Chicago Pre-St. Pat's Weekend in Beer, March 11-14

Chicago Pre-St. Pat's Weekend in Beer, March 11-14
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The craft beer world is just a whirl, and I'm swimming to catch up. Here I can at least tell you what's going on. First off, Deschutes brings a new brew to town:

Deschutes Inversion IPA Pint Night & Launch Celebration
Deschutes Brewery launches its 4th year round brew into the state of Illinois the week of March 11th. Come on out to be one of the first fans to enjoy a pint. Inversion IPA is a well balanced IPA with lots of citrus and hop flavors and aromas and will be a great addition to the Deschutes Brewery family of beers in Illinois!

Tuesday, March 12
6 - 8 pm: Timothy O'Tooles Pub, 622 N Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
8:30 - 10:30 pm: Beer Bistro, 1061 W Madison St., Chicago (312) 433-0013

Wednesday, March 13
6 - 8 pm: Division Ale House, 1942 W Division St., Chicago (773) 384-6886
9 - 11 pm: Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill, 9526 Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050

Thursday, March 14
6 - 8 pm: Michael Diversey's, 670 W Diversey Pkwy., Chicago (773) 327-7040
9 - 11 pm: Hopscotch Beer & Whiskey Bar, 9743 Franklin Ave., Franklin Park, IL (847) 260-5318

Monday, Mar. 11

5:30 pm ♦ 'So Fresh:' A Food & Beer Event (Sold Out)
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Half Acre Beer Company and Fish Bar Chicago present an interactive brewery tour/beer dinner combination that is unlike any beer dinner you've experienced before. The tour, food, and beers will highlight this importance, showcasing what freshness adds to the eating and drinking experience. You'll be treated to a dinner during the tour, with the food paired with beers that bring out the best in each other, and you'll have the option to create your own pairing for the final course. At the end of the tour, you'll be sent home with a Half Acre pint glass plus a trinket from Fish Bar. If tickets become available, as sometimes happens, check Brown Paper Tickets.

7:00 pm ♦ Nevin's Brewing Company debut Beer Tapping
Nevins Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte 59, Plainfield, IL (630) 428-4242
1st tapping of NBC Beer #1

7:00 pm ♦ Identifying “Off” Flavors in Beer— A Tasting Seminar
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Ever wonder what the “beer experts” are looking out for when they evaluate beer? Well, there are a lot of potentially bad or “off” flavors that can show up in beer. Join us at Hopleaf for a sensory training seminar and taste each of 24 “off” flavors that the experts train to know. We’ll also talk about the physiology of taste and the technique of tasting. If you have any questions before signing up, please contact Drew, Hopleaf’s Beverage Director (and the instructor) at or 847-204-3334. The session should last roughly 2.5 hours. Tickets $50—available soon at BrownPaperTickets.

Tuesday, Mar. 12

6:30 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner at Francesca's Passagio
Francesca's Passaggio, 3124 S. Route 59, Naperville, IL (630) 946-0600
$48 plus tax and gratuity. Join us for a Goose Island beer pairing dinner with fine Italian food at Francesca's Passaggio.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Chimay Tasting at McGonigal's
McGonigal's Pub, 105 S Cook St, Barrington, IL :(847) 277-7400
Join us for a Chimay tasting: Buy a Chimay, and receive a glass!

Wednesday, Mar. 13

Lakefront Brewing 25th Anniversary
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
No further info on their website. Just assume Lakefront will be pouring!

4:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Pint Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Goose Island Green Line pints are $5 all March!
Stop in after 4pm and take home a Green Line pint glass with your purchase of a Green Line! (while supplies last)

4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ All-Suburban Keg-Only Brewery Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Rd. Algonquin, IL 847-458-2470
Come sample beer from Chicago Suburban keg-only breweries! Taste stuff you may never have- because it only comes in kegs! Scheduled breweries include Church Street from Itasca, Tighthead from Mundelein, Light the Lamp from Grayslake, and BrickStone from Bourbonais. This is a 21+ and free event!

6:30 pm ♦ Irish Beer Dinner
Tommy Nevin's Pub, 9680 Lincolnway Lane, Frankfort, IL (815) 464-1000
Five course food and beer pairing. Featured beers: Guinness, Harp, Smithwick's, Guinness Black Lager; with special guest appearance by Jameson's Irish Whiskey. Live entertainment, Prizes from Guinness and Tommy Nevin's.
RSVP required - Make your reservations by March 1st to receive a $10 TNF Gift Card! $45 plus taxes and gratuities

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Tapping & Meet & Greet
Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago (773) 506-3100
Fat Cat will be hosting a special tapping of Oscar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout. Two representatives from the brewery will be here to answer questions about the beer and give out brewery swag, also being tapped Deviant Dale's Pale Ale, food pairings will be available throughout the event.

7:00 pm ♦ Drinking & Writing Theatre - To Cure A Hangover
Revolution, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
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.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Beer Dinner at The Monkey's Paw
The Monkey's Paw, 2524 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 413-9314
Join us for a Deschutes Brewery Beer Dinner! The 4 course beer dinner with delight your taste buds and have you craving more...
Beer Dinner Menu at
Tickets are $50 per person. Purchase tickets by calling 773-413-9314

Thursday, Mar. 14

Victory Brewing Special Release
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
We'll be tapping White Monkey (a golden ale aged in Chardonnay barrels) and Swing Session Saison (the new Victory seasonal)! Don't miss this!

3:00 pm ♦ Pi Observance Day
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
PARTIAL Beer List (More to come):

18th Street 18th Street Sinner
Amager Hr. Fredriksen
Baladin Wayan
Beer Here SOD
BFM √225 Saison
Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
Central Waters Mud Puppy (*Nitro*)
Dark Horse I’ll Have More
De La Senne Band of Brothers
Firestone Walker Sucaba (Abacus)
Goose Island BCS Coffee
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
Green Flash Palate Wrecker
Half Acre Hearths Ablaze; Quakerbridge
Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S The Crusher
Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America
Local Option Bierwerker Dampf Loc; Templeton Rye Barrel Aged Kentucky Common; Voku Hila
Lost Abbey Deliverance
Perennial Aria
Professor Fritz Briem Piwo Grodziskie – Grätzer Ale (One of the two revived beer style categories just recognized by the Brewers Association)
Revolution Very Mad Cow
Schlenkerla Oak Smoke
Struise Black Albert; X; Cuvé Delphine
Three Floyds Zombie Dust
Virtue The Mitten

Contrary to rumors will not be serving muff slices for the feeble…nor the able.6:00 pm ♦ bellyQ 5-Course 5 Rabbit Beer Dinner
bellyQ, 1400 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 563-1010
Sip Some Brews and Feed Your Belly with a Five-Course Beer Dinner Featuring Half Acre Beer Company and Solemn Oath Brewery. 6pm Reception / 6:30pm Dinner. $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations please call 312.563.1010.6:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Two Brothers Brewing's 16th Anniversary Party
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, Illinois 60505
Join Jim, Jason and the brewers to celebrate Two Brothers Brewing Company's 16th anniversary. Ticket includes dinner buffet, live music by Robbie Fulks with openers The Kevin Trudo Trio and access to archive beers, our 16th Anniversary Ale and the pre-launch of Monarch White. We will be pouring several great archived rare beers, and releasing a special 16th Anniversary Ale. This special beer is the biggest beer we have ever made but is very limited in quantity. So, get your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or at the Roundhouse and Tap House/Brewery for just 16 Bucks.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Burger Bar Metropolitan Beer Dinner: 6 courses, 5 beers
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago (312) 255-0055
Six courses paired with Metropolitan's Krankshaft, Dynamo, Flywheel, Iron Works and Generator.
$50 a person. Menu and tickets here.

And just a taste of the St. Pat's Day craft beer events:

Thursday, Mar. 14 - Sunday, Mar 17
5:00 pm ♦ 30th Annual Shamrock Festival

Palmer Place Restaurant and Biergarten, 56 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, IL (708) 482-7127
Thurday 3/14: 5pm The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
5:30 The Trailor Park Twister & Special Guest appearance Josie Dunne.
7pm Head Shaving for St Baldrick's Foundation with Floyds Barbershop.
Friday 3/15: Noon & 5:30pm The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
7pm The Plough Boys
Saturday 3/16 1pm The Redmonds
5pm The World Famous Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
7pm Kickin O'Jimmy
Sunday 3/17 Noon & 5pm The World Famous Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
3 & 4pm Identity Irish Dance Troupe
6pm Character Fleadh
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinners/ Green Beer Served Thursday - Sunday

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