Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 10–13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 10–13
Ale Syndicate has its first anniversary this week!

Monday, March 10

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Sauce & Bread Kitchen Dinner
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
The Half Acre folk say: "If you've been to our store, you've probably seen that we are very fond of the sauces coming out the space that the CO-OP folks have just up the street from us. If you visited them there, you also then know that they not only make sauce, but pretty delicious meals as well. We are thus pretty excited to announce that they are bringing that food to our taproom for one of our Monday Night Dinners. $30 (plus fees, through Brown Paper Tickets gets you a plate with:

  • Roast Chayote, caramelized onion and ricotta salata tart, with salsa verde.
  • Chorizo Meatball, diablo gravy, on demi baguette with pickled beet slaw.
  • Cashew thumbprint cookie with pineapple center.

Wash it all down with two pints of our beer, and a 5oz pour to go along with the cookie.

7:00 pm ♦ Meet Tomme Arthur!
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Lost Abbey’s visionary founder/brewmaster Tomme Arthur will be at Hopleaf for a special Meet-and-Greet. We’ll be pouring some rare Lost Abbey beers and giving our Hopleaf customers a rare opportunity to chat with Tomme. He’s truly one of the great craft beer ambassadors. Free entry.

Tuesday, March 11

Revolution Sampling at Mariano’s Western Springs
Mariano's Fresh Market, 4700 Gilbert Ave., Western Springs, IL (708) 246-6210
New Mariano's, new beer! Taste some of Revolution's beers fresh off the canning line at the newly opened Mariano's in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood! Check back for the start time and beer list.

5:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Tasting
Gentile's Wine Shop, 1160 W. Taylor St., Chicago (312) 850-9463
Revolution Brewery will be tasting out some of there awesome local craft beers while the good folks from Windy City Patty Wagon will be chef’n up some of the firest burgers around to warm you up!

5:00 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit - Meet the Brewer!
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy., Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Join us for a chance to meet the brewer from 5 Rabbit and enjoy a number of his brews from the Gringolandia series!

6:00 pm ♦ Total Tap Assault!
Kinderhook Tap, 8005 Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 708-434-0373
Join BuckleDown Brewing as they bombard The Kinderhook Tap with 6 of their beers: Shady Aftermath, Mirth, Belt & Suspenders, Fiddlesticks, Painted Turtle, and Stompbox.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Beer Dinner
Heaven on Seven Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
We’re teaming up once again with Two Brothers Brewing Company of Warrenville, IL for our March Beer Dinner! We’ll be serving up seven delicious courses, paired and prepared with eight craft beers! This is always a popular event, so be sure to sign up soon. Menu & pairings at our web site. 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 this link for reservations.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Bell's Big Beer Flight
FatDuck Tavern & Grill, 7218 Madison St., Forest Park, IL (708) 488-1493
Experience a sampling of some of the bigger beers in the Bell's Family by grabbing a Bell's Big Beer Flight featuring Consecrator Dopplebock, Hopslam DIPA, and Black Note. Amber Ale will also be included in the flight to help send you back to home base if needed. In addition, Two Hearted Ale will be making a special guest appearance as well, but will not be part of the flight.

7:00 pm ♦ Crown Brewing St. Patrick's Day Kickoff Dinner
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Crown Brewing hosts its 3rd annual St. Patrick's Day Kick Off Beer Dinner with Station 21. Tickets are $50, available at both Crown Brewing and Station 21, and include your beer, food, collectible pint glass and tip! Check the Crown website for the menu.

8:30 - 10:30 pm ♦ Revolution Wingo Bingo at The Irish Oak
The Irish Oak, 3511 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 935-6669
Revolution Brewing is hanging out during Wingo Bingo at The Irish Oak for a night featuring our Beer of the Month, A Little Crazy! We'll bring some Rev Brew swag for bingo prizes!

Wednesday, March 12

Surly at SmallBar Division
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
St Patty’s Day “green beer” is around the corner. Spring appears to be on hold. Snow may still be on the ground through March. Don’t be mad. Get Surly instead!
Featured drafts: Surly Darkness, Abrasive, Bender, Coffee Bender, Mild, AND NOW ALSO Three Floyds & Surly Blakkr.

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Winter Woman Imperial brown ale: A more full-bodied version of Working Woman & Paddy Wagon, a classic dry Irish stout that is nitrogenated for a creamy head.

12:00 pm ♦ Double Daisy Cutter Release at Half Acre
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038

Half Acre's Big IPA returns for 2014

Half Acre's Big IPA returns for 2014

We brew Double Daisy Cutter every three months. You see it as one weather pattern bleeds into the next. It's part of Half Acre's circadian rhythm to touch base with this beer and pump it out to the city. Tough winter, you say? You're not kidding. You owe it to yourself to shed the shell and cut loose. Double Daisy Cutter, in the greater body of beer being brewed today, isn't a 'big' beer. It's a heavy weight session beer, really (8% abv). But, the hop content and process that it endures makes it a vicious pet, indeed. Imagine your haziest friend blowing weed in an orange tree after mowing the lawn.
Take that aroma, douse it in booze and spread it on a slice of multigrain. You've got yourself an open faced Double Daisy sandwich, and it's lunch time. Winter has pulled your underwear clear over your head. Rally back and take what is yours. On draft, and in 22 oz. bottles ($9.99, limit 4).

4:00 pm ♦ North Coast Cellar Reserve Night
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us as we celebrate the rare, barrel-aged, and vintage side of one of our American Craft favorites, North Coast Brewing Company! A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions.
Stop in and enjoy some of North Coast's rarest releases, along with a handful of year-round brews as well. Here's the line-up so far: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV, Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2011 (Brandy Barrel-Aged), Bourbon Barrel-Aged Grand Cru, 2012 Old Stock, Class of '88 Barleywine (Collaboration with Deschutes, Rogue), Anniversary XXV, Old Rasputin (Nitro), and a few more to be announced!

5:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Stone Matt's Burning Rosids: Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison Alc/Vol. 10.5%

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Last Call for Hopslam
Spotted Fox Ale House, 3615 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 630-584-2239
Last call for Bell's Hopslam Ale! Spotted Fox will be pouring Hopslam alongside Two Hearted for an evening of IPA madness. There will also be a special reward for those who come early, so don't be late!

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ An Evening of DryHop APA’s: '91 Chicago Bulls vs. Star Wars
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
Our first Evening of DryHop APA’s features the resurrection of Hope, Empire, & Jedi from our second APA series, as well as 91, the first brew of our third APA series. Every beer in each of our APA series features the same malt bill, but different hops.
No Ewoks were harmed in the brewing of the beer of our second APA Series:

  • Hope – APA – 5.5% – Citrus bombs Simcoe and Amarillo kick the series off in style.
  • Empire – APA – 5.5% – Featuring new hop all stars Mosaic and Motueka.
  • Jedi – APA – 5.5% –Featuring hall of famers Citra and Centennial.
  • 91 – APA – 5.5% – “91” is an homage to the Chicago Bulls first championship. We used Red-X malt to give this citrusy APA a nice malty and nutty balance. Much like his Airness and Pip, Amarillo and Mosaic are the stars of this refreshing APA.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Jukebox Hero Release Party
Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 525-2508
Jukebox Hero is Revolution Brewing's first black IPA and the first 2014 Hero Series release. We're celebrating this new beer -- how else -- with music. We each picked a song for our own jukebox mix to be played at release parties in the area. Stop by for draft specials and a copy of our Rev Brew crew compilation CD.
Jukebox Hero is a double dry-hopped black IPA with layers of American hops that shine against a roasty malt backdrop. 7.5% ABV. Also available in 22-ounce bombers at our tap room and at select retailers.
Other release events:
March 19 - Archie's - 7-9pm
March 27 - Rock Island Public House - 8-10pm
March 28 - GMan Tavern - 7-10pm

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Big Shoulders Tapping
Old Town Pour House, 8 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL 630-601-1440
Big Shoulders Beer Company is taking its 3 brews outside of city limits! All 3 styles—Crosstown Wheat, Hopapalooza IPA, and the newest Windchill Winter Wheat—will be tapped at Old Town Pour House - Oak Brook. Founder and brewer Rich Szydlo will be onsite to answer questions, provide feedback, and just "talk beer" to any beer enthusiasts.
See more here.

6:30 pm ♦ Sixpoint Tap Takeover
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Featuring six special beers from the Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn.
Enjoy a selection of Sixpoint’s “Spice of Life” series, which features single hop varieties including Summer, Nelson Sauvin, Ahtanum and Motueka. One is brewed per month, and changes over the course of the year depending on production. Jake’s is the first Chicago spot to offer this many varieties on draft all at one time.
Drink up the Righteous, a crisp rye that is well balanced and pairs great with BBQ, or the newest seasonal option, the Seison. The tap takeover marks the first Chicago tapping of this beer—a perfect transition from Chiberia to springtime.
Sixpoint Brewery’s National Brand Manager Andrew McLeod and Chicago Representative Drew Daly will be on hand to educate guests on the brews.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Goose Island’s 312 Urban Pale Ale Launch
Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard St., Chicago 312-733-0098
Celebrate 3/12 with the launch of Goose Island’s new 312 Urban Pale Ale! Join Goose Island at Salvage One for complimentary beer, bites from Chicago's favorite food trucks including 5411 Empanadas, Haute Sausage, The Slide Ride and Taquero Fusion. Live entertainment from Maps and Atlases and DJ sets by The Numero Group. Sponsored by the Chicago Reader.
Must be 21 or older to attend event. RSVP does not guarantee admission to event. First come, first serve due to event capacity. Make your free reservation at this Eventbrite link.

7:00 pm ♦ Hopslam Firkin Tapping
Rocking Horse, 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 486-0011
Side by Side Hopslam draft and Hopslam firkin. Taste the difference! Also, on tap, as part of a new weekly beer and food pairing special Rocking Horse is offering, Amber and Porter. Plus, for dessert, Cherry Stout!

7:00 pm ♦ Greenbush/Journeyman Dinner Postponed to 3/19 due to weather
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Jerry's Wicker Park, Greenbush Brewing Co. and Journeyman Distillery have teamed up to bring you a 5-course dinner with beer & spirit pairings, including Doomslayer, a Greenbush Barrel-Aged Maple Brown Ale aged in Journeyman Whiskey barrels. Dinner will begin promptly at 7pm, so we encourage arrival between 6:30-7 to get your "Welcome Drinks".
Staff from both Greenbush and Journeyman will be here to answer questions and talk beer/spirits.
Total dinner is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. RSVP tickets are on sale at Eventbrite. Your $25 ticket is a non-refundable deposit that will be applied to your dinner price the night of the event.
Please specify when purchasing ticket(s) if you need Vegetarian options or have specific allergies. Food/drink items are subject to change.

Thursday, March 13

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Lost Abbey Deliverance: Our first release of the embodiment of good versus evil in a barrel-aged blend. Part bourbon barreled The Serpent’s Stout, and part brandy barreled The Angel’s Share, this is our most anticipated release of the summer.

5:00 pm ♦ Heartland Distribution features Cahoots Brewing & Middle Brow Beer
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
We welcome Chicago’s newest distribution house, Heartland Beverage and two fantastic local breweries, Cahoots Brewing and Middle Brow Beer Co. as they invade the Northdown for a night of drinking.
On tap will be: Cahoots Brewing No S’more Imperial Stout and Middle Brow The Life Pursuit.
The minds behind Heartland, Cahoots and Middle Brow will all be on hand at 7pm to talk all things craft. Glassware will also be available for purchase.

6:00 pm ♦ SKA Brewery Night
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
We will have Ska Modus Hoperandi, True Blonde, Double Blonde, Decadent, Euphoria, ESB and Tasters Choice Coffee Dopplebock on draught for you to enjoy. We will also have Ska Can glassware giveaways. All beers will be tapped at 6:00pm and don't be late; great beer like this won't last long!

6:30 pm ♦ Ale Syndicate First Anniversary Party
The Sedgwick Stop, 1612 N. Sedgwick, Chicago (312) 265-1907
Join us at The Sedgwick Stop to celebrate Ale Syndicate's first year in Chicago! Come for the tap takeover and stay for the chili bar. We'll have music to kick it off and raffles throughout the evening. The event is free to attend.

6:30 pm ♦ Metropolitan Beer Dinner
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
Join us for a beer dinner featuring the brews of Chicago's very own Metropolitan Brewing, a craft microbrewery that focuses on German-style lagers. Our Executive Chefs are pairing these delicious beers with a four course menu of custom food. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax (not including gratuity). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Shannon or Tina at 847-279-7900.

7:00 pm ♦ Try Ratebeer's Best!
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago
RateBeer just came out with their annual “best” lists. We thought it might be fun to gather as many of the best beers in the world as we could, and offer them all at once in one epic night. Some are every-day beers, and some are super rare, but they’re all delicious!
Here’s the list as we know it at this exact moment…
Ballast Point Sculpin, Bell’s Hopslam, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA, Wookey Jack, Founders Breakfast Stout, Imperial Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey Deliverance, North Coast Old Rasputin (nitro), Surly Abrasive Ale, Darkness, 3 Floyds Dreadnaught, Zombie Dust.
Bottles: (Very limited. Don’t complain to us if you don’t get one.)
Bell’s Expedition Stout, Founders Backwoods Bastard, KBS 2013, Port Older Viscosity, Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2006, The Bruery Bois.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Beer Launch Event at High Noon Saloon
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
High Noon welcomes Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery for the launch of the brewery’s Mirror Mirror oak-aged barley wine. High Noon will be the first venue in Chicago to offer the limited edition Reserve Series brew, which has only been released by the brewery twice before (2009 and 2005). The no-cover event features a meet-and-greet with Gavin Stoub from Deschutes Brewing and live music from 8-11 p.m. High Noon offers suggested Tex-Mex food pairings and features four Deschutes beers: Mirror Mirror, The Abyss, Fresh Squeezed IPA and Red Chair NWPA (prices vary).

7:00 pm ♦ Collaboration Tap Takeover
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
Specialty kegs from Bell's and 4 Hands Brewing Co. will be featured.

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