Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 21–24

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 21–24

Just a quick note to the effect that we have yet another brewer in town: Marz Community Brewing is a communal group related to the Lumpen arts group and Maria's Community Bar. Their beers have been starting to appear arts events around the Bridgeport area.

Monday, July 21

Belgian Independence Day
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Celebrate Belgian Independence Day with us and Duvel— Buy a Duvel and get a free Duvel Art Glass! These are the classically-shaped Duvel goblets designed and decorated by artists selected in the Duvel Collection series. See here for more info. We’re not sure which design(s) we’ll have this time, but they’ve all been pretty wonderful!

Belgian Independence Day
The Tribes Alehouses, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248 and 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
In Celebration of Belgian Independence Day - All Belgian Beers $5 All Day + Half Price Belgian Mussels!

2:00 pm ♦ Red Lion Pub Grand Re-RE-opening
The Red Lion Pub, 2446 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 883-2422
OK....sooooo we know we've made you wait 6 long years for our doors to reopen at 2446 North Lincoln Avenue and we honestly thought we were ready,...BUT it seems we need just a few more days! We loved seeing all of you last night but we're taking a short 4 day hiatus to iron out a few kinks and restock the ale and pies! We PROMISE we'll be back in business after the coming weekend (for real this time). The re-opening of our re-opening will be on Monday, July 21st! Our bar opens at 2pm and our kitchen at 4pm.
Thanks for your patience and enthusiasm, we're over the moon to be back in the neighborhood, we'll see you all on Monday!
Colin Cordwell & The Red Lion Pub Crew

5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Barleys Angels on the Rooftop
Fountainh​ead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
The Chicago Chapter of Barley’s Angels had an awesome meeting at Longman & Eagle in June and are excited to continue the fun with a meeting on Fountainhead’s rooftop garden! At this event, Barley’s Angels will explore some of the beer collaborations created by executive chef Cleetus Friedman. Fountainhead’s experts will take guests through the journey of chef/brewer collaborations from picking a style to perfecting the brews. In addition to the collaboration beers, Fountainhead will also pour a couple unique ciders to give attendees a preview of the next venture from the Fountainhead team—The Northman, Chicago’s first bar dedicated to cider. Ladies who love beer can join other Angels on Fountainhead’s rooftop on Monday, July 21st, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Complete with snacks and, of course, lots of tasty brews
TICKETS: $20 per person and available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Wednesday, July 23

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Deschutes Not the Stoic
Aged and sequestered in select oak casks. The result – a contemplatively brewed quad created in homage to all those who doubted the original. This unrepentant rendition is definitively Not The Stoic.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Midsummer BBQ Cider Dinner
Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 262-5310
Howells & Hood invites locals to enjoy a ‘Midsummer BBQ’ Cider Dinner where Executive Chef Scott Walton grills gourmet summer dishes paired with the latest ciders from renowned breweries. Brewery representatives from Original Sin Hard Cider, Vander Mill Ciders, Wyder’s Hard Cider, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Woodchuck Hard Cider, and J.K.‘s Scrumpy are on-hand to teach guests about the making of each cider and proper foods to pair. To kick off the festivities, a featured firkin tapping presentation takes place at 6:30 p.m. with a special keg of Vander Mill’s Michigan Wit cider. A firkin tapping is a one-of-a-kind presentation showcasing a brew that has not been cold-filtered, pasteurized, and carbonated by outside equipment.
Mix and mingle with Chef Walton as he grills savory summer dishes on the patio. The welcome reception in the East Banquet Room and adjacent patio space at Howells & Hood begins with passed appetizers and 6-ounce tasting portions of paired cider, along with firkin tapping. While each tasting portion is offered, brewery representatives will educate guests about all-things cider. The reception is followed by a family-style, two-course menu (including dessert).

7:00 pm ♦ Beer and Cheese Pairing
Lush Wine and Spirits, 1412 W Chicago Ave., Chicago 312.666.6900
Artisan cheese paired with Two Brothers beer and guest bartender Ian Wise of TBBC!
Admission is free. Beer/Cheese are for purchase.

Thursday, July 24

Cabinet of Curiosities Tapping
Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (773) 509-1871
Two Brothers is Rockwell's Brewery of the Month, and tonight they'll be tapping Cabinet of Curiosities, a White IPA crafted by chef Cleetus Freidman as a fundraiser for the Field Museum.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Stone Distortion IPA
Stone Collaboration with Keri Kelli & Kyle Hollingsworth

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Influences in Craft Beer
Rock Bottom Yorktown Ctr., 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Learn what influences a beer style by comparing our house beer and other craft beers of the same style.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Ciders and Sliders and Sci Fi Oh MY
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Beam yourself over for an evening with Vander Mill cider, science fiction movies on the big screen, and small sandwiches. Live late music from Miss Sixty Six. Plus a real live angel sighting from Angel’s Envy Bourbon.
Ciders and Sliders and SciFi, Oh My! is brought to you yet again by the genius minds at Jerry's in Wicker Park. A night packed with ciders from Vander Mill in Spring Lake, MI, small sandwiches and some of our favorite Science Fiction films.
On Tap:
Vander Mill Sgt. Bartlett (A pear cider, or "perry". A rare treat from our friends at Vander Mill.), Totally Roasted, Ginger Peach, Raspberry
Slider options to be announced soon, and are guaranteed to tantalize the most futuristic of palates.
Final movie list will include "They Live" with Rowdy Roddy Piper, "Serenity" (how could we leave out Joss Whedon?) and possibly some Mad Max or Arnold Schwarzenegger action.

6:00 pm ♦ Dark Horse Brewing's Big Beer Balderdash
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
The Big Beer Balderdash is set to feature some of the finest offerings from Dark Horse's wonderful brewing world of Marshall, Michigan!
Not only will this night of debauchery serve as the official, unofficial, sort of official release party for their coveted single hop series IPA's, it will also feature some of the rarest offerings from DHBC to see the light of day on the streets of Chicago.
So, as they say in Marshall, "get outta your cave & misbehave" with Dark Horse's very own Uncle Jim!!!
Doors open at 5pm
Featured Beers ON TAP: Crooked Tree IPA, Ollopa Dekoorc Eert IPA (Apollo hops), Edacsac Dekoorc Eert IPA (Cascade hops), Srenoclaf Thgilf Dekoorc Eert IPA (Falconer's Flight hops), CoffeePA, Reign In Blood, Fore Smoked Stout, Boffo's Belgian Cousin, Boffo's Aunt Cherry, Smells Like a Safety Meeting, Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead the Fifth, 2013 4Elf (to be Randalled w/special additives)

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers #1 Party & Fundraiser
Standard Market Grill, 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago 773-857-3080
Enjoy local craft beer while giving back to the community at
Two Brothers Brewing Company will donate $1 for every pint of Engine #1 sold to the local Hundred Club of both DuPage County and Cook County, which benefit the families of fallen police officers and firefighters. Enjoy rare Two Brothers drafts for $4-$6 a pour as well as the draft of honor, Engine #1 Kolsch, for $4 a pint. For any Two Brothers purchase, guests will also be entered into a raffle for a special Two Brothers “Prize Box”.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Mity Nice Local Beer Dinner
Mity Nice Bar & Grill, 835 N. Michigan Ave, #510 Chicago (312) 335-4745
Mity Nice at Water Tower Place is hosting a beer dinner featuring a seasonal, farmer's market driven menu by Executive Chef/Partner John Chiakulas. Mity Nice Bar & Grill is committed to supporting local breweries and is excited to join forces with Chicago-based Ale Syndicate, Begyle, SlapShot and Temperance Breweries. The four breweries will make infused beers to pair perfectly with each course. A reception with passed appetizers will begin at 6pm in the Mity Nice bar area. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.
$45 per person (plus tax and gratuity). RSVP by phone or for free through Eventbrite.
Please call Mity Nice Bar & Grill at (312) 335-4745 with any questions and bring a copy of your ticket to the event.

6:00 pm ♦ Tap This! Pitching a Tent for Beer Camp
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Collaborations!
There and Back w/New Glarus, Chico King  w/Three Floyds, Maillard's Oddessy w/Bell's, plus Torpedo Extra IPA and Narwhal Imperial Stout.
As for your listening pleasure and food trucks for your oral pleasure!

6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Downers Grove Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
Join us for one of our widely popular Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Rob Hunter and the brewing staff, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Rob will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held semi-annually at each of Emmett's 3 locations. More info here.

7:00 pm ♦ Sierra Nevada’s “Beer Camp Across America”
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Sunday is Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America festival event at Navy Pier, but today we will be tapping ALL 12 of this year’s Beer Camp collaboration beers. Quantities are EXTREMELY LIMITED and when we run out, we run out.

7:00 pm ♦ Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tap Takeover
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America is coming to Sheffield's Beer School Bar for a tap take over featuring the 12 collaboration beers they're releasing as a 12 pack in mid-July;
Canfusion Rye Bock (Oskar Blues)Double Latte Double Milk Stout (Ninkasi) • Yvan The Great Belgian Style Blonde (Russian River) • Tater Ridge Scottish Ale (Asheville Brewer Alliance) • There And Back English Style Bitter (New Glarus) • Alt Route Altbier (Victory) • Myron's Walk Belgian-Style Pale Ale (Allagash) • Maillard's Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale (Bell's) • Torpedo Pilsner Hoppy Pilsner (Firestone Walker) • Chico King Pale Ale (3 Floyds) • Electric Ray India Pale Lager (Ballast Point) • Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock (Cigar City)

7:00 pm ♦ Forbidden Root Beer Dinner
City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 733-9463
Forbidden Root, a new Chicago-based beverage company with a line of innovative botanic craft beers, presents a beer dinner at City Winery. This beer dinner will be an intimate evening of delicious local brews with three courses designed by City Winery executive chef Andres Barrera. Hosted by brewer BJ Pichman and the Forbidden Root team, this beer dinner will be full sipping, sloshing and dining with one of Chicago’s newest and most daring botanical brewery. Guests will get to chat with the Forbidden Root team and discuss its unique approach and processes.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m.
The food menu will be announced shortly.
Beer Pairings:
Reception Beer - Sublime Ginger
Course One - Teaser! A custom brewed collaboration beer! Expect a culinary inspired, seasonal beer perfect for pairing.
Course Two - Forbidden Root
Course Three - Shady Character.

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