Beeronaut's Craft Beer Events, March 25-28

Beeronaut's Craft Beer Events, March 25-28
Label design by Brewery Ommegang and HBO

Here are a few multi-bar events I've put up front: the release of Bell's spring wheat beer, Oberon; and the debut of Brewery Ommegang's Iron Throne beer, brewed as a tie-in to HBO's "Game of Thrones" series. There's also a Samuel Smith Salute in there below. And Founders is releasing this year's Kentucky Breakfast Stout starting Wednesday, but that's sold out.

Oberon Release Parties

Monday, March 25
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Plus Two Hearted and Special Double Cream Stout!

6:00 pm ♦ Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-4989
Lots of raffle prizes and give-a-ways. We'll also be tapping some really special Bell's beers!

Wednesday, Mar. 27
6:00 pm ♦
Three Aces, 1321 Taylor St., Chicago (312) 243-1577
Also pouring Roundhouse IRA and Two Hearted.

Brewery Ommegang Iron Throne Release Parties & Tappings

Do you watch the show and read the book? Well now you're going to drink the beer! Brewery Ommegang has teamed up with HBO to bring you a series of beers based on the much loved fantasy novel & show. This Belgian 6.5% Blonde Ale is the first in their series and is brewed with Noble Hops (of course), Grains of Paradise, and other tasty ingredients. This first beer's official release date is March 31, (which coincides with the airing of the first episode of season 3), so come grab a sneak peek! (of the beer).

Tuesday, Mar. 26
7:00 pm - 1:00 am ♦
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
We'll be pouring Hennepin, Rare VOS, and starting at 7:00 PM sharp, Iron Throne.
Take home Ommegang glassware while supplies last, and talk beer with Ommegang's Tom Gardner.

Wednesday, Mar. 27
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400

Wednesday, Mar. 27
6:00 pm ♦
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Also being tapped that day: Gnomegang, Hougoumont, Art of Darkness and Hennepin.

Thursday, Mar. 28
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦
Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
Enjoy Iron Throne alongside Ommegang's Duvel Rustica and Gnomegang.

Monday, Mar. 25

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Meet Evil Twin
High Dive, 1938 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (773) 235-3483
Featuring the beers of Evil Twin — Yin & Yang, All Occasions IPA and some surprise beers.

Tuesday, Mar. 26

6:30 pm ♦ Haymarket Brewer's Dinner
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
6:30 reception, 7:00 dinner.
Join us for a very special, limited seating brewer's dinner, as we enjoy Chef Chris McCoy's wonderful homage to our favorite beer nations' foods, artfully paired with Haymarket beers. We'll bounce around the globe and treat your palate to a world class tour. Reservations are required, so please call the host stand at (312) 638-0700 to secure your place at the table for this great event. Tickets are $45 plus tax & gratuity. Check the Haymarket Events page for menu.

6:30 pm ♦ Samuel Smith Beer Dinner
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Hopleaf will be creating a special one-night-only menu to celebrate the Sam Smith Salute. Four courses will be prepared and served with four Samuel Smith beers, all taking inspiration from classic English dishes, but with a liberal interpretation and twist. $50.

8:00 pm ♦ Flights and Bites with New Holland Brewing
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Join us for a special tasting with New Holland Brewing Co. beers and spirits paired with tasty bites, including Bee's Knees Food Company's delicious peanuts! Space is limited so please RSVP to The cost is $12 per person.

Wednesday, Mar. 27

5:00 pm ♦ Samuel Smith Salute at Monk’s Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Come to Monk’s Pub as we toast the acclaimed British brewery that has played a pioneering role in the US craft beer revolution. Free Sam Smith samples + souvenir 2013 Sam Smith Salute glass with purchase of two Sam Smith beers + 7pm raffle of Samuel Smith Home Bar Kit. Featuring Sam Smith's Pure brewed Organic Lager, Organic Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Organic Apricot Ale and Organic Chocolate Stout.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Pipeworks Tasting at XOCO
XOCO, 445 N. Clark St., Chicago
Join the XOCO Team & The Pipeworks Brewing Company Family in a Complimentary Beer Tasting with Snacks
Come for beer & snacks, stay for the chargrilled tacos al pastor (3 for $10 on Wednesdays).

6:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Belgian Styles
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Cost: $20 per person. Join Goose Island brewers on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.
2013 Beer Academies:
April 24 - Experimental Styles; May 29 - American Beers; June 26 - Summer Beers; July 31 - Hop Dominance; August 28- Illinois Craft Brewers Guild; September 18 - German Lagers; October 30 - Wood and BBL aged beers; November 20 - Sour Beers; December 18 - Holiday Brews

7:00 pm ♦ Samuel Smith Salute at Northdown Cafe & Taproom
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Northdown will host a Samuel Smith Salute. 2013 vintage Sam Smith Salute glasses and tee shirts will be available to attendees.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ 2012 Brussels Beer Challenge Winners!
Paramount Room, 415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (312) 829-6300
In a little flashback to November 2012, Paramount Room will be celebrating Paramount Merchants' 2012 Brussels Beer Challenge Winners!
On Draft: North Coast Le Merle Saison - Gold Medal; North Coast Grand Cru - Bronze Medal; Timmermans Bourgogne des Flandres - Bronze Medal.
In Bottles: Malheur 12 - Silver Medal; Malheur Biere Brut - Gold Medal
These beers are very near and dear to us-- and not just because they showcased well at the BBC! Now we can have them all at once! So come drink and celebrate! (In a fashionably late sort of way....)
PS: Buy a beer! Get a glass! ...because yer a champ and deserve a prize too! *while supplies last*

7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Invasion at Deja Brew
Deja Brew Bar & Grill, 5219 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL (708) 423-0484
Draft List: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Big John, Night Stalker, Golden Goddess, Gran Gås, Pere Jacques, and Sofie.

7:00 pm ♦ Drinking & Writing Theatre - To Cure A Hangover
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Drinking & Writing takes the hit show "To Cure A Hangover" on the road. Each week in March, the show will be 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.

Thursday, Mar. 28

"Rare Wares" A Vintage Night with Founders Brewing
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
We'll be tapping 2012 Founders Bolt Cutter, 2011 Backwoods Bastard, 2012 Backwoods Bastard, 2012 Old Curmudgeon.
We will also be selling a number of vintage Founders bottles such as: 2010 Kentucky Breakfast Stout, 2010 Old Curmudgeon, 2011 Old Curmudgeon, 2009 Backwoods Bastard.
Backwoods Bastard Chicken and Waffles on special! Raffle prize give-a-ways and Vintage Founders bottles will be available for sale.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Samuel Smith Pint Night
Jacqueline’s, 3420 N. Broadway, Chicago (773) 404-5149
Jacqueline’s will celebrate the Samuel Smith Salute with a pint night and sampling of several Sam Smith beers. Jim Blockinger with Merchant du Vin will be in attendance to answer questions about the iconic English brewery. More details at

8:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Night at Durkin's Tavern
Durkin's Tavern, 810 W. Diversey, Chicago (773) 525-2515
Join us to sample some of Brooklyn's best. Durkin's will be offering some tastings as well as featuring $3 Brooklyn beers all night long. Giveaways all evening courtesy of River North and Brooklyn brewery. RSVP on Facebook Here.

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