Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 11–14

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 11–14
Over 3,300 brewers are thanking their lucky stars this ass is posing with a can of Amstel.

Monday & Tuesday

7:00 pm ♦ Northman Cider Bar Pop-Up
Sunday Dinner Club, 3361 N. Elston, Chicago
The Northman, Chicago’s first bar dedicated to cider, is excited to give the public a preview at this special, two-night pop-up dinner event. On Monday, August 11 & Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m., executive chef Cleetus Friedman and The Northman crew will be hosting this 3+ course meal as a preview to the sustainable, hearty menu that will be featured at the new cider bar. Each dish will be perfectly paired with a cider that will also be featured at The Northman. These pop-up dinners will give guests the chance to be one of the first to taste what all the hype is about before the doors even open!
Tickets are $65 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, where the full menu can also be viewed. Each dinner is limited to 28 people. The Northman is set to open in fall of 2014.

Monday, August 11

5:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Stone Collaboration Tapping
Standard Market, 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL
Standard Market Naperville will offer some of the nation’s most coveted beers from Stone Brewing Company in a Collaboration Beer Tapping. The tapping will feature Stone Brewing creations from Kyle Hollingsworth and Keri Kelli, Heretic Brewing Company and Beachwood BBQ and Naperville’s own Solemn Oath. From nuttiness to elderberries, this one-of-a-kind craft beer experience will satisfy any taste.
Tap list includes:

  • Collective Distortion IPA, an India pale ale brewed with coriander and elderberries in collaboration with Kyle Hollingsworth and Keri Kelli
  • Unapologetic IPA, featuring an experimental hop variety that contains tropical and citrus notes throughout. Brewed in collaboration with Heretic Brewing Company and Beachwood BBQ
  • Pyrros, a red farmhouse ale brewed with crushed rosehips that has a nuttiness followed by flavors of dark fruit. Brewed in collaboration with Solemn Oath.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Hailstorm Beer Pairing
Ed & Joe's Restaurant & Pizzeria, 17332 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL (708) 532-3051
Four beer from Hailstorm Brewing of Tinley PArk, 3 courses, $20. Enjoy foods paired with Southside Irish Red, Vlad the Impaler Russian Imperial Stout, Crash Test Dummy Tripel, and Jesus Toast Belgian IPA.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Lagunitas Beer Dinner
Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000
Join us for a summer beer dinner featuring Lagunitas Brewing Company, one of the fastest-growing craft breweries, located in Petaluma, CA. Our Executive Chefs will pair a custom four course menu with Lagunitas' most popular brews. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Pricing is $50.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).  For more information or to make a reservation, please call Marissa or Grace at 312-787-9000.

8:00 pm ♦ Beer School with Hopped Up Broads: All About Ales Pt.2
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
By now, most of you know the drill. If you're new, it's real simple....
$10 Tuition for an hour (or longer) includes...

  1. Tasting beer
  2. Talking about beer
  3. Learning about beer
  4. Drinking beer
  5. Beer Trivia
  6. Beer Trivia prizes including beer to take home with you
  7. Enjoy more beer!

After class go to the Taproom for $2 off all your draft beer!

Tuesday, August 12

5:00 pm ♦ Forbidden Root Beer Cocktails at Dusek's
Dusek's Beer Cellar, 1227 W. 18th St., Chicago (312) 526-3851
This summer, Good Beer Hunting and Forbidden Root are teaming up for a Botanic Beer Cocktail Tour featuring some of the best beer-focused cocktail programs in the city. With the unique flavor profile of each of Forbidden Root's botanic beers, a series of beer cocktails is a great way to highlight the brews. The beers are exciting enough, but by using them in cocktails and pairing with small bites, it really shows what the flavors of these botanic beers can do.
Dusek's will partner with Forbidden Root and Good Beer Hunting in presenting a special “Flight Night” with three delicious bites and three thoughtfully-paired beer-focused cocktails available as a flight for just $15.
Here’s what is coming to the table:

Chocolate Covered Bacon, Marjoram Cupcake, Pickled Chili, Walnut Fennel Jam paired with "Character Study" - Good Bourbon, Shady Character, Lemon, Sweet Tea Syrup, Orange Bitters

Poached Prawn, Black Tobiko, Wheat Grass, Banana Pudding paired with "Forbidden Gimlet"- Letherbee Gin, Sublime Ginger Syrup, Lime, C02

Cream Soda Cremeux, Licorice Pickled Cherries, Black Pepper Meringue, Basil Oil paired with "Roots & Oil" - Goslings Black Seal Rum, Falernum, Forbidden Root, Lime Zest

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Tasting Tuesday at Beermiscuous
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
There’s a huge buzz surrounding the launch of Moody Tongue and for good reason. Jared Rouben and Jeremy Cohn from Moody Tongue will stop by the café at 6:30pm to explain their ‘culinary brewing’ style and to share samples of the Cold-Pressed Paw Paw and Crushed Green Coriander Wit.

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Great Lakes Beer Extravaganza
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Enjoy delicious samples from Midwestern craft brewing giant Great Lakes Brewing Company and enter to win exciting raffle prizes at Standard Market’s two-day beer tasting extravaganza. Purchase any Great Lakes products and will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win special Great Lakes “swag” such as t-shirts, glasses and a cooler. The raffle winner will be announced August 19 at Standard Market’s ultra-rare Highlander tapping party, which will showcase the Great Lakes ale with rich malty flavors derived from kettle caramelization with hints of roasted malt.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Rock Bottom Brewer's Dinner
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Join Chef Shawn Murphy & Brewmaster Wolfer for a pairing of backyard BBQ delights & specialty beers.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Blood In The Water Bottle Release Party
Bottles and Cans, 4109 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 857-2270
Join Lake Effect Brewing and Hail To The Ale for the bottle release of our collaboration beer Blood In The Water. This dangerously delicious ginger, hibiscus Saison will only be available for a limited time. In celebration of "Shark Week" proceeds from bottle sales will go to SHARK SAVERS charity. Snacks, raffle prizes and all kinds of other surprises await!
Free event open to the public. Must be 21 to sample beer.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Lagunitas Beer Dinner
WildFire Chicago, 159 W. Erie, Chicago (312) 787-9000
See Monday's listing at the Wildfire Oak Brook for details.

Wednesday, August 13

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary DIPA

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Food & Flight Night with DönerMen Food Truck
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
The DönerMen Food Truck is bringing its German street food to Beermiscuous. A variety of kebab and wurst options will be available to pair with your flight of four, 4 oz. draft samples for either $16 or $18. Plus, you’ll get to see DönerMen’s awesome-looking truck!

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Boat Ticket Raffle On Fountainhead’s Roof Top!
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead is excited to host the Craft Beer Boat Ticket Raffle on the roof deck! Guests can join as the Fountainhead team welcomes Artisanal Imports, Allagash Brewing and Surly Brewing to mix, mingle & enjoy delicious craft beer! Buy a draft beer from one of these spectacular breweries and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win two tickets to the August 27th Craft Beer Boat.
The Craft Beer Boat is single-handedly one of the most fun beer events of the year…on a boat…on Lake Michigan!
Among an amazing draft line-up is De Proef/Surly Long of Tooth, a rare and unique collaboration between two exceptional breweries. An English-style old ale that has been aged in toasted oak and cacao, this beer is the latest addition to De Proef’s extensive Brewmaster’s Collaboration series. This collaboration is the perfect balance between the styles of the two breweries while still showcasing some new and unique characteristics.
Draft prices range from $6-$10. The regular rooftop menu will also be available for purchase and Chef Cleetus Friedman will have some delicious specials on hand for the event.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
The Draft List:
De Proef /Surly Long of Tooth, Aspall Dry Cyder, Robinson's Iron Maiden Trooper, St. Feuillien Saison, Surly Furious, Pentagram, Coffee Bender, Bitter Brewer; Allagash White, Interlude, Odessey, James Bean

6:00 pm ♦ Bell's Wedding Ale Tapping
Rocking Horse, 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 486-0011
Along with Wedding Ale, we will also be tapping Bell's Roundhouse IRA, Two Hearted and Oarsman. Wedding season not your thing? Try The Divorce - Wedding Ale plus a shot of Malört.

7:00 pm ♦ 2 Zwickels Walk into a Bar
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
... and we drank them almost instantly. Come join Metropolitan Brewing and Off Color Brewing for a special night of drinking unfiltered lager at Hopleaf.
Fermentation vessels have this glorious little sample valve, called the "Zwickel" in German. Brewers use this valve to take tastes of the beer as it ferments, to check for progress and quality. And because when you work in a brewery, you drink beer straight from the tanks just because you can. This is you chance to sample two zwickel lagers with Metropolitan's Heliostat and Off Color's You Never Take Me Anywhere Nice.
It doesn't get much fresher or local than this!

Thursday, August 14

Revolution Beer Dinner at L. Woods Tap
L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge, 7110 N Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, IL (847) 677-3350
Are you a beer & bbq fan? Then mark your calendar for Beer & BBQ Dinner featuring Revolution Brewing. This is one summer event your stomach won't want to miss! $50 per person. Call 847-677-3350 to reserve, or click here for more details.

4:00 pm ♦ Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Takeover!
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tap Craziness! All 12 Beer Camp Collaboration Brews on Tap at one time!

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Five-Year Anniversary Party at the Division Ale House
Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
Free reservations through Eventbrite
The Division Ale House, which opened in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood in the summer of 2009, celebrates the five-year mark by hosting Munster, Indiana’s Three Floyds Brewing for a special tap takeover. Featured beers, which range from $6-$8 each, include Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale, Dreadnaught IPA, Pride & Joy Mild Ale, Alpha King Pale Ale, BackMasking Oatmeal Stout and Gratzer, a limited edition Polish-style beer that is a collaborative effort between Three Floyds and New Belgium Brewing Company (part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Series).
Added amenities include raffles and giveaways such as gift cards, neon beer signs, logoed Three Floyds and Division Ale House gear, and music from DJ Rob (no cover).
The bar offers complimentary passed appetizers from 6-7 p.m., including bestsellers from past and present menus. As a nod to the five-year anniversary, the bar offers $5 specials all night including corned beef rolls, waffle-fried chicken skewers, Irish nachos and a soft pretzel trio.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Mini Firestone Walker Takeover
The Happ Inn Bar & Grill, 305 Happ Rd, Northfield, IL (847) 784-9200
The Happ Inn is hosting a 6 handle semi-takeover for Firestone Walker. Beers poured will be: Pale 31, DBA, Pivo Pils, Solice, Double Jack & Parabola

7:00 pm ♦ Search for the Hopsoulution
The Beer Market, 888 N Meacham Rd, Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-8300
Using a set of clues to solve some riddles, find the Hopsoulution! If you find the Hopsoulution, you get a Bell's snifter glass to take home with you. Individuals or teams of 2 can sign up to participate.

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