Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights, Tuesday May 22

Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights, Tuesday May 22
CCBW hits its second day. Here's just the tip of the iceberg!

So did we all get past the NATO mess? Good. Here's your reward. And there's so much more than even this at my ChiTownonTap calendar and the CCBW website.

Tuesday May 22, 2012

Rare Beers

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
For months, the respective ladies and gentlemen behind the new craft beer bar The Green Lady and noted Chicago-based beer blog have been working behind the scenes to put together a unique event full of beers from an under-appreciated area of the Midwest: Downstate Illinois and the St. Louis area. Now, it can finally be announced: “South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers.” It's going to be a night of incredible beers rarely available in the metro area, with many of these unique beers available for the very first time anywhere in Chicago! Join us to sample beers from St. Louis’ Six Row Brewing Company and Moline’s Bent River Brewing Company, Rolling Meadows Brewery from Springfield and Murphysboro’s Big Muddy Brewing. Representatives from each brewery are expected to attend, so come try their beer for the first time – and then meet the talented people who created it. We plan to have multiple beers from each brewery available for purchase,including rare offerings and cask brews. Don’t miss the chance to sample what these brewers have to offer – it might be a long time before they’re available in Chicago again.

6:00 p.m. A Taste of Brewery Ommegang
Ryan's Public House, 8942 W. Ogden Ave, Brookfield, IL
Come and try out Ommegang's Limited Release Gnomegang on tap! This delectable blonde ale is a co-creation of two famed farmstead breweries: Brewery Ommegang and Brasserie d’Achouffe. It employs five fine malts, two noble hops, and both of the distinctive Chouffe andOmmegang yeasts. You’ll enjoy the smooth drinkability, fruity aromas and flavors, and warming finish. Also available will be; Abby Ale, Hennepin, Witte, and Three Philosophers. Tastings and Beer/Brewery information by Andrew Berlanstein from Duvel Moortgat USA. Specials all day on beers from Ommegang. Raffles and door prizes! Ryan's Public House is located just 3 blocks from the Metra's Burlington Northern Brookfield Stop.

6:00 p.m. Smuttynose Specialties
Map Room, 1949 N Hoyne, Chicago, IL
Try rare Smuttynose beers never before in the Chicago market. Two never before seen beers to Chicago, Barrel Aged Belgian Stout and Brett and I, a sour Belgian Pale Ale fermented with Brettanomyces. Also, other Smuttynose draft features. Brewery representatives will be in from New Hampshire to talk about the brewery and answer any questions.

Big Sky Brewing events. Looks like the brewmasters are in town today:

12:00 p.m. Meet the brewers of Big Sky Brewing
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago
Come meet the guys behind the beer at Big Sky Brewing. We'll be pouring Moose Drool all week as our $4 pint, and will host brewery representatives on the 22nd for a meet and greet with special food pairings. In addition to Moose Drool, we'll be pouring a cask of Big Sky IPA, a new Dortmunder Lager, Five Valleys Wheat Wine, and All Souls Ale.

5:00 p.m. Big Sky on tap at Cooper's
Cooper's, 1232 W. Belmont, Chicago
Big Sky Brewery will be here to pour and talk about their beers.

7:00 p.m. Big Sky rare beers at Sheffield's
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago
Big Sky rare beers lineup and firkin.

8:00 p.m. Big Sky Brewing Tasting
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Meet the brewers and taste some great beers from this Montana brewer of Moose Drool.

Local Brewer Highlights

4:00 p.m. Local Cask Night at Fountainhead
Fountainhead, 1970 Montrose Ave., Chicago
Our CCBW signature event in its third year! We get casks from all our favorite local breweries & we line up across the bar. You order your beer & we pour it directly from the cask. It doesn’t get any cooler than that. But lessons learned from last year: you better get here early. Scheduled to participate:

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6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Chicago Doet Belgie
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 772-2727
Chicago’s best brewers take on the classic Belgian styles, often adding their own twist. Enjoy some of our recent favorites along with classic Belgian specials like steamed mussels, pomme frites and more.

Featured Drafts:

  • Half Acre Cipher - 7.5% Belgian strong pale ale.
  • 3 Floyds Stygian Darkness – 9% Belgian strong dark ale.
  • Greenbush Isole – 9.7% Belgian dubbel.
  • Dark Horse Sapient – 9.5% abbey tripel.
  • Goose Island Scarlett –7% strawberry saison.
  • Haymarket Angry Birds – 7.5% Belgian rye IPA.

Facebook event page.

7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Half Acre 22 oz. Tuesday
Archie's Iowa Rockwell Tavern, 2600 W. Iowa St, Chicago
We will be offering 22 oz. bottles of Half Acre perennial favorites! We have a limited supply of Cipher, Baume, Double Daisy and Ginger Twin available for $12. All of these beers were in limited distribution this year and we have saved these bottles just for Craft Beer Week. You'll be hard pressed to find these beers anywhere else.. Get your hands on it while you can !!!

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Pete Crowley & Doug Hurst Talk Beer!
Jake Melnick's, 41 E. Superior St, Chicago
Join Doug & Pete for this all-you-can-eat and drink event. Stick around for the Q&A session hosted by Chris Schneider (Chitown On Tap, Chicagoist) from 8:30-9. Event includes Metropolitan's Arc Welder Dunkel Rye, Krankshaft and a hoarded keg of Generator Doppelbock. (You just wanna hug those beer hoarders!). Haymarket beers TBA. Tickets can be purchased in-person at Jake's or by calling Jake's at 312-266-0400. Space is limited to 65 tickets so everyone can see the interview.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Revolution Brewing Tap Take Over
Chucks Southern Comforts Cafe/Voodoo Lounge, 6501 W. 79th St, Burbank, IL
Revolution Brewing will be doing a full blown tap take over at Chuck's Voodoo Lounge. Come meet Wil, the brewer from Revolution Brewing. He will be featuring 4 beers from their brewery. Revolution Brewing will have these 4 beers available; Bottom Up Wit, Anti-Hero IPA, Coup D'Etat Saison, and Black Power Oatmeal Stout.

Through May 26 • Bring on the Napkins and Dig into Glenview House’s “Beerbeque”
Glenview House, 1843 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL
For one whole finger-lickin’ week, Glenview House will offer a ‘Beerbeque’ menu featuring dishes right off the grill paired with their most popular craft beers on tap. The three-course menu will highlight sauces, glazes and brines all in honor of BBQ Month celebrated in May.For guests exploring Chicago’s Craft Beer Week, what better way to wash down these flavorful dishes than with three craft beers carefully selected to match the spice profile of each course. ‘Beerbeque’ Menu: Asian BBQ Grilled Sweet & Sour Shrimp; Boulevard Brewing Tank No.7 Farm House Ale Cured & Smoked Duck Breast with Nichols Farm Asparagus & Baby Greens, Founders Centennial IPA Red Pop Brined and Honey Glazed Pork Chop with apple grits and spicy collards, Flossmoor Station Pullman Brown Ale, $35 per person with food and beer pairings; $25 per person without beer pairings

4:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Founders Breakfast Stout Tapping and Glass Night
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago, IL
Enjoy the world famous Breakfast Stout and other Founders favorites, and receive a glass from our friends at Founders and Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cans vs Bottles... Blind!
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL
Who will win? Which do you prefer? We will be hosting a blind taste test, featuring New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, and Goose Island. You can sample and decide do you prefer canned beer or bottled.

5:00 - 10:00 p.m. through May 24: Italian Craft Beer Flights and Pizza!
Ciao Napoli Pizzeria, 2607 N. Milwaukee, Chicago
There's more to Italian beer than Peroni... Italy has been brewing some amazing craft beer! Come try a few of these exceptional Italian craft beers from Birrificio Le Baladin and Birrificio del Ducato breweries. Beer flights are $5. Choose a bottle to have and get one of our select Neapolitan pizzas for $6.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sixpoint Brewery Cheese Pairing
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread, and Wine, 2945 N. Broadway, Chicago
Come down for a fun night of pairing beer and cheese, completely free. Jake will be pouring tastes of Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger and Righteous Ale, as Mark samples different cheeses along side the beers.

5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Three Floyds Night
Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted St., Chicago
Join us for a special event with Three Floyds. Featuring: Bell's Hell Hath No Fury & Two Hearted; Stone Imperial Russian Stout & Ruination IPA; Great Lakes Engine 20 (a smoked pale ale); Founders Cerise; Two Brothers Testudo (Biere de Mars, brewed w/ lemongrass, green tea & brett); Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy & Meatwave; Revolution TBD; New Belgium Tart Lychee & one other; Three Floyds Zombie Dust & Hell's Black Intelligencer

5:00 - 11:00 p.m. Uinta Brewing Night at Northdown
Northdown, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL
Uinta's Co-owner Steve Kufinec will be here, along with their Chicago brand manager, Phil "The Schwartzie" Schwartz. We'll be featuring their Hop Notch IPA on tap and the limited-release Birthday Suit Sour Ale in bottles.

5:30 p.m. Milwaukee Vanilla Bean Stout Firkin' Tappin'
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Join us for a tapping of Milwaukee Brewing Company's Vanilla Bean Stout.

6:00 p.m. Greenbush RAGE and 'It's My Porter…' release
Bangers & Lace, 1670 W. Division,Chicago
Join us & Greenbush as we release ANGER (a Black IPA) along with its counterpart RAGE (Imperial Black IPA).  We will also be releasing our Collaboration Beer with Greenbush called "It's My Porter & I'll Rye If I Want To" with its Journeyman Barrel-Aged version.

6:00 p.m. Jolly Pumpkin Selection at Hopleaf
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago
Featuring draft of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam, ES Bam, Oro de Calabaza, IO Red Saison, Maracaibo Cinco Anos, an amber ale, barrel aged with plums... never before seen in Chicago!

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Pints & the Past - Regional Craft Brewers Trolley Tour
Depart from Public House, 400 N State, Chicago, IL
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.Reservations required.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012: Regional Craft Brewers. We’ll tour the best craft beer bars in River North 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 p.m. STARTING POINT - Public House, 400 N. State featuring Goose Island Scarlett Saison and Big John Imperial Stout
6:40-7:10 pm - Local 22, 22 E. Hubbard St., with Emmett’s Brewing Co., West Dundee, IL
7:20- 7:50 pm - Hoyt’s, 71 E. Wacker Dr.: Milwaukee Brewing Co.: Special Guest – Head Brewer, Rob Morton
8-8:30 p.m. - Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St. Central Waters Brewing, Amherst, WI: Special Guest – Anello Mollica, Co-owner
8:40-9:10 pm – Green Door Tavern, 678 N. Orleans St. Summit Brewing, Minneapolis, MN: Special Guest – Mark Stutrud, Founder Summit Brewing
9:20-9:50 pm – Motel Bar, 600 W. Chicago Ave.: Tallgrass Brewing, Manhattan, KS. Be the first to taste the beers from this Kansas craft brewer who cans their beer to protect the integrity of the liquid and the environment. Beers available include Buffalo Sweat Stout, Velvet Rooster Belgian Style Triple, Oasis Double ESB, and 8-Bit Pale Ale. Joining us will be Special Guest – Meagan O’Brien from Tallgrass Brewery.
10-10:30 pm – Farmhouse, 228 W. Chicago Ave: Red Streak Cider, Chicago, IL at Enjoy Chicago’s farm-to-table cider with special guest, Michelle Foik, Red Streak Cider
To purchase tickets, please visit For updates on special brewery guests and special beers available at each location, visit the event's Facebook page.

7:00 p.m. Hinterland Brewing Pint Night
Lincoln Station, 2432 N Lincoln, Chicago
Join Lincoln Station and Mike Matousek from Hinterland for a pint night to celebrate Craft Beer Week. Free Pint glass to the first 20 customers who purchase a Hinterland and Mike will also be raffling off items to lucky patrons. We will be featuring Hinterland's Imperial IPA, Cherry Wheat, Nitro Pub Draught and their Sasion.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Mash Tun at Map Room
Map Room, 1949 N Hoyne, Chicago
Join Map Room for a north side release party for Mash Tun. Meet the editors and contributors to the world's newest Craft beer publication. Find out how you can contribute to the next issue. Mash Tun: A Journal about Craft Beer. The Mash Tun is a paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. The Mash Tun features interviews and profiles with brewery owners, beer lovers, brewmasters, beer distributors, scientists, industry impresarios, cicerones, home brewers and anyone who loves and is part of the process of making beer. There are features about figures in the industry as well as historical narratives. Short and long form entries are interspersed with recipes, comics and photography. Our editors and writers are fielding reports from around the world. The Mash Tun is a four-color, 160 + page, perfect bound publication that takes the form of a journal and it will be published by Public Media Institute (PMI), producer of Lumpen, Proximity, Materiel and other periodicals. PMI is a non profit arts organization that produces publications, festivals and host cultural events in Chicago and sometimes elsewhere.

7:30 p.m. Central Waters Brewery at Clark Street Ale House
Clark Street Ale House, 742 North Clark Street, Chicago
Meet the brewer from Central Waters Brewing who will be bringing a special firkin. Also on tap: Belgian Blonde Ale Hop Session Ale Illumination Double IPA

7:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Get Goosed at Bigby's
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL
Goose Island and Bigby's are teaming up again for our CCBW event, "Get Goosed!!" Some of the special/limited release beers we will be tapping include: MARISOL, Fleur, Old Town Yard, and En Passant, as well as carrying Lolita and Juliet in bombers. Charissa S. from Goose Island will be here to talk about the beers, as well as give out FREE Goose Island glassware to the first 50 people purchasing any of the beers listed above. We will also be giving away *RARE* Goose Island prizes for those who pick winning Goose glassware with a Bigby's lanyard sticker on the bottom. Good luck!!

7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Lagunitas Brews and Chef Martin's Artisanal Sausages!
Fireside Restaurant and Lounge, 5739 N. Ravenswood, Chicago,
Stop by the Fireside and enjoy Lagunitas' Hopstoopid, Wilco Tango Foxtrot, and Imperial Red on draft, each paired with one of Chef Martin's locally produced sausages! Chef Martin and the folks from Lagunitas Brewery will both be by to take your questions. Tickets not necessary, just come by!

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Craft Beer Trivia Contest
Michael Diversey's, 670 W. Diversey, Chicago
Hundreds in Cash & Prizes ($100 Cash 1st). Free Round of Fine Craft Drafts for team with best name. Special Rounds & Picture Round dedicated to craft beer. Ommegang Hennepin $4 pints.

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