Archive for May 2013

Ramping up to HQ Beercade's Pinball Expansion

Ramping up to HQ Beercade's Pinball Expansion

So I didn’t get out to many events at Chicago Craft Beer Week. Working temp jobs and a family at home will do that to you. But I did get an intriguing invitation that I could squeeze in some time to check out.

Headquarters Beercade is one of those new places in town that combines two of my loves: good beer and old arcade games. I know they hold a warm places in many of your hearts, too. There’s even the long in the works Arcade Brewery whose whole design sense is wrapped around the old 8-bit aesthetic. I had not been there, nor to Headquarters’ competitor, the Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-697-7922). Until I got an invite to Headquarters expansion, with a new pinball gallery, at a soft opening Thursday, the 23rd...

Grayslake Craft Beer Festival this Saturday

Grayslake Craft Beer Festival this Saturday
North suburban Grayslake is hosting this weekend’s big beer fest. The Grayslake Craft Beer Festival is a celebration of art of brewing.  There will be over 100 brews from more than 30 different breweries, pouring Saturday June 1, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  There is also a special sold out VIP session from noon to... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 30-June 2

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 30-June 2

Update: I finally found the source of the cool Blackhawk logo above. It's a group of college students in Cleveland who are "recycling" beer packaging under the name Beer Boxing Designs. That link also includes an Etsy page with some of their work for sale!

And I totally neglected to add a listing for Saturday's Grayslake Craft Beer Festival. So catch up to the information in a new article here.


Got a ton of stuff to catch up to here. Some places I've seen, some beers I've drank, etc. But let's get into the swing by telling you about a few highlights, like beer tastings, dinners, and the big festival for this weekend:

Thursday, May. 30

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051 Goose Island Big John. 5:00 pm ♦ Duvel Art Glassware Giveaway at Monk's Pub Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665 Purchase a Duvel and Duvel Tripel Hop and take home the new Duvel art glass! While supplies last! 6:00 pm ♦ Samuel Adams Brewery Night World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399 WOB is having a Sam Adams Brewery Night with five of their delicious brews on draught and a rep. from the brewery on site to answer any questions you may have! Beers on draught: Belgian Session, 3rd Voyage, Dark Depths, Griffin's Bow, and White Water...
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Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Sunday May 26–and Monday

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Sunday May 26–and Monday
I was a day late getting this in, as I needed to watch after my sick little girl (priorities, people). So here’s the last-minute guide to the last day of CCBW, plus a little after-party. Sunday, May. 26 Find the Right Beer for your BBQ Class The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555 Tickets... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Sat. May 25

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Sat. May 25
Probably the big event for the closing weekend is today, and it’s downtown. Let’s start with that one. Saturday, May. 25 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ♦ West Loop Craft Beer Fest 130 N. Clinton St. (between Lake & Washington), Chicago The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the Chicago French Market, and the Fulton River District... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlight, Friday, May 24

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlight, Friday, May 24
Into the home stretch, and I might finally be going somewhere Thursday afternoon. So I’m just gathering everything with some local interest, or maybe has some rare beers, and letting ‘er rip! Friday, May 24 12:00 pm ♦ Double Firkin Tapping Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 Every... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Thursday, May 23

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Thursday, May 23
Yes, I am saving my energy for the mad sprint through the closing weekend events. But there’s still oh, so much to enjoy this Thursday! Thursday, May. 23 New Belgium Sour Tap Takeover Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago New Belgium is taking over our tap line-up with their famous sours.... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights for Wed., May 22

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights for Wed., May 22
Yep, running late here. Let’s just paste in and go! And you go catch some local beers and hard to find tappings. Wednesday, May. 22 Collaborative Beer Dinner with Solemn Oath and Vanberg & DeWulf The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555 Old world meets new guard as Vanberg & DeWulf and Solemn Oath... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Tue., May 21

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Tue., May 21
I’ve had to really pare down the huge list of events today, mostly to focus on local brewers or rare beers. As always, check the button up top for the full schedule. Tuesday, May. 21 Battle of the Breweries Tap Takeover and Arcade Tournament Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922 Revolution... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights: Monday, May 20

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights: Monday, May 20
Monday, May. 20 Tyanena Spotlight at World of Beer World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399 Join us for a Tyranena Spotlight. We will have 3 delicious brews on draught and a rep. from the brewery to answer any questions you may have. Beers on draught: Scurvey IPA, Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown,... Read more »