So much to fit, so little time. We also note the opening this weekend of Compass Bar, 433 W. Diversey, Chicago. This proposes itself as a "beer-centric" restaurant and bar concept specializes in craft beer and wood-fired pizzas. The bar features 180 bottled beers and 20 rotating tap handles.
Friday, February 21
3 Floyds & Friends Beer Spectacular
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us when the weeklong inaugural 3 Floyds and Friends BEERTACULAR, featuring 'not normal' fun, lands at Northdown! We'll be featuring the artwork of the one and only Don Rock and, of course, some amazing beers from 3 Floyds.
Tapping at 11 am: 3 Floyds Zombie Dust & Robert the Bruce, Off Color Brewing/3 Floyds Rats in the Ashes, Half Acre Beer Company/3 Floyds SheWolf
3 pm: 3 Floyds Baller Stout (3 Floyd’s 15th Anniversary beer. A blend of Dark Lord, Surly Darkness, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch), BackMasking & Behemoth Barleywine
Original artwork from Don Rock will be on exhibit and available for purchase.
Oskar Blues Tap Takeover
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
We will be throwing a swagger in the step with Oskar Blues.
On tap: Ten Fidy, Breckenridge Barrel Aged Ten Fidy, Mama’s Yella Pils, Deviant Dale's & Breckenridge Barrel Aged G’Knight.
Special pricing on all Oskar Blues beers including cans of Dale’s and cans of Old Chub.
1:00 pm ♦ Ticket sales open for Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, is our guide. Study several beers and learn exactly what you're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Tickets go on sale today at 1 p.m. for the next class, to be held March 8, 4 p.m. Topic: Bock beer and other seasonals. Limit, 45 people. Price, $25 per person. Cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School.
5:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ Burger & Beer Night
Dunlays on the Square, 3137 W. Logan Boulevard, Chicago (773) 227-2400
A package deal! A burger and Two Brothers beer for $15A short rib burger- includes short rib, ground beef, and bacon. Garnished with fennel, celery root coleslaw and stone ground mustard.
7:00 pm ♦ Saison Sombre des Brasseurs Release Party and NWAF Pre-Party
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL (630) 229-6030
Hopvine Brewing Company and Chicago Brew Werks collaboration brew Saison Sombre de Brasseurs, the first commercial brew to use a brand new yeast strain created by Omega Yeast Labs. We are also taking this opportunity to host the pre-party for the Naperville Winter Ale Fest!
7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Beer Dinner at Pinstripes Oak Brook & South Barrington
Pinstripes, 7 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 630-575-8700, and 100 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington, IL 847-844-9300
Enjoy an exceptional four-course dinner with four perfectly paired Bell's beers. A Bell's representative will educate and enlighten you throughout the evening. $60 per person, please purchase at the front. Menu available at this link. Another Bell's dinner will be held at Pinstripes in Northbrook on February 28
Saturday, February 22
12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ 2014 Naperville Winter Ale Fest
Frontier Park, Naperville, IL
The Naperville Winter Ale Fest will be Naperville’s first outdoor winter beer festival. Situated on the frozen tundra of Naperville’s Frontier Park – the festival will feature over 120 unique beers from craft breweries around the country. Pull out your long-johns and parkas, it’s time to experience winter’s best craft beers. The festival will also feature food from some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks.
A $45 ticket gets you a program guide, 3 oz. tasting glass, and 15 craft beer samples, with extra tickets available at 50¢ each
The goal of the Naperville Winter Ale Fest is to showcase American Craft Beer while supporting the Naperville Community. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Naperville Parks Foundation.
The Naperville Ale Fest is a Lou Dog Events Production. Follow this event on Facebook or the main web page.
12:00 pm ♦ Andechs Chicago Draft Debut!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
You've been asking for it since the day we opened and it has finally made its way to the Bavarian Lodge! Join us as we celebrate the arrival of fresh premium draft beer from Germany's celebrated and sought-after Kloster Andechs!
The fabled Andechs brewery and monastery is located about an hour outside Munich and run by the Benedictine monks of St Boniface in Munich. Until very recently, the only way to enjoy one of their brews was to make the trek to the monastery. Now, all you have to do is make the trip to the Bavarian Lodge to taste what folks in Bavaria have been enjoying since 1455. Stop in and celebrate the draft debut of Andechs this Saturday with THREE Andechs specialties available on draft!
Andechs Vollbier Hell (Classic Helles, 4.8%)
Andechs Weissbier Hell (Hefeweizen, 5.5%)
Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel (Dark Bock, 7.1%)
Note: Additional Parking is now available at Graphics Plus, located right next door to our west, at 1808 Ogden Ave. They have a lighted, paved, safe lot and there is a sidewalk connecting our two lots along Ogden Avenue.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Original Foremost Liquors Beer Tasting
Original Foremost Liquors, 6015 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-338-1188
Sampling beers from 5 Rabbit: 5 Rabbit, 5 Vulture, 5 Grass. And Anchor Steam and California Lager.
7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Floyds & Friends Beertacular
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St., Chicago (773)-837-0145
Join us for a very special evening of art and performances programmed & curated by Three Floyd’s Brewery as part of their their week-long celebration of craft beer in Chicagoland. This Beertacular features an exhibition of work by many of 3 Floyds friends and is a visual and aural exploration of work that inspires the liquid dreams of the brewery. Attendees will receive copies of the Mash Tun Journal, yer friendly craft beer culture magazine, and a complementary pour of 3 Floyds' latest juice.
The event features work by: David Yow, Tim Kerr, Win Wallace, Ian Shults, Jeff Swanson, 666 Photography, Abi Daniel, Bill Jeffrey, Lance Bradley, Don Rock, Billy Baca, Jason Morales, Jon Langford, Carl Jamie Berger and others.
Admission is $20. You must be 21 yrs and older to attend. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, a non profit grassroots arts organization based in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future. PMI publishes the Mash Tun Journal and hosts the Mash Tun Festivals.
After purchasing admission via Paypal, your name will be placed on the RSVP list. Please show your ID at the door.
8:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Revolution presents the Amino Acids
Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State St., Chicago
$8 advance / $10 day of show
Sponsored by Revolution Brewing. Be here for the tapping of a keg of seasonal favorite TV Party Rye IPA!
The Amino Acids, Burned or Buried, and Porno Mags.
Sunday, February 23
12:00 - 2:30 pm ♦ Stone Crime & Punishment Brunch
Fountainhead, 1970 Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join us for a celebration of two of our favorite things… Stone Beer and Brunch. We'll be offering a few hard to find Stone Beers pair wonderfully with Chef Cleetus' Brunch Specialties!
Three: Matt's Burning Rosids
$50.50 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets.
12:00 - 2:00 pm ♦ Cabin Fever Party
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL 630-393-2337
Two Brothers Brewing Company is hosting a Cabin Fever party at the Tap House.
We’re cranking up the heat and celebrating a few of our most recent artisan releases, including the extremely limited release of Midwestern Death Metal, an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with espresso & vanilla.
Advance ticket guarantees the ability to purchase 22oz bottles of Midwestern Death Metal. You'll be entered into a raffle for the XRT/Tivoli Theater John Hiatt Concert on 2/26. Just $5 plus fees at Eventbrite.
12:00 pm ♦ SOLIDARITY :: DARKSIDE
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
Explore the dark side of craft beer! A lot of people have misconceptions about dark beers and we aim to change that. This craft beer event pairs 24 taps of dark beers ranging from stouts, porters, black IPAs, black ales, and the like with vintage arcade games. Football is over. It's cold out. There is not much else to do but to hang out, enjoy some great dark beer and play video games.
Antique Taco is the food joint of choice, right next door.
Tickets are $25 plus service fee at Brown Paper Tickets, and include samples of the dark stuff and a big bag of tokens.
Ballast Point Victory At Sea Imperial Vanilla Coffee Porter & Special Cask :: Victory At Cereal: Victory At Sea W/Cap’n Crunch Cereal
BuckleDown Shady Aftermath Porter
Cervejaria Colorado Guanabara Russian Imperial Stout
Dark Horse TBD
Deschutes Obsidian Stout on Nitro & The Abyss Imperial Stout
Dogfish Head Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew & World Wide Stout
DryHop Porter Jumper Ancho Chili Porter
4 Hands Bona Fide Imperial Stout & Volume 1: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout W/Cocoa Nibs & Coffee
Greenbush Mammoth Weizenbock & Ursus Winter Old Ale
Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Coffee Stout & Baume'
Meantime Russian Imperial Stout
One Trick Pony Kisber Felver
Pipeworks Hey, Careful Man, There’s A Beverage Here!
Revolution Deth’s Tar & Bean Gene
Solemn Oath La Grippe Imperial Black Saison
Stone 2011 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Brewer's Dinner
Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave, Chicago 773-537-4440
New Belgium Brewing and Chop Shop are teaming up for the Brewer's Beer Dinner. Executive Chef Josh Marrelli, Butcher and Owner Mario Minelli will be on hand with NBB Ranger Lincoln Anderson to walk through this 5 course attack. Pairings feature Blue Paddle Czech Style Pilsner, Rampant Imperial IPA, Fat Tire Amber Ale, 1554 Black Lager and a New Belgium + Cigar City Collaboration brewed Marash and Anaheim Chilies
$60 per person and tickets are available at Chop Shop Chicago only. Call to make reservations at 773-537-4440. Or Stop in, grab some cuts, and a couple tickets. Limited availability.