Father's Day Weekend with Beer, June 18-20

Father's Day Weekend with Beer, June 18-20
First Forest Brewing

I don’t get much of a chance to get out beyond walking distance, but Sunday I managed to stop in at the new First Forest Brewing and Cider. That’s the spot in Hodgkins that used to be Blue Nose. Owner Brendan was there, and he gave the elevator speech about what happened: The Blue Nose storefront was going to be turned into a marijuana dispensary, but that got scuttled by the pandemic. They were going to open another location, buy that got scuttled by the pandemic. Finally he bought out his partner and set up again as First Forest. They’ve only got two beers on tap for now, and no ciders so far. I had a raspberry sour that was nicely tart and a bit creamy. There’s also an imperial IPA in cans, and guest taps from brewers throughout the Chicago area. The photo above shows they have managed to get a patio set up, sometimes for a strip mall location.

Friday, June 18

Werk Force 7th Anniversary Throw Down
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL 815-531-5557 Map
Come throw down with us in celebration of SEVEN YEARS!! From a pipe dream to more than we could ever even imagine – we’re so proud of what Werk Force has become and the community space it has created. There’s a lot to be thankful for including THE BEST CREW, THE BEST GUESTS, REALLY F-ING AMAZING BEER, and well….ALL THE THINGS!!!
Let’s all cheers to many more years to come!! Party Party!
$5 14oz Pours of Thank You IPA – Thursday thru Sunday!!
Thursday June 17
Anniversary Merch Release
Draft & 4pks Release: Thank You IPA
Draft & 4pks Release: Beer for Dad NEIPA
Tap Room Open 12-10pm
Friday June 18
Draft & 4pks Release: ZER Hard Seltzer
Food Truck: Twisted Classics 4-8pm
Tap Room Open 12-10pm
Saturday June 19
Food Truck: Chuck’s Wood Fired Pizza 2-7pm
Food Truck: Grumpy Gaucho 3-8pm
Tap Room Open 11am-10pm
Sunday June 20
Beer Slushies All Day
Food Truck: Calogero’s Wood Fired Pizza 12-5pm
Tap Room Open 11am-7pm

12:00 pm • Noon Whistle Gummycolada Tapping!
Orange & Brew Bottle Shop & Tap, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880 Map
Noon Whistle’s tropical take on the Gummy series is loaded with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut, perfect for a summer day of enjoyment! Come out and try this rarity on draft, tapping at Noon open, and available until the keg is gone.
We’ll also be tapping a few other Noon Whistle specialties that day!

3:00 pm • The Argonaut Co. Food Pop Up at Wolfden
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
The Argonaut Co. is more than just a raw bar catering company.
They are a team of enthusiasts devoted to traveling the globe and bringing only the freshest, most sustainably sourced seafood to the city we all call home.
Come out and try their fresh seafood sandwiches and oysters- this is an event you won’t want to miss!

3:00 pm • Western Suburbs Brews Cruise
Chicago Brews Cruise  Map
Tickets $75
Join us on our Brews Cruise bus as we hit 3 of the current hot spots to sample their beers. Our first stop is Riverlands Brewing Co. for a personal discussion of their brewing process. Next to BBGB Brewery and Hop Farm to hear about their sustainable approach to brewing. Then on to Brother Chimp Brewing, one of the latest small brewery additions to the western ‘burbs, to learn more about what it means to “make craft beers that taste like beer”.
After the tour, consider continuing our evening at Sidecar Supper Club in Batavia for a great craft beer and eclectic food menu, and maybe some live music.
We begin at downtown Batavia Parking Lot at 111 N. River St. (River St. and Spring St. intersection).
Minimum number of guests for tour to run is 6 people. If the minimum is not met, we will contact you ahead of your reservation to reschedule.

4:00 – 8:00 pm • BBQ Pop Up Tour: Noon Whistle
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL ​(630) 376-6895 Map
Chuck’s Cafe Darien is hitting the road all summer long and setting up shop at some of our favorite local breweries for some BBQ Pop Up’s!
Join us as we set up shop at Noon Whistle in Naperville & Lombard!
We’re bringing our $6 Menu to go along with some great local craft beers!

4:30 pm • Two Buds One Joint Griddle
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 445-2467 Map
Two Buds One Joint bring breakfast all day and their sandwiches and burgers to downtown Waukegan. You can see their typical menu here, but expect specials.

5:00 – 10:00 pm • Kinslahger Reopening
Kinslahger Brewing Co., 6806 W. Roosevelt Rd., Oak Park, IL (844) 552-4437 Map
Our tasting room menu board has been irrelevant for the past 15+ months. This sucker is being dusted off and prepared to serve your inquiring eyes once again. Details on exactly which beers will be available, how and when you will be able to visit in person and other fun stuff to come. For now, know that on Friday June 18th at 5pm our doors will be open once again. The draft must flow!

5:00 – 10:00 pm • Moor’s Brewing Launch Party
Pier 31, 3101 S. Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago  Map
The rollout for Moor’s Brewing Co., Chicago’s new Black Owned Brewery, continues. Pier 31 is a lakefront bistro on the 31st Street Beach. They’ll also be there June 19th at 5-10 pm. RSVP recommended here.

5:00 – 10:00 pm • Xül Collab Release / Fat Shallot Food Truck / The Bart Attacks Live
Liquid Love Brewing, 1310 Busch Pkwy., Buffalo Grove, IL (630) 699-2628 Map
We’ve got QUITE the Friday evening in store for you! To start the day off, at 2pm we’ll be releasing…
Reverse Mermaid Island
Our collaboration with the fine folks at Xül Beer Co. in Knoxville, TN! This sour ale got the Mai Thai treatment with the additions of orange purée, fresh lime peel & almonds. Then we threw a whole bunch of pomegranate purée in the mix to make it something truly unique. Lactose FREE & No limit on to-go orders
What else is going on? Don’t you worry…
Fat Shallot Food Truck will be in the house, or right out front, slangin some of Chicagoland’s best grub you can find on a truck! PERIOD! The best part about it, you can PRE ORDER right here.
LIVE MUSIC IS BACK! The Bart Attacks will be jammin with us from 6:30pm on. These duds definitely throw down the good vibes! And BOY are we stoked about having live music back at the taproom. You don’t wanna miss this set

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
We kick off Tiki Weekend with the Elvis classic, Blue Hawaii! In this 1961 comedy, Chad Gates (Elvis Presley) defies his parents’ wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency.

Saturday, June 19

9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Two NEW Bistros & More!
Energy City Brewing, 917 First St. Batavia, IL (630) 597-5581 Map
The Velvet and PB&J series’ continue with two new flavors!

  • Bistro Orange Velvet – Orange, White Chocolate & Vanilla, fruited Berliner Weisse (6.5% ABV)
  • Bistro PB&J – Grape & Peanut Butter, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Orange Swirl Turbine – Orange & Vanilla w/ Citra hops, fruited American Sour Ale (6.5% ABV)
  • Aloha Sunrise Sorbet – Pineapple & Orange, fruited NEIPA (6.5% ABV)
  • Bistro Crumble – Strawberry & Rhubarb, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Bistro Ambrosia – Pineapple, Tangerine, Cherry, Coconut & Marshmallow, fruited Berliner Weisse (6.5% ABV)
  • Triple Berry MOSA – Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Hard Seltzer Smoothie (6.5% ABV)
  • Pink Guava & Banana MOSA, Hard Seltzer Smoothie (6.5% ABV)
  • Bistro Blackberry Velvet – Blackberry, White Chocolate & Vanilla, fruited Berliner Weisse (8% ABV)
  • Roaring Forties Turbine – Pink Guava & Kiwi w/ Motueka hops, fruited American Sour Ale (7.5% ABV)

New beer will be available for online pre-order Wednesday, June 16th at noon via shop.energycitybrewing.com/
RSVP to this event for shopping convenience and reminders!
Drive-thru beer pickup time: Saturday, June 19th 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+

12:00 – 9:00 pm • Polynesian Pig Roast
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
To continue Tiki Weekend, we’re excited to host our first pig roast with Butter Upon Bacon! We will be doing roasts at 12,2,4, and 6; and we will have food all day!!! $20 gets you a plate with 4 sides!

12:00 – 5:00 pm • PollyCon – Mini Edition
Pollyanna Brewing Co. – St. Charles, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL 630-549-7372  Map
We will be hosting a mini-Comic Con marketplace on Saturday from noon til 5pm. Artwork, Ceramics, Comics and characters from Bead Streetz, John Tamulis, Reneegade Art, and Hogan’s Heroes Collectibles will be available for purchase. Let your inner (beer)Geek out!

12:00 – 4:00 pm • MAC ATTACK: Mac Dynamite Pop-Up
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Mac Dynamite is heading back to the taproom for a mac n cheese pop-up.
We’re talkin’ smooth n creamy, super dreamy, high quality ingredient-filled, gourmet mac dishes.
Service starts around noon and runs until 4pm or sell-out.

12:00 – 3:00 pm • Dad Fest
The Beer Cellar, 488 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-315-5060 Map
Presenting our inaugural DAD FEST.
Dads: head to The Beer Cellar on Saturday to enjoy some pre-Father’s Day beers and burgers!
We’re putting on a bunch of our favorite, classic dad beers from tried-and-true breweries like Bell’s, Firestone Walker, Allagash, Great Lakes, and Rogue.
Our friends at 302 Wheaton will be here flipping their burgers for you, too!
We’ll even have a few raffle items to give away, so stop by and enter to win.
Dads, if you have kids at home, leave them for a couple hours to finish Father’s Day prep — or if they’re 21+, bring them along for a beer!

12:00 – 10:00 pm • 7th Anniversary Bottle Release & Party
Hailstorm Brewing Co., 8058 W. 186th St., Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
Bottle release (details to come). Food from Chuck’s Cafe Darien

2:00 pm • Off Square Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Party!
Off Square Brewing, 11000 Delaware Pkwy., Crown Point, IN (219) 310-8898 Map
Off Square Brewing is turning 4! Come out an celebrate our 3rd & 4th anniversaries with us (since we didn’t get to celebrate 3!). Music provided by Mike Green, Nick Kazonis & Funky MojoDaddy. A special menu will be in place this day including …. THE OFF SQUARE BURGER!

2:00 – 4:00 pm • The Centaurs Live; food by Two Buds One Joint Griddle
Black Lung Brewing Co., 2217 N Illinois 83, Round Lake Beach, IL (224) 643-7204 Map
Open at 3pm, food at 4pm, band at 7pm, the evening just keeps getting better;) The Centaurs jam loads of great tunes from Cher to CCR! Come hang!

3:00 pm • Paintball Fight + Don’t Blink Return in Cans!
Skeleton Key Brewery, 8102 Lemont Rd., Unit 300, Woodridge, IL (630) 395-9033
Grab a 4-pack fresh off the line of our Don’t Blink Scottish Ale and/or our “Paintball Fight” Kettle Sour this Saturday! We’ll also have plenty on draft to enjoy!
We’ve also got more bottles of Elixirs #1 and #2 in stock, if you’re looking to transform your sour beer into a Tiki cocktail at home
PLUS, The Argonaut will be here, serving up fresh lobster rolls and raw oysters (you’re gonna wanna pre-order to ensure you get some) — and you can even pre-order a take-n-bake lobster or crab boil to take home with ya! PRE-ORDER at Tock.

3:00 – 8:00 pm • Burn ‘Em Brewing’s 6th Anny Bash (SOLD OUT)
Burn ‘Em Brewing, 718 Freyer Rd., Michigan City, IN 219‑210‑3784 Map
We’ll be celebrating our taproom’s 6th Anniversary Bash.
Featuring music by: Robert Rolfe Feddersen, The Andrew Fisher Quartet – AFQ, Buddy Pearson & Co.
Food by: Bare Bones Gastropub
Beer Menu:

  • Maybe, Just One 11% ABV – Russian Imperial stout with fudge brownie mix and aged in Hotel Tango Distillery 6 yr bourbon barrels with marshmallow.
  • Pickle Back Alky Seltzer – 5% ABV – Hard seltzer with pickle juice aged in a Journeyman distillery whiskey barrel. *****TAPPING AT 4:20 PM
  • Gula – 13% ABV – our Imperial stout, Gluttony, aged in a Journeyman distillery maple syrup barrels then blended with Mexican hot chocolate mix and vanilla beans.
  • Conquistador’s Brew – 8% ABV – Heavy lager with sprucetips and cranberry puree aged in Journeyman distillery gin barrels.
  • Anniversary Ale 2021 – Belgian Style Quadrupel ale with strawberry and cocoa nibs
  • Reel Light 3.8% ABV – American Lager brewed with malted white corn from Sugar Creek in Lebanon, IN.
  • Coconoats 6.3%ABV – Oatmeal pale ale with toasted coconut.
  • Juice Puns 7% ABV – DDH Hazy IPA w/ Sabro and Mosaic Hops
  • Passion Fruit Juice Puns 6.5% ABV – DDH Hazy IPA w/ passion fruit puree
  • Gator’s Aid Lemon Lime 5% ABV – Sports Drink inspired hard seltzer
  • The Hop Parade 6.5% ABV – IPA
  • Kreamed Corn 6% ABV – Cream ale

Masks will be required when you’re not at your seat & social distancing will be enforced for the safety of our staff & guests. We’re limiting this bash to 300 people, first come first served basis.
Tickets $15 at Eventbrite.

4:00 – 9:00 pm • Moor’s Brewing Launch Party
Renaissance Bronzeville, 4641 S King Dr, Chicago (773) 690-5416 Map
The rollout for Moor’s Brewing Co., Chicago’s new Black Owned Brewery, continues. RSVP recommended here.

4:00 – 8:00 pm • Scorched Earth and Hot Sauce
Scorched Earth Brewing Co., 203 Berg St., Algonquin, IL 224-209-8472 Map
Del Toro Street Taco is here!
Taco Flight: Barbacoa, Chicken Chipotle, Pork Cochinita
Plus Elotes, Salsa, Guacamole, Ghost Pepper Queso

5:00 – 10:00 pm • Roll Out the Barrel with Art History Brewing!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave., Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701 Map
Join us in welcoming the talented crew behind Art History Brewing to the Bavarian Lodge as we feature the Bavarian Lodge draft debut of Gravitace, their classically styled Czech pils! As an added treat, we’re going to “roll out the barrel” with the brewery crew, tapping a very special gravity dispensed barrel of their fine Czech pils. Join the Art History crew for the special tapping outside in the Biergarten at 5pm!
Art History’s brewery, taproom and beer garden is located in historic, downtown Geneva, IL. The brewery opened in 2020 and specialize in traditional European lagers, hop forward American styles and cask conditioned English ales. Greg Browne, Master Brewer, has been brewing in Chicago for over 25 yrs including Goose island in the 1990’s and most recently at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville. European lagers are his specialty and authenticity is key to how Art History brews, pours and serves their beers.
Stop by and meet the folks from Art History Brewing:
– Greg Browne, Art History Master Brewer
– Tom and Cindy Rau, Co-Founders
Draft Available at 12:00pm,
Cask Tapping at 5:00pm in the Biergarten (weather permitting.)
All beer available on a first come first served basis. Information subject to change.

5:30 pm • Flyin’ Hawaiian at Dry City!
Dry City Brew Works, 120B N. Main St., Wheaton, IL (630) 456-4787 Map
Catch Flyin’ Hawaiian truck in the back lot until sell-out, for Saturday night noms of the Hawaiian variety! With fun dishes like Hawaiian fried rice, teriyaki chicken, and Kalbi beef, Flyin’ Hawaiian is an amazing experience every single time!

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.

8:30 – 10:30 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks Weekend
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Tiki weekend continues with Elvis in Girls! Girls! Girls! When he finds out his boss is retiring to Arizona, a sailor has to find a way to buy the Westwind, a boat that he and his father built. He is also caught between two women: insensitive club singer Robin and sweet Laurel

Father’s Day, June 20

11:00 am – 3:00 pm • Father’s Day Brunch
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Join us for Father’s Day Brunch – We will be joining up with Butter Uponbacon to bring you a very special edition of Father’s Day Brunch! We’ll be having a special tiki themed menu and drinks! Family friendly, outdoor seating available, and full bar!

11:30 am – 9:00 pm • Arrowhead Ales Father’s Day
Arrowhead Ales Brewing Co., 2101 Calistoga Dr., New Lenox, IL (815) 717-6068 Map
Come treat Dad to Lunch/Dinner….BUT, if ya can’t scrape him off the lawn chair or his recliner.
CRAB CAKES: Jumbo lump crab meat, red cabbage slaw, old bay aioli
PRIME RIB: 12oz. prime rib, herbed roasted potatoes, pan seared green beans, natural jus
SALMON: Pan seared salmon, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, asparagus, english peas, parsnip puree
Coconut Killjoy Tiramisu: Our version of traditional tiramisu, utilizing our Imperial Coconut Killjoy porter
BASE CAMP: Bourbon, Creme de Cacao, Allspice Dram, Islay Scotch
You can order from Toast as well.

12:00 – 9:00 pm • Father’s Day Hours & Reservations
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave., Lisle, IL 630-241-4701 Map
We will be open on Father’ Day from 12-9pm! Reservations are being accepted for parties of five or more for indoor dining. The Biergarten will be open (weather permitting) with seating available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a table inside, simply text your request to 630-241-4701!

1:00 – 4:00 pm • Barrel Aged and Wild Ale Festival
Empirical Brewery, 1801 W. Foster Ave., Chicago 773-654-3104 Map
We want to make Father’s Day special this year. Bring your dad to Empirical where you will get to hang out in the brewery and drink through an assortment of our rare barrel aged and wild ales, along with a few special beers we have been holding onto. It’s the perfect day time activity to enjoy with your father, and you know he loves beer!
The ticket, $30 through Eventbrite, includes samples of at least twenty different rare beers along with a taster glass and koozie lanyard.
We will also have Urban Tables slinging some amazing BBQ plates. What’s better than barrel aged beer and 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
We celebrate all the father’s with Commando! One of the best father/daughter films ever made!

First Forest Brewing interior.

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