Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 3–6, and Mardi Gras

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 3–6, and Mardi Gras
This photo taken c1843 is the subject of a neo-Futurist production.

Of course there were a lot of Fat Tuesday events at some of my regular beer joints. I tried to focus on the ones involving a beer special. Which usually means Abita. At least no one puts food coloring in it.

Monday, March 3

Hofbräuhaus Seasonal Debut
Hofbräuhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, IL (847) 671-2739
Braunbier (Brown Beer) Brown Lager: Blend of our pale and black lager.

3:00 pm ♦ 3's Are Wild!
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Three Three Floyds specialties to be tapped on 3/3 at 3PM! Get it??? Three Floyds Backmasking Stout, Behemoth & Arctic Panzer Wolf!

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ DryHop/Breakroom Brewery Collab Release Party
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
Our first Breakroom Brewery collaboration debuts with the release of Bee-Side, a 5.2% Vanilla Honey Milk Stout. This stout was brewed with honey and whole vanilla beans. Everyone who orders the collab will receive a limited edition pint glass until the glasses run out. Breakroom will also have their recent Spiteful Brewing India Dark Ale collab on tap for you to enjoy.

6:00 pm ♦ Anchor IPA Chicago Tappings
Louis Glunz Beer announces the arrival of the new Anchor IPA from Anchor Brewing Company in Chicago. Outside of the brewery’s home state of California, Chicago is the first market to get the new brew. Made with two-row barley malt and fresh whole-corn hops, Anchor IPA has a bright amber color and a complex aroma that leads to a spiky bitterness and a clean finish.
To celebrate its arrival, Anchor Brewing Trade Relations Manager Bob Brewer and his team are traveling to the Windy City for Anchor IPA tappings across Chicago. The first of these tappings takes place tonight at:
Owen and Engine, 2700 N Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930, and
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123

Tuesday, March 4

Mardi Gras at the Maple Tree Inn
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
This year we will have 2 seatings at 5:30pm and 8:30pm.
We will be featuring a Full 4-Course Dinner including our most popular Cajun/Creole dishes. Each attendee will receive a commemorative Maple Tree Inn Mardi Gras 2014 Hurricane glass and one of our House Specialty drinks: the classic New Orleans Hurricane, Creole Voodoo Zombie, or Louisiana Iced Tea. Cocktails not your thing? Get any one of our 26 craft beers on draft (up to an $8 value) instead!
The Mudcats 8-Piece Dixieland Jazz Band will be performing live with a special acoustic performance of "When The Saints Go Marching In."
Each ticket purchase includes ALL Sales Tax and Gratuity. $60 per person, plus fees, at Brown Paper Tickets.
For the complete menu, please visit our website.

Flickr photo ©Jeff Schwartz

Flickr photo ©Jeff Schwartz

Mardi Gras Specials at Newport
Newport Bar and Grill, 1344 W. Newport Ave., Chicago 773-325-9111
Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Newport Bar & Grill with themed food and drink specials including $4 Abita Mardi Gras Bock and Purple Haze, and $3 Fireball shots. Food specials include $5 Jambalaya and $6 Burger and fries. Cajun, Brass Bands and Zydeco themed music will be played to get customers in the Mardi Gras spirit. Abita Brewing Co. swag and Mardi Gras beads will be given away while supplies last.

Mardi Gras with Abita & Movies on the Big Screen!
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
$3 Abita Mardi Gras Bock & Purple Haze bottles! We'll watch hilarious movies, eat awesome food, and watch the Blackhawks!

Mardi Gras Party at Fat Cat
Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago (773) 506-3100
5th Annual Mardi Gras Party: All you can eat buffet, includes; Crawfish boil, Po boys, Jambalaya, and King’s Cakes. Beads, Beads, and More Beads. Featuring Abita beers, $6 Hurricanes and Zydeco Music. Contact for tickets.

Mardi Gras & Abita Sampling at The Pony
The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 828-5055
The Pony celebrates Mardi Gras with menu specials like $7 Jambalaya and $7 Chicken Po' Boys created by Pioneer Tavern Group Corporate Chef Brian Jupiter. Featured drink specials include $5 22-ounce Pony Punch Hurricanes, $5 Hand Grenades, $5 Abita pints, and $9 Abita flights (Purple Haze, Turbo Dog, Amber).
The Pony will also host a FREE Abita sampling at 8 p.m.

5:30 pm ♦ Fat Tuesday Beer Pairing at Tribes Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
We have room for 18 CONFIRMED guests! 6 Courses, a bunch of great food and beer! Call for details and menu! $40++

6:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer Drinker's Local 737 Union meeting
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Union leader Pete Crowley will be pouring something new and fun for card carrying members of the Beer Drinkers' Union!
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with us, as we tap a new brew. We'll be pouring samples for our Union Members!

6:00 pm ♦ Crawfish Eating Contest for Charity at Cactus
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago
Cactus Bar and Grill holds its 4th annual Crawfish Eating Contest for charity. This fun, Fat Tuesday event encourages competitors to consume three pounds of crawfish in the fastest amount of time possible. Contestants will be divided into heats, and the winner of each heat will compete in the final round. There is a $20 fee to participate (spectators free) and competitors will receive a Cactus crawfish contest t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.
The first place competitive eater will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Cactus Bar and Grill; the second place winner a "Hurricanes at Home" gift basket; and the third place participant will receive cooler stocked with Abita beer. Plenty of Mardi Gras accessories, such as beads and masks, will be passed out to the crowd.
To reserve a spot in the crawfish competition, please visit For more information, call Cactus’ event line at 312.922.8025.

6:00 pm ♦ Anchor IPA Chicago Tappings
Anchor Brewing continues its week of debut tappings for its Anchor IPA in across Chicago. Sample the new IPA and meet with Anchor reps at:
Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave, Chicago 773-537-4440, and
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888

6:00 pm ♦ Mardi Gras Celebration
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Let the good times roll! Join us at WOB-Naperville for our Mardi Gras Celebration. We will have Abita Purple Haze, Mardi Gras Bock and Macchiato Stout on draught and Abita Mardi Gras Swag.

7:00 pm ♦ Fat Tuesday Abita Sampling at Lottie's
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
Lottie's invites guests to celebrate through Mardi Gras with drink specials and menu items created exclusively by Pioneer Tavern Group Corporate Chef Brian Jupiter. Featured specials include $5 20-ounce Hurricanes, $5 20-ounce Hand Grenades, $5 pints and $9 flights of Abita (Purple Haze, Turbo Dog and Amber), $7 Chicken Po-Boys, and $7 Jambalaya. On Fat Tuesday, March 4, Lottie's will host a FREE brand sampling with Abita beginning at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5

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; and Paddy Wagon, a classic dry Irish stout that is nitrogenated for a creamy head.

4:00 pm ♦ Dubbel Your Belgian Pleasure with Destihl & Revolution
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Tapping two great Chicago versions of Belgian Style brews: Destihl Belgian Dubbel and Revolution Horizontal Tango.

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Metal, Beers, & Burgers Part 2
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
Metal, Beers, & Burgers continues with our second collaboration release with Kuma's Corner, Kuma's Too, and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. At 6pm, we’ll release Death Rides a Horse, a Russian Imperial Stout, named for Russian Circles.
The second burger pairing is from Kuma’s Chef Michael Jarvis. The Russian Circles burger includes horseradish mayo, chile and chocolate braised venison, white cheddar, and frizzled beets. Both burgers and the beer will be available with the beer at Kuma’s Corner and Kuma’s Too starting Thursday, March 6.
The release date of the third and last beer of this collab series is Wednesday, April 2.

6:00 pm ♦ Anchor IPA Chicago Tappings
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Hopleaf is tonight's venue for the weeklong Chicago debut of Anchor IPA. Made with two-row barley malt and fresh whole-corn hops, Anchor IPA has a bright amber color and a complex aroma that leads to a spiky bitterness and a clean finish. To celebrate its arrival, Anchor Brewing Trade Relations Manager Bob Brewer and his team are traveling to the Windy City for Anchor IPA tappings across Chicago.

Thursday, March 6

Honoring the Class of ’88!
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
1988 was a banner year for great craft brewery launches and last year, the 25th anniversary of those launches, Deschutes, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Rogue, and North Coast brewed beers together to honor their combined successes. We will be tapping several of the special brews.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Revolution Brews: Horizontal Tango, Straight Jacket & TV Party Rye.

5:00 pm ♦ Finch's Beer Co. Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Finch's Beers on tap include:
Threadless IPA: 6% ABV; Fascist Pig American Amber Ale: 8%; Sobek & Set American Black Ale: 8%; Secret Stache American Stout: 5.3%

5:30 pm - 1:30 am ♦ Dogfish Head Tap Takeover
TGI Fridays, 151 E Townline Rd, Vernon Hills, IL
We will be featuring 5 tap handles of Dogfish Head’s best craft beer! 60 Minute IPA, 61 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, Indian Brown Ale and Burton Baton. That's right. At TGI Friday's. Bring flair.

6:00 pm ♦ Tap This! Local V
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
It's almost about that time again. Celebrating craft beer made by our friends and neighbors right here in and around Sweet Home Chicago!
For those who don't already know....our local tap takeover events are a blast! There will be plenty of food, live music, great people and plenty of Chicago's finest ales and lagers to satisfy anyone's palate!
This best part is what makes this event so special. We'll have a dozen or more local beers on tap from just as many different breweries, almost all of which are usually in attendance. We definitely want to encourage everyone to feel free to mingle, introduce yourself, ask questions or even simply say "Hey" to the person that made that beer you might be enjoying. Maybe you don't like the beer. Talk to the brewers about it and maybe they'll be able to tell you about another style of beer you should try instead. Just don't be like, "Dude, your beer sucks!" because 1) it doesn't suck, you do & 2) nobody likes jerks, but constructive criticism is always welcome!
The confirmed breweries so far:
Slapshot Stick to the Nuts Peanut Butter Brown Ale
5 Rabbit Cultivate Honey Saison
Forbidden Root Sublime Ginger w/fresh ginger and key lime juice
Off Color Dino S’mores Imperial Marshmallow Stout w/mini marshmallows, cocoa nibs, graham crackers & vanilla beans
Temperance Root Down Robust Porter w/ chicory & licorice root & a touch of smoked malt, 5.2%
Ale Syndicate Omega Midnight Export Stout, 9.5%
Lake Effect Brett Framboise w/100% Brettanomyces and raspberries
Revolution Mean Gene Barrel Aged American Porter, 8.5%
Atlas Obfuscation Russian Imperial Stout, 8.8%
Une Année Sanguinaise Premiere Belgian Inspired Red, 10.4%
BuckleDown Painted Turtle American Pale Ale, 4.5%
Dryhop / Breakroom Bee Side Irish Vanilla Honey Stout
Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf IPA, 7.8%
Goose Island, Pipeworks – TBD

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Hinterland Pint Night
Fireside Ale House, 50 N. Barrington Rd., Streamwood, IL (630) 837-8357
Pouring Hinterland's White Cap White IPA. Unbalanced and unabashed! Big hop aroma with high levels of hop bitterness. Juicy fresh hop flavor. Wheaty, light straw color with low malt. Grapefruit and bitter orange notes rise to the top. Buy a pint, Keep the glass (one glass per customer)

6:00 pm ♦ Anchor IPA Chicago Tappings
Anchor Brewing continues its week of debut tappings for its Anchor IPA in across Chicago. Sample the new IPA and meet with Anchor reps at:
Das Radler, 2375 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 276-0270, and
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204

6:00 pm ♦ Matilda "Keep the Glass" Night
Evviva! Bar & Eatery, 1017 Front St., Lisle, IL (630) 241-9955
Buy a Goose Island Matilda and you get to keep the Belgian-style chalice glass. (While supplies last)

6:00 - 1:00 am ♦ Grayslake Craft Beerfest Ticket Presale Party
The Vine, 101 Center St., Grayslake, IL (847) 543-0900
Joins us for the ticket release party for the 2nd Annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival. Fourteen rare, specialty, or hard to find beers on tap specifically for this event. A few breweries will be passing out gifts, pouring beer, and other great things.
This is all for a local beer festival hosted by the Grayslake Chamber and the Exchange Club of Grayslake to help raise funds for local college scholarships. The event will be held May 31st, and will feature over 40 breweries, food, live music and more. Cost: FREE!

6:30 pm ♦ Solemn Oath Beer Dinner
Wildwood Restaurant & Lounge, 477 S. 3rd St., Geneva, IL (630) 377-8325
Join us for an exquisite meal, pairing unique beers from Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville with a four course meal prepared by Executive Chef Corby.
Solemn Oath featured beers include <3 (less than three) Belgian Red Ale, Kidnapped by Vikings American IPA, Butterfly Flashmob Belgian IPA, Mean ’Ol Grumpess Stout and Ticklefight American Barleywine. View the menu here.
$60.00 per person includes dinner, beer, tax and gratuity. Reservations and advance payment required. Register at this link or call.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Temperance Beer Co. Tap Take-Over Launch Party
Andersonville Brewing, 5402 N. Clark St, Chicago (773) 784-6969
Meet the team behind Temperance Beer Co. and enjoy one (or all) of their four delicious beers on tap at Andersonville Brewing & Hamburger Mary's! Tap takeovers are:
Smittytown ESB (5.8% ABV): An unreal Extra Special Bitter brewed with refined English malts then bastardized with brazen American hops for celebrating a neighborhood that doesn’t exist.
Restless Years Rye Pale Ale (5.8% ABV): This crisp pale ale spices things up with rye in the mash. Dry-hopping lends a refreshing tropical aroma. The unexpected spicy finish lingers like a favorite memory. It will turn your restless nights to restless years.
Gatecrasher English IPA (6.6% ABV): You get into the sold-out show without a ticket. You don’t have to shout for people to listen. Our IPA may be late to the party, but it will be closing the place down. You’ll remember Gatecrasher for its flavor, not bitterness.
Freedive India Black Ale (6.0% ABV): Days shorten and cold permeates everything, but the darkest time of the year also offers its treasures. Take Freedive, our India Black Ale. Freedive’s midnight color and roasty malt character belie its piney hop aroma, creating an unexpected combination. Freedive is a beer for winter, and like the snow and solitude, it will be gone before you realize.

7:00 pm ♦ Hopslam & Hopslam
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
Bell's Hopslam firkin and Hopslam on draft. Try them side by side. Taste the difference!

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ UpHeaval IPA at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Widmer's UpHeaval IPA Chicago Launch will take place with us. We will also have Kill Devil, Brrrbon '13, and Alchemy. Ben Dobler, one of the Lead Brewmasters at Widmer said this is the best IPA he's ever created!

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ BYOB Comedy Show "Congrats on Your Success"
Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
If you enjoy hilarious entertainment from diverse, literate performers, check out Congrats on Your Success - a free, BYOB comedy show at Uncharted Books in Logan Square the 1st Thursday of every month.
Free admission, BYOB, plus Free Beer courtesy of Powell Brew House.
(this is not a 21+ event because it's a bookstore, but don't bring children or be a child because everyone will hate you)
Featuring: CoYS Producer Rebecca O'Neal (The Lincoln Lodge, Vanity Fair Magazine, Bridgetown Comedy Festival), Alex Kumin, Jeff Arcuri (The Laugh Factory, Comedy Bar), Cameron Gillette (Up Comedy Club), and our headliner Drew Frees! (TBS Just for Laughs Festival). Hosted by CoYS producer Odinaka (opened for Maria Bamford)!
There will be games, antics, giveaways, beer, music, and, of course, FREE COMEDY!
(Donations encouraged! Goes to performers!)

7:00 pm ♦ Revolution/Seventh Son Collaboration Debut!
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Revolution Brewing is debuting a collaboration beer with Seventh Son Brewing from Columbus Ohio. Seventh Son is bringing two of their own beers as well and since they are not regularly available here, this is a rare chance to sample their great beers! Revolution is bringing some one-off rarities as well. Free entry

8:00 - 9:10 pm ♦ The Earliest Known Photo of Men Drinking Beer
The Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 275-5255
IMMORTAL ART & BEER! A Drinking & Writing Production at The Neo-Futurists! In The Earliest Known Photo of Men Drinking Beer, a farce gone awry, a troupe of actors repeatedly attempt to reenact the historical photograph entitled Edinburgh Ale. The photograph, taken circa 1843 in Edinburgh, Scotland by pioneers in photography Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill, features Scotsmen Dr. George Bell, writer James Ballantine, and Hill himself, drinking beer. The play asks the question, "How will you be remembered?" and deals with the attempt by artists to immortalize their works (including the playwright himself) and the hypocrisy of the photograph (Dr. George Bell, known for his social reform in Scotland, who is holding a glass of beer in his hand in the photograph, was a proponent of prohibiting alcohol from the poor).

This Weekend: Saturday, March 8

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Illinois Suburban Brewers Summit
Nevin's Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte 59, Plainfield, IL (630) 428-4242
Ale to the Burbs and Nevin's Brewing Company invite you to attend the 1st Annual Illinois Suburban Brewers Summit. Tickets are $25 each through Brown Paper Tickets
Beer samples from over 20 of your favorite Illinois breweries - sponsored by The Beer Cellar. Each attendee will receive 15 tickets for 4oz sample pours from 6:30-7:30 / 8:30-9:30.

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