Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Saturday May 24

Oh, look. Here we are to the end of the madness that is CCBW. I’ll have a few “straggler” events that take place the rest of the memorial Day weekend, but I think you’ll want to catch up to those, too.

Saturday, May 24

Baderbräu Beer Pairing Menu
Farmhouse Chicago, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 280-4960
For Chicago Craft Beer Week, Chicago’s Original Craft Beer Baderbräu has teamed up with Farmhouse for a delicious tasting menu pairing Baderbräu products with three featured dishes. $25 per person for special tasting menu, paired with Baderbräu Original Pilsner, Red Velvet & Lawnmower Lager IPL

12:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ We’re All One Big Happy Family! City VS. Suburbs Brewery Throwdown Finale Party
Standard Market Grill, 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago 773-857-3080
There can be only one… winner that is, of our CCBW-long “City VS. Suburbs Brewery Throwdown”. Come check us out on Saturday afternoon, as we crown a winner for our little mini-contest. Reps from all participants will be on-hand, fielding questions, shmoozing, greasin’ palms…you guys know the deal! (Note: I did a listing for this address two years ago when it was Zapatista restaurant.)

12:00 pm ♦ Atlas Barrel-Aged Beer Night
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
We’ll be tapping 4 of our barrel-aged beers simultaneously. The beers include:
Koval Rye Barrel-Aged Harold Imperial Stout, Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel-Aged Phantasmagourdia Pumpkin Ale, Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel-Aged Glasgow Kiss Scotch Ale, and Old Sugar Rum Barrel-Aged Intemporelle Quadruppel
The beers will be available when we open at noon and will last until supplies run out.

12:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Hailstorm Grand Opening
Hailstorm Brewing Co., 8060 W 186th St., Tinley Park, IL
We’ll be hosting our grand opening celebration this Saturday. Special guest tappings from Haymarket, Goose, and possibly others. There will be a live band (Roger and the Wraybands) starting at 5:30 and the Haute & Ready food truck from 5:00-8:00pm. There is no cost to attend.

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ♦ West Loop Craft Beer Festival 2014
Chicago West Loop @ W. Lake Street & North Clinton Street, Chicago
The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Neighbors of West Loop, and Chicago French Market have come together to host the 2nd Annual celebration to close out Chicago Craft Beer Week 2014. The city’s largest craft beer outdoor block party will commence with a VIP event beginning at 12:00pm, and General Admission running between 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
The West Loop Craft Beer Fest will offer a VIP hour to kick off the day, which includes $10 in food tickets provided by participating Chicago French Market vendors, and two VIP tents featuring specialty pours by Goose Island and Lagunitas.
Our General Admission experience will include craft beer, hours of entertainment and food for purchase. The CCBW celebration of neighborhoods ends in the heart of the West Loop, and we invite all neighborhoods to come down on May 24th to celebrate the craft beer experience with friends and family! Designated drivers or non-beer drinkers CAN access the fest without a ticket. If still available, General Admission tickets at the door will be $65!
Breweries: 5 Rabbit, Ale Asylum, Ale Syndicate, Argus, Atlas, Baderbräu, Begyle, Berghoff, Big Shoulders, BreakRoom, BrickStone, Brooklyn, BuckleDown, Church Street, Deschutes, DESTIHL, Dryhop, Emmett’s, Finch’s, Flesk, Forbidden Root, Founders, Four Hands, Goose Island, Greenbush, HailStorm, Half Acre, Haymarket, Hopvine, Imperial Oak, JT Walker Restaurant & Brewery (Mahomet), Lake Effect, Lakefront, Middle Brow, Nevins, Ommegang, One Trick Pony, Penrose, Perrenial Artisian Ales, Piece, Pig Minds, Pipeworks, Pollyanna, RAM Restaurant & Brewing, Revolution, Rock Bottom-Chicago, Rock Bottom-Orland Park, Rock Bottom-Yorktown, Slapshot, Solemn Oath, Temperance, Ten Ninety, Tighthead, Transient Ales, Two Brothers, Uinta, Une Année, Urban Legend, Vice DistrictVirtue Cider (See how Virtue and Vice come together in this town? Slick, eh?)Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery, Wild Onion

1:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Derby Doubleheader
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
Settle in for an all day celebration of the beautiful game with the perfect pint. Lagunitas hosted bar with $4 pints and loads of Lag swag giveaways while we follow the Champions League derby final with Real Madrid and Atletico before cheering on the Chicago Fire v. Columbus Crew. Free food during the matches, Pierogi Wagon arrives at 8pm to help you finish out yr day with a little sumpin sumpin.

2:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ Brew LaLa
The Chop Shop & 1st Ward Events, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago
The spring time is a magical time of year in Chicago that lasts about a week so why not greet it with some awesome brews at The Brew LaLa?! The 1st Ward and Chop Shop will once again host this event with the edition of a patio upstairs! So don’t fret if you missed the HaHa because the LaLa is right around the corner and it will be just as magical! Tickets are $35 plus fee at Brown Paper Tickets.
Goose Island, Goose Clybourn, Rude Hippo, Big Beerds, C.H.A.O.S., Temperance, Kimbell, Crypto, Roshambo, Distortion, Transmission, Inebriated, Powell, Rude Boy, MarZ, iSH Ales, Beer karma, Hail to the Ale.
To commemorate the Memorial Day weekend, we will be donating a portion of ticket sales to The Wounded Warrior Project.

2:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Middle Brow Homebrewing Competition and Man-B-Que Dinner
Cobra Lounge, 235 N Ashland Ave., Chicago
middlebrowFor details, link here.
ManBQue and Middle Brow will be throwing one of its famous beer pairing dinners, and Middle Brow will be holding one of its homebrewing competitions as part of that dinner … but with a very important twist: ManBQue members at the dinner will help pick the winning beer!
Homebrewing contestants: each homebrewer will submit a beer in one of four possible styles to pair with a specific ManBQue dinner course. Please keep in mind that you will be pouring samples of your beers (and eating delicious food) at the event. Also, make sure you have a minimum of 8 bottles to serve to all guests. Please purchase the ticket tied to the style you’re submitting. Please don’t purchase the “ManBQue Dinner” ticket.
ManBQue Members and General Public: you’ll be tasting every beer pairing and voting on your favorite paring beer for each course. The winning beer from each course will then advance to the final round, where the ManBQue and Middle Brow guys will pick the winner. Please purchase the “ManBQue Dinner” ticket.
Eligible beer styles (with food pairing in parentheses):
1) Session (pairing: Arugula Salad with a Poached Pear Vinaigrette)
2) Belgian (pairing: Smoked Garlic Wings)
3) Stout (pairing: Flank Steak with Basil Chimichurri Sauce)
4) Anything goes… something spiced or offbeat that pairs well (pairing: Five-Spice Bacon-Fat Ginger Snap Cookie and Candied Bacon)
As always, the winning beer will be commercially brewed and distributed throughout Chicago, and we’ll be donating half of our profits to charity. The winner will also receive a cash prize. Click on the links below for the official Rules and Regulations, Entry Information and Bottle ID Forms.

2:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Shiner, Bridgeport, Trumer

5:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Polyanna Brewing Co. Sneak Peek Party
The Tap House Grill Lemont, 1243 S State St., Ste 109, Lemont, IL 630-257-5992
This event, continued from Friday, is the world debut of the beers of Lemont’s new Pollyanna Brewery. Representatives From Pollyanna will be here both nights to sample their beers and talk about the brewery
Imperial Black Saison (Collaboration with Ten Ninety) and AVIDITY IPA will be tapped.

5:00 pm ♦ Two Beer Launches at Horse Thief Hollow
Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co., 10426 S. Western Ave, Chicago 773 779 BREW (2739)
Borrowed Horses Barrel Aged English Barleywine Launch. An English-Style Barleywine aged in 3rd-use American oak barrels. The barrels aged Rye Whiskey and then were used to store Pennsylvania-Dutch maple syrup. Featuring a warm honey brown body and beige head with predominant flavors of Sticky Toffee, caramel, warm malt and sweet alcohol. Notes of maple, oak, cinnamon, vanilla. 11.4% ABV, 50 IBU
Weekend at Brett’s Farmhouse Saison. A Hoppy Farmhouse-style Saison fermented with a blend of Brett and Saison yeasts from local Chicago yeast supplier Omega Labs. This slightly funky and fruity Saison is brewed with New Zealand Motueka hops. Predominant notes of pineapple, lemon, lime. Subtle notes of spice. 6.5% ABV, 25 IBU

6:00 pm ♦ Firestone Walker Barrelworks at Haymarket!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Jeffers Richardson, Barrelmaster of Firestone Walker Brewing will be here with several of his barrel aged specialty brews! He’ll be hanging out, answering all your burning questions, and being an all-around generally awesome guy ( and bringing some AMAZING beers with him!). Join us, he’ll be dropping by around 6pm!
Barrelworks Series (sour program): 2013 LilOpal, 2013 Agrestic Ale
Proprietor’s Vintage Series (spirits barrel program): 2013 Stickee Monkee, 2013 Anniversary XVII, 2013 Double DBA, 2013 Velvet Merkin
Lion & Bear Series: Pivo Pils
Proprietor’s Reserve Series: Opal Dry Hopped Saison

6:00 pm ♦ The Mash Up
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
Mash Tun Society & The Olympic Tavern present: “The Mash Up”
Join us at The Olympic Tavern for an evening with the Publisher of Mash Tun Journal, Ed Marszewski and brewers from Marz Community Brewing from Chicago!
Ed and pals from Marz will be bringing some special brews to share from the newest generation of brewers from Chicagoland. You can also meet your Mash Tun pals and get some Mash Tun schwag and copies of the journal.
For $20 you get:
6 tastes of Chicagoland brewery beer ( Marz, Pipeworks, and others tbd)
Mash Tun Tasting Glass
Copy of Issue #5 – Our hot off the press issue

7:00 pm ♦ Meet The Brewers from Local Option
Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph Chicago, IL (312) 243-3100
Come meet Tony, Naoh and Alexie for a little ‘Exorcist’ and metal.
We’ll tap Local Option Bierweker’s American Stout Exorcist at 7pm

7:00 – 10:00 pm ♦ Vattentorn Release to Save the Water Tower
Andersonville Brewing, 5402 N. Clark St, Chicago (773) 784-6969
Andersonville Brewing Co will release its newest seasonal brew… VATTENTORN (Swedish for Water Tower). This Baltic Porter was brewed in collaboration with our fellow A’Ville brewery, Metropolitan Brewing Company. Expect rich chocolaty notes and a smooth finish for this lager.
The Iconic A’Ville Water Tower, which sat atop the Swedish American Museum and was painted to resemble the Swedish Flag, was removed this spring due to sever weather damage. Efforts are underway to restore the water tower. $1 for every glass of Vattentorn sold will be donated towards those efforts. Raffle prizes will be given away during the release party.

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