All roads this week lead to Navy Pier and the Cider Summit this Saturday. Check below for some pre-Summit apple-y events!
Monday, February 3
7:00 pm ♦ CiderCON Kick-Off: ANTHEM Cider
Luxbar, 18 E. Bellvue Pl., Chicago (312) 642-3400
Meet and drink with Wandering Aengus Ciderworks/Anthem Cider owners, James Kohn & Nick Gunn at LUXBAR! LUX will be tapping a super special barrel of ANTHEM's Blind Tiger Ransom Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider. A treat certainly not to be missed!!
Tuesday, February 4
5:00 pm ♦ Ale Asylum Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Join us in welcoming Ale Asylum to Chicago!
Beers on tap include:
Ambergeddon American Amber ● 6.8% ABV
Bedlam Belgian-Style IPA ● 7.5% ABV
Hopalicious American Pale Ale ● 5.8% ABV
Madtown Nutbrown American Brown Ale ● 5.2% ABV
Plus a "to be announced" specialty barrel from the brewery!
7:00 pm ♦ Ale Asylum Tap Launch Party
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
Lottie's will host a Tap Takeover launch party for the release of the new Ale Asylum beer from Madison, Wisconsin. Guests will indulge in a FREE Wisconsin-style appetizer buffet as well as a choice of six Ale Asylum drafts ($4 pints and $9 flights of 3). Meet the Ale Asylum Brewmaster! Lottie's will feature the Badgers vs. Illinois game on all TVs.
Wednesday, February 5
Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
4th Year Beer, a Belgian-style quad, & TV Party, our rye IPA with huge hop flavor.
Wednesday Night Flights with Bell's
Autre Monde Cafe and Spirits 6727 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL 708-775-8122
Every Wednesday in February Autre Monde is serving up a flight of Bell's beer (Smitten, Oarsman, and Midwestern Pale Ale) alongside a hand crafted charcuterie board. Stop by each week as the charcuterie board may change throughout the month.
5:00 pm ♦ Summit Brewing Company Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Beers on tap include:
Frost Line American Rye Ale ● 5.8% ABV
Horizon American Red Ale ● 5.7% ABV
Saga American IPA ● 6.4% ABV
Oatmeal Stout NITRO ● 4.7% ABV
6:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Sonoma Cidermaster Dinner
Sun Wah BBQ, 5039 N. Broadway, Chicago (773) 769-1254
Meet David Cordtz, Fred Einstein, Robert Cordtz, and Dwight Harrington and enjoy a great meal paired with out current line-up. Visit www.sunwahbbq.com for tickets, $35/person (limited seating).
7:00 pm ♦ How Do You Like Them Apples?
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Love Cider? We certainly do! As a matter of fact we are down right crazy about it. To celebrate Cider, the folks who grow the apples and the folks who make us fantastic Ciders we are going to be tapping some incredible Ciders.
Farnum Hill Dooryard, Aspall Still Cider, Original Sin Cherry Tree, Uncle John's Melded, Vander Mill Puff the Magic Cyser, Tieton Cider Works, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, and more! We will also be offering some incredible Ciders in bottles.
Chef Cleetus and crew in back are going to offering some special dishes to pair with the Ciders...and for this we cannot wait!
February 5 - 7
Chicago Cider Conference Events at Jake's
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Jake’s goes hard from Wednesday, February 5 – Friday, February 7 while hosting events in homage to Chicago’s CiderCon. The festivities kickoff on Wednesday with a Virtue Cider Party.
Thursday continues with the Vander Mill Cider Party, which will include three cask-conditioned firkins of Hard Apple, Bon Chrétien and Totally Roasted Cider. Puff the Magic Cyser will also be available, which is a cider fermented with honey and aged in New Holland Dragon's Milk barrels.
Want to get schooled? Drop in on Friday for the Artisanal Imports Tasting and Q&A with Farnum Hill from New Hampshire, EZ Orchards from California and Aspall Ciders from England. On Saturday, save those CiderCon badges. Come back after the convention, flash your badge and receive a reward from Jake’s.
Thursday, February 6
12:00 pm ♦ Tapping J.K. Scrumpy's Orchard Gate Gold
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Hopleaf is the first place to offer this cider on draft, and we'll be pouring it from the start at noon. Will also be featuring: Northern Neighbor, Winterruption, Summer, and introducing The Pair (a Perry cider). At 7pm Bruce Wright—one of owners of J.K.'s Scrumpy will be on hand to meet & greet and to answer any questions. Free admittance. New, fun, and delicious so c'mon!
4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Founders Boyl’Rmayk’R: Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale aged in 18-year bourbon barrels. Oak-y, bourbon-y and corn-y, this lil’ sucker retains its original crushability while adding the complex flavors of barrel aging. Get ready for the future of barrel aged beers.
6:00 pm ♦ TAP THIS! 2nd Anniversary feat. Firestone Walker 15, 16 & 17
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
We're celebrating 2 years of good people listening to good music eating good food & drinking good beer at the Fisch! No Cover, no bullshit. Just come in and have a good time!
What better way to celebrate this Tap This! Anniversary than with a 3 year vertical of Firestone Walker's Anniversary beer on draft!?
ON TAP: Firestone Walker 15, 16, 17 & Pivo Pils
BOTTLES: Firestone Walker Double DBA 2012 & Sucaba 2012
6:00 pm ♦ Pre-Cider Summit Event
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us at WOB - Naperville for our special Pre Cider Summit Event. We will have Aspall Dry and Imperial ciders, Vander Mill Totally Roasted & Blue Gold, Wandering Aengus Oaked Dry and Fresh Hop; all on draught for you to enjoy!
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Zeffer Cidery Tasting
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
If you haven’t jumped on the cider bandwagon phenomenon yet, maybe this will change your mind. Josh Townsend, from arguably one of New Zealand’s best cider producers, Zeffer, is coming to Binny’s. He’ll share Zeffer’s fine ciders, including Apple, Pear, and Slack Ma Girdle.
Not only is their fruit sourced directly from New Zealand growers and freshly crushed on site at the cidery, but the entire small operation is run by a cute husband and wife team, Sam Whitemore and Hannah Bower. They produce their ciders in small batches with the intent to interfere as little as possible, allowing natural flavors and aromas to develop for a unique cider. No RSVP is required.
Can’t make it? Don’t worry. Josh and his team will pour their delicious fruit fizz at Chicago’s Cider Summit on Saturday, February 8th. Click here for tickets
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Single Hopped Beer Night
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
Join Bell's for an evening where we focus on beers that use only one hop: Roundhouse IRA, Smitten Golden Rye Ale and Two Hearted.
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ BYOB Comedy Show "Congrats on Your Success"
Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
If you enjoy hilarious entertainment from diverse, literate performers, check out Congrats on Your Success - a free, byob comedy show at Uncharted Books in Logan Square the 1st Thursday of every month.
Free admission, BYOB, plus Free Beer courtesy of Powell Brew House. (This is not a 21+ event because it's a bookstore, but don't bring children or be a child because everyone will hate you)
Bill Bullock (CoYS producer)
Mike Timlin (Flock Yourself open mic at Bird's Nest)
Stephanie Hasz (Shinebox Comedy)
Jason Earl Folks (Shinebox Comedy)
Liza Treyger (Comedy Central)
Hosted by Congrats on Your Success Producer Rebecca O'Neal!
There will be games, antics, giveaways, beer, music, and, of course, FREE COMEDY!
(Donations encouraged! Goes to performers!)
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Furthermore Beer Tapping
Crew bar + grill, 4804 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
Meet Aran Madden, Owner and Brewer of Furthermore Beer from Spring Green, Wisconsin. He will be tapping the first keg in Illinois of their newest beer creation. It’s so new, it doesn’t have a name yet!
8:30 pm ♦ Rabbits Hopslam Tapping
Rabbits Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster Ave., Chicago (773) 736-5766
Join us for a Bell's Hopslam (how appropriate) tapping at 8:30 p.m. Smitten and Special Double Cream Stout will also be on tap.
9:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Ale Ayslum Release Party & Concert at the Bottom Lounge
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 666-6775
Join Ale Asylum at Bottom Lounge to celebrate their crossing of the state line! They’ll be sponsoring an event featuring live music from The People's Temple, Radar Eyes, Outer Minds, and Hozac Records DJs.
Co-Founders Otto Dilba and Dean Coffey will be there, along with additional Ale Asylum reps. Come hoist a pint (or solo cup) and show us how it’s done IL style.
Doors open at 8PM, show starts at 9PM. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased by clicking here.
Saturday, Februrary 8
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 cidersummit.com and at the Hotel Palomar (505 N. State St.) 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.