Chicago Craft Beer Events, Feb 7-9

Chicago Craft Beer Events, Feb 7-9
Overgrown cider press near Wickridge Hill, England. © Copyright Bob Tinley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

So it seems I missed the Industry Night opening for Lagunitas' Chicago brewery this past Tuesday. No sour grapes here, as it's difficult to think of escaping the bosom of my family in this weather. But let's just let this serve as notice that yes, their new tap room will be in business very soon!

Friday, February 7

5:00 pm ♦ Beer and Cheese Happy Hour
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Come try cheeses from Pastoral Artisan Cheese that we've chosen to compliment a flight of our beers.

5:00 pm ♦ Cider Con Meet & Greet
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Join us this Friday to celebrate all things Cider! As part of the Cider Summit series of events that are open to the public. Join us for our Cider Makers Meet & Greet in our Beer School Bar. We’ll be joined by makers from Original Sin, Vandermill, and Ace Cider. We’ll also be giving away 2 tickets to Cider Summit (you must be present to win), and featuring the following ciders:
Vander Mill – Ginger Peach, Chapman’s Blend, Puff the Magic Cyser & Perry; Origional Sin – Cherry Tree & Apple; Ace – Honey & Joker.

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Left Hand Peach Fuzz
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for another Firkin Friday! A special beer dispensed by gravity directly from the firkin, tapped right on the bar counter.
For this week's Firkin Friday feature, we're thrilled to offer our first ever firkin from Left Hand! Stop in for a cask-conditioned pint of their "Peach Fuzz" ale. Made only once a year, and ONLY in this limited cask format. Their classic Sawtooth English-style ESB cask-conditioned with fresh peaches (5.3% abv). An absolute delight not to be missed!

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ BEER. AUTISM. HOPE. CHICAGO.
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Lance's Brewery Tour is a documentary film following hero and beer historian Lance Rice across the country to more than 60 beer breweries gathering information to write his book. This past summer, Lance traveled over 15,000 miles and will continue his voyage visiting Goose Island.
Join Goose Island Founder John Hall to welcome Lance Rice (Beer Expert, autistic) and Aaron Rice (Director of Lance's Brewery Tour, Lance's nephew) to Chicago.
The three hour event is set at $30 per person with Goose Island providing 10 beers on tap for the special event with a portion of ticket sales befitting "Lance's Room." Lance's Room is a non-profit named for Lance which gives back to the autism and beer communities helping with scholarships, vocational training and more.
Tap list: Honker's Ale, Ten Hills Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Lilly Cream Ale, Berliner Weisse, Cueball English Porter, Berliner Weisse, Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, Barrel-Aged Outfoxxed American Brown Ale, Brettanomite Oak-Aged Sour Wheat

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. For more information on the tour, please visit

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Farmhouse Chicago Pop_Up Cider Dinners
Farmhouse Chicago, 419 W. Superior St., Chicago
A Pop-Up Cider Dinner featuring Uncle John's Cidermill. Four course meals with seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm.
$45 Plus Tax. Book at this link.

7:00 pm ♦ Metropolitan Brewing Dinner at 2 Sparrows
2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago (773) 234-2320
2 Sparrows kicks off its monthly dinner series for 2014 with a night of enjoying locally made beers in partnership with Metropolitan Brewing. Hailing from Chicago’s north side, Metropolitan will bring several of its German-style microbrews to 2 Sparrows to be paired with four courses of contemporary German-inspired cuisine by Chef Gregory Ellis. Our dedication to staying seasonal continues here with a menu of winter flavors and local ingredients all designed with a German flair. The four-course menu (on our website) features pairings with  Krankshaft Kölsch Style Beer, Flywheel Lager, Dynamo Copper Lager, and Generator Doppelbock.
The dinner is priced at $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seating is limited to 60 guests and reservations are required by calling (773) 234-2320.

Saturday, February 8

Generator Doppelbock Tapping
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
The beer – and the party – that started it all… Metropolitan Brewing’s Generator is one big, bad beer. Deeply malty, deceptively 8.2% bold. Sounds like a party is brewing. If you were lucky enough to be there last time we tapped Generator you know this: I won’t miss this …

11:00 am - 8:00 pm ♦ Cider Summit Chicago
Navy Pier, E. Grand Ave., Chicago
SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of their successful Cider Summit festival to Chicago, IL. This year’s event will take place in two sessions - 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Lakeview Terrace Room at Navy Pier. Cider Summit Chicago is presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot and will once again benefit The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association and Heartland Alliance.
The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions. Cider Summit will feature over 90 ciders from throughout the U.S., England, Scotland, France, Spain, and New Zealand. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, an author’s corner, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 (cash only, if tickets remain) at the door and are available online at and at the Hotel Palomar concierge desk. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. Designated driver tickets are available for $5, and include a bottle of water. A separate ticket is required for each session. The event is 21 and over only.

11:00 am - 9:00 pm ♦ Winter Games Bar Crawl 2014
Meet at Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
What better way to celebrate the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics than with a few Winter Games of our own?
Go for the gold! Join the Junior Advisory Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for a day of winter-themed bar games! How many gold medals can you win?
Dress in support of your favorite country or winter sport! Prizes will be awarded for the best team costume. And don’t forget your hat and gloves! There will be several beer gardens open throughout the event.
Games include the famous frozen t-shirt contest, pong, flip cup, karaoke, and Olympic-style “speed” events!
THE BARS: Sheffield's, Vaughan's, Headquarters, Mad River, and Kirkwood
Tickets for the event are just 25$! Purchase in advance by calling Heather at 312-236-4491 x113 or you can purchase them at the door.

1:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Revolution 4th Birthday Party SOLD OUT
Revolution Brewery & Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS
Four years of Rev Brew? That’s crazy! To celebrate, we are throwing a party at our Kedzie Avenue brewery. If you can find tickets, they include:
• 12 food & beer pairings
• Complimentary Revolution Brewing Belgian tulip glass
• Full beer lineup available at the tap room bar (20+ beers total)
• 22 oz. bottle of 4th Year Beer Belgian quad on your way out the door
There will be 2 sessions: 1-4pm and 5-8pm.

5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Vernon Hills Craft Beer Tasting
Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 847-996-6800
Attention craft beer & BBQ aficionados in NW Chicagoland! The Vernon Hills Park District is hosting its first craft beer tasting & BBQ event. We couldn't, in good conscience, invite 15 breweries without also including some equally excellent food. Real Urban BBQ will be cooking up some beer-inspired food, so run, do not walk to the Sullivan Center to purchase your tickets. Receive a free tasting glass with every ticket.
Here's a list of some of the breweries that will be coming: Revolution, Half Acre, Tightnead, Church Street, Ram (Wheeling), Lake Bluff, Summit, Rogue, and more.
Tickets must be purchased in person at the Sullivan Center. $35 (if available). Must be 21 or older.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Original Foremost Liquors Beer Tasting
Original Foremost Liquors, 6015 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-338-1188
Sampling beers from Founders: All Day IPA, Dirty Bastard, and Centennial IPA. And Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and Ophelia.

7:00 pm ♦ Hopslam on the Bayou
Smokey Barque BBQ, 20 Kansas St, Frankfort, IL 815-277-2502
Heat up with Cajun cuisine specials and two live bands. Bell's Hopslam and Third Coast Old Ale will be tapped at 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 9

6:00 pm ♦ "Walking Dead" on the Big Screen
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Who else would do this? The Zombie Apocalypse goes great with hot wings!

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Tags: Cider Summit, Hopslam

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