Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 16-18

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 16-18
The inaugural event for this festival is Saturday on the North Shore.

I got lots of response and retweetings to my article about DESTIHL debuting in Chicago. I said I'd have news of where they are debuting and I do have some events here. What with festivals this weekend and a busy week ahead, I'm back to the two-a-week format so I can run more DESTIHL events if they come in later (And amidst all the hoop-de-doo, you may be interested to know that Bourbonnais' award-winning BrickStone brewpub is finally packaging beers, coming to Chicago shelves. See below).

Friday, Aug. 16

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: Brash Brewing (Ipswitch, MA) Texas Exile Imperial Porter; Brewed with brown sugar, oatmeal and cold pressed coffee- 10.5% abv.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Rare Beer Night: Single-Batch Collaboration IPA by Ale Syndicate
The Garage, 6154 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 647-1386
Free reservations via Eventbrite.
Join us and be one of the few to to enjoy three beers by Ale Syndicate, one of Chicago's newest breweries, including one of the last kegs of an incredible single-batch trans-atlantic collaboration Double IPA.
Ale Syndicate founders teamed up with Chicago's Atlas Brewing and UK-based Celt Experience Brewery on the Summer Solstice to brew the 8.1% ABV Seven Flowers Double IPA using seven different kinds of hops based on a Celtic legend.
Alongside the Seven Flowers, they're bringing their citrusy, all-Cascade Municipal IPA and their hopped-up Sunday Session ale

Saturday, Aug. 17

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm ♦ Highwood Craft Beer Festival
Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood, IL
Celebrating the best of local, Midwest and American craft beers, Highwood’s Craft Beer Festival will feature many seasonal and year-round brews from small local independent breweries to some of the best-known microbreweries nationwide. Sample from 35 breweries offering some 70 different beers.
Tickets are still available at, and some will be sold at the event. Attendees will receive a wristband, a brewers list card, a reusable sampling glass, drink tickets for three ounce beer samples, and a bag of pretzels with a string to make their own pretzel necklace. A variety of food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available from Highwood’s diverse restaurants. The event will also feature live entertainment from local bands.

  • Metropolitan, offering Krankshaft Kölsch and Flywheel Lager
  • Two Brothers, offering Sidekick Xtra Pale Ale and Ebel’s Weiss
  • Finch's offering Threadless IPA, Fascist Pig Ale, Secret Stache Stout, and Cut Throat Pale Ale
  • Goose Island, offering 312, Green Line, Classic and Vintage Ales,
  • Lake Bluff Brewing offering Weiz Guy Ale, Gamma Ray, Dog Days Hefeweizen and Honey Badger
  • Wild Onion offering Hop Slayer Double IPA, Jack Stout, and Phat Chance.


Other craft brews at the Fest will include: 5 Rabbit, Abita, Argus, Anchor, Dogfish Head, Mickey Finn's, MOA, New Belgium, New Holland, Pyramid, Saugatuck, Sierra Nevada, Ska, Magic Hat, and more.
Highwood’s Craft Beer Festival will be donating a portion of its proceeds to local charities.
Attendees are encouraged to take the Metra Train to the Highwood Metra stop located only ½ block from Everts Park. Designated driver tickets will also be available.

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Dia de los Vivos - A Fundraiser for PAWS Chicago
Simone's Bar, 960 W 18th St., Chicago (312) 666-8601
Join PAWS in the Lab Room at Simone’s to help celebrate the lives saved by PAWS, and to help save more! A portion of all food and drink sales will be donated to PAWS Chicago, and there will be a silent auction from 2-3 PM! Craft Beers on tap to support homeless dogs and cats.

3:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ 6th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review
Downtown Oak Park, IL
Co-produced by Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the Oak Park Micro Brew Review will feature tastings of over 100 craft beers from more than 50 microbreweries across Illinois and the Midwest. But this is not just your average beer festival; proceeds from the event help fund SGA’s non-profit work to build healthy, environmentally sustainable communities in the Midwest. So along with celebrating the microbrews of the most skilled craft brew masters in the region, attendees can also celebrate sustainable living while sampling select food tastings that incorporate organic food from local farmers. And to make sure minimal event waste is sent to the landfill, this festival models Zero Waste best practices throughout. Check Brown Paper Tickets to see which ticket packages are still available.
2013 Brewers: 5 Rabbit, Ale Syndicate, Argus, Atlas, Baderbrau, Ballast Point, Begyle, Big Shoulders, BrickStone, Brewery Vivant, Buckledown, Chicago Brewing, Church Street, Crispin Ciders, Deschutes, DESTIHL (see, I told ya!), Dryhop, Emmett’s, Finch’s, Flesk, Forbidden Root, Goose Island Fulton St. and Brewpubs, Greenbush, Half Acre, Hamburger Mary’s, Haymarket, Hopothesis, Hopvine, Lagunitas, Lake Effect, Lakefront, Lucky Monk, Lunar, Metropolitan, Mickey Finn’s, Nevins, New Belgium, Off Color, One Trick Pony, Perennial Artisan Ales, Pig Minds, Pipeworks, Revolution, Rock Bottom Chicago - Orland Park - Warrenville - Yorktown, Solemn Oath, Ten Ninety, Three Floyds, Tighthead, Triptych, Two Brothers, Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery & Distillery, Urban Legend, Vanberg & DeWulf, Village Vintner Winery & Brewery, Virtue Cider, Wild Onion

Sunday, Aug. 18

Lakefront 25th Anniversary Celebration
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
We will be celebrating the amazing 25 years of Lakefront Brewing Co. filling your glass with some of the best damn beer on the planet with Russ, Jim, Luther, and the crew. This will be a bash of fantastic proportions! Facebook Event page.

1:00 - 3:00 pm ♦ Revolution Sampling at Whole Foods Willowbrook
Whole Foods Market, 201 63rd St., Willowbrook, IL (630) 655-5000
Join Revolution Brewing at Whole Foods Market for a sampling of Bottom Up Wit, Eugene, Coup d'Etat, Cross of Gold, and Double Fist.

2:00 pm ♦ Old School Block Party and Rib Cook Off
Old School Tavern and Grill, 201 Des Plaines Ave., Forest Park, IL (708) 771-3663
Old School’s first Block Party and Rib Cook Off Featuring The Oak Porkers versus The Pork Stars. Cook off starts at 2:00 and goes until 5:00. Help us choose a Champion Rib Crew and enjoy BBQ, Beer and Bourbon specials all Day. Facebook Event page.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Brewery and Food Trucks Fundraiser for Suicide Prevention with Live Music from Ovadya!
Tighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174
On February 11, 2012, Joshua Bouton took his own life and our world will never be the same again. We walk in the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk for Suicide Prevention in his memory, as well as the memory of others who have gone before him. This year the walk will be at the Museum Campus in Chicago on Saturday, October 26th. It is a fundraising event for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
This year our team is having a team fundraiser at Tighthead Brewing Company in Mundelein. We will also have a couple awesome food trucks there to serve food: Taquero Fusion (taco truck) and Babycakes (pancake truck). Please join us for some great eats and drinks, as well as live music from Ovadya (The band, not HaRav)! Live music sponsored by Holly Kim.
This year, tickets can be purchased online or at the door! If you choose to purchase tickets online, there will be a small fee, which will go to The Official Master Calendar of Non-profit Events. If you purchase tickets at the door, it will be cash only. We are ending online ticket sales on Friday, August 16th at 12pm CDT.
Here are your choices for tickets:

  1. Take a tour of Tighthead Brewing Company! This will cost $30 a person. It includes a tour of the brewery and three 5oz samples of your choice (must be 21). We do have limited space available for this option.
  2. Eat from the food trucks! Both food trucks have agreed to give 20% of the sales back to us. Taquero Fusion has asked that we start selling tickets in advance, so they know how much food to make. These tickets are $10 each and include two delicious tacos of your choice, guacamole and chips, and your choice of Mexican Soda or bottled water, a frequent buyer card, and a 15% coupon for catering. Vegetarian option available. If you would like to purchase a ticket for this in advance paying cash (without the credit card/online purchase fee) please leave a comment on the wall and we will work something out! You may also purchase a meal ticket on site. Babycakes will accept cash or credit card on site. Gluten free option available.
    *Food trucks are open to all ages and you do not have to purchase a brewery tour ticket to partake in their delicious food. We will have some tables and chairs set up outside so you don't have to eat in your car.
  3. Drink some beer (must be 21)! Tighthead has agreed to give 25% of sales back to us.
  4. Donate! Of course we accept extra donations above and beyond the ticket prices. You may donate on site (cash only) or you can visit our team fundraising page and donate to the person of your choice!

All proceeds will benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Prevention in memory of Joshua Bouton. To purchase tickets online, please visit this link.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Founders Souvenir Pint Night
Blackfinn American Grille, 157 W, Randhurst Village, Mt. Prospect, IL (847) 398-5501
Join us while supplies last. Order one of the 2 new Founders draft and keep the glass. We are now serving the Founders All Day IPA and Pale Ale.

A peek at the week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 19

BrickStone Bottles Coming to Chicago
Binny's Beverage Depot, Chicago area store
This small brewpub from Bourbonnais finally has some bottles making their way to the Chicago area. Their award winning pale ale will lead the pack along with a cherry ale and Shady Summer, a wheat beer with lemon. Look for these beers in 22 oz. bottles in the Chicagoland Binny's the week of August 19th. (There's a chance it may turn up at other retail accounts; I've got this info from Binnys)

DESTIHL Chicago Debut Tapping
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Paddy Long's has confirmed to me they'll be tapping DESTIHL beers, and seem to be the earliest in the Chicago market. They are expecting (but won't be sure until the kegs come in) the Abbey's Single, Hoperation Overload double IPA, and the Saint Dekkera Barrel-Aged Belgian Sour version of the Hawaii Five-Ale (made with five different fruits). Some of the beers may be tapped at opening, with the Saint Dekkera going up at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Hopleaf Welcomes Destihl Brewing
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Hopleaf welcomes DESTIHL Brewing! We'll be tapping three Destihl beers—we're expecting Nit Wit, Vertex, & either the Abbey's Single or a St. Dekkera Sour — and Brewmaster Matt Potts from the brewery will be here. Come by and try and say hi!

Tuesday, Aug. 20

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Dogfish Head Ancient Ales Dinner
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
We're going back... waaaaaay back with Dogfish Head's latest dinner series. To where exactly? Well, Rome, Finland, Honduras, China- just jump in our time machine and come along for the ride!
Since 1999, Dogfish Head has worked closely with molecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern to bring ancient brewing history back to life. The resulting ancient ales transport modern beer connoisseurs to a time when brewers were unencumbered by purity laws, style rules and bottom lines.
Juniper berries, chai, cocoa nibs, ancho chilis, muscat grapes, saffron and honey are just some of the unique ingredients that flavor these Ancient Ales and make them perfect for food pairings!
Join Zach from Dogfish Head as he transports you to another time through Ancient Ales!
Featured beers and their pairings will be:
Chateau Jiahu- Pankoras
Sah'tea- Venison Chili spiced with ginger
Theobroma- Roasted Chicken Mole
Birra Etrusca Bronze- Past Bolognaise
Midas Touch- Wild Mushroom Risotto
Food will include a 5-course meal to pair with each beer, specifically recommended by Dogfish Head.
Each ticket purchased includes a commemorative glass, coaster, and poster. Tickets are $65 through Eventbrite.

And Yes, you'll want advance warning for this:

Wednesday, Aug. 21

12:00 pm ♦ Ticket Sales for Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer
On this Brown Paper Tickets link.
The 2013 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer takes place Saturday, November 16 at the Skyline Loft of the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago. Tickets go on sale today at the Brown Paper Tickets link above, $50 plus fees.
First Session: 1:00 - 5:00 PM (ImBIBE members gain early access at 12:00PM)
Second Session: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
This is the country's largest celebration of wood and barrel aged beer, produced by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and highlighting styles of beer that have been aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. Enjoy a sampling from our selection of beers, which may or may not be available commercially from breweries across the country.
Attendees will be treated to a vast array of exotic flavors from some of the rarest craft beers. Craft beers aged in new or used wine, whiskey or Bourbon barrels take on many of the characteristics of that libation. Brewers of traditional or not-so-traditional Belgian-inspired beers often prefer used barrels so different resident micro organisms will impart a refreshing tart and acidic character. Fruit, spices, coffee and syrup may also compliment the already complex character of wood-aged beers.
Long before the advent of stainless steel, the use of wooden barrels imparted many unique characteristics to beer. In many ways, the U. S. craft brewer has come full circle, returning to the roots of brewing while demonstrating creativity unmatched anywhere in the world.

2013 National Wood-Aged Beer Competition (Style Categories):

  1. Classic Porter/Stout
  2. Barleywine/Wheatwine
  3. Strong Porter/Stout
  4. Classic Styles
  5. Strong/Double/Imperial Pale Beer
  6. Strong/Double/Imperial Dark Beer
  7. Fruit Beer
  8. Experimental Beer
  9. Wild Beer/Brett
  10. Wild Beer/Acidic
  11. Cider/Perry/Mead


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