Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 24-27

Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 24-27
Off Color pairs with a German digestif this week.

Monday, June 24

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Off Color Debut Tapping
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
aka "Fine… I guess we'll sell some of our Beer"
We couldn't be withholding forever! Come celebrate Off Color Brewing's first tapping event at one of the premiere bars in the world, Hopleaf. Off Color is the new brewery started by former Goose Island brewer John Laffler and former Two Brothers brewer Dave Bleitner. This will be your first chance to order Troublesome and Scurry in the market and get drunk with John and Dave. (To clarify, this is the first time you can order our beers, there have been plenty of chances to get drunk with John and Dave.) Be on the lookout for a possible special guest appearance by The Drinking & Writing Brewery.

5:00 - 10:30 pm ♦ Half Acre Summer Beer Dinner
Arami Japanese Restaurant, 1829 W Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 243-1535
This summer beer dinner will be six-courses with a focus on seasonality and richer flavors. To pair with the food, Half Acre will release two brand-new summer beers that dinner guests will be the very first to taste. Half Acre will also unveil rare cellar beers that have been stashed away for a special occasion, and also bring staple brews, like Daisy Cutter Pale Ale.
Brewmasters from Half Acre will be with us throughout the dinner and will go through the brewing process of each beer and provide insight on tasting. It will be an engaging, personal experience from both the chef's at Arami and the staff of Half Acre.
Tickets are on sale for $75, plus tax and tip. There are three seating times --630pm, 730pm, 830pm. We recommend securing your tickets quickly as the 730 seating is already sold out. Take-away gifts included. To buy tickets, call 312-243-1535 or email

Tuesday, June 25

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Off Color Brewing Tapping
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Two beers from Off Color Brewing on tap!
Troublesome Gose, Scurry Honey Ale.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Off Color Beer is Here!
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
With all the new breweries popping up in Chicago, there are some we have been more excited about than others based on our past experiences with the folks manning the brewhouse.
Off Color Brewing is one we have been excited about since the news broke not so long ago.
We will tap all three of the beers they currently have available!
Troublesome | Gose | 4.5% | 16oz | 6
Scurry | Honey Alt Bier | 5.3% | 16oz | 6
Off Color / Mikkeller Mus | Russian Serf Stout | 3.5% | 16oz | 5

6:30 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Dinner at Park Street
Park Street, 14 E. Park St., Mundelein, IL 847-949-1900
Revolution is  joining with Park Street in Mundelein for a five-course beer dinner. $45. Call 847-949-1900 to book your seat.
The following beers will be represented: Cross of Gold, Bottom Up Wit, Rosa Hibiscus Ale, Crystal Hero IPA and Coffee Eugene.

6:30 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner
Storefront Company, 1941 W North Ave., Chicago (773) 661-2609
Chicago’s own Goose Island Brewing pairs this evening’s dinner with 5 beers from their Vintage Collection including an introduction to the new ‘Bourbon County Coffee Stout’ with Chef Moscatello’s menu. $79 Tickets.
6:30 cocktails and hors d’oeuvres | 7:00 seating

7:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Dogfish Head Off-Centered Ale and Wild Mushroom Dinner
Heaven on Seven Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
Join us for the next installment of our monthly Beer Dinners. We will once again be featuring Dogfish Head of Milton, Delaware. We are putting together and off-centered menu to pair with these wonderful beers, and we’re putting some local foragers to work as wild mushrooms will be our featured ingredient.
Beers to be paired include: Positive Contact, My Antonia, Namaste, Chateau Jiahu, 61, Festina Peche, Burton Baton and Palo Santo Marron.
The cost of the dinner includes seven courses, paired and prepared with eight off-centered ales. We are offering a no-beer option as well. $50 per person, tax and gratuity are additional. As always, reservations are required, so click this registration link, or call us at (630) 717-0777.

Wednesday, June 26

Revolution Beer Dinner at Bull & Bear
Bull & Bear, 431 N. Wells St., Chicago (312) 527-5973
Bull & Bear has paired our beers with their mouth-watering menu to create a four-course feast:
Pairings include Rosa Hibiscus Ale, Coup D'Etat, Double Fist, and a Eugene Porter Beer Float.

6:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Summer Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Cost: $20 per person. Join Goose Island brewers on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.
2013 Beer Academies:
July 31 - Hop Dominance
August 28- Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
September 18 - German Lagers
October 30 - Wood and BBL aged beers
November 20 - Sour Beers
December 18 - Holiday Brews

6:30 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner at Davanti Enoteca
Davanti Enoteca, 800 Hillgrove Ave., Western Springs, IL (708) 783-1060
Join Goose Island for a 5-course beer dinner at Davanti Enoteca!
Cost: $60 per person. Call for details and reservations.

7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Tasting at Grape & Grain
Grape & Grain Co., 18031 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL (708) 991-7341
Free sampling of Two Brothers beer, from Warrenville, IL

Thursday, June 27

Acre Celebrates the Class of '88
Acre Restaurant, 5308 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-7600
Acre toasts Great Lakes and Deschutes on their joint 25th Anniversaries by offering the "Class of '88" collaboration Smoked Imperial Porter. Also introducing Great Lakes' Silver & Gold anniversary IPL, and $4 Dortmunder Gold drafts.

5:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Invasion
Rabbits Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster Ave., Chicago (773) 736-5766
Goose Island Beer Co. is taking over the taps at Rabbits Bar & Grill on the northwest side of Chicago! If you haven't had Bourbon County Coffee on tap, this is your chance! There will also be 2 brand new beers from Goose Island, an Imperial IPA called The Illinois, & Cucumbersome Pilsner; both are draft-only, small-batch releases.
Event Tap List: Bourbon County Coffee Stout '12, The Illinois, Cucumbersome Pilsner, Golden Goddess, 25th Anniversary Ale, and Honkers Ale

6:00 pm ♦ Firk This! Tap This Featuring Special Firkins from Flying Dog
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
You want a freakin' firkin? We got you covered! Come try some delicious craft beer served in one of its purest forms! We are welcoming in Flying Dog and their firkins!
Beers for this event are: Raging Bitch with some added hops, Gonzo Imperial Porter with vanilla bean

Also joining us for this tasty event as always will be some savory food trucks! The Roost, Getta Polpetta, and Chicago Cupcake

6:00 pm ♦ Celebrate Chimay at Poor Phil's Shell Bar
Poor Phil's Shell Bar, 139 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL (708) 848-0871
Buy a Chimay, and keep the Glass!

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Floosmoor Station Beer Tasting
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Flossmoor Station Brewing Company will be doing a tasting at Jerry's Sandwich Shop. Come sample out this south suburban brewer and have some of the food paired with one of their beers.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Brew-Za Palooza Beer & Pizza Pairing
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
We will be hosting our 3rd pizza and beer pairing BREW-ZA PALOOZA!!! We'll be featuring 4 excellent beers with 4 different pizza pairings.
Course 1
Beer - Revolution A Little Crazy Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Pizza - Italian Sausage, Sweet Peppers, Lavender, and Mozzarella Cheese
Course 2
Beer - Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger Rye IPA
Pizza - Corned Beef, Parsnips, and Swiss Cheese
Course 3
Beer - Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet Belgian Tripel
Pizza - Shrimp, Coconut, Pineapple, and Goat Cheese
Course 4
Beer - New Holland Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout
Pizza - Caramel Mousse Mascarpone, Cocoa, and Cinnamon
The cost for the 4 courses is $25 and reservations are required for this event. Please call us at 630-541-8840 to make your reservation or with any other questions you may have.

Coming this weekend…

Friday, June 28

1:00 am - 2:00 am ♦ Wendella Beer & BBQ Boat Ride
Wendella Dock, 400 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago (312) 337-1446
Join Wendella for a Goose Island Beer Tasting on the water! Sample a variety of beers from local brewery Goose Island and authentic BBQ from Sweet Baby Ray’s. Tickets are $48 plus tax, Purchasde tickets here. Price includes beer, food, and a Wendella beer glass. Download Flyer Here

3:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Billy Mays Commemorative Celebration
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Over 30 hard-to-find beers will be available in this tribute night for one of TV's most ubiquitous pitchmen. Full beer list to come.
Event Info.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ History of Brewing Symposium with Off Color Brewing
The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago (312) 922-9410
Join River North Beer at the Field Museum for a History of Beer Symposium featuring Field Museum Anthropologists and John Laffler and Dave Bleitner, founders of Off Color Brewing. Engage in the conversation on beer history while enjoying Off Color Brewing's beers, Troublesome (Gose) and Scurry (Kotbusser). Tickets are $30 plus fee at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, visit

Saturday, Jun. 29

12:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Atlas One Year Anniversary Celebration
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Atlas is one year old, and it's time to do some celebrating! On Saturday, June 29th, we'll be hosting a pig roast to commemorate the occasion. At that time we'll tap a Belgian Golden Strong ale brewed with honey from Hyde Park that we made specially for the occasion. More details to come!

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ SOLIDARITY :: OUTBOUND
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
OUTBOUND is the fourth installment of the Solidarity event series. Featuring over 20 breweries and 45+ beers to choose from, this event will be the biggest yet. OUTBOUND will feature some new breweries and give you the chance to try some of the best craft beers on the market. Have questions or want to know more about the beer or brewery? Brewery reps will be in attendance to answer any questions you have.
There will be 2 afternoon sessions, the first from 1-4 PM and the second from 5-8 PM. Each session will be core and different specialty beers unique to that session.
Tickets are $45 per session through Brown Paper Tickets and include Commemorative Glass, Ten 4oz taster tickets of hardcore craft beer, Food, and Brewery swag bag Additional samples may be purchased.


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