Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 2-4

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 2-4
This weekend's CBR has been moved from Romeoville to Aurora

It's another very busy weekend in the runup to Chicago Craft Beer Week. And be sure to check back with the Beeronaut often, as I will have some more tickets to give away (I wouldn't say I have the 411 on this event, more like the 420).

Friday, May 2

12:00 pm ♦ Galactic Double Daisy Cutter Release at Half Acre
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
What we're offering is the generous and tactical use of Galaxy hops bled dry of their tropical oils and a two headed donkey dodging interplanetary enemies.
This the 4th year we've brewed Galactic Double Daisy Cutter in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week. If you've had it in the past, you'll remember this beer dangles in the brackish waters of modern day hop farming and youthful brewing. Australian hop producers bred a strain that fires out passionfruit and citrus so brewers can stroke brains into island driven sensory showdowns. This Double Daisy Cutter variant is brewed once a year and is well suited for outside dining, wasting time and making fun of your closest friends.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ First Friday Food Trucks and Beer
Archer Liquors, 5996 S. Archer Ave., Chicago (773) 582-4767
Come sample some beer, listen to some live music and grab a bite to eat from one of the featured food trucks that will be on hand during the tasting. All beer being sampled will be available for sale in the store for you to pick up before you go home.

6:00 pm ♦ Dark Horse Brewery Night
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
We will have the Dark Horse Holiday Stout Series on tap which includes One Oatmeal Stout, Too Cream Stout, Tres Blueberry Stout, Fore smoked stout and Plead The Fifth Imperial Stout. Don't be late; great beer like this won't last long.

6:30 pm ♦ Cinco de Mayo Beer Dinner
Wildfire Lincolnshire, 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL (847) 279-7900
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, each paired with a Mexican beer. Guest speaker Andy Keefner, On Premise Manager, Beer Division for Constellation Brands, will be on hand to discuss the pairings. 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.

8:30 pm ♦ Hush Hush Comedy 1.2 at Fischman
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
In association with the Chicago Fringe Festival, Hush Hush Comedy presents an evening of standup with your hosts Mike Maxwell - Stand up Comedian and Vincent Lacey. Whapow!
8 comedy all-stars to entertain you, plus open mic spots available.
Sign up is at 8 PM for open mic--4 slots available, chosen through lottery. Come. Make. Funny. 5 bones.
With Mike Maxwell, Vinnie Lacey, Kelsie Huff, Ali Clayton, Nate Weatherup, Othy Schwering, and Alyson Lyon.
The Fisch has the best damn beer and liquor selection in the city!!! Also, their food truck will be out in full effect. Commence drooling:

Saturday, May 3

12:00 pm ♦ Light the Lamp Tapping
Light the Lamp Brewery, 10 N. Lake Street suite 107, Grayslake, IL (847) 752-8489
Cinco de Tres Cask conditioned Stout

2:00 pm ♦ Ballpark Brew Fest
Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 925-0183
Binny's present the Ballpark Brew Fest, Schaumburg’s first annual beer fest, at Schaumburg Baseball Stadium on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
This brewery festival features specialty beers from over 40 breweries. Early Bird general admission tickets are $25 each and VIP tickets are $50 each, through December 31. Food and live music will also be at hand.
Tickets are available at Please visit for more information on the event and event news.
Brewer List: AbitaAle AsylumAle SyndicateAllagashArgusArtisanalBaderbräuBlue MoonBoulevardBrooklynChicago Beer Co.Church StreetCrispinDark HorseDestihlDogfish HeadFoundersGoose IslandGranite CityGreen FlashGuinnessHalf AcreLagunitasLakefrontLake BluffLeft Hand, LeinenkugelLocal OptionMetro BrewingNew Belgium, New HollandOskar BluesPenrosePig MindsPipeworksRevolutionSam AdamsSierra Nevada, SixpointSlapshotSolemn OathSpitefulTightheadTwo BrothersUrban LegendVermont Hard Cider.

2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Leo's 2nd Annual Craft Beer Event
Leo's Wines & Spirits, 3016 Hobson Rd., Woodridge, IL (630) 963-2044
It’s our 2md Annual Craft Beer Event
We will have vendor’s representing  Lagunitas, Rogue, Bell’s, Hopothesis, Dogfish Head, Ale Asylum, Samuel Adams, Deschutes, Two Brothers, Revolution, Flying Dog, Destihl, Goose Island, Firestone Walker, Wells & Young’s, Boulevard, Lake Effect, Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy.

2:00 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit Brewery Tour
5 Rabbit Cerveceria, 6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, IL
Come out to beautiful Bedford Park and visit 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. Spend an hour touring our brewing facility with one of our friendly brewers and learn about the process of making excellent beer from grain to glass!!

3:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Fadó Irish Pub Chicago Craft Beer Fest
Fadó Irish Pub, 100 W Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 836-0066
Enjoy unlimited samples from local and national craft breweries 4 delicious ounces at a time from 4-7pm!
There will be a raffle benefiting the Imerman Angels, live music from the Acoustic Brothers and great food. Stick around after the sampling for more live music from Michael Heaton!
Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Your ticket includes: unlimited craft beer samples and a food token:
Dublin Beer Battered Sausage Bites and chips
Soft Pretzels and chips
Fadó Mini Fish and Chips Cup
Chicken Tenders and chips
Smithwick’s Mini Burgers and chips

3:00 pm ♦ Pinewood Derby at Five Star Bar
Five Star Bar 1424 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 850-2555
Pinewood Derby 2014 - Brewery Showdown!
Every year Five Star Bar hosts a Pinewood Derby race for the public where race aficionados and former Cub Scouts alike can enjoy transforming their raw wood blocks into sleek speedsters!
This year we would like to try something new! The year we put together the first annual Pinewood Derby - Brewery Showdown! Racers will go head to head against other breweries with prizes given for speed, design, best pit crew, and most importantly bragging rights!
Crafted cars and craft beers from 3 FloydsArgusBerghoff, BrooklynEvil Twin, Goose Island, Half AcreKrombacher, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Revolution, Sierra Nevada, TallgrassTwo Brothers, and Vander Mill.

3:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Mash Tun Festival: The New Wave Brewers Bash
Bridgeport Art Center Atrium , 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago
Join us as we celebrate the release of Mash Tun Journal # 5 and meet the new generation of breweries that have recently launched in Chicagoland. You get a copy of the new issue of the mag, a tasting glass, and pours of brews by New Wave breweries like: 18th Street, One Trick Pony, Horse Thief Hollow, DryHop, Off Color, Ale Syndicate, Slap Shot, Atlas, Lake Effect, BuckleDown, Une Année and others. Complementary vittles and other surprises in store.
Admission is $35 ($25 for Mash Tun Society Members). You must RSVP and purchase tickets online via our Eventbrite site or in person at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Major credit cards accepted. No Refunds.
After purchasing admission your name will be on our RSVP list at the door. Please bring your ID and show your receipt from paypal.

4:00 pm ♦ Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 773-252-7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Topic: Revived and Classic German Styles brewed in the USA.
Tickets are $25 per person at the Map Room, cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all 45 tickets have been sold.

5:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Chicago Beer Rally
Romeoville Event Center, 55 Phelps Dr., Romeoville, IL
Due to unforeseen circumstances CBR is moving to Aurora. Hopvine Brewing Company at 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr. in Aurora will host the Chicago Beer Rally this Saturday. Existing ticket holders will receive 4 additional tasting tokens.

Tickets are still available through our website for $40 and (if still available) will also be sold for $45 at the door. Your ticket gets you a commemorative pint glass and 20 sampling tokens. Your Designated Driver can enter the fest with you and enjoy unlimited water and soda also with a commemorative pint glass for $15.

VIP entrance at 5:00 pm., General Admission at 6:00.
The Chicago craft beer scene is exploding with the opening of new breweries and the increasing popularity of beers from the established brands. The Chicago Beer Rally (CBR) invites you to come support Chicagoland craft brewers and rally behind those that make Chicagoland beer so great. In addition to great craft beer, the CBR will serve up delicious food from local vendors and feature award winning beer from local and regional homebrew clubs. Watch for updates on the Facebook Event Page and our Twitter feed. A Brewfest Partners production.
General Admission Tickets Include:
Commemorative Pint Glass, 20 sampling tokens

VIP Admission Tickets Include:
1- hour early admission
Commemorative Pint Glass, 24 sampling tokens
$10 Voucher off desinated fest merchandise
Snacks and exclusive VIP beer tasting

Designated Driver Ticket includes unlimited soda and water

5:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ CHAOS Brew Club Cerveza de Mayo
CHAOS Brew House, 2417 W Hubbard St., Chicago
CHAOS, the Chicago Homebrew Alchemists of Sud, is hosting one of its seasonal membership appreciation events, Cerveza de Mayo III. Members share and sample a variety their own homebrew. This will be the first installment of Cerveza de Mayo to take place at CHAOS's new brew house at 2417 W Hubbard St. CHAOS membership appreciation events are members-only and free for paying members of the club; new members can join the club at this link. A two-month trial membership is only $30, about as much as admission to any other beer festival.
More than 20 varieties of homebrewed beer will be served, including IPAs, witbiers and lagers, and some flavored with serrano peppers, smoked Thai chiles, bourbon soaked Mission figs or electrolyte salts. The menu will also feature the first installment of Hop School, serving seven identical IPAs brewed with contrasting single hops and part of a new ongoing educational series at CHAOS's seasonal events.

6:00 pm ♦ Cinco de Mayo on Tres de Mayo
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Cinco De Mayo? Let's party! However we can't wait until Monday so we're starting the party on Saturday or "Tres De Mayo"!
For beer we reached out to Chicago's very own and the country's very first Latin based Craft Brewery, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. With their amazing new brewery in Bedford Park, 5 Rabbit is quickly on the rise and their beer is tasting better than ever!
We'll be pouring 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier, Gran Missionario imperial wheat ale, and Yodo Con Leche Imperial Porter brewed with roasted Costa Rican coffee beans by Gaslight Coffee Roasters.

7:00 pm ♦ Paddy Long's Mayfest
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Alright folks, we’ve made it. As a city we survived the Snow-pocalypse, Snow-mageddon, and most importantly, every holiday from Thanksgiving to Easter. Join us at Paddy Long’s for Mayfest 2014 and help us welcome spring the only way we know how…with beer and bacon.
We will have Beer and Bacon Brats, Maibocks from Tighthead and Hofbrau on draft, and as always, Big Al’s Oompah Band will be in the house! Beer, bacon, brats, and polka…no better way to kick off the season!

Sunday, May 4

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Cuatro de Mayo Party with 5 Rabbit
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early with 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, a Latin America-inspired brewery located in Bedford Park.
The folks from 5 Rabbit will be at the CUBE (outside on the patio if the weather’s nice!) with two of their super-specialty beers on draft: Gran Misionario and Yodo con Leche. They’ll also have bottles of their Gringolandia Super Pils and Gringolandia Porter.
The complement the beer, we’ll have a build-your-own guacamole bar, where you can choose the mix-ins and we’ll make your custom guacamole to order.
Beer = 1 ticket each, Guacamole = 2 tickets each, Tickets are $4 each and available for purchase at the event.

2:00 pm ♦ ‘Gene Pool Party at Links Taproom
Links Taproom, 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 360-7692
Who needs Margaritas for a pool party?? Not us! Join us as we tap Revolution Brewing Eugene Porter, along with Coffee Eugene, and the Barrel-Aged Genes: Mean Gene, Bean Gene, Blue Gene, Boy Gene, and, just for good measure, Deth's Tar (May the 4th be with you, and all that...).

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