Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 8–10

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 8–10
Will we see these Bears helmets on the Art Institute lions come next January?

I know. We're home and Great Taste of the Midwest is pouring more beers than we can comfortably conceive of up in Madison. But here are some small and large consolations:

Friday, August 8

12:00 pm ♦ Bitches Presents: The Baller Beer Bash
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for some of the most sought after beer in the world.

Plus other surprises will be tapped as things run out.

3:00 pm ♦ The Great Taste of the Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option will be hosting The Great Taste Of the Local Option. This event will feature rare and highly sought after releases from midwest brewers.
Central Waters Hop Rise *Nitro*; Dark Horse FF Dekoorc Eert, Ollopa Dekoorc Eert & Reign in Blood; Founders Smoked Porter; Half Acre Navaja; Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S & Gangster Frog; Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars, I/O Saison, Madrugada Obscura, Maracaibo, Not Special K, Oro de Calabaza, Rambic & Weizen Bam; Local Option Bierwerker American Muscle, BBA Kentucky Common, Dampf Loc, Die Königin, Morning Wood, Outlawger, Sweet Leif & Voku Hila; Perennial Hopfentea; Pipeworks Grillz, Just Drink It Dummy! & Toasty Nut Abduction; Surly Furious; Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow & Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Midwest Tasting
Binny's, 1409 N. Veterans Pkwy., Bloomington, IL 309-661-0845
Join us as we taste through a variety of wines, beers, and spirits made in our own backyard. This will be a unique tasting since everything we will sample is made locally. From light dry reds and whites to sweet fruit wines, and a wide selection of locally brewed craft beers, this is a one of a kind tasting you won't want to miss.

7:00 pm ♦ Vice District Mini Tap Takeover
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Join the guys from Vice District Brewing Co.! Drink their awesome brews and stay for live music at 9 pm!

Saturday & Sunday

5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Brookfield ZooBrew
Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL (708) 688-8000
There are going to be lots of hops at Brookfield Zoo—and not just from the kangaroos! Everyone 21 and over is invited to Brookfield Zoo’s third annual ZooBrew on Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
During ZooBrew, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy sampling craft beers from more than 25 breweries, including Abita, Argus, Baderbrau, Belukus Marketing, Inc., Blue Moon, Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Hopothesis, Lakefront, Leinenkugel, Magic Hat, Modelo, New Belgium, Newcastle, New Holland, Pyramid, Revolution, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Tenth & Blake, and Wild Onion. For a complete list of beers that will be served during Zoo Brew, visit
To complete the experience, food items that pair seamlessly with beer, such as hot dogs, brats, burgers, pizza, nachos, jumbo soft pretzels, and popcorn, will be available for purchase.
General admission tickets purchased in advance are $45 or $50 day of event and $35 for zoo members. The general admission ticket includes free parking, admission to the zoo (all day), admission to the ZooBrew tent (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), 3 oz. samplings from more than 60 beers, and a commemorative tasting glass.
New this year is a VIP ticket option ($75 in advance, $85 day of event, $65 for zoo members) that includes:

  • Free parking
  • Admission to the zoo (all day). Exclusive access to the VIP beer garden (open from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • Exclusive sampling of select specialty brews in the VIP beer garden and featured samplings of beer and food pairings
  • VIP early admission to the ZooBrew tent (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and unlimited access until 9:00 p.m.
  • 3 oz. samples from more than 60 beers
  • VIP collectible ZooBrew T-shirt

Saturday, August 9

11:30 am ♦ Beer Camp Across America Tap Takeover
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, in collaboration with some of the BEST in the game, are coming to Warren’s Ale House. Well, at least their beers are.
Beer Camp Across America came to Chicago’s very own Navy Pier for a one of a kind event on July 27th. And had a special collaboration 12 pack which FLEW off the shelves at your favorite liquor store.
So if you missed both of those chances, have no fear. Warren’s will have a special tap takeover from ALL of the 12 Specialty Collaboration beers on draft. We are one of the select few places in the Chicago suburbs to get all 12. The tap takeover begins EXACTLY at 11:30 a.m. No sooner. And quantities are limited.

2:30 - 6:00 pm ♦ 
The 2014 Homebrewer’s Ball
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St., Chicago (773)-837-0145
Join us at Mash Tun Society’s First Annual Homebrewer’s Competition!
For $30 ( $25 for Mash Tun Society members)  you get:

Featuring beers by:
Armando Cobian and Christina Cobian, Chuck Patella, Cassie Webster and Brody Webster, Kyle Shaver and Kevin Shaver, Steven Schaab with help from Mark Paris, David Erwin Merz III and Cameron Mark Cieglo, Robby Zahm and Jacques Laramie, Walter Ornelas, Joel Timm and Taylor Southworth, Chris Chesser, Sean Fitzpatrick, Oscan Montenegro and Dany Reyes, and Josh Smith

Non Members must visit this link for tickets. Mash Tun Society Members use this link for the discounted price. The membership password has been emailed to you.

Judging of the event is open to members of the Mash Tun Society only. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, the non profit that publishes Mash Tun Journal and organizes The Mash Tun Society.

3:00 - 4:30 pm ♦ Beer Tasting at the Bottle Shop
The Bottle Shop, 1148 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL (847) 256-7777
Boulevard is back in the shop. $10 reimbursed with purchase.

6:00 - 11:00 am ♦ CHAOS Summer Brew-BQ II
CHAOS Brew House, 2417 W Hubbard St., Chicago
CHAOS (Chicago Homebrew Alchemists of Sud) holds its Second annual Summer Brew-BQ. We'll have more than two-dozen batches of beer and cider by CHAOS members, barbecue from Burnin' BBQ (plus veggie options), music and a raffle for prizes from our partners and friends. Members can sign up here to Volunteer at the party. Other planning details will be discussed on this thread. Spread the word, Share this link or the Facebook Event
Raffle prizes include a pair of tickets to the Hideout Block Party, tickets to the Empty Bottle, and prizes from Letherbee Distillers, Dark Matter Coffee, Beer Temple and Big Onion Tavern Group.
This event the club's Summer quarterly membership appreciation event. New Memberships for Brewers and Friends are available here on the website.

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