Beeronaut's Craft Beer Events, March 18-21

Beeronaut's Craft Beer Events, March 18-21
The KBS in my header means it's being tapped this week!

So you missed out on Stoutfest and couldn't score tickets to Dark Lord Day. Look here, and look to the future. There seem to be more big stouts in smaller venues! Maybe I haven't mentioned it much this year, but Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout is wandering around this town's taps right now!

Monday, Mar. 18

Stone/Two Brothers Beer Launch
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Dayman Coffee IPA! This collaboration between Stone, Two Brothers, and the Chicago brewing coop Aleman, pays tribute to "Dayman," a recurring song and theme in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Something to tide you over until Ommegang's "Game of Thorns" beer comes out.

5:00 pm ♦ Hofbräuhaus Chicago's Grand Opening
Hofbräuhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, IL (847) 671-2739
Mark your calendars for our Grand Opening Celebration! Festivities will begin at 5pm, and we'll have a special keg tapping ceremony at 7pm!

7:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Stout Night with Founders Brewing Co
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Come enjoy our fireplaces and some damn fine stouts from one of Michigan's best breweries. Tapping Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout, 2013 Kentucky Breakfast Stout, 2011 Imperial Stout, and Breakfast Stout

Tuesday, Mar. 19

4:00 pm ♦ Join the Revolution! Revolution Brewing comes to Standard Market
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Revolution Brewing will be coming out to Standard Market… and bringing six fantastic beers!
We will be pouring the following beers (with packaged beer available to go): Bean Gene, Mean Gene, Straight Jacket, 3rd Anniversary. And Brew Pub only specialties Moby (The Great White Ale) Double Wit, and Samadhi Imperial IPA
We will be serving a truly unique, phenomenal six beer flight or have individual beers for sale… along with the best chicken wings around!

7:00 pm ♦ Hopleaf Beer School Starts!
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Welcome to the Hopleaf’s “Beer School”. On the 3rd Tuesday of every month we will meet in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf to discuss and taste a particular topic or style of beer. Join us for 1, for many, or for all. Class will always start at 7 pm sharp and should run about 1 to 1.5hrs. Each class will be $40 by itself or $200 if all 6 in a series are purchased. (If a person who has bought the whole series has to miss a class, they can attend the missed class in the next run of the course.)

  • March 19th—Beer 101, All About Beer: We will discuss the history of beer, how to taste, serving temperatures, glassware, beer and food pairing techniques, and of course taste some beers from around the world. Tickets link.
  • April 16th (please note this class is longer at 2.5hr)—Off Flavor Sensory Training. Tickets link.
  • May 21st—Chicago Beers: Learn about the history of beer in Chicago and where it is today all while sampling some of the cities finest breweries. Tickets link.
  • June 18th—Trappist Beers. Tickets link.
  • July 16th—Sour Beers. Tickets link.
  • Aug 20—World of Wheat. Tickets link.
  • The link for buying the entire series of 6 sessions at the discounted price is here.

Wednesday, Mar. 20

5:00 pm ♦ St. Feuillien Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Featuring six beers from St. Feuillien on draft! La Blanche Witbier, 6.3% ABV ● Saison Farmhouse Ale, 6.5% ● Blonde Belgian Strong Pale Ale, 7.5% ● Brune Dubbel, 7.5% ● Tripel, 8.5% ● Speciale Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 9%.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Nefarious Nelson Russian Imperial Stout Tapping
Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 1901 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-8791
PLEASE RSVP via e-mail to Members feast for $15, Guests dine for $20.
Nefarious Nelson is a full bodied, extremely malty ale with some hop bitterness in the background. The very dark color and complex unique flavors are a result of caramel, chocolate, and coffee malts and a substantial amount of roasted barley. This very robust, rich, smooth beer is about 7.0% abv. This beer will be served only in 14oz increments in a Berliner style glass to enhance the drinking pleasure and experience. You will receive 2 glasses to enjoy with your dinner.

7:00 pm ♦ Drinking & Writing Theatre - To Cure A Hangover
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Drinking & Writing takes the hit show "To Cure A Hangover" on the road. Each week in March, the show has been performed at a different Chicago brewery going from Goose Island, to Revolution Brewing, then Half Acre, and ending at the home of the Drinking & Writing Theater—Haymarket Pub & Brewery.
After much experimentation on themselves, Neo-Futurists Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda have cured the hangover. The cure will be unveiled during "To Cure A Hangover" which presents the experiments they performed on themselves (from sex to Pediatlye to cabbage...) along with the stories that go with the experiments and the hangover writing of drinkers and writers like Charles Bukowski, John Cheever, and Kingsley Amis. The cure cannot be revealed here but the authors assure you, "Drinking less is not the cure. That's the cure for not getting drunk." Running time is 65 minutes. Tickets for all events are $15 each and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Lake Effect Brewing Night-Belgo IPA Release
Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago (773) 506-3100
Lake Effect's Clint the Brewmaster will be on hand for the release of the Belgo IPA.

Thursday, Mar. 21

Samuel Adams March Madness Glassware Giveaway
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
March Madness is here. We will be showing the games all day! Come in anytime all day and take home a Sam Adams glass with the order of a Boston Lager! (while supplies last, but we have a lot!)

5:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ Hop Madness: 2013 PoisonCup Beer Bracket Challenge
The Poison Cup, 1128 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 773-935-1325
Get in on the action with our 2013 Beer Bracket Challenge as our favorite beers go head to head in the ultimate taste-off. Submit your predictions for a chance to be crowned the Official Hop Head Beer-Meister of ThePoisonCup! Anyone can enter their predictions so forward this to your friends.... post the link on facebook... tweet it like you've never twitted before. Then, join us for the official tastings and be a part of the action.
Check the bracket schedule and submit your predictions at
Anyone can submit their predictions, but there is limited space for the official tastings that will decide the outcome. $5 per session. $20 for entire tournament. Purchase your tickets in our online store.

6:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Tap this! Stout it Out Loud!
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Let's rock out with our stout out! For this addition of Tap This! We will be featuring some deliciously dark, chocolatey, roasty and malty good beers! Spiteful G.F.Y., Great Lakes Blackout Stout & Ohio City Oatmeal Stout, Half Acre Baumé, Anchor Steam Zyemaster Stout, Fort Collins Double Chocolate, Dark Horse I'll Have More, Emelisse Espresso Stout. Food Trucks and music will be on hand, too.

6:00 pm ♦ Blackout Night at Fireside Lounge
Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, 5739 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago (773) 561-7433
The Fireside will be holding a tap takeover featuring nine different dark American craft brews, including: Half Acre Big Hugs, Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Port Santa's Little Helper, and Lost Abbey Serpent Stout. Check out this link for a full list of offerings.

6:30 pm ♦ Binny's Beer School - Grand Teton and Hinterland
Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Binny's Marcey Street wants you to go back to school...BEER SCHOOL! Featuring beers from Hinterland Brewery and Grand Teton Brewery. $20 minimum donation to the WGN Neediest Kids Fund. Call to reserve your spot: 312-664-4394

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Golden Goddess - Meet the Brewer
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Meet the men behind Goose Island's latest Fulton and Wood beer, Golden Goddess. The beer is a collaboration with Intelligentsia Tea Master Doug Palas. It's a Kölsch-style beer infused with black Oolong tea.

6:30 pm ♦ Deschutes Beer Dinner at Cru
Cru Kitchen & Bar, 25 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago (312) 337-4001
Cru Kitchen & Bar is hosting a Deschutes Beer Dinner for $45 per person.
Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is collaborating with Cru to bring Chicagoans a reception and three-course dinner. Each course is prepared by Cru’s Executive Chef Alex Shalev and perfectly paired with Deschutes craft beer.
Pairings include Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA, Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, Bond Street Series Hop Henge IPA, and Black Butte XXIV Imperial Porter!
See here for menu and more details. To make reservations, call Cru at 312.337.4001.

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