Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights & Extras: Saturday, May 18

Okay, I've cracked a 2006 bottle of Founders' Devil Dancer Triple IPA, and thus fortified, I plow into the beeriest weekend of the year, so far. For a full calendar of CCBW events and for craft beer specials at over 200 establishments, click the button up top there.

Saturday, May. 18

8:00 am ♦ 30th Annual Walk to Wrigley
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Join us at 8:00 am as we start the day with some bloody Marys at Quenchers, then pub-crawl our way our to Wrigley field for a 12:05 start-time against the Mets.
Tickets are available at, and for under$40 include a shirt, map, and ticket to the game.
This is the 30th anniversary of the WTW, with a limited number of tickets, so snag one for yourself then join us bright and early!

10:30 am - 2:30 pm ♦ Great FIRKIN Brunch
Old Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells St., Chicago (312) 477-2800
An EPIC Chicago Craft Beer Week collaboration. Old Town Pour House, Metropolitan Brewing & Two Brothers combine forces to bring you a "Great Firkin Brunch!" An event as rare as a sunny Chicago spring, as rare as a month without a parking ticket, as rare as finding a great apartment with IN-unit laundry. For this magnificent compliment to Chicago Craft Beer Week, Chef John Madden has created a menu to pair brilliantly with brews from Metropolitan Brewing and Two Brothers Brewing Company. The best firkin part? We'll have a firkin in-house that's filled with a special coffee-infused brew, using Two Brothers NEW coffee line and Metropolitan's Dynamo Copper Lager. You just can't get this anywhere else. Check the Pour House web site for a menu and pairing options.

11:00 am ♦ Local Cask Day & VIP Hour
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
In honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week we are again hosting Local Cask Day! We’ve done this event for the last 3 years & it’s become a crowd favorite. We get casks from our favorite local breweries & we line them up across the bar. You order your beer & we pour it directly from the cask. Doesn’t get any cooler than that, right? Ahh, but it does…
This year we’re starting the event early & we’re offering a special VIP hour prior to opening the bar. You buy your ticket for $20, show up at 11:00 AM on Saturday & have your pick of the freshest, just tapped kegs in the city. Featured breweries include Brickstone Brewery, Brewery Vivant, Greenbush Brewing, Half Acre, Metropolitan Brewing and more. Casks will be poured downstairs, but the rooftop will be open and guests are free to wander up & enjoy the drinks in the sunshine.
Price of admission includes 2 free pours. Casks will be pouring downstairs, but our rooftop will be open & you’ll be free to wander up & enjoy your drinks in the sunshine should you so desire.
We are limiting the VIP hour to 40 people to make sure that everyone can easily get drinks & enjoy themselves, so we suggest you buy your tickets quickly via Brown Paper Tickets. At noon we will open the doors to the public – no tickets required.

11:00 am - 3:00 am ♦ Lottie's 79th Anniversary Party
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
Lottie's Pub Invites Chicagoans to Honor Neighborhood Institution with a Day of Festivities
Lottie's Pub will celebrate its 79th anniversary on Saturday, May 18 with an all day bash featuring 79-cent draft beers, $4 Jameson and $7.90 homemade 14" pizzas. In 1934, Lottie Zagorski transformed a former grocery store into what now still stands as a local tavern in Chicago's Shakespeare District. For over thirty years, Lottie's basement served as a place of anonymity for mobsters, political figures, and anyone else seeking it. Lively parties, horse betting, strip teasing, and all-night poker extravaganzas thrived beyond the doors that quietly sat on the corner of Cortland and Winchester. Lottie became a well-known individual among city figures, acting as an intermediary for both sides of the law. In honor of the woman behind the story, Lottie's Pub celebrates its namesake with a variety of activities, illuminating the era that defined Lottie's Pub as a Chicago landmark.
No cover

12:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ First Annual River North Pub Crawl
Ted Widen, founder of, and Doug Simons, a prominent Chicago restaurant and bar broker, will host the first annual River North Craft Crawl on Saturday, May 18, in the three-block radius of River North at 10 of the area's bars and restaurants:
American Junkie (15 W. Illinois), Bull & Bear (431 N. Wells), English (444 N. La Salle Dr.), Epic (112 W. Hubbard), John Barleycorn (149 W. Kinzie), Hubbard Inn (110 W. Hubbard), Mercer 113 (113 W. Hubbard), Moe's Cantina (155 W. Kinzie), Public House (400 N. State St.), Rockit Bar & Grill (22 W. Hubbard).
Each establishment will offer two domestic craft beer options for $4-5 each, a significant discount to regular pricing. PARTICIPATING CRAFT BREWERIES INCLUDE: Allagash, Bell's, Capital, Founders, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Half Acre, Lagunitas, Milwaukee Brewing Co., Metro, Two Brothers, Three Floyds and Summit.
Each participant's ticket will include a lanyard, event map with all venues and the beers they will be serving, and a "Passport Challenge" form. Patrons who receive stamps at all bars on the Craft Crawl will be entered in a drawing to win a Celebrity Cruise for two, $500 or $250 in cash prizes.
COST: $25. Tickets are on sale at

1:00 pm ♦ Chicago Beer Geek Tap Takeover; Deception Release Party
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 666-6775
Beer!….DJs!…Burlesque Dancers…. and the debut of the Chicago Beer Geeks/Wild Onion Collaboration beer “DECEPTION.” The entire Chicago Beer Geeks Crew will be in attendance pouring all our favorite beers on every draft.
Featuring Deception – The CBG/Wild Onion Collaboration Beer.
Also Rare and Limited Releases from Revolution, Three Floyds, Goose Island and others.
Burlesque performances by Shotglass Sally & Cyn Cat. Music provided by DJ Eternal (CBG Dan). Also to capture all the excitement we will have “Rockin Ray” photographing everything. Bring your friends and come out to what is sure to be one of the highlights of Chicago Craft Beer Week
Tickets at

2:00 pm ♦ Tighthead Brewmaster Dinner
Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, 5739 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago (773) 561-7433
Brewmaster Dinner with special guest Bruce Dir, Owner and Master Brewer of Tighthead Brewing. Dinner starts at 2PM. Vegetarian options available with advanced notice. Check Fireside's web link above for menu options.

2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ 4th Annual Crown Beer Fest
Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point, IN
Crown Brewing is hosting the 4th Annual Crown Beer Fest, in Celebration of American Craft Beer Week at the Lake County Fairgrounds (Inside the Industrial Building)!
This year more breweries will be attending and returning breweries are bringing more beer!
Tickets are limited, so buy them today! For Questions or Ticket Information email us at: Part of the proceeds benefit The Arc NWI.
General Admission: Gates Open 2 pm to 6 pm. VIP Guest: Gates Open 1 pm to 6 pm
General Admission - $35, V.I.P. - $59 (Limited Quantity). Designated Drivers, Only $5 at the gate.
With Over 30 Different Breweries and Over 120 Different Beers, this promises to be the best year yet! Many of the beers served at Crown Beer Fest are not available at liquor stores!
Crown Beer Fest Collectible Growler (Version 9) will be available while supplies last!
Here is a list of the Brewers that will attend this years Crown Beer Fest:

4:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island 25th Anniversary Tasting
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Please join us at Binny's at Marcey for a special tasting during Chicago Craft Beer Week. Greg Hall, Brett Porter, and Nick Barron will be on hand pouring Goose Island's Sofie Paradisi and Baudoinia. We'll also be giving away 10 tickets to the 25th Anniversary Block Party on 5/19!

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Pig Minds 1st Anniversary Party
Pig Minds Brewing Co., 4080 Steele Dr., Machesney Park, IL (779) 423-2147
All of us at Pig Minds Brewing Co. would like to thank everyone for your love and support during our first year. The last twelve months have been very exciting and rewarding. During our first year we had the pleasure to share 32 different brews with many great people who we now consider our friends. We hope that you can join us in celebrating our one year anniversary on Saturday, May 18. We have planned some great beers, live music and a few other surprises to say thanks for your support.

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Over the Influence: The Art of Beer at Co-Prosperity Sphere
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St., Chicago
Mash Tun Journal and Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar have teamed up with Chef Won Kim of Brew Ha Ha to bring you another counter-cultural visual and brewery arts exhibition and happening. This edition, called Over The Influence: The Art of Beer, takes place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere during Chicago Craft Beer Week.
Join us for an evening of imbibery and art. Enjoy work from artists and designers inspired by the aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. Complementary beverages by Half Acre Beer Co., Solemn Oath Brewery, Spiteful Brewing, Journeyman Distillery, Maria’s Ginger Beer and outsider brewers. Flesh for Food will be vending vittles.
Admission is $30 and is by rsvp only. You must be 21 yrs and older to attend. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, a non profit grassroots arts organization based in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future.
Over The Influence: The Art of Beer includes work by:
Catie Olson, Phineas Jones, Rebekka Erin Moran, Eric Olson, CHAOS Brew Club, Jeriah Hildwine, Michael Kiser, Scott Holterhaus, Scott Shellhammer, Nathan West, Uriel Correa, Jose Alejandro Rodriguez, Joey Potts, Anne Heisler, Shawnimals, Ruben Aguirre, Solo rm, Czr prz, Vyto, Max Bare, Erik Brown, + others

5:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Art WAUK: Join the ZümBier Posse
Green Town Tavern, 110 S. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL
Visit the Arts and entertainment district with the ZümBier crew. There are many art exhibits and galleries to see. We will gather at Green Town Tavern (dinner and beer highly suggested)
We'll provide you with a map and a special itinerary for your viewing pleasure. Remember when you roll with the ZümBier posse 'We don't need no STEENKEENG badges.'

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Brothers & Sisters! Two Bros + Metropolitan
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
The women and men of Two Brothers and Metropolitan Brewing team up for an afternoon CCBW party, southside-style. Metropolitan's Arc Welder Dunkel Rye, Iron Works Altbier and Two Brothers' 16th Anniversary will all be on tap. Meet the team that brings you these fantastic beers!

6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us for our Goose Island Spotlight. We will have 3 delicious brews on draught and a rep. from the brewery on site to answer any questions you may have.
Beers on draught: Casimir, Sofie & Sofie Variant

6:00 pm ♦ Perennial Tasting & Meet & Greet
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Come meet Perennial Artisan Ales brewer, Andy Hille! Andy will be here from 6pm – 8pm to help us celebrate Craft Beer Week. Of course he brought beer for everyone and there will be ample sampling in our store. After Andy tickles your taste buds with delicious Perennial beer come on over to the taproom and enjoy some Perennial on draft. We’ll be pouring Saison De Lis – a Belgian style Saison made with Chamomile flowers. We will also be pouring one from the Perennial cellar, 17 – a mint chocolate stout. Don’t miss out on this rare and exciting opportunity to try such fantastic craft beer brought to you personally by the brewer himself, Andy Hille!

9:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Prom/Two Brothers Tap Takeover
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Go to prom all over again, but this time with much better beer! Join us for an unforgettable night of Two Brothers beers, dancing to 80's tunes, sparkles, balloons, Polaroids, and so much more! Admission is free!

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