It appears Memorial Day weekend may be busier than before, as places try to make for the lost previous year. Since many places are closed on Mondays in the first place, I’ll be holding Memorial Day itself for the next calendar article. I’ll have a better handle on places that decide to open for special hours.
As schedules get back to pre-pandemic levels—so I hope—I may be cutting back on events that focus less on actual beer being served, like food trucks or trivia. But maybe not. I want to keep being a source for beer in this city, after all.
Monday, May 24
3:00 – 7:00 pm • Country Grill Chicken Truck
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL 708-304-2907 Map
Country Grill is a food truck offering rotisserie chicken and ribs fresh from the spit, homemade salads and pretzels.
Tuesday, May 25
6:00 pm • Beer & Spirits Pairing at The Green Lady
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago 773‑525‑5571 Map
Join Maplewood Brewery & Distillery The Green Lady for a unique Beer & Spirits Pairing!
Things We Don’t Say IPA – India Pale Ale
Fizzle Drizzle Key Lime Pie – Imperial Fruited Sour Ale
Daggertooth – Black India Pale Ale
Top Pocket – Blonde Ale
Oaty Otter – American Malt Whiskey
Fat Pug – American Malt Whiskey
Rye to Perdition – Rye Malt Whiskey
Spruce Gin – Gin w/ Colorado Spruce Tips & Botanicals
7:00 pm • Chemistry of Beer — Virtual DIY
Online with Illinois Science Council and Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois Science Council won’t let a pandemic stop our most popular “Chemistry for Adults” program with our long-time science/beer partner, Metropolitan Brewing. We just modified it to offer you a Virtual DIY Chemistry of Beer!
Join us for this unique (and very fun) online, yet hands-on Chemistry of Beer program with ISC’s Chemist-in-Residence, Lindsey McQuade, PhD. You won’t just watch demos on zoom, you will be equipped and directed to perform the experiments in your own home!
You’ll get a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of Metropolitan’s brewery with Co-founder and Head Brewer Doug Hurst and have the opportunity to ask questions about their craft beer process. Our friends at Metropolitan are great fun, easy-going, and they really know craft beer. Then Dr. McQuade will lead you in conducting experiments to learn about how yeast produce alcohol, what happens when your beer goes stale, and why nitro beers taste so different. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the chemists and with Metropolitan’s Co-founder & President, Tracy Hurst.
You have 2 ways to participate:
• A limited number of Take-home Chemistry of Beer+ Kits ($30) will be available for pickup at Metropolitan’s taproom at 3057 N Rockwell St., Chicago, on Chicago’s north side. Take-home Kits will contain a special selection of 4 Metropolitan beers plus additional items for performing the beer tasting/testing experiments along with us on May 25th. You must be able to pick up your kit during taproom hours May 21-24th.
• For those who can’t make it to Metropolitan to pick up a beer kit, we will send you a shopping list of items you should be able to purchase locally to experiment along with us. These tickets are ($15).
Get your ticket today at chemistryofbeer.eventbrite.com as this program is always quick to sell out! You’ll learn about your beloved beverage in new ways to impress others with your beer knowledge. All proceeds support ISC’s science outreach efforts.
Space is limited. No science prerequisite is necessary, only your curiosity, but you must be 21 or older.
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Spring Trivia League
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave. Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL 708-226-1827 Map
Grab your smartest friends and join our Spring Trivia League hosted by Finer Points Trivia and sponsored by Noon Whistle Brewing!
The league runs 8 weeks with weekly prizes and a grand prize package with Noon Whistle swag and a gift card towards a brewery visit for your team!
**Teams are limited to 4 people
**Call to reserve a spot for your team 708-226-1827 during business hours.
7:00 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.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE PROPERTY & ANYTIME YOU’RE NOT SEATED. If this is a problem, stay home.
Wednesday, May 26
Flapjack Anniversary Release
Flapjack Brewery, 6833 Stanley Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 637-4030 Map
4 Years Too Long, our 4th Anniversary Berwyn Pale Ale. Double Dry Hopped with Strata, Mosaic, Simcoe & Centennial Hops. 5.25% ABV 40 IBU
Limited 16oz 4-packs with 1 Hop Oil Variant available Wednesday.
12:00 – 4:00 pm • Work From Here Weekdays
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Escape the boring humdrum of the cubicle, office, or desk job and WORK FROM HERE.
Free wi-fi, plenty of space to work, and…best of all…HALF OFF ALL DRAFTS during our Wednesday and Thursday happy hour event.
This offer runs until May 27 and is subject to change.
2:00 – 4:00 pm • Bring Your Dog to Work Wednesday
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
Pup won’t leave you alone while you’re trying to work from home??
We have a solution for ya! Bring your beloved furbaby to Wolfden this Wednesday from 2-4pm and let him/her play offleash while you have a beer and send out those emails. We have WiFi and plenty of USB outlets.
If enough people come for this event, we will continue doing it every week!
5:00 – 8:30 pm • Food at Flight – Biker Dude Smash Burgers and Pollyanna Tap Takeover
Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe, 508 Center Pkwy., Suite C, Yorkville, IL (630) 686-2337 Map
Biker Dude will be here smashing his burgers and Pollyanna will be here with tasters and swag. Don’t miss out!
7:00 – 10:00 pm • Trivia! Black Lung! New Night!
Black Lung Brewing Co., 2217 N IL Route 83, Round Lake Beach, IL (224) 643-7204 Map
New Open Night. Wrong! Trivia Night!! Well, both are right but whatevs. We are kicking of our new summer hours with weekly trivia night with Dancing in the Rain Dj! Come for the brews, stay for the ques!
7:00 pm • Marvel Trivia
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave., Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL 708-226-1827 Map
Our theme trivia Wednesday is a blast. Bring your ultimate Marvel Fan team to test your knowledge with a chance to win great prizes. Bonus points for Marvel apparel. Limited spaces so reservations are recommended. Patio seating will be available weather permitting.
Thursday, May 27
Chicken Thursday at Pollyanna Brewing in St. Charles
Pollyanna – St. Charles, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL (630) 549-7372 Map
The Country Grill Chicagoland Chicken Truck brings finest rotisserie specialties to the Pollyanna Brewing in St. Charles! Swing by for dinner and some fine beers!
Serving 3-7 pm and 10 pm to 2 am.
2:00 – 10:00 pm • Pitcher of Nectar Release
Tighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174 Map
Pitcher of Nectar is back! Stop in the tap room for draft and 4-packs. Stick around for for some tacos from Tone Capone’s Tacos and live music from Haley Klinkhammer.
5:30 – 7:30 pm • Music Bingo at Noon Whistle Brewing
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (630) 376-6895 Map
Join us the last Thursday of each month for two full hours of Music Bingo at Noon Whistle in Lombard!
Enjoy some delicious brews and great music with a chance to win prizes at the same time.
Please respect and follow all COVID-19 restrictions set in place by the venue so everyone has a great, and safe, time.
6:00 – 8:00 pm • Beers With Queers
Dry City Brew Works, 120B N. Main St., Wheaton, IL (630) 456-4787 Map
Welcome to Beers With Queers. We heard you and we know there needs to be more safe places for LGBTQ+ folxs to feel welcome and accepted. We have partnered with Dry City Brew Works to bring you an open and welcome space every Other Thursday. Every other Thursday join Us here at OUTspoken Leaders, Dry City, and other LGBTQ+ folx as we hang out and connect with the community together. Please note this is a 21+ event every other Thursday however if you are and LGBTQ+ youth or young adult looking for support in your life please know we offer a weekly support and discussion group called OUTspoken Online and we also offer a sober space specifically for the LGBTQ+ on Saturday mornings called Coffee Chat! Please note this event, and coffee chat is being hosted in public so social distancing and face masks will be strictly enforced. We want to offer a safe and welcoming space for all, that means a safe space where people can feel free to be themselves as well as feel safe to not get COVID.
OUTspoken Leaders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving, empowering, and amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ+ community. We offer social and service programs that promote self-acceptance, intentional compassion, and unconditional leadership!
6:00 – 8:30 pm • Chicago Brew Cruise
Chicago Firebot Tours Map
Chicago Fireboat Tours and Phase Three Brewing Co. are partnering up to offer one of the most unique experiences in Chicago, every Thursday evening all summer-long!!
Phase Three Brewing Company will be bringing just days-old fresh, new releases directly from their Chicagoland brewery every week to serve aboard Chicago Fireboat Tours’ 1933 retired Chicago Fireboat, the Fred A. Busse.
Boarding begins at 6:00p.m and the boat departs at 6:30pm for a 2-hour sunset cruise. The Brew Cruise will start on the lake, float through the locks and right into the heart of downtown Chicago via the Chicago River, enjoying world-class views, an amazing sunset, and great music; all paired with fresh, innovative craft beers and hard seltzers.
Tickets are $45 per person at www.fireboattours.com, and include your 1st Phase Three brew once onboard.
6:00 – 9:00 pm • Food at Flight – Strawberries BBQ
Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe, 508 Center Pkwy., Suite C, Yorkville, IL (630) 686-2337, Map
Have you tried Strawberries BBQ yet? YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW.
They will be here on Thursday, May 27th starting at 5pm until they are sold out. I have three words for you – – SMOKED BOLOGNA SANDWICH. You don’t want to miss this.
7:00 pm • Trivia Night at Mad Hatchet Brewing Company
Mad Hatchet Brewing, 913 Brookforest Ave., Shorewood, IL Map
Are you tired of sitting at home answering every question correct on Jeopardy with nothing to show for it?
Join Peter with Baig of Tricks Entertainment at Mad Hatchet Brewing Company for two full hours of general knowledge trivia, including awesome themed bonus rounds and everyone’s favorite – the music round!
While we’re testing your wit, Mad Hatchet will keep you fueled up with their fantastic selection of craft brews!
Trivia is always free to play, but we’re not just playing for fun – the top teams each night take home some awesome prizes!
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.
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Trivia & Oswego Brewing Company Sampling
Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 630-340-3719 Map
Join us for a night of trivia and beer sampling with Oswego Brewing Co..
Trivia will be provided by Go 4 It Entertainment and prizes for the evening include:
First Place: $30 Gillerson’s Gift Certificate
Second Place: $20 Gillerson’s Gift Certificate
Third Place: $10 Gift Certificate
Please Note: Must be 21 years or older for sampling (valid ID required).
Drink (and respond to your trivia questions) responsibly.
7:30 – 9:30 pm • Trivia Night!
Roaring Table Brewery, 739 W. IL Rte. 22, Lake Zurich, IL 224-662-4562 Map
Join us for a night filled with beer, friendly competition, and fun memories!
Trivia subjects include current events, geography, history, movies, music, pop culture, science, sports, & more.
Top teams win prizes.
Please observe social distancing policies so everyone can enjoy a fun night of trivia.