Valentine Weekend Craft Beer Events in Chicago

Valentine Weekend Craft Beer Events in Chicago

Whether you're with someone or without, we've got you covered this weekend.

By the way: tickets to the afternoon session for Day of the Living Ales (March 1, Goose Island Wrigleyville) are sold out, but as of Wednesday night you can still get evening session tickets here!

Friday, February 14

V-Day: Double IPAs for Single People (and Hoppy Couples)
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W Division, Chicago,
and Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
If you're looking for a jam packed restaurant with a $100 Prix-Fixe pasta menu for Valentine's Day, keep clicking. If delicious sandwiches and awesome Double IPAs are more your speed, then please, be our Valentine. Jerry's will be offering surprise food specials and our usual extensive whiskey list, but the draft beer list will just be a little more bitter than usual. It's Double IPA day for your hearts, mouths and bellies. Take that, LOVE!
This event is happening ALL day at BOTH Jerry's locations. Beer lists include:
Jerry's - Wicker Park:
Bell's Hopslam, Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn, Half Acre Navaja, 3 Floyds War Mullet, Solemn Oath Death By Viking.
Jerry's - Andersonville:
Victory Hop Ranch, Bell's Hopslam, Lagunitas Sucks, Flying Dog Nitro Double Dog, Green Flash Palate Wrecker.

Now we need to put big pictures in the body to satisfy the bourgeouis Facebook!

Baume' Release at Half Acre
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
February is pounding home the cold, but the thaw warmly creeps behind it. We rally to bring you another year of Baume', our anniversary black beer that marks our first brew on Lincoln Ave. We take stock, offer our thanks and hunker down to enjoy the decadent grasp of this Chocolate Rye Stout.
Lastly, Valentines Day is approaching. Hallmark Holiday, a perfect opportunity to drum up some romance, a day of dread… whatever your outlook, we'll take this time say, "You're a specimen, and we're into it. "
Here's to you, the romance and the chance to give thanks under a blanket of stout.
Baume' available in growlers, bottles, and on draft.

A Beer for Every Love
Toons Bar & Grill, 3857 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
Bell's Hopslam, Smitten, Two Hearted and Wheat Love will be on tap.

Anti-Valentine's Day Party
Newport Bar and Grill, 1344 W. Newport Ave., Chicago 773-325-9111
Celebrate being single (or drown your sorrows) at Newport Bar and Grill's Anti-Valentine's Day Party, complete with complimentary tastings of Fireball Whiskey. Start off early with half priced appetizers from 3-8pm and continue the night with $4 Fireball Shots, $5 Three Olives cocktails and $4 Craft drafts. Fireball samples will be handed out starting at 9 p.m. Live acoustic music will be performed by Pat Gemkow starting at 10 p.m. Song requests are welcome so grab your list of favorite break up songs and enjoy.

3:00 pm ♦ Quit Stalin… Be Mein (2/14 beer event)
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Partial Draft List:
BFM √225, Boulevard Imperial Stout, Rye on Rye, Dark Horse Trés, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale, Founders Imperial Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Barley Wine 2013, Bourbon County Stout 2013, Half Acre Alpenglow, Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise, Hofstetten Heller Bock Saphire Zymatore, Local Option Bierwerker American Muscle, Pipeworks Simcoe Ninja, Surly Darkness, Three Floyds Behemoth, War Mullet, Zombie Dust.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Original Foremost Liquors Beer Tasting
Original Foremost Liquors, 6015 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-338-1188
Sampling Great Lakes Commodore Perry, Eliot Ness, and Conway's Irish Red. Plus Flying Dog Snake Dog and Raging Bitch.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Valentine's Day Shred the Ex
The Beer Market, 888 N Meacham Rd, Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-8300
“Shred The Ex” out with the old and maybe meet someone new, bring a photo of your ex to send through the shredder! Then stay for the Two Brothers pints and flights, 4 different beers on draft!

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Paddy Long’s Angry Valentines
Paddy Long's Beer and Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago (773) 290-6988
Join Solemn Oath for Paddy Long's Angry Valentines party, 'A Celebration of SOBs.' Secretly hate your boyfriend? Don't bring him and come hang with us. Did you and your wife spend last Valentine's day at some white tablecloth establishment with some violinist in the corner who wasn't even good while wearing a size 38 suit when you're now really more of a 44 while sweating profusely (my God was it hot) while spending $328.74 which doesn't really make sense because your steak was only six ounces? Well this is your year my man. It's called Paddy Long's Beer and Bacon Pub. Think about that.

6:00 pm ♦ Valentine's Day at WoB Naperville
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Nothing says I love you more then delicious craft beer and chocolate! So join us for a special WOB-Naperville Valentines Day. We will have Evil Twin Ying and Yang, Wells Double Chocolate Stout and Banana Bread, and Southern Tier Euro Trash Pilsner on draught and delicious sweet treats from Grahams Fine Chocolates in Geneva.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Valentine's Beer Dinner at Two Brothers Tap House
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL 630-393-2337
Along with noteworthy beers from our cellar, Chef Tommy brings a passionate 7 course dinner for the lovers of the night along with a live jazz band to serenade. Very limited tickets are available for $100.

8:00 pm ♦ Valentine's Day at Two Brothers Roundhouse
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL (630) 264-2739
Join the Two Brothers Brewing Company at the Two Brothers Roundhouse for a Valentine’s Day celebration! DJ Jayrock will be playing all the hits, romantic or not, in the Tavern with special Valentines Day themed eats and treats!

9:00 pm ♦ Valentine's Day Pig Roast
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
$11. Draft beer specials all day. Enter to win Tap House gift cards, fried bacon for a year, or a 20-person BBQ at Tap House.

11:00 pm ♦ Valentine's Day Swingin' Singles Party
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery, 1927 W. North Ave., Chicago 773-772-4422
A room full of singles, tasty pizza, and pint of award-winning Piece drafts. Rock out with Live Band Karaoke, sing duets, and play the Dating Game. Win cool prizes, and get complimentary Piece condoms.

Saturday, February 15

7:00 am ♦ Middle Brow release at Bar on Buena
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
The Bar on Buena celebrates the launch of the latest homebrewer release, The Life Pursuit, with Middle Brow Beer Co. All proceeds from this release will go to charity—it’s a good beer for a good cause!
Matt Holley, resident of the Buena Park neighborhood and frequenter of The Bar on Buena, has been homebrewing for nearly five years and is the winner of Middle Brow’s Homebrewer contest, in which hopeful brewing enthusiasts enter their version of a particular beer style. The winning beer is selected by Middle Brow owners and a panel of experts and put into limited production for the Chicago market via Middle Brow.
Brewer Matt Holley tackled a different saison for every season in 2012. This was his take on a saison d’hiver. He lowered the ABV a pinch (6.6%), mellowed out the dark malt using jaggery and brown sugars, vanilla and cinnamon to subtly compliment the yeast profile.

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Polar Beer Festival 2014
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Sample a variety of Strong Winter Ales from some of Illinois' best breweries on our rooftop terrace!
$35 per person gets you in the door to sample the brews and also includes a complimentary commemorative glass and appetizer buffet. Proceeds will benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Tickets now available on Brown Paper Tickets. A warming area will be available on the second floor, but be sure to bundle up!

12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Delilah's Vintage Strong Beer Fest
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
Delilah’s hosts its Sixteenth annual vintage beer festival. More than one hundred beers, primarily strong ales, barrel aged beers and live beers, from over 50 breweries will be tasted – side by side – many in multiple vintages.
Regionally, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Half Acre, Founders, Bell’s & Lakefront Brewing will be represented, and many of these brewers will be in attendance.
Strong ales have been traditionally brewed during and for the winter and early spring months and are quite suitable for aging – often being brewed a year before release. Many of the ales for this tasting will be sampled in vintage with a few vintage verticals and there will be an emphasis on barrel aged beers. We’ll also be featuring J.W. Lees Harvest Ale from the 1993 vintage, there will be a King & Barnes Festive Ale from 1998 plus ten vintages of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barley Wine.
A unique experience to sample all these strong beers together – along with vintage dated brews including: Anchor Old Foghorn, Avery Hog Heaven, Thomas Hardy’s Ale, Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale, Orkney Skull Splitter, Portland  Adam Barley Wine, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Het Anker Lucifer Ale, Unibroue Trois Pistoles & La Fin Du Monde, Malheur Millennium, Capitol Blonde Dopplebock (multiple vintages), Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine, Maredsous 10 Triple, EKU 28, Grain d'Orge Belzebuth, Rogue Old Crusty and Young’s Old Nick. Admission is $20 for a sampling of the offerings. Information concerning each product will be available.

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Beer Tasting at Binny's Downers Grove
Binny's Downers Grove, 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 705-9463
Catering will be provided by Carlucci's Restaurant. Featured beers include: Bell's Smitten Golden Rye, Amber Ale, Porter and Java Stout. Plus Revolution A Little Crazy, T.V. Party, Cross of Gold, and Coup d'Etat.

6:30 pm ♦ Two Brothers Beer School
Tap House Grill, 1472 Market St, Des Plaines, IL (847) 813-9996
Come for appetizers and beer samples along with some fun education on ale styles, then stay for a pint of the 4 Two Brothers beers on tap

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Pint Night the Horseshoe Grill
Horseshoe Grill, 28682 W. Northwest Hwy., Barrington, IL (847) 381-5530

Again, my Sunday seems a little void.

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