Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, March 5-7

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Friday, March 5

Order for Untapped Gilda’s Club Virtual Pairing
Online with Goose Island Tap Room, 1800 W Fulton St., Chicago (312) 262-4717
Food and Beer pairing (enough food and drink for 2) – $100
Orders must be placed by March 5th
Join the Associate Board of Gilda’s Club Chicago and Goose Island Brewing Co. from the comfort of your own home for a virtual food and beer tasting event. Each package consists of a three course meal and three 32 oz growlers to compliment the food selections.
Executive Chef, Henry Pariser and Head Brewer Jon Naghski have created a special menu and pairing for this virtual event to benefit Gilda’s Club Chicago. Head Brewer Jon Naghski will walk us through the menu and pairings. We will have a Q&A session following the menu presentation.
View our Full Menu
To place your order, visit the link above. Please follow the instructions listed here
On the site you will need to indicate the pick -up time you prefer, please choose either:
March 10th anytime from 12:00 – 8:00pm or
March 11th anytime from 12:00 – 4:00pm
Then you will click on the Choose a Menu box and select Untapped/Gilda’s.
Once you place an order you will receive a confirmation email.
Gilda’s Club Chicago will then send you a link to the live portion of the event that will take place on March 11th at 6:00pm.
Pick up location is at Goose Island Brewhouse, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago.
For any questions on the event and ordering please reach out to
Please note: Gilda’s Club Chicago will email the link and other information to join the virtual event.
All proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Chicago. Gilda’s Club Chicago continues to fulfill its mission of ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Alinea To Go
Pollyanna – St. Charles, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL (630) 549-7372 (Map)
Pollyanna – St Charles is thrilled to be partnering once again with world renowned Chef Achatz and Alinea as their To Go Pick-up location for the weekend of March 5-7.
Alinea has been universally praised for its innovative approach to modernist cuisine. It is one of only 14 restaurants in the U.S. to earn the coveted Michelin 3-Star rating. It has also won James Beard Awards for Outstanding Restaurant in the U.S., Outstanding Service in the U.S., and Outstanding Chef in the U.S
To book this unique experience featuring four delicious 3-course dinners affordably priced, to enjoy in the comfort of your own home, click here.
Pair your unique food experience with one of nearly 20 Pollyanna Brewing’s beer offerings, click here.

Houseplants and Beer
Lake Effect Brewing Co., 4727 W. Montrose Ave., Suite C, Chicago 312-523-5141 (Map)
Planning to kick back this weekend?
do it with a beer in hand and a new plant.
We’ll make it easy for you. Pick your favorite combo, add to cart, and select pick-up OR free delivery this Friday!
$25 gets you a 6-pack of locally crafted beer and a hand-selected plant
Click here to order.

Peaches & Her Release
Sew Hop’d Brewery & Taproom, One Union Special Plaza, Ste. 113, Huntley, IL (815) 701-8819 (Map)
March is Women’s History Month- and we are here to celebrate it. We had the privilege of hosting the Pink Boots Society – Chicago Chapter annual collaboration day, in support of women in the craft beverage industry. And today we got to can it!
Expect Peaches & Her – a Hoppy American Wheat Ale- coming to you on Friday, 3/5, in taprooms across Chicagoland- specifically these taprooms represented by some amazing ladies:
Dovetail Brewery, Skeleton Key, Miskatonic, Rabid Brewing, Church Street, Oswego Brewing Co., More Brewing Co., Brother Chimp, Dry City, Haymarket, & Roaring Table.
We are grateful to know some incredible women in this industry, and even more grateful to have the opportunity to brew a beer with them. Get to the taproom Friday to check it out.

12:00 pm • Off Color Triple Release
Off Color Brewing – Mousetrap, 1460 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 929-2916 (map)
& Off Color Brewing Bottle Shop, 3925 Dickens, Chicago  (Map)
Polar S’moretex • $24 / 250mL 4-pack • 12.5% abv
A stronger, more robust version of DinoS’mores we only brew during Polar Vortexes to commemorate how miserable we are. Last batch was from January 30, 2019 when the temperature in Chicago dropped to -23F with a wind chill of -52F… it was really, really, really cold and we thought we’d have to flee from ice wolves. This year’s is from when it was only -6F BUT the average temperature for the month made it the coldest February in Chicago on record so we got that going for us? Anyway, Polar S’mortex takes everything we love about DinoS’mores and we intensify it to an almost fudge-like consistency. You can’t quite set it on fire to stay warm and scare off hungry, glowing eyes in the winter dark, but we did what we could. Off Color Exclusive.
Returning this week, Blackberry Fox in the Snow. $16 / 250mL 4-pack • 8.4% abv
Fox in the Snow is our foedre aged kriek. But for this version we wanted to change things up a little replacing cherries with blackberries. (Does that make it a blackberry kriek? Not really sure of the nomenclature) Whatever you call it, 10 months in our Italian Barolo foedre and a further two aging on blackberries lends an auburn hue, vibrant fruit, and tannic, seedlike profile. Pleasantly in tandem is a wild complexity, balanced acidity and round, deep vinous notes from the foedre itself. 
Cognac Blackberry Fox in the Snow • $14 / 375mL Bottle • 8.9% abv 
A single barrel of Blackberry Fox in the Snow first aged in one of our Barolo wine foedres was then re-fermented with blackberries and was then further aged an additional 12 months in a proper, imported French VSOP cognac barrel. (Very Superior Old Pale so you don’t have to look it up.) The blackberry candy-like essence from Blackberry Fox takes on classic cognac pomp and splendor with layered tones of toffee, plum, and dried apricot. A rarified barrel treatment for only the most regal woodland creatures. Off Color Exclusive.
Pre-order on now. Releases Friday at noon.

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Peaches & Her Taproom Release
The Church Street Brewing Co., 1480 Industrial Dr. Ste. C, Itasca, IL (630) 438-5725 (map)
March is Woman’s History month and Monday is International Woman’s Day. Join us Friday, March 5th in a special collaboration with the Pink Boots Society- Chicago Chapter. This year these amazing women, including our Queen, Lisa, brewed a special happy American Wheat Ale: Peaches & Her
This beer was brewed with 2021 Yakima Chief Pink Boots Society blend. This is a limited series. Each brewery participating only will be getting a limited amount and we expect to tap out by Monday!

5:00 – 8:30 pm • The Return of Haven, Dark Horse Pastries & Matt Strom
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL 630-541-9414 (map)
Please join us as we welcome back Chef Terrell and Dark Horse Pastries in our taproom. Chef Terrell is making up his Fat Tuesday dinner and will be presenting a lot of those tasty dishes and treats.
Haven is also making its return. Join us as we sling some of this crushable 6.5% NEIPA.
Matt Strom is also back in our taproom rocking out from 7 until we kick him out.

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Friday Eats: Firelit Wood Fired Pizza
Sew Hop’d Brewery & Taproom, One Union Special Plaza, Ste. 113, Huntley, IL (815) 701-8819 (map)
We are welcoming a new food vendor again this Friday- PIZZA & BEER AGAIN?! Sign us up!
Enjoy delicious wood fired pizza from Firelit Pizza.
We’ll also be releasing our Chicago Pink Boots Society collaboration beer in honor of International Women’s Day (3/8).

5:00 – 9:00 pm • Rhinegeist Chicago
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 (map)
Join us as we welcome Cincinnati’s best, Rhinegeist! We will be tapping their beer for the first time EVER! Giveaways and good times!

7:30 – 10:30 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 (map)
Student Bodies. In this 1981 horror/comedy, a serial killer with his signature heavy breathing proceeds to systematically kill the students and teachers of Lamab high school.
Free, no tickets needed. Lot opens an hour before showtime!
This weekend The RIPH pays tribute to the late Mike McPadden. We will be raising funds for his family and with your donation, you’ll receive a pin drawn by Peter Bagge.

Saturday, March 6

Blue Island Beer Co. Release
Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 954-8085 (Map)
It’s Been a Grip Irish Red Ale is back on tap!

9:00 am – 4:00 pm New Pie, Ambrosia & More!
Energy City Brewing, 917 First St., Batavia, IL (630) 597-5581 (Map)
The pie series continues with our Key lime flavor and our second highest rated beer on Untappd, Cherry Ambrosia, returns! See our full lineup below:

  • Bistro Key Lime Pie, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Bistro Cherry Ambrosia – Pineapple, Tangerine, Cherry, Coconut & Marshmallow, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Bistro Crumble – Apple & Cranberry, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Bistro Smoothie – Mango, Banana & Pineapple, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • WOO HOO! Turbine – Peach, Cranberry & Citra Hops, fruited American Sour Ale (7.5% ABV).
  • Zephyr Turbine – Pineapple, Orange & Citra Hops, fruited American Sour Ale (7.5% ABV).
  • Bâtisserie S’mores Stout – Imperial Milk Stout (10% ABV)
  • Hop Nawi – NEIPA (7.2% ABV)

Beer will be available for online pre-order Wednesday, March 3rd at noon via
RSVP to this event for shopping convenience and reminders!
Drive-thru beer pickup time: Saturday, March 6th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All beer is pre-sold online and delivered to your vehicle with proof of purchase and valid ID. PROXIES ALLOWED with copy of email receipt & 21+
Check & Call your local bottle shop for Hop Nawi and Hop Surf!

10:00 – 2:00 am FLEADH 2021
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, IL 708-535-4800 (Map)
Come out and celebrate one of Oak Forest’s finest traditions, the Fleadh!
Blarney Stone will have plenty of outdoor space to enjoy live music, green beer, corned beef, and all of your favorite Fleadh traditions.
$5 cover

11:00 am – 3:00 pm Brunch Fest
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 (Map)
Let’s close out Lake County’s Restaurant Rally with a bang, buy getting an early look at our upcoming Spring & Summer Brunch Menu.
Happening Saturday, March 6th, and Sunday, March 7th from 11a-3p.
Reservations are required either in a Private Dome or in the Taproom.

12:00 – 5:00 pm The Riverlands Shuffle Golf Open
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 (Map)
Come on out & join us for a bracketed co-sponsored tournament with prizes. We’ll have open play from 12 noon to 3pm. Our tournament play including playoffs & finals from 3pm to 4pm. And finishing up with more open play from 4-5pm.
Tournament sign-up at

12:00 – 4:00 pm Ike & Barry Cookout!
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W. 47th St., Lyons, IL 708-777-1842 (Map)
This Saturday we will be having a parking lot cookout sponsored by our friends at Tischler’s Finer Foods! We will have the famous Tischler’s BuckleDown beer brats and bangers with Barry’s new sauce. The grill will be going from noon – 4pm! Then wash it down with a Tischler’s Premium Pils.
After the cookout we will have live Music by Jay Vanna starting at 4pm!

12:00 – 11:00 pm Look Both Ways – Double Release
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL ​(630) 376-6895 (Map)
& 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL (331) 431-4882 (Map)
Look Both Ways are two Imperial Stout Variants that we made with our friends at Whiskey Hill Brewing Co. It is smooth as silk with big malt flavors that give way to the richness of the sweet chocolate. This full bodied beauty is perfect for these cold Chicago winters!
The Orange Can is Look Both Ways with Cacao Nibs
The Green Can is Look Both Ways with Coconut
Both variants will be available on tap and to go at both our Naperville and Lombard location.

1:00 pm Cheers For Beers
The Harp & Fiddle, 110 Main St., Park Ridge, IL 847-720-4466 (Map)
Beer event of the year
$25 tickets proceeds are going to a great cause
Beer tastings with:
Toppling Goliath Taproom, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Tangled Roots Brewing Co., Sketchbook Brewing Co., Buffalo Creek Brewing, Revolution Brewing, Pipeworks Brewing Co., Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, Rogue Ales & Spirits, Elysian Brewing, Une Année/ Hubbard’s Cave BreweryRiverlands Brewing Co., Riviera Cafe Brewhouse, Smylie Brotherss Brewing Co.

4:00 – 7:00 pm Return to BuckleDown!
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W. 47th St., Lyons, IL 708-777-1842 (Map)
In March 2020, Jay Vanna Acoustic was the last live music before the shut downs and it’s an honor to be the FIRST live music at Buckledown of 2021. Plenty of amazing beer and drinks. See you there. Be safe. Bring a mask.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Surf & Turf @ Church Street Brewing Co.
The Church Street Brewing Co., 1480 Industrial Dr. Ste. C, Itasca, IL (630) 438-5725 <Map>
Chicago Culinary Kitchen has partnered with one of our favorite local breweries to bring you a special date night meal fit for royalty. One ticket gets you a dinner for 2. Each meal comes complete with:
1lb. Smoked Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib (carved on-site)
Butter-poached Jumbo Shrimp (4)
Beef Tallow Mashed Potatoes (16oz)
Maple Glazed Carrots (16oz)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (1 slice)
Brioche Dinner Rolls w/ Butter (2pc)
Garlic Toum (4oz)
Horseradish Cream (4oz)
4pk of Church Street Beers including: Brimstone IPA, Righteous Red Ale, Chuck’s Porter, & Heavenly Helles
All food will be packaged TO-GO but there IS limited indoor dining space in the taproom on a first come, first served basis.
This event is PRE-ORDER ONLY. PICK-UP at Church Street Brewery on Saturday, March 6th between 5:00-6:00pm!!!
The brewery is located at 1480 Industrial Dr Unit C, Itasca, IL 60143
Click “Tickets” to book online or email and avoid the Eventbrite fee!
Orders must be received no later than Thursday, March 4th @ 8pm.
Please note the Eventbrite price of $117 includes all State & Local taxes. This event is non-refundable.

7:30 – 10:30 pm Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park!!!!
KISS portrays themselves, or a rock band made up of superheroes, battles an evil inventor who has plans for destruction at a California amusement park.
Free, no tickets needed, lot opens an hour before showtime 
This weekend The RIPH pays tribute to the late Mike McPadden. We will be raising funds for his family and with your donation, you’ll receive a pin drawn by Peter Bagge.

Sunday, March 7

4:00 – 5:30 pm Molly’s Cupcakes Beer-Cider Pairing (Winter Edition)
Tapville Social – Naperville, 216 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL (630) 536-8739 <Map>
Tapville Social is pairing craft beer & cider with Molly’s Cupcakes. Join us for a event to sample five delicious Molly’s Cupcakes and five beer and cider selections. Get Tickets here ($30).

7:30 – 10:30 pm Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 <Map>
Awesome event alert: join us on Sunday March 7th – Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks. We’re wrapping up the weekend with the classic, Revenge of the Nerds! At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect. Free, no tickets needed, and lot opens one hour before showtime!
This weekend The RIPH pays tribute to the late Mike McPadden. We will be raising funds for his family and with your donation, you’ll receive a pin drawn by Peter Bagge.

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