Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 18 - 20

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 18 - 20
The KBS in my header means it's being tapped this week!

You'd think that after the "Chi-Rish" around Wrigleyville and elsewhere got themselves humiliatingly drunk, there might be a respite this week. Nope. Now there's March Madness to contend with, and more.

Tuesday, March 18

Ticket Sales open for Durty Nellie's 20th Anniversary Beer Fest
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
Ticket Price: $38 General / $55 VIP (150 available). Watch our Facebook Page for information.
Here are a list of Breweries/Cideries that will be in attendance:
Lagunitas, Two Brothers, Left Hand, Port Brewing, Oskar Blues, Allagash, Penrose Brewing, Three Floyds, Solemn Oath, Bell’s, New Glarus, Surly, Great Divide, Green Flash, Dark Horse, Sam Adams, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Half Acre, Firestone Walker, Lakefront, Dogfish Head, Revolution, Boulevard, New Holland, Crispin, DESTIHL, Lucky Monk, BrickStone, Leinenkugel’s, Fox Barrel, Deschutes.

Revolution Sampling at Mariano’s Ukranian Village
Mariano's Fresh Market, 2021 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
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.

11:00 am - 9:00 pm ♦ 2014 KBS Release (Sold Out)
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Founders Brewing Co. is happy to announce that they’re doing something a bit different for their release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) this year. The beer will be available starting April 1 across the brewery’s distribution footprint, but visitors to and residents of Grand Rapids will be able to enjoy it March 18–22.
Bottles of KBS available for pickup in the Founders taproom will be released using a pre-ticketed reservation process on EventBrite. Proceeds will go toward Grand Rapids Whitewater. For full KBS Week details, head to
So far, I have one Chicago-area KBS tapping, April 1 at Timothy O'Toole's Pub in Streeterville.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Beer Tasting
Gentile's Wine Shop, 1160 W. Taylor St., Chicago (312) 850-9463
Come taste some fine American craft beers with Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, OR.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer & Food Truck Tuesday!
Printer's Row Wine Shop, 719 S. Dearborn, Chicago (312) 663-9314
Sample Vander Mill Ciders & feast on Windy City Patty Wagon!

5:00 pm ♦ Tallgrass Brewery Night
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Welcome Manhattan, KS brewery Tallgrass Brewing Company.
Beers: Buffalo Sweat BA Jameson (Firkin), Velvet Rooster Tripel (Draft), Area 51 Russian Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout (Draft), 8-Bit APA (Cans).
In addition, we'll be making both a vegan and meat chili with their Buffalo Sweat Stout. Addison from Tallgrass will be here with sweet Tallgrass merchandise for you to take home.

6:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Dinner at Hugo’s Frog Bar in Naperville
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House, 55 S. Main St., Naperville, IL 630-548-3764
Hugo's in Naperville is hosting a four-course Revolution Brewing beer dinner. Check out the menu here.
Contact Hugo's at 630-548-3764 for tickets and menu.

6:30 pm ♦ California Beer Tapping Party
Bacino's of Lincoln Park, 2204 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-7400
Bacino's third beer event will feature delicious beer tastings from Ace Cider, Lagunitas Brewing Co, and Stone Brewery along with Bacino's appetizers for $30 per person. Please call (773) 472-7400 to reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, March 19

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Exodus, an imperial IPA with slightly toasty malt character and huge hop aroma and flavor.

Tap the Town: Penrose first draught accounts!
Locations throughout Geneva, IL
It's finally time to drink some Penrose Beer. Join founder Eric Hobbs and brewmaster Tom Korder as they make the rounds to the very first Penrose draught accounts on the planet. Good times promised, and perhaps even a few special treats. Bring your friends — let's party.
5p / Wildwood, 477 S Third St.
6p / Front Street Cantina, 577 S Third St.
7p / Niche, 14 S Third St.
8p / Even Flow, 302 W State St.
9p / Dam Bar, 65 N River Ln.

5p / Aurelio's, 330 W State St.
6p / Ale House, 319 W State St.
7p / Old Towne Pub, 201 W State St.
8p / Flagstone, 101 W State St.
9p / Dam Bar. 65 N River Ln.

5:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Surly Darkness & Damien: This massive Russian Imperial Stout brings waves of flavors; chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee, and toffee. We add a touch of hops to make this delicious brew even tastier. 85 IBUs.

5:00 pm ♦ Sumerian Beer Project Dinner
The Gage, 24 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago 312-372-4243
The Gage and Great Lakes Brewing Company will host a Sumerian Beer Project Dinner. Doors at 5pm for cocktail hour. Dinner and presentation start at 6pm.
The Sumerian Beer Project is all about producing ancient beer. Great Lakes has teamed up with The Oriental Institute of The University of Chicago to demonstrate how Sumerians from ancient Mesopotamia brew in clay vessels. For $70 (plus fees, at Brown Paper Tickets), guests will enjoy a three course dinner with beer pairings during a presentation about the research lead by the Master Brewer of Great Lakes Brewery and a guest speaker from The University of Chicago.

Coolest new handle in town.

Coolest new handle in town.

5:00 pm ♦ 3 Sheeps Brewing Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
3 Sheeps Beers on tap include:
Baaad Boy Black Wheat ● American Dark Wheat Ale ● 5.5% ABV
Really Cool Waterslides ● American IPA ● 6.2% ABV
Hello, My Name Is Joe ● Imperial Black Wheat Ale w/Coffee ● 7.7% ABV
Cashmere Hammer NITRO ● Rye Stout ● ??% ABV

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Local Option Beer Tasting - Purloin Your Sobriety
Andersonville Wine & Spirits, 5201 N. Clark St., Chicago
Local Option is coming to the store this Wednesday to taste out their awesome bier! Stop in for a sampling of this local brewery. From Local Option: “We are not gypsies. We have a home and it’s the Local Option. We don’t play mandolins: we rock SGs. We don’t read palms: we put beers in them. We don’t storm into your village unwanted and filthy, we are summoned by your leaders to deliver intoxicating elixirs and purloin your sobriety. If you take our picture YOUR soul will be stolen. Warnung: untersuchen Sie nicht direkt den Bieraufkleber, es kann tödlich sein.”

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Jukebox Hero Release Party
Archie's Iowa Rockwell Tavern, 2600 W. Iowa St., Chicago (773) 486-2626
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 Revolution's tap room and at select retailers.

7:00 pm ♦ Greenbush/Journeyman Dinner
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Postponed from 3/12, due to impending winter weather.
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 beginning Friday, Feb 28th at noon. 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.

7:00 pm ♦ BrickStone Brewery Beer Dinner
Front Street Cantina, 15 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL (630) 369-5218
Please join us for a dinner featuring beers from BrickStone Brewery

  • Four courses of Front Street Cantina's signature dishes
  • Four pairings with award winning beer
  • A variation of salsas
  • The brew master will be on site to answer any questions

$35. To reserve your seat please stop in to Front Street Cantina in Naperville or Call us at (630) 369-5218

Thursday, March 20

Punk-Y BrewStars at Emporium Arcade Bar
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
Let the rioting begin! We will be bringing together five local breweries you may have heard of before (Half Acre, Revolution, Three Floyds, Solemn Oath, & Pipeworks) to fight the good fight! What good fight hasn't started with brews and bands?!
This killer night of specialty beers & punk rock honors the everyday struggle of subcultures in mainstream society. Music & beer creativity (especially punk & local craft beer) deserve all the attention we can give. So get that old bottle of glue, shape up that mohawk, throw on that studded leather jacket in the back of your closet, & come rage with us like you're 13 & angst-y all over again! Oi! Bands Include: Krayola, No Two Waynes, Sueves, & Wolly Bullies! Show starts at 8pm! Beer List: TBA

4:00 pm ♦ Three Floyd's and Half Acre Party!
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Three Floyds and Half Acre teamed up for a beer called Shewolf! Why not have a party for it? So we are!!! Here is the current drafts we will have!
From Half Acre: Daisy Cutter, Double Daisy Cutter, Pony Pils, Shrub Tundra & Shewolf
From Three Floyds: War Mullet, Backmasking, Space Station & Blakkr

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer with Friends
Gammon Coach House, 3 S Batavia Ave Batavia, IL (630) 482-3663
and 8:00 pm at The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave, Saint Charles,
Join founder Eric Hobbs and Brewmaster Tom Korder as they tap their first beers with good friends Jon, Ken and the crew at Gammon Coach House. Limited Supply of Penrose glassware available for those thirsty folks who arrive on time.
Then at 8 pm, Join founder Eric Hobbs at The House Pub, as he shares stories of all the amazing goals he scored on Steve Erd back in the high school glory days. And what better to pair with embellished teenage memories — Penrose beer! Come early if you care to take home some Penrose glassware — supplies will be limited.

5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Beer School at Standard Market
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Beer School is in session!
Join our beer experts as we walk you down the road to craft beer heaven! Each class will have three seatings at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30. Please sign up online here or email to reserve your seat. Today's topic: Sours and Wild Ales

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ March Madness with Tastings at Newport Bar and Grill
Newport Bar and Grill, 1344 W. Newport Ave., Chicago 773-325-9111
Start March Madness out right with Craft beer and liquor tastings March 20-22. The bar will feature a craft beer tasting of New Belgium's brand new "Snapshot Wheat" Thursday, March 20 from 6pm-8pm and Friday March 21 from 4pm-6pm. Fireball Whiskeysamples will also be available Friday starting at 7 p.m. Buy a draft of Snapshot ($4) during the tasting and receive a complimentary promotional glass (while supplies last).

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Spring is Brewing
Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago (312) 521-8700
Spring is brewing at Eataly! Celebrate the 1st (long-awaited) day of Spring in Eataly's La Piazza from 6-9pm. Enjoy seasonal, local beers from Revolution BrewingHalf AcreThree Floyds plus selections from our brewing partner, Dogfish Head and our very own Eataly house brews. Spring will soon be here… celebrate with our beer!
Revolution: Juke Box Hero Black IPA, A Little Crazy Belgian Style Pale Ale
Half Acre: Ginger Twin India Style Red Ale, Double Daisy Cutter Imperial IPA
Three Floyds: Backmasking Oatmeal Stout, War Mullet Imperial IPA
Dogfish: Worldwide Stout Imperial Stout, Namaste Wit Bier with Oranges and Lemongrass
Eataly: Sophia Belgian Wit Bier w/ Peppercorns, Gina Thyme Pale Ale

6:00 pm ♦ Tap This! FIBS GONE WILD
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
FIBS? Funkin' Illinois Brewers! Join us for a night of wild and sour beers by some of your favorite local area breweries!
On tap so far for this event is:
DESTIHL Flemish Amber, Flanders Red; Goose Island Lolita, Lake Effect Brett Framboise, Local Option Gose ‘12,  Transient Artisan Ales Verte Sour Saison; Two Brothers Tangent & ’12 Philosopher’s Stone.
As always, we'll have live music, food trucks and one hell of a good time!

6:00 pm ♦ Peckish Pig's Grand Opening
The Peckish Pig, 623 Howard St., Evanston, IL (847) 491-6778
Come Join us for our Grand Opening of Evanston's first brewpub.. Appetizers, Live Music, Burlesque Performance. No Reservations Needed.

7:00 pm ♦ Night of the Flight Vol 2: Spring Forward
Tap House Grill, 123 Washington St, Oswego, IL (630) 383-2020
A $15 flight of Deschutes the Abyss, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Goose Island Big John, and Bourbon County Barleywine Randallized with figs, raisins and dates.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Single-Hopped Beer Night
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
This single-hopped beer night will feature Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Smitten Golden Rye and Two Hearted Ale. Grab a flight, guess all the correct brands and their single-hop, win a prize.

7:00 pm ♦ Founders Keepers at the Bar on Buena
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
Join The Bar on Buena and raise a glass and toast to the March Brewery of the Month: Founders Brewing Co. from Grand Rapids, MI. The mitten state has been known for churning out great beer for years with Founders at the front of the pack brewing great, event legendary, beers since 1997. More than a few Founders Keepers will be on line for this amazing event, in addition to a month-long rotating line-up of featured Founders brews.
Drafts start at $6. On Draft: The one and only Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard 2012 Bourbon Barrel Aged Ale, and  Curmudgeon Old Ale. More surprises may be in store, so keep checking the Facebook Event Page for any additions to the already huge line-up.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Local Option Brewery Beer Tasting
Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill, 8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL
Come in and meet the brewers from Local Option and taste some of their different beers.

7:00 pm ♦ 3 Sheeps Brewery Meet & Greet
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Join us in our Beer School Bar for a meet and greet with 3 Sheeps Brewing Company. We’ll be featuring several of their beers on tap along with a chance for Q & A with the Sheboygan based brewers.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Bridgeport Brewing 30th Anniversary
Poor Phil's Shell Bar, 139 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL (708) 848-0871
Mini Tap Takeover to celebrate Bridgeport Brewing’s 30 years in the craft beer business. Come and try a selection of limited release & old favorites from this Portland, OR brewery.

And this Saturday:

The Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station. Details here.


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