Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, Feb. 15 - 17

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, Feb. 15 - 17
Photo: Mark McDermott

Friday, Feb. 15

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday Cask Tapping: Arcadia Imperial Stout
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
For this week's Firkin Friday feature, we're happy to present Arcadia Imperial Stout (8.4% abv). Black as coal in color, this cask conditioned Stout has a velvety rich and sweet malt aroma. A dense brown head gives way to a big, full-bodied and creamy texture that has flavors of roasted coffee and black currants, blending perfectly with the malt. A generous amount of hops add balance and complexity to this extraordinary stout (80 IBU). This stout is absolutely gorgeous in this special 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.

7:00 pm ♦ Dry Hop-Lake Effect New Release
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Paddy Long's is hosting the party for the release of the collaboration between Dryhop Brewers and Lake Effect Brewing. The beer is a Belgo-IPA called 'Shot a Man in Simcoe.' The brewers were jamming out to Johnny Cash during the brew day; hence the name. Simcoe is a recent Pacific Northwest cultivar described as having notes of citrus, grapefruit, and pine.

7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Night at Mac's American Pub
Mac's American Pub, 1801 W. Division St., Chicago 773-782-4400
Join us for a night of Bell's beers featuring: Hopslam, Captain Spontaneous, Smitten Golden Rye Ale, Two Hearted and Amber.

8:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Tap Party
Blackfinn American Grille, 157 W, Randhurst Village, Mt. Prospect, IL (847) 398-5501
We will be tapping Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout and the Bourbon County Coffee Stout. Both are very limited hard to find beers.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Bell’s Beer Party: It’s Gonna Be Firkin Awesome!
Hackney's Printers' Row, 733 S. Dearborn St., Chicago (312) 461-1116
Join us for our Bell’s Beer Party. We will be featuring at least 11 Bell’s originals including a cask of Hopslam and other great beers, some of which are normally only available at the brewery. View the beers on our Stoutuary list.

12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Delilah's Vintage Beer Fest
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
This is our Fifteenth annual Vintage Beer Festival. More than one hundred beers, primarily strong ales, barrel aged beers and live beers, from over 50 breweries will be tasted - side by side, for the first time ever in Chicago - many in multiple vintages. Regionally, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Half Acre, Founders, Bell’s & Lakefront Brewing will be represented. Many of the ales for this tasting will be sampled in vintage with a few vintage verticals and there will be an emphasis on barrel aged beers - the J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, for instance, will be available from the 2007 vintage aged in used Lagavulin Scotch Barrels. There will be a King & Barnes Christmas Ale from 1998 plus ten vintages of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barley Wine. A very unique experience to sample all these strong beers together - along with vintage dated brews including: Anchor Old Foghorn, Avery Hog Heaven, Thomas Hardy’s Ale, Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale, Scotland’s Skull Splitter, Portland Brewing Adam Barley Wine, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Lucifer Ale, Trois Pistoles & La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue, Malheur Millennium, Capital Blonde Dopplebock - multiple vintages, Two Brothers Bear Tree Weiss Wine, Maredsous Triple, EKU 28, and the French Belzebuth, Rogue Ales Old Crusty and Young’s Old Nick. Admission is $20 for a sampling of the offerings.

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Rock Bottom Polar Beer Fest 2013
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Rock Bottom Chicago presents the 3rd annual festival of STRONG Winter Ales. Join us for our Polar Beer Festival and sample at least 25 Strong Winter Ales from Chicagoland's finest brewers. Tickets are $30.00 per person and are available for purchase exclusively at Brown Paper Tickets. Price of admission includes sampling glass, beer, and light winter snacks. THIS EVENT IS OUTDOORS, so dress appropriately. A warming room will be open for the thin skinned. 21 and over event. This festival is outdoors.

1:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ 2nd Annual FFLA Chili Cook Off
LunaR brewing co, 54 E St Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL
Chili Cook Off sponsored by the Fantasy Football League of America. $2.00 to sample 8 different chili pots and request 1 full bowl from your favorite. We don’t need any more cooks, so just bring your appetite and $2.00.

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 Tasting, unless otherwise stated, are always free of charge with no reservations required.

2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
John Henry and Brouwerij West.

4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 773.252.7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. (NOTE TIME CHANGE!) Topic: "Imperial" beer styles. Price, $25 per person. Limit, 45 people. Call 773.252.7636 for more information. Tickets go on sale on the Monday evening before beer school (Feb. 11), starting at 7 p.m. Cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School.

Sunday, Feb. 17

2:00 pm ♦ Second Annual LBBC Chili-Cookoff for Charity
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179
Lake Bluff Brewing Company hosts its second Chili Cook Off for Charity! The first 10 entrants will be judged by three celebrity judges to compete for the coveted Best Chili Award, which entitles you to a growler of the month gift certificate and worldwide admiration. Non-Best Chili Award winners will be eligible for the Peeps’ Choice Award, voted for by your peers and decorated with a Lake Bluff Brewing Company hand-blown half yard by Vessyl.

The Rules:

  • The first 10 entrants must be signed up either online or at the brewery by February 10th, which includes a name for your masterpiece and a $20 entry fee
  • You must provide at least one gallon of chili, served in a crock pot, and may include garnishments
  • Those of you not brave enough to enter may pay $10 at the door for the honor to taste and judge (we all love to judge) in the Peeps’ choice category
  • All proceeds from the Chili Cook Off for Charity will go to I-PLUS, an organization that helps to provide stability and housing for homeless veterans and disabled individuals in Lake County by more effectively managing their government disability benefits together with direct monitoring and treatment plan partnerships.

Show your mettle, help out a great cause, and sign up now on Facebook, email or at the Brewery.

6:00 pm ♦ 100 Percent
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Join us at Maria's for a BIG and RARE beer party. We will be tapping 9 beers that have a total ABV of 100% and a total combination of IBU's of 511. Beer is measured on a scale by its strength of alcohol by volume (ABV) and its bitterness or IBU (the International Bitterness Units scale) defined in co-operation with the American Society of Brewing Chemists. We will be pouring them in small portions so you might be able to try them all.

Featuring: Dogfish Head 120 Minutes: 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs. Perennial Abraxas. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Revolution Straight Jacket and Very Mad Cow. Against The Grain Macfannybaw. Three Floyds Mentol and Alpha Klaus. Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break.

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