Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, April 16-18

Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, April 16-18
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It’s getting busy once again as the weather warms up and, hopefully, our pandemic restrictions continue to loosen up! See what’s happening below!

Friday, April 16

Burn ‘Em 4/20 Releases
Burn ‘Em Brewing, 718 Freyer Rd., Michigan City, IN 219-210-3784 Map
FRIDAY APRIL 16th we release our 4/20 beers.
For the 2nd year in a row we will not be able to throw our bash, but we’re still about to have some gd fun. Say ‘ello to:
4/20 Special #1: for this hazy/juicy IPA we chonged out the brew house & cellar w/ dank, tropical aromas of Columbus, Talus, BRU-1, Southern Tropic, & Citivia hops to lift your palate to the clouds and beyond
4/20 Special #2: this dank Double IPA is as classic as Reefer Madness but way more sensible. We rolled up a bunch of Columbus, Chinook, Nugget, Strata, Trident, Galaxy, & Citivia hops to keep that “fresh opened bag smell” for every sip
4/20 Special #3: this is our flagship Citra APA, 14 Buck Chuck, dosed w/ a healthy serving of Sour Tangie “weed” terpenes for a dank Citra aroma blast. *THERE IS NO THC, CBD, OR MARIJUANA IN THIS PRODUCT, sorry
4/20 Special #4: this is our classic dank IPA, The Hop Parade, dosed w/ a healthy serving of GG#4 “weed” terpenes for a super dank, sticky aroma blast. *THERE IS NO THC, CBD, OR MARIJUANA IN THIS PRODUCT, sorry
You must purchase a mixed 4-pack to receive the variant terpene beers, no singles. $20/4-pack
The DIPA is $20/4-pack, the hazy/juicy IPA is $16/4-pack.

Am I Me When I’m Thirsty Release
More Brewing Co., 126 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, IL 630-501-1519 Map
& 13980 Automall Dr., Huntley, IL  Map
Made in collaboration with Ology Brewing Company, our third big beer release is Am I Me? Inspired by the almond version of one of our favorite candy bars, this imperial stout is sure to satisfy your tastebuds. We started out with an Arketype base and then loaded it with plenty of almonds, chocolate, caramel, and marshmallow to really transform this stout into a liquid candy bar. (14% ABV)
$22 per 2pk. Limit 2 per transaction.
This goes up on both Huntley & Villa Park’s Oznr page April 14th at 10am while supplies last to the fastest fingers. To purchase, please download the Oznr app, subscribe to Villa Park and/or Huntley and then click in at 10am to purchase at your location of choice!
Onsale: Wednesday, April 14th at 10am on Oznr
Pickups: Friday, April 16th – Thursday, April 29th

Scorched Earth Release & Food Truck
Scorched Earth Brewing Co., 203 Berg St., Algonquin, IL 224-209-8472 Map
Friday is the big release of Double Killer, our double dry-hopped IPA. Giant Killer turned up to 11! Speaking of turning it up, Firelit Pizza will be here with their wood fired deep dish pizza!

11:00 am – 2:00 pm • Cesar Chavez Mexican Lager Beer Release
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
You know summer is just around the corner when Cesar Chavez is on draft in the taproom. This Mexican Lager will be tapped at 11 a.m. on Friday.

12:00 – 8:00 pm • Dixie Highway Brewery Trail 2nd Anniversary
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL (708) 304-2907 Map
All weekend long: Join us for a tap takeover featuring beers from the other DHBT breweries! We will also be selling mixed 4-packs and 6-packs so that you can try a variety of Evil Horse beers. Our new trail tee shirt will be released on Friday and the newest completion prize will be revealed!

12:00 – 7:00 pm • Cuvée de Grâce Pickup
Revolution Brewery Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS Map
We’re bringing the Deep Wood Series into April with the release of a new blend of Cuvée de Grâce. Presales are sold out.

2:00 pm • LunaR Can Release
LunaR brewing co, 54 E. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL 630‑530‑2077 Map
Crater Wall Cocoa Maple Imperial Stout 10.2% ABV: this massive stout has been conditioned on cacao nibs and maple to bring you some real sticky sweet thickness.
Cans go on sale when we open at 2pm, $12 per single 16 oz can. We’ll have a limited amount on tap as well.

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 – 8:00 pm • Pop Up with Stadium Street Eats
Penrose Brewing Co., 509 Stevens St., Geneva, IL (630) 232-2115 Map
Stadium Street Eats will be on the patio grilling up some of their tasty reubens, brats and more. What’s better than some spring weather, some grilled goods, and a tasty pint in hand? Don’t miss out on this one!

4:00 – 8:00 pm • BBQ Pop Up Tour: Black Horizon Brewing Co.
Black Horizon Brewing Co., 7560 S. Quincy St., Willowbrook, IL (630) 413-4964 Map
Chuck’s Cafe Darien is hitting the road again and setting up shop at some of our favorite local breweries!
Join us as we set up shop at Black Horizon Brewing Co.!
We’re serving up our killer $6 Menu!
Great local food & great local brews!

4:00 – 7:00 pm • Noon Whistle Tap Takeover
The Beer Cellar, 488 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-315-5060 Map
It’s Noon somewhere! Can’t you hear the whistle blow?
Hang out with the crew with Noon Whistle Brewing and us. We’re sure to have a blast and look out for some other surprises that are sure to pop up!
On Draft:
Brüski – Czech Pils • Gummiskey – Hazy IPA • Cubbie Gummy – Hazy IPA • Chata – Horchata Belgian Wit • Hop Prism Blue – American IPA • Jam Stand – Blood Orange, Pomegranate, Blueberry Sour • Leisel Weapon – Hefeweizen 
Can Pours:
Guava Gose – Sour Wheat with Guava • Cozmo Pale Ale

4:30 – 8:00 pm • Mario’s Cart in the beer garden!
McHenry Brewing Co., 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 403-2212 Map
Join us for some great food from Mario’s Cart in our beer garden!

4:00 – 8:00 pm • K&S Supper Club
Solemn Oath Brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
The first time the K&S Supper Club crew rolled up, they sold out of all their food. This is not a drill. Their vegan eats are insanely delicious and worthy of the highest praise. Not only that, their (basically) guilt free… that is unless you order the whole menu for yourself (don’t scoff, it’s been done before). Kick it with K&S and us on Friday evening at the new Solemn Oath Community Oasis!

5:00 – 9:00 pm • Tacos, Brew, and the Pollyanna
Pollyanna – St. Charles, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL (630) 549-7372 Map
Del Toro Street Taco is back again to visit some good friends serving some good chew with a great brew
Barbacoa, Chipotle Chicken, Pork Cochinita, Salsa, Guacamole, Elotes.

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Happy Lobster & Michael Rawls LIVE at Metal Monkey Brewing
Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Suite 900, Romeoville, IL 630-862-9595 Map
Your Maine source of happiness will be right here in Romeoville this Friday!
We have a killer combo of live acoustic music featuring Michael Rawls along with seafood heavy hitters The Happy Lobster!
Order NOW using this link, and The Happy Lobster will take all of the guesswork out of your Friday night dinner plans.
Food & music will begin at 5pm, taproom & patio will be open!
ALL orders must be placed online prior to pick-up, no in-person orders will be accepted. All customers MUST be wearing masks to pick up their order.

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Dark Horse Pastries
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
Come check out Dark Horse Pastries for their first time at Wolfden!

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
Naperville Food Trucks and Pop Ups in April
4.16 – Lord of the Fryz
4.17 – Burn n’ Bull
4.30 – Fire & Smoke BBQ

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Food Pop Up: Lil’ Deb’s Mobile Eats
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Please help us welcome Lil’ Deb’s Mobile Eats to Oswego Brewing!
Come and get your polish sausages, beef sandwiches, meatballs and pasta from 5-8PM
Full menu will be posted in discussion!

5:00 – 9:30 pm • Friday with Sour Peach and Matt Keen
D and G Brewing, 303 N. 4th St., Suite A, Saint Charles, IL (773) 203-2325 Map
As always, resident musician Matt Keen is here. What’ll he do this week? Who knows? He’s been writing, in the studio, and working on new covers. He’s at 6.
Also, we have a new food vendor. Sour Peach is coming out. This chef is bringing STEAMED BUNS. Food at 5.
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)

8:30 – 10:30 pm • Drive In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Orson Welles’ classic Citizen Kane.

Saturday, April 17

9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Bistro Orangealicious, Original Crumble & More!
Energy City Brewing, 917 First St., Batavia, IL (630) 597-5581 Map
Orangealicious is back in BISTRO form! Plus, one of our top crumble recipes and very first Bistro makes its return as well. This is going to be a nostalgic weekend! See our full lineup below:

  • Bistro Orangealicious – Orange & Vanilla, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Bistro Crumble – Raspberry & Blackberry, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Bistro Smoothie – Mango, Strawberry, Banana, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Bistro Smoothie – Pink Guava & Banana, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Pineapple Twister Turbine – Pineapple, Lemon, & Citra Hops, fruited American Sour Ale (7.5% ABV)
  • Bâtisserie Peanut Butter Cup Classic, Imperial Milk Stout (10% ABV)
  • Bâtisserie Chocolate & Coconut Macaroon, Imperial Milk Stout (10% ABV)

New beer will be available for online pre-order Wednesday, April 14th at noon via our shop link.
RSVP to this event for shopping convenience and reminders!
Drive-thru beer pickup time: Saturday, April 17th 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+*

DHBT Release
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW Map
In honor of the Dixie Highway Brewery Trail’s 2nd anniversary, we’re tapping a special edition Cherry Kratos Imperial Stout on Saturday! This 12.4% ABV stout features all of the goodness of our 2020 Kratos with a cherry twist!
In addition to this, look for a surprise seasonal tapping on Saturday.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm • Run to Pub Historical Run Tinley Park Edition!
Ed & Joe’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, 17332 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL (708) 532-3051 Map
Check in starts at 10 am. Run will start at 10:15 am after announcements.
Join us for a 3-4 mile run throughout downtown Tinley Park neighborhoods where you will learn about some of the important history and fun facts of the town. We will start the run at Ed and Joe’s bar and make our way to various historical stopping points along our route. (Our pace will be around 10-11 pace/mile with 8-10 stops along the route). We will conclude the event at a local restaurant where everyone will receive one beer and entry into a raffle! Event will be limited to 50 participants. First come first serve!
10% of the proceeds will benefit Tinley Wish foundation!!
Cost is $25. Minors do receive a discount during check out. Tickets here.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm • Saturday Morning Cartoons Brunch
All Rise Brewing Co., 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (312) 226-6300 Map
Starting on Saturday, April 17th and every Saturday after that, we will be tossing your basic brunch out the window and feeding hangovers from 11AM-2PM. Throwback cartoons, plenty of beer and a killer brunch menu should set you straight.

12:00 – 3:00 pm • Beerz ‘n Burgz with Burger Buzz
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Feelin’ the buzz of Spring? So are the folks at Burger Buzz!
Help us welcome them to the taproom on Saturday from 12-3 and 4-8 (we’re giving them a little break in the afternoon).
Indoor and beer garden seating available (weather permitting).

12:00 – 8:00 pm • Solemn Oath Food Trucks
Solemn Oath, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
Gourmet french fries. We shouldn’t have to say anything else. It speaks for itself. Kick off your Saturday with smothered goodness from LOTF.
Saturday evenings are for all the damn tacos you can devour. Lucky for you, our city taco slinging homies from Big Star are pulling up for a few hours to make those Solemn Springs desert oasis vibes really hit with their epic a la carte tacos. See you there? Yeah, we thought so!

12:00 – 3:00 pm • Viking Public Bottle Release
Viking Artisan Ales, 305 N Colfax St., Griffith IN (219) 472-0573 Map
Stop by for our first release to the public at our taproom! We will be releasing bottles of both Guava Hard Candy & Cherry Pie to-go. Bottles will be $10 each plus tax. Limits TBD closer to release date.
We will also have the next release from our friends at 450 North Brewing available that day as well. 13 different cans as well as the new 32oz Crowler will be available. Cans are $8 plus tax (limit 2 cans per flavor per customer) and the Crowler is $30 (limit 1 crowler per customer).
Sizzlebox will be here that day at Noon serving up some delicious grub. Their menu will include: Deep Dish Grilled Cheese • Parmesan Bacon Fries • Crab Cakes • Buffalo Chicken Pita • Messi Steak Sandwich 

1:00 – 6:00 pm • The Argonaut @ BCB + Take & Bake Boils
Brother Chimp Brewing, 1059 W. Orchard Rd, North Aurora, IL (630) 800-1724 Map
The Argonaut Co. makes its debut at Brother Chimp Brewing this Saturday! They’ll be serving up lobster roll sandwiches, shucking fresh oysters, and offering pickup of pre-ordered take & bake seafood boils!
Take & Bake Boils are available with King Crab/Lobster/Dungeness Crab/Crawfish, with a delicious assortment of shrimp, calamari, sausage, corn, and potatoes in a savory broth! Serving sizes are available for 2 or 4 people.
Lobster Roll Sandwiches available:

  • Connecticut Lobster Roll – Served warm with light butter and topped with chives on a toasted split top “New England” hotdog bun. Homemade coleslaw included.New England
  • Lobster Roll – Served cold, tossed in our made-in-house mayo dressing, diced celery, and green lettuce leaves all on a toasted split top hotdog bun. Homemade coleslaw included.

Oysters from Cape Cod Bay are available in ½ dozen or 1 dozen:
Includes: Our house mignonette, lemons, cocktail sauce, cucumber/black radish/fresno salad, and mini Tobasco sauce.
*Only oysters and sandwiches will be available to eat onsite. Boils are PRE-ORDER and TO-GO!
**Don’t forget to grab some beer to pair up with your boils.
***All orders must be pre-ordered no later than 3PM on Friday, April 16th!
Order here.

2:00 – 6:00 pm • Burgers with a side of Beer
Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Suite 900, Romeoville, IL 630-862-9595 Map
Wild Monk is going on the road and heading over the Metal Monkey Brewing in Romeoville. Come hang out and have a burger with a beer and enjoy some music.

2:00 pm • Side Lot Bingo!
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
We’re playing Bingo again!
Get ready to shake your balls every Tuesday night at Side Lot Brewery. Limited seating is available both inside and outside. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended.

4:00 – 7:00 pm • Lodi Tap House – Pop-up Event
Scorched Earth Brewing Co., 203 Berg St., Algonquin, IL (224) 209-8472 Map
We’re excited to have Lodi Tap House back at Scorched Earth! Their burgers are fantastic, I might just even order two
See why they won best burger in 2018

4:00 – 7:00 pm • Food Pop Up : Lodi Tap House
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Lodi Tap House – Utica is back to grill up their awesome burgers! Special Burger Alert! Try Lodi’s deviled smashed burger a smashed patty, deviled egg mix, bacon bits, green onion and drizzled in honey sriracha.
If you missed them last time, make sure you grab one while they are here – Joey Wilbur will also be at OBC for our listening pleasure from 7-10PM

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
Naperville Food Trucks and Pop Ups in April 
4.17 – Burn n’ Bull
4.30 – Fire & Smoke BBQ

8:30 – 10:30 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Touch of Evil: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles!

Sunday, April 18

Nik & Ivy & Sports
Nik & Ivy Brewing, 1026 S. State St., Lockport, IL 815-524-4857 Map
Sunday April 18th come on down to Nik & Ivy Brewing as 12/52 Sports Chicago is doing a LIVE REMOTE with the FatMike ChicagoSports Show. Special guests David Schuster formerly of 670 The Score & Fred Huebner of ESPN Chicago will be joining FatMike and Angelo “Ace” Camacho, bringing up all the HOT TOPICS in Chicago Sports.
Its going to be a big party day with great food from a local and amazing pizza place, Mangias Pizza, and of course cold, fresh, delicious beer from Nik & Ivy!
Raffle event to win some cool prizes and also a split the pot!
So come on down, get drunk, eat, and listen to Chicago Sports Talk!
This event is brought to you by The Jonathan Darin Team, with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group

11:00 am – 6:00 pm • Sunday with Drew Doepke and the Most Awesome Brew Ride
D and G Brewing, 303 N. 4th St., Suite A, Saint Charles, IL (773) 203-2325 Map
Sunday and we have Drew Doepke coming out. Music at 3pm.
Also, the Most Awesome Brew Ride is occurring with the Bike Rack and Brother Chimp. Link for tickets and info.

12:00 – 3:00 pm • Steam Hollow Goat Yoga and Brew
Steam Hollow Brewing Co., 450 S. Spruce St. Unit C, Manteno, IL  Map
Come for some goat yoga with Wally of The Mending Muse Goats and stay for the fabulous Brew.
This class is designed for all. Tickets here.

12:00 – 3:00 pm • Mac Dynamite Pop-Up
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Mac Dynamite has once more hit the streets to bring their delicious mac ‘n cheese pop-up to the taproom! Join us this Sunday at noon as they serve up their crazy creamy goodness.
Meanwhile, live tunes by Grant Milliren for our Sunday Session!
Serving food until 4pm or sellout.

1:00 – 5:00 pm • National Bulldog Day Release
Bold Dog Beer Co. at District Brew Yards, 417 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 295-1270 Map
The release of Bubba! Our Berry Light Lager is the winner of the National Bulldog Day Contest for 2020. The event starts at 1pm, and as a reminder, our patio is socially distanced and first come, first serve. We expect seats to fill up fast!

1:00 – 5:00 pm • FOOD TRUCK: Soul & Smoke
Sketchbook Brewing Co. – Skokie, 4901 Main St., Skokie, IL (847) 588-0652 Map
Evanston’s Soul & Smoke Food Truck comes to Sketchbook! Amazing BBQ menu. Pre-order on Tock.
Look for S&S to return May 15 & 16. 

2:00 – 3:30 pm • Molly’s Cupcakes Beer-Cider Pairing (Spring Edition) at Fashion Outlets of Chicago (Rosemont)
Tapville Social – Rosemont, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL (847) 227-0063 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. Bring some friends and shop at the mall and visit Tapville Social in the Food Court for this delicious event. Get tickets here ($30).

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 – 10:30 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Transformers: The Movie. Orson Welles’ last role.

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