Chicago Craft Beer Events: Cinco a Ocho de Mayo (May 5-8)

Chicago Craft Beer Events: Cinco a Ocho de Mayo (May 5-8)
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Monday, May 5

Mail orders for Great Taste of the Midwest Tickets
Great Taste of the Midwest is August 9th at Olin Park, overlooking Lake Minona in Madison, WI. It's one of the biggest and oldest beer festivals in America, and back for its 28th edition. Over 100 brewers will on hand with over 1,000 samples in a four-hour afternoon session, put on by the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild. Tickets for this year's GToMW are $60. An allotment has gone on sale Sunday at beer bars and brewpubs around Madison, but Monday is your chance to get tickets by mail. Here are the details from the Great Taste website:

Mail orders that are postmarked on Monday May 5th will be processed via a lottery system. Any mail orders postmarked after May 5th are unlikely to be filled. There is a limit of 2 tickets per household for mail orders. You must include a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a check or money order. MAIL ORDERS POSTMARKED BEFORE MAY 5TH WILL BE REJECTED
Mail orders can be sent to:
Great Taste!
Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild (MHTG)
Post Office Box 1365
Madison, Wisconsin 53701-1365
Make checks payable to MHTG and you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). CORRECT POSTAGE REQUIRED. Please allow 5-7 weeks for ticket processing because we are a homebrewing hobby club and not a professional order fulfillment company. We know you want your tickets, but please respect that we have our own family and work responsibilities too

Bell's Hoppy Hour
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Bell's Hoppy Hour (Not to be confused with Happy Hour) featuring Hopslam Double IPA, Smitten Golden Rye, and Two Hearted Ale. Come out, get Hopslammed, and keep the glass!

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Cinco de Mayo Beer Dinner
Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000
Join us as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, with a Wildfire twist! Our Executive Chefs have created a south of the border inspired four course menu paired with the amazing beers of Church Street Brewing, each paired with a Mexican beer. 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.

7:00 pm ♦ Stone Cinco Event & Costume Party
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
This year celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Stone Brewing Co. as they launch Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers!
Enjoy "Charred Pepper" Flights with the rare, barrel-aged Crime, Punishment, Southern Charred, plus Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers.
In honor of the rare appearance of Crime & Punishment, dress up as your favorite villain or good guy and you could take home cool prizes. Costume judging at 8:00 PM. (Cinco de Mayo = bonus points scored for Mexican villains or good guys!)

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Beer School with Hopped Up Broads
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Hopped Up Broads has developed programs for both the consumer and staff. We work with bars to create programs specific to their needs, be it to educate servers and bartenders or to create a fun, hands on program for their everyday customer.
The next Beer School is… ALE vs LAGER! Time for a showdown! Tickets are only $10 so bring a friend, too! We've got plenty of space in the Wreck Room were class is being held. See you there!
This one hour ALE vs LAGER class includes Beer 101, Beer Tasting, and Brewery Swag
You can pay online to reserve your spot or take the chance of an open seat the day of and pay at the door. Contact for more information

Monday & Tuesday, May 5 & 6

Ale Syndicate at the Crosstown Classic
3700 Wrigley Rooftop, 3700 Sheffield Ave, Chicago (312) 273-3113
Join Ale Syndicate at 3700 Wrigley Rooftop on May 5th & May 6th for the first two Cubs vs. Sox games. We'll be sampling our three flagship beers and cheering on Chicago's home teams! Enjoy a $20 discount for both games by entering the code "ALE" when checking out. Visit for tickets and more information.

Tuesday, May 6

6:00 pm ♦ Trooper Beer Event
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Mark your calendars, Iron Maiden Fans! WOB - Naperville is having a Trooper Beer Event. Trooper is a Golden Ale at 4.8% abv, brewed by Robinsons in England with Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. It will be on tap starting at 6:00 pm and you will be able to get a pint of this delicious beer and a glass to take home for just $10.00!

7:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ Beer Passport Series: Bell's
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-3905
Bell's is the Beer of the Month at Mrs. Murphy's and Murphy's Bleachers in May. We will be kicking off the month at Mrs. Murphy's with a variety of Bell's beers on tap. Two Hearted will be available in both draft and firkin (taste the difference). We will also have a rare Bourbon Barrel Aged Kalamazoo Stout, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Smitten Golden Rye Pale, and everyone's summer favorite, Oberon. There will be samplers and a special food pairing available from 7-8:30 for $15. You can skip the pairing and just stop by for the beer. Bell's representatives will be on site. Reservations are recommended.

Wednesday, May 7

5:00 pm ♦ The Beer Revolution at Xoco
Xoco Restaurant, 449 N. Clark St., Chicago
We're hosting Kevin Kuzlik from Revolution Brewing at our Clark Street location to give you free beer (and because fair is fair, we'll give you free food to go along with it). Following that, we embark on a full month of Revolution madness, an entire menu of Revolution beers paired with new, seasonal additions to Xoco's already extremely beer-friendly menu, both at Clark St. and our soon-to-open the Wicker Park location at 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave.

5:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Revolution Jukebox & Galaxy Hero

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ DryHop/Lincoln Park Zoo Collaboration Party
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
The first DryHop Brewers/Lincoln Park Zoo collaboration debuts with the release of I'm Not a Raccoon, a 6.0% Saison.
$1 from each pint sold will go toward the Lincoln Park Zoo's Red Panda Wish List Fund.
I'm Not a Raccoon is inspired by ingredients from the Red Panda's diet and the money raised from the pints sold at DryHop will help purchase the $4,500 worth of bamboo needed yearly to feed this animal at the zoo.
Also, the zoo is generously donating one set of two (2) complimentary VIP tickets to Zoo-ologie, the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo's signature fundraiser on May 17. We will draw the name of a lucky winner that evening and contact them directly to coordinate pickup. We will also pour I'm Not a Raccoon at Zoo-ologie's VIP Lounge on the 17th.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Virtue Cider Tasting
Andersonville Wine & Spirits, 5201 N. Clark St., Chicago
We love the ciders from Virtue. They produce truly unique and special ciders to be enjoyed all year long. Join us for a sampling of some of their terrific ciders.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Hop Rub Event
Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
"Hop Rub," with Goose Island Beer Co. Brewmaster and 3 Floyds Head Brewer speaking.
We will have some amazing beers, including from 3 Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Beserker and Space Station Middle Finger, and from Goose Island Beer Co.; Old Man Grumpy, and some Dry-Hopped brews with Gene Probasco's experimental varieties. The first hour is for members of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, then open to the public starting at 8PM.

Thursday, May 8

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Deschutes Mirror Mirror

5:00 pm - 1:00 am ♦ Tighthead Tap Takeover
TGI Fridays, 151 E Townline Rd, Vernon Hills, IL
We have committed to doing 1 takeover a month and for May we will be Featuring Tighthead Brewing Company from Mundelein, IL. We will have 5 amazing brews from this great local brewery. Come out and meet Bruce Dir, the owner of Tighthead and the man behind the beer.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Beer Tasting at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
The Franklin Tap will hold a Two Brothers Brewing Company event. Brewery representative Paul Wonak will be on site to discuss the featured beer: Pale Frank, a custom brew made exclusively for Franklin Tap. Sidekick, Dog Days, and White Monarch will also be sampled. Full size pours of the four brews will be $5 (11 a.m.-midnight). For every Two Brothers draft purchased, a raffle ticket will be given for a chance to win two tickets to the American Beer Classic at Soldier Field on Saturday, May 10. The raffle will be held at 7 p.m. Franklin Tap will offer a free round-trip shuttle to and from Soldier Field for the American Beer Classic (VIP and Session One). The shuttle will begin at 11:30 a.m.

6:00 pm ♦ Ale vs. Lager
Tap House Grill, 1472 Market St, Des Plaines, IL (847) 813-9996
Grab a flight, make some guesses and win a prize! There will be 6 total beers in the flight. It is your task to guess whether each beer is either an Ale or a Lager. Then, for bonus points, guess the name and correct style of each beer in front of you. Prizes will be awarded for the top performers. All participants will receive a complimentary pint glass while supplies last!

7:00 pm ♦ Flesk Bottle Release Party
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Join the Flesk Brewing Co. brothers (& some of their fellow brewer friends) to celebrate their bottle release of Coat of Arms! We'll also be featuring Kai Summer Ale and Coat of Arms on tap! Jacob Duffy - Music Page will be our live music entertainment that evening!

7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Tap Overthrow & Rosa Release
Tap House Grill!, 411 N Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL
Celebrating the release of Revolution Rosa Hibiscus Ale by overthrowing the taps. Also pouring 4th Year Beer, Jukebox Hero, Galaxy Hero, Anti-Hero IPA, and Bottom Up Wit.
It's also the start of Ellyn's coat drive. Check here for details!

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