It's a busy week heading into the 4th of July weekend. That's usually a slack time in Chicago craft beer-focused events since many of us will have other stuff scheduled. If I get enough notifications, my calendar for July 4th might just be of places that will be open.
Monday, June 27
4:00 pm - 7:00 am ♦ The Weekend Isn't Over Just Because it's Monday!
Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Suite 900, Romeoville, IL (630) 862-9595
The Chicago Pizza Boss is back! Pizza and beer are a natural pair, so come on by Monday and your first half-pint of beer is included with a Pizza! We've got 12 beers on tap for you to enjoy!
Tuesday, June 28
Lagunitas Beer Dinner
Troquet, 1834 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 334-5664
Trout is hosting a beer dinner in partnership with Lagunitas Brewing. Enjoy a flight of 4 Lagunitas beers and a Lagunitas Cheesesteak, created by Chef Tim Davidson, served along frites with housemade ketchup. The meal finishes up with a sweet treat; a Lagunitas Sucks sugar cookie.
From 6-8 pm we’ll also be featuring live music from Jaik Willis and representatives from Lagunitas will be on-site to answer questions and engage with guests. The special, available after 11am, is offered for $30, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased here.
Sliced rib eye, Lagunitas IPA and Merkt’s cheddar cheese, Pils Czech Style Pilsner caramelized Vidalia onions, on a hoagie roll
Served alongside house-cut frites and housemade Aunt Sally Ketchup
Sucks Brown Sugga’ Substitute Ale Sugar Cookie
Lagunitas Flight: Pils, a well-rounded, highly drinkable IPA. A bit of Caramel Malt barley provides the richness that mellows out the twang of the hops. IPA brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it light and crisp and easy to slam. Sucks (Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale) this beer is a 'cereal medley' of barley, rye, wheat, and oats. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous flavor. Aunt Sally (A Unique Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale) we soured the wort on the hot side with Lactobacillus for a few days and then brewed up this smooth and hoppy sour.
1:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Summer BBQ at Wyler Road with Solemn Oath
Wyler Road, 3581 W Belden Ave - Chicago, IL 60647
From the Solemn Oath web site: "Since the fine people of Wyler Road opened their doors last year they’ve been making a name for themselves. They’ve not been churning out some of the best sandwiches around town, but they’ve also been curating one of the best craft-focused beer lists in the city. At SOB our only hope is that everyone, in whatever they do, operate in a fashion that is world class. This neighborhood joint accomplishes that and continues to blow us away.
Join us for a pig roast and together we’ll be hosting an afterparty at The Burlington. This whole day is set to be so very Chicago, and done very well. We hope you join. This will be a party."
5:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ 4 Hands Beer Dinner
The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., Chicago
Our brewery collaboration series continues with St. Louis legends 4 Hands Brewing Co.. We’ll be featuring three limited release beers from 4 Hands each paired with a unique creation from Chef Matt Sliwinski. Ticket price includes three dishes and three beers – gratuity not included, please tip your server or bartender!
Please purchase tickets for the reservation time you prefer, $50, available at Ticketweb. If you do not see your first choice time, that slot is sold out; please select an alternate time. Don’t hesitate to email email@example.com with any questions about this event or special requests.
6:00 pm ♦ Boulevard Dinner at Wild Monk
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Wild Monk will welcome craft beer enthusiasts for a dinner featuring Boulevard Brewing Co. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a seated, multi-course meal at 6:30 p.m. Chef Mario Arroyo's menu includes beer-battered buffalo shrimp, barbecue pulled pork summer salad, smoked salmon bruschetta, glazed rosemary and garlic barbecue ribs and chocolate mint cake. Each course will be paired with a beer from Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing: Ginger Lemon Radler, The Calling IPA, KC Pils, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Triple Julep, Chocolate Ale with Raspberry).
The cost is $50 per person, plus gratuity. To purchase tickets, call 708-255-2337 or visit brownpapertickets.com.
7:00 - 12:00 pm ♦ Whiner Beer Co. - The Debut Extravaganza
Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7922
Join us in welcoming the pride of the South Side's historic Back of the Yards neighborhood, Whiner Beer Company, to the ever expanding Chicago craft beer scene!
These savvy industry veterans have been hard at work in The Plant, a "vertical farm" at 46th & Ashland, for the past year getting everything geared up to unleash some absolutely incredible beer on the city.... and the time has finally come to open the floodgates! Be among the first to experience the deliciousness that is Whiner Beer & celebrate the non-stop hustle of these wonderfully talented Chicagoans!
Doors open at 5pm per usual... party jumps off around 7pm!
$5 Whiner Le Tub & Rubrique-A-Brac cans all night long!
$7 Whiner beer + Malort shot... until you hate yourself!
Wednesday, June 29
6:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Birthday Party Celebrating 25 Years
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
We’re excited to host the New Belgium Brewing Co. 25th Birthday Party! We’re tapping all kinds of tasty New Belgium brews, there will be a LIVE DJ, cake and balloons, swag and giveaways AND your chance to win a sweet 2016 New Belgium Cruiser! All you have to do to be entered into the raffle is just show up! Receive an extra ticket for every New Belgium brew you purchase! The draw will take place between 10-11pm, you must be present to win!
Check out the draft list:
Fat Tire & Friends Allagash Collaboration (Fat Funk Ale)
Fat Tire & Friends Avery collaboration (Fat Wild Ale)
Fat Tire & Friends Firestone Walker collaboration (Fat Hoppy Ale)
Fat Tire & Friends Rhinegeist collaboration (Fat Pale Ale)
Fat Tire & Friends Hopworks collaboration (Fat Sour Apple Ale)
Fat Tire Amber Ale
Lips of Faith Tart Lychee, La Folie, Trans Atlantique Kriek
Love Apple Felix
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Bell's Poolside Can Release + Tap Takeover
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Bell's Brewery is launching Poolside, Oarsman brewed with cherries, in cans. We'll feature Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Oberon and Bear Hug on tap.
7:00 - 11:30 pm ♦ Allagash's 21st Birthday Party at Simone's!
Simone's Bar, 960 W 18th St., Chicago (312) 666-8601
Help us celebrate Allagash's 21st Birthday at Simone's with a tap takeover!
DJ! Prizes! Cake! An Allagash Pinata! (Well, yeah.) And a surprise special guest...
7:00 pm ♦ Farewell, Fischman's!
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
We'll deeply miss Fishman's when they close their doors in the coming weeks so let's gather once more to raise our glasses to the good times and great beers they've brought us over the years.
Fischman's is easily reached by CTA (Lawrence bus and Jeff Park Blue Line) but there is street parking nearby. As always, we ask if you must drive that you do so responsibly.
We hear there could be a few tables with our name on them near the front but we'll make it work! See you soon!
Sorry fellas, this event is ladies only but we'll have more coed festivities in the coming months.
Thursday, June 30
12:00 pm ♦ Alcohol Dependance Day
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Thirty one world class beers to kick off your holiday weekend.
AleSmith Hammerhead Speedway ♠ Allagash Lil Brett ♠ Almanac Farmers Reserve Blueberry, Peach de Brettaville ♠ Alpine Beer Company Duet ♠ Amager Bryghus/Jester King Danish Metal ♠ Brasserie de Blaugies/Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise ♠ Central Waters Cassian Sunset ♠ Founders KBS ♠ Hoppin' Frog Rocky Mountain BORIS, Rum Barrel Aged BORIS ♠ Illuminated Brew Works All The Colors of the Dark ♠ Local Option Bierwerker Exorcist, Kentucky Common, Outlawger, Sky Burial ♠ Local Option/Central Waters De Kleine Dood ♠ Local Option/Pipeworks Rohrwerker (Batch #666) ♠ Port Brewing Co / Lost Abbey Track #10 ♠ Maine Beer Company Lunch ♠ Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction, Emerald Grouper, Lizard King, Ninja Vs. Unicorn ♠ Prairie Artisan Ales Birthday Bomb! ♠ Scratch Tumeric Oak Leaf Gruit ♠ Surly Todd the Axeman ♠ Three Floyds $600 Lizard Shoes, Icelandic Pants of the Dead, Perched Atop the Denim Throne, War Mullet
2:00 pm ♦ Throweth Back Thursday European Beer Tasting
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Franklin Tap is throwing it way back, tapping six beers from European breweries, many of whom have been making world class beer since the 18th century. Following the UEFA quarterfinal football match at 2 p.m., representatives from Artisanal Imports will be on site from 5-7 p.m. sampling suds and discussing why these beers have staying power in today's American craft beer scene.
Pair your beer with Chef Glenn Pistorio’s tavern menu, featuring bar snacks, soup, salad, wraps, burgers, sandwiches and more.
Aspall Imperial Cyder (est. 1728) $8, 16oz
St. Feuillien Saison (est. 1873) $7, 12oz
Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet Belgian Ale (est. 1791) $9, 12oz
La Trappe Witt Trappist (est. 1884) $7, 12oz
Sunner Kölsch (est. 1830) $5, 11oz
Vander Ghinste Oud Bruin Flemish Sour (est. 1892) $8, 10oz
4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Beer Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley Park
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Firestone Walker 2015 Agrestic Sour Ale: In the now famous SNL skit, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, Producer, “The Bruce Dickinson”, demands more cow bell from his band, Blue Oyster Cult. Here at the Barrelworks, we asked for more American Oak. Agrestic 16 is 100% single barrel American Oak-aged Agrestic. As in our other Agrestic Ale, a blend of American and French Oak, this is a rustic red ale, that is fermented in the Firestone Union, then aged and inoculated with B. Lambicus and lactobacillus in an American Oak barrel for 14 months. It is here where it develops its earthy funk, quenching acidity and complex flavor. Only the best barrels are singled out to be served “as is”. Barrel #16 lends more traditional American oak character—soft vanilla and coconut—than our blend. The Acidity is softer, and the finish dryer. The experience, nonpareil. Draft only, extremely limited.
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Summer Beers by Local Brewers
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago 312-922-3830
Cactus Bar and Grill will hold a beer tasting event that features locally made summer brews. Andrew Quackenbush, a representative from Heartland Beverage, will be on site from 5-7 p.m., sampling four of his favorites and will discuss Chicago's booming beer scene.
Chef Glenn Pistorio's menu (guacamole; short rib nachos; chicken tortilla soup; southwest cobb salad; shrimp taco salad; fish tacos; chipotle bison burger; blackened mahi sandwich) will be available until midnight.
Featured Beers: Pollyanna Summerly Raspberry Wheat; One Trick Pony Georgia Grande Ginger Hefeweizen; Middle Brow White Light Wit with apricot and cardamom; Pig Minds Satchel Grapefruit Session Ale.
5:00 - 11:30 pm ♦ New Belgium 25th Anniversary: Fat Tire & Friends
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, New Belgium Brewing Co. has teamed up with 5 titans of craft brewing – Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Allagash Brewing Co., Hopworks Urban Brewery, Rhinegeist, and Avery Brewing Co. – to create 5 variations on their flagship brew, Fat Tire, and we are bringing you all 5 collaborations on draught!
Here is the tapping schedule:
- Thurs., June 30th: Allagash Brewing Co. – “a version of Fat Tire using a Belgian yeast sourced form the Poperings region and a touch of the Allagash house Brettanomyces – expect notes of Stone fruit, sweet tart and peppercorn”
- Thurs., July 7th: Hopworks Urban Brewery – “a tart Fat Tire bringing in apple and lactobacillus to help highlight that beautiful green apple snap inherent to the original Fat Tire”
- Thurs., July 14th: Rhinegeist Brewery – “a Belgian XPA, combining a fruity Belgian yeast strain with bready-sweet European and Colorado malts for a beer to please hopheads and wine drinkers alike”
- Thurs., July 21st: Avery Brewing Co. – “a fruitier hop bill also with a dose of brett evoking notes of apricot and pineapple”
5:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ 255@5 Collaboration with Half Acre & Few Spirits Postponed to July 14
Caffè Baci, 225 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago (312) 251-0135
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ 3 Floyds Tap Takeover at Division Ale House
Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
The Division Ale House hosts Munster, Indiana’s Three Floyds Brewing Co. for a tap takeover. Featured beers include Wigsplitter oatmeal stout, Yum Yum American session ale, Gumballhead American pale wheat ale, Zombie Dust American pale ale, Alpha King American pale ale and Icelandic Pants of the Dead American sour ale.
Chef Wally Rouse features 3 Floyds-spiked specials such as a Yum Yum Mango Salad with mixed greens, fresh mango, avocado, marinated red onions, cilantro and Yum Yum citrus vinaigrette ($9); Zombie al Pastor Tacos with Zombie Dust-marinated pork, diced onions, grilled pineapple and cilantro ($3 each); and a Fresh Mango and Mint Gumballhead Smoothie ($6).
There is no cover charge to attend and food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Beers range from $6-$8 each. The bar is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on June 30 and the kitchen is open until midnight.