Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 10-13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 10-13
A little love in your foam this week.

There are a lot of events, romantic or otherwise, in the run-up to Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 10

4:00 pm ♦ Hopslam at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Bell's Hopslam! Hurry...Get it before it’s gone!

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire beer dinner with Bell's Beer
Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000
Grab a seat at our first beer dinner of the year featuring Bell's Brewery Inc., located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our Executive Chefs have created a custom five course menu to pair with the flavorful, unfiltered and quality craft beers from Bell's. 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.

Tuesday, February 11

6:00 pm ♦ High Octane Beer Dinner at Tribes Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Here's the scoop: A 6 course event each paired with a high ABV brew (at least 10%). A lot of great food and some fantastic beer - have your friend drive! $50 per person plus tax and tip. Only the first 30 reservations can be accepted.

6:00 pm ♦ Vander Mill Post Cider Summit Event
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
WOB - Naperville is having a Post Cider Summit event featuring Vander Mill Hard Ciders. We will have Hard Apple, Blue Gold, Totally Roasted and Cyser Van Doom on tap. All ciders will be tapped at 6:00pm and don't be late: delicious ciders like this won't last long.

6:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer Drinker's Local 737 Union meeting
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Union leader Pete Crowley will be pouring something new and fun for card carrying members of the Beer Drinkers' Union! Enjoy samples of our 3 newest brews - Last Chance Belgo IPA, Bad M'fer Double Black Rye IPA and Ombibulous IV. Can't make it for the party? Enjoy $10 growler fills ($15 with glass) of these 3 brews, ALL DAY LONG!

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Bell's Beer dinner
WildFire Chicago, 159 W. Erie, Chicago (312) 787-9000
Join our first beer dinner of the year, featuring a custom four course menu paired with a variety of brews from Bell's. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. The event is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Marissa or Grace at 312-787-9000.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Beer Dinner at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Come learn what local brewers Two Brothers have to offer as we pair some of our great new menu items to create an experience any beer lover will enjoy! Reception at 6:30, dinner starts at 7:00. Space is limited so purchase tickets today! $50 at

7:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Mardi Gras Beer Dinner with Abita Brewing!
Heaven on Seven Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
Our Mardi Gras Celebration begins with a Seven Course Beer Dinner featuring Abita Brewing Co. of Abita Springs, Louisiana! Each course will be paired and prepared with a craft beer from Abita. This is one of our more popular events of the year, and it's sure to sell out, so make your reservations today, by getting tickets (and viewing the menu) here.
As always, reservations are required. The cost of the dinner is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. There is a 'no beer' option for $45. The regular menu will not be available. Click the link below for reservations.

Wednesday, February 12

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Red Skull imperial red ale (draft only) & Riot Pils, a crisp Czech-style pilsner named for the Lager Beer Riots of 1855, Chicago's first civil disturbance.

3:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Beer Tasting
Mariano's, 1350 E. Rt. 22, Lake Zurich, IL

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Greenbush Delusion: Imperial Cream Stout Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels from Journeyman Distillery

5:00 pm ♦ Beer My Valentine at Small Bar Division
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Warm your heart up with a few brews! We'll be pouring Half Acre Quakerbridge, Heyoka, Chocolate Camaro, and Daisy Cutter.

5:00 pm ♦ Kwak & Tripel Karmeliet Glassware Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
We will be giving away both Bosteels Kwak and Tripel Karmeliet glasses starting at 5pm. Plus every time we empty either barrel, Adam from Artisanal Imports will “open” a bottle of DeuS Brut des Flandres for the lucky person that ordered the last beer from the barrel!

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Revolution Pint Night at McGee's
McGee's Tavern & Grille, 950 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 549-8200
Revolution is the featured brewery for a pint night at McGee's Tavern. $3 Rev Brews: A Little Crazy, Cross of Gold, Eugene Porter.

6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner
The Wise Boxer Pour House,16 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 630-717-0400
A 5 course Beer Dinner prepared by Chef Mitch Garcia with Goose Island Brewery. Dinner will start promptly at 6:30 and the cost is $50.00 per person. Reservations are required and seating will be limited. So sign up now for this great event!
Pairings: Fresh Diver Sea Scallops with Pere Jacques, Fresh Strawberry Salad with Sofie, Peppercorn Beef Short Ribs with Pepe Nero, Duck Matilda with Matilda, Mini Spiced Chocolate Bundt Cake with Nut Brown Ale.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ 4 Hands Debut Tapping
Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Celebrate the launch of one of the newest breweries around. We'll feature 4 Hands beers from St. Louis on tap, and you can meet the crew during this tasting. Event is free, but RSVP soon to save your spot. (312) 768-4400.

7:00 pm ♦ Vegetarian Beer Dinner with Ale Asylum
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead welcomes Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum to Chicago with a Vegetarian Beer Dinner! Chef Cleetus Friedman, along with special guest Nathan Sears of The Radler, will be preparing a four course vegetarian (mostly vegan) dinner. Head brewer at Ale Asylum Dean Coffey will be in the house as guests get the chance to sample beers and fantastic fare, all while learning how Ale Asylum plans to conquer the Chicago market.
For more information, visit the Facebook page
Cost: $50. Buy tickets and see the menu at Brown Paper Tickets.

Thursday, February 13

5:00 pm ♦ Take a Snapshot of Your Valentine!
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
We will be tapping New Belgium's newest release Snapshot Wheat, plus a RARE 2010 vintage of New Belgium's Valentine Ale! Grab a snapshot and then have a snapshot taken of you and your sweetheart in the New Belgium photo booth!

5:00 pm ♦ Big Shoulders Beer Company Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Three beers from Chicago's Big Shoulders Beer Company on tap!
Crosstown Wheat ● American Wheat Ale ● 5% ABV
Hopapalooza IPA ● American IPA ● 6% ABV
Wind Chill Winter Wheat ● Dunkelweiss ● 5.6% ABV

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Bell's Night
Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, 1101 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 708-383-5253
Bell's Night will feature the one and only, Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout, alongside the elusive Expedition Stout, our flagship, Amber Ale, and our current seasonal, Smitten Golden Rye! Come out and confuse Cupid by showing your love a day early!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Shared Harvest Elgin
Ola La Ijorere, 51 S. Spring St., Elgin
Enjoy a selection of beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company, cheese from Curds & Whey Cheese Company at Gracious Hall of Geneva and desserts by Candi. Musical performances throughout the evening by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Raffles & other giveaways. Tickets are $40 each, or two for $70 through Eventbrite.

7:00 pm ♦ Allagasm at Bar on Buena
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
Some say beer isn’t sexy—The BOB disagrees! The Bar on Buena and Allagash are excited to bring sexy back to beer with the third annual ALLAGASM. For all the lovers of beer out there, Valentine’s Day falls a day early this year with this great beer event. Beers start at $6.
The Line-Up of Sexy Brews from Allagash:
Victor/Victoria - Swing two ways with 2 complimentary Belgian Style ales: the Victoria, brewed with Chardonnay grapes, and her counterpart Victor, brewed with Red Chancellor wine grapes. Beer with a subtle wine-like character.
Interlude - A Farmhouse ale brewed with Farmhouse yeast and a house strain of Brettanomyces yeast for just a little more funk. Aged in wine barrels for an even kinkier experience.
And of course the Allagasm! Allagash White Ale with a splash of Timmerman's Framboise Lambic. Just enough to make one blush.
Ben from Allagash will be on hand with some glassware and goodies to give out. The Bar on Buena staff will be even more charming and seductive than usual and who knows what other sordid fun may be in store.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Beer & Pizza: A Love Worth Celebrating
Dimo's Pizza Six Corners, 1615 N. Damen Ave., Chicago (773) 525-4580
Dimo’s Pizza and Greenbush Brewing Co. present “Beer and Pizza: A Love Worth Celebrating,” an all-you-can-drink-and-eat craft beer and pizza event.
This collaboration between two small businesses will culminate in an Anti-Valentine’s Day themed event celebrating the union of craft beer and pizza. Enjoy a suggested pairing menu of five original Dimo’s slices and matching Greenbush craft brews. The selection of slices will feature special dough made using Greenbush yeast, giving the pizzas a beer-infused flavor. The event will also officially debut a limited-release Dimo’s-inspired Mango IPA beer named “Regret.” This brew will pair with a specialty slice featuring pork belly, pickled radish, blistered chilies and a soy citrus glaze, aptly named “Vindication.”

Tasting Menu:

  • Closure American Pale Ale, 6% ABV, 40 ibu. / Resentment: macaroni, chipotle peppers, hot pepper cheese
  • Retribution Belgian-style Ale, 8.3% ABV, 28 ibu. / Mercy: rutabiya lamb, datess, pine nuts, ras el hanout
  • Regret Mango IPA / Pride: braised pork belly, soy citrus glaze, pickled radishes, blistered chilies
  • Anger Black IPA, 7.6% ABV, 85 ibu. / Ecstasy: coffee-infused jerk chicken, fennel, pineapple
  • Pain Imperial Cream Stout, 11.2% ABV, 78 ibu. / Pleasure: cherry sauce, candied cocao nibs, whipped ricotta

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 on Brown Paper Tickets or for $40 at the door on the day of the event. Attendees will receive a pairing menu, along with a commemorative 6oz. tasting glass. They will spend the next two hours sampling craft beers and pizza slices while a DJ spins records and romantic movie clips are projected onto the walls. There is a cut off of seventy-five attendees for the event, so interested guests should purchase tickets early to ensure a spot.

7:00 pm ♦ Revolution 'Genealogy' Party at Sheffield's
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Have you met Revolution's "Gene" family of variants on their robust and striking Eugene Porter? Join us at 7pm at Sheffield's for a "Geneaology" Party! Featuring Mean Gene, Bean Gene, Blue Gene, Boy Gene, & Wee Gene.
Also featuring LIVE music on our Cottonwood stage from blues guitarist Dave Herrero.

7:00 pm ♦ Atlas/Guys Drinking Beer Collaboration Release
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
With the help of our blogger buddies at Guys Drinking Beer, we brewed a single-hop pale ale with German Melon hops imported by Hop Head Farms, and then infused with hibiscus. We are naming it It's Dangerous to Go Alone in reference to the greatest video game of all time. We're going to release this fruity, refreshing ale the night before Valentine's Day.

8:30 pm ♦ Brew n' View: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL
No cover, 21+. Arrive early for best seating. Food and beverages served throughout the movie.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. Director: Wes Anderson. Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston

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