Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 8-11

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 8-11
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Monday, Apr. 8

10:00 am - 1:00 pm ♦ 2013 Cubs Opening Day at Sheffield's
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
Join New Holland Brewing Co and Sheffield's in SMOKING THE GOAT at this year's home opener!
10:00 AM - Buffet Brunch
1:20 PM - Game and Lunch Start
5:00 PM - Post-Game Party
Plus - it's a win either way, as it's also the White Hatter Release Party! Raffles & Prizes! Raffle to support S.W.A.P. Sheffield's Water from Ale Project. Facebook Event page

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ The Bear & The Rabbit: A Latin Connection at Revolucion
Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse, 3443 N Broadway, Chicago (773) 661-9893
Celebrate the official Chicago launch of Cerveja Colorado, Brazil’s craftiest brewery, in collaboration with Chicago’s own 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. Come meet Marcelo Carneiro da Rocha, Founder of Cerveja Colorado and Randy Mosher of 5 Rabbit. There will be special food pairings available for Colorado and 5 Rabbit drafts, plus a special release from 5 Rabbit!

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Beers For Books!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for a book club benefiting the nonprofit literacy organization Open Books, Ltd. Our first book is The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer. Open Books will have copies on hand at the store and will offer 20% off the book for anyone who mentions Northdown!
In addition to helping Open Books out by purchasing the book through them you can also bring books with you to donate to the store. AND, when you join us for book club, 10% of your ENTIRE tab that night will be donated to Open Books! The more you eat and drink, the more money raised for Open Books! As if you needed an excuse!
Visit the Open Books website, like their Facebook page, and join us in helping a great cause — you’re only enriching your mind but also quenching your palate!
We’ll be hosting book club(!!!) for Open Books on the 2nd Monday of every month! Stay tuned — the book for the 2nd meet-up coming soon!

9:00 pm ♦ The Bear & The Rabbit: A Latin Connection at The Green Lady
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Come celebrate the official Chicago launch of Cerveja Colorado, in collaboration with Chicago own’s 5 Rabbit. We will be tapping a special 5 Rabbit cask made specifically for this event! Facebook Event Page

Tuesday, Apr. 9

5:00 pm ♦ Greenbush Hoppy Hour!
The Bluebird Chicago, 1749 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773-486-2473
Join us in welcoming the crew of Greenbush Brewing out of Sawyer Michigan into the Chicago market. We’ll be raising our glasses and bending elbows with one of the strongest new outfits of the midwest beer community. Dunegrass, Closure, The Brother Ben, and the Anger Black IPA all to be paired with a handful of Chef Dave Ford’s personal a la cart selections! No reservations required for Hoppy Hour this is a bar fly event for those who love beer!

5:00 pm ♦ Cervejaria Colorado-Launch Event at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Come celebrate the official Chicago launch of Cervejaria Colorado, Brazil’s Craftiest Brewery! Meet Marcelo Carneiro da Rocha, founder of Cervejaria Colorado! Beers to be featured: Guanabara Imperial Stout, Vixnu Imperial IPA, Bertho Brazil Nut Brown

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ The Man, The Legend: Mr. Ed Ploog
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
He’s less than a God, but more than a Man. Please join us at Local Option on Tuesday, April 9th, and the gentlemen of Against the Grain to celebrate The Man, The Legend: Mr. Ed Ploog.
The story began as such…
One fine day, Mr. Ploog was delivering to one of his and our favorite accounts, The Local Option, when a light bulb went off in his head: a name, a brilliant name! It seemed so obvious! How had this not been done before?! But surely, someone could make him this beer! Ed trusted that the Local Option boys would put it in the right hands…and he waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, the beer is here! Brought to us by the only people who could have been trusted with this task: our friends at Against the Grain.
Alas we have it: Ed Ploog’s It Burns When IPA.
Join us before it’s gone! If you’re lucky, you may even get to take a picture with Mr. Ploog himself…
Ed Ploog’s It Burns When IPA is an American IPA brewed with Habenero and Serrano peppers. The peppers give fruity flavors that complement the Simcoe and Falconer's Flight hop varieties while providing a nice pepper burn to let you know they are there. ABV 7.6% IBU 90.
RSVP on Facebook HERE

7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Beer Dinner
Heaven on Seven Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
The dinner features seven courses paired and prepared with eight craft beers. We always enjoy partnering with Two Brothers for these dinners, they always have as much fun with them as we do! Beers to be paired include Cask Conditioned Domaine DuPage, Outlaw IPA, Sidekick, Monarch Wit, Long Haul Session Ale, Off the Cuff, Northwind Stout, and Bare Tree Wheat Wine.
Two Brothers is always one of the most popular beer dinners we do, and always sells out. Be sure to make your reservations soon. We will be offering the seven course/eight beer menu for $50 plus tax and gratuity. We will offer the same menu without beer for non-drinkers for $40. Sorry, our regular menu will not be available. Click this link or call us at (630) 717-0777 to make your reservations.

Wednesday, Apr. 10

4:00 pm ♦ Duvel Art Glass Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Order a Duvel or Duvel Single and take home the latest Duvel art glass! (while supplies last).

7:00 pm ♦ Greenbush Tap Invasion at Blue Frog's Local 22
Blue Frog's Local 22, 22 E Hubbard Chicago (312) 527-1200
Greenbush Brewery will be launching a new beer and taking a part in a Tap Invasion!!! Come by and talk shop with the Greenbush staff and try some beers. All Greenbush taps will be $5.

Thursday, Apr. 11

11:00 am ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Tapping
Shoeless Joe's Ale House & Grille (O'Hare), 10290 W Higgins Road Rosemont, IL
We will be tapping a barrel of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. We open at 11 am, we have a limited amount so once it’s gone, it’s gone!

5:00 pm ♦ Moonshine 12th Anniversary Party
Moonshine Brewing Company, 1824 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 862-8686
Commemorating 12 years of serving Wicker Park with a birthday party featuring:
· A hosted bar from 8 pm to 9 pm sponsored by Miller Lite, Batch 19, and Stoli Vodka
· Moonshine hand-crafted beers for $4 from open to close
· Moonshine’s entire lineup of sandwiches for half-off!
· No Cover Charge
Table reservations or for large groups:

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Brewery Bottles and Cans
Bottles and Cans, 4109 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 857-2270
A night of Brooklyn Brewery bottles and cans.

6:00 pm ♦ Ommegang Game of Thrones Beer & Tap Takeover
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 255-0055
Burger Bar celebrates Brewery Ommegang and HBO's highly anticipated Game of Thrones Iron Throne Blonde Ale. Featuring Ommegang Gnomegang (Belgian Strong Pale Ale), Ommegang Duvel Rustica (Strong Pale Ale), Ommegang Abbey Ale (Dubbel), Ommegang Iron Throne (Belgian Pale Ale).

6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Palatine Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Join us for one of our widely popular Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Rob Hunter and the brewing staff, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Rob will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held semi-annually.

6:30 pm ♦ Binny's Michigan Beer Night
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Binny's Marcey Street wants to send you back to school...BEER SCHOOL! Featuring Michigan Beer Night with Founders, Arcadia Ales and Saugatuck. $20 minimum donation to the WGN Neediest Kids Fund.
Call to reserve your spot.

6:30 pm ♦ Pour Flavor: Waukegan's First Beer & Food Pairing Event
Water Street Gallery, 100 S. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL (847) 370-6049
Offering a sneak tasting of ZümBier, Waukegan's (soon to be) first microbrewery since the early 1900's. Special food pairings from local chefs and restaurants. We only have room for 30 guests so please RSVP if you are serious. $10 donation at the door.

8:30 pm ♦ Brew N View: Dazed & Confused
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era. Linklater highlights the generation to the bicentennial year of 1976 to celebrate the joys of beer blasts, partying and "Frampton Comes Alive!." Set on the last day of the academic year, the film follows the random activities of a sprawling group of Texas high schoolers as they celebrate the arrival of summer, their paths variously intersecting at a freshmen hazing, a local pool parlor and finally at a keg party.

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Saturday, Apr. 13

3:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival
Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL
The Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival is unique from other tasting events as it offers tastings for both fine wines and craft beers, as well as gourmet foods. Attendees can enjoy tastings from popular venues from the surrounding area, as well as dozens of other award winning statewide selections. This upscale event will provide guests a wonderful evening with great libations, culinary creations, live music and artisans from the areas best.
Admission to the festival includes wine, beer and food tastings, a commemorative wine or beer glass, and access to the event. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities, as well as vendor applications are now available on the festival website at

Beer Vendors
Argus Brewery, Baderbrau, Blarney Stone, Brewers of South Suburbia, Central Beverages, Church Street, Saint Killians Importing, The Wild Onion Brewery, Atwater Brewery, Binding USA, Flossmoor Station, Granite City, Lagunitas Brewing, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, Vito & Nicks, The Boston Beer Company, Blue Moon, Crispin Cider, Leinenkugel’s, Goose Island.

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