Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Friday May 22

Heading in to the home stretch. I think any of these events that are shown here as "ticketed" should still have tickets left (tonight's party at Half Acre is sold out, for example). As always, I may have let a few non-CCBW events slip in here. And you can see the full schedule at the Chicago Craft Beer Week web site. Again, thanks much for checking my page as well!

Friday, May 22

Rye Saison Release
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL (630) 229-6030
It's back! And even better than before!!! Rye Saison – Spicy characters, 5.5 – 6% ABV.

Aquanaut Tasting at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Aquanaut will be hanging out with a set of their English inspired ales - Moonray Porter, The Search ESB & a new, as yet unnamed English Mild.

11:00 am ♦ Saugatuck Firkin & Bottle Feature
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Firkin: Saugatuck Brewing Neapolitan Milk Stout w/Cinnamon & Orange Peel
Draft: Lucky 13 American Strong Ale
Bottles: Starburst Wheat, IPA, Serrano Pepper Ale, Bonfire Brown Ale, Barrel-Aged Darker Than Your Soul, Barrel-Aged Dramanatrix

11:00 am ♦ Three Floyds Tap Takeover
Stocks and Blondes, 40 North Wells, Chicago 312-372-3725
Zombie Dust, Lord Rear Admiral, Permanent Funeral, and Dreadnaught all day long. Long live Three Floyds!

2:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Werk Force and Flesk Collaboration Tapping Event
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557
Werk Force/Flesk collaboration Barrel O' Monkeys - American Farmhouse Ale 6% ABV (mashed in a wine barrel over a bed of barley straw)

4:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ The Green Lady Sour Bash
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Traditionally the second Friday is reserved for our Favorite Things Event, but this year it's my birthday, so I'm taking over all 30 draughts with my favorite things...SOURS! There will also be 3 firkins filled with sour deliciousness, as well as plenty of bottles and cans!

4:00 pm ♦ Evanston Celebrates Temperance and Sketchbook
Bangers and Lace, 810 Grove St., Evanston, IL
Temperance and Sketchbook; brewed just down the street, and enjoyed side by side.

5:00 pm ♦ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Launch New House Ale
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-3905
One of Chicago’s most authentic Irish restaurants, North Center-based Mrs. Murphy & Sons, is set to unveil its own exclusive house ale. The beer - named Rua which is Irish for ‘red’ - is a delicious Irish red ale spiced with fresh ginger developed by Mrs. Murphy & Sons in partnership with Ale Syndicate.
Enjoy free tastings of Rua at a free launch event at 5pm. The brew will then be available exclusively at Mrs. Murphy & Sons and at Murphy's Bleachers.

5:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ 70th Anniversary Celebration + Deschutes Woody Wagon
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
Wow. 2015 is our 70th year in business at Fulton and Main. Time sure flies, huh?
Help us celebrate as we welcome the Deschutes Brewery's Woody T. Barrel to our parking lot. We'll have four Deschutes beers on tap, a pig roast, a bag toss tournament, special beer tappings, and live music from our friends Mana Kintorso.
And to all our fans -- we truly thank you for your patronage. We appreciate that you've made us part of your neighborhood and your lives. Thank you so much. Cheers to the next 70!

5:00 pm ♦ Dreams Do Come True: Artis Dream is Back
BreakRoom Brewery, 2925 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago 773-564-9534
Join us at 5:00 pm – taps will be ready to pour! One of the world's favorite hop varieties, Citra makes it apparent why it is so popular. Tons of citrus fruit character with low hop bitterness make this a very approachable IPA. Plus, get a BreakRoom T-shirt + crowler for $20! Cheers.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Welcome Miskatonic Brewing & Buckledown Brewing Company
Chuck's Cafe, 8025 S. Cass Ave, Darien, IL (331) 431-4000
Soon-to-open Miskatonic Brewing Company in Darien, IL has teamed up with their friends and neighbors at Buckledown Brewing Company in Lyons, IL to brew a collaboration, Hooligan Soup English Mild.
Hooligan Soup is a malt-forward, session ale. This traditional English ale is brewed with Torrified Buckwheat for a toasty, nutty flavor. Authentic English Ale yeast adds some light fruity aroma and flavors. Come by on Friday for the tapping of this offering and to meet the brewers of both Miskatonic and Buckledown.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Forbidden Root Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 7330 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 708-456-2112
Join some of the Forbidden Root team for a tasting at Binny's in Elmwood Park!

5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Brewery Rare & New Beer Showcase
The CUBE at Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave, Westmont & 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL
Chicago Craft Beer Week continues with a special rare & new craft beer showcase from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery!
We’ll be tapping kegs of a brand new, draft-only release from Goose Island on the very same day that it becomes available. The release is a “session” coffee ale, and little is known about it other than it will be amazing! The folks from Goose Island will join us to sample some rare bottles, too!

6:00 pm ♦ Pipeworks & Forbidden Root Tap Takeover at Roots Pizza
Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W Chicago Ave., Chicago (773) 645-4949
From Pipeworks: Sure Bet Imperial American Pale with honey & mango, Something Hoppy This Way Comes Imperial APA, Coffee Break Abduction, Grapefruit Saison, and War Bird Belgian session ale. From Forbidden Root: WPA Wildflower pale ale, Divine Mud Heavy Petal, Root Beer, Shady Character, and Sublime Ginger.

6:00 pm ♦ CCBW Local Brewery Night
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Join us for our final event of CCBW - The Local Brewery Spotlight and meet the brewers. On Tap: One Trick Pony - Kisber Felver, Pollyanna / Imperial Oak - The Optimist's Son, Pig Minds - Who's Joe Daddy, Tribal Meeting IPA (a Collaboration with BuckleDown and Tribes Beer Co.)

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ DryHop/Burnt Hickory Brewery Collab Release & Tap Takeover
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773) 857-3155
First release of DryHop/Burnt Hickory/Pegboy Collab (Pegboy, 6.5% Citrus Saison with Ginger) and the following Burnt Hickory brews – Didjits, 7.5% Blood Orange IPA (named for Chicago punk band Didjits) and Mudhoney Super Fuzzy Big Muffy, 8.5% Honey American Brown (named after famed Pacific Northwest grunge band Mudhoney and their seminal album Super Fuzz Big Muff).
Our friends from Burnt Hickory are in from Kennesaw, GA, so let's show them a good time.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Motor Row Brewery Tap Take Over
Kroll's South Loop.1736 S Michigan Ave, Chicago 312-235-1400
Motor Row Brewery is a new brewery in the South Loop, and we will be highlighting some of their brews. The owner and brew master will be attending the event, and will be available for any questions.
Beers we will be tapping: Reclamation Lager, Out of the Loop IPL, Dry Humor Belgian Blonde (Summer Seasonal), Pander Bear Belgian Brown Ale

6:00 pm ♦ Michigan Quad
Lincoln Station, 2432 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-8100
Hey folks! Who doesn't love themselves some great Michigan beer and cider? We at The Station can't get enough and want to share some with you! We will be featuring the following makes and models this year:
Founders Brewing Co.: KBS 2015, BLiS Barrel Aged IPA, Mosaic Promise
Bell's Brewery: Bear Hugs 2014, Boiling Pot Pale Ale, Oarsman
Dark Horse Brewing: Smells Like a Safety Meeting, End of the Spectrum, Double Crooked Tree
Vander Mill Ciders: Raspberry Apple, Foggy

6:00 pm ♦ Horse Thief Hollow & Marz Community Brewing Collab Release Party + Tap Takeover
Horse Thief Hollow Brewpub, 10426 S. Western Ave., Chicago 773-779-BREW
We brewed a special beer with our friends from Marz Community Brewing Co. to commemorate Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015. Mango Haze is a Belgian style blonde ale that we kicked up a notch with the addition of mangos. To celebrate the release of this special ale we are hosting a Marz tap takeover and will be featuring The Machine, Bubbly Creek, and Jungle Boogie as our guest taps.

6:00 pm ♦ East Coast - West Coast Beer Battle
Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave., Chicago (773) 348-4044
Sure, living in Chicago in the midst of the Golden Age of Craft Beer has its perks, but sometimes it's fun to look a little further afield. The east beer tower will be stocked with 8 tasty treats from the right coast, and the west beer tower will feature 8 from the left coast. Plus DJ DadBod will be spinning the best of 90's and 00's East Coast/West Coast hip hop.

So far from the West we're looking at:
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Gigantic Volta Summer Strong Saison, The Bruery Sour in the Rye, Anchor Double Liberty IPA, Sonoma Sarsaparilla Vanilla Cider, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi Biere de Garde, Anderson Valley Highway 128 Gose

And the East lineup looks like:
Maine Lunch IPA, Mean Old Tom Vanilla Bean Stout, Evil Twin Imperial Donut Break Stout, Allagash Curieux Barrel-Aged Tripel, Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA, Brooklyn Brewery Greenmarket Wheat

7:00 pm ♦ Preserve Your Station: A Comfort Station Kegger
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd., Chicago
It's our fourth annual kegger! Join us for live music by Marrow and Tim Kinsella, a performance by Pup House, photobooth by GlitterGuts, local beer (included in admission price!), and other performances and happenings.
Purchase tickets here. $20 in advance, tickets will be $25 at the door. $40 VIP: Join us for the luau VIP! including tiki fresh Land and Sea sponsored beverages on the upper balcony.
Get prizes just for coming!
We're raffling off gift certificates and experiences from some incredible Logan Square businesses throughout the next few weeks! Each day before the fundraiser we'll announce a group of raffle items, simply buy your tickets in advance for a chance to win (1 ticket = 1 raffle entry). Raffles will be available for pick-up at the event.
Thanks to our raffle item donors: Harding Tavern, Logan Theatre, Sonnezimmer, Parson's, Saki, Uncharted Books, Longman & Eagle, Intelligentsia, Wolfbait, Pitchfork, Logan Square Fitness and more!
Hosted by Logan Square Auditorium.
For further information about this event, email

7:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Coffee Stout tapping.
Chalk Craft Beer House, 7414 W. Madison, Forest Park, IL (708) 366-3008
Will be tapping Goose Island's BCS Coffee tonight!

7:00 pm ♦ Banging Gavel Firkin
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave. Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL (708) 226-1827
Come enjoy Chicanery, Banging Gavel's delicious Russian Imperial Stout with coconut and oak chips

8:00 pm ♦ Revolution Brewing x Stay Smooth Craft Brews Cruise
Shoreline Sightseeing, 600 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 312-222-9328
Ahoy, mateys! Come aboard the Craft Brews Cruise with Revolution Brewing and Shoreline Sightseeing! We're bringing our best brews, along with creative appetizer pairings and yacht rock jams from the Stay Smooth DJs, all while enjoying a 90-minute Chicago River cruise. This trip will set sail from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8 p.m., returning at 9:30 p.m. Boarding will begin at 7:45 p.m. Cash liquor bar also available. Tickets are $39 per person. Food and Rev brews INCLUDED in ticket price! (Must be 21)

8:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Lemongrass Infused Red's Rye Firkin Tapping
The Grafton Pub & Grill, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 271-9000
Never before brewed, never released outside of the brewery, only firkin of it in all of Chicago. Tapping a firkin of Founders Lemongrass Infused Red's Rye (Rye IPA, 6.6%)

8:00 pm ♦ High Gravity Series featuring Founders Brewery
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
You Can NOT miss this one! We will be tapping Founders KBS & Blushing Monk!

8:30 pm ♦ Beer & Burlesque
Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000
For the closing weekend of Chicago Craft Beer Week we're spicing things up with The Kiss Kiss Cabaret, who will deliver an unforgettable evening of burlesque and comedy entertainment starting at 8:30 pm.
Get here early to grab a seat and some delectable Mexican food provided by La Cocinita (food at 5 pm).

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