Hey, friends. I've been posting last minute events on my Facebook Beer Fan Page, as many of you may already know. Well, I've only now learned I can give my page its own URL, so now instead of that long name with all the gobbledegook letters, you can just go to www.facebook.com/Beeronaut
Friday, August 23
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: Two Brothers Hop Centric Double IPA- 9.9% abv.
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Berghoff Beer Sampling
The Noble Grape, 802 N. Bishop St (at Chicago Ave), Chicago (312) 846-1204
Stop by The Noble Grape to sample three of Berghoff's newly formulated beers: Lager, Pale Ale, and Oktoberfest.
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Prairie Artisan Ales Sampling
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
An evening with Chase Healey, Owner & Head Brewer of Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma. Enjoy sampling some of the finest barrel aged saisons and wild ales that are made by this 100% family owned and operated little brewery.
Draft: Bomb, Merica, Funky Galaxy and Standard
Bottles: Bomb 12 oz, Merica 500ml, Puncheon 750ml, Spelt 750ml, Hop 750ml,
Prairie Ale 750ml
Bottles will be available for sampling and retail sales. Cheese, Charcuterie & Chocolates will also be available to compliment these fine beers.
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ The Witching Hour Black Rye IPA Release Party
Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe, Chicago (773) 248-9523
We're extremely excited that our Black Rye IPA collaboration with award winning BrickStone Brewery will be released at Riverview on Friday. Come out and meet and drink with the great people from Riverview and BrickStone.
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!
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.
Featured Beers: Kolsch and I.P.A.; Brewmaster’s Sampler: Raspberry Wheat
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.
Saturday, August 24
11:00 am - 4:00 pm ♦ 1st Taste of Drewrys
Century Center, 120 S. St. Joseph St., South Bend, IN
What should the new Drewrys Beer taste like?
At the 1st Taste of Drewrys, you get to vote. There will be samples of premium lager, original recipe, and a brewer's special on hand for voting. Drink as many as you need to make an informed decision, compliments of South Bend's favorite, Drewrys Brewery.
Full glasses of the tasty brew will also be available for purchase, and that's not all!
- Everyone gets a commemorative Drewrys Beer glass
- Free 2 oz glasses of Drewrys Beer
- Giveaways all day long
- Party all afternoon to the sounds of Motown legend Billy "Stix" Nicks and the Motown Dance Party
- Don't worry about cooking, we have all the food you need, compliments of the Century Center.
Tickets are $25, online through Eventbrite.
Drewrys is primed and ready to go. But this is your beer, and we want your input. We'll have at least three varieties available for sampling. We know you'll love each and every one, but we'd love to hear what you have to say about your favorites.
We've planned an awesome party for our fans and supporters as a way of saying "Thank you" to those who have cheered us on ever since we announced the Drewrys Revival at South Bend's Brewfest in January.
We will also have on hand for purchase the first copies of the commemorative book "Drewrys Extra Dry: A Look Back at all the Fun", which takes a close look at Drewrys' fascinating history, hot off the press.
11:00 am - 11:00 pm ♦ Hopstring Fest
Silver Cross Field, 1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr., Joliet, IL
Hopstring Fest is the brainchild of Mike and Kathy Trizna (Owners of Chicago Street Pub). The festival is a 12-hour celebration of Midwestern Craft Beer, and Roots Rock Music.
During the festival people will be able to experience an amazing cross section of the many styles of beer from around the world… Brewed right in their own backyard. While they are sampling some of these beers, they will also have the opportunity to taste the local wares from several Joliet restaurants.
Oh yeah, don’t forget about the music. This lineup is easily the best Illinois has to offer.
Entrance Fee: $25.00
Tentative Beer List:
- Argus Brewing Company
- Two Brothers Brewing Company: Outlaw, Ebels Weiss, Seasonal
- Summit Brewing: Abbey, Saga IPA, Seasonal
- Lagunitas: IPA, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Pils, Seasonal, Special Brew specifically for Hopstring Fest
- Pabst Blue Ribbon: Pabst, Old Milwaukee Light
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm ♦ 6th Annual Binny's Homebrew Contest
Binny's Downers Grove, 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 705-9463
Get ready for the 6th Annual Binny's Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. This year the contest will be held at Binny's in Downers Grove on Saturday, August 24th. There is no charge to enter the contest. There will be a beer tasting during the event featuring many delicious beers from the Boston Brewery, and we will have complimentary food for everyone to enjoy.
Our 1st place finisher will win a trip for two to the Great American Beer Fest that includes tickets, airfare, and hotel. Several runners up will win valuable prizes. There will also be a worthy prize for best label, though labels aren't required. All participating homebrewers will receive beer evaluation sheets with judges' comments.
- Each household may only enter one beer
- Entrants must drop off two 12oz bottles or one 22oz bottle of their beer at Binny's in Downers Grove on Thursday 8/22 or Friday 8/23, along with your entry form rubber banded around your beer. Click here for an entry form.
- Entries will be limited to the first 50 beers submitted. We expect the spots to fill up very fast, probably by mid day Thursday. When the contest fills up, we will announce it on our twitter feed.
- You must be present at the store no later than 1:00pm on Saturday, August 24th to claim your prize and tasting evaluation sheet from the judges.
Contact Beer@binnys.com with any questions.
12:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Chain O'Lakes Grand Opening
Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company, 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 331-8345
Two bands to include Jennerator and Bull Valley Blues Band. Food Truck provided by Raging Kitchen.
Regular tap room hours begin August 28:
|Wed 4-8||Thurs 4-8||Fri 4-8||Sat 12-6|
12:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Midwest Brewers Fest
Plainfield Riverfront Park, Lockport St., Plainfield, IL
The Midwest Brewers Fest is an annual outdoor festival celebrating craft beer and the art of brewing. The MWBF is held at Plainfield Riverfront Park, along the scenic DuPage River in downtown Plainfield. The event is organized by the non-profit Midwest Brewers Fest Inc., and is 100-percent volunteer run with all proceeds being donated to charity. The primary benefactor is the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, with funds donated to help restore the Plainfield Riverfront Park that hosts the Fest. The Midwest Brewers Fest is also committed to supporting Pints for Prostates.
Visit our web link above for information, tickets, and a full beer list.
2:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Pig Roast in Oswego
Firehouse Pizza & Pub, 65 W Washington St., Oswego, IL (630) 551-0800
Come Join Us for a PIG ROAST with Lagunitas Brewing Co.. We will be featuring 5 of Lagunitas amazing beers on tap in our beer garden. Firehouse Pizza will be roasting a pig and serving carved pig, pulled pork, & pulled chicken along with homemade sides. For $25 you will get a plate of food with your choice of 2 of the 3 meats, all sides, and 3 Lagunitas Drafts served in a Lagunitas mason jar which you will keep. For those who do not drink, you can get the Pig Roast Platter for $15 and kids platters will be $7 which both will include a soft drink. Contact us for your tickets while they last!
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2:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ SOLIDARITY for CHARITY
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago
Solidarity is helping to raise funds for the local charity Artfully Gifted with SOLIDARITY for CHARITY. Local and regional craft breweries and local restaurants are coming together to help make this one incredible beer festival for a good cause.
Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
SESSION 1 2-5 PM :: SESSION 2 6-9 PM
Two packages are available for each session:
CORE PACKAGE $45
Sampling of Craft Beer, Handmade Commemorative Glass, Locally Crafted Gourmet Food
HARDCORE PACKAGE $60
Sampling of Craft Beer, Handmade Commemorative Glass, Locally Crafted Gourmet Food, Event T-Shirt, Access to Rare Beer and Bottle Share Level
SPONSORS: AKIRA Chicago, CHIRP Radio
FEATURED BREWERIES: Sixpoint • Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro paired with ice cream • Aleman • Ballast Point • Greenbush • Deschutes • Three Floyds • Half Acre Navaja Double India Pale Ale, Daisy Cutter, Pony Pils • New Belgium French Aramis IPA • Solemn Oath • Begyle • Great Lakes • Revolution • Artisanal Imports Tropical Tripel, St. Feuillien Brune Reserve, Meantime Weizen Doppelbock, La Trappe Quad • Stone Brewing wOOtstout. and more
FEATURED RESTAURANTS: Rockwell's, Isla Pilipina, Monti's, Gene's Sausage Shop, & Jimmy's Pizza Cafe
4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ 2013 North Shore Wine, Beer Cigar & Food Festival at Brainerd
Brainerd Community Center, 416 W. Park Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 722-8517
The field at Brainerd will be transformed for the fourth straight year into a fabulous outdoor festival featuring fine wines, craft beers, cigars, delicious food, live music and more. Live music from some of the area's finest musicians will provide entertainment throughout the festival. Local homebrewers will compete in the third annual Besley's Homebrew Competition.
An exciting addition to this year's festival is a cash raffle. Cash prizes totaling $30,000 will be awarded to 21 lucky ticket holders. See below or click here for ticket information.
Rain or Shine! Tickets at this link. $50 admission & raffle in advance, $30 admission in advance, $40 admission at the gate, $10 Designated Driver (no advance sales), $25 raffle ticket, $100 5 raffle ticket special
Sunday, Aug. 25
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm ♦ Sunday Funday with Deschutes Brewery
The Cedar Hotel, 1112 N. State St., Chicago 312-944-1112
Deschutes Brewery of Oregon will travel to The Cedar Hotel for a "Sunday Funday" event. "Woody," a gargantuan barrel on wheels, will roll up to the Gold Coast restaurant's spacious State Street patio at 12 p.m. Cedar Hotel's featured bottled brews for the day will be: Mirror Pond Pale Ale; Chainbreaker White IPA; and Inversion IPA for $6 each. Enjoy Deschutes beer samplings, mix and match buckets o' beer ($33 for six), awesome giveaways, a trivia contest, and of course, fun picture ops with "Woody."
2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Doti Liquors' 5th Annual Big Beer Tasting
Doti Liquors, 104 E Fullerton Ave Elmhurst, IL (630) 834-0025
Don't Miss Doti Liquors' 5th Annual Big Beer Tasting under a Huge Tent in our Parking Lot! Featuring over 100 beers (including some newly released seasonals) Great Door Prizes, Raffles, "Music Man Steve," Food, Fun and More!
Admission is $7 a person and you MUST BE 21 TO ENTER!
Goodie Bag for Designated Drivers!
4:00 pm ♦ 4th Annual Barbecue, Brews & Bluegrass Festival
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
$30 for all you can eat hickory smoked spareribs, BBQ beef brisket, BBQ pulled pork, jumbo BBQ chicken legs, fried jambalaya balls, Cajun shoestring fries, peanut slaw, jalapeño cornbread muffins, and bread pudding' with Bourbon sauce.
Featuring 26 craft beers on draught; live music from the Leadfoot String Band.
Monday, Aug. 26
5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Great Lakes & University of Chicago Oriental Institute Sumerian Beer Project
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join us on our Roof Deck as we host Pat Conway of Great Lakes Brewing and Special Guest from the University of Chicago Oriental Institute for a 3 course dinner, short lecture about and tasting of their 2 Sumerian Beers.
In addition we will be offering some other fantastic beers from Great Lakes!
As with all Roof Deck events this event is weather dependent.
Tickets are $61.23 through Brown Paper Tickets
for more information on the Sumerian Beer Project, check this New York Times article.
Almost makes up for not getting that FoBAB ticket!