I had thought the scene would be a bit less crowded what with most of this town's beer cognoscenti in Grand Rapids this weekend for the National Homebrewers Conference. I am told that every bottle of Three Floyds between Rockford and Toledo has been snatched by conferencegoers on their way there. But the world of beer marches on!
Friday, June 13
All Rise Brewing Debut
Cobra Lounge, 325 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (312) 226-6300
We've known that the Cobra Lounge was building its own brewery, but they've kept the news pretty quiet. Not anymore:
"We’re proud to announce our flagship Wonder Beer American Pale Ale! It will be on tap beginning this Friday at Cobra Lounge and this weekend at the Motoblot street fest on Fulton St. at the corner of Ashland Ave. The grand opening of the All Rise Microbrewery and tasting room, adjacent to Cobra Lounge, will officially happen fall 2014. Riot Fest & All Rise Brewing are crafting two select brews for this year’s festival at Humboldt Park on September 12-14. Join us this weekend as we celebrate and pour the inaugural batch of Wonder Beer American Pale Ale. Stay tuned on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for more info and invitations to our grand opening parties this fall!"
From the Black Lodge
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Strategically timed for Friday the 13th, we're partnering up with our neighbors down the block at Sideshow Gallery (2219 N Western) to welcome the Philadelphia-based art collective From The Black Lodge to town. A joint venture with the shops, restaurants, and other businesses in Logan Square/Bucktown, we're banding together to put this stretch of the city on full display throughout the entire weekend. And as a final incentive, Quenchers is offering $1 off any of our $5 drafts to guests of Sideshow/FTBL.
11:00 am ♦ Lions, Tigers and Beers 2014
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Please join Northdown Cafe and Taproom & Wildcat Sanctuary for our annual fundraiser benefiting the feline residents of TWS!
As always, we'll be pouring beer from the best breweries in the world and there will be a raffle featuring a diverse selection of artwork, tattoo gift certificates, rare beers, brewery schwag, restaurant gift certificates and donations from local animal hospitals.
Operating on an extremely efficient budget, one fourth as large as animal sanctuaries of similar size, the Wildcat Sanctuary will stretch every dollar raised by the event. $2500 can feed an adult tiger for an entire year -- let's feed as many cats as we can!
Fireman's Brew Tasting at Binny's Lincoln Park
3:00 - 6:00 pm: Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
5:00 - 8:00 pm: Binny's, 3447 W 95th St., Evergreen Park, IL
Taste Fireman’s Brew's Blonde, Brunette and Redhead beers, and learn about the company’s support of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to honoring fallen firefighters and providing assistance to their surviving families. You can also find out about Fireman's Brew's lines of coffees, and soft drinks now available in the Chicago market
4:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Greenwood Beach Party
Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000
We will be throwing a beach party in the Tap Room this Friday. You'll be able to get the first taste of Greenwood Beach Blonde, our summer ale brewed with pineapple on tap. We'll have beer, music, and sunscreen. Bring your beachwear.
5:00 pm ♦ North Coast Tap Takeover
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Featuring North Coast Class of '88 barley wine, Old Stock Ale 2012, Red Seal Ale, and Scrimshaw pilsner.
6:00 pm ♦ Ridiculousness
Tap House Grill, 1472 Market St, Des Plaines, IL (847) 813-9996
On tap: Dogfish Head Black & Blue, Punkin: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Sweet Repute; Firestone Walker Opal, Sucaba; Goose Island Boubon County Stout and Bourbon County Barley Wine; Revolution Jukebox Hero: Saugatuck Neapolitan; Southern Tier Crème Brûlée, Pumking; The Bruery Sour in the Rye.
Saturday, June 14
Amelia's 2 Year Anniversary Party
Amelia's Good Food & Drink, 7330 Harrison St, Forest Park, IL 708-366-6633
Come down and celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Forest Park's hot spot, Amelia's. There will be live music and food specials all day long and a Bell's Tap Takeover to boot! Featured beers include Oberon, Oarsman, Porter, and a very special tapping of Berry Ale. No tickets needed, come as you are.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm ♦ New Belgium & Publican Collaboration
The Publican, 837 W Fulton Market, Chicago (312) 733-9555
In May, the folks at Big Star and Publican Quality Meats took a trip out to the New Belgium Brewery. The idea was to craft two distinctive beers on their pilot system complementing Big Star’s Mexican street food inspired menu and Publican’s eclectic but simple farmhouse fare.
The result of this shared effort is Juvenilia and Boomhut. Boomhut is Publican’s unique sour blend riffing off New Belgium’s dry hopped sour, Le Terroir, by substituting Centennial and Golding hops to provide earthy and citrus aromas atop a juicy fruit, tart beer. You can taste it Saturday during bruch.
Already on tap is Big Star’s Juvenilia (meaning “works produced by an artist whilst still young”) is a citrusy tart white wheat beer brewed with lime zest, coriander, and Nelson Sauvin Hops. The beer is dosed with New Belgium’s own lacto creating a perfect marriage of tart and swheat with a spritzy quenching finish. It went on tap Thursday at Big Star, 1531 N. Damen, Chicago.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm ♦ YogaQuench presents: YOGA & CRAFT BEER
Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 262-5310
YogaQuench is blending two popular passions - yoga and craft beer.
Experience a lighter side of yoga with an approachable Vinyasa Flow session, set to fun music of course. Then, quench your thirst with a free pint of Metropolitan beer, one of Chicago’s premier craft breweries. PLUS, practice yoga with Tracy Hurst, co-founder of Metropolitan Brewing. After yoga, hear her story and learn more about their craft beers.
BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat, and whatever else you may need like a towel and water bottle)
Space is limited. Reserve your spot today! Tickets are $30 plus fees at Eventbrite.
Let's unite two crafts and have a great time.
12:00 pm ♦ 18th Street/Jordan years Beer + Album Release
18th Street Brewery, 5725 Miller Ave., Gary, IN (219) 939-8802
18th Street Brewery will release Homemade Hustler, a new beer brewed in conjunction with Chicago band The Jordan Years. Each bottle will include a download code for The Jordan Years’ album of the same name. 18th Street Brewery will be holding a release event on at noon and the band will host its own release party at 11:00 pm tonight at Chicago’s Tonic Room, 2447 N Halsted St.
In the fall of 2013, The Jordan Years played at the grand opening of 18th Street Brewery’s Gary location. When discussing the payment for their performance, the band jokingly asked 18th Street to create a Jordan Years beer, rather than paying them in cash. To their surprise, Drew Fox, founder of 18th Street Brewery, thought it was a great idea. After a few brainstorming sessions, they drove down to Gary one Monday morning to plan the recipe and lend a helping hand while Drew brewed the beer.
The band had one request for the new beer: That its color should resemble that of the cheap beer they drank exclusively during the sessions for the “Homemade Hustler” album. Drew agreed, making sure to note, though, that the beer’s resemblance to macro brewed American lagers would end at its color. Brewing commenced and Homemade Hustler, a Session IPA, will be available to the public.
12:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Backyard BBQ w/ Flesh For Food & Rude Hippo Brewing Co.
1727 N Hermitage Ave, Chicago
Join FleshForFood & Rude Hippo Brewing company to help support their Fundable campaign, on their way to opening what will certainly be one the BEST new breweries in Chicago.
We'll be grilling/chilling from 12pm-Sunset, here's the menu...
Eric's Smoked Pork Sausages, BBQ Pulled Pork, Smoked Potato Salad, Coal-Roasted Corn on the Cob, Quick-Pickled Cucumber & Onion
Rude Hippo will be in the yard, with plenty of fresh beer and super sweet merch for you to pick-up. (Beers TBA)
We'll also have a very special guest, playing a very special DJ Set to make sure this one is 'all the way live.'
$20 Suggested Donation. DO NOT sleep on this one! This is your chance to make a serious on impact on the beer you drink, the city you live in, and the friends you share it with.
Info at the event's Facebook Page.
12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Elgin Public House's 4th Annual Beer Fest
Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
oin the likes of Oskar Blues, Two Brothers, Horny Goat, New Belgium, Argus, Woodchuck Cider, Penrose, Lakefront, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Anderson Valley, Finch's, 4 Hands, Deschutes and Greenbush.
Elgin Area Historical Society & Museum and many more and sample some of their fantastic liquids!
Silver - $25 advance, $30 day of event. Receive entrance to beer fest, eligible for giveaways and drawings, commemorative taster glass, and 10 sampling tickets.
Gold - $40. Gets you Silver package, plus unlimited 1 ticket beers and access to 3 of the 4 VIP times in Pub 217.
Platinum (VIP) - $75. Get you Silver package, plus unlimited beer samples 1 or 2 ticket beers and access to all four VIP times in Pub 217, one of which will be a small bites pairing with Greg and Goose Island.
For advance tickets, call 847-468-8810
1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beeruption at Malloy's Lisle
Malloy's Finest Wines, 1020 Maple Ave, Lisle, IL 630-271-0707
Join us at our semiannual Beeruption craft beer event exclusively at our Lisle location!
We will have table after table of all the hottest new craft brews as well as the quality staples and tried and true bottles you've come to know and love.
1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Fire Brews and Bites
Carmichael's Chicago Steakhouse, 1052 W. Monroe Str., Chicago (312) 433-0025
Join the Chicago Fire Soccer Club for an afternoon filled with beer, soccer, food, and fun! Come find your perfect pint and mingle with guests while enjoying selections from various local brewers and tasty bites all while supporting the amazing Chicago Fire Soccer team! Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets are $40 through Eventbrite
1:00 pm ♦ Lombard Ale Fest
Lilicia Park, Lombard, IL
The Lombard Ale Fest will be Lombard’s first craft beer festival. The inaugural fest will take place in the heart of downtown Lombard, at Lilicia Park just south of the Metra station near Main Street. The festival will feature over 80 unique beers from craft breweries around the country and some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks. The fest will celebrate summer seasonal beers, food and entertainment. Tickets start at $40, which includes 15 samples, and can be purchased at the festival site
Sunday, June 15
Dad's Day Out at Lottie's Pub
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
This Father's Day, Lottie's will offer a FREE beer brand sampling featuring Deschutes, Greenbush, Ale Asylum and Ballast Point as well as a Woodford Brand Sampling. Lottie's will also offer half-off the entire kids menu, $3.50 pints and $5 Woodford. There'll be a Golden Tee Hole-in-One Tournament from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with prizes including golf bags and gift cards.
Father's Day Beer Sampling at The Pony
The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 828-5055
Visit The Pony and treat Dad to a Golden Tee Hole-in-One Tournament from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Featured specials will include $5 24-ounce John Daly Pony Punch, $2 Arnold Palmers and $3 Goose Island pints. Guests will also enjoy a free Goose Island brand sampling.
12:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Father's Day Special at Pizza Rustica
Pizza Rustica, 3908 N. Sheridan Rd.,Chicago 773-404-8955
Pizza Rustica celebrates Father’s Day with BBQ, beer and bourbon! Combine dad’s grilled favorites with one of Pizza Rustica’s bourbon cocktails or a small-batch draught brew: Well Built ESB, a Breckenridge Brewery/Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery collaboration. After enjoying his beer, the commemorative glass is dad’s to keep!
The Father’s Day inspired blackboard menu will feature Savory Sirloin Kabobs brushed with Bone Marrow Butter, Fired-up Bourbon Chicken, Brown Sugar Whiskey Grilled Ribs, Catch of the Day, & Sweet Bacon & Pear Pizza. All dishes are available a la carte, so guests will be able to try as many features as they wish! Prices of appetizers are generally $7-11 and entrees are generally $16-26.
12:00 pm ♦ “Crawfish and Dogfish” Party at the Division Ale House
Division Ale House, 1942 W Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
Treat Dad to $22 all-you-can-eat crawfish, Zydeco music and Dogfish Head beers on Father’s Day! The crawfish are flown in live from New Orleans just for this event; chef Wally Rouse serves ‘em up with Andouille sausage, red potatoes and corn on the cob. Reps from Dogfish Head will be in-house to field questions and provide education on the featured Dogfish Head beers (60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, Festina Peche and Namaste), which range from $6-$8 each. 12 p.m. until the crawfish are gone! Reservations recommended at 773-384-6886.
Preview: Monday, June 16
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Tribes Alehouse Tinley Park will be tapping 10 Incredibly delicious sours! Come on out and enjoy! As an added bonus, we will be selling some Gueuze from Cantillon & Drei Fonteinen!