Chicago Craft Beer Week: May 17 Highlights & Extras

Are we ready for a little beer-filled Friday? Okay. Again, these are selected highlights and any extra events I might have on my calendars. For a full sensory overload of CCBW events, click the button above.

Friday, May. 17

4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Firestone Walker Barrelworks Tapping
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us during Chicago Craft Beer Week in welcoming rarities from Firestone Walker, including their amazing Barrelworks program!
Jeffers Richardson, the BarrelMaster overseeing Firestone Walker's Barrelworks program in Buellton, California will be here to drink and talk beer.
We’ll be pouring Firestone Walker Pivo Pils, Double DBA, §ucaba, and LilOpal from the Barrelworks program! All on tap! Bottles of Union Jack and Double Jack also available!

3:00 pm ♦ Rgional Clusterf**k
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option will host "Regional Clusterf**k" the bar's primary event for Chicago Craft Beer Week. The event will feature rare and highly sought after releases from Dark Horse, Central Waters, Against The Grain, Perennial Artisan Ales, and Local Option Bierwerker. Fans of all these breweries - and especially their barrel aged beers - won't want to miss this event.

4:00 pm ♦ Solemn Oath 1 Year Anniversary Party
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Last year, we proudly debuted Solemn Oath to the world and the world showed showed up and practically ripped off our front doors. Because we love this mysterious motley crew of bearded men and the elixirs they brew, we've signed up to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of them storming our castle. Yes, it's going to be one crazy night.
We're still hammering out the details of what exactly will be offered but... we can tell you that the brewers at Solemn Oath have two of our Firkins at the brewery for some mysterious reason. I would imagine they might be filled with something super tasty and brought to the party. We've also penciled in at least six drafts, maybe more. We do know that you'll see the triumphant return of ultrahighfrequency, plus other SOB classics like Oubliette, Kidnapped by Vikings, E-Ville, and Ticklefight and maybe more. Definitely, maybe. Let's just say, we wouldn't miss this one.
Note: Parking is likely to be ultra-mega-scarce so try to coordinate with others on this one and plan ahead. Carpool with friends. Call a cab. Walk. Run. Bike. Etc.

5:00 - 2:00 pm ♦ Barrel Aged Beers - Part 2 - Revolution Brewing
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago 312-330-0712
On May 16th and 17th we’ll be kicking off Chicago Craft Beer Week in style with a 2-part series of limited edition barrel aged beers from two extraordinary breweries, Firestone Walker of Paso Robles, CA and Chicago’s own Revolution Brewery. On Friday we’ll feature beers from Revolution Brewing and the following barrel aged brews will be available:

  • 3rd Year Anniversay Ale; A wheat barley wine with piloncillo sugar aged for 4 months in Appleton rum casks.
  • Straight Jacket; A Barlywine aged 6 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels
  • Very Mad Cow; A Milk stout aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels
  • Mean Jean; A Porter aged 9 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels
  • Bean Jean; A Porter aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels with coffee

In addition, we will have the Coffee Eugene and other flagship brews from Revolution such as Rosa and Coup d’etat.
In addition to the above, we’ll dig deep into our beer cooler to break out some of the sought after and special brews we’ve been saving for this great occasion. Expect to find a few surprises as well as such stalwarts as:
Three Floyds Behemouth and Dreadnaught;
➢ What could be the last remaining barrel of Bell’s Hopslam; and
➢ One of our favorites, Southern Tier Choklat, cellered for 1 year.
Supplies will be available as they last and any of the fabulous brews above not polished off on Friday will be available throughout the weekend and following week. Any of the Firestone Walker beers remaining from Thursday will also be available. For more info and updates check us out on Facebook.

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
New Belgium Rolle Bolle

5:00 pm ♦ Spiteful Tap Tower Takeover, featuring 18th Street Brewery
Four Moon Tavern, 1847 W. Roscoe St., Chicago
Kick off Craft Beer Week with six brews from Spiteful Brewing all on tap; Malevolence Russian Imperial Stout, GFY Stout, Damn Pigeon Porter, Bitter Biker Double IPA, Instigator IPA, and Debbie Downer Dunkleweizen. Meet Jason and Brad from Spiteful and enjoy other local drafts. Doors open at 5:00, so get it while you can. Plus, at 6:00, we will be tapping a keg of 18th Street Brewery's Hunter Milk Stout and the 18th Street folks will be around as well. Come support our local brewers and their delicious beer.

6:00 pm ♦ Tyranena at the Fisch!
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Nick from Tyranena Brewing will be hanging out with use to talk about beer, answer any questions and of course to share a few pints! We’ll be pouring Tyranena’s Scurvy IPA and Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Ale. Plus, Nick is bringing a special keg from their Brewers Gone Wild series of “Big, Bold and Ballsy Beers”…Benji’s Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter!

6:00 - 10:30 pm ♦ Chicago Brew Bus CCBW Suburban Brewery Tours
(Various Locations)
Be one of the 1st to experience Chicagoland’s newest breweries on the “Get Your Ass To Church”  excursion on 5/17. All buses leave from Haymarket (737 W Randolph St, Chicago) nightly at 6pm

5/17 Church Street -(Get your ass to Church) 3 pints.Itasca, IL
5/20 One Trick Pony Lansing, IL
5/21 Flesk Brewing /Lunar Brewing – 5 samples at Flesk, 2 pints at Lunar. Lomard & Villa Park, IL
5/22 Craft Beer Boat Dinghy –  The 5 stops include Monk's Pub, Bar On Buena, Shoes Pub, First Draft and The roof top at Perennial Virant!  Special tappings of Artisanal, Allagash and Six Point.
5/23 Emmett’s – 64 ounces
5/24 Bulldog Brewing  in Whiting, IN 6 samples and a pint
For reservations and more information  contact Kevin at Chicagobrewbus@gmail.com.
$30 per person. We’ll be back in Chicago no later than 10:30pm. Also, the trips to Bulldog and One Trick Pony we have the option of making a pit stop at Argus for a 45 minute tour and beer at no extra charge

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ The Green Lady's Favorite Things
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Dog bites and bee stings will not be necessary to appreciate the Green Lady's Favorite Things. Instead, why not bring your dog down to the bar and munch on some popcorn from Chicago’s premier artisanal snack producer, Bee’s Knees. It should come as no surprise that our favorite things are beer! Specifically, we will be offering Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout 2012 and BFM’s √225 on draught as well as special beer and cheese pairings. We are happy to have our friends from BeerFX.com help us party down as we kick off Craft Beer Week. Come enjoy The Green Lady’s intimate atmosphere and impeccable beer presentation.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Hops for Days
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
We’re kicking off Chicago Craft Beer Week with a hop forward celebration! Taste six incredibly limited, hop forward barrels from all over the country that truly showcase the beauty of the hop. Join us at 4pm for the first tapping, or stop by anytime before 9pm to enjoy. $6/glass or $9/flight of three.

7:00 pm ♦ Meet & Drink with Begyle and 18th Street
Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe, Chicago (773) 248-9523
Begyle and 18th Street Breweries will tap and feature their beers and bombers. Brewers will be on site. Featured beers will be available for $4 each.

7:00 pm ♦ Founders KBS Event
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago
At 7:00 p.m., Bar on Buena will be cracking open a case of Founders Brewery Kentucky Breakfast Stout, some 2011 Breakfast Stout bottles and tapping a keg of Double Trouble.


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