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Craft beer-focused events in and around Chicago. If you don't see yours, let me know!

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 26-28

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 26-28
We have another new brewer making its debut this weekend: Sew Hop'd Brewery & Taproom in Huntley, so called because it's opening in the plaza with Union Special, one of America's oldest, and likely last, industrial sewing machine manufacturers. In fact, Union Special owners Terry Hitpas, Tom Bartel and Lance Lamb are part of the investment group that funded the beer maker's buildout. Daily Herald....

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 22-25

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 22-25
It's a week where we can catch up with 4/20 events from the weekend before, or what's coming up this weekend. By which I mean Mikerphone's Smells Like a Beer Fest on Saturday in Elk Grove Village. That's sold out, I'll say right now, but some other spots in the Chicago area will be featuring some of those same out-of-market brewers. Just have a look below. Also, following Daisy Cutter Day, 4/20 Day, and Easter, we have Earth Day on Monday...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 19-21

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 19-21
This is another busy weekend for beer holidays, including slightly dank one. 4/20 activities include tappings of Lagunitas Waldoes around Chicago. And Half Acre has events to note the 10th anniversary of the very popular Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, and its many variants. Plus, Mad Hatchet Brewing opens in Shorewood, and Phase Three, the split-off from More Brewing, is debuting two of their beers around Chicago. I have not come up up a lot of beer-centric Easter events. I want to confirm that beer would be on tap for brunch, since some of the restaurants might not be serving during brunch hours. I'm still putting in events at this moment, so please check back...
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Win Tickets for Authors on the Lake with Josh Noel

Win Tickets for Authors on the Lake with Josh Noel
Tuesday night update: I’ve scrambled the 13 entries recieved, and drew a name. The random winner is Emily Thrun! Watch for your email with details on how to call for tickets! Hey beer friends, here’s another event for which I’ve offered the chance to give away tickets. This week’s edition of “Authors on the Lake” will feature... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 15-18

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 15-18
So who ordered the extra winter as a promotion for the start of "Game of Thrones?" A couple of events on Saunday had to be cancelled, so I will try to keep up and make any changes here as I hear about them...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 8-11

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 8-11
Well, now that everyone's bracket has been busted, and both the Bulls and Blackhawks have gone home, we can concentrate on baseball. And the last season of "Game of Thrones...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 5-7

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 5-7
We are wrapping up the March Madness type events, and with the White Sox home opener being postponed to Friday, that's part of the weekend mix. Take note of the fact that some big beer events are opening their ticket sales this weekend as well. I'm pushing this out Wednesday night, with more events to copy over to the calendar. If you've come upon this post tonight, check back again as I fill in the rest of the weekend. And I have more details about the Pink Boots Society's Hold My Crown tapping...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 1-4

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 1-4
Wednesday Update: I've just learned that due to cold and a 50% chance of rain Thursday, the White Sox home opener has been postponed to Friday, starting at 1:10 pm. I checking through related event schedule for Thursday to see if they have been moved accordingly. Last week I mentioned Seery Athlone Brewing of Addison, which finally noted in March that they had suddenly quit the business a month before. Now Paste Magazine has a deeper dig: It seems the owner was also running a pharmaceutical testing laboratory in the same space as his fermenters, and got a warning about that from the FDA. Read it here...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 29-31

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 29-31
Well, the only school I attended with a team in the NCAA tournament lost in the first round, to a lower seed, mind you, so my bracket's already busted. Or it would be, if Yahoo had saved it. So now it's baseball season...
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 25-28

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 25-28
A couple of passings to note in the beer world. Seery Athlone of Addison, which closed its doors in February, finally posted an explanation on Facebook: And Mokena Brewing, which had been chugging along, getting its permits and space in order, suddenly has its space listed for lease. The plumbing and drainage are shown in place, as walls have been roughed in, but no brewing equipment. The listing mentions "Previous operator lost major investor...
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