Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Wednesday, May 20

Oh, what have I gotten into? I've got sensory overload just trying to keep up with local or rare beers. There's even more at the Chicago Craft Beer Week web site, too!

Wednesday, May 20

Revolution Brewing Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Be on the look out this week for the return of Rosa! Our deliciously refreshing summer seasonal will be released this Wednesday! Also out that day is 1ZENUFF, our next huge IPA.

Founders KBS Event
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Founders KBS event with Big Luscious, Backwoods Bastard, Mosaic Promise, Red’s Rye and Founders All Day aged in an old KBS barrel that was then used to make hot sauce.

CCBW at Vice District
Vice District Brewing Co. Company, 1454 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
$15 growler fills on select beers and the re-release of Cluster damn near killed her

Logan Square Petting Zoo
The Owl, 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 235-5300
Along with our neighbors at The Rocking Horse. We will be featuring beers with animals in the name of the beer, logo, handle or brewery. (clever stuff)
These are ours so far: Goose Island Proprietors Draft, 2012 Bourbon County Stout Bottles, Victory Golden Monkey Bottles, Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker Draft, Hitachino White Nest Draft, Lion Stout Draft, Smuttynose Robust Porter Draft, Sixpoint Bengali (tiger) Draft, One Trick Pony Storm Cat Amber Draft, Half Acre Pony Pils Draft, Finch's Threadless IPA Draft

at The Rocking Horse, 2535 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago:
Goose BCS Vanilla, Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger, Two Brothers Dog Days, Against the Grain Kentucky Ryed Chicken, Victory Golden Monkey, Greenbush 400 Divine Rabbits. There may or not be a clown making balloon animals amongst other things! Maybe a petting zoo?

10:00 am - 7:00 pm ♦ Werk Force Brewing Tapping
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557
Werk Force Tapping of Steve's Going to Helles - Helles 5.1% ABV

10:00 am - 11:00 am ♦ Forbidden Root WPA Launch Party
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
As part of #CCBW, Forbidden Root will be taking over Hopleaf's side bar to tap our newest release - WPA, a wildflower pale ale! Come sample this unique ale with the team, as well as Sublime Ginger and Forbidden Root! Appetizers will be provided.
WPA is named to commemorate the Works Progress Administration, a massive public works program launched in 1935, that leveraged the power of people to renew, rebuild and grow. In conjunction with this release, Forbidden Root Benefit LLC, which is dedicated to creating a business that devotes resources to social responsibility and community engagement, announces a new program dedicated to cultivating community volunteerism: The Charity Works Program.
Throughout April & May, the Forbidden Root team will be volunteering for charities close to their hearts and wish to inspire others to do the same. The brewery is encouraging individuals who commit time volunteering to snap a photo and tag it on social media using the hashtag #VolunteersOnTap.

11:00 am - 9:00 pm ♦ Tap your Inner Hero
Poag Mahone’s, 333 S Wells, Chicago (312) 566-9100
Join us as we tap our inner hero! Tapping a specialty Revolution Hero keg@ 11 am.

11:00 am ♦ CCBW Pizza and Beer at Smylie Bros.
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., 1615 Oak Ave., Evanston, IL 224-999-7320
Smylie Brothers Brewing has decided to celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week on Wednesday with pizza and beer of course. All day long we will be serving our Wood-fired Cheese Pizzas for only $5. Additional toppings are only $1. Then at 6pm our head brewer Brad Pulver will be giving Brewery Tours of our facility along with a pint of a Smylie Brothers beer for only $10! What better way to celebrate craft beer week than with Pizza and Beer?

11:00 am - 2:00 am ♦ Chicago Craft Beer Cans night
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
We will be featuring all-Chicago area Craft Beer Cans on Wednesday: Revolution, Half Acre, Temperance, Two Brothers, Destihl, Finch's …and we are told some more breweries may be canning beer by then...

3:00 pm ♦ New Local Brewery Showcase
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Come check out some new brews from local breweries including collaborations from Imperial Oak & Pollyanna, or Imperial Oak & Werk Force

4:00 pm ♦ Perennial vs Prairie - Artisan Showdown
Pazzo's Bar & Grill, 23 E Jackson Blvd - Downstairs, Chicago 312-386-9400
We invite you to head down the bar, saddle up, and be your own judge for an Artisan Showdown between Prairie Artisan Ales and Perennial Artisan Ales Ales.
Perennial ales on tap: Hopfentea, Sump, 17, Abraxas '14, Hommel Bier, Saison De Lis, and Funky Wit.
Prairie beers on tap: Bomb!, Funky Gold Amarillo, Eliza5beth, Standard, Somewhere.
Face off Flights: Abraxas vs Bomb!, Funky Wit vs Elizabeth, and Somewhere vs Saison De Lis
We'll have some other surprise beers throughout the evening from Mikkeller, Allagash, Solemn Oath, and many more.
Free reservation suggested through Eventbrite.

4:00 pm ♦ Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Tapping
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Full Sam Adams beer list includes:
Verloren Gose ● 6% ABV — Kosmic Mother Funk American Wild Ale ● 6.5%ABV — Downtime Czech Pilsner ● 5.2% ABV — Rebel Rouser American Double IPA ● 8.4% ABV

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine
Huge sweet body, big flavors and high alcohol levels, this beer is best enjoyed by a raging fire. Complex caramel sweetness is well balanced by generous hopping, delivering an intense, smooth drinking experience. Intense fruity caramel malts, citrus hops, and alcohol notes waft up to tickle your senses.

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Pint Night with Revolution Brewing
Public House, 400 N State St Chicago, IL (312) 265-1240
Join us for Pint Night featuring Revolution Brewing. Sample complimentary tastings of Chicago's own Fist City, Rosa, Anti-Hero IPA & an exclusive Pub Beer. Glassware is yours to keep! Mingle with brewery representatives and don't forget to purchase a beer for yourself. All beer is available for purchase at a featured price. Reservations encouraged here.

5:00 pm ♦ Koln Park, Kölsch – Back on Tap!
BreakRoom Brewery, 2925 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago 773-564-9534
Join us at 5:00 pm – taps will be ready to pour our Koln Park, Kölsch, known for being a clean, crisp and balanced beer. Just the type of beer that you want on a sunny day.

5:00 pm ♦ IPA Pub Crawl
Fatpour in the West, Jerry's in the middle, and Bangers and Lace in the East. Crawl across the country trying the best IPA's from all over!

IPA's confirmed so Far:

Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
West Coast IPAs Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, Green Flash HopHead Red, Stone Cali-Belgique, Port Mongo,
Firestone Wookey Jack, Ballast Point Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin and Habanero Sculpin, 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die.

Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
MidwestPerennial IPA & Sure Bet, Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, BuckleDown Gonzo Clencher, 4 Hands Super Flare, Penrose Fractal, Two Brothers Wobble, Three Floyds Permanent Funeral

Bangers & Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
East CoastMaine Beer Co. Mo, Weez, A little Something Beautiful, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Sixpoint Bengali Tiger,  Resin, High Res

5:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Night
Floyd's Pub, 1944 N Oakley Ave, Chicago (773) 276-6060
Featuring Two Brothers Wobble IPA and Dog Days Lager on tap plus rare released Two Brothers Sour Beer. We will also be featuring an Imperial Pilsner from Two Brothers as well. Floyd's will have some cool Two Brothers Wobble glasses to give away to our lucky customers.

5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Meet the Brewer: BrickStone Brewery
Standard Market, 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL 630-536-1630
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!

5:00 pm ♦ CCBW Sour Beer Tapping
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Featuring Two Brothers Sour #2 & Destihl Brewery - Wild Sour Series

5:30  - 9:00 pm ♦ CCBW Sloopbeer Pig Roast BBQ/Beer Bash
Flo and Santos, 1310 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago 312-566-9817
With Baderbräu, Motor Row & South Loop Brewing
Join these South Loop Breweries for a night of great Beer & BBQ. Award winning Chef Mark Rimkus roasts a whole pig on the patio for you to enjoy.
South Loop Breweries will provide six great beer flavors.
On the Menu: Roasted Pig, Grilled Sausage, Home made Potato Salad & Coleslaw
This is a 21+ event. Tickets available only $25 through Eventbrite!
Includes: 16 oz samples of all 6 beer flavors, All you can eat Pig roast, Free Lawnmower Lager Beer mug, Early entry @ 5pm.

6:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Will Work for Beer: Randy Mosher
Apple Store Lincoln Park, 801 W. North Avenue, Chicago
A graphic designer and Mac user since 1986, beer expert Randy Mosher specializes in new product development and design for craft breweries and is a partner in two Chicago-area breweries. He's also written five books on beer and teaches courses in beer appreciation. Join Randy as he talk about design, branding, and beer tasting, and how he combines them into a creative career. Make a reservation here.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Beer Pairing Dinner
Chef Amaury's Epicurean Affair, 33 W. New York St., Aurora, IL (630) 375-0426
A four course beer pairing at Chef Amaury's Epicurean Affair in Aurora with Flesk Brewing of Lombard:
Reservations requested by phone or at the web site, where the menu can be viewed as well.

6:00  - 10:00 pm ♦ What the Founders?!
Crew bar + grill, 4804 N Broadway Ave., Chicago
We will be tapping Founders Blushing Monk, All Day IPA, and the pale ale on nitro. We will also have bottles of Dirty Bastard and a limited amount of KBS bottles!

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Sours & Ciders
Farmhouse Chicago, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 280-4960
Join us for some great Sours & Ciders from our friends at Destihl Brewery, Upland Brewing, Vander Mill and Marz Community Brewing. Each will be bringing something fun and/or funky and showcasing some of their rare liquids. We'll also be showcasing some of Farmhouse Chicago's own ciders. We'll also have reps from each brewery/cidery here to talk about their products. This should be an awesome time.

6:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ BYOBeer Dinner: Southern Soul Food at Pearl's Place
Pearl's Place, 3901 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago (773) 285-1700
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. BYOBeer Dinners are beer dinners designed to do that. Lakeshore Beverage is partnering 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.
No need to bring your own beer, we'll provide the beverage pairings.
Pearl's Place is a Chicago institution. It's a Bronzeville staple that serves up Southern Soul Food in a white table cloth atmosphere. It's the kind of place that makes you feel at home as it serves you the best stick-to-your-ribs southern soul food feast that will leave you full and happy. We'll be tasting through a custom menu of some of our favorites: shrimp and cheesy grits, jambalaya, fried chicken, mac n' cheese, peach cobbler and more.
Tickets are $39 at this link and include food, beverage pairings and free transportation to and from Pearl's Place from Lakeshore Beverage BeerHQ (400 N. Elizabeth St). Gratuity is included.

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ DryHop Double Collab Release Night with 18th Street & Pipeworks
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773) 857-3155
For the first time ever, we’re releasing two beer collaborations in one night!
The first is with 18th Street Brewery – an American IPA with Amarillo and Hull Melon hops. The second is with Pipeworks Brewing Co. – a Kettle Sour with Kiwi and Lemon Balm.
Pipeworks will also take over our taps with the following brews:
- Ninja vs. Unicorn – Double IPA - 9%
- War Bird – Session Ale with Hallertau Blanc hops - 4.5%
- Attack of the Devil’s Lettuce – Coffee Double IPA with Sorachi Ace hops brewed in collaboration with 18th Street and Dark Matter Coffee - 9%
- ISO: Friendship – Imperial Rye Porter brewed with experimental hop 069 from Hop Heads Farm - 9%
All of the above beers will be available individually or in a flight of 5oz pours.

6:00 pm ♦ Popcorn and Beer Special
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Chicago's finest pairing! We are offering a popcorn and beer sampler that explores some delicious combinations.

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ All Rise Brewing Presents: Medieval Beer Hall Feast
All Rise Brewing Co., 235 N Ashland Ave., Chicago (312) 226-6300
All Rise hosts its first of many, the “Medieval Beer Hall Feast.” Stews, large trays of meat with all the fixings, sweets and of course, considerable amounts of ale. Tickets are limited. Please visit this link to purchase your tickets! .

6:30 pm ♦ Lagunitas Brewing Co. Dinner
Davanti Enoteca, 1359 W. Taylor St., Chicago 312-226-5550
Rustic-inspired Davanti Enoteca hosts a five-course Lagunitas Brewing Co. Dinner. The menu features classic Italian favorites including Fried Oysters, charred shishito, cucumber relish, smoked chili aioli, paired with Lagunitas Czech-Style Pilsner; Braised Duck Leg, frascarelli, treviso, pignolias, tarragon, paired with Lagunitas Equinox; and Sage and Green Garlic Porchetta, salsa verde, salsa roja, salt roasted fingerling, paired with Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale. The five-course Craft Beer dinner is priced at $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.

6:30 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit Dinner
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
Join us for a custom four course Cinco de Mayo inspired menu of food and beer pairings, featuring 5 Rabbit Brewery, a Latin American brewery located in Bedford Park, IL. A representative from the brewery will be on hand as guest speaker for the evening. 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 Jillian or Nicole at 847-657-6363.

7:00 pm ♦ Cademon: Meet the Brewer
Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave., Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL (708) 226-1827
Come out and meet the brewer of Cademon Brewing and try a few of their new beers as they sample them out and raffle off some swag

7:00 pm ♦ Maria's 3 Days of Craft Beer 2: Petrus
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Petrus tapping featuring Petrus Aged Pale, Petrus Aged Red and Petrus 50/50 Blend
Petrus Oud Bruin: Mixed fermentation beer with a deep dark red colour. This beer ages over 18 months in oak casks. This is what gives Petrus Original (in Flanders also known as ‘Old Brown’) its wine-like, aristocratic taste with a slightly sour character. The relatively low alcohol content makes this beer an ideal thirst quencher.
Petrus Aged Red: The perfect blending of a prizewinning dark beer, a beer aged in oak barrels and the taste of sour cherries. The result is an exceptional, complex ruby-red jewel which is sweet and sour at the same time.
Petrus 50/50 Blend: This specialty beer is a blend of both the Aged Pale and the Red Ale and only to be offered in this limited tasting. Blending is key to Petrus, and that extends beyond the blending in the brewery. Brabandere encourages consumers to mix Petrus Sours together.They’re already mixed, so why not mix them some more? Put them together and you get something deeper, slightly sweet and with good body.

7:00 pm ♦ 3rd Annual Begyle Brewing Dinner
Fountainhead, 1970 Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join Fountainhead and its close neighbor, Begyle Brewing Co., for the 3rd annual Begyle Brewing Co. Dinner. Chef Cleetus and the folks at Begyle have created a fantastic combination of food and beer pairings. Dinner will consist of five courses with five perfectly paired Begyle brews. Tickets are $66.66 and available here.

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Meat Local Option!
Kuma's Too, 666 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago (773) 472-2666
Indulge yourself with burgers and beers alongside head brewer Tony Russomano and Alexi Front from Local Option! Tony and Alexi will be here all night to accost you acoustically with their own special playlist for one night only. Meet the men behind the metal at Local Option as they share their knowledge and craft with all of us. Mourning Wood Oak Aged Coffee Amber Ale, die Königin Oak Aged Kellerbier, and Walk ov Shame Saison will all be on tap for this special event! Abate your appetite with an Anthrax or Soul Torture from our special Burger of the Month menu!

7:00 pm ♦ Sour Beer Cookout
Publican Quality Meats, 825 W Fulton Market, Chicago (312) 445-8977
Join Publican Quality Meats for a sour beer cookout, featuring exclusive sour beers and grilled poultry galore.
Price: $65 per person, inclusive of tax and service
Participants: Chef Missy Corey and representatives from all of the breweries
Beer List: Penrose: Wild X- Wild ale aged in wine and bourbon barrels
Perennial Artisan Ales: 2014 Anniversaria
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Sour Session IPA, which was brewed exclusively for The Publican
Allagash: Golden Brett- 100% wild yeast fermented golden ale, aged on white wine barrels —  Monmouth Red- apple brandy barrel aged wild red ale
Off Color Brewing: Papillon (A.K.A. I can do this too Cory King)- wild ale aged in Gin Barrels
Brewers will be on-hand to field questions and walk guests through the brewing process
Attendees should contact Ashley Miller at 312.496.0012 or to reserve a spot.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Gigantic Brewery Meet & Greet w/ Ben Love
Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 243-3100
We're hosting a laid back Meet & Greet with Ben Love, owner of Gigantic Brewery, for CCBW. He'll be in the beer garden playing a little bocce ball and handing out some Gigantic swag. We will be tapping 2 beers from them that evening as well (beers TBA).

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Berghoff Beer of the Month/Meet the Berghoff Team
Kroll's South Loop, 1736 S Michigan Ave, Chicago 312-235-1400
All month long Berghoff beer will be on special. During CCBW, there will be $4 specials of Solstice Wit (summer seasonal) and $4 cans and bottles of their new releases, being an IPA and hop-forward Pilsner. Come Wednesday May 20th for Trivia and "Buy a Pint keep a pint" night with the Berghoff team and enjoy some of their new brews!

7:00 pm ♦ Brew N View
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL (630) 229-6030
HMMPH! Pumpkin Peach Ale my ___! Come and enjoy a brew or two and view the craft beer documentary classic in our Barrel Room: Beer Wars – “A David and Goliath story pitting the country's smallest brewers against the largest.” CNN

7:30 - 10:00 pm ♦ Animals vs People
WhirlyBall Bucktown, 1825 W. Webster Ave., Chicago 773-486-7777
In celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week, WhirlyBall will host 3 Sheeps and Goose Island for exclusive beer tastings and friendly competition for the second annual Animals vs. People WhirlyBall Showdown. Enjoy pours of the breweries' best and rare brews including 3 Sheeps’ Really Cool Waterslides in a Firkin, Hello, My Name Is Joe and Roll Out The Barrel; and Goose Island’s 2014 Bourbon County Barleywine, Fulton Street Blend and 3600.
In between beers, guests will battle the Sheep and Geese in games of WhirlyBall to win a variety of prizes and swag. Goose Island will also give away a brewery tour at the end of the event. RSVP by 4:00pm on Wednesday, May 20 for the chance to win a $50 WhirlyBall gift card.

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