Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 13-16

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 13-16
Beer celebrations for Bastille? Of course! It fills in the Holiday drinking drought between the All-Star Game and St. Arnold's Day!

I will be operating on a reduced schedule as I may be taking on an extra shift starting next Monday. I will have some recommendations for keeping up with event that I may have missed in my right rail shortly. Thanks!

Monday, July 13

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Ommegang Beer Dinner
Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000
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 Nicole at 630-586-9000.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Burgers & Beer 5k Run/Walk
Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr, Chicago
Burgers & Beer has been a Universal Sole tradition for over 6 years! It started as a grass roots event from Universal Sole’s Lakeview store to bring people together for an easy fun run of 3 or 5 miles coupled with Goose Island Beer Co. 312 and burgers from various Lakeview neighborhood bars! It has always been about bringing the Chicago running community together for a once a month event where friends can catch up, folks can make new friends and everyone enjoys the company while heading out on a fun run in Chicago’s historic Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. With the growth and popularity of the Burgers & Beer Fun Runs, folks have asked if we were ever going to do an official Burgers & Beer race! Well, here we are, the 4th annual Burgers & Beer 5k is officially here!
Event features:
-Well-organized USOLE Event!
-Start & Finish line located near Soldier Field
-Chip Timing
-Adult Gender Specific Tech T-Shirt
-Goose Island craft beers and catered burgers (including vegan options)!

Check-in – 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Race Start – 7:00pm

Tuesday, July 14

Bastille Day
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
To celebrate Bastille day we're showcasing two of our favorite Saisons:
Allagash Brewing Company Saison and Blue Nose Brewery Saison Surandon.

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ #eleventhtaptuesday at Solemn Oath
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL
Tuesday, July 14th is going to be ooey gooey and oh-so-wonderful.
We’ll be tapping a firkin of Pain Cave, our American Double IPA, AND the Toasty Cheese food truck will be gracing us with its presence from 4pm to 8pm.
We’ll also be filling up growlers of Eigengrau, our Black Kölsch Style Ale, for only 10 dollars.

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Virtue's Annual Bastille Day Celebration
Virtue Cider, 2170 62nd St, Fennville, Michigan
Come to Virtue Farms and celebrate the 226th anniversary of the beginning of the French Revolution.
We'll be featuring our French-style ciders—Lapinette, Percheron, and Cidre Nouveau. We'll have food catered by Missy Corey, formerly of Publican Quality Meats and One-Off Hospitality in Chicago, IL. [Menu to follow] And the event will culminate with a round of fireworks at 7pm.
Absolutely no entrance fee. Cider and food will be available to purchase.

5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Taste a Beer, Build a Community
Beer House, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Please join Connected In Oak Brook (CiOB) for our beer tasting, fundraising event benefiting Community Housing Advocacy & Development (CHAD) a non-profit organization based in Wheaton, IL. Donations are $15 if you register at ciobnetwork.org, or $20 at the door.
CHAD is the largest nonprofit provider of permanent affordable rental housing in Chicago’s western suburbs. Through their properties, CHAD provides hardworking families and individuals with the ability to achieve their dreams by providing stable housing. CHAD also enables people to establish roots in the communities in which they live and work.
Connected in Oak Brook (CiOB) welcomes all LinkedIn members from Oak Brook and the surrounding west suburban areas. The group is committed to delivering programs that create value for all members to help them build their knowledge base and business. CiOB facilitates networking connections for members and the exchanging of ideas and resources to help build business. Through in-person social activities, small group discussion, seminars, business panels, guest speakers, brunches and brainstorming meetings, our group will focus on building knowledge, contacts and business opportunities.

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Tasting Tuesday at Beermiscuous
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Based out of Manhattan, Kansas, home of Kansas State University and… Tallgrass Brewing, Tallgrass has gone from “that other brewery that does a bunch of tallboys” to a brewery making interesting, tasty brews that aren’t too heavy, overwhelming or boozy. Their Ginger Peach Saison was featured in our newsletter a couple weeks ago and their 16-Bit Double Pale Ale is a hoppy brew that manages to have a little heft while avoiding being too hoppy, boozy, sweet, etc. We’re very pleased to have them in.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Forbidden Root Beer Dinner at Duck Inn
The Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor, Chicago (312) 724-8811
Join us on the back patio of the Duck Inn to enjoy an array of dishes surrounding the piece de resistance – a pigroast! All paired with Forbidden Root's botanic brews. Tickets are $60 (tax & tip included).

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm ♦ “Night on the Patio” with Don Julio Tequila and Ballast Point
D’Noche, 2710 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-289-4274
Night on the Patio will be a night of summer, cerveza, and tequila paired with dinner. D’Noche, the dinner concept from Café Con Leche in Logan Square, will team up with Don Julio tequila and Ballast Point beer to offer a five course dinner paired with tequila and beer cocktails.
A representative from both Don Julio and Ballast Point Brewing Company will be speaking about the tequila and beers utilized while D’Noche’s Chef Antonio Del Real will speak about the dishes he created especially for this night.
The price for the all-inclusive cocktail dinner is $50 per person, and it includes tax and gratuity. Guests may view the menu and purchase tickets in advance at dnochechicago.com or at the door, if available, as seats are limited.

7:00 pm ♦ DESTIHL DAY on Bastille Day!
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
BASTILLE DAY: The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France.

DESTIHL DAY: This new Illinois Day commemorates the Craft Beer Revolution with the Pouring of the Destihl Draft (Abra Mango IPA, Lynbrook Raspberry Gose and more) on 14 July 2015, as well as the Fête de la Wild Sour Cans which celebrates the aluminum encasing of Wild Sour Ales by the Destihl Brewery in 2014 (featuring Here Gose Nothin' and Counter Clockweisse). Celebrations are held only at The Bar On Buena.

Come celebrate Central Illinois' Destihl Brewery and all they have done for the Craft Beer Revolution on Tuesday July 14th with a special line-up of Destihl brews and a visit from your local Destihl Revolutionaries, those in the trenches waging the war against all things macro-brewed.

7:30 pm ♦ Monthly Beer Social
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Come to a fun talk with our friends from Metropolitan and Off Color in the Hopleaf's upstairs bar. We will be discussing German-style beers brewed the Chicago way! Your ticket includes 4 samples of beer and delicious snacks courtesy of the Hopleaf. Tickets are $25 and are available at BrownPaperTickets.

8:30 - 10:00 pm ♦ Upland Campside Tasting
Paddy Macs Chicago, 4157 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago 773-279-9300
Hey Chicago! Come to Paddy Mac’s on July 14 and sample Upland Brewing Campside Session IPA!

Wednesday, July 15

Perennial Beer Release Party
Twisted Spoke, 501 N. Ogden, Chicago (312) 666-1500
Head to Twisted Spoke and party it up for the release of Philly Taco, Perennial Artisan Ales' collaboration with Cigar City.

The 844 Limited Release
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster (July 24, 1915), Ale Syndicate will release The 844 Imperial Pilsner. Only 844 bottles will be released to area liquor store, each one bearing the story of one of the victims, responders, or survivors of the tragedy. Part of the proceeds of sales will benefit the Eastland Disaster Historical Society, an organization that works to preserve the stories and legacies of all those involved in the disaster. A select number of kegs will also be announced soon.

Bavarian Lodge 29th Anniversary
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
We return from vacation Wednesday, July 15th! Come join us as we celebrate our 29th Anniversary with an unprecedented line-up of draft beers from one of our very favorite breweries in the world... Germany's G. Schneider & Sohn. Expect Rare, Barrel-Aged, & Amazing Vintage Kegs all week long... more info soon!

4:00 pm ♦ Hinterland Firkin & Tap Feature
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Beer list coming soon!

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Port Older Viscosity – BA Strong Ale: 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale. This is the oak aging beer which makes up the oak aged portion found in our Old Viscosity. This is aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 6 months.

5:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Citrye Blond Tapping
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Taste this blonde rye ale hopped up with fruity Citra hops.

6:00 pm ♦ Sierra Nevada Camping Set Give-Away
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us for your chance to win a 10 piece Wenzel Camping Tents set from Sierra Nevada. They'll also be giving away plenty of T-shirts and swag, not to mention serving up tasty $4 featured Sierra drafts!
Winner announced at 9pm!
Camping set includes; Tent, Lantern, 2 Chairs, 2 Pillows, 2 Sleeping Pads, 2 Sleeping Bags

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm ♦ Bell's Beer Dinner: McMae's Tavern & Grill
McMae's Tavern & Grill, 913 S. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 630-736-1100
Join us at 6:30 p.m. for a welcoming Bell's Oberon and prepare yourself for a culinary treat to follow! First course: Thai Chicken Wings paired with Bell's Lager Beer. Second course: Strawberry and Goat Cheese salad paired with Oarsman Ale. Third course: Skirt Stake Tacos paired with Debs' Red Ale. Fourth course: Ice Cream Floats made with Porter for dessert! Please visit or call the restaurant to make reservations. Price is $45. Reservations are required as space is limited.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wild XI Deconstructed at Penrose Brewing
Penrose Brewing Co., 509 Stevens St., Geneva, IL
Want to see what it's like pulling nails at Penrose with Tom Korder? Then join us as Tom guides a special evening through tasting the barrels of the four individual oak barrels used to create the final blend of Wild XI. We'll also be drinking the final beer. Each $40 ticket includes (5) four oz samples of beer plus one 375mL bottle of Wild XI to take home. Tickets are on sale at our taproom only. Space is limited, we hope you join us.

8:00 - 10:00 am ♦ Jarrylo Sunset Release Party!
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
Join Arcade Brewery at Delilah's to celebrate the release of our newest beer: Jarrylo Sunset. This single-hopped beer, with Jarrylo, is incredible light and delicate. With subtle floral, cirtus and spice from the hop, this beer is sure to be a go-to this summer.
TOKEN REDEMPTION! 5 tokens = Arcade T-Shirt!!!
The Jarrylo hop comes from Yakima Valley and displays subtle citrus, floral and spice notes. At 5.7% ABV, the beer is wonderfully delicate and soft to highlight the wonder hop characteristics. The incredibly low coloration (SRM) creates a visual experience when you see your first pint.

Thursday, July 16

Pipeworks Cans Release at The Beer Temple
Beer Temple, 3185 N. Elston Ave., Chicago,
The wait is over! On Thursday, July 16th, Pipeworks Brewing Co. will be releasing their Ninja vs. Unicorn in CANS. Stop by or Log in to be the first to experience the next chapter in Pipeworks history! That's right, the cans will be available for sale in store AND ONLINE from the moment we open our doors at 11:00AM. Throughout the day we will be sampling the new Pipeworks beer. Then at 4:00 the guys from Pipeworks will be stopping by to celebrate, bringing a brand new keg of Ninja vs. Unicorn with them!

Surly Brewing Co. Tap Takeover!
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Surly Brewing Company is bringing some really good stuff for us...

  • 1349 Black Ale
  • 1349 Pale Ale **This will be the FIRST one tapped in the city, and only ONE of two coming into the city**
  • Bitter Brewer
  • Caco Bender
  • Todd the Axe Man
  • Pentagram
  • Furious
  • Overrated

Be there to hang with us, and more importantly, drink some delicious (and special) beer!

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Revolution 1ZENUFF Imperial IPA: Another huge IPA knocking you out with a four-hop blend of Apollo, Centennial, Crystal, and Chinook hops. This imperial IPA clocks in at 100 IBUs and 11% ABV, making it just a bit bigger than last fall’s Unsessionable, and certainly the kind of beer that you’ll need just one of. Toasted malt flavors lurking behind massive levels of hop bitterness and flavor with a punch of of hop aroma reminiscent of fresh citrus rind.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Brewery Sampling
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago 312-922-3830
Chicago's Revolution Brewing ​will be in the spotlight. Brewery representative and Certified Cicerone Kevin Kuzlik will be ​on hand ​to chat about their beers and offer samples of Rosa Hibiscus Ale. ​Guests will receive a souvenir can-shaped glass with the purchase of a Rosa​ Hibiscus Ale draft ($5)​.​ Additional $5 featured brews by Revolution include: Citra Hero IPA (draft)​; Cross of Gold Golden Ale (draft); Anti-Hero IPA (can); Fist City Chicago Pale Ale (can); and Eugene Porter (can).

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Green City Market’s Chef BBQ Benefit
South End of Lincoln Park, 1817 N. Clark St. at Lincoln, Chicago
Twenty-one new restaurants will join Green City Market’s 15th annual Chef BBQ Benefit in Lincoln Park. The BBQ will showcase the who’s who of Chicago’s culinary scene, including this year’s new comers: Acanto, Arbor, Bar Takikto, Bohemian House, Bottlefork, Fork, Formento's, Frontier, HaiSous, Japonais by Mormioto, Lillie’s Q, Maddy’s Dumpling House, River Roast, Salero, Seven Lions, Taus Authentic Food, The Duck Inn, The Gage, The Kitchen, The Nomad Food Company and Villains Chicago. The list of new restaurants continues to grow, so be sure check the Green City Market website to see what restaurants have been added.
All dishes served at the BBQ feature items offered from the bounty of the market with over 100 chefs and restaurants creating culinary magic. In addition to food, 32 of the Midwest’s best brewers, distilleries, wineries, and mixologists will feature locally made craft beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.
For the 5th consecutive year, the Green City Market BBQ lead sponsor is Wirtz Beverage Group. Their featured brands this year are:
Craft Beer/Cider: BuckleDown Brewing, Une Année, 4 Hands Brewing, and Citizen Cider
Craft Spirits: Death’s Door Spirits, Suerte Tequila, Templeton Rye Whiskey
Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets and at the Green City Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. General admission tickets are $125; individual VIP tickets are $250.
See this link for a full list of Chicago’s top restaurants that will have a presence at the BBQ:
Brewers, distillers and retailers in attendance include: Bell's’s, Half Acre Beer Co. Company, New Holland Brewing and Artisan Spirits, Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Hickory Creek, Lush Wine & Spirits, Candid Wines, Illinois Sparkling, North Shore Distillery, CH Distillery, Intelligentsia Coffee, Kilogram Tea, Off Color Brewing, Columbia Street Roastery, Oppidan Spirits, Quincy Street Distillery, Dablon Winery & Vineyard, Koval Distillery, Seasons Soda, Forbidden Root, Lakeshore Beverage, Three Floyds Brewing Co., Fresh Coast Wine, Lehmans Orchard, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Goose Island Brewery, Metropolitan Brewing, LLC, Vitani, Grand River Spirits, Midwest Wine SelectionsWirtz, Greenstar Brewing, Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

6:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers "Keep the Pint" Night
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Summer is in full swing! Join us in embracing the season with a fun LOCAL "Keep the Pint" Night, feat. Two Brothers Brewing Co. from Warrenville, IL!
With your purchase of any one of the following Two Brothers drafts, you will receive your very own logo'd Pint Glass* to take home with you!
Wobble: 6.3%, IPA, 69 IBUs
Dog Days: 4.9%, Dortmunder Helles Lager, Summer Seasonal, brewed with German noble hops
Hopcentric: 9.9%, Imperial IPA, 100 IBUs, LIMITED RELEASE

Offer valid while supplies last; limit one glass giveaway per guest

6:00 pm ♦ Advice from a Brewer Night
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Life got you down? Confused? Wondering what to do with yourself? Looking for some guidance? We've got the cure for what ails ya!
ADVICE FROM A BREWER NIGHT*
Join Boulevard Brewing Company's Jeremy Danner, Penrose Brewing's Tom Korder and Off Color Brewing's John Laffler for a pint and a ponder. They'll help you navigate this road we call life.

*if you take advice to heart from any of these guys, you deserve what you get.

6:00 pm ♦ 3rd Annual Illinois Tap Takeover
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
Thursday July 16 through Thursday July 30! Two weeks of Illinois craft beer on all 24 draft lines, and featured specialty burgers!
Featured Illinois breweries include: Off Color, Temperance, Penrose, Two Brothers, Solemn Oath, Goose Island, Flesk, Begyle, Revolution, Small Town, SlapShot, Pig Minds, Pollyanna, Scorched Earth, Cademon, Destihl, Lake Effect, Werk Force, Church Street, Hailstorm, Mikerphone.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Ommegang Beer Dinner
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
See the Monday listing at Wildfire Oak Brook for details. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Jillian or Nicole at 847-657-6363.

6:30 pm ♦ St. Arnoldus Day
Beelow's NorthShore, 1850 Second St., Highland Park, IL 847-780-3300
Every July 18, the Belgians honor Saint Arnoldus — the “patron saint of Belgian beer.” He’s most famous for reportedly urging his congregation to “drink beer, not water” during a plaque epidemic. Our event will run from Thursday, July 16th to Sunday, July 19th. A brand ambassador will be coming out on Thursday to dole out samples of beer. Purchase any beer from Artisanal Imports, including Bosteels Pauwel Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet or La Trappe Witte, and keep the glass it is served in, get a half price appetizer and get entered into a raffle for prizes. Only while supplies last, one per guest per day.

6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Palatine Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Join us for one of our widely popular Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Rob Hunter and the brewing staff, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Rob will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held semi-annually. The menu can be viewed here.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Solemn Oath Tasting and Beer Class
Third Rail Tavern, 1133 W Madison St, Chicago 312-432-9107
Solemn Oath Brewery is stopping by for a beer tasting and class. Spots are limited so please call to ensure your spot ASAP. We will be tasting out beers from the brewery. We are having an educational discussion for all you beer nerds out there! We love beer, you love beer, stop on by for a fun and educational evening. We will be out on the back courtyard weather permitting.

8:00 pm ♦ Ninja vs Unicorn Can Release Party!
Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7922
Pipeworks is finally releasing beer in cans beginning with Double IPA Ninja vs Unicorn, so now it's time to release the party!
On the 16th there will be plenty of 16 oz shiny new Ninja vs Unicorn cans to go around at Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square.
With every can, you'll get 4 free game tokens! So at least one game of air hockey, pool, or shuffle board is on us! There will also be sweet, sweet prizes given away to randomly marked cans.

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