chicago Craft Beer Week site,

Monday, May 21

New Chicago Brewers

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. ⊕ The Northdown gets Dryhoppped
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Come out to Northdown and sample the wares from Chicago’s newest brewery, Dryhop Brewers. Owner/Manager Greg Shuff and Head Brewer Brant Dubovick will be pouring our first two collaborative brews and talking beer, music, and beer. Brews: Solar Powered Summer Ale (Collaboration w/Lunar Brewing), Orion WIPA (Collaboration w/Hamburger Mary’s). Dryhop is opening Fall 2012. Here's your chance to try their craft beers before they open! Facebook Event Page

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. ⊕ Solemn Oath Brewery Meet and Greet
Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 772-4322
Joe Barley, co-owner of the newly established Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville. is coming in at 7:00 p.m. to talk about their new brewery and beer creations. Frontier will be showcasing three of their very first batch releases: Khlöros - ABV 4.5% - Light bodied and refreshing take on a Belgian white ale delicately spiced with orange and lemon peels, as well as Indian green coriander, for a herbal, lemony character with some notes of summer stone, fruit and citrus. Oubliette - ABV 6% - Aromatic Belgian malts and yeast are combined with American variety hops in this golden blonde colored ale producing a melange of fruit flavors including citrus and tropical fruit. Ultrahighfrequency - ABV 7.5% - This ruby colored American Red Ale is medium bodied and rich with toasted caramel malt flavors dominated by aggressive and citrusy hops. Don't miss this chance to be one of the first to try these amazing beers!


Chicago Brewers Feature

5:00 p.m. ⊕ A Tasting of Beers from Local Chicago Brewery 5 Rabbit
Ryan's Public House, 8942 W. Ogden Ave, Brookfield, IL (708) 485-7400
We will have samplings and specials on a variety of beers from local Chicago Brewery 5 Rabbit, both on tap and in bottle. No Cover. Our rep Brian will be in to talk about the beers and the brewery Beers we will be tasting: 5 Rabbit, 5 vulture, 5 Lizard, and the Huitzi Midwinter Ale Ryan's. Public House is located just 3 blocks from Metra's Burlington Northern Brookfield Stop.

7:00 p.m. ⊕ Two Brothers Bare Tree Vertical
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
A vertical tasting of Two Brothers' Bare Tree Barley Wine style Weiss beer with the Ebels.


Rare and Unique Beers

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ⊕ Dinner with Finch's Beer 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, including  Finch’s Toasted Summer, a Kölsch-style ale with pan-toasted hops and applewood. Limited seating. $95 per person. Call for ticket availability.

Dillinger’s Revenge tapping
Rock Bottom Chicago, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
Dillinger’s Revenge. It’s back! The wildly popular Dillinger’s Demise Russian Imperial Stout will be back on tap for a limited time. Only one keg left of this exceptional beer, so get it while you can. We are also tapping a different cask conditioned ale each day as we proceed through Chicago Craft Beer Week.

7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Left Hand Weak Sauce Release Party
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Bigby's will be releasing Left Hand Brewery's Weak Sauce. This limited, one-off beer was released for the sole purpose of Craft Beer Week, and Bigby's (along with 7 other lucky bars in Illinois) grabbed a keg. We will also be tapping another special keg from Left Hand, their Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout (another high gravity beer at over 10%). In addition, we will have Left Hand reps on hand to answer any questions you may have about the beer/brewery, and will also have other Left Hand beers available in bottles.


New to the Chicago area

4:00 - 11:00 p.m. Perennial Artisan Ales & Half Acre Night
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago 773-697-8204
Fountainhead welcomes back our friend & former Half Acre Brewer, Phil Wymore. Phil left us here in Chicago to start a new brewery in St. Louis, and now we are thrilled to welcome him back by launching Perennial Artisan Ales in Chicago! Well, we thought we'd invite some friends to the party too. Who better then our neighbors Half Acre! We will be pouring:

  • Half Acre Gossamer, Big Hugs, Chub Step, Drippin', and Chocolate Camaro
  • Perennial Hommel, Saison de Lis, Black Walnut Dunkel, and Savant Beersel
  • As well as the Collaboration Perennial/Half Acre Plan B

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American Craft Pint Day ($4 Pints - 10 Flavors)
Michael Diversey's, 670 W. Diversey, Chicago (773) 327-7040
$4 Pints of these fine Craft Beers! Flights Available

Through May 24 Dogfish Head My Antonia Release w/ Tasting Menu
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL (708) 255-2337
Enjoy Dogfish Head's My Antonia paired with a special small plate created exclusively by Wild Monk Executive Chef Riley Huddleston for Chicago Craft Beer Week. Limited supply so come early.

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. ⊕ New Belgium Tart Lychee
Jaks Tap, 901 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago (888) 344-8492
Special Tasting of this New Belgium Lips of Faith series beer, made with Lychee fruit and cinnamon, and aged in oak.

11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ⊕ Schwarzbier Ice Cream Special
Gordon Biersch - Bolingbrook, 639 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 630-739-6036
Gordon Biersch is teaming up with Sweet Treats Cafe to create a special beer ice cream for you. A chocolate schwarzbier ice cream will be the dessert all day. Come in a cool off with this one-of-a-kind treat!

3:00 p.m. ⊕ Firestone Walker Collaboration and Takeover
Revolution Brewery, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
We'll be celebrating the re-release of the Revolution/Firestone Walker collaboration, Dos Osos! Good friends and former FSW co-workers Jim Cibak and Dustin Kral teamed up to make this clean, refreshing "Central Coast" IPA, perfect for the season! In honor of our sister brewery, we'll be pouring: Draft: Revolution/Firestone-Walker Dos Osos, FSW Fifteenth Anniversary, FSW Parabola Imperial Stout 2011, FSW Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA, Nectar Ales Black Xantus Imperial Java Stout, FSW Double Jack, Plus Sucuba in 22 oz bottles! Dos Osos will be available on May 16, the rest tap at 3:00 p.m. on May 21.

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. ⊕ Sixpoint Draft Night!
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
We're going to be tapping some killer beers from Sixpoint starting at 4:00 p.m. Harbinger, Resin, Redd's Red, Bengali Tiger.

5:30 p.m. ⊕ Lakefront Tap Takeover
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Meet Jim, Russ and the Crew from Lakefront Brewery and try one of their many tasty beers we will be serving. We will be tapping their I.B.A., Wheat Monkey, Rendezvous Biere de Garde, Fixed Gear, Bridge Burner, Snake Chaser and more!

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ⊕ Greenbush Feature
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Join us for another Chicago Craft Beer Week brewery feature. Monday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. we'll tap some great stuff from our favorite new brewery. DRAFT LIST Greenbush & SmallBar collab Mr. Hyde Debut of Templeton Rye Barrel Aged Mr. Hyde! Greenbush Doomslayer Greenbush Isole Facebook Event Page

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. ⊕ North American Craft Brewers Trolley Tour
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
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. $20 ticket price. Ticket price includes transportation and a beer sample at each bar. Reservation required.
Monday, May 21, 2012: North American Craft Brewers, 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. We’ll tour the best craft beer bars in Bucktown and Wicker Park 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 - Brooklyn Brewery at Beer Bistro, featuring Brooklyn’s limited release Reserve Beer
6:40-7:10 pm - Uncommon Brewers, Santa Cruz, CA & Julian Hard Cider, Julian, CA at High Dive, 1938 W. Chicago Ave.: Special Guest – Alec Stefansky, Founder/Brewmaster Uncommon Brewers
7:20-7:50 pm - Shiner Beers, Shiner, TX at Big Star, 1531 N.Damen Ave.: Featuring the launch of Shiner Wild Hare.
8-8:30 pm - Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY at The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne: Special Guest Ken Lee, Master Brewer Kentucky Ales
8:40-9:10 pm - Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT at Bangers & Lace, 1670 W. Division: Special Guest – Steve Kuftinec, Founder/Co-owner Uinta Brewing.
9:20-9:50 pm - Central City, Surrey, BC, Canada at Anthem, 1725 W. Division: Featuring Red Betty IPA... rated one of the top IPA’s available!
10-10:30 pm - Against the Grain, Louisville, KY at Twisted Spoke, 501 N. Ogden: Featuring a Weiner Wasser... Against the Grain specifically brewed this beer for Chicago Craft Beer Week, drawing inspiration from one of the most notable accomplishments from the Windy City...the hot dog. Special Guests - Jerry Gnagy, Adam Watson and Sam Cruz, Against the Grain brewers
10:45 pm RETURN TO BEER BISTRO
To purchase tickets, please email weif@rivernorthbeer.com For updates on special brewery guests and special beers available at each location, visit our Facebook page.

6:30 p.m. ⊕ Uncommon Brewers Feature
High Dive, 1938 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 773-235-3483
Pouring Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin, Bacon Brown, Evil Twin collaboration Not So Common IPA, American Special Bitter

7:00 p.m. ⊕ Boulder Brewery Night
Paddy Long's, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Folks from Boulder Brewery will be on hand while Paddy Long's pours Mojo nitro, A saison aged in Pinot Grigio barrels and Flashback India Brown Ale.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. ⊕ Dogfish Head Tap Takeover
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 255-0055
Come sample a variety of Dogfish Head beers on tap at Burger Bar including some hard to get brews. Try Tweason "gluten free", My Antonia Pilsner, Indian Brown, and Burton Brown.

7:00 p.m. Meet the Founder & President of Summit Brewing
Lincoln Station, 2432 N Lincoln, Chicago (773) 472-8100
Come meet the Founder and President of Summit Brewing while enjoying their new release Summer Ale or the classic Summit IPA & Summit Pilsner. We will also be tapping a special cask conditioned ale.

7:00 p.m. ⊕ New Holland Brewing Co and Bee's Knees Collaboration
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Join us for a special release of Bee's Knees newest creation made to be paired with New Holland Beehive Tripel. Also on hand: El Mole Ocho; Golden Cap Saison; and a Ca(Hatter)pillar Royale Cocktail made with Hatter Hopquila and Full Circle Kolsch!

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