Calling craft beer bars: Who’s got some beer specials for Bears opening day this Sunday? Will you be pouring great beers for every game this season? If you can do better than a “bucket of Buds,” let me know! It’s a short week since I fit in Monday’s events over the Labor Day weekend. But... Read more »
Yep, running late here. Let’s just paste in and go! And you go catch some local beers and hard to find tappings. Wednesday, May. 22 Collaborative Beer Dinner with Solemn Oath and Vanberg & DeWulf The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555 Old world meets new guard as Vanberg & DeWulf and Solemn Oath... Read more »
I’ve had to really pare down the huge list of events today, mostly to focus on local brewers or rare beers. As always, check the button up top for the full schedule. Tuesday, May. 21 Battle of the Breweries Tap Takeover and Arcade Tournament Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922 Revolution... Read more »
It's kind of a marathon for me, keeping up with at least a few selected CCBW events, preferring local brews and hard-to-find tappings. Maybe I'll even get to one of these. I suppose we'll put these highlights first: a chance to party at a Cubs game with no Bud Light in sight...
Are we ready for a little beer-filled Friday? Okay. Again, these are selected highlights and any extra events I might have on my calendars. For a full sensory overload of CCBW events, click the button above...
Once again, I make my humble attempt to guide you through the many offerings involved in Chicago Craft Beer Week
. Sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
, this year's CCBW is even bigger, with over 250 locations participating.
Having learned lessons from previous CCBW's where patrons were expected to buy passports and present them to servers for stamps, etc., this year's rules of participation were simple: any establishment can participate if they have been serving craft beers for at least a year before May 16, and if they offer at least one craft pour for $4 throughout the 11-day, uh, week. Those participating places can then have their craft beer-related event posted on the CCBW web site, which this year includes a smartphone app...
Are you up for some Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap? Are you up for an early-morning road trip? Friday, Mar. 29 3:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210 Goose Island Matilda & Sofie. 4:00 – 6:00 pm ♦ Shiner Premium w/ the Gin Palace Jesters... Read more »
Just a quick summary of craft beer news I’ve heard and not had much time to follow up on: FoBAB Documentary Following the release party Saturday evening, the IndependentBeer collective has posted their full documentary on the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer to YouTube. I have a link right here, or watch it... Read more »
Remember my watchword: "Tastings" usually involve free samples of beer. Oh, and have I mentioned that Baderbräu is back? See the rest at my ChiTownonTap
Calendar or at Chicago Craft Beer Week's
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Baderbräu Returns! Launch Party
Binnys South Loop
, 1132 S Jefferson St, Chicago
On the 10-year anniversary of its disappearance, Baderbräu
Chicago Pilsener, Chicago’s landmark “first craft beer,” returns with its original recipe in time for CCBW. The team responsible for Baderbräu’s return, Baderbrau Brewing Company, has spent a two-year journey tracking down the original master brewer Douglas Babcock, rediscovering the original recipe and proprietary yeast strain, and working with brewing partner Argus Brewery to perfect the flavor–all to save this historic Chicago beer from being lost. Be there to experience the return of this landmark Chicago Pilsener at one of the four launch parties this week. Upcoming: Stocks & Blondes, and Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Friday. And Hackney’s Printers Row on Saturday...
Nope, there’s nothing scheduled for the actual Easter Day. Go and enjoy your Easter dinner with something that has been brewed by monks for centuries… Friday, April 6 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sinner or Saint: Temptingly Rare Beers on Tap! The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701 What better to tempt you... Read more »