Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 4 - 7

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 4 - 7
Um, yeah. Mardi Gras.

Busy trying to get this out while the Super Bowl is still on. Lucky for me the blackout happened while I had to put the kids to bed!


Flash! Beerpulse has just checked into Three Floyds' website (how's that for attribution) and found that the date for Dark Lord Day is Saturday, April 27. They also have a post of the new label for this year's massive Russian Imperial Stout. No ticket sales have been announced, and once again, rumors are that the venue for the event may be moved. Time to start watching the Dark Lord Day website for breaking news.


Monday, February 4

Um, nothing on the sked. Super Bowl hangover, anyone? Of Mardi Gras plans for the next day?

Tuesday, Feb. 5

4:00 pm ♦ Hopslam Firkin Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Join reps from Bell's Brewery for a firkin of their Hopslam Double IPA.

6:00 pm ♦ Crown Brewing Barrel-Aged Poobah
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
We will be serving flights of Barrel Aged Poobah Imperial Stout! We will start serving the flights at 6pm. The flights will be $12 and include 1 sample of the following versions of Poobah: 2009 Heaven Hill Barrel Aged Poobah 2011 Heaven Hill Barrel Aged Cherry Poobah 2011 Heaven Hill Barrel Aged Poobah 2011 Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Poobah

6:30 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner at Francesca's Passagio
Francesca's Passaggio, 3124 S. Route 59, Naperville, IL (630) 946-0600
Join us for a beer pairing dinner with Goose Island beer and fine Italian food at Francesca's Passaggio. Cost: $48 plus tax and gratuity. Details at Francesca's web site.

7:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Mardi Gras Abita Beer Dinner
Heaven on Seven Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL
We’re teaming up once again for a Beer Dinner with Abita Brewing Company of Abita Springs, Louisiana! Join us for our Mardi Gras Beer Dinner, featuring seven delicious courses paired and prepared with eight craft beers. Follow this link for menu and reservations, or call us at (630) 717-0777. The cost of the dinner is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. There is also a no beer option available for $40. The regular menu will not be available.

7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Beer Dinner
Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe, Chicago (773) 248-9523
Join Riverview for a 4-Course dinner featuring Chef Frederick Keller and Bell’s Brewery. Tickets are $45 per person and available, with the menu list, online at Brown Paper Tickets.
This is a prix-fixe meal designed with beer pairings, therefore: no substitutions. Sorry, no vegetarian options are available. Tickets at $45 are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

7:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Brewery Ommegang Dinner
Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, Chicago (773) 665-5660
Join us for our HQ Beer Dinner. We will be pairing up 5 signature Ommegang beers with 5 different food dishes. Tickets $40.00 in advance online $45.00 at door Menu details and tickets at this link.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

7:30 pm ♦ Vander Mill Cider Tapping **Updated**(the original news release had these venues switched)
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350

Join owner Paul Vander Heide of Vander Mill Cider for multi-tap events leading u to this week's Cider Summit – featuring this year’s release of Chapman’s Blend (6.8% ABV) – named after John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed), the American pioneer and nurseryman who is credited with bringing apple trees to the Midwest in the early 1800s, thus starting cider’s early introduction in this country. Also on tap will be Totally Roasted, Blue Gold (formerly Apple Blueberry), Founders Keepers, and “Dirty Jim” – a very limited wild yeast-fermented English-style cider).

Thursday, Feb. 7

Lagunitas Bacon & Beer Dinner
Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-0600
We have an awesome Lagunitas Bacon and Beer Dinner! We have prepared a 5 course menu that will pair wonderfully with Lagunitas Sucks, IPA, Censured, Hop Stupid and Maximus. Make sure to reserve your space before it's too late! Visit our new Facebook page for the menu.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm ♦ "Blackout" Invasion at Kelly's Pub
Kelly's Pub, 949 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 281-0656
A Goose Island Tap Takeover. Draft List: Fleur, Big John, Night Stalker, Baudoinia, Bourbon County Stout

6:00 pm ♦ Tap This!!! First Anniversary at Fischman's
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Join us as we celebrate the first year anniversary of Tap This!

  • Boulevard Rye on Rye – Specialty Grain Beer 12% abv
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout – Imperial Stout 14.3%
  • Evil Twin Freudian Slip – Barley Wine 10.3%
  • Dogfish Head Olde School – Barley Wine 15%
  • Rogue XS Old Crustacean – Barley Wine 11.5%
  • To Øl Mine Is Bigger Than Yours – Barley Wine 12.5%

FOOD TRUCKS! Southern Mac and Cheese, Wagyu Wagon, Gigi’s Bake Shop, Duck N Roll, Schnitzel King.

7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner
Pinstripes, 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, IL (630) 575-8700
A five-course beer and dinner pairing with Goose Island. $50 per guest, including tax and tip

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Stout Barrel House's Generator Tapping Party
Stout Barrel House & Galley, 642 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
Join the Metropolitan crew at one of the newest beer bars in River North and drink some Generator while you still can. It might be one of your last chances to drink our favorite winter warmer. And you better believe there's a hashtag for all the Generator misadventures: #gennybender2013.

7:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Vander Mill Cider tapping **Updated**(the original news release had these venues switched)
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Join owner Paul Vander Heide of Vander Mill Cider for this year’s release of Chapman’s Blend (6.8% ABV) – named after John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed). Also on tap will be Totally Roasted, Blue Gold (formerly Apple Blueberry), Founders Keepers, and “Dirty Jim” – a very limited wild yeast-fermented English-style cider).


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