Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights, Thursday May 23

Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights, Thursday May 23

Remember my watchword: "Tastings" usually involve free samples of beer. Oh, and have I mentioned that Baderbräu is back? See the rest at my ChiTownonTap Calendar or at Chicago Craft Beer Week's schedule.

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Baderbräu Returns! Launch Party
Binnys South Loop, 1132 S Jefferson 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 CCBW. 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 at one of the four launch parties this week. Upcoming: Stocks & Blondes, and Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Friday. And Hackney’s Printers Row on Saturday.

Sun King tap takeover
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W Randolph St, Chicago
Clay and company are coming in from Indianapolis & bringing 15 of their Sun King brews along with. They know how to party!

11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
A celebration of Sierra Nevada beer. Special kegs tapped at 11:00 a.m.. Samplers will be available. Tentative draft lineup: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Ovila Saison, Ovila Dubbel, Ovila Quad, Brewers' Reserve Grand Cru, and Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb 2

3:00 p.m. Rare Beer: Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort Release
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option will host the release of the barrel-aged version of La Petite Mort at 3:00 p.m.. The event will also feature rare and highly sought after releases from Central Waters – on draft.
Partial Draft List: Central Waters: 1414, Belgian Blond, Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, Bourbon Barrel Stout, Hopsessional, Illumination, Mud Puppy.
Local Option Bierwerker: Kentucky Common, Barrel Aged Kentucky Common, La Petite Mort, La Petite Mort (Bourbon Barrel Edition),Morning Wood, Prospect Pils Brewed by Local Option at Central Waters Brewery in Amherst Wisconsin and originally released in January, the latest variant of La Petite Mort spent six months in Heaven Hill barrels and will be available in limited supply in bottle in Chicago and on draft at Local Option.

4:00 p.m. Avery Maharaja Realease w/ Tasting Menu
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL (708) 255-2337
Enjoy Avery Brewing's Maharaja Imperial IPA 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.

4:00 p.m. Brooklyn CANibalization!
Cans Bar & Canteen, 1640 N Damen, Chicago
Brooklyn E-IPA, Summer Ale & IPA are all special. Free swag & Representative's from Brooklyn Brewery on hand. Come early or late, kitchen open till midnight.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Firestone Takeover
Stocks & Blondes Bar & Grille, 40 N. Wells St. Chicago (312) 372-3725
Stocks & Blondes will be featuring 3 or 4 beers from Firestone Walker Brewery, which will include $4 Union Jack IPA all day. Featured Beers: Union Jack IPA, Double Jack Imperial IPA, Pale 31 (World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner), and a possible Firestone Walker mystery beer

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Great Divide Draft Night
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
We're gonna be tapping some of my very favorite beers from Great Divide. Get here early, they won't last long Oak Aged Yeti Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Hercules Hibernation (!!!) get some. Facebook event page.

4:00 p.m. Zombie Dust at Green Eye
Green Eye Lounge, 2403 W. Homer St., Chicago (773) 227-8851
We love the folks at 3 Floyds and all they do. We have one keg of ZD. Let's drink it!

5:00 p.m. Beer debut: Brooklyn Brewmasters Reserve Release Party
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
We will be the Launching site of Brooklyn's new Brewmaster Reserve GOLD STANDARD. A Helles style brew... we will also have several other Brooklyn offerings that night. - Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Blast - and our own Weiss made by Brooklyn Brewery.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Big Sky, Big Event - Beer, Brewmaster, Firkin and Food Pairings
Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 864-8328
Oh man! This is going to be BIG! The entire staff of Big Sky Brewing Company will be at Prairie Moon for a big, big beer bash. Well, maybe not the entire staff... Owner Bjorn Nabozney, Head Brewer Matt Long and more assistant brewers and brewery representatives than you can shake a stick at will be at PMoon though. We'll be tapping Moose Drool Brown Ale, Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout and Big Sky Double IPA. We also have a firkin of Big Sky IPA to tap... yes, a firkin. We will offer a "flight" of the four beers above, but feel free to enjoy them individually. Food parings will be available for all beers in the flight. Oh yeah, we have Olde Blue Hair Barleywine in bottles too! Check back later because we may be adding even more Big Sky beers. BIG SKY=BIG FUN!

5:00 p.m. Mikkeller / 3 Floyds Boogoop Tapping
Tap House Grill, 123 Washington St, Oswego, IL (630) 383-2020
Mikkeller / 3 Floyds Boogoop Tapping @ Tap House Grill Oswego.

5:00 p.m. Moonshine Brewery Open House
Moonshine Brewing Co., 1824 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 862-8686
Local brewer JD McCormick is opening the sacred brewery doors at Moonshine Brewing Company for a unique experience for beer aficionados. Starting at 5:00 p.m., join JD for free tours of Moonshine’s on-site brewery and to learn firsthand about what goes into making a standout craft beer. In addition to $4 pints (with CCBW lanyard) and $12 64-oz growlers, JD will mark the occasion by introducing three brand new summer brews: a Belgian Pale Ale, a Kölsch and a Maibock. Rounding out the lineup of Moonshine beers on tap at Open House time: Moonlight Golden Pale Ale, 4.5% A.B.V. Able Danger American I.P.A., 7.1% A.B.V. Putin Britches Russian Imperial Stout, 7.8% A.B.V. Brass Monkey Belgian Strong Ale, 9.1%A.B.V. White Lightning Belgian White Ale, 4.5% A.B.V. Southside Dry Irish Stout, 4.1 % A.B. V. Belgian Pale Ale, 5.5% A.B.V. Kolsch 5% A.B.V. Maibock, 7.5% A.B.V. Coming soon thereafter...The Reverend Bob –A Double IPA in honor of Moonshine’s late brewmaster.

5:00 p.m. Ommegang Night-Meet the Brewer
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
$4 Ommegang Witte, $10 BPA 750mLs Art of Darkness and Aphrodite on tap AND meet the head brewer from Ommegang!

5:00 p.m. Rare Beer: Bell's and Great Lakes Rare Beers
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Come out to Brixie’s as we celebrate the Third Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week with a special release of highly sought-after offerings from two incredible breweries. Straight from Cleveland, Ohio, Great Lakes Brewing has brought us their very bold and hoppy Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA. Then we’ll also have the very rare Rally Drum Red Ale as well as the solid Dopplerock to add to the line up. From Bell’s brewery we will be featuring their most sought after stout. Black Note is made by first blending their Expedition and Double Cream Stouts and then carefully aging the result in an oak bourbon barrel. Truly heavenly! We will also be featuring their Harvest Ale, with a distinctive candied apple character; and the smokey sweetness and bready maltiness of the Smoked Vienna Lager.

6:00 p.m. Rare Beers! Division St. IPA Crawl: Midwest
Jerry's Sandwiches,1938 W. Division, Chicago
Jerry's (Midwest) joins forces with Smallbar Division (West) and Bangers & Lace (East) to bring you the IPA's of North America. Only a half mile separates three of the best destinations for beer in Chicago. Travel cross country (on Division) tasting the best IPA's from one coast to the other. Midwest IPA's on tap: Haymarket/Greenbush Rubber Monkey and Sock Chicken; Finch's Threadless, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, Greenbush Anger and Brother Benjamin

6:00 p.m. Division St. IPA Crawl: East Coast
Bangers & Lace, 1670 W. Division, Chicago,IL
Bangers & Lace will be featuring beers from Allagash, Victory, Smuttynose & Sixpoint. Venture your way down to Jerry's (for their Midwestern Feature) & Smallbar Division (for their West Coast Night. We're all in this together!

6:00 p.m. Division St. IPA Crawl: West Coast Night
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago
Join us for some great beers from three California breweries that haveearned a warm spot in all beer loving hearts here in Chicago. And stop by Bangers & Lace for an East Coast tap feature or Jerry's Sandwichesfor some Midwestern favorites. We're all in it together! Stone Ruination with Citra – cask; Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, Green Flash Le Freak Belgian I.P.A., Green Flash Imperial IPA, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Pizza Port and Lost Abbey TBD

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Gordon Biersch Brewer's Beer Dinner
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 639 E. Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL
Gordon Biersch Bolingbrook has created a fantastic five-course event of fine beer and food pairings. Join our Head Brewer, John, as he explains the subtle nuances of each pairing. A special gift is included for each diner as well as a private tour of the brewhouse before dinner. Each ticket is entered into a raffle for a 2L glass Gordon Biersch boot, identical to the one we use at our tapping parties. Please join us for this special event. $65/person includes beer pairings. For tickets or more information call (630) 739-6036

6:00 p.m. Lakefront Brewery Tasting
Ryan's Public House, 8942 W. Ogden Ave, Brookfield, IL (708) 485-7400
We will be tasting a variety of beers with Kevin Pearson from Lakefront Brewery out of Milwaukee, WI. Tasting starts at 6:00 p.m. and is in the bar. No cover. Specials all day on beers from Lakefront.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. PL8 Lagunitas Beer Dinner
PL8 Restaurant, 736 W. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL
The event will feature spicy Asian and Sichuan dishes with the cool, robust brews from Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, California. Guests will sample passed appetizers ranging from spicy sushi rolls to fiery chilies followed by a five course sit- down dinner. Each course will be paired with the outstanding, craft brewed Lagunitas beers, including a surprise seasonal release, not yet available to the public. The cost of the event is $50 all inclusive. Reservations are required by calling PL8 at (847) 382-1988.

6:30 p.m. Ommegang Beer Tasting at Village Tap
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago (312) 330-0712
Meet brewer Scott Veltman and enjoy a special selection of beers from Ommegang. Brewery Reps will be on hand to provide samples and give away T-Shirts. On hand: Ommegang Witte, Aphrodite, Seduction and Art of Darkness. For more info and updates like us on facebook

7:00 p.m. Allagash Tap Takeover at Simones Bar
Simone's Bar, 960 W 18th St., Chicago (312) 666-8601
For Chicago Craft Beer Week we will be having Allagash in for a full tap takeover. Beers included: White, Black, Blonde, Four, Curieux, Interlude, Victor, Victoria, Old HLT, Ghoulschip. Come on out to talk with some brewery reps and drink some beer.

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Cooking with Grayson at Logan Square Kitchen (SOLD OUT)
Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 342-2333
So you fancy yourself pretty handy in the kitchen, eh? Prove your mettle under the sharp knives and watchful eye of new Chicago resident Chef Grayson Schmitz (Top Chef: Texas Season 9) as she puts you to work prepping and cooking a multi-coursed meal for, well, you. Beer pairings from 5 Rabbit will accompany this intimate, family-style dinner that guests will make and share together with Chef from her recipes. Seating limited to 25 people. Ticket proceeds will support hunger relief efforts in Chicago through the Chicago Food Depository. Make reservations through Entrance Fee: $125.00

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Girlslikebeertoo interviews Ben Finch
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
What happens when you stick Ben Finch, owner and founder of Finch’s Beer Company in the same room withone of Chicago’s most influencial beer bloggers: Jessica from Girlslikebeertoo? Come hear the stories from one of Chicago’s mostfocused and influential brewery owners and one of the true masters ofsocial media and marketing in our city. Jessica will run a 30 minuteQ & A from 8:30-9:00, questions from everyone else can be asked at theend. Beer and food start flowing at 7:00. $25.00 at the door or 20$before Thursday for as much Finch beer that you can drink, we will haveevery available Finch’s beer on hand and a chefs table loaded up withJakes BBQ for noshing. We will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a bottle of Finch’s Dirtier bird with ALL of the proceedsgoing to CHAOS brew club. Call to reserve a seat: (312) 266-0400

7:00 p.m. Jolly Pumpkin Beer Dinner
Publican Quality Meats, 825 W. Fulton, Chicago, IL
Publican Quality Meats is hosting an exclusive, 30 seat, Jolly Pumpkin Beer Dinner. Please join us for an inspiring evening beginning with a charcuterie reception followed by 4-course seated family-style dinner; each course created to complement the elusive, unique and outlandish beers of Jolly Pumpkin. $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Beer and Charcuterie Reception 7:00pm Dinner 8:00pm Space is very limited, to secure your seat, please contact Sarah or Deanna at (312) 496-0012 or email

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Rare Beers: Grilling in the Garden
Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub, 3535 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub invites you to join us in our backyard for sausages on the grill and seasonal beers. We'll be serving Green City Market inspired food & beer!
Menu: Produce-infused beers and market fresh items on the grill
Beer: Rhubarb Saison - Strawberry Belgian Wit - Strawberry Kolsch - Strawberry Flanders Brown
Food: Bockwurst with Seedling strawberry mostarda, Klug rhubarb relish, pea shoots on New England roll - Bratwurst with City farms roasted baby leeks, Beer mustard, Nichols pickled radishes - Duck sausage with River Valley mushroom tapenade, Growing Power thyme aioli, Grower Power spinach - Grilled Seedling asparagus - Growing Powers salad with an oregano vinaigrette Proceeds benefit the Green City Market's Chicago LINK program, a Green City Market Jr. Board outreach and education initiative. $20 all-inclusive (pay-at-door, no RSVP required, CASH ONLY)

7:00 p.m. Sierra Nevada Red Storm Night
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago
Sheffield's hosts the release of Sierra Nevada Red Storm Beer Camp beer. Brewed by Sheffield's Anders and Will.

7:00 p.m. Solemn Oath at Bar Deville
Bar Deville, 701 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL
Featured Solemn Oath Beers - Ultrahighfrequency, Khloros, Oubliette and Kidnapped by Vikings.

7:00 p.m. Two Brothers Anniversary Series Night with Brewer Dave Bleitner
Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N Damen Ave., Chicago,IL
We're celebrating Craft Beer Week and the anniversary of one of our favorite breweries by tapping 3 of their extremely limited "15 Beers for 15 Years" series--Red Eye Coffee Porter, Pillar of Salt White Rye Ale, and Dark Mild--as well as a few other choice Two Brothers brews. And we're excited to announce we'll also have Two Brothers brewer (and Black Rock regular) Dave Bleitner with us to answer questions and talk about all things beer.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Founders Brewing night at Fireside Lounge
Fireside Restaurant & Lounge; 5739 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago (773) 561-7433
Come in and try rare beers from Michigan's Founders Brewing. Imperial Stout, Old Curmudgeon strong ale, and Double Trouble double IPA, all on draft! Meet John Freyer, Founder's man in the Chicago area! Try our special "Founder's Burger" with Imperial Stout-braised mushrooms, cheddar cheese, and Old Curmudgeon BBQ sauce.

8:00 p.m. Founders KBS at Grafton
The Grafton Pub, 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago,IL
For one night only during Craft Beer Week 2012 we will be offering a very limited re-release of the critically acclaimed Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Co. Availability is limited and once it's gone until next year.

8:00 p.m. Local Night
The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5555
Galway Arms presents a draft line up of some of the best beers Chicago has to offer: Revolution, Goose, Two Brothers, Local Option, Half Acre.

8:00 p.m. Mystery Firkin Tapping
Michael Diversey's, 670 W. Diversey, Chicago (773) 327-7040
Guess this American`s Craft Brewery Name & WIN, *Free Appetizers, *Dinners & Cash! *Plus other cool craft bar garb. Other Great Surprises! Tapping at 8:00 p.m..

8:00 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Smuttynose Reps
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Bigby's will be throwing our usual open mic night (1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month) along with some special beers from one of our favorite east coast breweries, Smuttynose. The beers tapped are still TBA, but come meet some of the breweries representatives while they pour some of our favorite beers. So come in, enjoy (or play) some live music, meet some cool Smuttynose reps, and have some great beer.

10:00 p.m. Bowling with the Brewers
Timberlanes Bowling Alley, 1851 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (773) 549-9770
Join many of your favorite Chicagoland brewers for a nightcap at one of the city's coolest little bowling alleys. We have all 8 lanes reserved, so join us for a craft brew and roll a few.

10:00 p.m. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwalkee, Chicago, IL
Come Check out The Logan Theatre for Late Night at The Logan and watch "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." Metropolitan Krankshaft and Three Floyd's Pride and Joy as our craft beer week specials.

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