Beeronaut's Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 22-24

I said earlier, don't despair that you missed out on Dark Lord Day or Stoutfest tickets. Plenty of big stouts pouring below, along with the coming of spring seasonals.

Friday, Mar. 22

Half Acre Pony Pilsner Release
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Pony is new to the scene, but we welcome this pilsner lager into the fold like an old friend. Pony is a crisp, clean pilsner you can saddle on up to the bar and order with a confident, rangy thunder. Get on yer stoop or prepare for the trek, there's a Pony in every pint. 5.8% ABV. 64 ounce growler: $12 (+ $4 for a new jar), 32 ounce growler: $7 (+ $4 for a new jar), Pint in the tap room: $5

3:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Goose Island IPA

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Emmett's Brewing Co. Beer Tasting
Binny's, 12307 S. Rt.59, Plainfield, IL (815) 436-9300
Join us for an Emmett's Brewing Co. beer tasting.

5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Founders Tasting
Andy's Fruit Ranch, 4733 N. Kedzie, Chicago (773) 583-2322
Six Founders beers, all discounted during tasting: Pale Ale, Porter, Centennial IPA, All Day IPA, Red's Rye, Dirty Bastard.

6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tonight: New Belgium Lips of Faith Series- Cascara Quad (10% abv)

Saturday, Mar. 23

12:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Takeover with Brewmaster Brett Porter
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
We're hosting an event so special that we're opening our doors at noon! We're incredibly excited to showcase some of the finest brews Chicago's Goose Island has to offer. In addition to the stellar line-up of rare, barrel-aged, and seasonal brews on tap, Goose Island Brewmaster Brett Porter will be here to celebrate along with us and answer any questions you may have about the brews and the brewery. Stop in and meet one of the nicest and most knowledgeable brewers in the business today! On draft: Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Cherry Rye Stout, Bourbon County Baudoinia Stout, Big John, Night Stalker, Minx, Dominique, Matilda, Fleur, Sofie and Summertime. BCS Taster Flights Available!
All drafts, and a full dining menu, available at 12:00 pm. Draft line-up subject to change without notice. Last minute surprises are possible!

12:00  - 6:00 pm ♦ STOUTMOBIL
One Beer: FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout (by Todd Ashman, former Flossmoor Station brewmaster).
Aged in Five Barrels: Old Fitzgerald, Mellow Corn, Rittenhouse Rye, Elijah Craig, and Evan Williams.
Poured at Five Bars: Brisku's Bistro, Independence Tap, The Garage, Fischman's, and Rabbits.
7oz. of each varietal, one at each bar. Tickets are limited to 30, at $60 each. Six tickets have been allocated to each bar. First come, first served. Call bars for more info (numbers in the links above. Transportation provided by Reggie's Rock Bus.

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Emmett's Brewing Co. Seasonal Beer Tasting
Teddy's Liquors, 1050 E. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights IL (847) 368-9166
A seasonal beer tasting with Emmett's Brewing Co. Come try Emmett's beer and appetizers while supplies last.

3:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Goose Island
312 (That will be me offering little cups).

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.

6:00 pm ♦ Ommegang Game of Thrones Iron Throne Party
Whole Foods Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 587-0648
Join us at Whole Foods Lincoln Park to celebrate the release of Brewery Ommegang's highly anticipated HBO's Game of Thrones collaboration, Iron Throne. Iron Throne is a 6.5% ABV Belgian- style blonde ale brewed with a robust amount of pils, honey malt, aroma malts and red wheat. Gentle hopping includes Styrian Golding and Hallertau Spalter Select, appropriately noble hops. Spiced with grains of paradise and lemon peel.

Sunday, Mar. 24

10:00 am - 2:00 pm ♦ SmallBar Division Coffee Beer Brunch
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Join SmallBar Division as they host a coffee beer brunch! The menu consists of delicious, handmade food created by Chef Justin White paired perfectly with brunch time beers. For $32, enjoy a "food flight" of four 4 oz. pours of brew paired with four plates from the kitchen. Pairings include Half Acre Big Hugs, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Stone/Two Bros collab Dayman Coffee IPA, and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break.
The pairings will be available all day (no set seating times). Reservations are encouraged via Groups of five or more must call 773-772-2727 to reserve a table. Come in and enjoy great food & beer at your own pace!

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Barley's Angels and Whiskey Sister Take over Jerry's Sandwiches
Jerry’s Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Join Whiskey Sister and Barley's Angels Chicago at Jerry's Sandwiches to enjoy some local beers and whiskeys. We're presenting drinks from one of Chicago's newest beermakers, Spiteful Brewery, and spirits guru Meg Bell, who will teach us all about the current whiskey offerings from Koval, Few Spirits, and Waco, Texas's own Balcones Texas #1.
Jerry's will provide plenty of food to accompany these distilled and brewed treats, and we'll have our own room to enjoy libations and one another's company. Stay after the event for live music, if you wish.
Tickets are $30, available only online through Eventbrite, and we will not be taking walk-ins at the door, so please plan ahead.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Beers and Stories at Revolution Brewery
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Doors open at 6 pm, unlimited tasting of food and craft beers from 6-8 pm.
Ticket price is $40, available here, and includes 2 hours of unlimited tasting of Revolution's signature food and brews!
Join 2nd Story Press in the Brewer's Lounge at Revolution Brewery for an evening of some of our favorite stories, by some of our favorite tellers, about one of our favorite subjects: Family. Darwyn Jones will spin a tale about truth and lies in the family dynamic, Margaret Marion will share her story about sisterly love (and competition), and CP Chang will meditate on the search for faith and religion in a relationship.  All that story greatness against a backdrop of two hours of tasting of Revolution's signature beers and tasty food. Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond.

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