I was utterly daunted by the task of keeping up with all, or even some, of the Chicago Craft Beer Week events out there. Partly because when I started doing this blog, I didn't really have a job. Now I do, and it takes away from time to spend on this. That means I miss out on connecting with my beer-loving friends (and the occasional click on those ads). But now that there's light at the end of the tunnel, I'm going to break down the memorial Day weekend one day at a time! As always, I will try to feature new, small local brewers, but I always have room for Bourbon County Stout pourings.
Friday, May 23
10:30 am - 10:00 pm ♦ Three Floyds Night at Poag Mahone's
Poag Mahone’s, 333 S Wells, Chicago (312) 566-9100
5 LINES!! $8 Three Floyds Backmasking, Warmullet, Rich Life, Dreadnaught and Artic Panzer Wolf all 10 Oz. Pours.
$20 3 Floyds Mystery Bombers (Limited to 30) One person will win a 2014 Dark Lord
$10 raffle tickets for a six-year Dark Lord vertical (2009-2014) – drawing will be at 8pm on Friday night (winner need not be present to win) All proceeds to be donated to Autism Awareness.
Two Brothers R&D Night
Fish Bar, 2956 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago 773-687-8177
Stop by Fish Bar for a "Research & Development" night featuring unreleased and rare beers from Two Brothers Brewing! We'll have games, flights, and raffle tickets out the wazoo. We'll be tapping these gems: Test Batch! - a yet-to-be-released brew they're only bringing to us. Plus Dog Days Dortmunder lager, Night Cat Dark Wheat, Northwind Imperial Stout.
3:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ West Suburban Brewery Crawl
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL (630) 229-6030
Hopvine is hosting its first Brewery Crawl to celebrate #CCBW.
Here's the plan: Start at Hopvine Brewing in Aurora at 3 pm and enjoy a beer, a souvenir Chicago Beer Rally glass and a private brewery tour.
Next is Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, where they are providing us a rare behind the scenes look at their brewery (you are on your own for beer here).
The next stop is Flesk Brewing in Lombard. Another private brewery tour with samples included.
On to Penrose Brewing in Geneva for yet another private brewery tour, a souvenir glass and a beer.
Finally, we will head back to Hopvine where you can enjoy live music, more beer and great food.
Your $40 ticket includes bus transportation, four brewery tours, 2 souvenir glasses, two full beers and samples at Flesk. Limited seating - call 630-229-6030 to reserve yours!
4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Summer Beer Preview with the 5 Rabbit crew
5 Rabbit Brewery, 6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, IL
Come to the brewery and get a preview of three of our upcoming releases: Mango Paletas con Chile Piquín, Magnifica Wheat and our recent collaboration with Norwegian beer heroes Nogne Ø. Hang out in our recently opened tasting room and bask in all it's "behind-the-scenes" splendor. You will also be able to experience the rabbits in their natural habitat. Who knows... you might even be able to get close enough to pet one ... No tickets required $5 beers, food available for purchase. Growlers available to go. Must be 21 and over
4:00 pm ♦ Fish Fry & Beer
Rabbit's Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster Ave., Chicago 773-736-5766
Join us with Lake Effect, Finch's Beer & Hagens Fish for an awesome collaboration. We are tapping Meeting of the Minds Smoked Lager and frying up some of the best fish in town.
5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Polyanna Brewing Co. Sneak Peek Party
The Tap House Grill Lemont, 1243 S State St., Ste 109, Lemont, IL 630-257-5992
This event is the world debut of the beers of Lemont's new Pollyanna Brewery. Representatives from Pollyanna will be here both nights to sample their beers and talk about the brewery.
Imperial Black Saison (Collaboration with Ten Ninety) 10.1% abv, 40 SRM, 50 IBU. A saison just like our friends at Ten Ninety like it…BIG. This beer is brewed with an assortment of highly-kilned and black roasted malts to accent a subtle hop spiciness and the unique fruitiness of Chicago's own, Omega Yeast Labs, proprietary Saison yeast strain. This is a farmhouse ale with an urban approach.
Avidity IPA 7.4% abv, 8 SRM, 75 IBU. With ardent desire comes painstaking patience. The first beer we'll ever release represents the extreme eagerness, enthusiasm, and balance that must be maintained while sorting through construction timelines, attorney fees, and hop contracts. This balanced IPA bursts forward with a blend of juicy citruses, tropical fruits, and pine resins from five different hops, including Galaxy and Simcoe. A sturdy malt backbone keeps the plethora of Australian and American hops in balance. Did we say "balance" enough
5:00 pm ♦ Pork and Porter Pints
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
We'll be celebrating the release of Invincible Armor Porter by roasting whole pigs on Friday. $14 will get you a pint of porter, and pile of pork and tasty sides. This deal will be available when we open at 5pm until we run out of pig.
6:00 pm ♦ Boomtown 2 Tap Takeover
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
The great new additions to the Chicago Craft Beer Community keep on coming. Join us as we tap some of the delicious offering from Chicago area breweries that have opened their doors within the last year.
Penrose, Forbidden Root, Une Année, Transient, Buckledown, Temperance, Lagunitas
6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Rarities Tasting
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout '13 & '10, Madame Rose, Lolita, The Ogden, The Illinois. All on draft and for your tasting pleasure!
6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island BCS Infusions plus MORE
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Love Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout? You will be blown away by our Randall infused BCS! Get in and try all three along with the Fulton & Wood Series special release of The Ogden!
7:00 pm ♦ SlapShot Brewery and Bucket List Mini Tap Takeover
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
SlapShot Brewery proudly presents Blue Eyed Blonde, a blonde ale with blueberries, and McLaughlin's Red Eye, a delicious coffee porter. Beer House also welcomes Bucket List Brewing with their release of Breaking 80, an American pale ale with citra and simcoe hops, and Bad Leroy Brown El Dorado, an imperial brown with el dorado hops.
7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island is Still Craft Beer!
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Don't think Goose Island still qualifies as craft beer? Well you're wrong and we'll prove it. Paddy Long's will be pouring BCS 2012, BCS Barleywine, Madame Rose, and 2 More Weeks. If you put some of this hand crafted liquid in your mouth and still think Goose Island isn't making craft beer, well.... we can't fix stupid.
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Revolution Tap Takeover and Private Brewery Tour Raffle
Southport & Irving, 4002 - 4004 N Southport Ave, Chicago (773) 857-2890
This no cover event features four beers from Chicago’s Revolution Brewing in lieu of the usual draft lineup, beer-friendly small plates from executive chef Chris Barron, beer education from SIP’s beer specialist Anna Krajnik and branded giveaways and raffles.
One lucky attendee wins a private tour of Revolution’s Kedzie Avenue brewery, which is located in the Kennedy Planned Manufacturing District in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The winner and up to 9 guests will be treated to a private tour of the facility and one made-on-site Revolution beer each during the tour. SIP distributes raffle tickets with every Revolution beer purchased during the event and will hold the drawing at 9.
Featured tap beers include Cross of Gold Golden Ale, Crystal-Hero India Pale Ale, Coup D’Etat French-Style Saison and Bottom Up Wit.
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Public Hop Rub
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W 47th St, Lyons, IL (708) 777-1842
This is the ultimate educational experience for home brewers and fans of craft beer, alike. Nunzino Pizza, owner of Hop Head Farms in Hickory Farms, MI, will walk participants through a brewer’s hop rubbing process. A truly unique experience usually offered to only professional brewers, Nunzino will bring education and his expertise to the public. Hops have both aromatic qualities and bitterness qualities. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience both sensations, as well as sample craft beers from BuckleDown Brewing. Owners Ike Orcutt and Sean Mahoney will also be present for any questions regarding the hop rub and brewing processes, and attendees will receive a Chicago Craft Beer Week T-shirt. Proceeds to benefit the ICBG.