Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 18-21

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 18-21

Monday, Feb. 18

7:00 pm ♦ Identifying “Off” Flavors in Beer— A Tasting Seminar
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Ever wonder what the “beer experts” are looking out for when they evaluate beer? Well, there are a lot of potentially bad or “off” flavors that can show up in beer. Join us at Hopleaf for a sensory training seminar and taste each of 24 “off” flavors that the experts train to know. We’ll also talk about the physiology of taste and the technique of tasting. If you have any questions before signing up, please contact Drew, Hopleaf’s Beverage Director (and the instructor) at or 847-204-3334. The session should last roughly 2.5 hours. Tickets $50—available at BrownPaperTickets.

6:30 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Beer Dinner
Scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 773-252-9700
Oskar Blues Brewery, the first craft brewery in the country to put craft beer in a can, has teamed up with Scofflaw, a gin-focused cocktail bar in the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, to host a beer dinner! Scofflaw's executive chef Mickey Neely has created a delicious 4-course meal to pair perfectly with Oskar Blues beers.
ADMISSION: $65 (gratuity is not included). Tickets are available at the bar at Scofflaw, check the website for a menu.

6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Abbey Ale Tapping
Emmett's Brewing Co.'s 3 locations
Emmett's taps its Mad Monk Abbey Ale. For the entire week, they will feature special menu pairings with this Belgian style beer.
Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
Emmett's Brewing Co., 128 West Main St., West Dundee, IL (847) 428-4500

Tuesday, Feb. 19

6:00 pm ♦ Crown Brewing Java Porter Flights
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Crown Brewing will be tapping these variations on its Crown Porter:

  • Colombian Medium Roast Java Porter- The Original
  • Coconut Cream Java Porter- Served at Winterfest
  • "The Dude" White Russian Java Porter
  • Vermont Maple Pecan Java Porter
  • Chocolate Raspberry Java Porter
  • Hot Fudge Brownie Java Porter- Brand New

Try all 6 on a flight for $9.

6:30 pm ♦ Bell's Beer Dinner at Tap House Grill Glen Ellyn
Tap House Grill, 411 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Join us as we team up with Bell’s Brewery and Chef Todd Davies for our Food & Beer Pairing.
Beers to be paired include Winter White Ale, Oarsman, Hopslam, Special Double Cream Stout, Third Coast Old Ale, and Two-Hearted Ale.
Reception at 6:30 pm, Dinner starts at 7:00
$45 per person. Reservations required 630-858-4369

Wednesday, Feb. 20

4:00 pm ♦ Duvel Art Glass Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Take home the new Duvel art glass when you have a Duvel or Duvel Single starting at 4pm…while supplies last!

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Beer Dinner with Nevin's Brewing Company
Nevin's Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte 59, Plainfield, IL (630) 428-4242
Join Deschutes Brewery at newly opened Nevin’s Brewing Company for their inaugural beer dinner! Executive Chef Marcus Mooney has designed a stellar 5-course meal paired with 5 Deschutes Brewery beers. A Deschutes Brewery brewer will be present to discuss all things Deschutes Brewery. And Nevin’s own Brewmaster, Marc Wilson, will be available to provide guests with a close-up look of the new brewhouse before dinner. Call Nevin’s at 630-428-4242 to reserve your tickets.

6:00 pm ♦ Black & Brooklyn at McGee's Tavern & Grille
McGee's Tavern & Grille, 950 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 549-8200
Join Brooklyn’s Andrew Maxson to enjoy Black & Brooklyns, a perfect blend of our flagship Lager & Dry Irish Stout. Our Dry Irish Stout is brewed the old fashioned way, without floating plastic widgets or nitrogen additions. You’ll enjoy them for $4 each, and we’ll sweeten the deal by letting you take home the glass.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire beer dinner with Bell's Beer
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
Grab a seat at our first beer dinner of the year featuring Bell's Brewery Inc. Our Executive Chefs have created a custom five course menu to pair with the flavorful, unfiltered and quality craft beers from Bell's. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers and the first pairing, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at 773-398-6960.

7:00 pm ♦ Tighthead Beer Pairing Dinner
DC Sarnies, 649 Lake-Cook Rd., Deerfield, IL
DC Sarnies and Tighthead Brewing Co. will hold a beer dinner. Reception and four paired courses for $45 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting 847-509-2000, or visiting the restaurant.

7:00 pm ♦ A Night with Perennial
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Please join Fountainhead and Perennial Artisan Ales' Head Brewer Cory King for a night of Great Beer, Great Food and Great Conversation! Chef Sarah has made some fantastic pairings to go with Perennial's Cory King's fantastic Artisan Ales! 5 courses, $60.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Harry Caray's
Harry Caray's Tavern at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 527-9700
Goose Island Beer Company and Harry Caray's Tavern will present "A Perfect Pairing"--an exclusive six-course beer dinner featuring limited release beers from Goose Island's barrel-aged program. Craft beer enthusiasts will not want to miss this opportunity to sample Goose Island's premium brews, including Bourbon County Brand Stout, Coffee Stout and Vanilla Stout as well as Juliet, Lolita and Madame Rose Vintage Ales.
Goose Island's Brewmaster, Brett Porter will discuss the flavor profiles of each beer and how they pair with the dishes created by Harry Caray's Executive Chef Joe Rosetti. In addition, one lucky guest will win a private tour for two of the Goose Island Brewery (1800 West Fulton, Chicago) to get an inside look at the brewing process and sample beers.
The price for this special event is $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Reserve here. Check here for the menu.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ OAK and IRON II: A Bounty of Barrel-Aged Beer
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Celebrate an eve of magic, myth, and epic heroism. DJ Grimsbørg spins an array of fantasy-inspired prog, dungeon synth, and assorted metals as we regale you with tales from forgotten sword wielding cinema on our ten foot screen. Medieval costumes encouraged!
Tap list includes: Allagash Interlude & Bourbon Black, Anderson Valley Barrel-Aged Barney Flats, Bell's Black Note & Barrel-Aged Batch 9000, The Bruery Tart of Darkness, Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer, Founders Old Curmudgeon & Backwoods Bastard, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout & Baudoinia, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Lost Abbey Angel's Share, New Belgium La Folie, Ommegang Biere D'Hougoumont, Stone Barrel-Aged Vertical Epic 09.09.09, Vander Mill Founders Keepers & Sweet 73. Facebook Events page

6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Invasion at Burger Bar
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago (312) 255-0055
Beer List: Gran Gås, Casimir, En Passant, Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Baudoinia, Big John, Night Stalker, and Golden Goddess

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Hey Michigan... Tap this!
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Join us as we celebrate the great breweries throughout the state of Michigan! Scheduled for this event:
Arcadia Ales, Bell's, Brewery Vivant, Dark Horse, Founders, Greenbush, Jolly Pumpkin, New Holland, Saugatuck, Vander Mill
Food Trucks: Chi-Town Tamale: Where to look for Chicago inspired fresh all natural handmade gourmet tamales. The Salsa Truck: Chicago's 1st & only cook on board food truck! Serving inspired Mexican street food. The Slide Ride: Chicago’s original slider truck!
Also! Make sure to deck yourself out in Michigan Pride! Special prize for the best dressed "Michigan" fan! Facebook Event Page.

6:30 pm ♦ Bell's Beer Dinner featuring Hopslam
The Tap House Grill Plainfield, 24402 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5540
We team up with Bell’s Brewery and Chef Todd Davies for our Food & Beer pairing.
Reception at 6:30 pm, dinner starts at 7:00. $45 a person. reservations required: 815.733.5540

7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner
Pinstripes, 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, IL (630) 575-8700
Reception and four courses, paired with Goose Island Mild Winter Ale, Sofie, Matilda, Pepe Nero and Pere Jacques. $50 per guest, including tax and tip

7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Cleetus Friedman and Dark Horse Collaboration: I'll Have More Stout Release Party
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Our friend Cleetus Friedman has done another outstanding collaboration with Dark Horse! So we said "Hell, lets throw a party!" Join us, Cleetus, Wiggs from Dark Horse and few others from Dark Horse as we release I'll Have More Stout. We'll also be tapping a number of Cleetus' other fantastic collaborations because Cleetus rocks. It goes without saying that we'll be tapping some other great beers from Dark Horse and some other great breweries that evening.
On tap for the Evening: Cleetus and Haymarket Rosemary's Red Devil, Cleetus and Two Brothers Testudo, Cleetus and Dark Horse Sasparilla Six, Cleetus and Vander Mill Sweet 73, Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock, and more.

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