Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 24–27

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 24–27
Some Oberon events this week. Flickr photo by Edwin Bautista,

A lot going on, I know, but keep your palate clear: KBS comes to Chicago April 1. But this is the week for Oberon!

Monday, March 24

4:00 pm ♦ Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Founders Backwoods Bastard: We all know Backwoods and are looking forward to our share!

6:00 pm ♦ Bell's Oberon Release
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
They say the tapping of Bell's Oberon marks the beginning of spring! Here's hoping they're right; we'll be hosting the Bell's Brewery official annual tapping of Oberon. Bring On Spring!

Oberon Launch at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
We are launching Bell's Oberon on the same day as Sheffield's which is kind of a big deal!

6:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Taproom Classic Lasagna Dinner
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
You lot seem to be fond of the combo of Sunday Dinner Club Food and Half Acre's Beer. We are fond of your fondness, so, here it is:
CLASSIC LASAGNA w/three pints of beer. Three cheeses nuzzle between layers of handmade pasta and meaty red sauce. Josh's famous (or infamous) roast garlic butter melts into crusty bread for the ultimate garlic bread experience. Powdered-sugar coated Italian Wedding cookies seal the deal.
Price is $40 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets, and includes three pints of any of our beers on tap.

7:00 pm ♦ "Beat The Brewer" WhirlyBall Showdown II
WhirlyBall Chicago, 1880 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago 773-486-7777
Does your team have the skills and stamina to challenge the Temperance Brewers Team on the WhirlyBall court? This is the night to find out! We will be raffling chances to play against "Team Temperance" throughout the event.
Concern yourself with tasting some terrific brews! We'll have Restless Years, Freedive, Smittytown and Smittytown Tart available to tantalize your palate.
Of course, there will be all the usual cool promotional giveaways, but be sure to RSVP here to be entered to win one of three $50 WhirlyBall gift cards (you must be present to win)!

Tuesday, March 25

11:00 am - 7:30 pm ♦ Beer Temple Anniversary Party
The Beer Temple, 3185 N. Elston Ave., Chicago (312) 772-3373
Three Sessions: 11:00 - 1:30, 2:00 - 4:30, and 5:00 - 7:30
Ticket purchases require a $15 dollar cash only donation to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Aside from that, the tickets are free. All beer poured at the event is free.
The store will not be open to the public that day.
SOME of the beers that we'll have (in no particular order):
Perennial Artisan Ales Vanilla Bean Sump, Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter, Goose Island Proprietor's Bourbon County, Hill Farmstead Double Citra IPA, Central Waters 2011 BA Barleywine, Bell's Q Falls, Firestone Walker Agrestic, New Belgium Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged Love, Three Floyds Permanent Funeral, Allagash James Bean, 4 Hands Cuvee Diable. And there will be others.....

5:00 pm ♦ Revolution Revelry!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
If you're concerned about celebrating on a Tuesday, don't be. What's the beer bash for, you ask? How about: Howard Cosell, Flannery O'Connor, Aretha Franklin AND Elton John...they were all born on 3/25! Raise a glass in their honor! We'll have Revolution TV Party, Straight Jacket and Smoke all on draft, so drink up! The Revolution Brewing crew will be here to celebrate with you, and they'll have buttons & stickers for you to add to your treasure box.

5:00 pm ♦ Boulevard Beer Tasting
Gentile's Wine Shop, 1160 W. Taylor St., Chicago (312) 850-9463
Boulevard Brewery will be pouring their tasty beer while the Windy City Patty Wagon cooks up some super tasty burgers on their

5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Brews with Benefits
Farmhouse Tavern, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 312-280-4960
Friends with Benefits? Not this time around…"Brews with Benefits" is more like it this spring. Baderbräu, Chicago's Original Craft Beer, hosts the charity event where 100% of event proceeds benefit Common Threads' Chicago programs. Tickets are $40 per person and include: Baderbrau Original Pilsener and Red Velvet (and Red Velvet cocktails!), and Farmhouse bites. Must be 21 and over to attend.

6:00 pm ♦ Trivia Night
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Come hang out with some of the Ale Syndicate team, compete in trivia for some awesome prizes and learn more about the Ball Park Brew Fest in May!

6:00 pm - 10:30 pm ♦ The Great Beer Hunter: An Evening to Honor Michael Jackson
The Chop Shop & 1st Ward Events, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago
Join BeerFX for an evening all about The Great Beer Hunter: Michael Jackson. (And no, not the singer). This event will feature not only the documentary Beer Hunter: The Movie, but also a round table discussion with three of Michael's personal friends and a special tap list hand-selected for this evening. Tickets are $15 plus fees at Eventbrite.
Doors Open: 6PM, Roundtable Begins: 7PM, Film Begins: 8PM, Event Ends: 10:30PM
Michael Jackson is considered by most, the Father of Craft Beer. He began his career as a young journalist in Yorkshire, before he was legally allowed to touch a drop, but through a series of articles, books and television programs, he soon became The Beer Hunter.
Michael was a successful author of both beer and whiskey/scotch books, he invented the idea of beer styles, and was loved by all that were lucky enough to share a beverage with. Unfortunately for all of us, he passed away too early from a heart attack in August of 2007, after fighting Parkinson's for a number of years. He will obviously be missed by his friends and family, as well as the millions of people that looked up to him across the globe.

6:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Fusion 19 + Glass Giveaway!
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Come see Paul "The Boot" Romano from Lagunitas when he gives away some Lagunitas glassware!

6:30 pm ♦ Oberon Beer Dinner
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL (708) 255-2337
Reception beer will be the guest of honor, Oberon, and each course will be prepared with Oberon in one way or another. Celebrate the sun, summer is right around the corner! Call (708) 255-2337 for ticket information or go online for the full menu.

7:00 pm ♦ Larry Bell & Josh Noel at Jerry's Wicker Park
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Join us to celebrate the book release of Wrigley Field: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Chicago Cubs by Chicago Tribune travel and beer writer Josh Noel. Josh and his pal Larry Bell (Bell's Brewery) will have an onstage discussion of Wrigley, Cubs, beer and baseball beginning at 7pm. We’ll have Bell’s beers on tap, including the 2014 release of Oberon, and copies of the book to purchase and have signed. This is not a ticketed event so we suggest you come early as space is limited.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Shoreline Brewer's Dinner
Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash St., Michigan City, IN 219-879-4677
Join us for the first of a series of exclusive brewer's dinners. Experience four courses each paired with a Shoreline brew. This event will feature two Brewer's dinner exclusives, one Shoreline seasonal, and one barrel aged beer. All inclusive tickets will be available online and at Shoreline prior to the event. Pairings include Mango Pilsner, Euphonic Lager, Lemongrass IPA, and Brandy Barrel Aged Lost Sailor Imperial Stout. Tickets are $60 per person an can be purchased at the brewery or here.

7:30 pm ♦ Metropolitan Beer Pairing Dinner
Tap House Grill!, 411 N Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL
Tap House Grill in Glen Ellyn is hosting Metropolitan Head Brewer Doug Hurst for an evening of amazing food paired with our brews. Call 630-858-4369 for a reservation. $40 per person. Come at 7 pm for a pre-dinner cocktail.

7:30 pm ♦ Crosstown Cheese Pairing Classic *The Rematch!
The Bluebird Chicago, 1749 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773-486-2473
Overlooked too many times is cheese’s long time mistress and our dear friend, beer. Wine geeks and beer enthusiasts alike have argued for years on which pairs better. For Bluebird sommelier Jeremy Quinn, the reply will undoubtedly be different.
To say that any of these amazing human achievements is in any way superior to the other in all sincerity is quite ridiculous. But the American spirit of competition is unrelenting and who the hell are we to fight it? Which leads us to a very special event where beer challenges wine in a cheese pairing faceoff!
Tickets are $40: available on

Wednesday, March 26

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Galaxy Hero, brewed again for C2E2. An IPA that shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy and Zythos hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish. (Also available in 22-ounce bombers.)

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Firestone Walker 17th Anniversary.

4:00 pm ♦ Bell's Brewery Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Bell's Oberon Ale (5.8% abv), Smitten Golden Rye Ale (6%), Two Hearted Ale (7%), Plus more beers tbd.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Oberon Beach Party
The Foundry, 85 Executive Dr., Aurora, IL 630-978-2088
Come out and celebrate the release of Bell's summer seasonal, Oberon! There will be games, giveaways and a grand prize raffle. Wear your beach attire to be entered into the grand prize raffle and a chance to win an Oberon Beach Package!

6:00 pm ♦ Oberon Coronation/Best Dressed Party
Duffy's Tavern and Grille, 420 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago 773-549-9090
As we officially move into spring, we are celebrating the release of Oberon! Oberon will be tapped at 7 p.m. Dress in your summer (Oberon) BEST for the opportunity to be crowned the king and queen of Oberon. The King and Queen will receive the first two pints of Oberon. Oberon prizes available. $4 pints of Bell's all day long.

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Brewery Ommegang Presents: A Wedding of Fire & Blood
Das Radler, 2375 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 276-0270
In the spirit of peace, Brewery Ommegang requests the honor of your presence at The Radler in Chicago to celebrate the union of Roslin Frey and Lord Edmure Tully. Meat and beer will be served.
Music will be provided by The Harp Twins including a breathtaking rendition of "The Rains of Castamere."
Game of Thrones costume contest hosted by ChicagoNow's own Geek Girl Chicago with prizes from Chicago Comics.
Ticket ($30 plus fee at Brown Paper Tickets) includes admission, food, entertainment, raffle ticket and a sample of Brewery Ommegang's new Game of Thrones Fire & Blood Red Ale.
Thank you to our production partner, New Millenium Theater Company.

7:00 pm ♦ Beer Dinner at Fork
Fork, 4600 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-751-1500
Charity Beer Dinner to support Immerman Angels Cancer support service. One course each from Revolution, Half Acre, Local Option & 10Ninety. $50.

Thursday, March 27

Wild Onion Tap Takeover
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Join Wild Onion's tap takeover.

Bell's Tap Takeover at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
A Bell's Tap Takeover including Oberon, Bull in a China Shop, Two-Hearted, and Double Cream Stout.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Against the Grain 70K: Taking awesome and doubling it can only be double awesome. It’s math. This is essentially the 35K recipe doubled. Double roasty, double chocolatey, double creamy, double delicious. Then we decided to make it 2.5X awesome by aging it in Angel’s Envy barrels for a really, really long time. The bourbon and oak flavors perfectly compliment the massive flavors in the double mega imperial milk stout. You don’t swim in this beer, it swims in you!

4:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams Beer Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Sam Adams Cold Snap Witbier (5.3% abv), Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider (5%), Spiced Peach Amber Ale w/Peach (5.6%), Boston Lager (4.9%), Rebel IPA (6.5%), Grumpy Monk Belgian Style IPA (6.5%), Hazel Brown American Brown Ale (5.2%), Double Bock (9.5%), Maple Pecan Porter (5.6%).

5:00 pm ♦ Hopslam X 2
The Tap House Grill Lemont, 1243 S State St., Ste 109, Lemont, IL 630-257-5992
Try Bell's Hopslam two ways: On regular tap, and through a Randall!

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Mini Tap Takeover at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Revolution representative Kevin Kuzlik will pour samples of A Little Crazy Belgian-Style Pale Ale. Five Revolution brews will be available on draft, including: T.V. Party Rye IPA; 4th Year Beer Belgian-Style Quad; Bean Gene Barrel-Aged Porter with Coffee; and Rise American Stout.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Ten-Ninety Beer Dinner
Zest Bistro at Lemon Tree Grocer, 935 W. Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-9869
Ten-Ninety is a 7 year winner for the Haymarket Brewery Chicago Homebrewers Award. We're hosting a Ten-Ninety beer dinner made by Chef Tim Canning and his culinary team. Come devour a winning experience. $45/ Person; RSVP

6:30 pm ♦ Windy City Beer Betties’ inaugural event!
Revolution Production Brewery, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago
Let’s be honest, chicks dig beer. What if there was a group where women could share their love of beer and encourage one another to learn more? The Windy City Beer Betties bring together women from all over Chicago to get ridiculously serious about beer and to support local breweries. Whether craft beer lovers, hobbyists or careerists, we provide a community that inspires conversation for all, from novice to expert. Our goal is to democratize beer snobbery and make sure everyone is invited to the party. We are a social group tapping into the knowledge and passion of not only our members but also the Chicago craft beer community as a whole. The Windy City Beer Betties raise a pint to everyone who makes craft beer so great and we invite every woman in Chicago to do the same.
The Windy City Beer Betties are starting this city-wide toast to craft beer with a FREE TOUR of Revolution Brewing’s production facility open to all beer-loving ladies, 21 and
older. The evening begins and ends with mingling and drinking at the facility’s cash bar with an in-depth tour of the brewery starting at 7:30. Everyone interested should RSVP to The Windy City Beer Betties are the city’s newest addition to the flourishing craft beer scene and this event is the first of many regular events to come!

7:00 pm ♦ Endangered Ales Blowout
The Tap House Grill, 3341 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL (630) 443-1664
A dinner paired with some rare beers. $45/person, reservations required. Pairings include Bell's Hopslam, Lagunitas Sucks, New Holland Blue Sunday, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and Southern Tier Crème Brûlée.

7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Vintage Tapping
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Two Brothers founders Jim and Jason Ebel will be joining us in our Beer School Bar for a vintage tapping.

8:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Jukebox Hero Release Party
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
Jukebox Hero is Revolution Brewing's first black IPA and the first 2014 Hero Series release. We're celebrating this new beer 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.

8:30 - 11:00 pm ♦ Brew N' View: American Hustle
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
No Cover, 21+ Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams star in American Hustle, director David O. Russell’s fictional period crime drama about a reckless FBI agent who recruits a con man and his alluring partner into a scheme to ensnare corrupt politicians and gangsters.

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