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.

11:00 am ♦ High Gravity Tap Takeover
Nevins Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte 59, Plainfield, IL (630) 428-4242
We will put on 10 hearty beers from the likes of Allagash, Goose Island, Lakefront, Flying Dog, Brewery Vivant and others as well as a couple of our own. Taps will start flowing when we open. Stay tuned for information about beers being released

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Founders Doom

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Big Sky Brewmaster Meet & Greet
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Big Sky brewmaster Matt Long will be on hand, tapping perhaps both his finest and rarest accomplishment: Ivan the Terrible. This bourbon barrel aged behemoth of a beer is aged in Binny's own hand picked barrels, and is without a doubt one of the premier barrel aged Imperial Stouts that will ever hit your lips.

6:00 - 11:30 pm ♦ Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Local Brewery Tap Takeover
The Grafton Pub and Grill, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 271-9000
Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Breweries such as Metropolitan, Half Acre & Begyle will be taking over our draught lines with some of their year round favorites and new specialties.

6:00 pm ♦ Founders Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us for our Founders Spotlight!! We will have several delicious brews on draught for you to enjoy! Hand of Doom, Oatmeal Stout, and Curmudgeon

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ CCBW Medieval Night with Sixpoint Gruitbeer
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
BOB & Sixpoint Brewery are proud to offer a special tapping of the Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #13: Gruitbeer. This ancient, medieval-era ale has been resurrected and perfected by Sixpoint's Mad Scientists in Brooklyn. In keeping with the Medieval theme of this lost style beer, there will be a screen of Monty Python and the Holy Grail for viewing pleasure. For eating pleasure, enjoy a huge smoked turkey leg prepared by Sir Johnny Van of Ye Olde Johnny Van Smokehouse. For more information, visit the Facebook page. Extra points if you dress up in armor. Or with a sword.

6:30 - 10:00 pm ♦ Beyond the Brew: Home to Prod
Jak's Tap, 901 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago
Making the Transition from Home to Production Scale Brewing
Presented by BeerFX, Beyond The Brew is a panel/discussion featuring the best in American Craft Beer. Similar to SXSW or TED, these are informative talks that leave you with a new understanding of what craft beer is and the personalities behind it. What sets this event apart is that it is coupled with interactive, craft beer tasting. But not just any tasting, each sample is hand selected by the featured speaker of the night, so that every 10-20 minutes, we will pause for that particular brewer (or distiller) to share that beer with the audience and speak on why it is special. Beyond The Brew is not just an informative panel or a tap takeover, Beyond The Brew is an interactive, entertaining, informative beer gathering that you will never forget.
This ticket price ($40 at Eventbrite) includes the discussion, four 4oz. beer samples (chosen by the 4 speakers), and 1 5oz. commemorative taster glass.

Brewers (and their beers):
Randy Mosher: 5 Rabbit, Author of Radical Brewing; Huitzi
Jason Klein: Spiteful, GFY Stout & TBD
Nick Barron: Goose Island, Previously of Flossmoor Station; Flanders Red & Cherry Vanilla Porter
Yuseff Cherney: Ballast Point; Sculpin & Victory at Sea

6:30pm - Doors Open (Cash Bar)
7:00pm - Panel Begins
8:00pm - Q&A
8:30pm - Meet & Greet
9:30pm - Last Call

6:30 pm ♦ Celebrating Real Women of Craft Beer
Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St., Chicago
Join us for an evening celebrating Chicago's Women of Craft Beer. The ladies behind some of your favorite breweries will be in attendance including Goose Island, Two Brothers, Rock Bottom, Lagunitas, Metropolitan, Greenbush, 4 Paws Brewery and more!
We will be screening the documentary "The Love of Beer", which focuses on the rise of women in the beer industry.
There will be special tappings throughout the night - more announcements to come!
In addition $1 per pint will be donated to the Chicago Chapter of "Dress For Success" a charity that promotes economic independence by providing professional clothing and resources to disadvantaged women.
This is event is open to the public, no ticket required. Come out and support the Midwest's best! This event is brought to you by Hail To The Ale. For further information or interviews please contact Kim Leshinski

7:00 pm ♦ Beer Dinner with Solemn Oath Brewery
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join us & Solemn Oath Brewery for a delicious Chicago Craft Beer Week Dinner.
Chef Cleetus has created an amazing menu, which he will explain to you course by course, and one of the brewers from Solemn Oath will be with us to discuss what makes their beers so special.
Dinner starts at 7:00 & tickets are $73.62 a piece (that’s right). This is going to be a terrific night so secure your seat today by going to Brown Paper Tickets.
A 5 course menu will be paired with Solemn Oath's Whisper Kisses, Mr. Inappropriate, Kidnapped by Vikings, Chub Guts, E-Ville and Oxford Comma.

8:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Brewery Burlesque
Finch's Beer Company, 4565 N. Elston, Chicago
Join us for some Brewery Burlesque! Come tour the brewery, meet the brewers, and more before the show!
We'll be hosting the burlesque troop VAUDEZILLA from 9-10 p.m. and have live music from the local band Knyfs for the after party until midnight. There will be a variety of Finch's beers being tapped all night, including some awesome limited release beers. Tickets are $30 for the whole night and available at the Finch's Beer store. This will be a downright awesome event for Chicago Craft Beer Week! We can't wait to see you there!

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