Chicago Craft Beer Week, January 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Week, January 20-23
Phase Three will take over operations at Lake Zurich Brewing. Chicago Tribune photo by Josh Noel.

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Phase Three Taking Over Lake Zurich

The big news as this article's writing: Phase Three Brewing Co., the current buzz beer maker in Chicago, is taking over operation of Lake Zurich Brewing. Phase Three had been contract brewing its trendy hazy IPAs at Lake Zurich, 932 Donata Ct. According to Tribune coverage by Josh Noel, Phase Three had been selling more beers, while Lake Zurich's sales were declining. Lake Zurich has posted a farewell to the Facebook page, announcing that their final weekend of operation is January 17-19.

The brewery had originally opened as Black Belt Brewery, the first beermaker in the village, in 2016. It shortly closed and was taken over by Lake Zurich in 2018. The brewery is expected to reopen as Phase Three in the spring.

Monday, January 20

Tuesday, January 21

Wednesday, January 22

Thursday, January 23

Tech Noir Release
Marz Community Brewing, 3630 S. Iron St., Chicago (773) 837-0145 Map
January 23-25 the Marz taproom will be transformed into Tech Noir!
We’re celebrating the release of the Augmented Reality Beer Can mobile app, named SamplAR, made by our friends at M1 Interactive. Karaoke, DJs and live electronic music will be paired with the release of the beer and the mobile app. Come celebrate with us for three nights of 80’s new wave electronic music and experimental mayhem.
The Beer:
Tech Noir is a West Coast IPA inspired by cyborgian sci-fi masterpiece, Terminator. Augment your reality with this killer combination of Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Citra, Columbus, Cluster and Crystal. This 7% ABV IPA fits in perfectly at your favorite post-apocalyptic nightclub. Get yours before they go “Hasta la vista, hazy.” Get it? That’s a Terminator joke.
The App:
The SamplAR app brings the Tech Noir IPA can to life. Beer drinkers can mix beats and synth riffs via augmented reality tracking technology. M1 Interactive made an intuitive interface to create groovy music by playing looping samples. Once you download the SamplAR app, you simply hold your smartphone up to one of the Tech Noir cans, while the SamplAR looks for specific images embedded within the label. Each of the four can designs has three unique, interactive panels. Each panel plays an audio sample.
We will be releasing 4 packs containing each of the SamplAR App playable cans that feature Synth, Lead, Bass and Effects sounds.

4:00 - 6:00 pm • Speciation Evolves to the Suburbs
The Beer Cellar, 488 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-315-5060 Map
We are so excited to welcome Speciation Artisan Ales to the Chicagoland market. We are throwing them a little welcome party and putting 4 of their beers on draft!
Magic Trait - Solera Style Sour Ale with Blackberries, Black Currants & Blueberries
Gene Flow - Sour Wheat Ale with Cranberry, Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Cinnamon & Salt
Symbiosis - Solera Style Sour Ale w/ Watermelon, Ancho Chile, Salt & Lime
Erasmus - Solera Style Sour Ale w/ Georgia Peaches & Roibis Tea

4:00 - 9:00 pm • Alter Collaboration Release!
Tangled Roots Brewing Co., 812 La Salle St., Ottawa IL 815-324-9549 Map
Join us for the release of High and Tight, a collaboration with Alter Brewing Company!
4:00PM in the Tap Room 

4:00 - 7:00 pm • Alter Brewing Tap Feature
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago 312-357-6665 Map
Alter Brewing Beers on tap:
Hell Hazed Over New England IPA ● 8.1% ABV
Dank You Imperial IPA ● 9% ABV
Swedda Wedda Oatmeal Stout ● 7.5% ABV
Lunar Reconnaissance Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/Vanilla & Cocoa ● 12% ABV

4:30 pm • 93 Octane Ribbon Cutting
93 Octane Brewery, 1825 Lincoln Hwy., Saint Charles, IL (630) 549-0332 Map
This THURSDAY will be our official Ribbon Cutting with the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. Come out and Join Us! We will have a KEEP THE GLASS night; Purchase any 16oz draft, and get a free can glass to take home!

5:00 - 10:00 pm • Revolution Deep Wood Preview Party
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708‑247‑3757 Map
Join us and our friends from Revolution Brewing for a preview of their next Deep Wood Series beers! Cuvée De Grâce and Ten Year Beer will be on draft the day before cans will be released at their brewery. Brian from Revolution will be here with other goodies, too!
Cuvée De Grâce: Nodding to the methods and traditions of our brewing forebears, we scoured our barrel stacks for the most unique and expressive components we could find to bring to life this limited edition Cuvée, never to be replicated. A blend of multi-vintage Oatmeal and Rye Stouts establish its full-body and obsidian veil, while a selection of oaky two-year-old Barleywines and Scotch Ale pacify roastiness with their rich, matured malt structures. 14.6%
Ten Year Beer: On the occasion of our tenth anniversary we present this sophisticated-but-approachable celebratory ale. English Barleywines aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels between 12 and 24 months establish a base of stone fruit, vanilla, and graham. A blend of sweet and tart cherries lends soft sweetness, acidity, and hue. 13.0%

Thursday, January 23

5:00 - 7:00 pm • Revolution Deep Woods Preview Party
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
Join us for a special preview tapping of Revolution Brewing's newest Deep Woods releases a day before they go on sale at the Revolution Brewing taproom. Beginning at 5PM we will be tapping:
Cuvée de Grâce | 14.6 % ABV | Nodding to the methods and traditions of our brewing forebears, we scoured our barrel stacks for the most unique and expressive components we could find to bring to life this limited edition Cuvée, never to be replicated. A blend of multi-vintage Oatmeal and Rye Stouts establish its full-body and obsidian veil, while a selection of oaky two-year-old Barleywines and Scotch Ale pacify roastiness with their rich, matured malt structures. Enjoy now or store cold.
Ten Year Beer |13% ABV| On the occasion of our tenth anniversary we present this sophisticated-but-approachable celebratory ale. English Barleywines aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels between twelve and twenty-four months establish a base of stone fruit, vanilla, and graham. A blend of sweet and tart cherries lends soft sweetness, acidity, and hue. Find something to celebrate now or store cold.

5:00 - 7:00 pm • Beer Of The Month Tasting at Elephant and Castle!
Elephant & Castle: Adams, 111 W. Adams St., Chicago (312) 326-6656 Map
Join Bold Dog Beer Co. at Elephant and Castle  for a tasting highlighting our Beer of the Month, Who’s A Hazy Boi!?

5:00 - 10:00 pm • It's Here! Crimson Clover Red Ale time!
The Church Street Brewing Co., 1480 Industrial Dr. Ste. C, Itasca, IL (630) 438-5725 Map
One of Karen's personal favorites. It's back! Join us for the Release in the tap room. There will be clowns, a parade, fireworks, ... okay, there won't be any of that. There will be you and maybe some of your friends or family, sitting down and having a Righteously Good Beer in our dog and family friendly tap room, games, bags, snacks or bring your own.
Our Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale is a classic European brew using 100% UK hops and Crystal and Vienna malts. Notes of caramel, toffee, and buttered toast provide for a smooth and complex flavor profile - topped with a creamy head.

5:00 - 2:00 pm • 3 Floyds Alpha Tap Takeover
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago 312-330-0712 Map
Come out for a special tapping of rare Three Foyds beers and meet representatives the brewery. The following beers we be flowing:
Alpha Kahn, Alpha Naught, Alpha Kong, Alpha Klaus, Alpha King.
All 3 Floyds Drafts will be $5 Thursday only.

Thursday, January 23

5:00 - 7:00 pm • Off Color Brewing Tap Takeover
Orange & Brew Bottle Shop & Tap Room, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880 Map
Come join us as we tap some great beers from Off Color Brewing! We're gonna let them take over four taps, including Apex Predator, Very Very Far, Beer for Tacos, Dino S'Mores.

5:30 - 7:30 pm • An Evening with 2nd Shift Brewing
Beer on the Wall, 106 Main St., Park Ridge 312-720-3732 Map
One of the many gems out of St. Louis, 2nd Shift makes a wide variety of beers that are reliably tasty and fresh. We love having them on our shelf and get excited to see what new stuff they put out every month. Fresh and crisp lagers and IPAs are the base for experimental Belgian-style and Brett forward beers as well as killer stouts. Don't miss this tap takeover; it'll be 2nd to none!
On Tap: Technical Ecstasy (Czech Pilsner), Sunny Cat (NEIPA w/Tangerine), Katy (Brett Saison)
Beer To-Go: Sunny Cat, Don's Dirty Dozen (BA Brett), Coffee Liquid Spiritual Delight (Coffee Imperial Stout.

6:00 - 10:00 pm • Deep Dive: Half Acre Benthic Tapping
Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago 773-654-3971 Map
MAIN BAR | FREE ADMISSION
Benthic is BACK and we’re tapping three special varieties at Sleeping Village January 23rd with our friends from Half Acre Beer Co. Come take a DEEP DIVE with us and enjoy some delicious Benthic & special Half Acre Giveaways.
More info on featured tappings:
2019 Benthic Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with Coconut and Coffee added / 13.9% Alc. by Volume
Malt: House 2-row, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, Roasted Barley
Hot side hops: Minimal, but CTZ and Crystal
DryHop: none
Yeast: house ale yeast
Other additions: bourbon barrels, toasted coconut, and coffee
Lots of work went into these beers. We brewed the batches that became 2019 Benthic back in November of 2018. It takes two mashes to fill the kettle once, and then we boil the wort for over 3 hours while boosting the gravity with a lot of liquid malt extract along the way. The beer ferments out to around 12% alcohol, and the final gravity is higher than the starting gravity of Daisy Cutter. Viscous, to say the least. After fermentation and some cold conditioning in stainless we transfer it into freshly emptied bourbon barrels to age an additional 10 months. This time around we used a blend of Willet, Elijah Craig, 4 Roses, and Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The alcohol continues to rise during barrel aging due to some evaporation of water out of the beer and some soaking up of residual barrel-proof bourbon deep in the oak staves. After barrel aging we taste through every barrel and pull samples for micro checks in the lab before deciding on which barrels are approved to be included in the final blend. We then pull the beer back out into stainless and condition it on coconut (toasted in house in the BMO kitchen) and whole coffee beans. This coconut infusion process was completed over many rounds and over many hours and weeks of work. We toasted a total of 2,200 lbs. of shredded coconut in the BMO kitchen this year. The coffee we used is a blend of experimental coffees from Guatemala called Varios.
Dark chocolate, coconut, rich coffee roast, oaky vanilla and bourbon
Vanilla Benthic – Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with Vanilla and Coconut added / 13.9% Alc. by Volume
Vanilla Benthic was born at Far and Away last year as a festival exclusive Benthic variant. We take the base beer aged in bourbon barrels the same way as regular Benthic and then condition the beer on a bunch of Madagascar vanilla beans and about the twice the amount of toasted coconut as the regular batch. No coffee in this one. Fobab 2019 Bronze medal winner.
German chocolate cake, rich vanilla, marshmallow fluff (began as the base beer for Benthic.)
Apple Brandy Benthic Imperial Stout aged in Apple Brandy barrels with Coconut and Cinnamon added / 13.9% Alc. by Volume
This was brewed the same as regular Benthic, and then was aged for the full 10 months in apple brandy barrels. After aging we conditioned the beer on toasted coconut and cinnamon. This is similar to Double Barrel Benthic from last year except the beer was aged exclusively in apple brandy barrels the whole time.
Baked apple pie, cinnamon teddy graham, cocoa (began as the base beer for Benthic.)

6:00 pm - 2:00 am • Fountainhead's Burns Night 2019
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago 773-697-8204 Map
Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of the beloved Scottish poet Robbie Burns!
We'll have readings of Scottish poetry, delicious food specials and feature scotch, beer and dram & draft exclusives to highlight this incandescent Scottish icon.
Come out and help us celebrate the works and spirit of this renowned Scottish poet!

6:00 - 9:00 pm • Deep Woods Preview with Revolution Brewing
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago 773-698-8940 Map
Join us on Thursday for a special preview tapping of RevBrewChicago's newest Deep Woods releases a day before they go on sale at the Revolution Brewing taproom:
Ten Year Beer: On the occasion of our tenth anniversary we present this sophisticated-but-approachable celebratory ale. English Barleywines aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels between twelve and twenty-four months establish a base of stone fruit, vanilla, and graham. A blend of sweet and tart cherries lends soft sweetness, acidity, and hue.
Cuvée de Grâce: Nodding to the methods and traditions of our brewing forebears, we scoured our barrel stacks for the most unique and expressive components we could find to bring to life this limited edition Cuvée, never to be replicated. A blend of multi-vintage Oatmeal and Rye Stouts establish its full-body and obsidian veil, while a selection of oaky two-year-old Barleywines and Scotch Ale pacify roastiness with their rich, matured malt structures. 

6:00 - 11:00 pm • Deep Woods Preview Party
Jimmy's Grill, 245 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 630-548-2500 Map
We will be tapping Revolution's Cuvee De Grace and Ten Year Beer a day before they are available to the public. Tapping starts at 6pm. 3 other Deep Woods variants will also be tapped. The final three spots are being decided on

6:00 - 9:00 pm • Sour Night at Lincoln
Half Acre Beer Company, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 Map
Join us at the brewery on Lincoln Ave. to enjoy Cove beers new and old. Selections include but are not limited to Apricot Loam, Amaro Hut, Yanari, Blueberry Fruit Truck, Strawberry Loam and the Buffalo Skins duo. A limited selection of cellared bottles will also be available to-go in the shop, while supplies last.

6:30 pm • Emmett's Downers Grove Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500 Map
Join us for a unique and exclusive dining experience. The event starts at 6:30pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour the brewing staff will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chefs and brewers will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. $60 per person. Call to reserve your seat. Check our website for the menu.

6:30 - 9:30 pm • The Complete BBQ & Craft Beer Experience
Wannemaker's Home and Garden, 1940 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, IL 630-852-0700 Map
Meat & Eat Pit-masters Greg and Kristina Gaardbo take you on a journey pairing BBQ and craft beer! We will talk about and enjoy a variety of smoked meats including: sausages, chicken, ribs, pulled pork and brisket! Each course will be specifically paired with a craft beer tasting to compliment the smoked meats.
*6 different sample pours of beer and a boozy dessert!
All sales are final for the date and event they were purchased for. Ticket price includes tax.
This is a ticketed 21+ event. $115 through Eventbrite.
Hosted by Chicago Culinary Kitchen.

7:00 - 10:00 pm • Gino's Brew Co Is Turning 5!
Gino's Brewing Co., 500 N. LaSalle St., Chicago Map
Gino’s Brewing Co., one of Chicago’s only downtown breweries, is turning 5! We are celebrating this milestone with a party on January 23rd, in our brewery at 500 N. Lasalle Drive. We welcome anyone and everyone to join us in celebrating five successful years of brewing some of Chicago’s favorite beers! There will be nothing short of a great time at our free event, with vendors including Green Thumb Industries, Celestial Confections, live music from the Joel Ream Trio and raffle prizes you will not want to miss! Along with 420 friendly vendors, we will also be holding a coat drive to help keep Chicago warm!
We are excited to be hosting Green Thumb Industries at our event! As one of the largest and most-trusted cannabis companies in North America, this Chicago based company is bringing health and well-being to Chicago in the new year! Stop by our event to learn more about their commitment to Chicago and its residents. Along with Green Thumb, we will also be hosting Celestial Confections, a self-started business of SJ Kane, a known figure in the Chicago cannabis community. She has focused her passion of healing, ancestral spirituality and medicinal herbs collaborated with her ever growing sweet tooth to form her brand Celestial Confections Chicago. From her warmth to her fresh baked goodies Celestial Confections has helped pave the way for young self-starters in a booming new legal industry.
Along with fantastic vendors, we will also be offering $5 drafts of some of our favorites, including our four mainstay, award winning beers! If you’re feeling particularly lucky, we will be holding a raffle for awesome local prizes to be announced soon. Raffle Tickets can be purchased for $5 each or 5 for $20 – cash only. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to One Warm Coat.
During the entire month of January, and during this event, we will be taking donations of new or gently worn coats to be donated to our local community! By partnering with One Warm Coat, the program gives coats to those in need, for free. One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need and raises awareness of the vital need for warm coats. One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation.
Free reservations encouraged.

7:00 - 10:00 pm • 2nd Annual Off Color Onesie Party
Bonus Round Cafe, 3230 N. Clark St., Chicago 773-857-1037 Map
Bonus Round Game Cafe in Lakeview will collaborate with Chicago's  Off Color Brewing Co. for their second annual onesie party and beer tasting. All guests who arrive in a onesie will receive a $1 discount off cans of: Apex Predator; Very, Very Far; Tooth & Claw; Beer for Tacos ($9 each; 16 oz.); and other seasonal selections. Off Color Brewing representative Kirk Faber will be on hand to discuss the brewery and beer flavor profiles.
A onesie contest will be held, with the best dressed guest winning a $25 dining gift card to Bonus Round Game Cafe. Off Color Brewing will provide additional prizes and complimentary glassware to take home. Bonus Round's full cafe menu will be available.

7:00 - 10:00 pm • Aleman Partyman Fun Run with Universal Sole Run Club
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
Sweat, Drink, raise money for charity, Repeat!
Aleman, Bitter Pops, Universal Sole Running Events and The MaeBell Ward Foundation are partnering up to give you an excuse to get outside for a run and have some fun drawing for a good cause. After a short 5k we will regroup at the shop and warm up with some PartyMan and MaeBell Ale on tap, a drawing competition, and raffle. Prizes will include; Beer, Glasswear, Giftcards, and a Bitter Pops Red Growler. 100% of the raffle ticket proceeds will be donated to the MaeBell Ward Foundation. Aleman and Bitter Pops will donate $1 each for every pint of Aleman beer sold.

7:00 - 9:00 pm • Bourbon County Stout Vertical Event!
Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill, 8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL 847-675-3737 Map
During this Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vertical Event, we are offering four vintages of BCS! 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019!
We will be raffling off a BCS Gift Bottle!

7:00 - 9:00 pm • Sausage & Craft Beer Tasting
Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, IL (708) 725-2500 Map
Winter is here and the cold-weather version of our summer tasting is ready! Season-right delicious homemade sausages to sample along with an assortment of toppings and sides brought to you by Carnivore Oak ParkOak Park Brewing Co. will also be on hand serving their delicious beers to pair with the sausage and summer! Enjoy festive music on the patio and enjoy the Cheney grounds. Two drink tickets are included; 21 and older. $35/residents, $40 non-residents, at this link.

7:00 - 10:00 pm • Brewery Bingo Season 6
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
Over the next 5 months, we're partnering with a new brewery every Thursday at 7pm for our monthly Brewery Bingo! No more sneaking into retirement homes to play bingo. Yes, we're looking at you.
Here's who's up for the next months:
January - Revolution Brewing
February - Half Acre Beer Co.
March - 18th Street Brewery
April - Bell's Brewery
HOW TO PLAY: Imagine a Bingo card. Now replace the B-I-N-G-O with our 5 featured breweries and the numbers replaced with their most popular beers. We'll spin our bingo balls 'round and 'round until a random ball decides to set itself free. We call the name (i.e. Half Acre's Daisy Cutter), you look at your bingo card, and then place a bottle cap on your card if you're lucky. Get 5 in a row and win a prize!

7:00 - 11:00 pm • Bell's Beer Takeover at Roots Pizza
Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago Ave., & 2200 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago 773-645-4949 Map
On Thursday, we are tapping Bell's Hopslam at BOTH our West Town and Old Town locations! We will be featuring additional delicious Bell's Beer on draft including our $5 Beer of the Month, Bright White.
WIN SWAG- Bell's is bringing prizes that will be auctioned off every 30 minutes, including a Bell's Retro Cooler!

Thursday, January 23 (in case the server comes back on)

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