You know, I'm to see that I still get people checking me for CCBW events, even if I've only got half the stuff that's on the Chicago Craft Beer Week site and app. I have tried to focus on local brewers or rare beers, but today I just got carried away.
Tuesday, May 19
Blind Flights at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Blind Flights: Three flights of four beers ordered blindly. If you can guess what the four beers are, the flight is free!
11:00 am ♦ CCBW Tuesday Infuse Day Release
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., 1615 Oak Ave., Evanston, IL 224-999-7320
All day long, Smylie Brothers Brewing will set up a Randall to infuse a special Smylie Brothers brew. The brewpub uses the freshest ingredients in it's every day production and this will be no different when choosing the ingredients to place into the Randall this Tuesday!
3:00 pm ♦ Bourbon Barrel Tap Night
Lion Head Pub, 2251 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 348-5100
It wouldn't be Craft Beer Week without every bar involved doing a barrel-aged beer night!
So of course we throw our hats in the ring with a few favorites:
Founders KBS 2015, Goose Island BCS 2014, BCS Proprieters 2014, Uinta Labyrinth
Keep our eyes open for (hopefully) a few surprises.
$9 per 10-oz pour, $12 per Flight
4:00 pm ♦ Orval Birthday Celebration/De Halve Maan Meet the Brewer
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Join us for a night of Belgian Craft Beer! Celebrate Orval’s 1st “Bottleday” Party at Monk’s Pub. A few special cases of Orval have been aging for just over a year to let the Brettanomyces yeast work its magic and is now considered “Oude Orval.” Surprise “party favors” will be given away on every bottle of “Oude” Orval purchased. An authentic Orval Goblet will be given away with the purchase of two bottles of Orval. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste this rarity. Slices of complimentary “Bottleday” cake will be served while available.
Plus meet Xavier Vanneste, the owner/brewer from De Halve Maan between 4-6pm. We will be pouring rare draft and featuring Straffe Wild in bottles.
4:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ 21 and Over: An Evening Featuring the Breweries that Started it All
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join Fountainhead as they tip their hats to the breweries that started it all. All the featured breweries have been making amazing craft beer for over 21 years. Featured breweries include Anchor Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Left Hand, Summit, Brooklyn, Bell's, Grand Teton, Boulder, Sam Adams, Deschutes, Great Lakes and New Belgium. The price for the beers range from $6-10.
5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Meet the BuckleDown Brewer, Ike Orcutt
DMK Burger Bar, 2370 Fountain Square Dr., Lombard, IL
Ike Orcutt, one of the owners of BuckleDown Brewing will be in the bar on Tuesday with a case worth of BuckleDown taster glasses to give away to anyone that orders one of their beer/burger pairings.
Burger & Beer Pairings available all week.
5:00 pm ♦ West Coast Invasion - SoCal vs NorCal Tap Takeover!
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
It might be Chicago Craft Beer Week, but it's a SoCal vs NorCal battle of the taps!
With North Coast and Anderson Valley bringing in some Northern Cali love, Green Flash and Stone bring the SoCal street cred.
Meet reps from all four breweries, as they bring some west coast swag and sample out beers. Ian McCarten from Anderson Valley, Jason Baldacci from North Coast, Mario Lopez from Green Flash and Mike Mauloff from Stone will be in to represent the best coast and battle for tap supremacy!
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA, Boont Barl Bourbon Barrel Amber
Green Flash West Coast IPA, 12th Anniversaru Dry-Hopped American Sour Pale
North Coast Pranqster, Scrimshaw
Stone Ruination, Hibiscusicity $7 7.4% 12oz
(The CCBW listing has a link to buy tickets, but that just links to the Facebook Events page, where the ticket link bounces back to the CCBW site page).
5:00 pm ♦ Half Acre/New Belgium Takeover
Paramount Room, 415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (312) 829-6300
Galactic Double Daisy Cutter Tapping from Half Acre.
Lips Of Faith Pear Ginger Tapping from New Belgium
5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Game Of Thrones Tasting Night ft. Brewery Ommegang
Public House, 400 N State St Chicago, IL (312) 265-1240
Join us for Game of Thrones Tasting Night ft. Brewery Ommegang. Sample complimentary tastings of exclusive Vertical Flight Edition beers : 3-Eye Raven, Valar Morghulis and Fire & Blood. Tastings will be paired with Public House's signature ribs. Mingle with brewery representatives while you're enjoying beer & food tastings ; all beers are available for purchase (draft).
5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Bell's Gone Wild!
Hopsmith Tavern, 15 W Division St, Chicago (312) 600-9816
Bell's is getting WILD during Chicago Craft Beer Week. Join us for some of our rarest beers to hit this side of the lake: Wild One, Wildberry Rye, Le Contrebassiste and Oarsman.
5:00 pm ♦ Lake Effect Tap Takeover
J.P. Burke's Patio & Tap, 2913 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (872) 829-2985
Join us for $3 10oz Lake Effect drafts! Barrel Aged Red, Maibock, Dopplebock, Snow, Brett Session are just a few of the selections!
5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Meet the Brewer: BrickStone Brewery
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
We’re continuing the celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week with a visit from BrickStone Brewery!
The brewers from this Bourbonnais, Ill., based brewery will join us to tap a rare barrel-aged secret variant keg (barrel-aged with a surprise ingredient—they’re keeping us in suspense!) and the highly sought-after Hop, Skip, ‘n I’m Drunk! IPA.
They’ll be handing out swag, too!
5:30 pm - 2:00 am ♦ EX- Goose Island Brewers Event
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Chicago (312) 433-0013
We will be featuring MANY of the excellent beers made by those that have passed thru the doors of Goose Island. We hope to have many Brewers/ Brewery Owners in attendance for this event -Featuring...but not limited to Virtue Cider - Perennial Artisan Ales - Revolution Brewing - Southern Tier Brewing Co - Off Color Brewing - Pipeworks - SweetWater Brewing Co - Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Penrose Brewing Co - 5 Rabbit Cerveceria - Temperance Beer Co - Moody Tongue Brewing Co and maybe more...
5:30 - 11:30 pm ♦ CCBW Tuesday Brewsday: Learn to Homebrew!
CHAOS Brew House, 2417 W Hubbard St., Chicago
Learn to homebrew craft beer at the first beer club in the nation to have our own brew space, right here in Chicago! CHAOS (Chicago Homebrew Alchemist Of Suds) Brew Club is a registered non-for-profit organization dedicated to educating people on how to homebrew and advancing the craft beer movement by better appreciating and understanding the craft!
Once a month on our Tuesday Brewsdays, members and non-members are invited to come to CHAOS Brew Club and check out our community brew space, talk shop, share and sample some home brew, and meet fellow brewers. Our Education Chair, Matt Omura will put together a recipe and lead a group through an all grain brew for the brew house keezer while we sample some of our members homebrews!
5:30 pm ♦ Pipeworks/Brovo '18' Release Party
Løne Wølf Tavern, 806 W Randolph St,Chicago,IL
Pipeworks Brewing Co. and Brovo Spirits collaborated to create a barrel aged beer inspired by amaro, a bitter liqueur of Italian origin. "18" was inspired by Brovo's collaboration with Lone Wolf's Stephen Cole.
"18" will be presented as a shot and a beer with the amaro that was the original inspiration. There will also be two other Pipeworks collaboration beers on draft. Brown & Stirred, Manhattan Inspired Rye Ale collaboration with Longman & Eagle and The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno, Passionfruit and Rotary Evaporated Fresno Chile Pale Ale collaboration with The Aviary.
6:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Tapping Into Craft Beer Culture
Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan Avenue,Chicago
WBEZ's "Strange Brews" podcast covers the world of craft beer culture and features interviews with brewers, artists, and craft beer lovers. Hosted by Andre Gill and Alison Cuddy, "Strange Brews" was named "Best Beer Podcast" in 2014 by the North American Guild of Beer Writers. Join the "Strange Brews" crew and talk craft beer with the only public radio podcast about beer in the world.
6:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Tapping w/ Galactic Double Daisy Cutter
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Chicago Craft Beer Week continues here at WOB with yet another sensational local spotlight, feat. Half Acre Beer Co.!
The FULL draft line-up will include:
Galactic Double Daisy Cutter: 8.5%, Imperial Pale Ale, a special varietal of their famed Double Daisy Cutter; showcases Galaxy hops.
Senita: 7%, IPA, Silver Medalist at GABF 2014.
Lead Feather: 6%, Porter
Akari Shogun: 5.5%, Wheat Ale, brewed with Motueka hops
Baumé; 7%, Chocolate Rye Stout, Spring Seasonal
Vallejo; 6.7%, IPA
Daisy Cutter; 5.2%, Pale Ale
6:00 pm ♦ All Rise Brewing Rolls Out the Whiskey Menu!
Cobra Lounge, 325 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (312) 226-6300
All Rise and Cobra Lounge General Manager Louie introduces his finest picks and rolls out our new whiskey menu in the Beer Hall, as well as Chef Jason passing around some tasty bites for people to munch on.
The best whiskey and beer, what else do you need!?
6:00 pm ♦ Beer-muda Triangle Tap Take Over
LunaR brewing Co, 54 E St Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL
Flesk Brewing and Noon Whistle will takeover the guest taps at Lunar Brewing! Try a collaboration blend called Bunny under the Bush. A blend from Lilacia, Noon Whistle's Saison and Flesk's Big Pointy Teeth DIPA. As well as other great beer from brewer from Villa Park and Lombard.
6:00 pm ♦ Meet and Greet with Werk Force Brewing Co.
Sovereign Restaurant, 24205 W Lockport St, Plainfield, IL (815) 556-8577
Meet and Greet with Plainfield's Werk Force Brewing. Werk Force Mandarzilla Firkin Tapping!
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Beer Dinner with Forbidden Root
The Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor, Chicago (312) 724-8811
Join the Forbidden Root team on the patio of The Duck Inn for a delicious beer dinner! The 5-course menu will consist of rustic, foraged items, highlighting the mission of both Forbidden Root and The Duck Inn. Tickets are $60 with tax & tip included. Call The Duck Inn at 312-724-8811 for reservations.
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Brown Line Brews 3: Hosted by Cicerone Certification Program
Long Room, 1612 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (773) 665-4500
A showcase of the breweries along the Brown Line, where both the Cicerone Certification Program and The Long Room also reside.
We're excited to pour beer from the following local breweries:
Alarmist Brewing, Aquanaut Brewing, Begyle Brewing Co., Empirical Brewery, Half Acre Beer Co., Metropolitan Brewing, Spiteful Brewing.
We'll also feature raffles from local beer-focused businesses!
In addition to highlighting the neighborhood's local beers, the night also serves as a meet-up for Chicago-area people who have reached a level of certification in the Cicerone Certification Program ... and the first round is on us! If you are a Certified Beer Server or a Certified Cicerone, we'll give you a custom glass and your first beer! Good for the first 100 people who claim it!
We're asking for RSVPs (free at Brown Paper Tickets) from Certified Cicerones and Certified Beer Servers only (so we can verify your certification for free goodies).
However, ALL ARE WELCOME even if you're not a Certified Cicerone or Certified Beer Server (while you won't be eligible for a complimentary beer and glass, we'll have other goodies on hand for you, including raffles from Cicerone Certification Program and more).
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm ♦ Mini FOBAB: The Order Of The Black Phoenix
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Join us for mini - Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer! We'll be featuring barrel aged awesomeness, from our cellar as well as from members of the Order of the Black Phoenix. Who are these elusive folks? They are all former Rock Bottom head brewers, who have left the flock and now brew for their own successful breweries -
Confirmed breweries include Wiseacre Brewing, Three Floyds, Sun King Brewing, Surly, Solemn Oath Brewery, Gigantic Brewing and possibly more! Sample 20+ specialty brews in an intimate setting and take home a commemorative tasting glass. Food is included as well, with a selection of Chef McCoy's house cured & smoked sausages, fruit, artisanal breads & cheeses.
Tickets are $75 plus fees at Eventbrite, which includes taxes and gratuity. Doors will open at 5pm and event begins at 6pm.
Haymarket beers include Indignant (Imperial Stout), Clare’s Thirsty (Imperial Stout with Raspberries), Tart Cherry Indignant (yes, it’s back!!), Vanilla Coffee Indignant (first time release!!!!!), Girl & the Goatee VI (Belgian Farmhouse Ale spiced with Stephanie’s “Rub Number 2″! Black pepper, Thai chillies, cumin, mustard seed, cardamom, star anise, cloves, and cinnamon!) – First time release!, Imperial Defender, Clare’s Right Hook Barleywine, and more
Guest beers include:
Surly BA Pentagram – 100% Brettanomyces dark beer, fermented in stainless and aged in used red wine barrels.
Three Floyds Chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin – American sour ale aged in wine barrels with Blueberries; and BA Behemoth Barleywine
Wiseacre Special Lady – Milk Stout aged in Wild Turkey barrels
Solemn Oath: TBD
Gigantic: Pipewrench – Ransom Old Tom Gin barrel aged IPA
Sun King: Rye Barrel Aged Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil – Belgian-Style Black Ale
as always, tappings are subject to slight changes
6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ CCBW: Beer and Art: Women of DHB + Dan Grzeca
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773) 857-3155
Our second consecutive Chicago Craft Beer Week ‘Beer and Art’ event will feature the release of the Women of DryHop Brewers Beer – Kitty Whipped, a Cucumber and Krishna Basil Blonde – in addition to new Artwork by Dan Grzeca, a Chicago-born illustrator and printmaker.
For this series of Beer & Art,' Dan has created a limited run of screen prints called "Cheers!" His four new prints are based on the joy of having a drink with friends and will debut at DryHop for Chicago Craft Beer Week.
All prints will be available exclusively for sale at DryHop May 19 through mid-July.
Follow Dan on Instagram and Twitter: @jetsah
Check out more of Dan’s work here.
This is a non-ticketed event.
6:00 pm ♦ One Trick Pony Tapping
DeJa Brew Bar & Grill, 5219 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL (708) 423-0484
We will be tapping three beers from One Trick Pony Brewery. Kentucky Mountain, Warlander and Ballymoss Irish Red. We will also be offering a small plate to be paired with the Kentucky Mountain.
6:00 pm ♦ Greenbush & BuckleDown Tap Takeover at Roots Pizza
Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W Chicago Ave., Chicago (773) 645-4949
From Greenbush: Star Chicken Shotgun American pale ale with mangoes & kiwis, Hezekiah bourbon barrel aged Imperial IPA, Helmet of Remnar Imperial blonde ale. From BuckleDown: Knowital witbier, Gonze Clencher American Imperial pale ale. Plus a collaboration: Irresponsible rye barrel aged imperial red ale.
6:00 pm ♦ Tighthead Brewing Tap Takeover
Cary Ale House, 208 W. Main St. #2, Cary, IL (847) 639-7244
Come join us for the opportunity to taste and enjoy 6 of Tighthead Brewing Company's fantastic beers! Meet the owner and brewer of Tighthead and discuss things like rugby, or how awesome the Blackhawks are while enjoying a wonderful variety of brews!
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Local Option Beer Dinner at Gino's Brewing
Gino's East River North, 500 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
Join Gino's Brewing Co. and Local Option for our Chicago Craft Beer Week Beer Dinner! In honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week, we're partnering with Local Option for a collaboration beer dinner.
Come out for a night of food, beer, and conversation at River North's newest brewpub. Your ticket ($45 plus fees, through Eventbrite) includes a five course meal paired with five 10 oz glasses of Gino's and Local Option beer. Expect the menu to include pizza, dessert, and some other surprises!
Reps from Gino's and Local Option will talk through the history of the styles, brewing process, tasting notes, and explanations of each pairing. We've reserved a ten-seat communal table in our brewpub to host, so expect to make some new friends!
Ticket price does not include cost of gratuity, so please bring some cash to take care of our wonderful waitstaff! If event is sold out, please send us a message to see about booking another night.
6:00 pm ♦ Maria's 3 Days of Craft Beer 1: Founders
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Founders event: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) tapping featuring Blushing Monk, Mosaic Promise & Pale Nitro. This will include a special tapping of All Day IPA and aged in BLiss hot sauce barrels. This is a one time only event that features BliS Blast hot sauce from Grand Rapids Michigan which is aged in KBS barrels (Kentucky breakfast stout).
The events kicks off at 6 PM with the various CBS tappings at 8 PM. To assist we are honored to have members of the Founder's crew on site to answer any questions.
6:00 pm ♦ Middle Brow Beer Co. Tap Takeover
The Monkey's Paw, 2524 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 413-9314
Come join the brewers from Middle Brow at the The Monkey's Paw for a CCBW tap takeover! We'll be pouring a special flight of their beers. Try the flight or a full pour of any (or all!) of their offerings.
The Monkey's Paw is featuring:
Robyn-A strong blonde farmhouse ale brewed with a special blend that combines farmhouse and Belgian abbey strains.
Summer In Pain-Belgian IPA featuring mandarina, hull melon, galaxy and summer hops.
Milk-Eyed Mender-An imperial spiced milk stout clocking in at an impressive, and impressively drinkable, 10.3%.
6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Berliner Weisse Night
Jake Melnick's, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
We're celebrating Chicago Craft Beer Week with Destihl Brewery and the only Berliner Weisse Night in Chicago!
Party with us for a Chicago-style twist on the traditional sour beer + syrup service, Berliner Weisse. Our beer guru Emilie is crafting a variety of housemade syrup flavors to pair with Destihl's Counter Clockweisse starting at 6pm. No ticket necessary, just come on it, grab a beer and syrup and celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week with the Destihl Brewers.
6:00 pm ♦ Alpine Beer Co.: Welcome to Chicago w/Green Flash
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Time to welcome Alpine Beer Company to Chicago along with Green Flash Brewing Co.!
Alpine Duet – West Coast IPA (98 BA Rating!)
Alpine Hoppy Birthday – APA (99 BA Rating!)
Green Flash Road Warrior – Imperial Rye IPA
Green Flash Imperial IPA
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Founders KBS Release
Farmhouse Evanston, 703 Church St., Evanston, IL 847-492-9700
Join us for our tapping of Founders KBS along with other tasty offerings from our friends at Founders Brewing Co.: KBS, Backwoods Bastard, Blushing Monk, Imperial Stout, All Day IPA
We will not be selling tickets for the KBS release. First come, first served. KBS will be tapped after 6pm.
6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ 3rd Annual Battle of the Breweries Arcade (now with Air Hockey!)
Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7922
Battle of the Breweries has been so nice, we're doing it thrice. Join Revolution Brewing at Emporium Arcade Bar in Logan Square for our 3rd annual BOTB tap takeover & arcade tournament during Chicago Craft Beer Week. This year's edition will feature a bracketed, down 'n dirty AIR HOCKEY tourney! Come cheer on your favorite local breweries as they vie for bragging rights while drinking their beers and ours.
PLAYERS & BEER LIST::Revolution Brewing: 1ZENUFF, Rosa, Fist City, Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit, Eugene Porter
Half Acre Beer Co.: Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, Double Daisy Cutter
Three Floyds Brewing Co.: Space Station Middle Finger, Arctic Panzer Wolf
Solemn Oath Brewery: Wreckagemaster, Psychogaze
Metropolitan Brewing: Arc Welder, Flywheel
Begyle Brewing Co.: Tripel Stamp Belgian Ale, Hophazardly IPA
Arcade Brewery: Grapefruit IPA, Battlepug Hoppy Brown Ale
Dryhop Brewers: Violet Beauregarde
7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
More breweries and more beer headline our fourth annual "South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers".
What began as a fun way to show off beer brewed in my former stomping ground, and fellow co-founder Andrew's, has morphed into a gateway for downstate brewers to introduce themselves to craft beer drinkers in Chicago. In fact, three participants have inked distribution deals with Chicago distributors after taking part in our event: Six Row Brewing, Destihl and Urban Chestnut.
A mix of old favorites and unique newcomers make up the eight breweries taking part in this yearâ€™s event, bringing with them a whopping 24-different beers. One of the brewers boasts organic certification (Old Bakery Beer Co), another has been with us since day one (Rolling Meadows) and a southern Illinois favorite (Scratch Brewing) returns after a year hiatus.
Here's who's coming:
Destihl: Normal, IL
Excel: Breese, IL
Little Egypt (Carbondale Craft Beer): Ava, IL
Old Bakery Beer Co: Alton, IL
Rolling Meadows Brewery: Cantrall, IL
Schlafly: St. Louis, MO
Scratch Brewing: Ava, IL
Triptych: Savoy, IL
7:00 pm ♦ Got Wood? Join us for a Free Woodshop Tour & Beer
BreakRoom Brewery, 2925 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago 773-564-9534
Step into the woodshop which you can see through the glass windows at BreakRoom Brewery and see the craft of bar building up close and personal. Ten minute tours begin every half hour starting at 7:00 pm. Please sign up at the hostess station. Plus, grab a BreakRoom T-shirt and crowler for $20! Cheers.
7:00 pm ♦ De Halve Maan
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Xavier Vanneste, owner/brewmaster at De Halve Maan (The Half Moon) Brewery in Bruge, will be at Paddy Long's on Tuesday May 19th at 7pm for the release of their Straffe Wild (triple with Brett). A few months ago, the brewery gained international fame for constructing a pipeline that runs from the brewery to a packaging plant outside of town. The Straffe Wild is a bottle only product, but we'll have 2 drafts as well:
Drafts: Straffe Heritage - very special rare beer aged in cognac barrels • Brugse Bock
Bottles: Straffe Wild (Chicago release), Straffe Quad, Straffe Triple
7:00 pm ♦ All About Hops panel
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
As part of our ongoing educational beer events, and in conjunction with Chicago Craft Beer Week, Jerry's-Wicker Park is excited to bring you "All About Hops", a panel discussion with the best and most knowledgeable people to discuss hops we know. The event is Tuesday, smack dab in the middle of Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015. Our panel includes:
Jason Ebel - Owner/Brewmaster, Two Brothers Brewing Co. (Warrenville, IL)
Jeremy Marshall - Head Brewer, Lagunitas Brewing Co. Co (Petaluma, CA)
James Altweis - CEO, Gorst Valley Hops, (Mazomanie, WI)
Eric Hobbs - Co-Founder, Penrose Brewing, (Geneva, IL)
Moderator: Josh Noel, Travel & Beverage Writer for the Chicago Tribune
The focus for the night is our little friend who has a big impact on the brews we love, the Hop. We'll cover many topics, including:
- What hops brewers like to use and why
- Flavor characteristics of different varietals
- Buying/solidifying hops in a competitive market
- Importing hops
- Growing techniques
- New hop strains to expect in the future
- Whatever else happens to come up. bring questions!
This is a FREE event; pay as you go for food and drinks.
We recommend coming early. If you want to have dinner, we recommend coming even earlier so servers are not trying to talk over our distinguished panelists.
7:00 pm ♦ Boulevard Beer Tasting
Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill, 8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL (847) 675-3737
Boulevard Brewing Company is a regional brewery located in Kansas City, Missouri. Find out what makes them one of the best out there and why we are bringing them for you to enjoy here at Village Inn.
7:00 pm ♦ Newbies Brewski Night
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
The Bar on Buena is excited to team up with Heartland Beverage for a special Chicago Craft Beer Week event: Newbies Brewskis Night! The event will feature the world premiere of Pollyanna Brewing Co.’s Dalliance Hibiscus Berliner Weisse, as well as beers from One Trick Pony Brewery and Middle Brow Beer Co.
The BOB is proud to showcase these select, newer breweries to have hit the Chicago scene in the last few years. Each brewery will have one of their flagship brews showcased and another, limited specialty release.
Representatives from each brewery and the distributor will be one hand to spread the love and schmooze about their brews. It’s the perfect opportunity to try some exciting new beers so later you can say, “I knew them way back when…”
Beers will start at $6. For the specific line-up, check the Facebook Event Page.
8:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ BYOBeer Dinner: Indonesian Rice Table
Rickshaw Republic, 2312 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Craft beer is about experience. It's about savoring moments and flavors and sharing them with old friends while making new ones. It's also great for getting you out of your comfort zone and into something new. Lakeshore Beverage partners with local restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area - some of them Chicago institutions in their own right - to plan custom menus that our beer experts pair with beer from breweries all over the country.
You bring your appetite, we will bring the beer.
Rickshaw Republic brings the vibrant culture of Indonesia and its street food to Chicago. The restaurant is a family affair -- Tommy, Elice, Emil and Oscar Setiawan have a passion for bringing authentic, unpretentious (and downright delicious) Indonesian street food to the city.
We'll be enjoying a family-style meal served in the "Rice Table" tradition. Originally the Dutch interpretation of a traditional Indonesian meal, Rice Table is an elaborate feast featuring a variety of small dishes served alongside rice. It's an adventure that ranges the spectrum or flavors, textures and spices.
Tickets are $49 at this link and include food, beverage pairings and an unforgettable pairing experience. Gratuity is included.
*Because of the nature of the meal, the evening may not be appropriate for vegetarians or people with restricted diets.