Chicago & CCBW Craft Beer Events, May 19-22

Chicago & CCBW Craft Beer Events, May 19-22
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I thought I was going to keep updating the local brewer events for Chicago Craft Beer Week, but Friday night I was plumb exhausted and slept for ten hours. Saturday I was digging through old DVD backups to find the original files my old homebrew labels as requested by an author. So let's start over with this weeks events, whether for CCBW or not:

Monday, May 19

6:30 pm ♦ Haymarket’s 4th Annual Illinois Brewer’s Night
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
It’s an Illinois tap takeover. Brewers from around the state will be coming in for a night of revelry! Each brewery is bringing one keg and a case of pint glasses to give away! Tickets are $25 each which includes 12 tasting tickets, and are still available at Brown Paper Tickets. Brewers represented: pretty much everyone.

7:00 pm ♦ American Craft Beer Tasting with Hopleaf's Michael Roper
The Chopping Block, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 107 Chicago
In celebration of Craft Beer Week, Hopleaf's beer expert Michael Roper will teach guests about important and influential moments in American craft beer history. Samples include Anchor Steam and Liberty Ale, Goose Island Bourbon County,  and much more.
$65 per person. Registration required. Register here.

8:00 pm ♦ Hopped Up Broads–Beer Styles: Ales
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
Sign up for the 4th of our "Hopped Up Broads" classes in our Beer School Bar. This month's class focuses on Ales as a style of beer
1 hour class includes: Beer Education, Beer Tasting, 2 Draft Beers, Cool Swag. Tickets are $25, email us at to RSVP Everyone's welcome! (limited availability)

Tuesday, May 20

11:00 am - Midnight ♦ Goose Island Tap Takeover
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week at Franklin Tap with a Goose Island Tap Takeover. Five very unique and diverse beers, all from the Fulton & Wood brewery, give you the chance to try some of Goose Island's newest and most innovative beers.
Featured Drafts: Rasselbock, The Ogden, The Illinois, Kisetsu Sake Saison, Night Stalker.

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Begyle Brewing Co Tap Takeover
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
Our Friends at Begyle Brewing will be taking over our taps with at least 10 of their delicious brews.
Crash Landed 7%, No Erasies - Belgian Pale Ale 5.6%, Oh Hey! Porter 6%, Kolsch 5%, Dubbel Stamp - Belgian Style Dubbel, Tripel Stamp - Belgian Style Tripel, Imperial Pajamas - Imperial Coffee Stout 9.8%, Quagmire - Imperial IPA 9.7%, Barrel Aged Neighborly, Begyle Blonde Ale 5.4%, Free Bird - American Pale Ale 5.6%…and Selfies Galore!
This will be Begyle's Largest Tap Takeover YET.
Also, each brew you buy, you will get a chance to win either a 32oz/64oz or 3L Growler fill at Begyle!!!

Tuesday, May 20

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Revolution Brewing Dinner at Park Grill
Park Grill at Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 521-7275
In celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week, Park Grill will hold a Revolution Brewing dinner on their spacious Plaza patio beneath "the bean". Enjoy seven, locally crafted beers (including two exclusive brews) paired with gourmet pub fare. The fee to attend is $35 per person. Tickets may be purchased at Beer Menu: Eugene Porter, Rosa Hibiscus Ale, Cross of Gold Golden Ale, Crystal Hero IPA, 4th Year Beer, Belgian-style Quad, Plus 2 exclusive specialty beers

7:00 pm ♦ Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro Bottle Release Party
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
The perfect event for beer geeks everywhere, The Bar on Buena welcomes Left Hand Brewing Company and Windy City Distributing for a Wake Up Dead Nitro Bottle Release Party! Left Hand has magically nitrogenated the Wake Up Dead Russian Imperial Stout and put it in bottles. While beer lovers may never know exactly how they achieved such a wondrous feat, it is ready to be enjoyed in celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week. For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Also on tap from Left Hand: Polestar Pilsner & Good Juju (Pale Ale w/ Ginger Root)

7:00 pm ♦ IBW Movie Night
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Join Illuminated Brew Works & the Local Option Bierwerkers for the first ever IBW Movie Night at the Local Option! We'll be tapping a keg of Orange Sunshine, our American Citrus Saison, and watching the greatest movie ever put to film, Stuart Gordon's "From Beyond" To help fully savor all the trans-dimensional depravity of this Sci-Fi masterpiece, we'll be rolling out Hellzapoppin', the world's only flaming popcorn machine. Additionally, we'll be giving away Illuminated Brew Works t-shirts, glasses and stickers through out the evening. And, if that's not enough, several high ranking officials from Illuminated Brew Works will be on hand to answer any technical questions you might have about how to give your pineal gland a boner using only a personal computer and high-frequency tone technology. Orange Sunshine is tapped at 7pm, "From Beyond" begins at 8:30pm.

7:30 pm ♦ Simple Farmer Wines Cider Showcase
The Bluebird Chicago, 1749 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773-486-2473
The surge of cider availability has not gone unnoticed in the Midwest. With so many young up and coming producers carving out this new niche of hard cider production, it’s easy to lose sight of where the Northwestern Hemisphere could have acquired the template to create such juice. Seth Allen is an importer of ultra-traditional, all-natural ciders from Old World Europe that will shatter the mold for what a modern day cider drinker may have cut their teeth on. Join us to experience these time-honored traditions that have lasted hundreds of years long and countless generations to pass.
$40: tickets are available on

8:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Goes Punk with BuckleDown
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
The BuckleDown guys write: "I'm not sure how punk rock craft beer is, but I can tell you from experience that they match up perfectly. In fact, our beer yeast was raised on punk rock... they probably have little mohawks and anarchy tattoos.
So as Chicago Craft Beer Week rolls through the middle of May, we thought we'd bring two of our favorite things together.
On Tuesday May 20, we'll be at Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill along with 3 fantastic local bands:
The Hamburglars, The Phenoms, Et Tu Brute. Show starts at 8pm. No Cover. 3 BuckleDown Beers on tap for your drinking pleasure... along with the rest of Brixie's awesome draft list."

Wednesday, May 21

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Firestone Walker Parabola Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

5:00 pm ♦ Q & A with Flossmoor Station's Brewer
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
For American Craft Beer Week, join in a discussion with Tom Nelson, head brewer at Flossmoor Station. The restaurant will be serving spent grain pancakes, and each attendee will receive a bag of spent grain and a recipe to try at home.

5:00 pm ♦ Crabbie's Ginger Beer release
Pizza Rustica, 3908 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago 773-404-8955
Pizza Rustica will host “It’s Time for a Crabbie’s Night” featuring Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, the 4.8% ABV ginger beer for grown-ups. Enjoy complimentary tastings of the already popular Original and try out the newest flavor, Spiced Orange. Pizza Rustica mixologists will craft a variety of Crabbie’s cocktails such as.
In addition to Pizza Rustica’s menu of rustic northern Italian cuisine, Chef Stefano Roman will offer a special al a carte “Crabbie’s Time” menu for those who wish to have a bite with their ginger beer. The delectable offerings will include two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts inspired by and cooked with both Original and Spiced Orange.

6:00 pm ♦ Division IPA Pub Crawl
Jerry's Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago
Bangers & Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
The Third Annual Division IPA Crawl! Visit Jerry’s for Midwestern IPAs, Bangers & Lace for East Coast IPAs, and SmallBar Division for West Coast IPAs, as part of our collaborative West Division Chicago Craft Beer Week I.P.A. Crawl!
Enjoy $2 off select pours with the full tour of all three spots.
SmallBar Division - West Coast
Stone I.P.A. with Amarillo on *Cask*, Collective Distortion – Collab I.P.A.; Firestone Walker Easy Jack – Session I.P.A.; Ballast Point Sculpin & Grapefruit Sculpin; Lagunitas I.P.A.; Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
Jerry's - Wicker Park - Midwest
Three Floyds - TBD; Surly - Over Rated; Founders - TBD; Solemn Oath - Snaggletooth Bandana; Half Acre - Galactic Double Daisy Cutter; Greenbush - Starchicken Shotgun; Great Lakes - Lake Erie Monster; Une Année - Maya
Bangers & Lace - East Coast
Maine Beer Co. - Lunch IPA & TBD; Victory Brewing Co. - TBD; Allagash - Hugh Malone; Sixpoint - TBD; Smuttynose - nothing but the Finest Kind! From waaaay East: Meantime IPA & Thornbridge beers

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Central Waters Brewing Company's Sixteen Tapping at Map Room
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago 773.252.7636
We will be tapping Central Waters Brewing Company's Sixteen, which won a Gold Medal this year at World Beer Cup! This is the only barrel coming to Chicago! Meet Owner & Brewmaster Anello Mollica while sipping on this special brew. We will also be featuring Illumination and our favorite session ale, Hop Rise.

6:00 - 9:45 pm ♦ Spring Beer Dinner at Octave with Hunter's Brewing
Octave Grill 137 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN
Join us for our second beer dinner at Octave Grill with Hunter's Brewing.
$50, plus fees from Brown Paper Tickets.
The first seating is from 6-7:45 PM.
The second seating is from 8-9:45 PM.

7:00 pm ♦ CCBW Wine & Beer Blending with Ale Syndicate
City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 733-9463
General Admission $35.00, from the event's web page.
Beer and wine lovers, unite! Join us for a very special evening in which City Winery Chicago teams up with local Chicago brew rockstars, Ale Syndicate. Prepare for a night of education, fun, and delicious fermented beverages. City Winery totally embraces the it takes loads of good beer (consumed) to craft good wine. Our tasting party consists of experiments blending wine and with beer. Together. In the same vessel. And then drinking it. We will be making brew history when we actually blend our City Winery tap wines with various Ale Syndicate brews.

Thursday, May 22

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Dogfish Head 120 Minute DIPA 21% ABV, 120 IBU’s

5:00 pm ♦ CCBW Beer & Cheese Pairing
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
$6/person for three pairings: Red Dragon Cheddar with Barrel-Aged IIPA, Cambozola with Brotzeit Dunkelweizen, Gruyere with Barrel-Aged Barley Wine

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Cruise
Mystic Blue Cruises, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago,IL
Join us for a craft brews cruise on the Mystic Blue. Enjoy beers, including some rare selections, from America’s top craft brewers. They’ll be poured by the folks behind the brewery including some founders and brewmasters, so bring your questions. All this, while taking in the Chicago skyline as we cruise along Lake Michigan. Each guest will receive 4 (4oz) beer sample tickets
Price: from $29.41 per adult | All guest must be 21 or older with ID
Try tasty beers from the following breweries:
Goose Island, Brooklyn, Ale Syndicate, Summit, Upland, Tallgrass, Shiner, Uinta, 3 Sheeps, Flossmoor Station, Duvel, Brewery Ommegang, Local Option Bierwerker, Against the Grain, Central Waters, Milwaukee Brewing, Smalltown Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin, Virtue Cider.

6:00 pm ♦ 5 Year Birthday Rooftop Bash
1550 Bar at Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park,1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago
We're celebrating Whole Foods Kingsbury's 5th birthday the only way we know how -- with great beer and great food! The celebrations will be free to get in and begin at 6pm.
The Beer: $10 for a 4oz pour of 2009 and 2014 Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts side by side
$4 for a 4 oz pours of Founders Brewing Kentucky Breakfast Stout (Limited supply of KBS for sale)
Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale & The Illinois
Founders Reds Rye IPA
Central Waters Hop Rise & Illumination
Local Option Dampf Loc & American Muscle
Ale Syndicate Van de Velde & Omega Midnight
Plus a special TBA Founders beer

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ CCBW Special Tapping: FFounders Cask Conditioned Dirty Bastard w/Cocoa Nibs
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Thursday we are tapping a firkin of Founders Cask Conditioned Dirty Bastard with Cocoa Nibs added! All we can say is........AWESOME!!!

6:00 pm ♦ Cross the Lake Classic II
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
We’re dedicating 12 taps to a showdown with hometown heroes Half Acre representing the West Side and classics from Dark Horse reppin’ the East Side of the Lake. Which side is the best side? You decide.
DARK HORSE: Smells Like Safety Mtg, 3 Pairs of Legs Maple Porter, Crooked Tree, Double Crooked Tree, Raspberry Ale
HALF ACRE: Vallejo West Coast I.P.A., Galactic Double Daisy, Daisy Cutter, Big Hugs, Akari Shogun
There may or may not be an arm wrestling championship between breweries.

6:00 pm ♦ 2014 Northwest Side Craft Beer Ride5/22
$20 plus fee at Brown Paper Tickets.
Come celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week on the Northwest Side by attending the 2nd annual craft beer pub crawl. 11 local breweries will be featured at 9 unique bars all connected by a regular bus loop to ensure comfort and safety. Participants will ride around on board a comfy Chicago Brew Bus as they are shuttled from bar to bar. Brewery staff will welcome the pub crawlers at each of the featured bars and will be on hand to talk up the beer, share a few, and hang out. The cost is $20 and covers transportation, good times, and a souvenir memento. Beers are purchased at each bar.

Simply show up to one of the featured bars after 6pm May 22rd. When the bus arrives, simply get on. Keep your ticket handy because you will need to show it at the bus in order to get your wristband and momento. At the end of the pub crawl, there will be an announcement for the last bus. Buses with a bar listed on its pacard will make their final stop there- (you'll figure it out) The featured bars and addresses are below.

  1. Fischman Liquors, 4780 N Milwaukee Ave (773) 545-0123
  2. Hops and Barleys- 4359 N Milwaukee Ave (773) 286-7415
  3. Rabbits Bar and Grill- 4945 West Foster Avenue (773) 736-5766
  4. Gale Street Inn- 4914 N Milwaukee Ave (773) 725-1300
  5. Brigadoon - 5748 W Lawrence Ave, (773) 777-2403
  6. Colletti's Restaurant- 5707 N Central Ave, (773) 775-5144
  7. Leadbelly's - 5600 N Foster
  8. The Garage Bar and Sanwiches- 6154 N Milwaukee Ave, (773) 647-1386
  9. Iron Horse Bar and Grill- 6158 N Northwest Hwy, (773) 763-1800

Participating Breweries (to be named at each bar soon): Lake Effect, Church Street, Pipeworks, 18th Street, Begyle, Flesk, Ale Syndicate, Tighthead, Finch's, One Trick Pony, Une Année, Transient Artisan Ales, Slap Shot.

7:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Funk & Sour night
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
Sometimes a little bit of sour is good for the soul!
Join us in our Beer School Bar. We'll be jamming to some funk and soul while showcasing some of New Belgium Brewing's finest, sour and funky craft brews including Felix, Oscar, La Folie, Tart Lychee, Trans Kriek, Loves Leopold, Fat Tire, Ranger, Snapshot, Blue Paddle, Trippel, 1554.

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