Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Sat. May 25

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Sat. May 25
I made the opening of HQ Beercade's new Pinball expansion Thursday, as close as I'm likely getting to a CCBW event. But with Brewery Vivant cans, so I'm good!

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 Association have come together to host our inaugural celebration to close out Chicago Craft Beer Week 2013. The city’s largest craft beer outdoor block party will commence with a VIP event at 12:00pm, and General Admission from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The VIP includes one hour of free food provided by participating Chicago French Market vendors, and VIP ticket samplings of rare craft beers. Our General Admission experience will include craft beer, hours of entertainment and food for purchase. The West Loop has never hosted such a unique event, and we invite all neighborhoods to come down on May 25th to celebrate the craft beer experience with friends and family!

Tickets on Sale now (still available as of Thursday the 23rd) at Brown Paper Tickets.

Breweries invited to participate include:

Chicago French Market Participants include:

  • Beavers Coffee & Donuts
  • Fumare Meats
  • Lillie’s Q
  • Ovie Bar & Grill
  • Saigon Sisters

12:00 - 3:00 pm ♦ Lager Jam #3
Mahoney's Pub & Grille, 551 N. Ogden, Chicago 312-733-2121
From the people who present the legendary, sellout event “WingFest” in Chicago, Mahoney’s Pub & Grille will be the home of the “LagerJam,” in conjunction with Chicago Craft Beer Week.
Don't let the name fool you, LagerJam is a celebration of ALL STYLES of craft brew.
LagerJam will provide patrons, 21 and over, samples of a variety of craft beers paired with bite-sized samples of complementing sausages and other tasty treats.
A limited amount of tickets will be sold for this event, and tickets may be purchased online at Ticketweb, keyword LAGER JAM. Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event, if available. The event will take place rain or shine, and Mahoney’s ample outdoor patio will be open as well as their airy cantina and spacious indoor bar, too.

11:00 am - 2:00 am ♦ Goose Island Invasion
Michael Diversey`s, 670 W. Diversey, Chicago 773-327-7040
Join us for a Goose Invasion:
$4 Green Line American Pale Ale
Special guest appearance: Bourbon County Stout (while supply lasts)
Surprise guest tap handle Sofie Paradisi: If beer and a grapefruit fell in love. Aged in wine barrels with a bright citrus nose and a distinctly tart finish along with the slight bittersweet characteristics common to grapefruit.

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Emmett's Brewing Co. Beer Tasting
Gene's Sausage Shop - Lincoln Square, 4750 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 777-6322
Come sample Emmett's flagship and seasonal beers: Victory Pale Ale, McCarthy Red Ale, 1871 Pre-Prohibition Lager and Robust Porter. Enjoy's Gene's rooftop beirgarten, weather permitting.

12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beerfly Alleyfight
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Drink! Eat! Watch! The Beerfly Alleyfight is THE homebrew, food and art competition. 10 homebrewers will brew the same style of beer and create a dish that pairs with their beer. They will then be assigned a local artist who will create a short piece based on the beer and food pairing. These artists can range from filmmakers, musicians and actors. So everyone who comes to the Alleyfight gets to taste the beer, sample the food, watch the performances then vote for their favorites! It's awesome! $35 online through Brown Paper Tickets, $40 at the door!

12:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Stout Tapping
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Night Stalker, Goose Island 25th Anniversary Ale, Big John. All four of these great beers will be tapped at noon! Very limited, they wont last long.

2:00 pm ♦ Three Floyds Matinee
Rocking Horse, 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 486-0011
This is day drinking, not a movie showing. $4 pints of 3 Floyds' Pride and Joy, we'll also be tapping up the Charro, Evil Power, Dreadnaught, Zombie Dust and maybe something else if we can find it.

3:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Ale Syndicate Meet and Drink
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
We're excited to be hosting Ale Syndicate for a meet & drink during Chicago Craft Beer Week!
Come drink with Ale Syndicate team! They believe in strong flavors, pure ingredients, and the power of coming together around something we all love. Beer.
We'll tap their Municipal IPA and Sunday Session, which is a light, hoppy 4.8% ABV session ale.

3:00 pm - 3:00 am ♦ Perennial's Perfect Pupils
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
A tap takeover to which you will not want to be tardy. Perennial shows off its report card with excellent marks. 10 beers with "A" ratings strut their stuff. Saison de Lis (Belgian Saison(, Hommel Bier (Belgian Pale), IPA #6 (Black IPA). Plan B (Belgian Strong Ale with Black Currants; collaboration with Half Acre), Black Walnut (Dunkelweisse with Missouri Black Walnuts), Vermillion (English Barleywine), Heart of Gold (GABF Silver winning Wheat Wine), 17 (Mint Chocolate Stout), Fantastic Voyage (Milk Stout with Coconut), and Abraxas (Mexican Chocolate Stout).

3:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ BBQ & Brews with Lake Efffect Brewery
Rabbit's Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster Ave., Chicago 773-736-5766
Celebrate the coming of summer by drinking some great local beer and enjoying some delectable food grilled on the Rabbit's patio BBQ. The Lake Effect Crew will bring some of its summer beers to be enjoyed on this Memorial Day Weekend. Later in the afternoon is when this BBQ will start so we can soak up some rays while being serenaded by good music as we quench our thirsts and appetites.

5:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Firkin Friday with Two Brothers
Heaven on Seven - Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
We'll be tapping a pin of cask conditioned Two Brothers Domaine DuPage infused with Two Brothers House Blend Coffee beans! They've done this for us once before and it was delicious! We'll be tapping at 5pm and it won't last long!

5:00 pm ♦ Two Hearted Three Way
The Beer Bistro,1061 W. Madison, Chicago & The Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago
The Beer Bistro and The Beer Bistro North will be hosting Bell's Brewery. We will have Bell's Two Hearted available in three different formats: Draft, Bottle, and Firkin. Here is YOUR chance to see the subtle differences in the exact same beer and how/why the serving styles affect the brew.

6:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us for our New Belgium 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: Rampant, Rolle Bolle & Lips of Faith Heavenly Tripel

6:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Draft Feature
High Dive, 1938 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (773) 235-3483
Six New Belgium drafts will be featured this evening, as well as a "Meet the Brewer" visit from some of our friends from Colorado.

7:00 pm - 1:00 am ♦ Dogfish Head 120 Minute and Randall Power
Bigby's Pour House,1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
We will have on tap Dogfish Head's 120 Min, 61 Min, and 60 Min with Randall the Enamel Animal (What's in the Randall is tbd).

7:00 pm ♦ One Trick Pony: Blue Island beer release
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
One Trick Pony in Lansing, IL is making some of the best beers around. Tonight they bring back beer history and offer a new beer brewed just for us!
Blue Island has been brewing beer since the 1850s, when you could find four breweries in town. One Trick Pony Brewmaster Mark Kocol researched the pre-prohibition styles popularized by Blue Island breweries such as Busch & Brand and offers his take on a classic Blue Island brew!

8:00 pm ♦ Firkin Face-Off: Solemn Oath vs. Lagunitas
Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe, Chicago (773) 248-9523
Two Firkins will be tapped: Solemn Oath's Kidnapped By Vikings IPA (Dry Hopped with Cascade Hops) & Lagunitas Sucks Imperial IPA (Dry Hopped with HBC 366). Featured beers will be available for $4 each.

8:00 pm ♦ Sweet Home Chicago!
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Pipeworks, Spiteful, Begyle, 18th Street. Homebrewing is how the craft brewing movement started and these chaps cut their teeth hunched over boiling kettles in their own kitchens. Small but mighty, these brewers tread the razor's edge of professional nano-brewing and homebrewing, which is not to say that the beers which they produce are not absolutely awe-inspiring. On the other side of the razor, our homebrewing friends, Distortion Brewing, will be pouring some of their latest. Some of the best beer in the nation is produced by these poets of liquid and The Green Lady is honored to have them all under one roof, with a plethora of unbelievably tasty offerings to accompany their smiling faces. Celebrating the previous year’s achievements and looking forward to the bright futures of Chicago’s most promising artisanal craftsmen of beer, this event epitomizes the growing beer community in The City of Big Shoulders. This is sure to be one of the most exciting events of the year. Come get inspired!

2:00 am (Sunday morning) ♦ Solemn Oath Late Night Release
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Folks, you are gonna want to stay up late on Saturday May 25th for this special late night tapping of Solemn Oath at Brixies.

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