Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Monday, May 18

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Monday, May 18
Based on a webcomic of the same name. This would win Label of the Week if I were doing that kind of thing. © Mike Norton

So I had a little more time to glean some of the events of Chicago Craft Beer Week, and even while trying to focus on local brewers or rare beers, I still a case of overloaded listicles! And wait until you see tomorrow's list. As always, there's still more info at the CCBW app on their webite.

Monday, May 18

Ballast Point Taco Dinner at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Ballast Point Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin and Habanero Sculpin – each paired with a specially made fish taco.

11:00 am ♦ Very Mad Cow Monday
Poag Mahone’s, 333 S Wells, Chicago (312) 566-9100
Tapping Revolution Brewing's Very Mad Cow, a barrel aged milk stout brewed and aged by a Chicago favorite!

11:00 am ♦ $10 Craft Beer Flight Night ~ Lagunitas Fun Run SWAG Night!
Pints Elmhurst, 112 S. York St., Elmhurst, IL (630) 833-4303
Try a LOCAL craft brew flight for $10 following the Pints' Pacers Fun Run sponsored by Lagunitas.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm ♦ Industry Brunch
Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
It's Monday...Lets face it...We need some beers and our own Brunch....
SO...In the Midst of #CCBW The Beer Bistro North along with Arcade Brewing will host an Industry Brunch!
We will have 3 different Offerings of Arcade Beer and Brunch.
Come By! Bring some Friends! Eat, Drink Be Merry....Because tomorrow you gotta go to work.

11:30 am - 11:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Burger & Brew Night at Troquet
Troquet, 1834 W. Montrose Ave. Chicago (773) 334-5664
Troquet will join up with Two Brothers Brewing Co. for a special Chicago Craft Beer Week Beer Dinner. For $20 guests can enjoy a flight of four 4 oz. Two Brothers beers paired with 4 sliders. Representatives from Two Brothers will be on-site to answer questions and talk with guests from 5-8 pm.
Special available all-day. Dine-in only. $20 not inclusive of tax and gratuity.

3:00 pm ♦ Three Floyds Blackheart to wash away the Monday blues
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
We are offering you another amazing beer to wash away the Monday blues! Three Floyds Blackheart!

5:00 pm ♦ Founders Tapping
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
We've holding on to these for awhile: Founders KBS and Blushing Monk , also 25% off all food!

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Pint Night with Off Color Brewing at Public House
Public House, 400 N State St Chicago, IL (312) 265-1240
Join us for Pint Night featuring Off Color Brewing. Sample complimentary tastings of Apex Predator, Troublesome & You Never Take Me Anywhere Nice, all while you mix / mingle with brewery representatives. Glassware is yours to keep!

5:00 pm ♦ Three Floyds Tapping
Old Town Social, 455 W. North Ave., Chicago
We will be tapping some rarely seen Three Floyds Brewing Co.'s Backmasking, Big Tiddy Assassin, Blot Out The Sun, Skull 'Ole, Throat Snatcher, and Zombie Dust.
Our entire line of house cured charcuterie & cheeses will be available.

5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Pints of Science at The Beer Bistro
Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
Come enjoy some quality craft brews and learn about the cutting edge science going on in Chicago. Its science and beer, need we say more! Oh yah, its free for you to enjoy!
Pint of Science is a 3 day international festival, happening in Chicago and 20 other cities around the world! This celebration brings top researchers from around the Chicago area into local pubs and bars to talk about the scientific discoveries and developments that are shaping our future. This isn’t your boring old high school science class. Where talking bionics, mind controlling bacteria, synthetic biology, medical revolutions, and all while you sit back and enjoy your favorite craft brew.
Chicago’s Pint of Science Festival will feature world- renowned researchers from Northwestern, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Think TED talks (but with beer). Each night and each venue will feature different topics and speakers. View Full Event Description Here.

6:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Synapse Gaming Company & Arcade Brewery Collaboration
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
As part of our Chicago Craft Beer Week event series we’re welcoming Arcade Brewery and Synapse Games to our Beer School Bar for a 3 way collaboration event.
We”ll have the following brews on draft:
Firkin of Festus Rotgut (Black American Wheat Ale)
Firkin of “naked” Grapefruit IPA
Final Level (ESB)
Battlepug (Hoppy Brown Ale)
Highly Evolved (Imperial IPA)
Grapefruit IPA
Barrel Aged Graveyard Shift (Coffee Pale Ale with Dark Matter Coffee)
Barrel Aged Final Level (ESB) with Blueberries

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Rude Hippo Mini Tap Takeover
Compass Bar, 433 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago (773) 248-3230
A night featuring PLUMpass, a collaboration brew by Rude Hippo and Compass Bar. Also featured will be various brews by Rude Hippo.

6:00 pm ♦ Sour Note & 18th Street Brewing Night
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for some beers with the 18th Street Brewery & The Sour Note Brewing crew!
On draft: Sour Note Sour Farmhouse, Dry-Hopped Sour Farmhouse; 18th Street Barrel-Aged Hunter.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Boomtown!
Jerry's Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
At Jerry's this will be the third year for Boomtown!. Every year, we invite the Chicago area breweries that have opened their doors for business in the last 365 days to stop on by to meet you, the people in the beer drinking community, and to network with the other new brewers in the area. This year, Chicago is so "booming" with new breweries, we're dividing it in to two groups. The South side breweries were hosted at Jerry's Wicker Park on Sunday May 17.
This listing is for the event at Jerry's Andersonville. We will be hosting:
Arcade Brewery, Avondale - Grapefruit IPA
Aquanaut Brewing, Andersonville - Eric McNeil Brewer/Founder, Nicolette Fendon Beer Rep. - The Search ESB
Empirical Brewery, Andersonville - Gamma Ray Ginger Wheat
Pollyanna Brewing Co., Lemont, IL - Brian Pawola Head Brewer - Eleanor Porter
Sketchbook Brewing, Evanston - Cesar Marron Brewer/Co-Owner - Back Alley Abbey - Abbey Dubbel

6:00 pm ♦ Arcade Brewery Tap Takeover & Spellstone Release
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
Celebrate the release of Spellstone with a good old fashioned tap takeover by Arcade Brewery. Some beers to be offered (with more to come): Grapefruit IPABattlepug, Hoppy Brown Ale • Highly Evolved, Imperial IPA • Dubbletime, Belgian Style Dubbel with Cocoa Nibs • Final Level ESB • Koval 4-Grain Barrel Aged Graveyard Shift, Coffee Pale Ale • Koval Bourbon Barrel Aged Final Level with Blueberries
FIRKIN - Festus Rotgut - the only time this beer ever has or will be on cask
FIRKIN - "Naked" Grapefruit IPA - try our IPA on cask without the Grapefruit addition

6:30 - 10:00 pm ♦ Brewdog Birthday Barkstravaganza!
Cody's Public House, 1658 W. Barry Ave., Chicago (773) 528-4050
Join us and some of our favorite brew-friends from Transient Artisan Ales while we celebrate our brewdog Buckley's first birthday. Beer, bags, bocce ball, and b-raffles. It is going to be a Barkstravaganza!
This is a dog friendly event and all proceeds will be donated to Hopeful Tails and A Place to Bark.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Backyard BBQ Beer Dinner with BuckleDown
Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 278-5181
The month of May is made for patio dining, cold drinks, and BBQ. To celebrate all of these great American traditions, Tokio Pub is hosting a “Backyard BBQ Beer Dinner” amidst Chicago Craft Beer Week. The dinner will treat guests to four courses of BBQ inspired foods paired with beer from local brewery BuckleDown. The dinner costs $45 per guest (tax and gratuity not included) Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m. and the first course starts at 7:00 p.m.. Reservations can be made by calling 847-278-5181.

7:00 pm ♦ Metropolitan Beer Dinner
Farmhouse Tavern, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 312-280-4960
Join us for a 4 course paired, German inspired dinner with our friends at Metropolitan Brewing.
We’ll be featuring some great limited releases including: Big Wheel, #thankskillion and Coffee Welder. Only $45 (does not include tax or gratuity). For reservations please contact Farmhouse Chicago at 312-280-4960 or email

7:00 pm ♦ Beer Trivia at Noon Whistle
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (708) 906-3625
FREE event! Hosted by Chicago Trivia Guys. Prizes for Winning Teams!

Another new brewer coming up in Romeoville!

Another new brewer coming up in Romeoville!

7:00 pm ♦ Metal Monkey Brewing Tasting
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Be some of the first to try beer from a brewery that isn't even open yet! The guys from Metal Monkey Brewing in Romeoville will be at the bar sampling out some of their beers. Come on by, try some of their brews, and meet the brewers/owners.

7:00 pm ♦ Nightwood + Solemn Oath + Journeyman
Nightwood Restaurant, 2119 S. Halsted,Chicago,IL
Nightwood's award winning kitchen invites you to enjoy a four course menu paired with the beers of Solemn Oath Brewery, and cocktails crafted from Journeyman spirits.
The evening will begin with cocktails and small plates by Chef Jason Hammel on the covered patio at Nightwood. Eric Davis of Nightwood will compose a special menu of beer-centered cocktails. Then we will reconvene in the private dining room for dinner, three courses paired with beers from Solemn Oath. Tickets are $75 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets.

7:00 pm ♦ Hop Vapin' with Lagunitas Brewing
The Harding Tavern, 2732 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (872) 802-0182
Join us during Chicago Craft Beer Week with Lagunitas Brewery Chicago! Lagunitas will be bringing their Hop Vaporizer and we will be pouring lots of beer! Come hungry because Chef Antonio is preparing for a great pairing with Lagunitas IPA!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Jeff Gilmore's Creations at All Rise Brewing
Cobra Lounge, 325 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (312) 226-6300
Come to ALL RISE and enjoy Jeff Gilmore’s creations!
He will be hosting a food and beer pairing in the Beer Hall. We will also have a special guest playing an acoustic show during the event! *Food and drinks will be included in the ticket price. Tickets are limited, but there is plenty of room to come out and enjoy beers in one of our 3 rooms, or on our killer patio!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Pollyanna Keep the Pint Night
3 Corners, 12371 Derby Rd., Lemont, IL 630-257-7780
Join Pollyanna Brewing in Lemont at 3 Corners for a buy the beer, keep the pint glass night!

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