Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 8-11

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 8-11
Flickr photo ©Jeff Schwartz

Let’s get this one on the boards so I can get my Valentine’s weekend list together! Yes, there are many more Mardi Gras events going on, but I’m sticking to the ones that, somewhere, mention good beer.

Monday, February 8

4:00 – 10:00 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit Chocofruit and Dessert Pairings
Pazzo’s Bar & Grill 23 E Jackson Blvd., Chicago,
All week long, from the 8th through the 14th, we’ll be pairing a dessert for two with delicious Chocofruit fruited chocolate milk stouts from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria.

Bell's Hopslam

It’s Hopslam time!

5:00 pm ♦ Bell’s HopSlam Tapping
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Come in and get a taste of this year’s Bell’s Hopslam Ale.

6:30 pm ♦ Bell’s Beer Dinner
Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000
Join us for the first beer dinner series of 2016 featuring Bell’s Brewery Inc, a popular brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The evening will feature a custom four course menu of food and craft beer pairings, along with a brewery representative as guest speaker. The event begins with a reception of passed appetizers and the first pairing at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. and is priced at $55.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Nicole at 630-586-9000.

Tuesday, February 9

5:00 pm ♦ Fat Trivia Tuesday with Abita
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Come join World of Beer Naperville as well celebrate Fat Tuesday with Abita Brewing Company. We will have $5.00 Abita draughts and will have on:
Triple Haze, Bourbon Street Series Rye Pale Ale, Mardi Gras Bock
Also, $4.00 Bottles & Cans which will feature:
Purple Haze, Wrought Iron IPA. Turbo Dog, Grapefruit Harvest IPA
Come join us for Trivia starting at 8:00 PM with Go 4 It Entertainment. Join us for the fun!!

5:00 pm ♦ Fat Tuesday Team Trivia & Specialty Menu
Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
It’s Mardi Gras time!
Stop in this Fat Tuesday and check out Chef VJ’s featured Mardi Gras food specials and ask your server about our Hurricane Slushies!
Shrimp Po Boys – fried shrimp on a french roll with chopped romaine, tomato and a cajun remoulade. $12
Gumbo – Andouille sausage, shrimp and brown rice $7
This weeks #TeamTrivia is also Mardi Gras themed. it starts at 7pm in our back Smoker Room Bar!

6:00 pm ♦ Beer and Food Pairing Dinner
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co., 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
A Cajun-style dinner paired with Flossmoor Station beers. $39/person + tax, or 2 for $75. Must call the restaurant to pre-register. Menu and pairings at FSRB’s Facebook page.

6:00 pm ♦ Mardi Gras Chef and Brewer’s Dinner
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL 630-836-1380
We still have spots available for our Brewers Dinner, with a MARDI GRAS themed party! Join us for a 5 course meal prepared by Chef Scott paired with beers brewed with love by Brewmaster Ray. We are encouraging everyone to dress up in your best purple Mardi Gras garb to really ensure the best Fat Tuesday vibe!
We are also pairing up with Loaves and Fishes this time around so we are asking that you bring some nonperishable food items so we can help restock their pantry after this holiday season. The more you bring in the more beads we will be handing out!
Tickets are $44.95. Reservations are required. If you are interested in booking a spot, please email us at or give us a call at 630-836-1380 and ask to speak to a manager about the Chef & Brewer’s Dinner.

6:30 – 8:30 pm ♦ Celebrate FAT Tuesday with North Coast!
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Wanna earn some beads? Celebrate Fat Tuesday with some tasty North Coast Brewing Co. beers!

6:30 pm ♦ Wildfire Bell’s Beer Dinner
WildFire Chicago, 159 W. Erie, Chicago (312) 787-9000
Join us for the first beer dinner series of 2016 featuring Bell’s Brewery Inc, a popular brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The evening will feature a custom four course menu of food and craft beer pairings, along with a brewery representative as guest speaker. The event begins with a reception of passed appetizers and the first pairing at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. and is priced at $55.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Marissa or Sarah at 312-787-9000.

7:30 pm ♦ Monthly Beer Social at Hopleaf with 5 Rabbit
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Want to get to know Chicagoland’s craft beer scene? Then come to Beers & Big Shoulders Monthly Beer Social at the Hopleaf! On the second Tuesday of every month, come participate in an entertaining talk with local brewers while sampling their beers and tasting some delicious snacks provided by the Hopleaf.
Your host, Joe Huminiak, will lead a discussion with guest brewers as attendees sample beers and enjoy snacks. A Q&A will follow the discussion.
Event will be on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25 plus fees, through Brown Paper tickets, must be purchased in advance and are limited to 30 people.
Your ticket includes tasty snacks provided by the Hopleaf and four samples of beer from the featured brewery. Additional full pours of these beers are available at normal price.
Join us on February 9th at 7:30 PM in the upstairs bar at the Hopleaf and meet the great people behind 5 Rabbit Cervecería!

Wednesday, February 10

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Revolution Bean Gene & Blue Gene: Eugene Porter aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels for 8 months. Blue Gene is Barrel aged Eugene with blueberries

6:00 pm ♦ Bell’s Hoppy Tap Takeover
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
We love Bell’s Brewery out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, so we decided they should take over our taps Wednesday, February 10 at 6pm. We’re featuring four of their beers all night:
Hopslam, Double India Pale Ale, 10% ABV
Roundhouse, India Red Ale, 7.5% ABV
Two Hearted, American IPA, 7.0% ABV
Smitten, Golden Rye Ale, 6.0% ABV
These beers are available individually or in a flight of 5oz pours.

6:00 pm ♦ Pollyanna’s The Orenda Volumes Special Release
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
We’ve got a VERY limited amount of Pollyanna Brewing Co. Orenda Volume 4: Barrel Aged Brown Ale Variants! At 6pm on Wednesday we will be releasing these bottles to the public in the bottle shop where our friend Mr. Adam Lovingood will be sampling out some of the other delicious offerings from Pollyanna as well!
On Tap: Orenda Volumes 1 & 3 will be on draft in the taproom!
Not familiar with the Orenda Volumes?
At Pollyanna, there’s another side to everything…Optimism isn’t just a fool’s errand–any true optimist knows that the world is full of intrigue and mysterious curiosities. We confidently venture into the deeper mysteries of fermentation because we believe that “crafted optimism” isn’t just for the foolish hearts–it’s for the curious spirit. The Orenda Volumes explore the oddity of brewing with the confidence that we will come out the other side wiser, more ambitious, and with renewed optimism.
Volume 1 Rich mahogany in color with a slight garnet hue, this Belgian Quadruple is sweet and malty with lots of toffee and plum-like dark fruits, but perfectly balanced and soft on the palate. 9.6% ABV, 27 IBU
Volume 2 Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon and Burgundy Wine Barrels for 9 months.
Volume 3 Belgian-Style Tripel brewed with 100% RO water to remove impurities, Belgian pilsner malts, Belgian candi sugar, French Strisslespalt hops, and house Belgian yeast. 9.0% ABV, 30 IBU
Volume 4 Belgian-Style Brown Ale Aged in Cabernet Franc Wine Barrels for 10 Months. Plum, Cranberry and Tart Cherry variations. 6.4% ABV, 25 IBU

6:30 pm ♦ Off Color Beer Dinner
Front Street Cantina, 15 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL (630) 369-5218
Off Color Brewing Dinner Starring Andy Tader
$40 Per Person
Greeting Beer: Tooth and Claw
Course 1:Roasted Tomato Soup in a bread bowl Paired with: Le Predateur
Course 2:Tri Taco Sampler- Lamb Barbacoa, Tuna Taco and Duck Taco Paired with: Le Woof Biere de Garde
Course 3: Pork Ribs in Tomatillo Verde Sauce served with Salsa Mac and Cheese Paired with: APEX PREDATOR
Course 4:Deep Fried Snickers Chimichanga Paired With: DINOS’MORES
Make your Reservation Today!! Limited Space Available Call(630)369-5218 or Email

Thursday, February 11

11:00 am ♦ From Goose, with Love Tap Takeover
Warren’s Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
Join us for Valentines Day Specials February 11th-14th, Including our Goose Island Tap Takeover and Valentine’s Day featured menu available Thursday through Sunday.
For reservations, call 630.462.5126
All Beers will be tapped on Feb 11th, 2016
Beers Include:
BCS Coffee 2015, 312 Wheat, Experimental Ale, Green Line, Four Star, Winter Ale, Festivity, IPA, Sofie, Matilda, The Illinois, The Ogden, The Muddy, Lolita, Madame Rose, Great Road, St. Genevieve, Fulton Street Blend, BCBS (2015, 2014, 2013), BCB Barley Wine
Selection subject to change without notice. All beers are limited supply and served on a first come, first served basis.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Revolution Bean Gene and Blue Gene. Eugene porter aged in Woodford reserve barrels and Blue Gene has blueberries

4:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Acid Trip Tap Feature
Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
New Belgium Brewing Co.s on tap include:
Lips of Faith: Transatlantique Kriek (Lambic) ● 8% ABV
La Folie Sour Brown Ale ● 7% ABV
Side Trip Belgian-Inspired Pale Ale ● 6% ABV
Citradelic American IPA ● 6% ABV

4:00 pm ♦ Bell’s Tap Takeover Starring Hopslam
Mac’s Wood Grilled, 1801 W. Division St., Chicago 773-782-4400
Join Bell’s Brewery and Mac’s Wood Grilled to celebrate release of the highly-acclaimed seasonal, Hopslam Double IPA, and enjoy Eccentric Café exclusives Le Pianiste, a Brettanomyces fermented amber ale, and Milchkaffee, a coffee milk stout. Bell’s latest seasonal, Smitten Golden Rye Ale will also be featured, as will winter seasonal Third Coast Old Ale American-Style Barleywine. Year-round favorites Two Hearted Ale and Amber Ale will be tapped.
Monica Mooney from Bell’s Brewery will be on-hand for beer education and provides giveaways such as logoed Bell’s gear. The beers will be tapped at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. The event is free to attend and beer prices range from $5-$8 each.

6:00 pm ♦ Hell-Yea -Ven
Links Taproom, 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 360-7692
Eleven on the Eleven with our friends at Half Acre Beer Co.? We are pleased as punch to announce a super special tapping of 11 incredible Half Acre beers (including a special Firkin) on February 11th? Why, you ask? Why the Hell-even not?!
Taplist: Taco Day Equinox, Chocolate Camaro Stout, Malibu Milk Stout, Lychee IPA, Big Hugs Imperial Stout, Lager, Dentside IPA, Baume Rye Stout, Baume NITRO, Gone Away IPA.

6:30 – 7:30 pm ♦ Penrose Brewing Co. Dinner
Sovereign Restaurant, 24205 W Lockport St, Plainfield, IL (815) 556-8577
We will be pairing Penrose Tap Room ONLY exclusives with Chef Dave’s creations on Feb 11th at 6:30 pm.
The cost is $75 for the four course beer dinner. (special price for locker members)
reservations only, we will be closed to the public for the event. call to set up yours now. 815.556.8577
one: bad axe sheep’s milk cheese, house sourdough, winter citrus marmalade, cranberry mostarda. PAIRED with Cranberry Blonde
two: nashville hot chicken, sous vide amish chicken, drop biscuit, bread and butter pickles. PAIRED with Raspberry Dubbel
three: cassoulet, braised debrun farms rabbit, squab, faith’s farm boar bacon, northern beans, ciabatta. PAIRED with Zante Currant Dark Ale
four: caramel flan, spent grain cookie, compressed apples, smoked sea salt. PAIRED with Smoked Apple Ale

7:00 pm ♦ Lake Effect Tap Takeover
Templestowe Pub, 3135 W Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 681-0341
Come join us at the Templestowe Pub on Montrose & Troy for a Lake Effect Brewing Tap Takeover!!

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