What I have realized is that when I pull listing from various calendar sites, they will sometimes list the event as ending at "11:45 pm", or try to just give the start time, such as when a place opens. That means events like the one below, which "starts" at 11 a.m., is actually starting when the bar opens. If it involves a rare keg tapping, you may want to get there as close to the given time as possible, so you get there before the beer kicks.
11:30 a.m - 2:00 a.m. Ommegang Night at Paddy's
Paddy Long's, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
A night celebrating the beers of Ommegang. Drafts include 2011 Gnomegang, Seduction, Bourbon Barrel aged Adoration, Aphrodite, 3 Philosophers, LaChouffe N'ice. Meet the Brewer during happy hour.
4:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Artisanal Imports Night
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena, Chicago (773) 525-8665
A selection of Belgian and Belgian-Style Ales from our friends at Artisanal Imports. Featuring St. Feuillien Blonde, St. Feuillien Saison, and Cuveé des Jacobins Rogue.
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Chicago Craft Beer Week with Sixpoint Brewery
The Franklin Tap, 325 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Join Jake Williams, Sixpoint’s Chicago regional representative, at Franklin Tap for an informal chat and complimentary sampling of four of their signature brews. Jake will help guests tap into what it is like to be at the forefront of America’s craft beer scene. The event includes a 5:00 p.m. tapping of Harbinger, Sixpoint’s dry & spicy Farmhouse Ale.
4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Raise a Fist!!!
The Grafton Pub, 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago,IL
In honor of one of our favorite local Chicago breweries (Revolution) opening up their new location, we will be tapping a special keg of their surreal saison, Coup D'Etat.
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Smuttynose Brewing Night: Big, Bold, and Rare!
Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL
As part of Bavarian Lodge‘s Chicago Craft Beer Week festivities, join us for a special evening celebrating Smuttynose Brewing Company, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire! Representatives from the Smuttynose Brewery will be here to answer your questions, mix, and mingle. Through a portfolio full of year-round classics, adored seasonals, highly sought after limited editions, and a highly regarded small batch program, Smuttynose has become one of the most respected craft breweries on the east coast. Stop in and enjoy a huge selection of Smutty’s finest, all available on tap on one special night. Our line up will include the special release “Brett & I” brought in especially for this event. Check out the full line-up:
Smuttynose Brews Available on Draft: Brett & I (Belgian Blonde Ale w/Wild Yeast), Smuttinator Doppelbock, Russian Imperial Stout, Gravitation (Abbey Quadruple), Really Old Brown Dog (Old Ale), Big A Imperial IPA, Finestkind IPA (CCBW Special: $4 Pints!), Old Brown Dog (Brown Ale), Robust Porter.
Entire Smuttynose Draft Line-Up Available at 4:00 p.m..Information Subject to Change Without Notice. Last Minute Surprises Always Possible. No RSVP Required.
5:00 p.m. Introducing Solemn Oath at Standard Market
Standard Market, 333-57 E Ogden Ave, Westmont, IL
Come experience the Western Suburbs’ newest brewery… Solemn Oath! Standard Market will be hosting Solemn Oath, meet the founders/brewers and taste why this should become your go-to local brewery! No Entrance Fee.
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Ommegang Beer Tasting and Glass Giveaway
Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 864-8328
Representatives from Brewery Ommegang will be on hand to share samples of their award-winning Ommegang Witte and Ommegang BPA. Buy a beer and keep the glass! Collect all two! (One glass each per customer please.) We will also be tapping Gnomegang Ale, a collaborative effort of Brewery Ommegang and Brasserie d'Achouffe.
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Revolution’s Kedzie Brewery Grand Opening Party (SOLD OUT)
Revolution Brewhouse, 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago
Revolution Brewing will celebrate the Grand Opening of our brand spankin’ new Kedzie Avenue production brewing facility. 16 Revolution beers will be flowing in our tap room plus 16 local guest brews, all available for sale in pints and half pints. Be amongst the first to walk through our amazing new beer factory and get your Memorial Day weekend off to a righteous start.We will have Revolution food plus a bunch of food trucks out in the back parking lot to satiate your hunger as you drink the best brews in the city. There will be live music, exciting spectacles, giveaways, and even a dance party to round out the night. Proceeds benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.
5:00 p.m. Sierra Nevada Feature
Rocking Horse, 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 486-0011
Pouring the Hoptimum, Flipside, Ovila Dubbel, Ovila Quad and the $4 feature the classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Allagash Mini Takeover
Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL
Everyone loves their white ale, but how many are familiar with their other amazing offerings? Stop by for this mini tap takeover and sample 7 delicious Allagash beers: White, Black, Four, Dubbel, Tripel, Blonde, and Curieux.
Baderbräu Re-Launch Parties
3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Stocks & Blondes, 40 N Wells St, Chicago
6:00 - 9:30 p.m. at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago
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.
6:00 p.m. Ommegang Hennepin ($4 Pints with Glass)
Michael Diversey's, 670 W. Diversey, Chicago (773) 327-7040
$4.00 pints Ommegang Hennepin (7.7% abv) This great Farmhouse Saison Style Beer from New York, Glass Included with first purchase while supply lasts. For the cider drinkers: Vander Mill Apple Cider (7.0%), Michigan $4
7:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Bigby's Annual Two Brothers Tap Takeover
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
It just so happens this year's annual Bigby's tap takeover falls during Chicago Craft Beer Week! Every week before Hop Juice Festival, Two Brothers Brewing Company takes over ALL 16 lines, with some great rare and small batch releases.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Home Brewers Dinner
2 Sparrows, 553 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
In honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week, 2 Sparrows invites beer enthusiasts to attend an exclusive dinner on Friday, May 25, pairing Executive Chef Gregory Ellis’ seasonal cuisine with complementary pairings from home brewers across the city. $60 per person,exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (773) 234-2320. Bookings will be held via a creditcard. Space is limited to 60 guests. For a full menu and list of homebrewers being paired, check the Facebook Event page.
7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Stone & Victory Take Over
The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5555
Three Stone taps including Levitation, Stone Russian Imperial Stout, plus something special. Bottles of Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale and 3 Victory taps including there version of Saison Du Buff, Summer Love and a exclusive only available at the Victory Brewery Draft.
7:00 p.m. Two Brothers Brewery Event
Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 642-9253
Tapping: Cane and Ebel Firkin, Pillar of Salt Lager, 90 Shilling Scotch Ale, and a few more selections.
9:00 p.m. Ghostbusters at The Logan
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwalkee, Chicago, IL
Join us for Late Night at The Logan Theatre for Ghostbusters!! Metropolitan Krankshaft and Three Floyds' Pride and Joy as our craft beer week specials. Tickets available here