Chicago Craft beer Events, August 18–21

Chicago Craft beer Events, August 18–21
Woody, Deschutes' mascot on wheels, will be at many of this week's stops in Chicago. Photo: Deschutes Brewery.

Be sure to check out my interview with Cleetus Friedman, Executive Chef at the beer-forwardFountainhead Restaurant, and of the soon-to-open Northman Cider Pub, the first of its kind in Chiago. Details are at Chicago Scene!

Monday, August 18

Two Brothers & Oskar Blues Night at The Firkin
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Special tapping of Oskar Blues Foxy Knuckles (one of only 2 kegs in the NW Suburbs) and Mama’s Little Yella Pils along with Two Brothers R&D IPA.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Porchetta Sandwich Night
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Sunday Dinner Club presents Porchetta Sandwich Night at Half Acre's taproom.
All dressed up in Sungold Tomato Aioli, Arugula and Bread & Butter Pickles on a Baguette; alongside a White Bean Salad with Rapini, Market Sweet Pepper, and Balsamic Vinaigrette. With Market Cherry Panna Cotta Amaretti Cookie Crumble for dessert.
6:00 PM and 8:30 PM seatings. $30 ticket (Brown Paper Tickets) gets you the fine food and 3 x 12-oz pours of your choice.

8:00 pm ♦ Hopped Up Broads: Summer Beer & Food Pairing In Our Garden
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
Sign up for the next of our Hopped Up Broads classes. This month we're taking it Al Fresco! Join us for a Summer Food & Beer Pairing. Tickets are $25, email to RSVP. Everyone's welcome! (limited availability).

Tuesday, August 19

Rare Beer Tasting at Laschet's Inn
Laschet's Inn, 2119 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago 773-478-7915
A free tasting the third Tuesday of each month. For August: Lammsbräu Organic Pils

1:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Woody Comes to Town!
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Deschutes Woody Comes to Town! Hang out on the patio any time from 1PM – 8PM and have some Incredible Deschutes Brews Poured from Woody, the giant keg.

5:00 pm ♦ Atom Smasher Special Tapping
Floyd's Ale House, 901 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox, IL (815) 463-1111
Help us kick off fall with a special tapping of Atom Smasher. This delicious Oktoberfest beer from Two Brothers will get you primed for the cooler season.

5:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Great Lakes Highlander Tapping
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Great Lakes Brewing Company's ultra-rare Highlander will be tapped. This beer showcases the rich malty flavors derived from kettle caramelization with hints of roasted malt.

Wednesday, August 20

Goose island Beer Dinner at Packing House
Packing House, 1113 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 929-4787
Packing House Executive Chef Amanda Barnes will begin her Monthly Pairing Dinners, starting with a six-course beer dinner hosted with Goose Island. Barnes will be on-hand to explain the flavor pairings of her unique southern dishes with a Mediterranean twist. The dinner is $55, simply phone for reservation.
Passed Apps: Bourbon County Bar nuts, Dill Pollen Pork Fat, Crispy Salami with Blue Cheese, Almonds and Honey
First Course: Lovage Cured Fluke Crudo with Toasted Fennel and Coriander Berry Vinaigrette
Second Course: Strawberry and Pork Belly Salad with Arugula and XO Sherry Maple Syrup Vinaigrette
Third Course: Chicken Liver Mousse with Saltine Crackers and Red Onion Jam
Fourth Course: Veal Mortadella with Roasted Corn Salad
Fifth Course: Amish Chicken Thighs with Fried Smashed Fingerling Potatoes, Pickled Jalapeños, Herb Salad and Soy Caramel
After dinner, enjoy a Live Art Show on the rooftop. This month's featured local artist is MKS (Michael K. Skrobinski), best known for his paintings of countless musical icons, Hollywood stars, and sports legends. From 8:00-10:00pm, Skrobinski will feature past works on the Packing House rooftop in addition to painting a live piece for guests to enjoy.

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Greenbush Rage Imperial Black IPA - Counterpart to Anger

5:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Boat Ticket Raffle Event
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
The Craft Beer Boat is a series of collaborative events between Artisanal Imports, Allagash Brewing Company and Surly Brewing which will bring together the Chicago beer drinking community in a unique way. 10 ticket raffle events are being hosted by various craft beer establishments across the city of Chicago which will lead to the final event, The Craft Beer Boat, a Lake Michigan boat cruise taking place on Wednesday, August 27th from 7-11pm under the fireworks from Navy Pier.
What’s on Tap: De Proef Fifth Star Raspberry Rye Saison; La Trappe Trappist Tripel; Seefbier; Allagash White, Confluence, Curieux & Odyssey; Surly Mild, Furious, Bitter Brewer  & Pentagram.

5:00 pm ♦ Saugatuck Brewing Tap Takeover
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Michigan brews will be in the spotlight at Frankin Tap. Saugatuck Brewing Company's Chicago Market Manager, Tom Gardner, will be on site to sample out a variety of beers and discuss the production and philosophies at the Michigan microbrewery. This event is free to attend.
Featured Beers: Saugatuck Michigan Wheat, Starburst Wheat, Hop On A Blonde, Mandarina IPA & Continuum IPA,

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Food & Flight Night with Jim Noodle & Rice
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Beermiscuous is partnering with our neighbor, Jim Noodle & Rice for a night of beer and delicious Thai food. For just $15, enjoy the following:
One entrée (choice of Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Mixed Vegetables or Red Curry)
One appetizer (choice of Egg Roll or Potstickers)
Flight of four, 4 oz. samples from the draft list
Just come to Beermiscuous counter to place your order and we’ll handle the rest!

6:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Woody Tapping
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Deschutes, that wonderful brewery hailing from Bend, Oregon, is touring the country in style. And by in style, we mean in a crazy wooden camper trailer equipped with its own taproom. We have the chance to tap some great beer - along with everyday favorites, we're tapping five of their specialty and seasonal beers too.

6:00 pm ♦ Beer Dinner At The Portage
The Portage, 3938 N. Central Ave., Chicago
Every month, The Portage hosts a special dinner and this August we are making the most of what’s left of summer with some cold one’s on the patio! Chef Joey Beato has created a 4-course menu paired with Lagunitas Brewing Co. selections including Pils, Lil Sumpin Sumpin, IPA, and Cappuccino Stout.
$45 per ticket. Seatings at 6pm and 8pm. Limited seating available.
To view the menu with pairings, Like ‘The Portage’ on Facebook or visit our website.

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ DryHop Berliner Weisse Release + Goose Island Five Sisters Tap Takeover
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
We're celebrating our first Berliner Weisse with the release of The World Needs Fewer DJs, in addition to our second Goose Island Beer Co. Five Sisters Tap Takeover.
Following up on our Goose Island sour collaboration released in May, we decided to go it alone with a traditional Berliner Weisse. At 3.5%, this brew is lemony, peachy, and tart with a light and bubbly mouthfeel.
You'll also have the option of adding raspberry or passion fruit syrup. Raspberry is a traditional syrup added to a Berliner Weisse in Germany. Passion fruit is an American twist.
The Goose Island Five Sisters Tap Takeover includes: Gillian, Lolita, Juliet, Halia, and Madame Rose.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Atom Smasher Release Party
Wild Goose Bar, 4265 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-281-7112
The release party for Two Brothers' Oktoberfest beer.

6:00 pm ♦ Revolution Brewing Beer School
The Goddess and Grocer, 1649 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Revolution Brewing comes to Goddess to present this unique opportunity for our guests to sit with a brewer from one of the most popular craft breweries in Chicago and learn about basic styles of craft beer. Attendees will receive our employee discount for ONE NIGHT ONLY on all craft beer purchases and get to take home some cool souvenirs.
This FREE event is limited in space, so RSVP now here.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Lagunitas Beer Dinner
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
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. The event is priced at $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.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Bag in the Hole with the Rock Bottom Lombard Brewer
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Come out to challenge the (self-proclaimed) "Best Bags Player. This Side of the Mississippi," Brewmaster Jim.

7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Beer & Cheese Pairing
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Join us for some delicious Bell's Brewery brews and cheese! We'll be featuring: Oberon, Deb's Red, Amber Ale and Two Hearted! Everyone who participates in this event will also be entered to win 2 (Early Entry) tickets to the Midwest Brewers Fest held on August 23rd!

Thursday, August 21

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Sampling Event
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago
Join representatives from Revolution Brewing to drink and chat about their favorite beers.

6:00 pm ♦ Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA spotlight
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Hey, all you hop-heads!! We will be featuring Sam AdamsLatitude 48 Deconstructed IPA varietals ON TAP in honor of their seasonal variety pack release!
The full draft line-up will include beers single-hopped with Mosaic, Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Simcoe, East Kent Goldings, Zeus, and the original Latitude 48 IPA.

6:00 pm ♦ Firestone Walker & 3 Floyds Ol' Leghorn tapping
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for a night of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. & Three Floyds beers. We'll be tapping the highly awaited collaboration between the two, Ol' Leghorn. Additionally, we'll be tapping Firestone Walker Double DBA 2014, Union Jack IPA, 3 Floyds Gorch Fock and Hyena.

6:00 pm ♦ The Great Taste of Chicago Beer: TAP THIS! LOCAL #6
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
It's that time again. A celebration of locally brewed craft beer! Come hang out the fine people, our friends and neighbors behind the beer. They've been taking craft beer in a whole new direction and have made Chicago home to one of the most exciting craft beer scenes on the planet!
Breweries in attendance:
Moody Tongue; Goose Island (Marisol Belgian Pale [Jared Rouben/Rick Bayless collab]); 5 Rabbit, SlapShot (McLaughlin's RedEye Coffee Porter); Lake Effect, Temperance, Pipeworks, Transient Artisan Ales, Illuminated Brew Works; Cahoots (No'Smore Imperial Stout); Forbidden Root; Local Option (Imperial Oak - Prediction Pain Imperial IPA); Ale Syndicate; Bucket List (Breaking 80 Pale Ale)

6:00 - 7:30 pm ♦ Flights & Bites at the Berghoff
The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams St, Chicago (312) 427-3170
The Berghoff Restaurant and Berghoff Brewery present Flights & Bites with a Berghoff Beer Representative. Guests will enjoy educational beer and food pairings at The Berghoff. Sample 5 Berghoff Beers & small bite pairings, learn how each are made, and experience why they work so well together! Choose one of two time slots during which to enjoy this entertaining and educational event: 6-7 PM or 7:30-8:30 PM. Tickets are $15. $5 cancellation fee, however tickets are transferable.

6:00 - 6:30 pm ♦ Pro-Am Bohemian Pils Tapping
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Dan Reinholdt of HOPS homebrew club won a gold medal with his Bohemian Style Pilsner at the Brewers of South Suburbia's Charlie Orr Memorial Home Brew Competition. As part of his prize, the recipe was scaled up to brew at RBOP with him just in time for the GABF Pro-Am competition. We will be tapping this in the Brew House.

7:00 pm ♦ Small & Local
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
Sheffield's will be hosting the second of our small and local craft brewery showcases, this time we'll be hosting the event at the bar in our award winning Beer Garden. We'll be profiling 3 of the best smaller craft breweries from Chicago, the city that's pioneered the craft beer movement for over 20 years. As well as a meet and greet with the brewers and founders of Spiteful Brewing, Blue Nose Brewery and Temperance Beer Company we'll be featuring 2 handles of each breweries rare brews and their brew-masters will be on hand for a meet and greet.
We'll also have LIVE music on our Cottonwood stage with Inbound Kennedy from 7pm.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Night at High Noon Saloon
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
Meet Amelia Hoormann and JC Joson from Chicago’s Revolution Brewing and enjoy hard-to-find beers, suggested food pairings from chef Ruben Beltran’s Tex-Mex menu and score free Revolution Brewing swag at this limited beer night. Featured beers include: Mad Cow Milk Stout, Filibuster Wheatwine, Threesome Belgian Tripel, Citra-Hero American India Pale Ale (IPA), El Hopfen Loco and Bastille Biere de Garde. The beer event is free to attend (food and drink on consumption).

Weekend Preview:

Friday, August 22

1:00 pm - 11:45 pm ♦ Vice District Brewing Company Opening Day
Vice District Brewing Company, 1454 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
After months of construction, Vice District Brewing Co. is excited to announce that the taproom will officially be opening Friday, August 22nd. Their opening line up will consist of a more curated selection. A Black IPA, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Blonde, and Molasses Porter will be available for patrons to try as well as a special collaboration release that is being kept under wraps until opening day.

Saturday, August 23

1:00 pm ♦ Midwest Brewers Fest
Plainfield Riverfront, 24321 W. Lockport Street, Plainfield, IL

Sample from among more than 60 breweries and more than 200 craft beers in an outdoor park setting—all for a great cause! The Midwest Brewers Fest offers samples of craft beer and homebrewed beer, live music, food, brewing demonstrations, beer industry presentations, and more! All proceeds benefit Pints for Prostates, the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. We will highlight 15-20 breweries in a “cask” tent. Click here for a full list of brewers

The Midwest Brewers Fest is proud to be a 100-percent volunteer-run event that donates all proceeds to charities, including the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and Pints for Prostates. To date, we have donated more than $60,000 to our charitable causes. We are able to do this only thanks to our dedicated group of volunteers. General Admission tickets start at $45, through this link.

3:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Bacon Sports and Beer Celebration
The Great Hall at Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
If you like bacon, sports, beer, and fun then this celebration is for you!
With a ticket to the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration you get unlimited tastings of bacon inspired creations from 20+ of Chicago’s top restaurants, a healthy dose of craft beer tastings from 20+ craft breweries, plus all the fun and activities you can handle Tickets now! $50 plus fees at Eventbrite. More information at

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