Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 3-9

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 3-9
Oberon. Flickr photo by Edwin Bautista,

I am posting for the whole week ahead as I will be pulling double shifts once again this week. If I have missed any major events, and I probably have, I can try to squeeze them in later, but I might not have time even for that.

Monday, August 3

8:00 pm ♦ LitMash
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
A whole new kind of slam where Chicago's literary elite battle for ultimate bragging rights! $8 cover

The Rules:

  1. Genre is entirely open to interpretation and largely irrelevant. As long as what is performed was at some point written down, it counts. This includes poetry, comedy, essay, music, etc.
  2. The order in which competitors perform will be decided by random draw.
  3. Performers will be given 6 minutes (and a 20 second grace period) to wow the audience and the judges. Cues will be given to the performers to indicate time. At the 6:30 mark, the performer will be forced to leave the stage. No time penalties, just pack it up and walk.
  4. The performances will be judged by 5 members of the audience on a scale of 1–10 on qualities such as performance, content, originality, and the “wow” factor. Judges are generally chosen at random and will be interspersed throughout the crowd.

The Details:
Building on the success of the perhaps the largest literary movement of the last century, the Slam, Chicago Slam Works presents a brand new type of show using the slam format. (Chicago Slam Works, by the way, was founded by Marc Kelly Smith, the same guy who founded the poetry slam some 28 years ago. We know a thing or two about slam.) Poetry slam has grown from a raucous bar show in Chicago to a sweeping and hugely popular format in dozens of countries throughout the world. In the last number of years, story slams and comedy slams have been popping up all over the country, led by organizations such as The Moth. There is perhaps no city in America that has a more vibrant literature and performance (”live lit”) scene than Chicago, bolstering an impressive stable of internationally recognized writers in the fields of poetry, music, creative non-fiction, and comedy. The LitMash looks to bridge the omnipresent gaps between these scenes and create the one show where the city's finest creators can square off in a highly entertaining curated slam unlike any other show out there.

Tuesday, August 4

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Ale Syndicate Tasting Tuesday at Beermiscuous
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Our neighbors at Ale Syndicate have just unveiled a very special project: The 844 Imperial Pilsner, a strong lager to commemorate and remember that Eastland Disaster, which happened 100 years ago.
844 bottles of the brew were made, and we are honored to have not only a case of said bottles, but also one of the few kegs of the brew available for enjoyment. It will be on for the event. The brewery’s standard lineup is always worth revisiting, too, and all those bottles grace our shelves daily.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Homebrewers Night at Pollyanna
Pollyanna Brewing Co., 431 Talcott Ave., Lemont, IL, 60439, United States
Join us and fellow homebrewers to talk beer and brewing. Meet other homebrewers from around the area and compare notes. All attendees will receive a raffle ticket to win one of several prizes.

7:30 pm ♦ An Alarming Off-Color Metropolitan Patio Party
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Come hang with with Chicago brewers old and new on Jerry’s beautiful back patio.
We’ll have the crews from Metropolitan Brewing, Off Color Brewing, and Alarmist Brewing hanging out in to the wee hours talking (and drinking) beer.
Full draft list:
Metropolitan Krankshaft & Heliostat
Alarmist Phobophobia & Entrenched IPA
Off Color Apex Predator & Fierce

Wednesday, August 5

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ P.A.W.S of Tinley Park Fundraiser Event
Hailstorm Brewing Co. Tap Room, 8060 W. 186th St., Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757
P.A.W.S. fundraising event will be from 5PM - 9PM. There will be a live D.J. and Wooden Paddle Pizza will be making pizzas. We will be tapping Scott Pointon's Polish Smoke, a smoke grodziskie style beer.

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Bucktown Pub & Stone Brewing Present: Labyrinth
Bucktown Pub, 1658 W Cortland St., Chicago (773) 394-9898
A night of great beer, free popcorn and, of course, David Bowie in the movie Labyrinth. Come on in and grab a beer at 7 PM - movie starts at 8:30!
If your will is as strong, and your kingdom as great, try the Stone RuinTen Double IPA. Bursting with 5 pounds of hops at 10.8% ABV, it's described as a "liquid poem to the glory of the hop" you won't want to miss it.
Chill down with the Chai Spiced Russian Imperial IPA, 10.6% ABV. Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, black pepper and a dose of black tea. You need to try this.
Snack on free popcorn and watch Bowie strut his stuff. You know, you remind me of the babe...
This event is free to attend, pay as you drink. Don't forget to RSVP (free on Eventbrite) to save your spot!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Westmalle Abbey Night
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Meet & Greet with Manu Pawels of the abbey of Westmalle.

7:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Lagunitas Tasting and Beer Class
Third Rail Tavern, 1133 W Madison St., Chicago 312-432-9107
Lagunitas Brewing Co. presents Beer School on the back patio. There will be different pours with a story behind each sample, bringing together the culture and history of Lagunitas IPA, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', WTF and Fusion XXX. The WTF, also known as Wilco Tango Foxtrot, is a malty, robust, recovery ale that was created in 2008 after the market crashed, being brought back just for this event. They are also featuring their first ever fusion beer for Chicago called the Fusion XXX, a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with complex and delicate flavors.

Thursday, August 6

3:00 pm ♦ National Root Beer Float Day
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Got a sweet tooth? Mark your calendars Naperville, it's that time of year again!
National Root Beer Float Day is Thursday, August 6th and we have the perfect way for you to celebrate! We will be making floats with Small Town Brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer, and your choice of Chocolate, Vanilla or Neapolitan ice cream.

4:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Oberon Beach Party
Bandito Barney's Beach Club & Bordello, 10 N. River St., East Dundee, IL 847-426-7300
Join us for a Bell's Oberon Party on the patio featuring flights, giveaways, and prizes!! Flights of Bell's beer will available for purchase so you can try them all. Featured beers include: Oberon Ale, Lager Beer, Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer, and Sparkleberry Ale! Live music to follow.

5:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Moody Tongue Tap Takeover
Bellwether Meeting House & Eatery, 302 E Illinois St., Chicago (312) 222-1800
Jared Rouben, the Brewmaster and culinary genius behind these great Moody Tongue beers will be showcasing with our tap system the Steeped Emperors Lemon Saison, the Shocked Apricot Belgian Pale, Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter, and Sliced Nectarine IPA! Join us with a head for beer and food to match!

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Solemn Oath Brewery Social at Pinstripeson
Pinstripes, 7 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 630-575-8700
Not enjoying a night at Pinstripes is the equivalent of not enjoying anything fun in your life… at all. From 6-8PM at their Oak Brook location we’ll be rocking some Solemn Oath Butterfly Flashmobs and a couple of sample pours of the freshest beer we have that week, straight from the brewery. Alex and Andrew will be around wh0, if you don’t know from the taproom, are awesome and hilarious. Bowl some games, challenge your annoying neighbor that you have to hang out with occasionally because your husband’s are such great friends to a game of bocce, and celebrate life with our crew.

6:00 - 1:00 am ♦ National IPA Day Celebration 2015
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Come celebrate National IPA Day with us!! This year, we will be featuring all IPAs with non-traditional flavor profiles — great tastes for hop-heads, hop-haters, and everyone in between!
The lineup will include….
Ballast Point Ginger Big Eye, 7%, 65 IBUs, brewed with fresh ginger root, California
Flying Dog Bloodline, 7%, brewed with blood oranges; and Habanero Sculpin, 7%, brewed with habanero peppers
Temperance Freedive, 6%, Black IPA, brewed with roasted malts.
Stone Brewing Co. Cali-Belgique, 6.9%, 77 IBUs, fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.
Green Flash Road Warrior, 9%, 80 IBUs, Imperial Rye IPA, brewed with crystal and rye malts
Destihl Matt & the Giant Mango, 6.5%, 52 IBUs, brewed with “unreasonable amounts of mango”.
Capital Brewery Ghost Ship, 6.5%, 55 IBUs, unfiltered wheat IPA with grapefruit flavor and Amarillo hop aroma.
Horny Goat Tango Delta, 6.8%, 69 IBUs, brewed with fresh tangerine juice.
Big Muddy Brewing Monster, 6.5%, 65 IBUs, Brown IPA, or “IBA”, brewed with Citra hops and five different varieties of specialty malts.

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm ♦ Beers and Ears: A Bar Hop Fundraiser
Start at She-Nannigan’s, 16 W. Division St., Chicago
Beers And Ears is a post-work, mini bar hop fundraiser to raise funds for the Lookingglass Theatre. Your $30 donation entitles you to (discounted) drinks, meet new friends and wear rabbit ears.
The Lookingglass Theatre is a Tony-award winning, nonprofit theater company that produces incredible shows (like “Moby Dick,” which you should totally check out) and is dedicated to enriching the lives of Chicagoland’s youth through its Education and Community Programs. Guided by an artistic vision centered on the core values of collaboration, transformation, and invention, Lookingglass seeks to capture audiences’ imaginations leaving them changed, charged and empowered.
First, you'll purchase your ticket ($30 plus fee at Eventbrite) and you’ll be added to The List of Drinking Rabbits.
Then, on Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 PM, you’ll fall down the rabbit hole at She-Nannigan's on Division for our first stop. It is there that you will secure a wristband and yes, your rabbit ears. We will have Rabbit Representatives there to take down your name and give you said wristbands and ears.
From there, we’ll make additional stops at McFadden's and, finally, Original Mother's.
It’s a Thursday so we’re keeping it short and sweet. Whether or not you choose to physically hop from bar to bar is up to you. Just watch out for traffic. Otherwise, go nuts.
The ears thing is a nod to Alice in Wonderland. The Lookingglass Theatre’s imaginative and innovative shows represent the same spirit that Alice had when she walked through the looking glass into Wonderland.

Plus, wearing rabbit ears breaks the ice when you meet people. It really levels the playing field.

6:30 pm ♦ Hofbrau Keep the Glass Night
Beelow's NorthShore, 1850 Second St., Highland Park, IL 847-780-3300
Join Beelow’s NorthShore for a Hofbrau keep the glass night. We will be pouring samples of Hofbrau Hefeweizen. Any guest that purchases a half liter of Hofbrau will get to keep a Hofbrau branded glass, be entered into a raffle for prizes, and be entitled to a half price appetizer. Please limit one per guest and only while supplies last.

7:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Open Mic/ro Night
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Home brewers, get your latest masterpiece ready to share. You only have 3 more weeks until our next Open Mic/ro Night. Here are the deets:
Slightly new format. We can only accommodate 1 beer per brewer and only the first 5 brewers to sign up. Please e-mail to sign up. Bring with you about 60oz of beer (a growler or 5 to 6 12oz bottles).
Beer Fans: bring your palates and get ready to judge. You’ll pick the winner (also a new twist to the night).

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ An Evening with Samuel Adams: 5-Course Beer-Pairing Dinner
Conrad Chicago, 521 N. Rush St., Chicago (312) 377-0979
Conrad Chicago cordially invites you to an exclusive prix-fixe dinner, specially prepared by Executive Chef Joseph Rose, celebrating the best brews of Beantown.
Join Certified Cicerone Bryan Farbisz of Samuel Adams for 5 Beers + 5 Courses on The Terrace Rooftop.
Price: $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity)
Seating is limited; for reservations, contact Sarah Richards at or (312) 896-7475.
Please note that the event will be pre-paid and is non-refundable; total charged will include 10.5% tax and 18% gratuity. Dinner will be held rain or shine.

Friday, August 7

International Beer Day

As opposed to IPA day yesterday, and GTMW the following day, we have some places who don't normally advertise craft beers selections dipping a toe in this wide pool:

Carlucci Restaurant,1801 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-512-0990
This Downers Grove Italian hot spot is featuring beer flights with four 4-ounce pours for only $10.
Koi, 624 Davis St., Evanston, IL 847-866-6969
Koi is celebrating International Beer Day with Sapporo drafts for only $3. Looking for a local craft option? Get $5 Gatecrasher IPA's from Evanston's own Temperance Beer Company.

12:00 - 11:45 pm ♦ The Great Taste of the Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option will be hosting its Fifth Annual Great Taste Of the Local Option. Rare and highly sought after beers from Midwest producers will be available on tap.
Draft List
Boulevard Heavy Lifting
Dark Horse Bruce Spruce, Cascade, Ginger Red
Founders Pale *Nitro*, Akari Shogun
Half Acre Navaja
Hammerheart Jörmungandrsblod
Local Option Bierwerker Blood ov the Kings, Dampf Loc, die Königin, Exorcist!, Mourning Wood, Outlawger, Voku Hila, Walk ov Shame
Pipeworks Citra, Flower Child, Passion Abduction, Square Grouper
Scratch Gooseberry Saison, Meadow Saison, Wild Tripel
Surly Bitter Brewer
Three Floyds Alpha Kong, Alphanaut, Apocalypse Cow, Battle Priest, Permanent Funeral, Wig Splitter, Zombie Dust

5:00 pm ♦ Exclusive Tapping: Dogfish Head Choc Lobster
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
It’s time for our final exclusive tapping of our #WOBTrip summer program!! On Friday, August 7th, you can enjoy Dogfish Head Craft Brewery CHOC LOBSTER, a robust porter brewed with 40 whole lobsters, dark cocoa powder, and basil — ONLY at the brewery and your neighborhood World of Beer!

ALSO pouring by Dogfish Head: 120 Minute IIPA (2014), Festina Peche
Great Divide Chocolate Yeti
Ballast Point Sea Monster
…and MORE chocolatey, nautical goodies TBA throughout the month!

To learn how you can WIN your own brewery #WOBTrip, click here

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Bell's Gone Wild
Cantigny Golf Club, 27w270 Mack Road , Wheaton, IL, 60189, United States
In coordination with Cantigny's Friday Night Golf League, Bell's will be hosting a little after party for all the golfers. Giveaways, specialty beer tappings, and more! This Bell's event is open to the public, not just for the Friday Night League. Come one, come all. And don't be afraid to get a little Wild on the course!

Saturday, August 8

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm ♦ Great Taste of the Midwest
Olin-Turville Ct,
Madison, WI
The best beer festival in the world. Unfortunately, you can not simply drop in, as tickets were sold out back when the Cubs and Sox were both in contention. But there may be a way to get there…

8:00 am - 9:00 pm ♦ Firkin’s 10th Annual Bus Trip to The Great Taste of the Midwest
Depart from Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
8:30am Bus Departs for the festival
Return: 9pm Firkin Parking Lot
Trip Includes: Ticket to the festival, transportation to event, complimentary breakfast and snacks on the bus.
Ticket Price: $125 per person

A “Secret Bus Beer” will be provided on the bus ride to the event, brewed by an Award Winning Local Brewery!

Don’t Miss Out! Limited Tickets Available
Entrance to the “Great Taste of the Midwest” is SOLD OUT and not available onsite or via their website

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Bell's Brewery Kan-Jam Tournament
Old Town Pub & Eatery, 40W290 Lafox Rd, St. Charles, IL, 60175, United States
This will be a beautiful Saturday afternoon. There will a lot of great beer, plenty of food, and a tournament like no other! Bell's Brewery will be hosting a Kan-Jam competition from 12-4pm with awesome prizes for the top performers. Sign-up begins at Noon and the games will begin soon after. Come early if you want to guarantee a spot in the tourney. Oh yeah, we will also have Sparkleberry Ale and The Oracle Double IPA flowing from the taps!

2:00 pm ♦ Lottie's 1st Annual Day Drinking Dart Tournament
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
$10 Registration Fee
The First Annual Day Drinking Dart Tournament at Lottie's will be held on Saturday, August 8 at 2 p.m. The tournament will feature a random draw for teams of two and each team will win a prize plus the top three teams will win a grand prize. There will also be a complimentary Bell’s Oberon limited release brand sampling, and specials will include $4 Bell's pints. Contestants can sign up to participate HERE.

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Pints in the Park
Wicker Memorial Park, 2215 Ridge Rd , Highland, IN, 46322, United States
The 2nd Annual Pints in the park Is a Craft Beer Fest that will be held on August 8, 2015. It will be outside, at Wicker Memorial Park. The Fest will Feature Unlimited Sampling of over 100 craft Beers from about 40 different local and national breweries. Live music will be performed by Dick Diamond and the Dusters. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are at this link: $45 General Admission, $75 VIP. $10 more day of event.

4:00 pm ♦ Bigby's One Year Anniversary
Bigby's Pour House, 1649 Algonquin Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL (847) 258-4191
Join us as we celebrate our one year anniversary. We will be tapping a couple of rare beers. Two of the featured beers are Founders KBS and Goose Island BCS. Get here early to try them both.

6:00 pm - 11:30 pm ♦ CHAOS Summer BrewBQ
CHAOS Brew House, 2417 W Hubbard St., Chicago
At the peak of Summer's awesomeness, we are gathering an array of crushable thirst quenching home brews for our annual Summer BrewBQ. This year we are roasting a whole pig out back behind the club brewhouse, along with a vegan Sloppy Joe bar, so show up hungry and thirsty, we've got you covered.
CHAOS 60 Day Trial Membership - only $30 gets you into the party and two months to brew your own batch of beer.
An annual Friend of CHAOS membership gets you a whole year of seasonal parties, classes, and discounts on craft beer all over town. No brewing included, but FoC is an awesome deal at $77 a year.
More info on our Membership Page:

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