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 Brewing and Half Acre Beer Company will be hosting a "Battle of the Breweries" tap takeover and bracketed arcade tournament at Emporium Arcade Bar. The tournament will begin on Tuesday, 5/21 at 5pm and will conclude with the championship rounds on Wednesday, 5/22. There will be prizes and awards supplied by each of the participating breweries, so you won't want to miss this! The list of participating breweries is indeed epic and includes the likes of Solemn Oath, Haymarket, Metropolitan, Begyle, Spiteful, and Three Floyds, as well as Rev and Half Acre.
Each brewery will recruit a team of twelve competitors, each proficient in one of the following games: Asteroids, Burger Time, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Galaga, Ms. Pacman, Pacman, Paperboy, Q Bert, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., and Tapper (duh).

12:00 pm ♦ Founders Special Release
Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W Chicago Ave., Chicago (773) 645-4949
On Tuesday May 21st, Roots will be releasing Founders Doom. Available in 750 ml bottles and on draft, Doom is an imperial IPA aged in bourbon barrels for four months. From Founders we also have Frangelic Mountain in 750 ml bottles and Kentucky Breakfast Stout on draft.

3:00 pm - 4:00 am ♦ Chicago Craft Appreciation Night
Christina's Place, 3759 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago
Come help us celebrate our roll out of Revolution Brewing's Rosa Hibiscus Ale. Rosa is a tart summer ale infused with 12 lbs of Hibiscus flowers and a touch of orange peel... delicious. Enjoy discounts on other local craft products and our other already shockingly low prices.

4:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Cherry Stout Tapping
Flo and Santos, 1310 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
Tapping Goose Island's Bourbon County Cherry Stout.

5:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ $11 Craft Beer Flights
Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, Chicago (773) 665-5660
It's BYOF (build your own flight) Tuesday at everyone's favorite beercade! Headquarters will be pouring hefty samples of 5 you-pick brews for only $11. With 16 craft-drafts to choose from, why commit to just one?!

5:00 pm ♦ 21 Beer Salute
Nevins Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte 59, Plainfield, IL (630) 428-4242
Join us as we take over all 20 of our tap handles plus a firkin on the bar. We will have a variety of beers to sample with ingredients ranging from oak to curry and cherries to ginger.

5:00 pm ♦ Revolution Brewery Tap Overthrow
Hackey's Printers Row, 733 S. Dearborn St., Chicago
So many fists. So many awesomely inappropriate and immature jokes to be made. So many delicious Revolution brews to drink. Don't miss it! No tickets or reservations. Come drink: Fistcal Cliff - An IPA brewed in collaboration with Half Acre, Three Floyds, and Bluejacket for 2013 Craft Brewers Conference; Gravedigger Billy - Barrel-aged Scotch Ale; Bean Gene - Bourbon barrel aged Eugene Porter steeped with Dark Matter Coffee beans; Mother of Exiles - Pilsner, Cross of Gold, Anti-Hero, Galaxy-Hero, Crystal-Hero, A Little Crazy, Double Fist, Eugene, Coup d'Etat. FEATURED $4 CCBW BREW Bottom Up Wit. Beers are subject to change. More may be added!

5:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Food & Finch's Craft Beer Pairing
Pl-zen, 1519 W. 18th St., Chicago
$30 per person. Four courses paired with Finch beers. Finch’s Beer Educational Presentations at 7pm and 9pm. Reservation strongly suggested. Email to make yours today.

5:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Tap Takeover
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Join us as we celebrate Craft Beer Week with the long awaited Goose Island Bourbon County Tap Takeover! We will be featuring 6 Bourbon County Stouts on tap, including the highly acclaimed and sought after Bourbon County Cherry Rye! Tickets for Cherry Rye will be issued to the first 60 people in line. All other draughts are first come, first served. Doors open at 5 pm.
Beer List: Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Baudoinia, Coffee Bourbon County Stout, Cherry Rye Bourbon County Stout, Night Stalker & Big John.
Tickets for Cherry Rye will be handed out to the first 60 people in line, entitling them to purchase one 9oz. pour of Cherry Rye for $10. All other beers are first come, first served. $4 pints of Three Floyds Zombie Dust (for good measure)

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Chicago Nano Brewers Meet & Greet
Binny's South Loop,
132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Beers will be on tap and brewers will be on hand from three of Chicago's smallest yet fastest growing breweries: Pipeworks, Spiteful, and 18th Street. Come grab a pint and talk beer with brewers, the Binny's beer team, and fellow beer geeks.

6:00 pm ♦ Beer & Cheese with 5 Rabbit
Bakersfield Restaurant,
220 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 568-3615
Come meet the brewers and drink the beer of Chicago's cutting edge Latin brewer 5 Rabbit. Four beers paired perfectly with four cheeses.

6:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Sixpoint 3Beans Tapping
World of Beer Evanston,
1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL
We'll be tapping the final keg of Sixpoint 3beans available in the Chicagoland area. This beautiful beer is a Baltic porter that has chocolate, coffee, and romano beans. We're going to have other specialty beers on draft, and the Crisp available for $4. Live entertainment.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Deschutes/Great Lakes Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter Release Celebration
The Grafton Pub,
4530 N Lincoln Ave Chicago (773) 271-9000
Join us for a release celebration of our newest Class of '88 Collaboration beer with Great Lakes Brewing Company. The Imperial Smoked Porter is high in ABV, high in smokey flavors, and is a tasty treat for the malty craft beer fan out there in Chicagoland. We know there are lots of events during Chicago Craft Beer Week but you don't want to miss this release as this delicious beer. It is in limited supply and will be gone before you know it. Cheers to craft beers and collaborations!
This beer will be popping up throughout CCBW:
Wed, May 22, 6 - 9 pm
Skylark, 2149 S Halsted St., Chicago (312) 948-5275
Thu, May 23, 4 - 6:30 pm
Monk's Pub, 205 W Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Thu, May 23, 7 - 7:30 pm
Beer Bistro - West Loop, 1061 W Madison St., Chicago (312) 433-0013

6:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Tighthead Brewing Company Event
The Village Tap,
2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago (877) 410-7148
Meet owner/brewer Bruce Dir and enjoy the following beers from Tighthead Brewing: Irie IPA - Firkin - Tapping will take place at 6PM. Barrel Aged Old Kaya Dog Barleywine – An American Barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels. Chilly Waters – A Wheat based Pale Ale brewed with a trio of newcomer hops, Zythos, Motueka and Nelson Sauvains that provide an aroma and flavor of mango, tangerine and other soft citrus fruit. Scarlet Fire Red Ale - American style Red Ale. Miabock - A refreshing malty beer with a crisp finish.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Chicago Cider House
Farmhouse Tavern, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 312-280-4960
Chicago's first pop up cider house, featuring Vander Mill and Virtue. Meet the cider makers and learn about cider. 8 handles of cider and some featured bottles as well.

6:00 pm ♦ Order of the Black Phoenix Tap Takeover!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Join us as we feature beers from several ex-Rock Bottom brewers, who have all gone on to open their own successful breweries! Confirmed brews from Solemn Oath, Oskar Blues, Sun King, Gigantic Brewing, Three Floyds, Haymarket (obviously), and more!

6:00 pm ♦ Cross the Lake Classic
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
We’re dedicating 12 taps to a showdown with local favorites Solemn Oath representing the West Side and Greenbush Brewing from the East Side of the Lake. Which side is the best side? You decide.
GREENBUSH: Broken Promises, Distorter, Yankee Sipper, Doomslayer, Journeyman, Barrel-aged Mr. Hyde, Barrel-aged VanderBush
SOLEMN OATH: Mr. Inappropriate, Manasika Masala, Ticklefight, E-Ville, Famine, Radth

6:30 pm ♦ Battle of the Beer Enthusiasts at Wildfire
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
You be the judge as our Resident Beer Experts, Tony Parisi from Wildfire Glenview & Phil Stubstad from Wildfire Schaumburg, go head to head to pair a custom four course menu with a variety of craft brews. Each guest will score which pairing they prefer for each course, and in the end, one Wildfire Beer Expert will reign supreme! The evening begins with registration at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m., and is priced at $50 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at 773-398-6960. $50 plus tax

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Howells & Hood 5 Rabbit Beer Pairing
Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 262-5310
Randy Mosher, a nationally-recognized author and expert in the field of beer and brewing, will be onsite to give you some insight into 5 Rabbit and the craft beer world. Can you think of a more perfect event for Chicago Craft Beer Week?
TICKETS ON SALE HERE. Limited availability. $70 per person includes tax & gratuity.

7:00 pm ♦ South of 80 2.0
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
The nationally recognized craft beer website and Chicago beer destination The Green Lady are excited to announce the followup to last year’s successful “South of 80” beer event, affectionately called “South of 80 2.0.”
Representatives from five breweries are expected to be on hand to show off their creations, many of which have never been available in Chicago before – some of which have never even been north of I-80, the demarcation line that has come to “define” Northern Illinois from all points south. All beers will be available in flights and full pours.
SCHEDULED TO APPEAR: Destihl (Bloomington, IL), Rolling Meadows Brewery (Cantrall, IL), Scratch Brewing (Ava, IL), Six Row Brewing Company (St. Louis, MO), Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (St. Louis, MO).
Full taplist with tasting notes can be viewed here.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ The Crowning of the Champion (of Beer Nerds)
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
All of us beer fanatics like to think of ourselves as veritable fountains of knowledge. We're going to put you to the test, and crown a champion of beer trivia. Verbal questions will narrow down the field, followed by a blind tasting for the finalists. We'll have Atlas gear and other prizes for those who come out on top!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Meet the Ale Syndicate Team
Paramount Room, 415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (312) 829-6300
Drop by our lower-level lounge and meet the guys from Ale Syndicate (Chicago). Featured will be their Municipal IPA and their Sunday Session Hopped Up Ale. Beers available upstairs and down.

7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Archive Tapping: Victor's AltBier
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, IL (708) 535-4800
Come join Two Brothers Brewery for a tapping of their Archive Beer Victor's AltBier. Enjoy Keep the Glass on Altbier & $4 Pints on other Two Brothers Beers on Tap. (Keep the glass limited supply). Flight of beer specials and Food specials all night.

7:00 pm ♦ Hopleaf Beer School—Chicago Beers
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Learn about the history of beer in Chicago and where it is today, while sampling some of the city's finest local brews
(Tickets online at brownpapertickets.)

7:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Fowl Transients, Traditional Lambics & American Wilds at The Beer Temple
The Beer Temple, 3185 N. Elston Ave., Chicago (312) 772-3373
The Beer Temple is excited to host Chicago's foremost yeast wranglers and barrel-aging experts, Tom Korder and John Laffler as they dissect the ever-changing world of sours. Here are some things to expect:

  • Taste NEW sour beers from both Penrose and Off-Color Brewing
  • A Discussion of the history of Belgian sours and sour blending vs. their American counterparts with prominent examples of the style
  • LIVE interactive blending seminar overseen by award-winning blenders, Tom Korder and John Laffler
  • Become an active partner in the development of a special sour ale for next year's Chicago Craft Beer Week!

Experience the evolving world of fruit, funk, and acid with historical inference, blatant criticism, and of course, a fair amount of beer drinking should be expected.
Only 30 tickets available, $35 each, on sale at The Beer Temple. Limit two tickets per person.

8:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Flossmoor Station Tapping at Merkle's
Merkle's Bar & Grill, 3516 N. Clark Street Chicago
Stop in to meet Flossmoor Station staff and sample several offerings from this local Brewery.

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