Posts tagged "American Craft Beer Week"

American Craft Beer Week highlights for May 15-16

Time for me to attempt to chronicle the overwhelming schedule of events that is Chicago Craft Beer Week 2012. This year's special event in held in conjunction with American Craft Beer Week, coordinated by the Brewers Association and running May 14-20. The Chicago edition runs May 17 - 27, coordinated by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. That's right, there are beer events for two whole weeks. After the glitches caused by last year's passport & stamps program, where bars paid a premium to participate and servers weren't apprised of their establishment's specials, this year any place serving beer can be put on the CCBW schedule. The customer's incentive program has been simplified: Pick up a lanyard and a neighborhood map at any of the locations on this list. You'll get a sticker for each venue where you buy something to create your own keepsake. Those who collect two stickers from each of ten Chicago neighborhood (all of the suburbs are commingled into a "Greater Suburban" neighborhood, and you'll get VIP treatment at Revolution Brewing's opening party for its new Kedzie St. Brewhouse May 25 (though you still must buy a ticket to the event to get in). With so many events going on, many of which are ticketed and thus sold out, I can best try to present highlights for each day of CBBW. These highlights will mainly focus on:
  1. New Chicago brewers introducing their product
  2. Cheap Beer
  3. Brewers debuting in the Chicago market
  4. Free Beer
  5. One-of-a-kind collaborations and rare beer tappings. This time around, Kentucky Breakfast Stout barely gets a nod.
  6. Did I mention, Free Beer
Before I get carried away with myself, Free Beer usually means a "tasting," where you can score a couple 2 oz. samples. "Tappings" mean a keg or firkin of beer is tapped at the scheduled time. Tasters may be passed around. As an admitted RateBeer "ticker," I know that getting several samples of new-to-you beer can be just as much fun as entire pints. Be it known that you can see a full schedule of CCBW events of their web site. My regular calendar, now at ChiTownOnTap, also lists non-affiliated events. In the interest of a good night's sleep those, I didn't include CCBW events that are just dinner specials at some restaurants with a nice beer list...

Chicago-American Craft Beer Week events, Saturday May 21

I guess a lot of people may be expecting to be taken up by “The Rapture” today. If you want some advice, please consider: The cheesy posters I’ve seen at Zondervan show the “saved” drifting through the sky with no clothes on. That looks like a long, cold ride. You may be glad you had... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week events - Friday, May 20

Chicago Craft Beer Week is off and running, sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers’ Guild. This is a companion to American Craft Beer Week, sponsored by the Brewers Association. I just lumped all the beer related events for today into this column, including some that weren’t intended as official Beer Week events. Please note that... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Week opening events, Thursday, May 19

Today kicks off Chicago Craft Beer Week, sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers’ Guild, taking place in the middle of American Craft Beer Week, sponsored by the Brewers Association. I’m confused, too. So I just lumped all the beer related events for today into this column. It’s the beer that matters. Please note that most... Read more »

American Craft Beer Week events, Wednesday, May 18

It’s the third day of American Craft Beer Week, and some establishments are gearing up for tomorrow’s launch of Chicago Craft Beer Week. Watch for a flood of info in the next story, which I’ll try to push out shortly! Again Wednesday, May 18 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Brew Masters SeriesState and Lake at The... Read more »

American Craft Beer Week events for Tuesday, May 17

American Craft Beer Week events for Tuesday, May 17
Just getting into the many events of American Craft Beer Week. I’ve been up very late tracking these events down, so some of them may not be fully in place. Please be sure to contact the establishments listed with any questions! Tuesday, May 17 Founders’ Beer Dinner at The PublicanThe Publican, 845 W. Fulton Market,... Read more »
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American Craft Beer Week events for Monday, May 16

Here it is, the first of eleven days for American Craft Beer Week and Chicago Craft Beer Week. See this article for some background. Weeklong events: Beer Dinner, Brews and Tours at Rock Bottom ChicagoRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339Join Rock Bottom Chicago for American Craft Beer Week! We... Read more »

American Craft Beer Week starts, Chicago's to follow

It’s perhaps the busiest time on the craft beer calendar, the double-header that is American Craft Beer Week and Chicago Craft Beer Week. First, there’s American Craft Beer Week, observed May 16 – 22 by the Brewers Association, the national non-profit association on behalf of the majority of today’s U.S. breweries. The program started as... Read more »
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