Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 17-20

Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 17-20
Off Color pairs with a German digestif this week.

Monday, Jun. 17

Stone RuinTen Debut
Binny's Beverage Depot, all locations.
"Stone’s 10th Anniversary Ruination IPA was so popular when it debuted last summer that it sold out in a matter of days. The brewery listened to the thirsty hopheads everywhere and is bringing it back as an annual release. Stone RuinTEN IPA launches nationally on June 17th. Get it first at all Chicagoland Binny’s locations when the doors open on Monday morning! Also look for it at our downstate locations in the following weeks."

6:00 pm ♦ Brewmasters Social
Fountainhead, 1970 Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
A Brewmaster's Social with Stone Brewing's President and Brewmaster Steve Wagner. Special rare beers, dinner, and a cigar social.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Off Color Brewing - Free Skate
Off Color Brewing, 3925 Dickens, Chicago
Please join us at the brewery to celebrate the release of our first beers - Troublesome and Scurry. Oh, and we broke through the back wall and put in our very own, secret beer garden just for you...and us...well, mostly us.
Our brewery is only so big so please register at Brown Paper Tickets to attend! Just $10 plus fee.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Cucumbersome Release Party
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon, Chicago (773) 465-9801
Come out to the roof of Uncommon Ground and sample Goose Island's latest Fulton and Wood release, Cucumbersome. Cucumbersome is a Czech-style Pilsner brewed with cucumbers. The brewers will be on hand to answer questions or just have a beer.
Uncommon Ground will offer 20% off to anyone who stays for dinner! There will be live music starting at 8pm.

Tuesday, Jun. 18

6:30 pm ♦ Summer Beer Dinner at Tuscany Wheeling
Tuscany Restaurant, 550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL (847) 465-9988
The Phil Stefani restaurants are hosting a Beer Dinner Series, with InBev beers paired with menu items specially prepared by the Executive Chefs at each restaurant.
Pairings will include Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Stella Artois Cidre, Leffe Brune and Leffe Belgian Blonde. Anheuser-Busch Beermaster Marc Stroobandt is co-host.
$60 per person (including tax and gratuity). Please phone for reservations.
Tonight's Tuscany Wheeling dinner will offer Sautéed black mussels, Acquerello rice with tiger shrimp, grilled sliced duck breast and eggless custard for dessert.

7:00 pm ♦ Hopleaf Beer School—Trappist Beers
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Session 4 in our series of 6. Learn about the history of the Trappists, what Trappist is, and where they are today; all while sampling some great Trappist beers of course.
Still a few spaces left for this event in the upstairs bar. $40 Tickets online at brownpapertickets.

7:30 pm ♦ Old World vs. New World at Bluebird
The Bluebird Chicago, 1749 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773-486-2473
Beer is an every evolving species of beverage. The modern day has brought so many new techniques and technology but still remains reliant on knowledge of the past. Many producers forge new ground and push the boundaries of what can be made, while others stay firmly planted in the culture of many generations of tradition. Join us as we put side by side a blind tasting of the days of old and the pioneers of new!
$40/person, including some small plates that are specifically chosen to pair with these beers.
Reservations are highly recommended, as space is very limited – email to reserve your space!

Wednesday, Jun. 19

Shoreline's 500th Batch Release
Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash St., Michigan City, IN
Shoreline Brewery will release on tap the 500th batch of original beer brewed at Shoreline since it opened its doors seven and a half years ago. The beer chosen to be the momentous brew is a Baltic Porter. It is a bold, rich and smooth beer that is sure to please the palate. To celebrate this occasion, Batch 500 will be released on Shuck and Suck Wednesday, June19, and will be the featured $2 pint of beer.
Everyone is welcome to come enjoy oysters on the half shell, Jumbo Chicken Wings, and a delicious $2 pint of Batch 500.

Bell's Brewery Black Day!
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
We will be offering Bell's Batch 9000, an American Strong Ale that is aged for 2 years in Bourbon barrels. Also featuring Bell's Black Note Stout, Double Cream Stout and Expedition Stout.

Cuda Release at Half Acre
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Cuda tramples traditional ideas on German brewing. Dry hopped with Mosaic and thwarting the shackles of style, this German pale ale will urge you into its corner and caress your needs.
Cuda Release Details:
6.1% ABV
64 oz. growler: $15 (limit 1 - while supplies last)*
32 oz. growler: $8 (limit 2 - while supplies last) *
16 oz. draft: $5
22 oz. bottle: $7.99 (limit 2)
* Limited to 64 ounces of growler beer total per person.

4:00 pm ♦ Summer Tap Takeover at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
All summer beers takeover our taps!
House of Shandy Curious Traveler; Summit Summer Ale; Sünner Kolsch (Germany); Blanche de Bruxelles Witbier; Allagash White; Pietra Colomba Witbier (France); La Trappe Witte; Revolution Bottom Up Wit; Ommegang Witte; Sam Adams Summer Ale; New Holland White Hatter Belgian Pale Ale; AND Ommegang Fleur de Houblon Belgian Pale Ale.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Hatter Day at Franklin Tap!
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Join representatives from New Holland Brewing as we celebrate their Hatter Family Series of beers! All Hatter series beers will be $5 all day long.

6:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams Rebel IPA Release Night
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
Join us for a special night as we release Sam Adams Rebel IPA. Enjoy Warren’s Ale House chef inspired dinner menu food pairings with Sam Adams Rebel IPA, Cherry Wheat, Double Bock, and Imperial White. Dinner menu starts at 4pm, Rebel IPA Tapping at 6pm.

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Deschutes Beer Dinner
The Tap House Grill Lemont, 1243 S State St., Ste 109, Lemont, IL 630-257-5992
Join us for our first ever Deschutes Beer Dinner. We will serve five courses paired with Armory XPA, Chainbreaker Wheat IPA, Inversion IPA, Black Butte Porter, and Imperial Smoked Porter. This dinner is by reservation only. $45 per person. Call now to hold your spot or visit

Thursday, Jun. 20

5:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Prom/Two Brothers Tap Takeover
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
We've brewed a Czech-style pilsner and named it Prager Bohemian Pilsner after the flagship beer of the old Atlas Brewing Company. Come by with your own stein, and we'll fill it up to a liter for $5!

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Hatter Days at World of Beer (Naperville)
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join New Holland for a mad evening to celebrate their Hatter Family series. Draft List: Mad Hatter, White Hatter, Rye Hatter, Black Hatter,  and Dragon's Milk (Who invited THIS guy to a Hatter event? :)

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Berghoff Brewery Launch Party
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Berghoff Beer will debut its lineup of new beers, breathing life into a classic brand that has offered fine beer throughout the Midwest since 1887.
The Launch Party will feature all Berghoff beers on draft for $5 each including: Seasonal Solstice Wit Beer, Straight Up Hefeweizen, Dortwunder Lager, Reppin' Red Ale and Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager. Berghoff will also introduce the first beer in its Überbier Series, Germaniac Extra Pale Ale (6.3% ABV), brewed with honey and molasses, a briskly hopped extra pale ale patterned after the old "outlaw" beer style, Kottbüsser.
Sheffield's will also offer pulled pork, brisket and pulled chicken tacos, with a choice of side, for $10 each throughout the event. Plus LIVE DJ from 7pm!
(You can also catch a debut party Friday the 21st in Milwaukee; at Burnhearts Bar, 2599 South Logan Avenue)

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Deschutes Beer Dinner featuring The Abyss
The Tap House Grill Plainfield, 24402 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5540
Join us for our first ever Deschutes Beer Dinner. We will officially be the first restaurant in Illinois to be serving their Imperial Stout - The Abyss, along with Armory XPA, Chainbreaker Wheat IPA, Inversion IPA, and Black Butte Porter. This dinner is by reservation only, and is filling up. $45 per person. Call now to hold your spot or visit

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Deschutes & Grilling Beer Dinner
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
Join us on the patio (weather permitting) for an evening of four custom grilled courses, each paired with a brew from Deschutes Brewery of Oregon. Guest speaker Gavin Stoub, Deschutes Sales Manager, will be on hand to share his insight on Deschutes’ adventurous, award-winning lineup of pioneering beers featured on this special menu.
The event begins with a reception of passed appetizers and the first pairing at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., and is $50.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at (773) 398-6960.

6:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ Barley's Angels at Beer Bistro North
Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
Ladies of Barley's Angels Chicago! Join us The Beer Bistro North to meet Randy Mosher and taste his 5 Rabbit Cerveceria beer and ask him pressing beer questions. Also be among the first to taste beers from new Chicago brewer SlapShot. Food is provided, just bring your thirsty selves. Reservations are @5 plus fees through Brown Paper Tickets.

7:00 pm ♦ Ballast Point Tap Takeover at Burger Bar
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago (312) 255-0055
Ballast Point Brewery from San Diego, California is new to the Chicago market and taking Chitown beer aficionados by storm with some very tasty brews.
Chef/Owner John McLean is stepping into the flight scene with small bites paired with the delicious Ballast Point beers. Come thirsty, come hungry, come and have a great time in the bar. R.S.V.P to or call 312.255.0055.
Beer Flights include Ballast Point – Thai Chili Wahoo Wheat, Sculpin IPA, Dorado Double IPA, Calico Amber Ale, and Victory at Sea. 30 bucks per person; 20 bucks – beer club members.

7:00 pm ♦ Half Acre/New Belgium Beer Dinner
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Join us for a 5-course beer dinner highlighting New Belgium and Half Acre beers. Peter Bouckeart, brewmaster of New Belgium, and Gabriel Magliaro, founder/brewmaster of Half Acre are brewing a collaboration the same day! We celebrate their coming together with this dinner held in our upstairs private bar. Pairings include Half Acre Kölsch, the Hammer, the Nail, and the Vice; New Belgium Rolle Bolle, La Folie, Bourbon Barrel Aged Baumé, and a surprise blend of a New Belgium and Half Acre beer poured from cask.
$85 includes tax and tip. Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.
Please note that seating will be at banquet-style tables and some parties may be split up if all seats are sold.

7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ It's Always 420 Somewhere
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Jerry’s-Wicker Park is hosting a night of weed discussion, celebration and intrigue. “It's Always 4:20 Somewhere” is the theme, and we are taking it (somewhat) seriously. Quimby’s Bookstore, Lagunitas Brewing Co, and the IL chapter of NORML will all be supporting the event, along with entertainment from Impala sound Champions, Author Ryan Nerz, and legendary Chicago MC Dirty MF.

The night will start off with Ryan Nerz, author of Marijuanamerica: One Man's Quest to Understand America's Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed, performing a synchronized reading/live painting session with the enigmatic Chicago-based artist, Chadwick. There will then be a Q&A session with the author and representatives from NORML at around 8pm to discuss marijuana-related topics, from cultural stigmas and amusing stories, to developing changes in legality. Quimby's Bookstore will be on-site with copies of Marijuanamerica for the author to sign. Ryan Nerz is a freelance journalist who has written for Esquire, NPR, and the History Channel.

Weekend Preview!

Friday, Jun. 21

4:00 pm ♦ New Holland Hatter Day Pig Roast
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us as we celebrate the Anniversary of one of our midwestern favorites, New Holland Brewing! We'll be featuring twelve New Holland Drafts, a special New Holland Firkin, and a classic Oktoberfest-style pig roast. Check for the full draft line-up and all the details!

Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23

Two Brothers Summer Festival
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, Illinois 60505
June 21: 5 pm to 11 pm. HEADLINER The Old 97's
June 22: 12 noon to 11 pm HEADLINER Poi Dog Pondering
June 23: 12 noon to 6 pm
General Admission $5; VIP $50/$75/$110(plus tax & fees) at Brown Paper Tickets.
This event supports Make-A Wish Foundation and Mutual Ground charities!
Check the Roundhouse website link above for more info.

St. Michael's Chicago Craft Beer Festival
St. Michael in Old Town
, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago
Chicago's second annual Craft Beer Festival at St. Michael in Old Town will be a beer connoisseur's paradise. Visitors will again get an opportunity to sample from more 100 of these specialty brews in the fest's tasting tents.
NOTE: Ticket sales are limited to 3,000 each day, and are nearly sold out. Check the links below for daily ticket sales.
Click Here to Purchase FRIDAY Tickets
Click Here to Purchase SATURDAY Tickets
Click Here to Purchase SUNDAY Tickets

Saturday, Jun. 22

11:30 am - 5:00 pm ♦ Summer Solstice - Indie Music & Craft Beer Festival
Along the Fox River, 301 E. Hydraulic St,, Yorkville, IL
Rogue Barrister Records along with Three Angels Brewing proudly presents "Summer Solstice", the ultimate pairing of ground to glass brewed beverages and independent minded musicians on the cusp of greatness. Once again, the scenic Fox River will serve as the backdrop for this unique event in historic downtown Yorkville. In combining efforts with the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce, this event stands to top last years highly successful Harvest Moon Festival.
Three Angels Brewing with the help of good friends Superior Beverage will be hosting an exclusive craft beer tasting from 11:30 to 4:30 on Saturday. Click here for more information.

2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Mash Tun Festival: The Invitational
Bridgeport Art Center Atrium , 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago
Now in its third edition, the Mash Tun Festival is a celebration of the release of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal issue #3. The Mash Tun is a publication put out by your buddies at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and The Public Media Institute, a non profit arts and culture organization based in Bridgeport. Mash Tun is our paean to craft beer. Tickets are $45 through the Paypal link on the Mash Tun Festival site.Saturday, Jun. 22

3:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ 3rd Annual Summer Solstice Craft Beer Fest
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave, Oak Forest, IL 708-535-4800
Over 70 Beers including firkins from 3 Floyds, Breckenridge, Two Brothers & Meads from Wild Blossom Meadery & More added every day. Live Music & food. 10 Sample Tickets plus 2 Food Sample tickets.
Additional Beer Sample tickets $1
$25 until Fest Time on line. $30 at the Door

3:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Founders Fest 2013
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Avenue Southwest Grand Rapids, MI
It's up in Grand Rapids. But it's Founders Fest 2013! Tickets are $20 in advance, available through EventBrite and in our on-site company store. 2013 Mug Club members can purchase discounted advance tickets for just $15 in our company store only. If available, day-of tickets will be $25 at the front gate.

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