Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 30-June 2

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 30-June 2
A Blackhawks logo put together from 12-pack boxes! Source: Beer Boxing Designs.

Update: I finally found the source of the cool Blackhawk logo above. It's a group of college students in Cleveland who are "recycling" beer packaging under the name Beer Boxing Designs. That link also includes an Etsy page with some of their work for sale!

And I totally neglected to add a listing for Saturday's Grayslake Craft Beer Festival. So catch up to the information in a new article here.

Got a ton of stuff to catch up to here. Some places I've seen, some beers I've drank, etc. But let's get into the swing by telling you about a few highlights, like beer tastings, dinners, and the big festival for this weekend:

Thursday, May. 30

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

5:00 pm ♦ Duvel Art Glassware Giveaway at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Purchase a Duvel and Duvel Tripel Hop and take home the new Duvel art glass! While supplies last!

6:00 pm ♦ Samuel Adams Brewery Night
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
WOB is having a Sam Adams Brewery Night with five of their delicious brews on draught and a rep. from the brewery on site to answer any questions you may have!
Beers on draught: Belgian Session, 3rd Voyage, Dark Depths, Griffin's Bow, and White Water.

6:00 pm ♦ Rock Bottom Lombard Tapping
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Join us as we kick off the summer with the tapping of a one-of-a-kind Belgian ale.

6:30 pm ♦ Lagunitas Beer Dinner at Cru
Cru Kitchen & Bar, 25 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago 312-337-4001
Cru Kitchen & Bar and Lagunitas Brewing Company join forces for a collaborative Beer Dinner for $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity). A 6:30 p.m. reception is followed by a three-course dinner at 7 p.m.
Cru Beverage Manager Benjamin Augustine worked with Lagunitas to curate a selection of beer for the special event. They are excited to feature the California-based brews, which feature an old world technique, using only water, hops, yeast and malted barley.
Cru Executive Chef Alex Shalev is preparing passed bites and a three-course dinner all about beer! Check the website for the full menu, which will be paired with Lagunitas IPA, Censored, Maximus and Cappuccino Stout.

Friday, May. 31

6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island 25th Anniversary Event
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
We wanted to celebrate Goose Island's 25th Anniversary with tapping some special beers this Friday!!!!
Goose Island 25th Anniversary Beer
Tap list: Sophie Paradisi (Sophie Grapefruit infused), Baudoinia, Bourbon County Stout, BCS infused with Vanilla, BCS infused with coffee, Big John, and Night Stalker. Maybe some other surprises!!!

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Kegs for Kidneys
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Tickets: $40 though Brown Paper Tickets.
Tonight we open our taps to several local and national craft breweries. We will be featuring some favorites and rares showcasing the best of craft beer. Each ticket will allow you entry, and a tasting glass for you to keep. As well, each person will be given a pamphlet detailing all the beers we are featuring. Step out into the back of our lot (there will be a tent) and mingle with your friends!  This year we have decided to take a slightly different approach with our donation. We will be sponsoring a child to send to Kidney Camp, with the remaining proceeds being donated to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
Currently Confirmed Breweries (subject to change):

18th Street - Blood Orange Saison
Allagash - Odyssey Oak Aged Ale
Avery - White Rascal & Coffee Stout
Artisnal Imports - Triporteur Heaven & Triporteur Hell
Begyle - TBA
Brooklyn Brewery - Mary's Maple Porter
Boulevard - 80 Acre / Coffee Ale
Breckenridge - Buddha's Hand
Central Waters - Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Dogfish Head - 61 Minute
Finch's Beer Co. - Shock & Awe American Brown
Firestone Walker - Unfiltered DBA
Founders - DOOM BA Imperial IPA
Gigantic Brewery - Whole in the Head
Goose Island - Sofie Paradisi & 25th Anniversary Beer
Great Lakes/Deschutes - Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter
Greenbush - Doomslayer Ale w/Maple Sap
Half Acre - Galactic Double Daisy Cutter
Haymarket - Belgian Rhubarb
JK Scrumpy - Summer Cider
Lagunitas - Lucky 13 alt
Lake Effect - TBA
Left Hand - Beer Week Sauce Coffee Porter
New Belgium/Dieu Du Ciel - Lips of Faith Series Heavenly Feijoa Tripel
New Holland - White Hatter
North Coast - Le Merle
Perennial/Deschutes - Recital Belgo IPA
Pipeworks - TBA
Revolution - Bean Gene Barrel Aged w/Coffee Beans
Shmaltz - Funky Jewbelation Rye/Bourbon Barrel Aged
SKA - True Blonde Dubbel
Spiteful - God Damn Pigeon Porter
Solemn Oath - Whisper Kisses
Southern Tier - Plum Nior
Stone - TBA
Summit - Saga
Three Floyds - Gumballhead & Evil Powers
Tighthead - TBA
Tyranena - Shaggin' In The Woods BA Scotch Ale
Vander Mill - TBA
Virtue Cider - Ledbury English Style Medium Cider w/Tom Oliver
Wild Onion - English Strong Ale
There will be live jazz music from Soulio, food trucks (Wagyu Wagon anyone?!?!) and more! We hope to see you out for a fantastic night!

If you are interested in sponsoring the Kegs for Kidney event, please go here, or contact Shanna at
Our Kidney Fundraiser is an ALL WEEKEND EVENT! Be sure to join us on Saturday for Jammin' In The Lot!

Saturday, June 1

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm ♦ Saturday Tastings
The House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago
In-store, open house tasting featuring new arrivals, seasonal specials and end-of-bin deals. Tastings, unless otherwise stated, are free of charge.

5:00 pm ♦ Jammin' in the Lot
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
It's that time of the year again! The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and the outdoor festivities are getting into full swing! What better way to start the summer celebrations then coming out to The Fisch for our annual Jammin' in the Lot Kidney Fundraiser!
This will be a great night for a great cause! We are excited and proud to be able to put on this fundraiser year after year. As always, proceeds from the Jammin' in the Lot event will go to the National Kidney Foundation. We hope to see to there!
$5 at the door.

I'm also starting a new "subdivision" of the Beeronaut on my Blogger page called "The Annex," which will feature news releases and stories slightly outside the purview of this column's beer-centric editorial mandate. To start off: The Jim Beam folks suggest some cocktails for watching the Blackhawks pin the Red Wings tonight.

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