With Chicago Craft beer Week starting Thursday, I actually have to take a sort of break to work on other projects. But to any of our new, small local brewers, I would like to do an article organizing events by brewer so people can “pop the crown” on your beers. Meantime, a very up-to-date event list is being maintained at ChiBeerWeek.com.
Monday, May 12
6:30 – 9:30 pm ♦ BuckleDown Brewing Beer Dinner
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Let’s start Chicago Craft Beer Week a little early with a Six Course Beer Dinner / Tap Takeover featuring BuckleDown Brewing
We will have 6 of BuckleDown’s brews on tap. $50 plus fees through Brown Paper Tickets.
Call 708-255-2337 for more info.
Tuesday, May 13
7:00 – 9:30 pm ♦ Samuel Adams Beer Dinner
Heaven on Seven Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
We’re teaming up with the Boston Beer Company for a seven course beer dinner, each course paired with a craft beer from the Sam Adams portfolio. While we’re leading off with their mainstay, Boston Lager, we’re relying heavily on the rest of their ‘craft focused’ lineup to round out the menu, including Tasman Red IPA, Rebel IPA, Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA, Porch Rocker Radler, Honey Queen Braggot, Roggen Wolf Rye IPA and Blueberry Hill Lager.
Reservations are required. The cost of the dinner is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. There is a ‘no beer’ option for $45. The regular menu will not be available.
7:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams Limited Releases Party
Middleton’s on Main, 110 S. Main St., Wauconda, IL (847) 526-6433
Middleton’s On Main welcomes Sam Adams for some sweet tap take-over action during American Craft Beer Week. Come on in and be one of the lucky few to try Roggen Wolf, Honey Queen, Doppelbock, Porch Rocker, and many more!
Wednesday, May 14
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Three Floyds Permanent Funeral DIPA: The wolf inside this pale ale is trying to walk upright. This bright and aromatic beer was brewed with our friends in the band Pig Destroyer.
4:00 pm ♦ Revolution Tap Overthrow
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us as we jump the gun on Chicago Craft Beer Week as our friends from Revolution Brewing take over 13 or of our taps with an amazing array of rare, vintage, cellared, barrel-aged, and seasonal releases. It’s truly an amazing line-up you’ll find no where else in Chicagoland! Here’s the line-up so far, with last minute additions possible: Horizontal Tango, TV Party, Jukebox Hero, Galaxy Hero, Rise, Rosa, Gravedigger Billy, 3rd Year Beer, 4th Year Beer, Deth’s Tar, Very Mad Cow, Straight Jacket, Bean Gene.
Additional Parking Now Available at Graphic Plus, the big parking lot directly to our west at 1808 Ogden Ave.
6:00 pm ♦ Class of ’88 Party
Fischman’s Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
80’s Costume party featuring breweries originating in the 80’s including Deschutes Brewery, Goose Island, North Coast and Great Lakes! There will be an 80’s costume contest, live 80’s band, 80’s DJ, 80’s movies and Woody T. Barrel will be pouring Damn Tasty Beer all night. First 88 people will receive an 80’s gift bag! Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.
7:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Night at Bar on Buena
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
Kick off Chicago Craft Beer Week a day early with The Bar on Buena’s salute to Half Acre! $4 pints of Half Acre Pony Pils will be available during CCBW, but at this event, The BOB will be tapping some extra special Half Acre offerings. Beer prices will range from $5-$9. A friendly neighborhood Half Acre rep will be on hand spreading the love. For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page. Tap List: Pony Pils, Akari Shogun IPA, Vallejo IPA & Double Galactic Daisy Cutter.
7:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Abita Beer Pairing Dinner
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave, Oak Forest, IL 708-535-4800
A five course meal paired with Abita Beers including, SOS, Andygaytor, Abbey Ale, Imperator, Macchiato Esspresso Milk Stout, and Spring IPA. Dinner will include a Reception Beer, 5 Course Meal and Course pairings. This dinner is limited so reserve early. Tickets may be purchased online or at Blarney Stone. $35 Plus Tax, Gratuity not included
Thursday, May 15
5:00 pm ♦ Chicago Doet Belgie III
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Kick off Chicago Craft Beer Week in style! Chicago’s best breweries take on classic Belgian styles, often adding their own twist. Enjoy some of our recent favorites along with Belgian food specials like steamed mussels, pomme frittes and more!
5 Rabbit Ki’Chun| Chantrelle Belgo Strong | 9.5%
Begyle Dubbel Stamp| Dubbel | 8.3%
Solemn Oath Chin Finger | Petite Belgo Quad | 8.9%
Three Floyds Live a Rich Life| Belgian Dbl I.P.A. | 8.7%
Transient 3 Granen | Farmhouse Tripel | 9.5%
Une Année Masquerade| Tripel | 8.7%
5:30 pm ♦ Rogue Beer Tasting
WineStyles, 105 S. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge, IL 847-518-9463
Celebrating 25 years, Rogue Ales is an Artisan Varietal Brewery founded in in Oregon in 1988, as one of America’s first 50 micro-breweries. Just like a winery, Rogue grows more than a dozen ingredients on farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, John Maier crafts beer of distinction with a proprietary palate of flavors and a known terrior.
$20 for Members and $25 for Non-Members. Tasting includes a complimentary Rogue Stout Glass.
Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner, Mom Hefeweizen, Farms Chipolte Ale, Farms 7-Hop IPA, Shakespeare Stout, Double Chocolate Stout.
6:30 – 9:30 pm ♦ Beer Under Glass (SOLD OUT)
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
Beer Under Glass is the opening event in Chicago Craft Beer Week, and a benefit for the conservatory’s ongoing fund raising to finish repairing its hail damage by replacing the temporary plexiglass with hail-proof tempered glass. General tickets at $40 are sold out, but VIP tickets for $95 are still available here. And because there is still a chance at tickets, here is the brewer list:
3 Floyds, 5 Rabbit, Ale Syndicate, Argus, Atlas, Begyle, Big Shoulders, Breakroom, Brickstone, Brooklyn, BuckleDown, Church Street, Deschutes, DESTIHL, DryHop, Emmett’s, Finch’s, Flesk, Forbidden Root, Founders, Goose Island, Goose Island – Clybourn, Greenbush, HailStorm, Half Acre, Hamburger Mary’s, Haymarket, Imperial Oak, Lagunitas, Lunar, MiddleBrow, Nevin’s, Ommegang, One Trick Pony, Penrose, Perennial Artisan Ales, Piece, Pig Minds, Pipeworks, RAM, Revolution, Rock Bottom – Chicago, Rock Bottom – Yorktown, Slapshot, Solemn Oath, Spiteful, Temperance, Ten Ninety, Tighthead, Transient Artisan Ales, Two Brothers, Uinta, Une Année, Urban Legend, Virtue Cider, Wild Blossom Meadery
7:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Perfect Pairings at Horseshoe Casino
Lakeview Room at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr., Hammond, IN 219-473-6028
Horseshoe Casino’s Food and Beverage team will walk guests through different wines/beers each paired with a delicious signature dish. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with Horseshoe’s own Chef Chris Baulo and learn tips and tricks for pairing wine with exquisite food at home.
Ticket price is $40.00 for the general public, spots can be reserved here.
7:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Beer Party & Bike Giveaway
Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
This Chicago Craft Beer Week event features a meet-and-greet with Scott Stepina from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company, limited and year-round New Belgium brews, chef Wally Rouse’s beer-spiked specials and logoed giveaways. The Ale House provides a raffle ticket for every New Belgium beer purchased between 7-10 p.m.; one lucky ticket holder will win a New Belgium cruiser bike. Beer Highlights: Summer Helles, Gruit, La Folie Sour Brown Ale, Snapshot Wheat, Fat Tire Amber Ale.