Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 5-7

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 5-7
Not a lot of time to get this done, so forgive any omissions and spelling errors, please:

Friday, Apr. 5

New Planet Sponsors Spring Flours
Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago (312) 464-1000
The University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Center's (click this link for details) Annual Benefit. New Planet is the official sponsor of University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center's Spring Flours Annual Benefit.
Featuring Chicago's Top Chef's and Bakers, Live & Silent Auction, Gluten-Free Tasting Stations and raffle prizes.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Brewery Ommegang Tap Takeover Featuring Iron Throne
Green Door Tavern, 678 N. Orleans St., Chicago (312) 664-5496
Celebrate Brewery Ommegang and HBO's highly anticipated Game of Thrones Iron Throne Blonde Ale.

6:00 pm ♦ Heaven and Hell Release at Bigby's Pour House
Bigby's Pour House,1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
We will be tapping for the first time ever, Heaven and Hell from Belgium's BOM Brewery.
Triporteur From Heaven: A heavily hopped beer brewed using home-baked malt. Triporteur From Heaven is the modern version of traditional hopped ale. It is a heavenly beer brewed with home-baked BOM malt. The wheat malt in the unfiltered beer can produce a light cloudiness. The taste of Heaven remains evolving in the bottle.
Triporteur From Hell : Triporteur From Hell is a dark beer brewed with hellish burned and roasted BOM malt. The beer reminds us of chocolate, caramel, recently brewed coffee and freshly baked bread. The wheat malt in the unfiltered beer can cause a slight cloudiness. The taste of Hell keeps evolving in the bottle.

8:00 pm ♦ 3 Floyds Tap Takeover featuring Sybris, Rabbid Rabbit and Killer Moon
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 666-6775
Price: $20 Ticket link. Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM. 21 & Over, valid ID required for entry.
Sybris' new EP, “Voyage of the Stag Party"--released with assistance of Floyd Global Industries--is also a classic era D&D-style adventure module. The adventure/EP release commemorates the 6th year of members of Sybris and brewers from Three Floyds gaming together. The release party at Bottom Lounge's Volcano Room will feature a Three Floyds tap takeover, performances by Sybris, Rabid Rabbit, and Killer Moon--as well as a chance for guests to sit down for some real dice rolling gameplay.

Saturday, Apr. 6

12:00 pm ♦ Gapers Block Microbrewery (& Distillery!) Crawl
Start at Metropolitan Brewing Co., 5121 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago
In the last couple of years, Chicago has become one of the centers of the craft brewing and distilling scene. We at Gapers Block thought it would be fun to put together a "microbrewery crawl" to showcase the great beers being produced in the area, taking advantage of the close proximity of so many breweries and distilleries.
The Gapers Block Microbrewery Crawl kicks off at Andersonville's great Metropolitan Brewery and travels by foot and bus to Koval Distillery, where we'll get a look at how eau de vie and whiskey are made. We'll find out what "community supported brewing" is at Begyle Brewing and how a brewery can operate in under 500 square feet from Spiteful Brewing, then finish up at Atlas Brewing Company in Lincoln Park.
For $45, participants will get samples at each stop, and get tours of some very unique and different breweries. Be a part of this unique experience -- get your tickets now (Eventbrite link)! Capacity is limited to 60 people.

12:00 - 1:00 pm ♦ Schaumburg Ram Beer School
Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 1901 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-8791
Beer 101 is for beginning beer aficionados.
Beer School Curriculum:
Introduction to Ram History, Raw Materials used in Brewing,
Brewing Process, Brewery Tour, & Beer Tasting. Class is dismissed @ 1 pm.
Tuition for Beer 101 is $8.99 + tax, the cost of a taster curl & a 14oz RAM logo glass of your choice.
RSVP to tnelson@ theram.com to reserve your space for Beer 101.

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Lagunitas Undercover, Breckenridge Pandora's Bock & Vanilla Porter

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Chris Sarcletti's Book Publishing Party
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 807-2361
Chris Sarcletti is a Chicagoan who recently published his book, See, Live, Eat: Globetrotting with a Fork and a Conscience. It's all about travel and food, and includes an assortment of short stories from locations he has traveled throughout the country and the world.
Chris has been writing short stories about his travel adventures and dining experiences for 15 years, but this is his first book. And though Chris has lived in Amsterdam and Toronto, he currently resides right here in his hometown with his beautiful wife Ivy. Both have been longtime friends of Map Room, so we're thrilled to host a special celebration of the book's release.
Chris will be here to talk about his book, sign copies, answer questions, and share drinks and stories. Complementary food will be provided; drinks can be purchased at the bar. You need to be here!
The book is currently available for sale on Amazon and AuthorHouse, but copies can also be purchased at the event. Additional information about the book is on Chris's food and travel blog, See Live Eat.

1:30 pm ♦ New Belgium Beer Dinner at Fireside Restaurant
Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, 5739 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago (773) 561-7433
Fireside Restaurant and the Lips of Faith and New Belgium Brewery Six Course Beer Dinner. Pairings include Shift Pale Lager, Ranger IPA, Lips of Faith/Dieu de Ciel Heavenly Feijoa Tripel, Lips of Faith Rampant Imperial IPA, Lips of Faith Cascara Quad Ale, and Lips of Faith Chocolate Coffee Stout.
The cost of the dinner is $60 per person and must be purchased in advance. Vegetarian options available with advanced notice. Full menu available here.

2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Saturday Tastings
The House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago
In-store, open house tasting featuring new arrivals, seasonal specials and end-of-bin deals. Tastings, unless otherwise stated, are free of charge.

2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Join 5 Rabbit in the Rabbit Hutch
5 Rabbit Brewery, 6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, IL
Come to 5 Rabbit's brand new brewery in Bedford Park and experience the delicious beers crafted by our incredible brewing team.
Help us find the perfect cheese pairing for Huitzi, our Midwinter ale, and have a go at some hands-on experiments to find the perfect combination of fruits and spices for our new summer series, PALETAS. You might even get a sneak preview of our spring seasonal MISSIONARIO, a strong wheat beer brewed with Muscat grape juice and a hint of almonds.
TICKETS to this afternoon of tasting, snacking, music and mingling are $25 and are limited.

2:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Emmett's Brewing Co. Tasting
Bottles and Cans, 4109 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 857-2270
Join us for an Emmett's Brewing Co. sampling.

5:00  - 8:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Sidekick Tasting
Capone's Liquors, 3678 North Elston Ave., Chicago (773) 583-0240
Come meet Two Brothers new man on the street Paul Wonak and try Two Brothers newest canned offering, Sidekick Extra Pale Ale! Sidekick Extra Pale Ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion fruit hops and artfully balanced with light malt character.


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