Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 10–12

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 10–12
2014 photo from New Belgium's Tour de Fat Chicago. ©New Belgium Brewing.

As I have said might happen, I have finally been offered a job! Now in the beer industry, although it may be for the best that I do not work around unlimited quantities. But it is a second shift job, and for the first few weeks I will be work half-days at my current contract assignment, to make up for some lost days. So there is a chance for a week or two with minimal to no updates. I will keep you posted!

Friday-Sunday, July 10-12

Windy City Smokeout
Grand Ave. at the Chicago River (West shore), Chicago
Windy City Smokeout is excited to announce the official lineup of all-star BBQ pitmasters and competition teams, showcasing their award-winning recipes at the third annual festival.
More than 35,000 guests are expected to come down to Grand Street and the Chicago River on July 10-12, 2015 to taste offerings from some of the best BBQ talent from around the country. Hosted by Chicago’s Bub City, Windy City Smokeout has pulled together the best in BBQ for this year’s festival,

• Bub City, Chicago, IL
• Chicago Q Chicago, IL
• Dinosaur Bar B Que Syracuse, NY
• Hogapalooza Little Rock, AR
• Lillie's Q Chicago, IL
• Jack’s New South, Braselton, GA
• Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis, MO
• The Salt Lick BBQ, Driftwood, TX
• Smoque, Chicago, IL
• Ubons, Yazoo City, MS

Brewers conformed for the event: 18th Street Brewery, Against the Grain, Moody Tongue, Goose Island, Founders, Shiner, Local Option, Pipeworks, Bell’s, Virtue Cider, Urban Chestnut, Trumer Pils, BridgePort. Beer events will include a special beer release party on July 11, featuring:
Founders CBS Canadian Breakfast Stout: This beer is part of Founders' “backstage” limited release series. The Imperial Stout is brewed in barrels that first held bourbon, then held bourbon maple syrup, and finally CBS. It took the brewery 4 years to gather enough of these special barrels to make the beer and there were less than 20 kegs released to Chicago!
Goose Island's Vanilla Rye: This is a rerelease of an extremely popular brew from 2010. It is part of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout series, but instead of bourbon barrels it was brewed in rye barrels. Two types of vanilla beans, from Mexico and Madagascar, combined with the stout to create a rich, sweet flavor.
Local Option's Friend of Dorothy: This was brewed by Local Option at Pub Dog Brewing in Maryland and is a brand new blend, making its debut at Windy City Smokeout. This Saison was aged on oak and is tart and smoky, with a layer of complexity.
Against the Grain’s My Hammy Weiss: This brew takes the German Hefeweizen's fruity, banana notes and adds smoked malt for a smoky finish to make the perfect light and summery beer!
Moody Tongue’s Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter: This brew tastes exactly like the name states! It has a dry, dark European sweetness.

Guests can sign up for the opportunity to learn BBQ tips and tricks straight from Myron Mixon, one of the foremost pitmasters in the country in a hands-on class with Myron. The festival will also host a special BBQ brunch on Sunday, hosted by Adam Richman of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. For $70, festival goers can experience a brunch menu comprised of special dishes from each of the participating restaurants, plus signature BBQ sides paired with Bub City’s famous Bloody Mary Bar and mimosas.
Tickets can be purchased at
• Day pass for any single day: $40*
• Three Day Pass: $99.50*
• VIP Three Day Pass: $400; includes access to elevated area next to stage, private cash bar, exclusive VIP restrooms, 50 fest food bucks, and re-entry to the festival grounds
The hours for Windy City Smokeout are: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 11, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit and be sure to follow all the action with hashtag #WCSmokeout.

Friday, July 10

5:00 pm ♦ EXCLUSIVE Tapping: Breckenridge Farmhouse Ale
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Join us for the 2nd exclusive tapping of our #WOBTrip summer program!
To commemorate the opening of their NEW Farmhouse Brewery and their 25th anniversary, Breckenridge Brewery will be releasing a Belgian-style Saison brewed with dried grapefruit peel and red Hawaiian sea salt! Try it ALL MONTH only at WOB!
Breckenridge Farmhouse Ale will ONLY be available at the new brewery and at your neighborhood WOB. Also pouring: Breckenridge Avalanche Red Ale, New Belgium La Folie 2015, and MORE! Check back for details.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Ommegang Beer Dinner
WildFire Chicago, 159 W. Erie, Chicago (312) 787-9000
Join us for a summer beer dinner featuring a four course custom menu paired with the finest brews from Brewery Ommegang, a Belgian brewery located near Cooperstown, New York that specializes in Belgian-style ales. 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 Marissa or Grace at 312-787-9000.

Saturday, July 11

11:00 am - 5:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Tour de Fat
Palmer Square, 3100 W. Palmer Square, Chicago
We're back in Chicago!
This year marks the 16th season for New Belgium's Tour de Fat, which will travel to 10 cities across the U.S. These day-long festivities are free in every city, but the proceeds from beer sales go to local non-profits.
Since its inception, Tour de Fat has raised more than $3 million, and raised half-a-million dollars last year alone. The events kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, ending in a city park. That’s when eclectic entertainment takes over from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. This year will also include some brewing education and feature a “Bicycle Revival” to inspire festival-goers to believe in the power of two-wheeled transportation. And once again, New Belgium is looking for a car-for-bike swapper – someone willing to swap his or her car keys for a $2,250 stipend to buy a dream bike and live car-free for a year.
Skip the parade lines and pre-register today to sign the parade waiver and donate to receive a limited edition 2015 Tour de Fat license plate, light or sunglasses.

Saturday, July 11

12:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Pop-Up Party
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Tribes Tinley Park hosts the first-ever Lagunitas Patio Pop-Up Party, complete with comfy couches! The patio opens (as usual) at 11:30 a.m., with events starting at noon. The circus acts (hula girl, juggler, face paint and more!) will run from 12-3 p.m. Live music with John Condron and Friends will entertain guests from 2-6 p.m. The event will feature specialty brews from Lagunitas and Smoked BBQ specials like smoked brisket sandwiches, smoked ribs and smoked chicken wings!
Fun Lagunitas swag: key rings, glasses and other giveaways will also be available. Rain or Shine! No cover!

4:00 pm ♦ Green Lantern VS Green Day
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Two teams of local artists, writers and performers will represent a different side of the VS and compete head to head, through 6 rounds, to determine which side reigns. This is not a debate. Teams of artists will perform original art, dance, song, monologue, sketch, scene or short video, inspired by one side of the versus and performed on stage for audience interpretation. Lead by The Drinking & Writing Theater founders and Neofuturists alumni Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin, VS will be an ongoing show with new topics and new teams of artists competing against one another. Tickets are $10 at the door or through

5:30 - 6:30 pm ♦ 2nd Saturday Cask–July One Trick Pony
Clementi's Pizzeria & Bar, 602 W. Northwest Hwy., Arlington Heights, IL 847-253-3544
Join us at Clementi’s For our monthly Cask Tapping with One Trick Pony Brewery.
Sample five more of their beers as they take over our taps.
Meet One Trick Pony Brewmaster and the first 30 Customers will receive a free Glassware.

Sunday, July 12

12:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers "Dog Days on the Patio"
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
Bring your furry friend to our newly extended patio at Warren’s Ale House, and enjoy brunch and a featured Two Brothers craft beer- featuring Dog Days and Hop Centric. Bring a donation for the DuPage County Humane Society, and be entered into a raffle to win a prize from Warren’s Ale House, including a gift from Two Brothers Brewing Co.. Hope to see you all there!!!
Find the link for the DuPage County Humane Society wish list for donations.

12:30 - 4:30 pm ♦ Chain Crawl II
Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company, 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 331-8345
Join Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company for a hosted Chain Crawl on 12 July. We will meet at the taproom at 12:30, hoist a few beers and then walk down to the Brew Barge. We are visiting two pubs on the lower Fox River and will end up back in McHenry at a local pub for a final rounds. $50 gets you a seat on this sunny afternoon. Stop by the brewery for more details. Reservation required  at the Brewery.

3:00 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit Presents A Beer & Ice Cream Social
Christina's Place, 3759 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago
Join 5 Rabbit Cerveceria for a unique summer treat.
We'll be serving free ice cream, along with bottles of 5 Rabbit Golden Ale & Paletas wheat beer with guava. Try them separately, or try them as a beer-float.
Michelle Diaz and Aubrey Uranin will be on hand; along with brewery representatives, who will be raffling off swag. We will also be selling mouth-watering elotes with the usual trimmings (while supplies last) for just $3, prepared with love by Joey Bucio.

3:00 pm ♦ Twilight Zone Pinball Tournament!
Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago (872) 206-2859
Join us for another Sunday afternoon pinball tournament
on one of the best games out there...The Twilight Zone.

This event is being sponsored by the folks at Illuminated Brew Works LLC.
We will be pouring their flagship, Orange Sunshine, as well as three other choice brews from these local, D.I.Y. Braumeisters. High score for the day on Twilight Zone wins either: A bunch of beer from Illuminated Brew Works; or The chance to brew some beer with the guys at I.B.W....

4:30 pm ♦ Ladies Of Craft Beer
Links Taproom, 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 360-7692
Join us for a VERY special Sunday Funday with some of the Sunniest and Funniest people in all of the Craft Beer World: THE LADIES!!!
Scheduled to attend:
Revolution Brewing: Aimee Quinkert, Amelia Hoorman
Half Acre: Keli Platek
Deschutes: Carrie Kortokrax
Metropolitan: Tracy Hurst
Three Floyds: Dani Hoyler
Temperance Beer Co.: Claudia Jendron
Penrose: Christina Kutzner, Sarina Gambino
Around the Bend Beer Co.: Lindsey Stocks
Tallgrass Brewing- Rebecca Scarpino
Wirtz Beverage: Sally Selwan
Artisanal Imports: Amy Rivers
Begyle: Liz French
and more!!!

We will start things rolling at 430pm and have a short roundtable discussion at 530pm.

Here is a peek at what will be tapped:
Deschutes Pinedrops, Revolution Rosa, Metropolitan Heliostat Zwickel, Penrose Devoir Randalled w/ Door County Cherries, Half Acre Meat Wave (only keg in the city!), Three Floyds Zombie Dust Firkin+Alpha King Draft, Temperance Escapist, Bell's Oberon, Oskar Blues Pinner, Around the Bend Silk Road, Tallgrass Ginger Peach Saison, La Trappe Tripel, Begyle Blonde, Greenbush Yogi Borealis (Sally's Choice!)

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