Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 24-27

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 24-27
Some chances to sample the Bourbon County Stout lineup!

Coming up this weekend is the big Day/Night of the Living Ales at Goose Island Wrigleyville. Tickets are now sold out, but where there's a will, there's a way!

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Monday, February 24

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ BuckleDown Brewing Beer Tasting
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
BuckleDown has a brewery in Lyons. Come on. Check em out! Tap list will include their Painted Turtle APA, made with Michigan-grown hops.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Fairways Chicago Brew Dinner
Fairways, 1141 W Armitage Ave., Chicago (773) 698-6020
6 course beer dinner featuring Revolution Brewing, Lagunitas. Half Acre. Private Ticket Event, Access to golf lounge upstairs. Live Band - Ben Ripani Music Co. (They Rock!). Opens To Public After 9 pm. $75. For details and a menu, link to the Eventbrite page.

8:00 pm ♦ Hopped Up Broads Beer 101 Class
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Sign up for our Hopped Up Broads class, the first in a series of 12 classes in our Beer School. 1 hour class includes Beer Education, Beer Tasting, Two Draft Beers, and Cool Swag
Tickets are $25, email us at to purchase your ticket (limited availability)
Hopped Up Broads will be leading the 12 class series, an organization run by Sheffield’s alum Bri Milka and Hattie Young, whose aim is to expose those interested in furthering their knowledge of craft beer.
Bri graduated from Siebel Institute with a brewing certificate. She has been an assistant Brewster for a year and a half. She has also completed her server Cicerone. Bri is also a member of the Pink Boots Society.

Tuesday, February 25

Revolution Sampling at Mariano’s Northfield
Mariano's Fresh Market, 1822 Willow Rd., Northfield, IL (847) 446-6870
New Mariano's, new beer! Taste some of our beers fresh off the canning line at the newly opened Mariano's in Northfield!

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer & Food Truck Tuesday!
Printer's Row Wine Shop, 719 S. Dearborn, Chicago (312) 663-9314
Join Finch’s Beer Co. & Cheesie’s Truck!

6:00 pm ♦ Rock Bottom Chicago Fire Chief Tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Fire Chief Ale is a medium-bodied, auburn colored ale that gets its sweet side from the caramel and crystal malts and has a little toasty character for balance. The hand-selected hops from the Pacific Northwest lend a crisp and refreshing finish. A portion of Fire Chief Ale sales will go to local fire departments and related charities. To go with Fire Chief, Rock Bottom's menu, features “fiery” items like the 3-Alarm Brisket Chili and Campfire Shrimp, through March 30.

7:00 pm ♦ Beerducation with Marty Nachel
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Do you love learning about beer while drinking beer? Beerducation is back! Marty Nachel, Author of Beer For Dummies and a BJCP Certified Beer Judge, will be joining us at Crown Brewing for a series of classes. The classes will focus on beers by region. The first class will cover beers from England, Ireland and Scotland. The class will cover beer styles, brewing techniques, history and will include a guided tasting of classic styles and American interpretations of that style. The cost is $20. Sign up at the bar is limited!

10:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Half Acre Does the Charleston with the Yoko Ohyeahs
The Charleston, 2076 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago (773) 489-4757
Half Acre has the Charleston's taps runnin' wild with Chocolate Camaro, Heyoka, Daisy Cutter, and Pony Pilsner. Dance with the Yoko Oyeahs whenever you aren't munching on popcorn, plus DIY toppings. Beers. Food. Grooves!

Wednesday, February 26

Bell's Tasting
Plum Market, 1233 N. Wells St., Chicago 312-229-1400
We'll have a variety of beers on tap including one of Bell's specialty beers.

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Chicago Smoke, a seriously smoky German-style rauchbier, and Jukebox Hero, a double dry-hopped black IPA (also available in 22-oz. bottles). Jukebox Hero is the first of our 2014 "Hero" series, which will include Galaxy Hero (April), Crystal Hero (May), and Citra Hero (June).

8:00 pm ♦ BuckleDown Brewery Night
Division Ale House, 1942 W Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
Meet co-founders Sean Mahoney and Ike Orcutt at this free beer event featuring BuckleDown Brewery, a small-batch craft brewery/taproom that launched in Lyons, Illinois in 2013. Featured beers from head brewer Ike Orcutt include Fiddlesticks Belgian-style IPA, Painted Turtle Extra Pale Ale, Shady Aftermath Robust Porter and Belt & Suspenders American IPA (all $6). Executive chef Wally Rouse prepares BuckleDown beer-spiked specials including Blackened Bacon and Artichoke Beer Dip, Beer-Braised Tortilla Soup, Ale-Brined Fried Chicken and Aftermath Lava Cake (prices vary $2.99-$10.99).

12:00 pm ♦ DryHop Collaboration Tapping
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
We've brewed 2 collaborations with DryHop Brewers - we'll tap ours at noon, and then run over to tap their version at 6pm!
Our version, brewed here is a straw colored saison brewed like an IPA! hopped and dry-hopped with Centennial and Amarillo. We're following up by brewing one there - same malt and yeast but hopped and dry-hopped with Galaxy and Citra!

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Pappy Van Winkle + Against the Grain/De Molen Bo and Luke Imperial Stout: A smoked beer aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. Yes, it’s as good, nay, BETTER than it sounds. PLUS we are going to sell a 5 oz sample with 3 different vintages of Pappy on a flight paddle! Only have enough supply for the first 35 or so customers so get here early!

5:00 pm ♦ Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Speakeasy beers on tap include:

  • Big Daddy American IPA: 6.5% ABV
  • Black Hand Sweet Stout: 7.1% ABV
  • Payback Coffee Porter: 7.5% ABV
  • Prohibition American Amber: 6.1% ABV

6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Takeover!
Flaco's Tacos Wrigley, 3530 N. Clark St Chicago 773-975-8226
We turn over 6 tap handles to Goose Island Brewery. Featured beers: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Barleywine, Matilda, and more! For every Goose beer you buy, you'll be entered into a raffle for a VIP Goose Island Brewery Tour for 4 people...the more you drink the better your chances of winning!

6:30 pm ♦ Rock Bottom Warrenville Fire Chief tapping
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL 630-836-1380
See Tuesday's listing for details.

6:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Stouts and Porters
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Goose Island brewers on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. $25 per person. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.

Hopslam7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Hopslam 3-Ways
Poor Phil's Shell Bar, 139 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL (708) 848-0871
Bell's Hopslam the best way possible… your choice! Enjoy this Double IPA any way you can get it, especially on draft, out of a cask, or in a bottle. Try one, try them all. Come out early and you may even get a complimentary Hopslam glass!

9:00 pm ♦ Johnny Cash Tribute at Tribes Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Swing by Mokena for an Open Mic Tribute Night for The Man in Black! There will be great black beer specials, fantastic tunes all night. Come out and celebrate Johnny's birthday with us!

Thursday, February 27

Stout-uary Wrap-Up at Hackney's
Hackney's Printers' Row, 733 S. Dearborn St., Chicago (312) 461-1116
Celebrate stouts and the conclusion of Stoutuary with a spectacular line-up of Bell's Brewery stouts. Expedition Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Cherry Stout, Java Stout, Harry Magill's Spiced Stout, Oatmeal Stout and Rye Stout will be available for your tasting pleasure.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
A Night of Hoppin' Frog specialty kegs! Including BORIS, DORIS, Outta Kilter, Hoppin to Heaven & Café Silk.

5:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer & Apps Social at BlackFinn Mt. Prospect
Blackfinn American Grille, 157 W. Randhurst Village Dr., Mt. Prospect, IL (847) 398-5501
Revolution is Brewery of the Month at BlackFinn. Tonight join us for a $20 beer & appetizers social.

6:00 pm ♦ Oak & Iron III: A Bounty of Barrel-Aged Beer
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Celebrate an eve of magic, myth, and epic heroism. And beer. Lots of barrel-aged beer.
The third annual Oak & Iron begins at 6:00 pm with DJ Grimsbørg spinning an array of fantasy-inspired prog, dungeon synth, and assorted metals, while regaling you with tales from forgotten sword-wielding cinema on our ten-foot screen. Live music begins at 10:30 pm with ZUUL and Bible of the Devil.

Tap List: Allagash James Bean, Boulevard Rye on Rye, The Bruery Bois, Deschutes/Goose Island Class of 88, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Goose Island 2012 Bourbon County Stout, Great Divide 19th Anniversary, Haymarket Woodford Aged Indignant, Jolly Pumpkin 2013 Madrugada Obscura, Lost Abbey Deliverance, New Belgium Le Terroir, Perennial La Boheme, Revolution Very Mad Cow, Solemn Oath Mean Ol' Grumpess, Stone Wøøtstout, Three Floyds Barrel Aged Behemoth, Victory Red Thunder, Virtue Percheron.

6:00 pm ♦ Lake Effect Brewery Event
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
WOB-Naperville will be serving Lake Effect Brewing Brett, Brett Frambios, Witbier and Unholy Mole Stout, and a Lake Effect and ManBQue collaboration on draught. A representative for the brewery will be on site handing out samples of their delicious beer and answering your questions!

6:00 pm ♦ Fire Chief Ale Tapping and Fundraiser
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550, also at Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Come out for the Fire Chief Ale Tapping!
Join us for the tapping, 50/50 prize opportunity, silent auction, bagpipers and special guests from the local Fire Departments. Proceeds from the Lombard tapping benefit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s “Camp I am Me”

7:00 pm ♦ Bakersfield Beer Dinner
Bakersfield Restaurant, 220 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 568-3615
We’re partnering with Merchant du Vin, the premier European beer importer, for a special 4-course dinner with beer pairings. Executive Chef Patrick Cassata will prepare the beer-friendly menu, and Jim Blockinger from Merchant du Vin will discuss the pairings.
$45/person. Reservations required. Reserve online here or call (630) 568-3615.
A credit card number will be taken to secure your reservation.

7:00 pm ♦ Lakefront Brewing Night
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Lakefront Brewery keep the pint night. We will be tapping Fixed Gear, Big Easy, New Grist, River West, IPA, 25th Anniversary brandy barrel aged pumpkin, IBA, and there is a possibility for a My Turn series as well.

7:00 pm ♦ Dueling Beer Dinner
Basil's Greek Dining, 4000 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora, IL 630-692-1300
Join us on for a six-course dueling beer dinner featuring Solemn Oath Brewery and Iconic Belgian Specialty Beers from Artisanal Imports. Only $45 per person.
Call Basil's or click here to make a reservation.

7:00 pm ♦ Founders Beer Pairing Breakfast at Dinner
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Four course meal featuring Founders Harvest Ale, Backwoods Bastard, Breakfast Stout and Imperial Stout paired with breakfast selections such as crab benedict with grapefruit hollandaise, sage chicken & bacon-studded waffles, deconstructed coffee-crusted corned beef, and more delights! Reservations required at $45,

7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Social
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 28 W. New York St., Aurora, IL (630) 844-0400
Goose Island Beer Social: Sample five limited releases plus appetizers; and everyone gets a collectors glass to keep. The beers to sample are Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Coffee, Backyard Rye, Proprietors Reserve and the Barleywine. A Goose Island representative will be here to answer all the questions you have! $30.00. Please sign up at the Pub or email Holly for more details.

7:00 pm ♦ Chicago Small & Local
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
Showcasing some of Chicago's finest small craft beer breweries in our Beer School Bar;
Golden Prairie Brewing, Spiteful Brewing, Une Annee Brewery, Off Color Brewing, and BuckleDown Brewing. We'll be featuring several of their beers on tap along with a meet and greet with the brewers.

8:30 pm ♦ Brew n' View: The Big Lebowski
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
No cover, 21+. Arrive early for best seating. Food and beverages served throughout the movie.
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler nicknamed "the Dude." After a case of mistaken identity the Dude is introduced to a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski. When the millionaire Lebowski's trophy wife is later kidnapped he commissions the Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release.

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