Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 28-30

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 28-30
This weekend, HeadQuarters Beercade

My Google calendar (link above) seems to be working on some servers. You may want to check in to see if I have more info on the debut of Kentucky Breakfast Stout on April 1!.

Friday, March 28

4:00 pm ♦ Lake Bluff Brewing Co's 3rd Birthday Party!
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179
Hey we turned three years old on March 23rd! To celebrate we are hosting a Belated Birthday Bash! We are going to be releasing Mike's Working for the Weekend Barrel Aged Rye, our Amber Rye aged in Koval Rye Whiskey Barrels and the party runs from open to close.

5:00 pm ♦ Finch's Tap Takeover
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Featuring Finch's Threadless IPA, Secret Stache, Golden Wing, Cut Throat, Fascist Pig and Awesome Cabeza.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Oberon Release
Riverside Foods, 48 E Burlington St, Riverside, IL 708-447-0324
Come down for an Oberon Release extravaganza!! Raffles, giveaways and samples from a stellar lineup of Bell's beer including Oberon, Amber, Two Hearted, Midwestern Pale and Lager!

5:00 pm ♦ Finch's Tap Takeover
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
These Finch's beers will be on tap: Fascist Pig American Red Ale, Secret Stache Robust Stout, Threadless IPA, Cutthroat Pale Ale, Golden Wing Blond Ale, and Awesome Cabeza Mexican-style Lager.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Two brewer tastings at Gilhooley's
Gilhooley's Grand Saloon, 3901 W. 103rd St,, Chicago (773) 233-2200
Tasting Arcadia Ales Starboard Stout and Sonoma Cider's Apple and Pear ciders.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Tap Takeover at Flo & Santo's
Flo and Santos, 1310 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago 312-566-9817
Join us as we tap some new special Deschutes beers being released this March including: Pinedrops IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA & Mirror Mirror Barley Wine.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Hacker Pschorr Meet & Greet With Brewmaster Martin Zuber
Prost!, 2566 N. Lincoln, Chicago (773) 880-9900
Please join us for a Meet & Greet with Hacker-Pschorr Brewmaster Martin Zuber! Stop by and sample the Limited Edition Hubertus Bock! Martin Zuber will be talking with fans and autographing bottles of Hubertus Bock.

7:00 pm ♦ Destihl Sour Night
Paddy Long's Beer and Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago (773) 290-6988
Spring may be taking its sweet time getting to Chicago, but we're not waiting any longer… it's time to bring the sours back. Join us this Friday night for Destihl Sour Night. We will be tapping a few Destihl brews including two sours: Gose, Flemish Amber & Hoperation Overload (Double IPA). Reps from the Bloomington-Normal Brewey will be on hand at 7pm. So stop in, say hello, and compliment your sour beer with some savory bacon!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Jukebox Hero Release Party
GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 549-2050
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.

Saturday, March 29

9:30 am - 5:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Brewery Bus Tour
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
$50. Kick off your morning with a hearty Brunch at Sheffield’s at 9:30am. The bus departs at 10:30am and heads to Warrenville for a private brewery tour at the Two Brothers Brewery and then on to Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. The bus will return to Sheffield’s around 5pm. Email us at for your ticket

12:00 pm ♦ Stout Wars! in Rock Island
Rock Island Brewing Co., 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island, IL (309) 793-1999
Our second annual Imperial Launch Party! This will be the most epic stout tapping our area has ever seen as we take over all our taps with heavy-hitting imperials. Tapping begins at 12:00PM noon. No tickets required.
Draft Lineup includes: Goose Island Bourbon County 2012, Firestone Walker Parabola 2013 & Velvet Merkin 2013, Deschutes Abyss 2012, Dieu Du Ciel! Peche Mortel 2012, Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, Schlafly Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Hoppin' Frog Cafe Silk, Dark Horse Plead the 5th… and more to be announced!
We'll be tapping a FIRKIN of Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat with Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups @ 2:00PM! Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout RANDALLED through fresh blueberries and Madagascar vanilla beans!
We keep pouring all day long until the kegs run dry!

12:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Rob Syers-3 Floyds-Gumballhead Art Show!
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
The artist of Gumballhead, Rob Syers, will display his infamous art. Also witness the Rob Syers paint on our stage, live! Special on 3 Floyds Gumballhead on tap!

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Stout Fest (Sold Out!)
Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 832.9040
Sold out, but look around for a chance to score tickets.
Our annual Stout Fest will have 15+ area breweries and their brewers on hand, pouring their handcrafted Stouts!
Breweries Attending: 18th Street, 4 Hands, Ale Syndicate, Atlas, BrickStone, Destihl, Dryhop, Finch's, Goose Island Brewpubs & Fulton St. Brewery, Half Acre, Lake Effect, Lucky Monk, Perennial, Pig Minds, Pipeworks, Revolution, Rock Bottom Warrenville, Solemn Oath, Spiteful, Ten-Ninety. More TBA.
Due to renovations at the Clybourn Brewpub, this year's festival has been moved to our Wrigleyville Brewpub. Proceeds will continue to benefit IL Craft Brewers Guild.

2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Johnny Appleseed Cider (til 4).
Hop City/Moosehead/Spitfire

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ The Michigan Beer Film showing
Good Beer Hunting Studio, 2557 W. North Ave. (@ Rockwell), Chicago 269.459.1404
The Michigan Beer Film makes its Chicago debut at the studio of Good Beer Hunting.
Drinks/snacks will be available. Q&A with Director Kevin Romeo and Michael Kiser of GBH following the film.
The Michigan Beer Film, Directed by Kevin Romeo and produced by Rhino Media Productions of Kalamazoo, takes audiences on the journey through the craft beer industry from 2012-2013.
The film celebrates old core values in a new generation of community conscious consumers and the proliferation of the Michigan craft beer scene. At the same time, the film addresses some challenges that brewers face in the eye of frenetic demand. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Eventbrite

Sunday, March 30

1:00 pm ♦ What the Firk? Firkin Fest
Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, Chicago (773) 665-5660
General admission tickets (20 samples) $40, VIP (12 pm entry, 25 samples, catered fare from DMK Burger Bar) $60 at this link.
Cask Ale: Unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which is conditioned and served from a firkin barrel without additional nitrogen or CO2 pressure. Also known as Real Ale.
Headquarters Beercade is hosting this Firkin night featuring over 25 custom firkins from 25 breweries. Tickets are on sale now, and are also being given away each day to someone who likes HQBeercade on Facebook.
Brewers: Ale Syndicate, Oskar Blues, Two Brothers, Solemn Oath, Half Acre, Revolution, BrickStone, Surly, 3 Floyds, Great Divide, Victory, Bell's, Great Lakes, Founders, Vander Mill Cider, Lagunitas, Thornbridge, Brooklyn, Tallgrass, Local Option Bierwerker, Arcadia, Metropolitan, Goose Island, Lakefront, 3 Sheeps, Left Hand, 5 Rabbit, DryHop.

3:00 pm ♦ Tale of Two Parks Pub Crawl
Oak Park & Forest Park
Like Craft Beer? This is for you! 8 Bars, 8 Breweries, & 162 Taps! (# of Games in Season)
Tickets are $25 and buy you: Transportation, a Baseball Tee, & a 5 oz pour at each stop!
Flesk Brewing Co., Ale Syndicate, Atlas Brewing Company, Temperance Beer Company, BuckleDown Brewing, Begyle Brewing, Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC, Big Shoulders Beer Company
You can buy tickets at any of the participating bars:
Amelia's, Old School Tavern and Grill, Piggyback Tavern, Healy's Westside, The Kinderhook Tap, Poor Phil's, Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, FatDuck Tavern & Grill
Starts at 3pm. After Party at 10pm at FatDuck

6:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner
The Beer Market, 641 E. Boughton Rd., Suite 110, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 739-3000
Beer Dinner Series Featuring Goose Island. $45 if paid before 3/27. Please call 630-739-3000 for reservations and to pay by phone.
Courses paired with Class of 88’ Belgian Style Ale, Lolita, Green Line, & Bourbon County Stout. More details on Facebook.

Yes, I did mention KBS, didn't I. Here are the place that I am aware of so far:

Tuesday, April 1

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm ♦ KBS Tapping Party at Timothy O'Toole's
Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
$40 in advance; $50 at door
Timothy O'Toole's Pub will host a tapping party for Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, the popular oak barrel-aged coffee and chocolate stout recently voted "Best Beer in the World" by
O'Toole's will feature 16 beers from Founders on draft, including Sweet Repute, Backwoods Bastard and Old Curmudgeon. Draft selections from 19 other American craft breweries will be available. Co-Founder and CEO of Founders Brewing Co., Mike Stevens, will be on hand to meet guests, discuss the brewery and hold a Q & A session. The pouring will begin at 3:30 p.m. and KBS will be tapped at 5 p.m.

Craft beer aficionados and novices alike may purchase tickets to the tasting and tapping party for $40 in advance ($50 at the door). The fee includes 9, five-ounce beer samples of any draft beer, one KBS sample and a commemorative snifter glass. Advance tickets may be purchased online at full list of beers to be tapped will appear in my next calendar article!

6:00 pm ♦ Founders KBS Tapping
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us for our Founders Brewing Kentucky Breakfast Stout tapping and meet & greet with owner Dave Engber who will be on hand in our Beer School Bar for some Q & A.
We'll also be tapping All Day IPA, 2013 KBS, 2014 KBS, Smoked Porter, 2012 Imperial Stout, and Red's Rye.

Leave a comment

  • Advertisement:
  • Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Meet The Blogger

    Mark McDermott

    Writer, trivia maven, fan of many things. I thought to learn all there is to know about beer as a way to stay interested in learning. It is my pleasure to bring Chicago's craft beer scene to you.

  • Latest of over 3,300 RateBeer reviews:
  • More Events, blogs and podcasts

    I've been named one of the Top Chicago-based Bloggers to Follow by, the vacation rental division of!

  • Recent posts

  • Categories

  • Tags

  • View my food journey on Zomato!
  • Latest on ChicagoNow

  • Advertisement: