Chicago Craft Beer Memorial Day Week, May 27-30

Chicago Craft Beer Memorial Day Week, May 27-30
Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch adorns this revenue stamp from 1871: $1 per barrel of beer! Hey, he was someone's dad, too!

I knew I'd never be able to sort out places that might be open especially for memorial Day from those that are closed for the day, and those that aren't open Monday anyway,  But I did try to feature the establishments that have announced events, including being open and along a parade route, as below.

We can now look forward to some events coming up:

Tickets are on sale for the Lagunitas Beer Circus, Aug. 24 at Douglas Park in Chicago, near the Lagunitas brewery. $40 per person, details and tickets here.

There's also Chicago Ale Fest, this Saturday at Grant Park; Oath Day, also Saturday at Solemn Oath in Naperville, Hyde Park Brew Fest, Saturday and Sunday at, where else, Hyde Park. Also the Grayslake Craft Beer Fest, Lemont Beer Fest, and many more that I'll work in later.

And after the big merger news between Sam Adams and Dogfish Head, here are a few smaller beer mergers that I can now fit on the radar:Memorial

Lake Louie Brewing, of Arena, Wisconsin, has been acquired by Wisconsin Brewing Co. of Verona. The Wisconsin State Journal says it's likely the first merger of one brick-and-mortar Wisconsin brewer with another.

And in Indiana, Saint John Malt Brothers has bought out St. John's other brewer, 95ate5 Brewpub. The move comes as SJMB was being pushed out of its current location, and was building a production brewery at the same industrial park where 95ate5 is located. (NWI Times)

Memorial Day, May 27

Tuesday, May 28

Wednesday, May 29

Thursday, May 30

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