Chicago Craft Beer Weekend: April 9-11

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend: April 9-11
One of a series of ads for Pabst Ale, drawn by Otto Soglow, creator of "The Little King" comic.

Finding out about another new spot for beer. Khaos Brewcade is not only a brewpub, but also a retro video and pinball arcade. Always pulling for new brewers. Though their location, 12337 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL has previously been the site of Limestone Brewing, Nevin’s and Midnight Pig. Fourth time lucky?

Friday, April 9

12:00 pm • Megapixel & Crash Landed Release
Begyle Brewing, 1800 W. Cuyler Ave., Chicago (773) 661-6963 Map
Spring has sprung and two of your Begyle favorites are back! Available in pints on our front patio and in various to-go options. Preorders start at 8pm on Thursday, 4/8.
Megapixel ABV 6%
This amber-colored IPA balances sweet notes of peach and papaya with bright citrus notes of tangerine and orange. Using a mosaic of, well, mosaic hops, we turned the resolution of this vibrant beer up to a million.
PATIO: 16 oz. pint ($7)
TO-GO: 16 oz. 4-packs ($12), 32. Oz. Crowlers ($10) and 64 oz. Growlers ($14)
Crash Landed ABV 7%
The first beer we brewed at Begyle, this not-so-subtle American pale wheat ale has an assertive hop bitterness with hints of citrus and floral notes, backed by a slightly sweet malt profile. It’s far from a palate-wrecker, but if your taste buds had seat belts, we’d tell them to buckle up.
PATIO: 16 oz. pint ($7)
TO-GO: 16 oz. 4-packs ($12), 32. Oz. Crowlers ($10) and 64 oz. Growlers ($14)

Kick the Keg for a Cause
Crafted 1979, 19200 LaGrange Rd., Ste. E, Mokena, IL 708-860-2826 Map
This month for our Kick the Keg cause, we’re planting trees with the Mokena Chamber of Commerce in honor of Earth Day!
We’re raising money this weekend, April 9th through the 11th by kicking some kegs to plant as many trees as we can! So come by and enjoy with us! We’ll start with some Dovetail Brewery Helles (you know you want some in this beautiful weather) and keep the beer flowing while supplies lasts!

Half Acre Release
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago  Map
& 2050 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago 773-754-8488 Map
Friday, we bring you the latest release from Averie Swanson: Keeping Together — Preoccupied with Memory and Expectation.⠀
Words from Averie: “Preoccupied with Memory and Expectation is a 6.4% ABV mixed culture saison made with Japanese red shiso leaf, burnt honey, and dry hopped with Sabro hops. This beer presents with notes of wild strawberry, passionfruit, satsuma orange, and honeyed toast beneath a lily-floral perfume. Flavors of white peppercorn, gooseberry, and coconut are carried over the palate and complemented by a creamy, blooming, ocean-spray carbonation. Medium body and silky in texture. Preoccupied with Memory and Expectation is one of the more tart beers in the KT line-up thus far and offers a zippy lemony acidity overlaying a soft, earthy, tea-like bitterness. There is a lot to unpack in this weird beer if you are interested, but it is simultaneously about as easy to sip as an Arnold Palmer.”⠀

2:00 pm • Beer Release – Zupersonic
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Zupersonic is collaboration brew with our friends from Flight in Yorkville. For this beer we decided to make an Italian inspired Pilsner with Zuper Saazar, Chinook and Altus hops. It’s drinking super crisp with hints of floral, spice and citrus.

3:00 pm • Kaiju Sensō Collaboration with Metal Monkey
Dry City Brew Works, 120B N. Main St., Wheaton, IL (630) 456-4787 Map
& Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Ste 900, Romeoville, IL 630-862-9595 Map
It was inevitable. Battle vests were donned, and steeples rose from the north. The clash was brutal, but as the dust settled and kettles were cleaned, a new brew arose… Kaiju Sensо̄, a Belgian dark strong ale. It’s woody, molasses aroma transforms into a bready, sticky caramel with raisin taste that leaves you yearning for another sip.
Available starting Friday April 9th in cans, and on tap at Dry City Brew Works in Wheaton, and at Metal Monkey in Romeoville!

3:30 – 6:30 pm • Wandering Cafe Pop Up
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 Map
The Wandering Café is Evanston’s first chef-inspired, pedal-powered, mobile kitchen, which is amazing in its own right. But more importantly, our friends Dan & Molly make some outstanding food, and they will be serving up their deliciousness to enjoy on-site with us every Friday from 3:30-6:30pm

4:00 pm • Steamed Buns by Sour Peach, LLC
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Steamed Buns? Count. Us. In.
Help us welcome a new food vendor this Friday, 4/9: Sour Peach, LLC from 4pm to sell out.
Menu:
Banh Mi: Lemongrass pulled pork, cucumber, pickled carrot and radish, hoisin BBQ sauce, and cilantro.
Bulgogi Tofu: Gochujang glazed tofu, Napa cabbage, sesame aioli, scallions, and sesame seeds. (Vegetarian)

4:30 – 7:30 pm • Food Truck: Stix & Noodles
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Road, Elgin, IL 224-238-3527 Map
Stix and Noodles is bringing a bounty of fare from the Philippines to foodies throughout the area. This truck’s the perfect pit-stop for those looking to expand their cultural palate one dish at a time.
The menu serves up some of the most popular Filipino street foods, each dish packed with all the bold spices typical of the region. Start your meal off with some lumpia, crispy egg rolls stuffed with well-seasoned pork and a blend of veggies. YUM!
PRTR is 21+ only. Children are not allowed on premise. Beer garden and parking are for tap room guest only. We kindly ask that if you are only purchasing food, please order to-go.

5:00 – 9:30 pm • The Return of Gelatinous Cube!
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
Surfacing in May of 2019, Gelatinous Cube was a beast unlike one we had faced before. It took an Aslin, a Cleric, and a Monk to bring it to its final resting place, or so we thought! Now the beast has returned from the shadows, and we must suit back up for this long journey. Who will prevail? Will casualties be lost? Will it take a critical role to defeat it once and for all?
This Cinnamon-Mocha Inspired Imperial Milk Stout is loaded with cold brew coffee from our good friends over at Modest Coffee, hit with a splash of cassia bark, and sat on cacao nibs for the smooth finish. Gelatinous Cube draft will be on when we open at 3 pm and in 4-packs to consume on your favorite campaign.
Latin Fuego will be here serving up their delicious arepas at 5 pm, and we will be welcoming Bradley Hides Music in our barrel room at 6:30.
Traditionally, bring in your D20 and receive a discount on your purchase (must be a 4-pack of GC to qualify). Unfortunately, this discount will only apply to in-person orders.

8:30 – 11:30 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
We kick off our baseball themed weekend with Major League! Considered by some to be the best, come see for yourself!

Saturday, April 10

Tiger’s Blood Release + Saturday Night Food Truck – La Cocinita
Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140 Map
Tiger’s Blood: a spring break small batch Pils packed with watermelon, coconut, and strawberry flavors. 
5-8 pm: La Cocinita
Born and raised in Caracas, Chef Benoit Angulo has been making arepas, a Venezuelan specialty at La Cocinita, since he was 9 years old. This early passion for cooking inspired Benoit to attend culinary school as an adult. Benoit then moved to the States in 2001 to pursue his culinary career.
Rachel and Benoit met while working together at Commander’s Palace, a fine-dining restaurant in New Orleans. While enjoying drinks at a neighborhood bar late one night after a long shift, Rachel and Benoit became hungry, not having eaten since their 5 pm pre-shift meal. Disappointed with the absence of nearby late-night food options, Benoit pitched the idea of starting a food truck together. Benoit envisioned drawing from the feel and flavors of late-night street food carts lining a strip in Caracas referred to as “Calle del Hambre” (“Hunger Street”). Benoit introduced Rachel to his arepas, and soon thereafter, she fell in love with both Benoit and his cooking. The New Orleans truck opened for business on November 19th, 2011, at the same bar where it all started…and the rest is history!

9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Mango, Strawberry, Banana Smoothie & More!
Energy City Brewing, 917 First St., Batavia, IL 630-597-5581 Map
One of our favorite smoothie recipes is making its return, but with a kick!
Available:

  • Bistro Smoothie – Mango, Strawberry, Banana, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Bistro Smoothie – Pink Guava & Banana, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • POG Trade Winds Turbine – Passionfruit, Orange, Guava & Citra Hops, fruited American Sour Ale (7.5% ABV)
  • Pineapple Twister Turbine – Pineapple, Lemon, & Citra Hops, fruited American Sour Ale (7.5% ABV)
  • Pineapple & Habanero Heat Wave Turbine, fruited American Sour Ale w/ Sabro hops & medium spiciness (7.5% ABV)
  • Bâtisserie Peanut Butter Cup Classic, Imperial Milk Stout (10% ABV)
  • Bâtisserie Chocolate & Coconut Macaroon, Imperial Milk Stout (10% ABV)
  • WOO HOO! Turbine – Peach, Cranberry & Citra Hops, fruited American Sour Ale (7.5% ABV)

New beer will be available for online pre-order Wednesday, April 7th at noon via shop.energycitybrewing.com
RSVP to this event for shopping convenience and reminders!
Drive-thru beer pickup time:
Saturday, April 10th 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+*

11:30 am • Arrowhead Ales’ 5th Anniversary
Arrowhead Ales Brewing Co., 2101 Calistoga Dr., New Lenox, IL (815) 717-6068 Map
Cheers. Beers & Tears: Celebrating 5 Years of Arrowhead Ales Brewing Company
Beer Releases:
Releasing Killjoy and Dawn Breaker At 11:30
Dawn Breaker: 4-Packs – $17
Killjoy Bombers: $20/Limlt 5
All Beers On Sale At Open
Full Food Menu Available All Day
• French Toast Special Available at 11:30 (Until We Run Out!)
BBQ Starts At 4pm (While Supplies Last!)
Live Acoustic Music by Cheryl Rodey starting at 7PM

1:00 – 5:00 pm • Smash Burger Pop-up by A Biker Dude
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Biker Dude is SMASHING Burgers at Riverlands Brewing from 1-5pm or Sell out!
If you like a BEEFY, JUICY, CHEESY and TOASTED FRESH BAKED TOASTED BRIOCHE BUN SMASHBURGER, then come eat one or two!
Menu:
The Double/Double: The Classic $10 includes a bag of Classic Lays Potato Chips
There will be one “Special” Burger on the menu in a limited quantity for $12 includes Chips
There is FREE BACON for the 1st few customers.
There is also WHO CAN TAKE THE BEST PIC OF OUR BURGER CONTEST
Post your pic on your Social, Tag us and then we will pick the winning Burger Photo.
The Winner gets a FREE bottle of our seasoning and their pic featured on our Social Pages!
Come THIRSTY and come HUNGRY!

2:00 – 9:00 pm • Red’s The People’s Pie
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
We’re excited to have Detroit Style pizza in the kitchen on a Saturday! We’ll be celebrating the return of baseball with a special menu!

2:00 – 7:00 pm • Food Truck Saturday w/ Serna’s Grill 4/10
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557 Map
Serna’s Grill will be here this Saturday! Serving up the best gyros, burgers, chicken sandwiches and more.. Don’t hesitate! Come grab some grub and beer for a beautiful weekend! Patio and limited indoor seating are waiting for you!

3:00 – 4:00 pm • Cannibalism, Human Sacrifice, and Other Things to Pair with Beer: The Vikings in Ireland
Online with the Chicago Brewseum
Beer, or more accurately, ale, was of vital importance to both Viking and Irish society. From funerals to births, holidays, weddings and everything in between, ale played an integral role in the culture of these peoples. When the Vikings invaded and colonised Ireland in the early medieval period, they carried with them their social norms and systems of belief.
During this history happy hour, Dr. Christina Wade examines how Viking practices surrounding the creation and consumption of ale may have impacted the Irish. Using archaeological evidence as well as sagas and law tracts, this talk will analyse how these societies blended their cultural norms. Finally, it will make some meaningful conclusions as to the impact of each culture on their respective ale traditions.
This virtual beer history happy hour takes place at 3pm CST via Zoom and Facebook Live.

3:00 – 6:00 pm • The Argonaut Oyster Bar + Take-n-Bake Boils
Skeleton Key Brewery, 8102 Lemont Rd., Unit 300, Woodridge, IL (630) 395-9033 Map
The Argonaut makes its debut at Skeleton Key! They’ll be shucking fresh oysters to order, and offering pickup of pre-ordered take-n-bake seafood boils!
TAKE-N-BAKE SEAFOOD BOILS MUST BE PRE-ORDERED! We’re not doing on-site boils for this event — these are prepped for you to put in your oven at home!
Pre-order your take-n-bake boil (lobster, crab, or crawfish, with a delicious assortment of sausage, corn, and potatoes in a savory broth!) at exploretock.com.
Also, we’ll be releasing two delicious lagers in cans, our Cold Fresh Joy Helles Lager and our 7th Evil Ex Schwarzbier (Black Lager). Grab a pint and some oysters, then pick up your preordered boil and a couple of 4-packs for a lovely dinner at home!

4:00 – 10:00 pm • BIBCO 6th Anniversary Tailgate!
Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 954-8085 Map
Join us to help us celebrate 6 years of fresh beer on Olde Western! We’re throwing a tailgate party with our friends in the North Berwyn Rhythm and Soul Organization featuring: Casey McDonough, Scott Ligon, John Perrin and other special guests.
Food available from Pollo Locuas!
Here’s a little more about N.B.R.S.O.
…Scott Ligon sings and plays the guitar and piano. Casey McDonough sings and plays the bass.John Perrin sings and plays the drums.Bongo Randy drinks and plays bongos.
They are the primary shareholders of the North Berwyn Rhythm and Soul Organization – a collective featuring the cream of Chicago musicians. As well as that, Scott, Casey, and John are members of the critically acclaimed and highly regarded music group ‘NRBQ’. Being sought after session musicians, the 3 of them have recorded with and played in the bands of Chuck Berry, Brian Wilson, John Sebastian, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Robbie Fulks, JD McPherson, Pokey Lafarge, The Redwalls, and Jim Boggia. They are musical purists to an extreme extent – never using a set list and performing everything from Duke Ellington to Doug Sahm to Eddie Cochran – and as authentically as it’s ever been played before. Expect surprises – whether it be what you hear, or which special guest they have with them any particular night. Any performance of North Berwyn Rhythm and Soul Organization is not to be missed.

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Pop Ups at Noon Whistle Brewing Naperville
Noon Whistle Brewing, 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 331-431-4882 Map
4.30 – Fire & Smoke BBQ

8:30 – 11:30 pm • Drive In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Just a reminder! Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks – Saturday April 10th! Undisputedly Madonna’s best PG role, A League of Their Own is a movie dear to the hearts of many staff members at the RIPH. We can’t wait to watch this classic with you on the big screen!

Sunday, April 11

12:00 – 4:00 pm • Western Suburbs Vegan Brunch Pop-Up
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd, Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
Please join us as we welcome SteMartaen back to our taproom. This time it is a Brunch Session. They specialize in flavorful vegan food and word on the street is that it tastes just like the real deal!
They will be here ready to serve right when we open at Noon!
So grab the fam and come on by for a great time! Menu Link.

2:00 – 6:00 pm • True To The Craft Fair
Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 954-8085 Map
Help us continue to celebrate our 6th Anniversary with shopping at our True To The Craft Fair featuring local artisans and vintage vendors! We will be practicing all safety guidelines including social distancing and mask wearing. This will be a rain or shine event and cancelled only in the case of extreme weather.
Music with Joe Rian and the A.M. Drinkers!
Food available from Pollo Locuas Taco Cart!
Artist and Vintage Vendors list to be finalized soon!Check the Facebook Event for more information and features! 
Currently, the show is full but if you would like to be added to the wait list, please message John Streetz.

3:00 – 5:00 pm • Trivia Night at Noon Whistle Lombard
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL ​(630) 376-6895 Map
Are you tired of sitting at home answering every question correct on Jeopardy with nothing to show for it?
Come out for our General Knowledge trivia night and join your host as they quiz your teams through two full hours of general knowledge trivia, including awesome themed bonus rounds and music rounds!
While we’re testing your wit, Cellar Door will be keeping you fueled up an incredible food menu and delicious drinks all night, PLUS the top teams will win bragging rights and prizes, so bring your friends, family, and even your enemies (if they’re good at trivia) to increase your chances of winning.
Be sure to get there early and snag your team a spot and fuel up with some drinks, see you soon!
Please follow ALL Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions put in place by the venue, and here are a few extra tips:

  1. Please bring your own pen/pencil. Our host will have pencils just in case, but it would be best to use your own for everyone’s safety & comfort.
  2. The questions will be read by your host over our PA system, but may not be displayed on a screen if one is not easily available.
  3. Any and all rules/restrictions are subject to change.

4:00 – 5:30 pm • Molly’s Cupcakes Beer-Cider Pairing (Spring Edition)
Tapville Social – Naperville, 216 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL (630) 536-8739 Map
Come celebrate Spring with Tapville Social as we pair craft beer & cider with Molly’s Cupcakes. Sample five delicious Molly’s Cupcakes and five beer and cider selections.
Get Tickets here ($30).

8:30 – 11:30 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
We had to wrap up the weekend with The Sandlot!

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