Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 6-8

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 6-8
Beer in cans! What a concept! Photo: Krueger Brewing Co.

Friday, November 6

Imperial Beer Release
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (708) 906-3625
Did ya like our original Bernie milk stout but wanted a little more "punch" to it? Come out and try Bernie's bigger and bolder brother. Most of it will be taking a nap in Woodford Reserve barrels, but what's left will be tapped right here in the tap room! So come out and let this boozy 10%'r warm your insides. Word on the street, High Falutin, our Scotch ale just may be tapped as well.

12:00 pm ♦ Ass Make Over
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
After extensively polling our client-base, analyzing datum, and hearing repeated requests for tap takeovers we have elected to deliver an “Ass Makeover”. The biblical draft list features over thirty one rare and highly sought after beers. Highlights include limited releases from Prairie Artisan Ales, Evil Twin Brewing, Pipeworks Brewing Co., and Three Floyds among others.
Warning: this is NOT a tap takeover, it’s an “Ass Makeover”.
Featured Draft List
AleSmith Brewing Co. Speedway Stout, Vietnamese Speedway Stout, Wee HeavyBayerischer Bahnhof Leipziger Gose w/ Oats • Central Waters BBA Barley Wine, BBA StoutDe Dolle Brouwers ArabierEvil Twin Even More JesusFirestone Walker Helldorado • Founders Centennial IPA *Nitro* • Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGreat Divide Chocolate Oak Aged YetiThe Hop Concept Lemon & GrassyHoppin' Frog Brewery Barrel Aged BORISJolly Pumpkin Calabaza BlancaLocal Option Bierwerker die Königin, Exorcist, Mourning Wood, Outlawger, Walk ov ShamePipeworks Amarillo, Sure Bet, Twin Pines Mall (Back to the Future Beer), Vanilla AbductionPrairie Artisan Ales Bomb!Surly Todd The AxemanThree Floyds Amber Smashed Face, Deesko, Moloko, Pear Bear, Zombie Dust.

4:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Crystal Lake Tasting Party
Beer Bazaar, 17 W. Belvidere Rd., Hainesville, IL (847) 986-6473
Hang out with Jesse from Crystal Lake Brewing Company and taste some Wake Maker Session IPA, Slalom King Rye IPA and Lakesider American Marzen fresh off the brand new canning line!

4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Church Street Brewing Bob's Your Dunkel Release
The Church Street Brewing Co., 1480 Industrial Dr. Ste. C, Itasca, IL (630) 438-5725
Join us at the brewery when we tap our latest fall seasonal, Bob’s Your Dunkel. The toasty malty character of this dark German lager has led some on the brew crew to refer to this as our “breakfast beer.” What better way to enjoy it than with breakfast tacos from the Amanecer food truck?

4:20 pm ♦ Fresh Hop Friday
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
World of Beer Naperville has got a killer line-up of wet hop/fresh hop beers coming to you as fresh as possible. We will be kicking things off with the tapping of Lagunitas Brewing Co's Born Yesterday at 4:20 pm.
As if that wasn't enough, we have:
Founders Harvest Ale, Great Divide Fresh Hop, Deschutes Hop Trip & Chasing Freshies, Boulevard Deep Dive, Scorched Earth Wet Willie.

5:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Tighthead Tap Takeover
Chances Bar & Video Gaming, 455 South Route 45 Lindenhurst, IL 224-372-7493
We are very excited to host our first Tap Takeover with Tighthead Brewery! We will be featuring 8 amazing beers  with some very limited release selections. Come out for a great night with friends and enjoy something you wont be able to find anywhere else. We will have 2 VERY limited releases from Tighthead….Knock On Wood and Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout. only us and the Tighthead Tap room will have these 2 beers!

5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Kenwood Liquors Fall Grand Tasting
Hilton Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, IL (708) 425-7800
"Drink In The Fall" with Kenwood at the Hilton Oak Lawn. Over 500 high end wines, rare spirits & bourbons, & craft beers to try! Live entertainment & gourmet hors d'oeuvres all set in several beautiful ballrooms! Discounted tickets now in store if purchased by November 2nd. Grab your friends & make a great night out of this! A discounted block of rooms are reserved at the Hilton Oak Lawn for this event if you want to stay the night. TICKETS $40 IN STORE at Kenwood Wine & Liquors, 10750 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, (708-424-3580). Otherwise $40. All items will be available to pre-order at the Grand Tasting Event at a SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE! Great way to knock off some Holiday shopping while having fun too!

6:00 pm ♦ Off Color Single-Firkin Release
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap Beverage Director Emilie Sharboneau works closely with breweries across the country and holds a close relationship with Chicago-based Off Color Brewing. The brewery planted a hop plant on their back patio which has grown a bit and started producing hops. With it being just one plant and not a huge amount of hops, they decided to make ONE firkin of beer with the ingredients they had, and are giving the one and only keg to Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap. The beer is a base beer of their Apex Predator, a saison farmhouse ale, and they added the fresh hops to it.
Jake Melnick’s will be offering the super exclusive and limited beer starting at 6 PM, for $5 a glass.

6:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Crystal Lake Brewing Tasting
Jim's Liquors, 416 N Lake St., Mundelein, IL (847) 949-2404
Stop in and hang out with Jesse from Crystal Lake Brewing Company and try some beers hot off their new canning line. Wake Maker, Lakesider and Slalom King will all be in attendance.

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Beyond The Brew: The Biz
Aquanaut Brewing Company, 5435 N. Wolcott Ave., Chicago
This round of Beyond The Brew will be one for the ages, as we talk about the side of beer that doesn't normally get a tap takeover or mention in your local publication: The Business. Join our collective group of speakers with over 50 years in the beer industry for a rowsing discussion, as well as delicious samples of a number of beers, including a few from our hosts Aquanaut Brewing. This time around we've got our selfless hats on as well, w/ 100% of profits going to a local foundation (because we do good while we're having beers with our friends!)
Please make your free advance reservation at Eventbrite. A $10 cash donation will be accepted at the door and will go to a local not for profit.
Beyond The Brew: The Beer Business
Featured Speakers
Eric Hobbs - Frounder/Parnter: Penrose Brewing
Chris Quinn - Founder, Owner: The Beer Temple
Randy Mosher - Author, Brewer, Overall Beer Intellectual: Forbidden Root + 5 Rabbit Cervecería
Moderator: Steve Mastny:
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Panel Begins
7:45pm - Q&A
8:15pm - Brewer Meet & Greet
9:30pm - Grab a friend and have a beer in another building

What is Beyond The Brew?
Hosted by, Beyond The Brew is a series of discussion-forums, featuring the best in American Craft Beer. Similar to SXSW and TED, these moderated sessions provide insight into the craft industry with unique commentary from the personalities behind it. Featuring brewers, distillers, and industry experts, Beyond the Brew combines educational presentations with interactive beer tastings. Samples of hand-selected beverages are distributed periodically throughout the session and discussed by the panel.
More than just a lecture session or a tap takeover, Beyond The Brew is an informative and entertaining craft beer experience that will have you coming back for another round.
Check out the Youtube Channel for video of past events!
Donation Includes: The brewer panel, a 5.5oz commemorative glass, and limited samples from the participating speakers + Aquanaut Brewing!

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Sausage, Bacon, & Beer at Backcountry BBQ & Supply
Backcountry BBQ Supply, 6948 N. Western, Chicago
This was such a popular class we’re doing it again! Learn the craft of making sausage, curing pork bellies (bacon), while drinking some great craft beer. Class attendees will take home slabs of belly, sausage links, & recipes. Class includes a tasting menu of 4 styles of sausage, 2 bacon prepartions, and beer pairings. Tickets are $50 through Eventbrite.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Brewery Ommegang Presents: Return to the Throne
Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 243-3100
Brewery Ommegang Presents Return to the Throne, a Game Of Thrones inspired feast at Kaiser Tiger. Help celebrate the re-release of the first in the brewery's series of Game of Thrones inspired beers, Iron Throne Belgian Blonde Ale.
A $10 ticket (available here) grants you entry, food and a beer ticket with additional beer available for purchase.
What To Expect
A Westoros inspired meal by Kaiser Tiger
Brewery Ommegang's Game Of Thrones beers including, Iron Throne, Take The Black Stout
Parkwest String Quartet will be performing your favorite songs from the show
Game of Thrones portraits by comic book artist Daniel Warern Johnson
Raffle prizes including, shirts, calendars, and Games of Thrones Season 4 DVDs
The Beer
Brewery Ommegang Iron Throne Belgian Blonde Ale
Brewery Ommegang Three Eyed Raven
Brewery Ommegang Witte
Duvel Triple Hop

The Food
The Drunken Baratheon - Beer and bacon sausage with pickled red onion and mustard
The King Joffrey - A big white brat with beer onions and Munich mustard
The Viper - Spicy Argentinian chorizo with guacamole and tequila sour cream
Casterly Rock Mac and Cheese

7:00 pm ♦ Hibernation Celebration
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W 47th St, Lyons, IL (708) 777-1842
Each year Monarch butterflies migrate by the millions to the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico where they arrive by November. Some travel more than 3,000 miles. The eastern population of North America’s Monarchs overwinters in the same 11 to 12 mountain areas in the States of Mexico and Michoacan from October to late March. No individual butterfly completes the entire round trip; female monarchs lay eggs for the next generation during the northward migration and at least five generations are involved in the annual cycle. Monarchs roost for the winter in oyamel fir forests at an elevation of 2,400 to 3,600 meters (nearly 2 miles above sea level). The mountain hillsides of oyamel forest provide an ideal microclimate for the butterflies.
Come join our community to celebrate the mysterious migration of the Monarch butterfly with local photography by Eric Rejman, a special release of BuckleDown Brewing beer, live music by Walsher Clemons and Paul Moody, food, and free seeds to attract Monarchs next spring! I will also premiere to the public an 18,000 photo timelapse of a Monarch caterpillar's metamorphosis.

8:00 pm ♦ Bell's 30th Anniversary keg tapping!
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795
Join us for a special keg tapping of Bell's Brewery's 30th Anniversary Imperial Stout
In 1985, Larry Bell set out on a quest for better beer with his 15-gallon soup pot.
Thirty years later, we will release our 30th Anniversary Ale.
An American Imperial Stout, Bell's 30th Anniversary Ale is also a nod to another beer and one of the earliest examples of the style released here in the United States, Bell's Expedition Stout. Flavors of dark chocolate and fruit meld to create a full-bodied, roasty stout. A fair amount of Polaris hops lend a brightness and a nice character that will help carry the beer in its early stages making it incredibly drinkable and interesting. Malt characteristics will continue to develop over time, so that beer drinkers who choose to cellar it can enjoy the beer for years to come.

Saturday, November 7

12:00 am ♦ Celebrate Bastard's 18th Birthday at Fountainhead
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Celebrate Bastard's Birthday. Special toast at Midnight!!! Stone Arrogant Bastard and Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard will be on draft!

10:00 am - 5:00 pm ♦ National Learn To Homebrew Day at Chaos Brew Club
CHAOS Brew House, 2417 W Hubbard St., Chicago
November 7th is National Learn To Homebrew Day! Mike Struck will be hosting the Open Haus this day and Kyle Nordquist will be brewing.
Anyone and everyone is welcome but especially if you’ve ever wondered what this hobby is all about, come on out and not only check out CHAOS’ awesome community/co-op brew space but learn to brew a batch of beer yourself!
It is absolutely free to just show up and watch; no RSVP or membership necessary! If you want to brew your own batch, email and I will let you know what you need to do to brew that day yourself!
We’ll be sampling some CHAOS-brewed home brews as well as commercial craft beer. Feel free to bring one of your own home brews to try or bring your favorite commercial craft beer!
Some of the day’s events:
Kegging 101 (learn the basics of kegging);
Brewing 101 (a basic extract demonstration);
Judging 101 (learn to use the BJCP short form to judge beers);
This is also a time to bring your non-brewing friends and family to see the process behind your beer they drink!

12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Movembeer
Pollyanna Brewing Co. 431 Talcott Ave., Lemont, IL (630) 914-5834
Raise a pint and raise some funds for men’s health in Movember. On Saturday, Pollyanna Brewing Co. and Imperial Oak Brewing bring you a new beer AND event called “Movembeer”! We’ve teamed up to create a Double Oatmeal Stout, then took it a step further and spiced it up! You can grab a bottle of our coffee and cocoa nib infusion, then take a free ride on The Barrel Run to grab a pint and a bottle of Imperial Oak's cinnamon and vanilla version (22oz - $12). A portion of every bottle sale goes to Movember! We’ll have raffles, live music, a mustache contest for all (men and women), and ooey gooey cheesy eats from Toasty Cheese. Get your MO’ growing and join us for a “cheers to great beer” in Movember!

12:00 pm ♦ Blood & Soil Bottle Release
Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 954-8085
We're all set for our first bottle release here at Blue Island Beer Company! This Belgian Specialty Ale was made in collaboration with our friends at the Rock Island Public House and comes in at 9.1% abv. Made with copious amounts of hibiscus and rose hips, this beer has tart and sweet components. Paired nicely with saison flavors, this beer has just enough hops to keep all of the special ingredients from becoming to loud.

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ LaPour Brew Fest
LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St., LaPorte, IN
LAPOUR Brewfest is an end of the season craft beer festival celebrating may local and national breweries with great beer, food and music. LAPOUR is sponsored by the LaPorte County Convention & Visitor's Bureau as well as the LaPorte Mainstreet Association.
VIP Tickets $55 each (early entry 12pm)
General Admission: $35 (entry 1pm)
Designated Driver: $10 (available at door)
Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite
Breweries committed to the event so far:
Backroad Brewery, Burn 'Em Brewing, Shoreline Brewery, Twisted K-8 Brewing, Evil Czech Brewery, Mad Anthony, Triton, Flat 12, Sam Adams, Tenth & Blake, Bell's, New Holland, Left Hand, Founders, Digeo (Guinness), Brooklyn, Chapman's, Woodchuck, Magic Hat, Unibrew (imports)

Wine: Running Vines
Live music to be provided by Eagle Palace.
Food Vendors:
Shoreline Brewery
More at the Facebook Events Page

2:00 pm ♦ Bastard Day at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
Celebrate Bastard Day at Timothy O'Toole's. Tapping Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard, Depth Charged, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard!

7:00 pm ♦ BuckleDown presents: A Flight of Comedy
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W 47th St, Lyons, IL (708) 777-1842
A Flight of Comedy is coming to Lyons, IL! BuckleDown Brewery's small-batch craft beer will be flowing, paired perfectly with a food truck parked right outside the front door, and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy comedy from some of the funniest Chicago comedians!
Headlining: Natalie Jose
Featuring: Ashley Huck
Featuring: Bobby Condon
Hosted by: Charles Belt

Food Truck @ 7pm, Show @ 9pm

7:00 pm ♦ Beer & Ice Cream Social with New Belgium
WhirlyBall Bucktown, 1825 W. Webster Ave., Chicago 773-486-7777
WhirlyBall will host a pop-up ice cream and beer social featuring Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, a collaboration between Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium Brewing Co.. Starting at 7pm, guests can purchase the special-edition, adult ice-cream float made with New Belgium's Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale laden with chocolaty, salted-caramel, vanilla goodness and topped with a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s limited batch flavor made with New Belgium's brown ale, salted caramel swirls and fudge brownies.
For every glass of Salted Caramel Brownie Ale purchased, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Protect Our Winters, an environmental collective that is mobilizing the winter sports community to stop climate change. Each glass will cost $7.

Sunday, November 8

11:00 am - 4:00 pm ♦
The Heritage, 7700 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL
We're at it again! November 8th we're teaming up with Exit Strategy Brewing Company for a brunch takeover. They have the drinks, we have the food, and you bring your friends.

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