Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 3–5

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 3–5
Goose Island Vintage Ale Glass.

Still no fooling, I'm catching up again after working on my taxes. What I need, obviously, is a way to turn this little hobby into a paying job. Have a I mentioned lately that I have a reward for whomever helps me land a full-time job with bennies? A case of 2002 Bigfoot. Don't like Bigfoot? How about a copy of Pink Floyds' first American single, with the rare radio station promo sleeve?

No doubt I'll find myself more events that should be added on through the rest of the weekend. It's unusual that I have more than one event in Indiana, but one of them involves Kentucky Breakfast Stout!

Friday, April 3

1:30 - 2:30 pm ♦ Dogfish Head Tap Takeover
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
It’s time for another SHARK ATTACK! Join us for another outstanding Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Tap Takeover!!
The FULL draft lineup will include:

  • Beer Thousand (10%, Strong Lager brewed with 10 varieties of grain and 10 varieties of hops)
  • Olde School (15%, Barleywine conditioned on dates and figs)
  • Piercing Pils (6%, Pilsner-style Lager brewed with pear juice, pear tea, and Saaz hops)
  • 120 Minute (18%, 120 IBUs, Imperial IPA continually hopped for 2 hours, dry-hopped every day for a month, then aged for a month on whole leaf hops)
  • Palo Santo Marron (12%, Imperial Brown Ale aged on Palo Santo wood from Paraguay)
  • Aprihop (7%, IPA brewed with real apricots and finished with whole leaf Willamette and Cascade hops)
  • Midas Touch (9%, Specialty ale based on the residue found on the drinking vessels in King Midas’ tomb)
  • Fort (18%, Fruit Beer brewed with Oregon and Delaware raspberries, the world’s strongest fruit beer!

3:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Tremble Baltic Porter Bottle Release
New Oberpfalz Brewing, 121 E. Main St., Griffith, IN
New Oberpfalz will be releasing Tremble, a 9% ABV true-lagered Baltic Porter. No cover, free snacks, lots of beer on tap in the TAP ROOM, plus TREMBLE 22oz bottles available for sale.

4:00 pm ♦ Gouden Carolus Glassware Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Have a Gouden Carolus on tap and take home the glass! What a good Friday.

Saturday, April 4

3:00 pm ♦ Founders Mini Tap Take Over
Craft House, 711 Plaza Drive, Chesterton, IN (219) 929-5570
On this night we will have Founders KBS, All Day IPA, Black Rye and Blushing Monk. Music will be by Denny Follis. Come for the beer and stay for the fun!

Sunday, April 5

Goose Island Wrigleyville Reopens
Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 832-9040
The rumors are true! Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub will be returning for the 2015 Cubs season! Join us on Opening Day!

10:00 am - 7:00 pm ♦ 4th Annual “Smoke The Goat” Cubs Opening Day Party
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Sheffield’s & New Holland Brewing Company present the 4th annual Smoke The Goat Out Of It!
We’re smoking a goat on Cubs Opening Day and ending that Cubbies' curse!
Because of the curse of the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs 70 years ago, we decided to take matters into our own hands at Sheffield’s back in 2011. With the help of New Holland, we smoked a goat at Sheffield’s in hopes to SMOKE out that curse! We tried it last year and the year before AND the year before that and… well it didn’t quite work but we won’t be defeated, so let’s try this again!

10am-3pm:
Kick off your day with our Acoustic Brunch, order from Chef VJ’s delicious Brunch Menu accompanied by LIVE music from DAVID HERRERO.
Wash down your brunch with a variety of RARE New Holland beers including Sheffield’s & New Holland’s collaboration brew Play 2- A rock solid single bock loaded with Michigan terroir, notes of caramel and toffee and finishes with a balancing hop spiciness. Play 2 is 7.9% abv, 40 IBU’s. Made with 65% Michigan grown and malted barley-pilsner and caramel malts, 100% Michigan grown hops-Magnum, Crystal, Vojvodina & Empire.

The rest of our Opening Day New Holland draft list includes Black Tulip, Blue Sunday, Dragon’s Milk, Funk Vessel, Full Circle, Incorrigible, Mad Hatter, Paleooza, Play 2 Collab, Poet, White Hatter

Looking for something other than beer? Try one of Sheffield’s & New Holland’s EXOTIC beer cocktails;
Whitehattan – Our take on a Manhattan; New Holland Bills Michigan Wheat Whiskey and White Hatter
Hatterosa – Our take on a Mimosa; white hatter and orange juice
G&T – Classic Gin and Tonic with Knickerbocker Gin, tonic and lime

3pm:
Chef VJ’s Opening Day Smoked Goat Menu is served (order up asap, available only while supplies last);
Braised Goat Tacos with radishes, pickled red onions, queso fresco, pico de gallo, tomatillo/ chipotle salsa,
Goat Meatball Sandwiches with smoked New Holland Dragon’s Milk marinara.
Goat Burger with tzatziki, feta, red onion & tomato on a brioche bun with a choice of side.

4pm-7pm:
Pre-game party and raffle begins with a LIVE acoustic music set from Nicholas Barron at 4pm. We’ll have tons of giveaways, prizes, sexy cigar girls along with live art and entertainment throughout. Purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win a pair of tickets to New Holland's 2015 Hatter Days festival in October. All proceeds raised from the raffle will benefit the Green City Market LINK matching program. Green City Market’s Link Matching Program provides those in need with greater access to fresh, local, sustainable foods by matching Link and SNAP funds dollar for dollar, up to $15 per person each market day.

7:05pm:
Game time and giveaways! Stick around and watch the game with us!

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