Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights: Saturday, May 19

Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights: Saturday, May 19
Another Chicago brewer debuts today!

The awesomeness that is Chicago Craft Beer Week rolls on. I have selected events that include two new brewery tap rooms, disc golf, and a chance to drink beer while tattoo artists are at work. What could possibly go wrong? Oh yeah; there's that NATO thing going on that may make getting around a little hard. And speaking of potential disaster, the Cubs-Sox series is underway. I'm thinking if you're headed anywhere east of the Red Line between Wrigley and Sox park, check that Traffic on the 8's.

New Chicago Brewers:

11:00 a.m. • Solemn Oath Taproom opens
Solemn Oath Brewery Taproom & Store, 1661 Quincy Ave #179, Naperville, IL
License approval has fallen into place, so not only is the Solemn Oath brewery debuting at venues around here this CCBW, but they will be opening their taproom and storefront Saturday morning.
Brewmaster Tim Marshall, previously brewmaster at Rock Bottom Lombard, will have these beers on tap:
Khlöros – ABV 4.5% (KLOR-ohs) 
Light bodied and refreshing, our take on a Belgian white ale is 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. Suggested glass – Bulb
Oubliette – ABV 6%
 Aromatic Belgian malts and yeast combine with American variety hops in this golden blonde colored ale to produce a melange of fruit flavors including orange and grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit. Suggested glass – Tulip
ultrahighfrequency – ABV 7.5%
This ruby colored American Red Ale is medium bodied and rich with toasted caramel malt flavors dominated by aggressive citrusy hops. Suggested glass – Tulip
Will there be an extra tap for their American style IPA, Kidnapped by Vikings? Maybe I’ll find out for myself. Meantime, Tim writes that they will be brewing on opening day, so be patient if the service is running slow!

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Light the Lamp debut beer tasting
Light the Lamp Brewery, 520 Laurie Ct., Grayslake, IL (847) 727-3318
This new north suburban brewery will be offering tastings of its new beers. Pours include their Red Line Ale, Sin Bin Stout, Bench Minor Blonde, and 1980 Miracle American Pale Ale. $10 admission with proceeds going to National Breast Cancer and Save A Pet.

Local Beers Featured:

4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Day Drinkin’ with Two Brothers
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 772-2727
Chicago Craft Beer Week rolls on with a great patio party. We'll be tapping some classic beers from Two Brothers Brewing as they celebrate 15 years.
DRAFT LIST: RedEye Coffee Porter, Bonfire Dunkelweiss, Pillar of Salt White Rye, Dog Days Dortmunder. Facebook Event Page.

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Meet the Brewers from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Come meet Andrés Araya, Isaac Showaki, and Randy Mosher and learn about their beer and the inspiration behind it. Their entire portfolio will be on hand for your drinking pleasure! Facebook Events page.

Rare Beers:

12:00 p.m. • Goose Island Tasting & Meet the Brewer
Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street Chicago (312) 587-0648
Join Goose Island for a special tasting! Brett Porter, Master Brewer,will be on our 1550 Stage, signing bottles and speaking on the fine craft of brewing. We’ll also have four special beer and food pairing tasting stations set up throughout the store. Come these Goose Island pairings: Matilda with cured meats and cheese Sofie with sushi Pepe Nero with grilled meats and vegetables Pere Jacques with Chocolate. As a special treat, we'll be featuring 3 rare Goose Island brews on draught! Come get a taste of Lolita, Marisol, and Scarlett (an extremely rare release)!

All day • Smuttynose Star Island Single
Jak's Tap, 901 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago
Jak’s is tapping Smuttynose’s Belgian Style Session Ale. Meet the Brew Master Kevin Love from 6-8.

11:00 a.m. • Rock Bottom Chicago CCBW Events: Disc Golf Outing
Rock Bottom Chicago, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago
Meet at Rock Bottom downtown for a pint, then head over to the disc golf course at Illinois Institute of Technology via the red line train (or Metra). Extra discs will be available for beginners to use, and they will be paired with more experienced throwers. Free with CCBW passport, and no reservations necessary, this is a casual ‘doubles’ event. More details at And don't forget, we will be tapping a different cask conditioned ale each day of Chicago Craft Beer Week.

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Beerfly Alleyfight!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph, Chicago
The Drinking & Writing Brewery will hold its 6th Annual Beerfly Alleyfight at the Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago. The Beerfly Alleyfight is a pairing of home-brewed beer, home-cooked food, and homegrown art. The Beerfly Alleyfight competition goes one step further than other pairings by adding an artist to the mix. Tickets to the Beerfly Alleyfight are $35.00 online at or $40.00 at the door if available. Each beer and food pair will be matched with a Chicago artist who will interpret the pair as they see fit… an interpretive jazz dance to go with a wheat beer and peanut butter and jelly sandwich… just for example. Throughout the day, the artists will present their  pieces in the Beerfly Alleyfight boxing ring. Based on audience votes, awards will be given for Best Beer, Best Food, Best Art, and Best in Show.

12:00 p.m. • Dark Horse Crooked Tree Celebration
Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe, Chicago
While supplies last our Three Floyds tap takeover that began on Thursday will be continuing (check for the latest offerings). To add a bonus we'll be taping a keg of Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA and the mother of all IPA's, Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, for comparison purposes.

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Elgin Public House Beerfest
Elgin Public House - Pub 217, 219 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL (847) 468-8810
Tickets get you entrance to beer fest, 10 sample tickets, and commemorative glass to take home. Participating Breweries: Goose Island, Sam Adams, Chicago Brewing Company, Leinenkugel’s, Blue Moon, Lakefront. Representative pouring Shiner, Shocktop, and Bridgeport. We will have featured times in Pub 217 with Breweries, pouring a brew on tap for you to try: 12:30 to 1:15 – Goose Island. 1:30 to 2:15 – Chicago Brewing Company. 2:30 to 3:30 – Lakefront Brewing Company Founder Jim Klisch. Call or stop in for advance tickets.

12:00 p.m. • Lagunitas Bucktown Walk
Beginning at noon, walk a bit of Bucktown and taste 4 hot Lagunitas specialty beers. Start at Green Eye (2403 W. Homer St.), amble to Floyds (1944 N Oakley Ave), stroll to Map Room and relax at Lemmings (1850 N. Damen Ave.). Each of us will feature a different Lagunitas specialty: Each of us will feature a different Lagunitas specialty:

  • Little Sumpin’ Wild Gueuze!
  • Lucky 13.alt! Mondo Blonde
  • Waldo! Imperial IPA
  • Censored! Copper Ale

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Mahoney's Lager Jam
Mahoney's Pub & Grille, 551 N. Ogden, Chicago,IL
From the folks who brought you Chicago WingFest, comes LAGER JAM! (Don't let the name fool you, this is a celebration of ALL STYLES of Craft Beer!) Sample Craft Beers from the finest breweries paired with specialty sausage, and BBQ and Jam out to some fantastic Chicago Blues! Buy tickets here.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Craft Day Afternoon Beer Fest
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
The premier event for Chicago Craft Beer Week– Craft Day Afternoon gives you the chance to sample 40-50 beers, have some great food & help raise money for a worthy cause. Tickets start at $50 and include unlimited draft samples from 40+ of the best craft brewers in the country, a souvenir glass, and passed apps.  Proceeds benefit Hamilton Elementary School. Brought to you by Fizz Bar & Grill and The Map Room. Click here for tickets

1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Festival
Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago
The Mash Tun Festival is a new craft beer festival in the neighborhood of Bridgeport, the Community of the Future. The festival features some of the world’s best breweries as well as home-brew clubs from Chicago. Flagship and rare beers will be poured alongside one-of-a-kind concoctions at the stunning Bridgeport Art Center (the former Spiegel Catalog warehouse) at 35th and Racine. The festival will be held in the 19th century loading dock next to the center’s sculpture garden. We will be pouring a few dozen beers by participating breweries including our friends at: Half Acre, Three Floyds, St. Feuillien, Dogfish Head, Stone, Founders, Lagunitas, La Trappe, Pipeworks, 5 Rabbit, Virtue Cider, Unita, Great Lakes and others. The festival is a celebration of the release of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal. The Mash Tun is a new publication put out by your buddies at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and The Public Media Institute, a non profit arts and culture organization based in Bridgeport. Mash Tun is our paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. We think you’ll like it. Festival tickets are $40 each which includes unlimited pours of flagship beers, tickets for rare and home brew beers, a tasting glass,a copy of the Mash Tun Journal as well as some snacks and food trucksto eat at, to boot. Tickets are available at or in person at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Proceeds of the festival will go to Public Media Institute. The Bridgeport Art Center has parking for over 400 vehicles, is close to the White Sox 35th St. Red Line, the Ashland Orange Line and the Metra. There is limited capacity and there will be no ticket sales at the loading dock.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Mash Tun Fest After Party
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W 31st St, Chicago
Actually this party begins at noon! We will be pouring over fourteen rare and specialty beers from our favorite breweries. Some brews might be stacked behind each other.
So far we will be pouring:

2:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Chicago Craft Beer Week "Tattoo Taster"
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Tattoo Taster featuring Speakeasy Tattoo, Chicago's premiere tattoo company, and all the way from Louisville Kentucky, Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse. Okay, here's the deal, see LIVE tattooing projected on our BIG SCREEN! Artists from Speakeasy include Patrick Cornolo, Heath Rave, and Paul Deters. Frickin great artists you must see at work. Meet the brewers, Jerry Gnagy, Sam Cruz, and Adam Watson. Drink a pint of Against the Grain's Big Falcon Deal. With every pint ordered you can sample ATG's "The Taste of the Texan" smoked meat sausage, straight from their smokehouse in Kentucky. And just to let you know, Stripes BBQ is a two time winner for the best wings in the suburbs by SuburbaNites Magazine. Deals on bbq and craft beers all day long. See the smoker in the beer garden, Big Fun!

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Tyranena Beer Tasting
Paramount Room, 415 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (312) 829-6300
Tyranena, of Wisconsin, will be in to provide a interactive brewery and beer school. There will be several of Tyranena's beers available to be enjoyed while learning about the brewery during group and one-on-one discussion. This event is $20 which includes several beers and bar snacks! Please call ahead and reserve your spot! Space is limited and fills up quickly!

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Brewery Ommegang Tap Takeover... with Mussels!
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
At the Standard Market beer/wine/cheese bar we will be serving several flavors from Brewery Ommegang. Along side their wonderful beer we will have Belgian style mussels, steamed in Ommegang Witte. No Entrance Fee.

5:00 - 11:30 p.m. • Beer Flight Night
Mayne Stage / Act One Pub, 1330 W Morse Ave,Chicago,IL
Your choice of 4 six-ounce 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. Enjoy a little cabaret at Mayne Stage with Chicago Red Line presents Neverlandstarting at 8:00 p.m.. Tickets here. Act One Pub has FREE late night entertainment with guitarist Hannah Frank starting at 10:00 p.m.!

7:00 p.m. • Avery 18th and 19th Anniversary Ales Tapping
the Norse bar, 6334 N Clark St,Chicago,IL
We'll be tapping Avery 18th and 19th anniversary ales!

8:00 p.m. • Bell’s Beer Barons Hockey: Black vs. White Game
Johnny's Ice House West, 2550 W. Madison St., Chicago (312) 243-4441
Annual Black Vs. White Bell’s Beer Barons hockey game – Bell’s beer will be available in The Stanley Club Bar. A $5 suggested donation at the door will cover admission and there will be a 50/50 raffle and “chuck a puck” contest between periods. All proceeds go to support teammate Bill Andrews.

A full list of official CCBW events and specials is at the Chicago Craft Beer Week website. For all other events, check my calendar.

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