Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 1 - 3

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 1 - 3
The Spring Beer fest returns March 1 in Pilsen.

So, Day of the Living Ales is sold out, but you can still get in for BREWHAHA. And I'm leading off with ticket sales for two upcoming events of note:

Ballpark Brew Fest

Saturday, April 20, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Tickets on sale now
Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 925-0183
Schaumburg Boomers Baseball will host Schaumburg’s first annual beer fest at Boomers Stadium.
This four-hour, unlimited sample festival features specialty beers from over two-dozen breweries. General admission tickets are $49 each and VIP tickets are $75 each, which allows the ticketholder access to the event an hour early at 12:00 p.m. and special tappings from a select group of exclusive brews.
This craft brewery festival will showcase the newest batches of craft beers by well-known and up-and-coming brewers, including the country’s first vegan brewery; and live music by “This Must Be The Band,” Chicago’s only Talking Heads tribute band. Free parking is available, as and the Schaumburg Metra station is a quarter-mile from the festival entrance.
Tickets are now available at Visit for more information on the event and event news.
Confirmed brewers as of Feb. 27: Lagunitas, Tenth & Blake, Sixpoint, Two Brothers, Half Acre, Great Divide, Lakefront, Pig Minds, Green Flash, Artisanal Imports, Argus, Abita, Boulevard, Firestone Walker, and New Belgium.

Off Color Brewing presents: Mischief

Sunday and Monday, March 10 & 11
Tickets on Sale Friday, Mar. 1 at 12:00 pm

The Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., Chicago (773) 348-4044

Off Color Brewing, the much talked about venture by former barrel program wizards John Laffler of Goose island, and Dave Bleitner of Two Brothers Brewing, present their first event, a "popup bar" called "Mischief" This "night of revelry and collective nouns" at Black Rock will feature four collaborations brewed with Three Floyds, Haymarket Pub and Brewery and Metropolitan Brewing. "Friends from where you'd find us drinking if we weren't doing this otherwise will be crafting select libations and John will probably make something on a whim involving gin. It's what happens when there's no one to really tell you no anymore."
Tickets go on sale March 1 at noon, at $40/person (Limit two), at Brown Paper Tickets. There are three sessions available: Sunday, March 10 at 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. - midnight, and one on Monday, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Beer and cocktails are included in the ticket price. There will also be guest beers from Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Evil Twin and Firestone Walker.

Friday, March 1

Half Acre/3 Floyds Anicca IPA Tapping
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
OK warriors, we're co-hosting a beer that's to be delivered from our brew deck to your ceremonial chalice. We've again brewed with our cohorts at Three Floyds Brewing Co. and have given birth to the sludge of angels, Anicca India Pale. Anicca IPA is single hopped snake juice showcasing the Mosaic hop, a plant throwing off a cornucopia of fruit flavors. Bitter sweet and full of force, this IPA bends your brain into a tropical storm of writhing glory. As the philosophy explains, Anicca will come and go, so come sip this before all is gone. Available Friday, March 1st, 2013. 7.3% ABV, 16 oz pint: $6. Available only on draft in our tap room, no growler fills

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Three Floyds Alpha King
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
For this week's Firkin Friday feature, we're happy to present Three Floyds Alpha King, an American Pale Ale that scores a perfect 100/100 on A Big American Pale Ale (nearly an IPA really) with citrusy aroma- a hop lover’s cult beer and Three Floyds’ flagship beer Brewed with Cenntennial, Cascade & Warrior Hops. If you've never tried Alpha King on cask, it is an absolute stunner - and one of our all time favorite pints in cask-conditioned format.
The cask will be tapped at approximately 5:30 pm at the bar. Its delicious contents will be available to everyone in both the restaurant and pub until the firkin runs dry. First come, first served.

6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Tapping at Brixie's
Brixie's Bar & Grill
, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover.  Tapped every Friday at 6pm. March 1st - Greenbush Brother Benjamin Double IPA (10.1% abv).

7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Half Acre Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Fountainhead
Fountainhead, 1970 Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
As many of you all know our incoming Beer Director Mike Maloney will be starting March 1st! We are beyond excited to begin this next phase of Fountainhead! Our great friends at Half Acre are coming in to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Mike, as it were! Please come out and join us in welcoming Mike!
On Tap for the Night: Half Acre Coffee Supreme Over Ale with Dark Matter, "A Love Supreme" Coffee, Big Hugs, Drippin, Bones and All, Canyon of Heroes, Van Horn, Akira Shogun, Alpenglow, and more great beer!

Saturday, Mar. 2

11:00 am ♦ St. Practice Day
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
Get those livers ready for St Paddy's by stopping by for a few! We will be pouring a collection of limited edition stouts and a few other select brews as a warm up to one of the biggest drinking days of the year!

1:00 pm - 10:00 pm ♦ Day/Night of the Living Ales (SOLD OUT)
Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 832-9040

2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Saturday Tastings
The House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago
An in-store, open house tasting featuring new arrivals, seasonal specials and end-of-bin deals. Saturday Tastings, unless otherwise stated, are always free of charge with no reservations required.

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm ♦ Windy City BREWHAHA
Skyline Loft at Bridgeport ArtCenter, 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago
There’s a new beer fest in town called Windy City BREWHAHA and we want you to be the first to experience it! Two sessions of UNLIMITED beer tastings! Tickets are limited at $45 per session. To buy tickets and learn more about the event, visit our web site.
The current list of brewers and participating pourers: Atlas, Baderbräu, BrickStone, Church Street Brewing, Deschutes, Finch's, Emmett's, Half Acre, Hamburger Mary's, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Hopothesis, The Lucky Monk, Magic Hat, Moonshine, Pig Minds, Revolution, Rock Bottom, Three Floyds, Tighthead, Pipeworks, Third Shift, Destihl, One Trick Pony, Henry Weinhard's, Village Vintner, and World Of Beer.
BREWHAHA is produced in cooperation with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

Sunday, Mar. 3

1:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ 3 Floyds Tap Takeover at Durty Nellie's
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
Featuring 12 beers from Three Floyds Brewing, including: Behemoth, Creepy Raider, Stack N' Stabb, Gumballhead, Snow Weasel, and more! Food buffet with suggested beer pairings from 2-4! Live music by The Made Men (acoustic duo) $45 tickets, available in house or at: TicketWeb. Questions? E-mail Alli at

Follow me on Twitter, Google+ or my Facebook fan page. For more tappings and events, check my Google Calendar. And view my One-Take Beer Review Videos

Additionally, I will be out pouring samples of Goose Island beers this Saturday at 3-6 pm. Armanetti Beverage Mart, 2681 E New York St, Aurora, IL. Drop by, say "Hi."


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