Friday, February 20
6:00 pm ♦ Surly Doomtree Release & Ticket Giveaway
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
The good folks at Surly Brewing Co. have teamed up with local hip-hop group Doomtree in honor of their farewell tour. We'll be tapping Doomtree the beer tonight in our Beer School Bar. We’ll be raffling off 2 tickets to Doomtrees sold out show at The Abbey Pub that night and providing FREE transport to the gig! Ask your server about Chef VG's smoked duck wings!
6:00 pm ♦ Big Barrel Beer Night
The Beer Market, 888 N Meacham Rd, Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-8300
Featuring some of the best barrel aged, and imperial beers. These will not last long, so come and get them quick. All beers will be tapped at 6 PM.
4 Hands Bonafide 2014, Ale Syndicate Richie 2014, Ballast Point Victory At Sea 2014, Boulevard Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2014, BuckleDown Nefarious Aftermath 2014, Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 2014, Bourbon County Stout 2014, Backyard Rye 2013, Night Stalker 2013, Moody Tongue Caramel Chocolate Toasted Churro 2014, Off Color DinoSmores 2014, Pig Minds Joe Daddy 2014, Revolution Bean Gene 2014, Sprecher Czar 2014, Tighthead Barrel Aged Old Kaya Dog 2013, Une Année Airing of Grievances 2014, Wild Onion Drago 2014, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout 2015
6:30 pm ♦ Bell's Brewery Dinner
Wildfire Lincolnshire, 235 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire, IL (847) 279-7900
Join us for the first beer dinner series of 2015 featuring Bell’s Brewery Inc., a popular brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The evening will feature a custom four course menu of food and craft beer pairings, along with a brewery representative as guest speaker. The event begins with a reception of passed appetizers and the first pairing at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Shannon or Tina at 847-279-7900.
9:00 pm ♦ Off Color Tap Takeover
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Quenchers will be featuring several special beers from Chicago's own Off Color Brewery.
Tap: Scurry (on Nitro), Troublesome, Fierce, +1 More TBA
Bottles: Apex Predator
Live performances by Dastardly, Blane Fonda, Dial In, Sure Why Not (members of Ancient Friends / Sunjacket)
Doors open 9:00 pm, show at 10:00 pm, tickets $7 at Ticketfly.
Saturday, February 21
10:00 am - 9:00 pm ♦ Open Bottle Grand Opening Party
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL
All Day Grand Opening, Fundraiser for the National Domestic Violence Hotline
Raffling tons of beer prizes all day
Chicago Beer Excursion Package (Grand Prize 600$ Value)
-One night stay at Sofitel Hotel Chicago
-2 Tickets for the Chicago Beer Experience Tour
-50$ gift card to Howells & Hood Chicago
Beer Tastings All Day:
Goose Island Bourbon County Rare, Cantillion Fou’ Foune, Three Floyds Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, Cigar City Hunahphu, Founders KBS, and much more
11:00 am - 4:00 pm ♦ Cold Brews & Snowshoes
Morton Grove Civic Center, 6250 W Dempster St., Morton Grove, IL
A craft beer tasting with a wintry twist! Snowshoe first. Drink beer second.
Enjoy unlimited tastings, beginning at 1 pm (noon for VIP ticket holders), after tromping through 160 acres of gorgeous winter terrain on snowshoes at the Linne Woods forest preserve, from 11 am to 1 pm. Beer afterwards at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St.
General admission $50. VIP $65, available here.
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Morton Grove Foundation, which helps fund nonprofits throughout the Chicagoland area. Brewers represented: Emmett's, Revolution, Lakefront, New Belgium, Southern Tier, Smith & Forge Hard Cider, Woodchuck Cider, Leinenkugel & Blue Moon.
12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Delilah's Vintage Beer Fest
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
Delilah’s hosts its 18th annual vintage beer festival. More than one hundred beers, primarily strong ales, barrel-aged beers and live beers, from over 50 breweries will be tasted – side by side – many in multiple vintages.
Strong ales have been traditionally brewed during and for the winter and early spring months and are quite suitable for aging – often being brewed a year before release. Many of the ales for this tasting will be sampled in vintage with a few vintage verticals and there will be an emphasis on barrel aged and sour beers. We’ll also be featuring a George Gale’s Prize Old Ale from the 1996 vintage, there will be a King & Barnes Festive Ale from 1998 plus ten vintages of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barley Wine.
A unique experience to sample all these strong beers together – along with vintage dated brews including: Anchor Old Foghorn, Avery Hog Heaven, Thomas Hardy’s Ale, Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale, Scotland’s Skull Splitter, Portland Brewing Adam Barley Wine, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Lucifer Ale, Trois Pistoles & La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue, Malheur Dark Brut, Capital Blonde Dopplebock – multiple vintages, Two Brothers Bear Tree Weiss Wine, Maredsous Triple, Rogue Ales Old Crusty and Young’s Old Nick. Admission is $20 for a sampling of the offerings. Information concerning each product will be available. This tasting is a must. Feel free to call or email for more info.
12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Haymarket Sausagefest 2015
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
It is that time of year again! We'll be celebrating the return of SausageFest with 10 housemade sausages, 10 artisanal cheeses and 20 craft beers & ciders! It's always a good time, and tickets do go fast.
Tickets are $50, which includes all fees, and are available through our website.
1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Jester King Encendía Chicago Release
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Jester King Brewery of Austin, TX announces that West Lakeview Liquors, will be having the Chicago release of Encendía—their Mezcal barrel aged farmhouse ale brewed with agave nectar, epazote and ancho chiles. "Encendía was brewed in collaboration with our dear friend Kristina Bozic, owner of West Lakeview Liquors, to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of her store. Jester King founders Jeffrey Stuffings and Michael Steffing will be on hand for the release.
"The release will include bottles for sale (limited quantities) of Encendía, Le Petit Prince, Noble King, Das Wunderkind, Mad Meg, Wytchmaker, El Cedro, Gotlandsdricka, Ambrée, and Snorkel. Jester King glassware for Colour Five, World’s Worst Twin, Provenance, Kollaborationsbier, Detritivore, and Natural Union will also be for sale. Jeff and Michael will be pouring samples of Jester King beer during the release. Encendía is 11.1% alcohol by volume, 3.4 pH at the time of bottling, and has a finishing gravity of 1.000.
2:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit Experimental Beer Tappings
5 Rabbit Cerveceria, 6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, IL
This Saturday we will be tapping a slew of our experimental cervezas. How does bourbon barrel aged Vida y Muerte sound? Or Vaya con Dios, the Berliner weisse we brewed with Gaslight Coffee Roasters using Costa Rican Perla Negra cascara and ginger root for #uppersanddowners? Also, the last keg of barrel aged prickly pear La Sirena. One day only.
5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Vernon Hills Craft Beer Tasting
Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 847-996-6800
We are hosting our 2nd annual tasting event this winter. There will be several area breweries pouring samples of their ales, lagers, and stouts. Along with celebrating the microbrews of the area’s most skilled brew masters, you can listen to some live music and purchase food. There is a limited number of tickets available, so don’t wait to buy your tickets!
Receive a free tasting glass with each ticket. Must be 21 years or older.
Click HERE to see the list of featured breweries that will be featured at the event. You can click on each brewery logo to visit their website.
Fee: $35 (if not sold out). Tickets can be purchased at the Sullivan Community Center, Lakeview Fitness Center, or online at www.vhparkdistrict.org. Click HERE to buy your tickets online. Designated driver tickets also available for $15 each. These tickets can be purchased at the event.
Sunday, February 22
12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Solidarity DARKSIDE
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
Explore the dark side of craft beer.
Join Hardcore Craft Beer as they delve into some of the best dark beers available. It's cold, football is over, and there isn't much else to do on a Sunday afternoon. It is a perfect time for playing vintage arcade games and enjoying some amazing craft beer.
If you're on the fence about dark beers, or don't know much about them, this event is perfect for you. Hell, if you love dark beers and a huge fan of them, this event is for you. We've got an array of stouts, porters, black ales, barrel aged offerings and more.
Darkside will also feature BBQ from Johnny Van's Smokehouse. Johnny Van is a supreme pit master and can grill up some mean and tasty grub. Very excited to have them on board for this year.
Tickets are $25 and include 8 samples (32 oz) of the dark stuff, and a bag of tokens. You also have the option to purchase a full pour of your favorites. First 150 people at the event get a HCB swag bag.
Perennial Artisan Ales: Loomi Weisse, Sump Coffee Stout, Solemn Oath: Kavorka, Psychogaze, Boulder Beer: Shake Chocolate Porter Nitro, Revolution: Mean Gene, Bean Gene, Bell's Brewery: Rye Stout, Stone: TBD, 4 Hands: Madagascar, Bona Fide Imperial Stout, Pipeworks: TBD, Surly: TBD, Ballast Point: Barrel Aged Tongue Buckler, Indra Kunindra, Marz Community Brewing: Marz/Antithesis Double Black IPA With Espresso, Moody Tongue: Caramel Chocolate Porter, Half Acre: Chocolate Camaro. More Breweries, Beers, And Info To Be Added
12:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Cabin Fever Party
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL 630-393-2337
Get out of the house and join us for our annual Cabin Fever Party! This year, in addition to special beers on tap, we're excited to release our latest barrel aged project, Apocalyptic BeBop.
Advance ticket guarantees the ability to purchase 22 oz bottles of Apocalyptic BeBop. Allocation: 2 per guest, pick up between 12pm-5pm.
Get your tickets ($5 plus fees at Eventbrite) to buy this limited release beer and get out of the house already!
Day of/At the Door tickets do NOT guarantee allocation of Apocalyptic BeBop
Any surplus Apocalyptic BeBop will be available to the general public after 5pm.
Dawes/Jayhawks WXRT Tivoli Concert (February 25th & 26th) tickets will be raffled off hourly at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm. Must be present to win!