Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 28–May 1

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 28–May 1
From Chouffe Fest Miami: Big chair, gnome hats, silly photos… and beer!

Monday, April 28

7:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Revolution Discussion
Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 262-5310
Howells & Hood is proud to host the "Craft Beer Revolution" panel. Hear from Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy, as he looks back with his fellow craft beer brewers including Michael Kiser (of Good Beer Hunting), Tracy Hurst (founder of Metropolitan Brewing), John Hall (founder of Goose Island) and Kevin Cary (founder of Begyle Brewing) to discuss the circumstances and ambitions that allowed a handful of individuals across the country to challenge one of the largest corporate dynasties in American history. They’ll also look ahead to the future of good beer and talk about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for American craft beer.
Tasting portions and heavy appetizers will be available for purchase. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at
This event is part of The second annual Brooklyn Brewery Mash in Chicago, April 26 – May 3, to celebrate what’s next in food, film, comedy, music, books and beer. The Mash tour is America’s largest traveling food, beer and arts festival, stopping in ten US cities as well as London and Stockholm in 2014. Brooklyn Brewery has collaborated with Chicago chefs, artists and craft brewers to create one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for the whole community to enjoy.

Tuesday, April 29

Upland Sours Release Lottery
Online, through Upland Brewing Co., 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, IN
Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of three of its sour ales: Persimmon and Peach fruited Lambic-style ales, and Darksynth, an Upland and New Belgium collaboration sour. Bottles will be limited to one bottle per style per winner.
The lottery will open at noon EDT on Tuesday April 29th at this Eventbrite link, and close at noon May 7th. Either the Brew Pub in Bloomington or the Indianapolis Tasting Room in Broad Ripple must be specified as the preferred pick-up location at the time of entry, and pick-up locations cannot be changed after a reservation request has been made.
Lottery winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email on May 9th, and can purchase the sour ale(s) they selected at their preferred pickup location from May 14th through May 28th. People who wish to attend Sour Fest May 17th and pick up their bottle(s) in one trip should choose Indianapolis as their pickup location and plan to pick up at the Indianapolis Tasting Room. People who wish to take a sour brewery tour, offered May 24th at 3 and 4pm, and May 25th at 3, 4, 5, and 6pm, should choose Bloomington as their pickup location. Reservations will be required for tours and can be made by emailing Each bottle will cost $25 plus applicable sales tax.

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Mini Tap-Takeover with Lakefront Brewing
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Our friends from Lakefront Brewing in Milwaukee are coming down to visit, and they are bringing the best lineup of their beers ever seen south of the border! We will feature Fuel Cafe Nitro, Wisconsinite Summerweiss, My Turn: Johnson, and Fixed Gear alongside Chef Pat's homage to Wisconsin meat and cheese.

7:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas STEAL THE GLASS & Trivia!
Pranzi, 434 W. Ontario Street, Chicago (312) 944-4340
Come & Drink some pints w/ Lagunitas! Order some pizza or 1/2 price pasta.
Drink Lagunitas IPA & A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Keep your glass!!

Wednesday, April 30

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Our April 30 releases are Crystal Hero, crisp and refreshing IPA exploding with Crystal hop flavor, and Maibock; it's (nearly) May, it's time to do a maibock.
Crystal Hero is available on draft at the brewpub and tap room, as well as in 22-ounce bombers available for purchase at the tap room and retailers. Maibock is available on draft only at the brewpub and tap room.

5:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Barrel Aged North Coast Old Rasputin XV

6:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Beer Dinner
Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 262-5310
Howells & Hood highlights renowned California-based brewer Lagunitas, as they plan to open their brewery and taproom in Chicago this May. This special dining event, prepared by Executive Chef Scott Walton and his culinary team, features signature American-inspired dishes, each expertly paired with a selection from Lagunitas.
The 6:00 pm reception is followed by a four-course menu (including dessert), each dish complemented with a paired 6 oz. beer taster. The price is $49 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Menu at our web site. Phone reservations at 312-262-5310.

6:00 pm ♦ Tyranena Feature
Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., Chicago 312-642-9253
Some great Tyranena beers on draft: Rocky's Revenge (Bourbon Barrel Brown), Scurvy IPA (IPA w/ Orange Peel), Double Stout,
Imperial Black IPA.

Thursday, May 1

12:00 pm ♦ Tickets on Sale for Valpo Brewfest
Tickets go on sale for the Valpo Brewfest, to be held Saturday, September 27
1 pm - 5pm (VIPs Noon). The location is Central Park Plaza at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street in Downtown Valparaiso, IN.
Tickets on Sale at this link, or call the Ticket Help Line at 888-695-0888. Valpo Brewfest is hosted by the Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events and produced by BrewFest Partners

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged Boris and Karminator Doppelbock

6:00 pm ♦ The Maine Event with Allagash
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
We're kicking off a new month's brewery feature with Allagash in the only way we know how. Join us for an Allagash Pop-up Taproom event to bring Portland Maine a little closer to home for you here in Chicago. The Maine Event!
In addition to great Allagash beers we'll be launching a new Brewer's Bill of Fare Beer Pairing menu that night designed to compliment the month's featured brews.
FEATURED DRAFTS: Allagash White, Curieux, Saison, Black, Avance, James Bean.
We'll also have glassware giveaways, a raffle for limited release bottles from Allagash Brewing and much to more.

6:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ Bell’s Black Note Deconstructed
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Join us for a night of microzymurgy, where we break down Bell’s Black Note to its basic elements and serve them as a flight!
This is a first come, first served event. $30.00 gets you one pour each of Double Cream Stout (16oz), Expedition Stout (8oz), Four Roses Bourbon (1 1/2oz) and of course, Black Note (8oz.) Yeah, it’s a pretty heavy flight, so we encourage you to take public transportation or schedule a ride. We’ll be pouring a keg of Hopslam too.

6:00 pm ♦ Mash EDU: Beer & Spice, Making Nice
Dark Matter Coffee, 738 N Western Avenue, Chicago
Chef Andrew will be sampling bites and beers, explaining what to look for when creating a pairing. You will leave ready to impress your people with your newfound knowledge of the finer things in life. (Win tickets here). This, and the Monday discussion above, are two of the many events surrounding the Chicago stop of the Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour.

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm ♦ Chouffe Fest
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd., Chicago
Chouffe Fest 2014 is kicking off in the Midwest mecca - Chicago! The Chouffe family of Belgian craft beers: La Chouffe Blond Ale, Mc Chouffe Belgo-Scottish Ale, & Houblon Chouffe IPA Tripel, will be on tap and at the forefront of this larger than gnome-sized event.
Beer (and gnome) lovers will taste Chouffe's magical Belgian brews, sample delicious eats from Wagyu Wagon and dance along to infectious tunes from Black Bear Combo for an unforgettable night of gnome-i-fied merrymaking.
Legend has it that magical gnomes are responsible for Chouffe’s delicious brews, which include a Belgian blonde, a Belgian Scottish-Blonde and a Belgian IPA Triple.
Chouffe Fest celebrates the beloved brewery's mystical heritage by making guests feel like the pint-sized creatures with giant props, Jenga — even a gnome throne for hilarious pics. Stop-animation gnomes will parachute off the Sears Tower and Field Museum of Natural History.
Tickets are $10 for beer tastings and food samples, and can be purchased through the Chouffe Fest website.

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)
CoYS Producer Charlie Rohrer (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)
Maria Wojchiecowski (Chicago Sketchfest)
Mike Bobrinskoy
Nate Burrows
and our headliner Derek Smith! (Lincoln Lodge, TBS Just For Laughs Festival)
Hosted by CoYS producer Bill Bullock!
There will be games, antics, giveaways, beer, music, and, of course, FREE COMEDY! (Donations encouraged! Goes to performers!)

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Ale Syndicate Tap Takeover Launch Party
Andersonville Brewing, 5402 N. Clark St, Chicago (773) 784-6969
Celebrate Ale Syndicate being the guest brewery at Andersonville Brewing! There will be three of their brews on-tap all month long (in addition to Sunday Session in Bottle). Hang with the team behind Ale Syndicate and enjoy raffle prizes & samples. Plus Ale Syndicate Drafts will be $1 off!

7:00 pm ♦ Binny's Beer School
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Binny's Beer School with WGN Radio personality - Wendy Snyder. Featuring Breckenridge Brewery & Stiegl Brewery with Food Pairings. $20 suggested donation to Neediest Kids Fund. Call to reserve your space.

7:00 pm ♦ Lakefront Night
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Join us for our Lakefront Brewery Event! Fixed Gear $4! Drink a pint, get a raffle ticket to win a bike!

This Weekend's Highlights:

Ball Park Beer Fest, Saturday, 2:00 pm at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium.
The Chicago Beer Rally, Saturday, 6:00 - 10:30 pm at the Romeoville Event Center.

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