Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 11-14

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 11-14
A Blackhawks logo put together from 12-pack boxes! Source: Beer Boxing Designs.

I'm trying to make for having dropped off the face of the craft beer blogiverse. One thing I've learned, though, it that total strangers have joined my Twitter feed, and emailed, to ask what's happened to the calendar feature? Well, among my long-range plans is to build the calendar link above this title into a full-blown app which might better profit the time I'd spend compiling it. But since I'm missed, I've thrown together a quick listing for this weekend, including some pourings for Thursday you might be able to get to yet. I got your "Taste of Chicago" right here!

Thursday, July 11

Revolution Brewing Beer Dinner
Wildfire Schaumburg, 1250 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 995-0100
Join us for five courses of food and craft beer pairings, featuring Revolution Brewing, Chicago's new hometown craft brewery located in Logan Square. Our Executive Chefs have created a custom five course menu to pair with the award-winning brews from Revolution. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers and the first pairing, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at 773-398-6960. You can download a menu at Wildfire's website.

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Three Floyds Night
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
We have been squirreling away a handful of barrels from our friends down in Munster, IN and want to share them with you! Facebook Events Page

6:30 pm ♦ Summer Beer Dinner at Tavern on Rush
Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St., Chicago (312) 664-9600
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.
$75 per person (including tax and gratuity). Please phone for reservations.
Tonight's menu includes Spicy lemon-steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, tempura Walleye fingers, barbecue-glazed tender beef short ribs, and fire roasted Fuji caramel apples for dessert.

7:00 pm ♦ Suburban Brewery Tap Takeover
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL
Featuring Breweries from the Western Burbs, hanging out so stop by and say hello...
Dinner specials with beer pairings.
Acoustic performance by Tommy Pope at 8pm.
Featuring great beer on tap!!!
Two Brothers: Heliocentric, Laughing Panda, Sidekick, French Press, Resistance
Solemn Oath: Mythological Wonder, Mr. Inappropriate, Snaggletooth Bandana, Grumpess, Lil' Spitfire
Flesk: Gnomen Saison, Kai Summer Ale

Friday - Sunday, July 12 - 14

2nd Square Roots Festival
Lincoln Ave. between Montrose & Wilson, Chicago
Friday, July 12th 5:00 - 10:00pm;
Saturday, July 13th 12:00 - 10:00pm;
Sunday, July 14th 12:00 - 8:00pm.
Square Roots is in its second year! Partnering with many of the midwest's best and most popular craft breweries and pouring over 30 different varieties over the weekend, its a true beer lover's festival. Adventurous beer lovers can look forward to a rotating cast of beers, ciders and wine on tap throughout the festival.
Joining the craft beer festival this year: Two Brothers (IL), Founders (MI), 5 Rabbit Cerveceria (IL), Lagunitas (IL/CA), Metropolitan (IL), Hinterland (WI), Revolution (IL), Finch's (IL), Vander Mill (MI) and Virtue Cider (MI).
Many brewers will be bringing special selections in limited quantities like Founder's KBS & Devil Dancer, Lagunitas Fusion15, Hinterland White Cap, Revolution Rosa Hibiscus Ale, and many many more. The full list of beers available is subject to change and available at
Square Roots is proud to showcase craft beers and the brewers who brew them! Visitors to Square Roots experience excellent music and great craft beers at an intimate outdoor event in Lincoln Square in Chicago, IL. The festival is sponsored by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, Jul. 12

12:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Solemn Oath Pop-Up store
The Garage, 116 N. Aberdeen, Chicago 312-344-1784
SOVER is upon us. And since we at Solemn Oath can't afford an actual brick and mortar shop, we've decided to christen this beast with a pop-up shop this weekend.
The first peek at our new apparel is at this food truck commissary. You'll be able to buy while the allocated event inventory lasts. Come hang and be the first to see; your friends will be jealous. We're pouring beers, which typically goes over very well.

5:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Jerry's 6th Anniversary Weekend
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W Division St, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Jerry's is turning 6 Years old in July, and we're gonna make a big deal out of it. We're lining up some of our favorite bands from Chicago and the Midwest. We're tapping beers from some of our favorite Midwest breweries, as well a select few from the coasts. And we'll probably make some sandwiches, in case anybody gets hungry.

Live Music:
Friday July 12 - DJ Abilities w/Innervisionists, DJ Demchuk, DJ Select Inverse and Cage & Aquarium Productions $10 Adv/$12 Door
Saturday July 13 - Roommate w/Summer Girlfriends - $6
Sunday July 14 - White Mystery w/Slushy $6

Tentative Tap List:
Tapping Friday at 5pm: Haymarket/Jerry's Cock Sock 2IPA - Brewed at Haymarket Pub & Brewery with three knuckleheads from Jerry's. Brewed with 50 lbs of Orange Blossom Honey, hopped with Nugget and Cascade, then dry-hopped with Saphir.
Metropolitan - Flywheel; Solemn Oath - Dude, Hold My Purse; Jolly Pumpkin - 2012 Maracaibo Especial; Three FloydsApocalypse Cow, Alpha King; Virtue Cider - Sidra De Nava; Atlas - First Anniversary Ale; Perennial/Half Acre Collaboration - Plan B; Off Color - Troublesome Gose; Founders - Devil Dancer; Central Waters - Nitro Mudpuppy; Begyle - TBD; Bell's - Oberon; Half Acre - Daisy Cutter
From our friends on the coasts:
Stone - TBD; Lost Abbey/Port - TBD; Dogfish Head - Positive Contact (Brewed in collaboration with Dan the Automator of Deltron 3030)

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ First Fridays with Off Color Brewing at Whole Foods Lincoln Park
Whole Foods Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 587-0648
Drop in for the latest installment of the 1550 Bar at Whole Foods Lincoln Park's monthly series, "First Fridays." Come drink Off Color Brewing's Troublesome, Scurry and Mikkeller/Off Color collaboration, Beer Geek Mus with the brewery's co-founders John Laffler and Dave Bleitner.

8:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Shoreline Sightseeing Summer Brew Cruise
Shoreline dock at Gateway Park, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Shoreline’s famous Summer Brew Cruises return with exciting new features! First up, Shoreline will partner with award-winning Rock Bottom Brewery for all 2013 Brew Cruises; featuring generous samplings of Rock Bottom’s best brews!
New for 2013:
Dedicated Brewmaster’s Station located topside and staffed by Rock Bottom Brewmasters. Cruise guests will be able to sample an additional “brewmaster’s choice” beer and talk one-on-one with the brewing expert!
Delicious appetizers from Rock Bottom’s acclaimed kitchens, specially chosen to compliment the evening’s beer selections.
Live music from talented Chicago musicians.
Brew Cruises will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Gateway Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8 p.m., returning at 9:30 p.m. Boarding will begin at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $49 per person and available at this link. Must be 21.

Brew Cruise dates and featured Beers:
Friday July 12: Main Brews: Kolsch and White Ale; Brewmaster’s Sampler: Summer Honey

Friday, August 23: Main Brews: Kolsch and I.P.A.; Brewmaster’s Sampler: Raspberry Wheat

Saturday, July 13

12:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Tour de Fat Chicago
Palmer Square, W Palmer St. (2150 N) between Kedzie & Sacramento, Chicago
Admission – FREE!
Parade – Suggested donation of $5 or more
Beer – $5 for a 16 oz. pour

New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and other award-winning beers, is bringing the 14th annual Tour de Fat to Chicago.
Enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer, all while helping local bicycle nonprofits raise funds. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants will help make Chicago a better place to ride a bike. Last year, approximately 4,500 people came to the festival and raised more than $26,500 for local nonprofits.
To properly kick-start the festival, Tour de Fat begins with a giant bicycle parade that weaves through city streets. Each parade route is designed for people of all skill levels; everyone is welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged.
Kids of all ages can ride funky bikes, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as a “Thousand Person Dance Contest”, which will determine the winner of a 2013 New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, this summer’s seasonal, Rolle Bolle, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.
In every Tour de Fat city, one brave role model will step on stage to trade in his or her car keys and pledge to live car-free for one year. Each swapper is awarded a $2,250 stipend to buy their own commuter bike and receives rock star status when the crowd goes wild in support of their commitment. We’re now on the hunt for a swapper in Chicago! Car-for-Bike Swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels. To apply, visit:
Tour de Fat seeks to leave as small an environmental imprint as possible. New Belgium partners with recycOil to use biofuels from recycled cooking oil to power the festival’s transportation, stages, sound, food trucks and more. The stage is decked out in recycled materials; attendees are encouraged to ride bikes or carpool; and recycle and compost receptacles are available throughout to help divert waste from landfills.

10am: Parade Registration
11am: Danger Zone Parade Launch
12pm: Scot Nery Show
12:30pm: Honeymoon Caberet
1:15pm: Slow Ride
1:30pm: Mucca Pazza
2:15pm: Stunt Pepper Dance Contest
2:40pm: Yo-Yo People
3:30pm: Car for Bike Trade
4:00pm: Reggie Watts

Benefiting West Town Bikes (WTB), whose goals are to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and foster and serve Chicago's growing bicycling community.

1:00 pm ♦ Pop Fest 2013
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL 630-836-1380
PopFest 2013 will be held in the side parking lot of the Rock Bottom Warrenville. This festival brings together everyone's favorite two things, Local Craft Beer and Gourmet Popcorn! As with last year, a special beer made with popcorn will be unveiled.
Beers will be paired with gourmet flavors of popcorn from Chicago's own Popcorn Palace.
25 dollars gets you beer and popcorn pairings as well as a tasting glass. Buy now at Brown Paper Tickets.
Participating Breweries include Flossmoor Station, Two Brothers, Goose Island Brewpubs, Rock Bottom  Lombard, Chicago & Orland Park, Haymarket, Solemn Oath, & Tommy Nevins Brewpub

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.

3:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Barrington Brew Fest
Off the Metra Rail Station, Downtown Barrington, IL
This year's Barrington Brew Fest promises all the ingredients for an afternoon of brews, food and fun:
Brews: This year, we have 47 brewers and nearly 90 different beers lined up. Check out the beer list and follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute additions!
Food: Burgers, brats or barbeque; our featured food includes selections from McGonigal's, Big Iron Horse BBQ, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and Gilbert's Craft Sausages.
Fun: We’re bringing back the classic rock of Brew Fest favorites Second Time Around. We've got our ever-popular bags tournament. There's a 50/50 raffle. And this year, for the first time, we’re offering a special early-admission VIP ticket. Regular admission, including 20 sample tickets, is $40 through TicketLeap. Best of all, it’s all for a good cause! All proceeds from the Barrington Brew Fest benefit the Barrington Area Council on Aging, the primary organization in the Barrington area that assists seniors and caregivers as they deal with issues related to aging. It provides activities, resources and programs and services that keep seniors safe, healthy and independent.

Brewers Represented:

Abita: Mayhawk Belgian Pale Ale, Wheat IPA.
Argus: Jarrett Payton All-American Wheat, Pegasus
Bell’s Oberon Ale
Bitburger Benediktiner Pils
Blue Moon: Caramel Apple Spiced Ale, Vintage Impulse, Vintage Proximity
Boulevard: Double Wide, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Chicago Beer Company Windy City Wheat
Church Street: ‘El Hefe’ Hefeweizen, Crimson Clover Irish Red
Crispin Original Cider
DESTIHL: Abbey’s Single, Hoperation Overload, Miner’s Ruin, and Pappy’s Porter
Dogfish Head: 60 Minute IPA, Chicory Stout
Emmett’s Hefeweizen, McCarthy Red Ale, Victory Pale Ale
Gigantic Brewing Company IPA
Goose Island: 312, Honkers Ale, Matilda, Sofie, Summertime
Grumpy Troll: Hoppa Loppa IPA, Sunflower Ale
Hacker-Pschorr Weiss
Lagunitas: India Pale Ale, Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale
Lakefront Brewery: 25th Anniversary, My Turn Chad, New Grist
Leinenkugel’s: Big Eddy Baltic Porter, Big Eddy Wee Heavy, Canoe Paddler, and Summer Shandy
Magner’s Original Cider
Mickey Finn’s: Gudenteit Hefeweiss, Pineapple Express Double IPA
New Belgium: Lips of Faith Brewery Vivant collaboration, Shift
New Holland: Mad Hatter, White Hatter
Potosi: Cave Ale, Good Old Potosi, Snake Hollow IPA, Steamboat Shandy, Wee Stein Wit
RAM: Barefoot Wit, Hunky Dory
Revolution: Bottoms Up Wit, Cross of Gold, Rosa
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Sam Adams: Belgian Session, Blueberry Hill
Shiner Ruby Red Bird
Sierra Nevada: Belgian Blonde, Southern Hemisphere
Small Town Brewery: 1801 Stout, Apple Cider Beer, Not Your Father’s Root Beer
Smithwick’s Ale
Solemn Oath: Scareball Imperial Pilsner, Snaggletooth Bandana IPA
Southern Tier: Backburner, Choklat
Sprecher: Abbey Triple, Bootleggers Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer, Hefeweiss, Special Amber
Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
Summit Union Series Meridian Session Ale
Lucky Monk: Cardinal Sin Pilsner, Fallen Angel Vienna-Style Lager
Tighthead: Chilly Water, Comfortably Blonde, Go-Go Wit, IRIE IPA, Scarlet Fire
Trumer Pils
Village Vintner: Vanilla Cream Ale, Wheat’s Hoppening
Wild Onion: Hop Slayer Double IPA, Kainz Brau, and Phat Chance

3:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Capone's EPIC Tasting!
Capone's Liquors, 3678 North Elston Ave., Chicago (773) 583-0240
Capones is at it again! Saturday July 13 is going to be a afternoon you won't wanna miss! Starting at 3 some of Chicago's newest and hottest brewers & breweries will all pouring at the same time! At least six, yes SIX, local breweries will be here in full force! Also we can't forget our personal bottle share that we always bring out! If you have not made it out to any of our previous events, trust me you don't wanna miss this one! As always are events are FREE, no tickets are needed! We have to thank our generous friends & brewers for that! So please feel free to bring anyone and everyone! 18th Street, Pipeworks, Begyle, Flesk, Lake Effect, and Finch's have all confirmed to be there! Who knows what else can happen from now till Saturday!

5:00 pm ♦ Flossmoor Station 17th Anniversary Celebration
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
Bottle Release of our Barrel-aged Magwitch IPA: $15/bottle, 6 bottle limit. There'll also be outdoor grilling, and acoustic music by Flossmoor resident John Shonkwiler.

Sunday, July 14

2:00 pm ♦ Shoreline Red, White & Blues Fest
Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash St., Michigan City, IN
Tickets on Sale Now! Buy online at the Shoreline site or the Brewery.
Make sure to bring your lawn chair, an appetite and a positive attitude on July 14, as Shoreline Brewery will host their 9th Annual Red, White, and Brews Fest beginning at 2pm.
The Red, White, and Brews Fest takes place in the parking lot of Shoreline Brewery and will consist of food, games, and guest breweries to share in the festivities. Guest breweries include Backroad Brewery, Crown Brewery, Evil Czech Brewery, Hunter’s Brewing, Mad Anthony, People’s, and Upland Brewing Company.
Musical entertainment will carry on throughout the day beginning at 2:30pm and will continue throughout the day up to the annual Michigan City Fireworks display, which can be seen from the party location. When the fireworks end, the music continues until midnight. Chester Brown and Upsidedown & Backwards will be the bands playing during the day with Roster McCabe headlining that night.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and are now available at Shoreline Brewery. Don’t miss out on this full day of celebration and enjoyment. This is an age 21 and over event.

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