Chicago Craft Beer Events, Weekend of June 7-9

Chicago Craft Beer Events, Weekend of June 7-9
Author Tom Acitelli is in town to discuss his history of the Craft Brewing movement.

Friday, June 7

4:00 – 6:30 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Clown Shoes & 3 Heads Brewing

6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie’s
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tonight: Smuttynose Brewing Co. Really Old Brown Dog. (Old Ale – 10% ABV)

6:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ School’s Out, Let’s (Block) Party!
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179
Come celebrate the end of the school year and the start of Summer at the Lake Bluff Brewing Company, in the taproom and street side! We are closing off Scranton Avenue between Sheridan & Walnut to make way for two live music acts, Happy Ashtray and Neighbor Dater. We will also be releasing 2 LIMITED RUN BEERS: Cocoa-Nibbed Black Squirrel Bourbon Stout and Peached Dog Days Hefeweizen. These specialties probably won’t even last the night, don’t miss ’em!

6:30 pm ♦ Tighthead Brewing Company Beer Dinner – SOLD OUT – Waiting List Available
Wildfire Lincolnshire, 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL (847) 279-7900
Join us for a five course custom menu of food and beer pairings featuring Tighthead Brewing Company, a production brewery located in Mundelein, Illinois that is dedicated to crafting quality beer for all seasons. Owner & Brewmaster, Bruce Dir, will be on hand to discuss the locally crafted beers being featured at the event. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The event is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at (773) 398-6960.

Saturday, June 8

12:00 pm ♦ Schuba’s Backyard BBQ & Bike Bash
Schuba’s, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 525-2508
Come to Schuba’s for the second annual Backyard BBQ & Bike Bash — the afternoon before the Naked Bike Ride! — for some bike talk, BBQ, and discounted brews from Revolution. This is an all ages, free event.
Come talk shop with local cycle shop employees, bring in your ride in for a tune-up, and check out new products from the shops.
Schuba’s music room will host a massive, bi-annual poster sale featuring hundreds of deeply-discounted prints from the venue’s shows. Outside, Small Room Collective’s airstream trailer will be set up, selling vintage and boutique clothes, art and music.
Schuba’s Backyard BBQ & Bike Bash is presented in partnership with The Chainlink, Active Trans, Working Bikes, Revolution Brewing, The Bike Lane, On The Route, Roscoe Village Bikes, and Small Room Collective.

1:00 – 3:00 pm ♦ DryHop’s First Growler Saturday
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
DryHop Brewers hold its first “Growler Saturday” in advance of its full opening June 13. The public will be able to see the brewery, and sample DryHop’s first two beers: Shark Meets Hipster Wheat IPA, and Batch 001 Chicago Common, on tap or to-go in 64-oz. growlers for $10 (includes the glass growler and fill).

1:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Craft Day Afternoon
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-348-6000
Co-sponsored by FIZZ and Map Room, the 3rd Annual CDA event will feature unlimited draft samples from more than 40 of the best craft brewers in the country, a souvenir glass, and passed appetizers. Proceeds once again benefit the Hamilton Elementary School. Last year the event raised almost $10,000 for Hamilton, so bring your friends and let’s surpass that total this year!
Tickets are $50 each, and are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

1:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ 2nd Annual Mundelein Craft Beer Festival
Tighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174
Mundelein Community Connections and Tighthead Brewing Company will be holding the 2nd Annual Mundelein Craft Beer Festival. Advance tickets will be $35 and day of the event tickets $40. The festival will be held in the parking lot of Tighthead Brewing Company which shares its lot with the Metra Train Station in downtown Mundelein.
This year’s Mundelein Craft Beer Fesitval is bigger and better than last year:

  • Covered seating for comfort rain or shine
  • Lots of new brewers and the return of many from 2012.
  • Live Music from Samadhi Vibe and Private Drive
  • Food for purchase from local vendors – Lauretta’s, Luke’s of Mundelein, and the Raging Kitchen food truck

Current Brewery List

Tickets will get you admission to the festival, a souvenir tasting glass, samples from 25 – 30 breweries and live music. Food will be available for purchase from local restaurant vendors and designated driver tickets are available as well.
Visit the Mundelein Craft Beer Festival Facebook page. Order tickets at Eventbrite.

Non-Drinker / Designated driver ticket includes a commemorative pint glass and free water Brew Bus Ticket – – AVAILABLE SOON – – The Brew Bus will transport people from the Libertyville Train Station to the event and back. A Brew Bus ticket must be purchased in advance and an event ticket is also required. – The bus will pick up at the train station from Noon – 1:30PM and will return riders between 4:30and 6:00PM

2:00 – 6:00 pm ♦ Saturday Tastings
The House of Glunz
, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago
In-store, open house tasting featuring new arrivals, seasonal specials and end-of-bin deals. Tastings, unless otherwise stated, are free of charge.

2:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Whole Foods Lakeview Beerfest
Whole Foods Market, 3300 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago 773.244.4200
$5 per person with proceeds benefitting The Rebuilding Exchange,
Enjoy an afternoon filled with new brews and old favorites, including special kegs from Great Lakes Brewery and Metropolitan Brewing paired with small bites. A community art piece will be created from scrap pieces of wood inside of a reclaimed wood frame all provided by the Rebuilding Exchange. RSVP to

3:00 pm – 12:00 am ♦ Hatter Day Celebration at New Holland
New Holland Brewing Co. Restaurant & Pub, 66 E. 8th St, Holland, MI
(What this is referring to, of course, is the release of New Holland’s Mad Hatter series of IPA’s, which will also be on our shelf in 22 oz. bomber bottles).
It’s that time of year again! Hatter Day is upon us and that means Street Party, Live Music, Food Specials, Beer & Spirits demos, Daredevil Circus, Highjinx and Hilarity. The street party takes place on College (between 8th and 9th streets). Plus, our new Beer Garden will be open and ready for you to enjoy!
So, join us in a celebration of the entire Hatter Family and remember…We’re All a Little Mad Here.

4:30 pm ♦ Lit Fest session on Craft Beer
Printer’s Row Lit Fest, S. Dearborn at Harrison, Chicago
On the Good Eating Stage at the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Lit Fest. Join Tribune beer writer Josh Noel in conversation with Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution, and Ray Daniels, homebrewer and creator of the Cicerone Beer Server Certification program.

5:00 pm ♦ Rosa Garden Party at Floyd’s in New Lenox
Floyd’s Ale House, 901 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox, IL (815) 463-1111
Revolution Brewing is hosting a Rosa Garden Party and tap overthrow at Floyd’s. Here’s what we’re bringing:
Tango Belgian Dubbel, Maibock is Better Than Your Bock, Rosa Hibiscus Ale, Double Fist, Crystal Hero IPA, Cross of Gold, and Mother of Exiles.

6:00 pm ♦ New Holland Hatter Series Tap Takeover
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
On Saturday the Mad Hatters take over our taps. We will be showcasing 6 of New Holland’s Mad Hatter series beers including the newest addition to the Hatters lineup: Michigan Hatter. The following beers will be on tap

  • Michigan Hatter – Pale Ale
  • White Hatter – Belgian-Style White Pale Ale
  • Black Hatter – Black IPA
  • Farmhouse Hatter – Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  • Rye Hatter – Rye Pale Ale
  • Oak Aged Hatter – Oak Aged IPA

No reservations needed.

Sunday, June 9

11:00 am – 3:00 pm ♦ Aleman Brewing at Chicago Brew Werks
Chicago Brew Werks, 14903 S. Center St., Unit 107, Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557
Aleman Brewing will be at CBW from to tap and talk about their latest brew, THE HAMMER. A dry-hopped Imperial Blonde aged on White Cedar. Best yet, we’ll have the recipe on hand for anyone that wants to brew it!!

11:00 am – 2:00 pm ♦ Revolution beer & Brunch Feast
Ada St. Restaurant, 1664 N. Ada St., Chicago
Bellwether is hosting a beer + brunch feast at the deliciously tucked away Ada St. Restaurant. Beer pairings by Revolution Brewing and menu by Chef Zoë Schor.
Guests will create the feast playlist using Ada’s vinyl collection! $50 per person — online reservations HERE!

1:00 – 2:00 pm ♦ Tom Acitelli “Audacity of Hops” Book Signing
Green Eye Lounge, 2403 W. Homer St., Chicago 773-227-8851
The Green Eye Lounge hosts Tom Acitelli, author of the new book “The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution,” for a book signing.
Acitelli’s book chronicles the craft beer revolution, from its beginnings with Fritz Maytag and Jack McAuliffe, up to the present day.

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