Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 11-13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 11-13

Yikes! After a brief stretch of calm, we're back to craft beer bedlam in Chicago! I had to stop gathering events and just post what I got. I'm still going through stuff that will be added here later. Or check my Facebook page for latest updates, including notice of who will have the last two Cup matches on (c'mon, at least let's pull for Brazil to get that 3rd place finish).

July 11 - 13

3rd Square Roots Festival
Lincoln Ave. between Montrose & Wilson, Chicago
Square Roots, the one-of-a-kind craft beer and music experience, returns to Lincoln Square July 11-13, with more than 50 acts on four stages, and 30 regional craft brews paired with Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and artisans. Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, the three-day festival will feature music, dance parties, participatory jams and plenty of family fun activities.
Events Details:
Friday, July 11, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, July 12, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, July 13, noon-9 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/kids, $20 for families
Square Roots is proud to be one of Chicago’s best craft beer destinations. The festival features the best local and regional craft breweries with a wide variety of styles and flavors. With special tappings throughout the festival, there’s something to quench every type of thirst. Several popular Midwest breweries will have a presence at Square Roots including Two Brothers, 5 Rabbit, Lagunitas, Ale Syndicate, Temperance, Virtue Cider and Revolution. The full beer list can be found at
Lincoln Square’s restaurant scene will also be on hand serving up amazing dishes for guests to enjoy with the craft beer pairings. Participating restaurants include Fountainhead, Bistro Campagne, Himmel’s, Monti’s, Big Fork Brand’s, Byron’s Hotdogs, Cheesie’s Pub and Grub, Dinky Donuts, Gather, Bo’s Concessions and Jo Snow. To view a full list of menu offerings, visit

The Music
Multiple music stages, both inside the Old Town School and outside on Lincoln Avenue, programmed with an eclectic and a vibrant mix of performers from local indie rockers to world music stars. Local acts include Chicago folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong and the world soul groove of Fatbook. Touring acts range from Cajun legends and Grammy winner Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys to powerful Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali to indie folk pop duo Ivan and Alyosha. A full line-up of performers can be found at
Proceeds from Square Roots support both Old Town School of Folk Music and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber programs, including supporting music education scholarships, local shopping programs, ongoing community events and public farmers markets, as well as free summer concerts and artist-in-residence programs at Chicago Public Schools. The financial support garnered from the festival helps make music, dance and fresh food available to everyone regardless of their economic circumstance.

Friday, July 11

Beer House Chicago 1st Anniversary
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Join us in celebrating 1 year at Beer House! Lagunitas Brewing Company will be our featured brewery, brewery schwag, bags in the courtyard, wings (compliments of Lagunitas from 7-9), special perks for our "Loyalty Members" and music! The Pilsen Hot 5 will play at 9pm! Don't miss this fun celebration with the Beer House family!
Lagunitas "Chicago Brewed" IPA will be our featured Beer of the Month! Also enjoy A Lil Sumpin Extra IIPA!

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.

6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tonight: Flying Dog Barrel aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

Saturday, July 12

Pecatonica Beer Co. Tap Room Grand Opening
Pecatonica Beer Co. Tap House, 136 Main Street, Warren, IL (815) 745-1069
(This location is nearer to Dubuque than my sphere of influence, but I'm happy to welcome a new brewing taphouse)
Pecatonica Beer welcomes everyone to the Grand Opening of the Pecatonica Tap House!
Please extend the welcome your coworkers, friends and neighbors to check out our newly built out Tap House. Enjoy live music, the new Pecatonica beer Quinn's Amber Lager and visit with many people supporting Pecatonica Beer.
Live Music: Glass Pony 2-5 PM. Bluegrass & country. Dave Zwiefel 7-10+ PM old school rock and country.

11:00 am - 6:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Tour De Fat
Palmer Square, 3100 W. Palmer Square, Chicago
Fun times, fun friends, fun bikes and fun beers. New Belgium's Tour de Fat is back in Chicago and better than ever! Bring a smile and your best costume, we're about to have a good time.
In each Tour city, one brave role model will step on stage to trade in his or her car keys and pledge to live car free for one year. Each swapper is awarded a stipend to buy their own commuter bike and receives rock star status when the crowd goes wild in support of their commitment. Car for Bike Swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels. Apply to be the Chicago Tour de Fat's car-for-bike trader now!
Revival Stage
11 a.m. — Bike Parade Launch
12 p.m. — Fashion! Best costumes of the Tour de Fat
1:10 p.m. — The Slow Ride Race
2:30 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
3:55 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest (winner receives a New Belgium cruiser bike)
4:20 p.m. — Los Amigos Invisibles
5:05 p.m. — Finale
Stage Stage
1:35 p.m. — The Handsome Little Devils
3:00 p.m. — Yo-Yo People
3:40 — Mucca Pazza
Non Profit Partner: West Town Bikes
Last year, the Chicago stop raised more than $40,000. Check the Tour de Fat page for updates!

12:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Brewery Rare Beer Crawl
Standard Market's 3 locations
The crew from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon is joining us for an amazing multi-location event! Each location will have a line-up or rare and delicious drafts, as well hard-to-find bottles and swag giveaways.
Get yourself a designated driver or a taxi, and spend your Saturday with us.
Here is a sampling of the draft line-ups:
Naperville CUBE, 1508 Aurora Ave., 12:00-2:00 pm
Pine Drops, Armory NITRO, Not the Stoic, Hop in the Dark, Chainbreaker, and more!
Westmont CUBE, 333 W. Ogden Ave., 3:00-5:00 pm
Mirror Mirror (crazy rare!), Not the Stoic, Fresh-Squeezed, Foray, Mirror Pond, and more!
Standard Market Grill Lincoln Park, 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago, 7:00-9:00 pm
Hop Henge, Not the Stoic, Foray, Twilight, Abyss (CRAZY RARE)

1:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ One Trick Pony Brewery's 2nd Anniversary Human Be-In
One Trick Pony Brewery parking lot, 17845 Chappel Ave., Lansing, IL
Tickets are $30 plus fees, at Brown Paper Tickets. Designated driver tickets are $10.
What you'll get is none of the preaching about personal empowerment, communal living, or higher consciousness, but plenty of beer, music and food with 5 guest breweries (and counting) pouring suds plus food vendors on site. Surprises will include us thinking of surprises to surprise Be-In attendees with that we have not even thought of yet. Maybe even a walk-through of the new brewery space.
Invited & confirmed breweries so far incl. Begyle, SlapShot, and Horse Thief Hollow from Chicago, IL, Shoreline from Michigan City, IN, and the very familiar by now Transient Artisan Ales. Food being provided by some of the folks who have been carrying our beer, incl. The Cottage on Dixie, Blarney Stone Pub, and Pleasant House Bakery. And, yes, we will be taking precautions in case rain makes the track muddy.
You must be 21 to attend with a photo-ID to be checked at the door. Commemorative glass and stuff, and beer, included in price. Designated driver tickets at reduced rate.

1:00 pm ♦ POP Fest! 2014
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL 630-836-1380
Bringing together everyone's favorite two things, Local Craft Beer and Gourmet Popcorn!
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Naperville Area Humane Society.
Enjoy live music as you try the stylilized pairings of Chicago Craft Beers with gourmet flavors of popcorn from Chicago's own Popcorn Palace.
$30 gets you beer and popcorn pairings as well as a tasting glass.
New This Year! There will be a silent auction consisting of gifts from Chicago Craft Brewers and local business! All proceed from the silent auction will go to the Naperville Area Humane Society.
Participating Breweries: Nevin's, Two Brothers, Ale Syndicate, Imperial Oak, Chicagoland Rock Bottoms, Hopvine, Goose Island Brewpubs, Solemn Oath, Haymarket

Be the first to try Rock Bottom's Popcorn Pils, a Pilsner inspired lager brewed with freshly popped popcorn.
Tickets are $30 plus fee through Brown Paper Tickets.

1:00 pm ♦ Free July Sampling - 30+ beers
Cardinal Wines and Spirits, 305 W Virgina St., Crystal Lake, IL (815) 459-4050
There will be over 30 samples offered from a variety of companies. Some notable beers include Revolution 4th year beer Quad, Boulevard Saison Brett, Deschutes Mirror Mirror and Not the Stoic.
No Entrance Fee.

3:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ 11th Annual Barrington Brew Fest
Barrington Metra Station, North Parking Lot, Barrington, IL
We’ve got all the ingredients for an afternoon of brews, food and fun:
Brews: Sample the best craft brews from 48 brewers!
Food: Burgers, brats or barbeque - our featured food includes selections from McGonigal’s, Big Iron Horse BBQ, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Gilbert’s Craft Sausages.
Fun: We’re bringing back the classic rock of Brew Fest favorites Second Time Around.There’s a 50/50 raffle.
And enjoy Brew Fest in style with our special early-admission VIP ticket.
And best of all, It’s all for a good cause! All proceeds from the Barrington Brew Fest benefit
the Barrington Area Council on Aging. BACOA’s services and resources keep older adults safe, healthy and independent.
Tickets are $40, or VIP tickets for $80, through TicketLeap.
Brewers Represented:
Amstel Radler, Argus, Bell’s, Blue Moon, Boulevard, BrickStone, Church Street, Crispin CiderDestihl, Emmett's, Granite City, Harp, The Grumpy Troll, Guinness, Kilkenny, Hopvine, Lakefront, Lazy Magnolia Leinenkugel, Light the Lamp, The Lucky Monk, Magners, Mickey Finn’s, Miller Fortune, New Belgium, Newcastle, New Holland, Peace Tree (Iowa), Penrose, Pilsner Urquell, Ram Breweries, Revolution, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, Small Town Brewing, Smith Forge Hard Cider, Smithwick’s, Southern Tier, Sprecher, Strongbow, Summit, Temperance, TightheadVillage Vintner, Onion Pub, Wisconsin Brewing, Woodchuck Cider.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Block Party With the Whiskey Bends
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179
Another block party for the glorious month of July, this time featuring The Whiskey Bends! Party starts at 6PM and the taproom will stay open till midnight. Specialty beer to be announced, but you can still enjoy our Oaked Imperial Red, Three Branches!

Sunday, July 13

10:00 am ♦ Sheffield's Tour of Bell's Brewery
Depart from Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
Take a tour around the Bell families' pride and joy.
Join us on Sunday, July 13th for our Bell's Brewery tour.
$45 Ticket Includes Bus to Kalamazoo; Beer, Breakfast Burritos & Bottled Water Provided; Bell's Brewery Tour, Visit To The Eccentric Cafe, and Bus back to Sheffield's
Limited Seats Available. Email us at to RSVP

12:00 pm ♦ Regional Ring of Fire release
18th Street Brewery, 5725 Miller Ave., Gary, IN (219) 939-8802
Regional Ring of Fire, a French Saison collab between 18th, Bombers BBQ, Metropolis Coffee Company, and Grindhouse Cafe. There will be a two bottle limit, bottles are $11 and we open at noon.

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ American Homebrewers Association Rally
Revolution Brewery & Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS
(Note: Due to the chances for rain this weekend, the rally will be held indoors at Revolution) The AHA is coming to the Windy City for a Rally with Revolution Brewing Company!
Local Chicago area clubs are invited to brew during the Rally
Enjoy Revolution beer samples
Take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA
Meet Revolution brewers and AHA staff
Take a VIP brewery tour
Mingle with local homebrewers
Win great prizes from the AHA and Revolution!
AHA rallies are free to current AHA members. Non-members can join now, or sign up onsite at a discounted member rate. Save time and fill out a membership form (PDF) in advance to bring with you to the Rally. Don’t forget to RSVP to help us properly prepare for the event.

2:15 pm - 9:45 pm ♦ "Pasture Raised" Field Trip
Depart from Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
It's our ultimate summertime cookout. Get closer to your food than ever before with an afternoon on the farm alongside chefs Charlie Eure (Revolution), Nathan Sears (Das Radler), Sarah McDonnell, Chad Little, Nick Stewart and Leonard Hollander. Join them as we prepare a literal farm-to-table take on one of America's favorite culinary pastimes.
Our chefs have a deep regard for the food we eat – when livestock is raised with respect, it deserves to be prepared with the same amount of care. While our demonstrations will be focused on grilling rather than butchering, we will be on a sustainable livestock farm to enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, open space and everything else that comes along with it.
What's a Field Trip without a ride on a school bus? Meet us at one of Chicago's most awarded brewpubs, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, at 2pm for a beer. Buses will board promptly at 2:15 and go straight to our destination.
For our suburban guests, there will be a registration from The Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington, from 3:00 - 3:30pm.
The Field Trip will last until approximately 10:00pm.
We will be outside on a farm – we suggest wearing jeans and casual shoes.
PLEASE DO NOT BE TARDY. The bus will leave promptly at 2:15 and there will be no refunds for those who miss the bus.
First of all, there's gonna be beer: at check-in, on the bus, at the bonfire, and so on. But there will also be 4 cocktail stations, each paired with appetizers, plus wine, liquor and more cocktails during dinner. Charlie, Nathan and Sarah will be gathered around the grill serving up the finest pasture raised beef, chicken and pork you'll eat this summer. Leonard's doing modern takes on classic picnic sides while Chad and Nick throw down on dessert. Everything's served family style, because this is a farm and it's the middle of summer.
Buy one ticket for $95 or take advantage of our special Buddy System pricing – two tickets for $180. All guests must be 21 and over.
The first 50 guests to purchase a ticket will be entered to win one of 3 Field Trip picnic baskets, filled with provisions from our participants.
This is a production of Field Trip Cocktails.

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