Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 23-26

Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 23-26
Photo by SuperDawg & Lake Effect Brewing Co.

Just a quick pull from events I already had on my Chicago Craft Beer calendar. Got back from my niece's wedding in the Des Moines area. I can report that the golf club where they held the wedding did not have any Iowa beers, but could set me up with a pint can of Two-Hearted for $4. That hit the spot in 90° weather and slacks.

Monday, June 23

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ The Hop Vs. The Grape Round 2!!!!
Geneva Ale House, 319 W. State St., Geneva, IL (630) 262-3877
Five different cheeses, five different beers, four different wines…. you vote for your favorites! Tickets are available for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.
Welcome Beer: Sam Adams Boston Lager w/ Dry Jack Jalapeno Popcorn
1st Course: Blue Cheese Deviled Egg w/Pickled Radish & Mustard Green Salad
Sam Adams Grumpy Monk/Castle Rock Pinot Noir
2nd Course: Smoke Gouda & Jerk Chicken, Jalapeno Poppers
Sam Adams Rogan Wolf/Zolo Merlot
3rd Course: Sharp Cheddar Apple Grilled Cheese w/Tomato Bisque
Sam Adams Third Voyage/Deloach Cabernet
4th Course: Key Lime Panna Cotta
Sam Adams Honey Queen/Bex Riesling
Tickets purchased in advance $40 plus tax & gratuity.
$50 Day of Event. Ask your server for details.

8:00 pm ♦ Hopped Up Broads–Beer Styles: Ales
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
Sign up for the 5th of our "Hopped Up Broads" classes in our Beer School Bar.
This months class focuses on Ales as a style of beer.
1 hour class includes Beer Education, Beer Tasting, 2 Draft Beers, and Cool Swag
Tickets are $25, email us at to RSVP
Everyone's welcome! (limited availability)

Tuesday, June 24

Upland Sours Release Lottery
Online, through Upland Brewing Co., 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, IN
Upland Brewing Co will be releasing its first beer brewed with an edible flower. Our newest sour ale, Viola, gives our classic oak aged sour ale a new twist using fresh viola flowers.
With a focus on utilizing locally sourced ingredients, Upland has collaborated with our friends at Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Indiana to create Vinosynth White and Vinosynth Red. These collaboration bottles are a unique combination of Upland Sours aged on Indiana grown grapes. Vinosynth Red is aged on Catawba grapes and Vinosynth White is aged on Vidal Blanc grapes from the Oliver Creekside Vineyards. We're excited to share this unique creation that celebrates the artisanship and love of local ingredients our two companies share.
In celebration of these new releases, Upland is excited to announce our next sour lottery! The lottery will begin at noon on June 24th and will remain open until noon on June 30th. This lottery includes Sour Reserve #5, Blackberry Lambic, Viola, Vinosynth White, and Vinosynth Red. For additional details about this sour lottery, visit

4:00 pm ♦ Smylie Brothers Opens in Evanston (This time for sure!)
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company, 1615 Oak Ave., Evanston, IL 224-999-7320
(The opening was moved to today from June 19, due to building issues. It happens in the retail & restaurant world).
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company will open with dinner service Tuesday through Sunday with brunch and lunch services added later in the year. The restaurant brings craft beer, Texas-style barbecue, wood-fired pizza, and Midwestern comfort food to downtown Evanston.
Head brewer Brad Pulver to deliver a fresh take on old-world styles. The brewpub will have twenty-four taps with eight featuring a rotation of Smylie Brothers beers, plus local, Midwestern and Great Lakes area brews. Expect to find Smylie's signature beer, a California Common, and a Belgian brew always on tap. Growlers will be available.
Executive Chef Grant Carey promises an eclectic mix of regional American cuisine. From Midwestern comfort food to the Smylie family's secret Texas style barbecue recipes, the Smylie Brothers menu will compliment the brewpub's beers and even use ingredients straight from the brewery.
Fans who have been anxiously awaiting Smylie Brothers' opening can look for a chance to sample what is to come with some pre-opening events. Details will be shared on Smylie Brothers' website and social media feeds Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Our First First Three Floyds Tap Takeover!
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
It's been a long time coming, and our beer team has been squirreling away kegs from Three Floyds for months. Come out to Westmont and try an amazing line-up from Munster, Indiana's favorite sons and daughters!

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Burger Night: Half Acre vs. Revolution
The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555
Half Acre Beer Company takes on Revolution Brewing in a mano y mano rumble for burger supremacy.
Each brewery is designing one burger and pairing that burger with one beer.
The brewery that receives more orders will go down as the burger king (cease and desist?).

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Beer Trivia Night
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Tapping at 6 pm with Beer Trivia starting at 7. Test your knowledge while sipping on Chicago's finest brews.

6:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Nature on Tap
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago (773) 755-5100
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum—including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven—goes adults-only for this monthly, fun evening event entitled Nature on Tap. It's a unique chance to stroll around the museum with no kids in sight and a cash bar serving local beer and wine. Featured breweries include Finch's, Revolution, 5 Rabbit, Metropolitan Brewing and Two Brothers. As you meander through the evening, check out the current and ongoing exhibits, marvel at the wonders inside the Istock Butterfly Haven, or test your science and nature knowledge in a trivia game. The winning trivia team even will be awarded the coveted Golden Cockroach trophy. Cost is free to Museum members, $10 for non-members, and includes access to all exhibits, crafty projects and participation in the trivia challenge. Tickets available at the Museum's Events page. (There are discounts if you are signed up to Goldstar as well).

6:30 pm ♦ Radler/Ale Syndicate Collaboration Launch & Bottle Share
Das Radler, 2375 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 276-0270
Join Ale Syndicate & The Radler for an evening of homebrew sharing, samples of rare beer and the release of Trinken Löwen, Ale Syndicate's collaboration beer with The Radler team.
The Radler will host its first ever bottle share on Tuesday, in conjunction with the collaboration release. Homebrewers and beer collectors are invited to bring their creations as well as their commercial favorites to share and The Radler will generously bring some cellared rarities to light for participants to try. Light snacks will be provided as well. To participate in the sampling, please bring some beer to share. We'll also have a raffle for everyone who buys a glass of Trinken Löwen, a pale ale made with alt yeast. Prizes include Ale Syndicate swag, a $25 gift card for Radler and a bottle of Omega Midnight to add to your cellar! Please RSVP so we have an idea on how many will be attending!

7:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ Whole Foods Craft Beers Tasting
Indian Prairie Public Library District, 401 Plainfield Rd., Darien, IL (630) 887-8760
A beer expert from Whole Foods Market in Willowbrook will discuss and offer samples of local craft beers and pair them with Midwest cheeses. Must be 21 or older to attend. Check the link in the address to register.

Wednesday, June 25

3:30 pm ♦ Lagunitas Tap Room Opens
Lagunitas Chicago Tap Room,
1843 S. Washtenaw Ave., Chicago (773) 522-1347
The wait is over! Gov. Quinn and various city officials christened the new room last week, now it's your turn. Surprisingly few details on the linked Facebook page, so check the link and see it there are updates, especially with the oepning time.

4:00 pm ♦ Explore the Midwest Tap Takeover
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Join us as we tap one beer from each of 40 different Mid West breweries!

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Patio Pounders with Barley's Angels
Longman & Eagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago 773-276-7110
The Chicago Chapter of Barley’s Angels is excited to get back in the swing of things with the first event of the summer at Longman & Eagle! At this event, Barley’s Angels will explore the world of Summer Beers, aka "Patio Pounders." You know - the ones that go down easy but don't completely knock you out. The best way to do this is by testing them out on the patio at Longman & Eagle.
Ladies who love beer can join the Angels on Longman's Patio. Complete with snacks and, of course, lots of tasty brews. To add to the experience, some brewer friends will stop by to talk about their beers including brewers Eric Hobbs from Penrose Brewing & Glenn Allen from Revolution Brewing.
TICKETS: $15 per person and available at Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

6:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Summer Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Goose Island brewers on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. $25 per person. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.
2014 Beer Academies:
July 30 - Hop Dominance
August 27- Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
September 24 - German Lagers
October 29 - Wood and BBL aged beers
November 19 - Sour Beers
December 17 - Holiday Brews

7:00 pm ♦ Destihl Brewery Spotlight
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Destihl Brewery is Back on Tap! Come out for a pour from this excellent local microbrewery!
The full draft lineup will include:
Strawberry Blonde (Spring seasonal, 5%)
Vertex IPA (6.3%)
Come for the beer, stick around for PUB QUIZ every Wednesday @ 7:30pm with Geeks Who Drink!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Beat the Lagunators
TopGolf Chicago, 699 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale, IL (630) 595-4653
Play TopGolf against the Lagunitas Beer crew for prizes. Lagunitas beer & food!

Thursday, June 26

Superdawg Beer Debut
The Garage Bar & Sandwiches,
6154 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 647-1386
Launch for Lake Effect Brewing's Super Bier, a Kösch-style beer made to pair with Superdawg drive-in's exclusive hot dogs! (Update: I have confirmed that Superdawg itself will not have beer sales on premises. You'll have to bring home a retail sixer with your carry-out)

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Dogfish Head 120 Minute DIPA

6:00 pm ♦ TAP THIS! Un4(Beer)den Froot
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Not fruit-flavored beer, but beer brewed with real fruit! Fruit beers come in all different styles and can offer a plethora of flavors, remarkable complexity or simple, refreshing thirst quenching!
Simply put....we got some good shit and it's brewed with fruit by brewers who know what the hell they're doing!
the List......
Evil Twin Justin Blabaer - Berliner Weiss w/Blueberries
Allagash Victoria - Belgian Strong Ale w/Chardonnay Grapes
5 Rabbit Guava Paletas - Wheat Ale w/Guava
Goose Island Madame Rose - Flanders Brown aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels w/Michigan Cherries
Just Added.... Temperance/Greenwood Beach Blonde - Blonde w/Pineapples!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer Night at High Noon Saloon
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
Meet certified cicerone Rick Wildt from Goose Island Beer Company, score free Goose Island gear and try hard-to-find limited release and year-round beers from the Chicago-based craft brewery.
Featured Beers:
Class of '88 Belgian-Style Ale, a collaborative effort between Deschutes Brewery and Goose Island.
The Illinois Imperial IPA.
Matilda Lambicus Belgian-Style Pale Ale. with a secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces Lambicus.
The Ogden Belgian-Style Tripel
Kisetsu Saison, an experimental Sake Saison brewed with Koju and Sake yeast to produce a unique hybrid beer. Green Line Pale Ale
The event is free to attend with a cash bar. The featured beers range from $6-$8 each. The regular Tex-Mex menu is on offer throughout the event (prices vary). High Noon is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m. Reservations recommended at 773-227-9339.

8:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Cabinet of Curiosities Beer Launch at The Field
The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago (312) 922-9410
Celebrate with The Field Museum, Two Brothers Brewing Company, and Chef Cleetus Friedman the launch of the Museum's next collaboration beer: Cabinet of Curiosities. A white IPA, the new craft beer is refreshing with a smattering of secret spices and is available just in time for summer.
Why Cabinet of Curiosities? Museum collections were sometimes referred to as "cabinets of curiosities" for the vast range of artifacts and specimens that they contain. The Field Museum's own collection holds over 26 million objects, with less than 1% of those objects on public display.
Come open up and TASTE our newest object while enjoying some fabulous food pairings by Chef Cleetus Friedman.
Tickets are $18 for Museum members, $20 for the public, plus fees, at Eventbrite

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