Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 19-25

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 19-25
A new brewer's first beer gets tapping this week!

Just going to slap a whole week's worth of what I've got here for you:

Friday, July 19

Half Acre/New Belgium 2023m2 Release
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
"In the late 90's before getting this brewery going, Matt and I lived out in Colorado. Being a kid, running around the mountains and the towns that sit in them was good, rowdy fun. At that time, New Belgium Brewing Co was digging in and making themselves a big part of the craft brewing movement in this country. For me, Fat Tire and Sunshine Wheat were beers that were synonymous with life in Colorado and outside culture, but hadn't yet spanned the greater market. Today New Belgium's beers have become part of the national landscape and represent what's possible when good people make their own keys to the castle.
It's with great pleasure that we collaborate with New Belgium Brewing Co on two beers. Each beer is motivated by the visiting brewery. So we brewed a beer driven by New Belgium here at Half Acre. Early next month we fly to Colorado to brew a Half Acre inspired beer at New Belgium.
The first, 2023m2, brewed at Half Acre last month, is a soft sour ale that features the delicate complexity of a well designed New Belgium beer. A partial kettle souring process and light use of Maresh and Sumac all lend an equal hand in delivering a full experience. The numerical name ties into the area measurement of an actual Half Acre. Our hope, though, is to again brew together in the year 2023 and send that beer to the first group of people living on Mars.
This project is underway and if all goes well, some wild folks will be living on the red planet. They're going to need some beer: 6% ABV. 64 oz. growler refill: $16*, 32 oz. growler refill: $9*, 16 oz. draft: $5, 22 oz. bottle: $8.99 (limit 3).
*limited to 64 ounces of growler beer total per person

Saturday, July 20

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Naperville Ale Fest
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL
The Naperville Ale Fest is Naperville’s first craft beer festival. Situated on the grounds of Naper Settlement, with Downtown Naperville as a backdrop, it is the ideal setting to experience craft beer. The festival will feature over 180 unique beers from craft breweries around the country. Tickets are on sales here. $45 includes 15 drink tickets with an option to buy more (all VIP packages are sold out).
The festival will also feature food from some of Naperville’s best restaurants and catering companies. Live music will accompany the craft beer and culinary celebrations, and one can further enhance their craft beer experience by attending one of the home brewing seminars.
Brewers confirmed:
5 Rabbit Brewery, Abita, Anchor, Arcadia, Argus, Baderbrau, Barley Island, Bell’s, Big Muddy, Boulevard, Breckenridge Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, BrickStone Brewery, Bridgeport, Brooklyn Brewery, Capital, Central Waters, Chicago Beer Company, Church Street, Cisco Brewers, Crispin Cider, Deschutes Brewery, Dogfish Head, Emmett’s, Finch’s Beer Co., Firestone Walker, Flesk, Flying Dog Brewery, Founders, Four Horseman, Furthermore Beer, Goose Island, Grand Tenton, Great Lakes, Green Flash, Greenbush, Half Acre, Harpoon Brewery, Hinterland Brewery, Hopothesis Beer Company, Kentucky Ale, Kona, Lagunitas, Lake Effect, Lakefront Brewery, Left Hand, Leinenkugel, Magic Hat, Mendocino, Metropolitan, Nevin’s, New Belgium, New Holland, O’Fallon, O’so Co, Oskar Blues, Pig Minds, Pipeworks, Redhook, Revolution, Rock Bottom – Warrenville, Rogue, Samuel Adams, Saugatuck, Shiner Beers, Shmaltz, Sierra Nevada, Sixpoint Brewery, Solemn Oath Brewery, Southern Tier, Stone, Summit, Ten Ninety, Three Angels, Three Floyds, Trumer Pils, Two Brothers Breweing Company, Tyranena, Uncommon Brewers, Unita, Vander Mill, Virtue Cider, Widmer Brothers.

Monday, July 22

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Durty Nellie's
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
Join us as Rob Salitore from Firestone Walker Brewing Company discusses 5 of Firestone’s delicious beers paired with West Coast fare! Limited seating so get your tickets now! $40.00

7:00 pm ♦ Three Floyds Vs. Revolution, flight night
The Tap House Grill Plainfield, 24402 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5540
We will be hosting our Night of the Flight featuring Three Floyds and Revolution beers. $15 per flight, featuring the following: Three Floyds Brian Boru Irish Red Ale & Blackheart English Style IPA
Revolution Crystal Hero IPA & Galaxy Hero IPA
Beers will be available for individual sale. These will NOT last long so get here early!

Tuesday, July 23

6:00 pm ♦ Local 737 Meeting
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Our monthly Local 737 Union meeting and tapping is getting kicked up a significant notch this month. We're tapping a delicious batch of Pink Sock Monkey, our Raspberry Wheat. And since this is just an absolutely perfect patio summer beer, what better way to kick it off than with a cookout on the patio?
Chef Chris is going to be grilling our house-made hotdogs out on the patio and Karl Neurauter (yep, cousin Karl) is going to be strumming the guitar and singing some fun party music. This party is for card carrying Local 737 members for only $5, which you can pay when you arrive.

6:30 pm ♦ Adventures in Food and Beer: Vie
Vie Restaurant, 4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs, IL (708) 246-2082
Adventures in Food and Beer is an ongoing series by 5 Rabbit to explore the possibilities when great food and beer are brought together. We want to create unique and amazing culinary experiences that go off the plate and beyond the glass and into our lives—what the best meals should do!
For our diner at Vie, Chef Paul Virant and his team are drawing up a menu that marries the philosophy of 5 Rabbit Brewery with the mid-western seasonality that is Vie. We look forward to working with talented, passionate and creative people who share our sense of community and the desire to expand our palates.
The cost to attend is $90 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited. Please make reservations by calling (708) 246-2082.

7:00 pm ♦ "Comedy of Errors" at the Roundhouse
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
The Midsummer Theatre Troupe presents Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors." This group has put on a comedy by the bard for a few years at the Roundhouse courtyard.
Performances Tuesday evenings through July 30. No cover.

7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Beer Dinner at Pinstripes Northbrook
Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook, IL (847) 480-2323
Pinstripes welcomes Two Brothers Brewing Company this July for three unforgettable beer dinners. Straight from Warrenville, IL, the flavor-forward artisan beer creators will be pouring their hand-selected brews as Chef Cesar Gutierrez highlights the flavor profiles of the craft beers with a menu specially created for the evening. Showcasing a medley of summer tastes, the menu includes ‘fresh from the garden’ herbs grown in Chef’s organic garden on each Pinstripes’ patio. Two Brothers brand ambassadors will join the evening festivities to discuss the brewery’s attributes and brewing process.
The event is $50 per person, including tax and service charge.
Reservations required by calling your nearest Pinstripes location. Limited availability.

Wednesday, July 24

Tap & Taste - a 4 course food & beer pairing
Arrow on Ogden, 1659 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago (312) 226-1888
$40.00 per person Each course served with a half pint of paired Goose Island beers. Ttickets available at More info at the Facebook Event Page.

4:00 pm ♦ Tyranena Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Four beers from Tyranena Brewing Company on tap!
Prom Date ● Saison/Farmhouse Ale brewed w/cherries ● 6.75% ABV
Bitter Woman IPA ● American IPA ● 5.75% ABV
Scurvy IPA ● American IPA Brewed w/Orange Peels ● 6.5% ABV
Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown ● American Brown Ale ● 6% ABV

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Brettanomyces & the Pine Tar Incident
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 235-1006
On July 24, 1983, George Brett hammered a Goose Gossage fastball into the right field seats at Yankee Stadium, giving the Kansas City Royals a 5-4 ninth inning lead over the New York Yankees. It was a thrilling moment for any baseball fan lucky enough to witness this match-up between the two Hall of Fame players.
But it was a moment that would have eventually faded away from baseball’s collective memory, had Yankees manager Billy Martin not walked out of the dugout and asked for George Brett’s bat. What followed was a 25 day long saga involving two baseball teams, six umpires, one obscure MLB rule, a crafty baseball manager, a colossal meltdown from Brett, American League president Lee McPhail, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and two judges from the State Supreme Court of New York. A saga known forever as The Pine Tar Incident.
This July 24, Jerry’s will celebrate the 30th anniversary of bizarre event with five of our favorite beers brewed with brettanomyces, a funky yeast strain colloquially known as Brett. Brett yeast strains produce a range of flavors as varied and colorful as the personalities involved in The Pine Tar Incident, and we’ve got a stacked line-up of Brett beers to celebrate that diversity. And as a nod to the pine tar itself, we’ll tap a couple of our favorite piney IPAs as well. So bring your favorite ball cap and we’ll bring the beer. Play Ball!
Brett: Boulevard Saison-Brett, Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, Prairie Artisan Prairie Hop, Perennial Aria
Pine: Ska Modus Hoperandi, Great Divide Hercules

6:00 pm ♦ Perennial Artisan Ales Beer Dinner
Fork, 4600 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-751-1500
Join us at Fork Chicago for a special beer dinner featuring food by Hop Chef People's Choice Winner, Tim Cottini paired with Perennial Artisan Ales. The dinner will be $45 for all four courses and beers. Call Fork (773-751-1500) to make your reservation.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Sailor's Warning & Sailor's Delight Release Event
The Weathermark Tavern, 1503 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 588-0230
"Red skies in the morning, Sailor's Warning."
"Red skies at night, Sailor's Delight."
Please join us at Weathermark Tavern in Chicago's South Loop to celebrate the release of "Sailor's Warning" & "Sailor's Delight," a two-beer collaboration between Lake Effect Brewing Company and South Loop Brewing Company. The recipe, constructed as an Imperial Red Ale, was mashed as one and then split into two separate beers. "Sailor's Warning," a ruby-red, 8.3% ABV hoppy imperial came first. Next, came "Sailor's Delight," a sessionable (5.1% ABV) red ale refresher with a hint of vanilla bean.
Same malt-backbone, two different beers. Sailor or not, we think you'll enjoy both.

Thursday, July 25

6:00 pm ♦ Tap This! Fischmas in July
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Our first annual Fischmas party last December was a blast! Now we have an opportunity to re-live some of those moments of holiday beer tasting bliss with Fischmas in July!
We hand picked just a few of our favorite Christmas time brews and cellared them for 8 months. These kegs were carefully stored in a cool, dry, temperature controlled room in our cellar allowing the beer inside to properly develop over time. We can’t wait to taste these babies!
So please join in on some holiday cheer as we celebrate Fischmas in July! As usual we will have Food Trucks and music for you!
Port Santa’s Little Helper, Avery Old Jubilation, Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Takeover
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
We will be tapping some great brews from one of Chicago's most famous brewery, Goose Island. The following beers will be available:

  • 25th Anniversary - Extra Special Bitter 6.4%
  • Hop Scotch Ale - American Pale Ale 5.2%
  • Cucumbersome Pilsner - Pilsner w/cucumber 5.2%
  • The Dove - English Summer Wheat Ale 4.5%
  • Sofie Paradisi - Saison with Grapefruit 6.7%
  • The Illinois - Imperial IPA 8.4%

Green Line Pale ale is currently our beer of the month and will also be available. No reservations required for this event.

7:00 pm ♦ Uncle John's Cider Night
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago, IL
How do ya like them apples? Bar on Buena hosts a Cider Night with Uncle John's of St. John's, MI! Celebrate July's Cidery of the Month with a special tapping of some great Uncle John's Hard Ciders.
Tap List: Uncle John's Apricot Cider, Cranberry Apple Cider, Cinnamon Red Hot Cider and, in cans, Draught Hard Apple Cider.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Battle of the Sour Ales
Pizza Rustica, 3908 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago 773-404-8955
Join Pizza Rustica for a phenomenal beer tasting... Battle of the SOUR Ales! Featuring 1809 Berliner Weisse, Duchesse de Bourgogne, and Monk's Cafe.

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