Beeronaut is Back: Pre CCBW Calendar, May 13-15

Beeronaut is Back: Pre CCBW Calendar, May 13-15

Yes, I finally finished my long overdue Ruby on Rails assignment for my class from last fall. I could have celebrated by going to American Beer Classic Saturday, but I need to work on that "moderation" thingie. But if anyone who attended wants to comment below, welcome!

Instead, I had an invite from fellow ChicagoNow blogger and CN trivia teammate Exavier Pope to the opening of his new law office, which he shares with his lovely wife's art gallery at the Lacuna Artist Loft Studios on Canalport at Cermak. I got to feel so urbane; visiting another cool converted loft space (the former Chicago Macaroni Co., no less), talking to models and a WGCI DJ, advising a few other guests on craft beer… And three floors down was another gallery event with the guys from Powell Brew House sampling more of their high-grade homebrew.

This week happens to be American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19), but that has been superceded by the bigger Chicago Craft Beer Week, starting May 16. I really have no hope of covering the whole magilla here, when you can just click the line a line or two above and even download an app for yourself. But I will try to highlight some of the more interesting events: those featuring local brewers, anything involving Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and events I find that are not on the CCBW schedule.

Here we have some pre-CCBW events. If nothing else, these may not be as crowded as what's going on this weekend:

Monday, May. 13

Oskar Blues Pint Night
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago! Buy any pint of Oskar Blues, our Brewery of the Month, and keep the glass at Pint Night!

7:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ La Source Film Viewing at Revolution Brewing
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Revolution Brewing and Generosity Water are teaming up to present a viewing of La Source, a documentary about one man's mission to provide clean drinking water for the people of Haiti following 2010's devastating earthquake. Narrated by Don Cheadle and directed by Patrick Chen, the film follows Josue Lajuenesse, a Haitian Princeton janitor who did whatever it took to ignite the passion of people thousands of miles away to change the lives of those in the village of La Source forever. Generosity Water has been instrumental in raising funds and bringing together partners on the ground to implement the water project featured in the film. VIP and general admission tickets can be purchased here. Admission includes Revolution appetizers, house beers, and of course, a viewing of the film.

Tuesday, May. 14

4:00 pm ♦ Special Tuesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Special Tuesday Tapping - Meet Stone Brewing's Lead Brewer + The Guys from ALEMAN!

5:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ Clown Shoes/Brash Tap Takeover
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Beers from Clown Shoes and Brash Brewery of Ipswitch, MA.

6:00 - 7:30 pm ♦ Burger & Brews Reception
Poag Mahone’s, 333 S Wells, Chicago (312) 566-9100
Poag Mahone’s brings two American classics together at the first annual Burger and Brews Reception honoring both May’s National Burger Month and American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19). Enjoy a cocktail-style reception featuring juicy burger bites created by Chef Gretchen Hollen and beer samplings from Founders Brewery.
Guests will have the opportunity to taste 9 oz samples of some of Founders' most popular brews from the brewery’s portfolio, including All Day IPA, Red’s Rye PA, Dirty Bastard and Curmudgeon Old Ale. Every guest will receive a complimentary gift from Founders Brewery in addition to a raffle ticket for the chance to win some fantastic Founders Brewery prizes. And for all the craft beer aficionados, Poag Mahone’s will be raffling three separate four packs of the limited imperial stout, Founders Brewery KBS. The event, including mini burgers and beer sampling, is priced at $30 per person, including tax and gratuity.

6:00 pm ♦ Chicago Craft Beer Week Kickoff at State and Lake
State and Lake Chicago Restaurant @ the Wit Hotel, 201 N State St, Chicago (312) 239-9400
Kick off Chicago Craft Beer Week with us at State and Lake! We'll have limited edition Goose Island beer and food pairings along with a special on Matilda. Tickets are $25 here.
Draft List: 25th Anniversary Ale, Sofie Paradisi, Willow Street Wit, and Dark Traveler

6:00 pm ♦ Local 737 Meeting
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Fight for your right to drink better beer. Join us for our monthly tapping for Local 737 union members, which will also be a release Party for Buckledown Brewing of Lyons! We brewed their 'Belt & Suspenders' American IPA and 'Fiddlesticks' Belgian IPA! Be the first to try beers from Buckledown, meet the brewers and owners and make all of your friends jealous. You'll be glad you did.

6:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Hops for Humboldt
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Join Girls in the Game’s Advisory Board in Revolution's second floor Brewers' Lounge for their First Annual Beer Tasting. Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls. Tickets are $40, and all funds raised will support programming in Humboldt Park.

Wednesday, May. 15

Revolution Tap Overthrow at Grape & Grain
Grape & Grain Co., 18031 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL (708) 991-7341
Revolution Brewing will be pouring Rosa Hibiscus Ale, Crystal Hero, Coup d'Etat, and Very Mad Cow and bringing along some swag to raffle off.

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout and Heaven Hill Bourbon sampling.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Duke's Beer Dinner with Deschutes Brewery
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen, 110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, IL (815) 356-9980
Cost: $40 per guest $35 for Durty Duke's Members (One Membership Card per Ticket) through Eventbrite.
Join us as we welcome Deschutes Brewery to the Illinois market with a fantastic Beer Dinner featuring Duke's sustainable cuisine paired with their exquisite ales.
Menu Items: Duck Confit Tamales, Pasture-Raised Pork Pozole, Cobia Escabeche, Caramel Flan con Black Butte Porter
Beers: Chainbreaker White IPA, Black Butte Porter, Inversion ipa, Twilight, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and a very rare Deschutes Beer TBA.

Like I said, come back for some highlights on the CCBW opening day on May 16!

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