Chicago St. Patrick's Weekend Craft Beer Events

Chicago St. Patrick's Weekend Craft Beer Events
A St. Patrick's Day tradition in this town. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Update: The site to buy your Dark Lord Day tickets is now up!

In my rush to get this little listing out, I ended up skipping over a lot of events that had little to offer besides either green beer, or the current Trinity of Guinness-Smithwick's-Harp. Don't even get me started on "Irish Car Bombs." Besides, there are also some events for which tickets go on sale at this time, that you'll need to stay home for:

Friday, March 14

It's Firkin Friday! New Holland Beer Feature
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
New Holland Beers include Full Circle Kolsch, Mad Hatter American IPA, Imperial Hatter American Imperial IPA, Cabin Fever American Brown Ale, Night Tripper Imperial Stout. ON CASK! Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout ● 10% ABV

St. Patrick's Specials at Bites Asian Tapas
Bites Asian Tapas, 3313 N. Clark St., Chicago 773-270-5972
Bites Asian Tapas in Lakeview specializes in delicious Asian fusion small plates and creative cocktails. But they are daring to offer a St. Patrick's Day special without Guinness or green beer. Quoting: "Start the evening with one of Bites' creative cocktails-their already green Wassup Wasabi or Ms Gardenia martinis ($7), or partake in one of the specialty drinks created for St. Patrick's Day, such as the Shamrock Shaker with Shochu, Kahlua, Amaretto, Milk and Grean Tea Powder ($7), a Lucky Buddha Beer, on special for $3 (normally $5), or a Lucky You're Not Irish Bomb, shot of Scotch Whiskey with Lucky Buddha Beer ($5)."

Ticket Sales Underway for What the Firk? Firkin Fest
Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, Chicago (773) 665-5660
Firkin Fest takes place at HQ Beercade Sunday, March 30. 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 HQ Beercade on Facebook.

3:14 pm ♦ Pi Observance Day
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
On 3/14/14 beginning at 3:14pm Local Option will be tapping 31 exceptionally rare and hard find beers for the Third Annual Pi Observance Day.
Draft List: Allagash Yakuza, Boulevard Irish Style Ale, Central Waters BBA Stout Nitro, Dark Horse Trés, Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break, Joey Pepper, Founders Imperial Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2013, Great Lakes Conways Irish Ale, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Half Acre Baumé, Jolly Pumpkin Yuzu Gose, Local Option Bierwerker American Muscle, BBA Kentucky Common, Blood ov the Kings, Dampf Loc, Morning Wood, Outlawger, Sweet Leif, Voku Hila, Lost Abbey Deliverance, Maine Lunch, Pipeworks The Mighty Thor, Scratch Brewing PawPaw Abbey, Surly Abrasive, Furious, Three Floyds/Half Acre Shewolf, Three Floyds Blakkr, War Mullet, Zombie Dust, Tilquin Gueuze, Wild Beer M.O.
At 10:00pm we will be giving away a Trumer Braurei skateboard and hoodie to the person who can recite the most consecutive digits of Pi. If you are interested in entering the contest please email us [] in advance with your name.

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Metropolitan Beer Tasting
Bottles and Cans, 4109 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 857-2270
Tracy Hurst of Metropolitan Brewing will be at Bottles and Cans  to hand out free beer and homemade vegan snacks. You have to beer shop for the weekend anyway - do your shopping with a free sample of our newest release: Iron Works Altbier!

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 8935 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL 847-966-2300
Start your weekend off right by sampling a fine selection of Bell's beer. Featured beers will be Amber Ale, Two Hearted, Porter and Third Coast Beer.

5:30 - 7:00 pm ♦ Pi Night Beer & Pie Throwdown
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Come judge a beer and pie pairing competition with Atlas, Hoosier Mama, Sugar Pie Cafe, and Bang Bang Pie Shop. Tickets are available here. Tickets include a flight of 4 beers with paired pies and the opportunity to vote on the Pi Day Champion. Tax and gratuity are also included.

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Revolution Paddy Wagon Irish Stout
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
For this week's Firkin Friday feature, we're thrilled to offer a cask ale made specially for just just in time for St. Patty's weekend: Revolution Paddy Wagon Dry Irish Stout (4.4% abv)! A classic dark, dry, and roasty Irish style stout poured directly from the cask. Pairs perfectly with our famous Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner! (The Corned Beef special will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week!)

6:00 pm ♦ Firestone Walker tapping at WoB Evanston
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Join us to celebrate some wonderful beers from Firestone Walker. We will be tapping a Barrel of Velvet Merkin Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout! There will also be at least 7 other Firestone Walker beers on tap!

6:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Anniversary Party
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
Come out and celebrate Two Brothers Brewing Company's 17th Anniversary! Join the Two Brothers family at the Roundhouse for special archived beers, great food and killer live music from Chicago's Bumpus and opener, St. Malarkey in the Tavern.

6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Tappings and Weekend events at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Friday's High Gravity Beer is Boulevard Chocolate Ale!!!
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend and Dark Lord tickets going on sale this Monday, We will tap Zombie Dust at 12pm Saturday and Blacker (3 Floyds, Surly collaboration Black DIPA), and Man of Awe (pale ale) all from Three Floyds Brewing!!!!! Should be a killer St. Pats weekend, we might even dye the zombie dust green along with the Jeppson's Malort!!!!!!

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Come taste some Half Acre beers and celebrate the release of Double Daisy Cutter! We'll also have all of our canned offerings available to sample!

6:30 pm ♦ Metropolitan Brewing Company Beer Dinner
Wildfire Lincolnshire, 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL (847) 279-7900
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.

Saturday, March 15

Drink Greenbush, Not Green Beer!
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Celebrate St. Paddy's in a more civilized manner! Michigan's Greenbush Brewing is a regular on our taps, and we are featuring three of their brews for $4 each, all day Saturday.

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8:30 - 11:00 am ♦ Kegs and Eggs for Charity
Newport Bar and Grill, 1344 W. Newport Ave., Chicago 773-325-9111
Newport Bar and Grill partners with Tweed Thornton in hosting the 9th annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast benefiting Concern Worldwide. The breakfast buffet begins at 8:30 am and includes braised corn beef brisket, bacon, hash browns, pancakes, and more. Guinness drafts, Jameson cocktails, and well cocktails  are also included in the $30 buffet ticket, $10 of which goes directly to Concern Worldwide. Ticket will be available at the door or online at Eventbrite.

12:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ 18th Street Grand Opening Celebration
18th Street Brewery, 5725 Miller Ave., Gary, IN (219) 939-8802
We are super excited to announce that we will be having our Official Grand Opening this Saturday! Please join us for a day of Food, Live Music, BEER, and all around Good Times! BLT's from FleshForFood, as well as Hot Dawgs/Hamburgers/Veggie Burgers! Live Music Perfomances by Gerry Hundt w/special guest Beau Samples, The Jordan Years, and BEKO!

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Local Beer Tasting at Binny's Glen Ellyn
Binny's, 670 Roosevelt Rd., Pickwick Place Shopping Center, Glen Ellyn, IL
It's Nano Brewapalooza 2: The Ides of March - come try beers from Flesk, Only Child, Spiteful, Lake Effect, Ale Syndicate and more!

7:00 pm ♦ Wild Onion Tap Takeover
Cary Pub 208 W Main St. #2, Cary, IL (847) 639-7244
Join Lake Barrington's Wild Onion at the Cary Pub for a Tap Takeover!
Draft list includes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Drago Russian Imperial Stout, Hefty Weiss, Kainz Brau Bohemian Pilsner, Chinwaggin' Irish Red Ale, Black Flag Black IPA.
On Cask: Vanilla Jack Stout

9:00 pm ♦ "Steal the Pint" Fight Nite
D'Agostino's Pizzeria, 241 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling IL 847-808-8200
Featuring Lagunitas IPA! Now on draft. Come watch UFC 171 and enjoy a tasting of Lagunitas IPA. With your first purchase of a pint – you get to keep a Signature Lagunitas Glass!

Sunday, March 16: March Madness Begins

March Madness Beer Specials at Carlucci
Carlucci Restaurant,1801 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-512-0990
Save a trip downtown and enjoy Carlucci's new craft beer lineup while watching the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on their many bar area flat screen TVs. Carlucci's new craft beers include Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale and Matilda, Revolution Bottom Up Wit, and Delerium Tremens. Carlucci will also offer $3 and $5 appetizers, Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Compass Bar Celebrates March Madness
Compass Bar, 433 W. Diversey Pkwy, Chicago (773) 248-3230
Take in the excitement of the NCAA Tournament at Compass Bar, with $15 Domestic Buckets with 5 beers and 60 cent wings, minimum order of 10, throughout the tournament. Compass boasts 8 televisions and will air all the games live with sound.
The perfect complement to basketball, the restaurant's beer lists features 200 different beers, 20 of which are available on tap. Highlights include Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Local Option Dampf Loc, Delerium Tremens, Evil Twin Yin, Lagunitas Sucks Imperial IPA, Timmermans Framboise, Victory Golden Monkey.
In addition, the bar will offer Trivia allowing people to select game winners. The person with the most wins will win a $25 gift card.

March Madness Specials at Lottie's
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
Yes, this is one of many places offering a bucket of MillerCoors. But there's an extra here:
Specials for both the Kansas and Wisconsin games. Lottie's will open early for all games through April 7, with 19 flat screens upstairs and four flat screens and two projectors downstairs in addition to 23 beers on tap.
$8 Boulevard Schooners
$5 22-ounce Coors or Miller Kansas Cups
$5 Kansas Whiskey
$15 Party Platter with a 14-inch cheese pizza, bucket of wings and bucket of tots
$6 Ale Asylum in Wisconsin Cups (brewed in Madison, WI)
$5 22-ounce Miller or Coors Wisconsin Cups
$15 Party Platter with a 14-inch cheese pizza, bucket of wings and bucket of tots

Sunday, March 16

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ St Patrick's Day Special Opening and Parade
Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company, 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 331-8345
Chain O’Lakes Brewing Company will be open from 12-4 to support the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Stop by and watch the Parade from the Taproom and enjoy the Bag Pipers when they come to the taproom around 2 pm.

Monday, March 17

Irish Tap Takeover
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us on St. Patrick's Day for a WOB Naperville Tap Takeover. We will have Wexford Cream Ale, Saugatuck Irish Red, Boulevard Irish Red on draught and a proper pour of Guinness.

Crown Brewing St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Join us to celebrate before and after the Crown Point St. Patrick's Parade! The parade begins at dusk and we will be open at 11am to 11pm. We will have some special beers available to celebrate:
Emerald City Coffee Stout, Chocolate Irish Cream Java Porter, Patrick Irish Red, Celtic Pride Oatmeal Stout, Green Cream Ale.
also.....there will be bombers of Celtic Pride Oatmeal Stout.

11:30 am ♦ Tribes Tinley Paddy's Day Party
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
This year Tribes Tinley is living it up! Join us for a whole day of music food and fun! We are opening at 10AM and will have Full Irish Breakfast available to start your day! Then the fun starts: John Condron performs at 11:30AM, Followed by the Larkin & Moran Brothers, The Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society and then The New Element Band! $5 Cover begins at Noon.

12:00 pm ♦ Ticket Sales for Dark Lord Day
Three Floyds Brewery & Pub, 9750 Indiana Pkwy, Munster, IN (219) 922-3565
Tickets will go on sale at noon, on The Dark Lord Day website will announce how to buy tickets shortly before noon.
The cost of tickets is $30. You will be allowed to purchase 2 tickets. However, Dark Lord allocations will be per person not per ticket. A ticket is required to attend the festival and it is the only way to ensure that you get the opportunity to purchase Dark Lord Imperial Stout.
Without the ticket, there will be no admission to the premises.
The name of the person to whom the tickets are being shipped will be printed on the ticket.
When you arrive at the festival you will be required to present your ID. Security will confirm that the purchaser name and ID match as the reselling of these tickets is prohibited.
No admission will be granted without the original purchaser being present to validate their ticket with their valid state or federal ID or valid passport. Then they may enter the event with his/her guest. The name of the person whom the tickets are being sent to will be the name that is printed on the ticket.
One person is admitted per ticket. One allotment per person. One Golden ticket per Crowd Surge ticket holder. The “guest” reference denotes the fact that tickets (if 2 are ordered) will both be printed with the name associated with the shipping address. Therefore, the person with their name printed on the ticket(s) will need to be present to validate both tickets then they and their ‘guest’ will be admitted. This is NOT a 2 for 1 scenario.
We sell Dark Lord Imperial Stout in Groups at designated times. When you buy your ticket online you will pick a Group. The group you choose denotes the time frame for your purchase of Dark Lord. In order to maintain speed and flow, please purchase your Dark Lord during your chosen group time frame. Once you are in line and inside the brewery you will give us your event ticket that you purchased online. At that time you will receive your Golden Ticket scratch off ticket. The scratch off lets you know if you will have the opportunity to purchase a Barrel-Aged Dark Lord Variant. As always, you will be able to purchase other Three Floyds beer as well.

6:30 pm ♦ St. Patrick's Day Beer Dinner at Wildfire
Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000
Wildfire Schaumburg, 1250 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 995-0100
Join us as we celebrate all things Irish during our St. Patrick's Day Beer Dinner! Our Executive Chefs have created a custom four course menu inspired by the Emerald Isle, each paired with the perfect brew. 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 Nicole at 630-586-9000.

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