Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 14-16

Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 14-16
A Blackhawks logo put together from 12-pack boxes! Source: Beer Boxing Designs.

Brixie's is on it's second 2 a.m. tapping this weekend. Technically, it's on Sunday morning, but I'm listing it as Saturday night. Father's Day? We've got it covered.

Friday, June 14

Crown Brewing's Birthday Party
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Join us on June 14th to celebrate 5 years of tasty beers!

  • Celebrate with the Crown Staff!
  • Birthday Cake!
  • Live music from 6 to 9pm, from the Barleywine Sound Union!
  • Plead the 5th Anniversary Imperial Red will be tapped!
  • Free tours of our new Beer Vault!
  • Free beer schwag!
  • $8 growler refills on regular priced beers all day!

5:00 pm ♦ Revolution Sampling at Whole Foods in Northbrook
Whole Foods Market, 840 Willow Rd., Northbrook, IL (847) 205-5353
Revolution will be sampling their brews.

6:00 pm ♦ Oath & Engine or Solemn Owen
Owen and Engine, 2700 N Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
We cordially invite you to start your weekend properly. For an evening of fine comestibles from our Chef Kevin Church, and libations from Solemn Oath Brewery, featuring ultrahighfrequency, Famine, Grumpess, Ticklefight, and Snaggletooth Bandana... maybe even something special on cask...
We will be offering two seatings at our farm table, dining with the brewers, of a five course repast. The first seating begins at 6pm, the second at 9pm. Each seat is $65 for the pairings. Please call 773.235.2930 to reserve yours today, mention this dinner for your seat!
For those that can't make it to the intimate dinner, most of the prix fixe pairs will be offered a la carte to the rest of our guests for the evening.

6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tonight: Ballast Point Victory at Sea (Imperial Porter: 10% ABV)

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Keg Tapping: Dark Wheat
Hofbräuhaus Chicago,
5500 Park Place, Rosemont, IL (847) 671-BREW (2739)
Shannon “Loop Girl” Honorary Tapper

Saturday, June 15

Elgin Public House 3rd Annual Beer Fest
Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Breweries scheduled to attend are: Oskar Blues, Two Brothers, Goose Island, New Belgium, Anchor, Left Hand, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel, Revolution, Hopothesis, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, Lakefront, Stone, Dogfish Head and more!
We will have 3 featured hours with brewers upstairs, one of them will be for VIP only and will be a food and beer pairing. The Four featured hours will be with Lakefront, Lagunitas, Goose Island and Two Brothers.
Three Ways to enter BEER FEST:
Silver - $25 advance $30 Day of Entrance to beer fest and access to brewers and reps, 10 sampling tickets, prizes and giveaways
Gold - $40 Silver package plus access to VIP area for featured times with Lagunitas, Lakefront, and Goose Island unlimited 1 ticket (craft level) samples, 10 sample tickets for 2 ticket (premium level) beers.
Platinum (VIP) - $75 Gold package plus access to featured times with Lagunitas, Lakefront, and Goose Island access to the food and beer pairing (3 courses) with Two Brothers, unlimited beer samples at the craft or premium levels. Call for details.

12:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ TightAcreRevoFinn Party
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
We are tapping amazing friggin' beers from local breweries Half Acre, Mickey Finn's, Revolution, and Tighthead. We'll be pouring:
Half Acre's Pony Pils, Akari Shogun, Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, etc
Revolution's Mean Gene, Bean Gene, Very Mad Cow, Fiscal Cliff, Galaxy I.P.A., etc
Mickey Finn's Gudenkrisp Kolsch, Der Kommisar Imperial Pils, etc
Tighthead t.b.a.

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Craft Day Afternoon
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-348-6000
My mistake! I had this listed as taking place on June 8th!
Co-sponsored by FIZZ and Map Room, the 3rd Annual CDA event will feature unlimited draft samples from more than 40 of the best craft brewers in the country, a souvenir glass, and passed appetizers. Proceeds once again benefit the Hamilton Elementary School. Last year the event raised almost $10,000 for Hamilton, so bring your friends and let's surpass that total this year!
Tickets are $50 each, and are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

2:00 - 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.

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Living Social Beer Fest
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
LivingSocial's national BeerFest tour has officially kicked off and is heading to Chicago! With an amazing selection of brews to indulge in, and loads of unique entertainment, this is sure to be one of the season's best events.
Head to the Lincoln Park Zoo on the night of June 15 to enjoy this jam-slammed fest featuring more than 60 craft brews, along with some of Chicago's best food trucks and loads of entertainment.

General Admission ticket includes:

  • Three-ounce pours of more than 60 craft beers
  • Live local music and DJs
  • Access to top-notch Chicago food trucks on site (food not included in ticket price)
  • Entry to the animal houses
  • Backyard lawn games and activities
  • BeerFest mini stein to take home
  • Lanyard to hold your beer stein so that you can be hands-free

VIP ticket includes:

  • Everything included in the General Admission ticket
  • Access to a private balcony lounge overlooking the stage
  • Exclusive small barrel tastings

Follow the event on Twitter and tweet us your pics! #lsbeerfest

Food trucks: Beyond Borders, Bombay Wraps, Chubby Wieners, Forever Yogurt, Taquero Fusion, The Slide Ride, and many more!

2:00 am ♦ Solemn Oath 2 a.m. Tapping
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Bonus tapping Sunday morning at 2AM! Solemn Oath Brewery tapping with the brewers John and Joe... Tapping the hard to find Scareball (Imperial Pilsner), along with ultrahighfrequency (Imperial Red) & Grumpness! Cheers!

Sunday, June 16

11:00 am - 2:00 pm ♦ Father's Day Brunch at Half Acre
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Celebrate Father's Day with the ones that you love - dad, food, and beer! We're teaming up with our friends down Montrose Ave. at Real Kitchen for an a la carte food and beer combo that will leave the whole gang pleased. Menu is subject to change, but the important details are this - we'll have food, coffee, and beer from 11 AM until supplies run out. Kick off the day, for dad, the right way.

12:00 pm - 10:00 pm ♦ Special Father's Day Hours at Bavarian Lodge
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Don't know what dad wants for Father's Day? How about a trip to The Bavarian Lodge to enjoy one of the best beer selections in Chicagoloand?! The perfect Father's Day gift!
The Bavarian Lodge will be open on Father's Day, serving our complete, regularly-priced menu all day long. Bring Dad to The Bavarian Lodge to celebrate his special day!
Most of our seating will remain open for walk-ins as usual, but we are offering a select number of reservations set aside exclusively for our mailing list, Facebook, and Twitter subscribers. Currently, there are spots open all day long, but remember, these reserved spots are limited, so be sure to secure your table as soon as possible. Simply click the handy link below to make your reservation...
Less than five people in your party? No worries! Just come on over and we'll be happy to serve you as usual!
For Father's Day Reservations: CLICK HERE.

3:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues, Beer of the Month at Map Room
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 807-2361
Come join us at the Map Room and indulge in some Mama's Lil Yella Pils. $4 Pints for Beer of the Month. The Oskar Blues crew will be grilling up some Old Chub Brats and Mama's Wings for you to sample! Come for a beer and a brat, stay for the love!

And, looking ahead…

Monday, June 17

6:00 pm ♦ Brewmasters Social
Fountainhead, 1970 Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
A Brewmaster's Social wuith Stone Brewing's President and Brewmaster Steve Wagner. Special rare beers, dinner, and a cigar social. Details to come at the Facebook Events page.

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