Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 9-11

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 9-11
Beer fans entering Soldier Field at the 2013 ABC. Copyright ©Red Frog Events

Kind of a lull in the days before Chicago Craft Beer Week. I will take it a bit easy as the CCBW site is much better at listing events than I am, But I would like to call out all the newer Chicago brewers to notify me of events where their beers will be poured. That is, besides Beer Under Glass, which is long sold out. Just click the e-mail link to the right or comment below!

And, we're approaching 100 entries for a pair of tickets I'm giving away to Lagunitas' Beer Circus May 17 and 18. Details on how to enter here!

Friday, May 9

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Second Friday Food and Brew
Korbakes Liquors, 12747 S. Western Ave. Blue Island, IL (708) 385-3296
Beer tasting and food trucks in the parking lot. Come and try some Lagunitas and Middle Brow beer co and enjoy a sandwich from one of Chicago's famous food trucks.
I have not heard about events at this place before, but they've got two Chicago brewers. I doubt you can walk here from Maple Tree Inn.

Saturday, May 10

11:30 am - 6:00 pm ♦ Free Shuttle to the American Beer Classic at Soldier Field
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Franklin Tap has partnered with the American Beer Classic to offer a FREE SHUTTLE bus to all American Beer Classic attendees! Celebrate great beer at the American Beer Classic, but plan ahead to avoid drinking and driving!

1:00 pm - 11:00 pm ♦ American Beer Classic
Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr, Chicago
American Beer Classic returns to Soldier Field for its second year. Along with a wide variety of breweries and hundreds of beers, experience live music, educational sessions, food, merchandise and, of course, tours of the iconic Soldier Field.
Tickets are $65 until midnight Friday night, then $70 at the gate. Choose between two different sessions: 1:00pm-5:00pm or 7:00pm-11:00pm. Sample from hundreds of beers during a four-hour session, or upgrade to a VIP pass, which allows access the festival one hour early in addition to a stadium tour, specialized sampling cup, and preferred seating in all educational sessions offered. For those attending as a designated driver, there;s a discounted ticket price as well as a lounge with alcohol-free beverage options.
For more information on American Beer Classic, please visit

2:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ 7th Annual Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl
pH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn Ave., Chicago
Once again we hit the streets of Andersonville in search of fun, beer and brains! After the zombies are registered at The pH Comedy Theater, the pub crawl begins with pH Productions sending groups of zombies up and down Clark Street, much to the delight and horror of unsuspecting people. Zombie hordes will be led on multiple routes to the many participating bars and enjoy specially priced cocktails and themed drinks.
Registration is $30 at Participants will receive: a pass to the crawl, a souvenir t-shirt, and a souvenir cup for access to CZPC drink specials at the event.
For the first time ever, pH will be offering a VIZ (Very Important Zombie) Pass for those who want to avoid the registration line and go straight to the make up chairs upon arrival. The $40 VIZ Pass will also include: early access to the event and a special reception at Ranalli's of Andersonville.
Get your best zombie outfit, some makeup and hit the town with us.
*All proceeds from the crawl go to pH Productions, a non-profit comedy theater here in Chicago.

2:30 pm ♦ Rooftop Brewbeque
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
To celebrate $5 pints of Half Acre Akari Shogun all summer long at Fountainhead, we're throwing a barbeque on their rooftop and you're invited. An epic beer list paired with some delicious southern-style BBQ foods, prepared with the beers in mind, by Cleetus. There will be suggested food pairings to go along with an unbeatable Half Acre draft list, including the following beers:
Akari Shogun, Gin Barrel Aged Pony, Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, Baumé, Quakerbridge and Vallejo.
In the event of inclement weather, this event will simply be moved into the main restaurant at Fountainhead.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Red Rover Release Party
Beer House Chicago 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Release party for the collaboration beer between the homebrewers of Binge'n Brew and Only Child. Meet the brewers and have a great time.

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