St. Patrick's Beer Weekend in Chicago, March 11-13

St. Patrick's Beer Weekend in Chicago, March 11-13
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Lot of events going on, of course. I tried to keep it down to stuff in places known for good beer. Just having “green beer” doesn’t cut it. And serving “Irish Car Bombs” gets a big stink-eye from me.

Early Warning: The Madison Homebrewers and tasters Guild has announced its ticket sales for Great Taste of the Midwest, being held August 13 in Madison, WI. Tickets at $70 will go on sale May 1 at several locations throughout Madison. Tickets will also be sold via a mail-in lottery. Only mailed entries postmarked on Monday, May 2 will be eligible. Get the full details here.

All Weekend

5:00 pm • “Who’s Your Paddy?” St. Patrick’s Days 2022
LG’s Bar & Kitchen, 1525 N. Wells St., Chicago (312) 888-9368 Map
Get the party started on Friday, with the “Who’s Your Paddy?” kick-off party featuring $5 Irish pints, Power’s and whiskey shots from 5-8 pm.
Saturday is PARADE DAY! From 9 am to 1 pm: receive five drink vouchers valid for Tito’s, Jameson, domestic bottles, Guinness drafts, GREEN BEER, and well-mixed drinks with the purchase of a GA ticket. VIP packages are available, and the DJ will be playing all day!
Keep the party going on Selection Sunday with the Hair Of The Dog specials, including $5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas, $15 Mimosa Carafes and appetizer platters!
Saturday tickets start at $35 for GA and are available here!

Friday & Saturday

8th Annual St. Patrick’s Celebration
Imperial Oak Brewing Co., 501 Willow Blvd., Willow Springs, IL (708) 559-7311 Map
& 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050 Map
Pull on that cable knit sweater, dig out those Scully caps, and join us as we celebrate one of our favorite holidays at Imperial Oak. This year marks our 8th St. Pat’s Celebration in Willow Springs and kicks off Brookfield’s 1st Irish event! We have a handful of Irish dance sets lined up for the weekend, some amazing food trucks, and of course BEER! Our March Barrel aged release is Maple Syrup Barrel Aged Udder Madness Imperial Milk Stout. Additionally we have a second version that includes a wee dose of Madagascar vanilla and fresh roasted Coffee beans from Ten Drops Coffee Labs We’ll also have a few holiday inspired beer infusions and cocktails!
Stay tuned for an updated draft & cocktail list as we get closer to the event dates:
BARREL AGED BEER RELEASES (Friday, both locations)
– Barrel Aged Udder Madness – Imperial Milk Stout aged 1 year in Maple Syrup barrels
– BA Udder Madness – Coffee/Vanilla – Imperial Milk Stout aged 1 year in Maple Syrup barrels and finished with Coffee & Vanilla beans
Quiet Giant – 2 Year- Anniversary Stout- 14% (2021 release, 1 keg only)
INFUSION BEERS (Saturday, WS is CASH ONLY)
Udderly Thin Mint – Chocolate/Mint Milk Stout (both locations)
Irish Hype – Mango/Apricot/Lime/Vanilla NEIPA (both locations)
Billy’s PB&J – Porter with fresh raspberry, strawberry & real peanuts (WS only).
Pot-O-Gold – Pilsner with Lemon, vanilla, & a touch of glitter (WS only)
EVENT COCKTAILS
– Leprechaun Punch- Lemon Lime Punch with a hit of vodka and a colorful sugared rim.
MORE DRAFTS
Udderly Black – Milk Stout
DANCE SET TIMES
Brookfield:
Fri – 6pm & 8pm
Sat – 4pm & 6pm
Willow Springs:
Fri – 6pm & 8pm
Sat – 4pm, 6pm, 8pm 
FOOD TRUCKS
Brookfield:
Fri – Dope Sandwich
Sat – Tacos Los Jarochitos
Willow Springs:
Fri – La Humita
Sat – Lil Deb’s

9:00 – 1:00 am • Shamrocks & Shenanigans!
Emmett’s Brewing Co., 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533 Map
Join us on March 11th and 12th for some fun and delicious Irish food specials! Cheers! 
Friday, 7 pm: Live Irish Folk Music by Ray Moore
Saturday, 9 am : Kegs & Eggs • 11 am: Palatine Parade.

12:00 pm • Anniversary IV Celebration
Will County Brewing Co., 1142 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood, IL (815) 582-4157 Map
All because of YOU!
There’s just too much to squeeze into one day, so we’re keeping the party going all week long!
Friday, March 11th – Beer, Ready-To-Drink (BRD) (4.2%)
One of our most requested brews is back for this epic Anniversary IV celebration! BRD is heavy on flavor, light on calories, and redefines your expectations. Exceptionally mild and easy drinking, it’s craft beer for light beer drinkers.
Live Music 7PM: Michael Satarino
Saturday, March 12th – DOUBLE BOMBER RELEASE!!!
Anniversary IV Crème Brûlée Imperial Stout (12.5%)
Our Anniversary IV bomber release is a silky smooth Imperial Stout with Vanilla and Caramel, limited quantities available!
Erebus Imperial Stout (12.5%)
The base recipe of our new High Gravity Imperial Stout Series is no sleeper! One of the primordial deities in Greek mythology, Erebus was born out of the primeval void, Chaos. The personification of the deep darkness and shadows, Erebus and Nyx had 6 children: Aether, Hemera, Hypnos, The Fates, Geras and Thanatos. Limited quantities available!
Live Music 6PM: Zion Iyahbinghi
New swag available!
Will County Brewing is dog and kid friendly both inside and outside!
You are ALWAYS welcome to bring your own food.

Friday, March 11

Holzlager Beer Release
Holzlager Brewing Co., 150 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock, IL (815) 308-5901 Map
St. Pat’s Irish Red Ale

¢Hop Butcher Pickup
Iron&Glass, 632 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville, IL (815) 782-5559 Map
& Iron&Glass Minooka, 104 Ridge Rd., Minooka, IL (815) 255-2114 Map
What’s coming out this week from Hop Butcher for the World: Roll Your Own Way – 10.5% Imperial Stout Brewed With Cinnamon & VanillaDouble Cherry Circumpolar Cyclone – 9.5% Citra & Simcoe-hopped Milkshake Double India Pale Ale Brewed With Cherry & Vanilla
Woah, what a lineup! Pick up is on Friday – Order at:
Romeoville or Minooka

Hidden Hand Release
Solemn Oath Brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
& Solemn Oath Brewery Still Life, 2919 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago  Map
We sail through the endless vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, cocoa nib, and chili pepper skies while down below the trees, bathed in cool breeze, silver starlight breaks down the night.
Below The Trees, our Mexican Hot Chocolate-inspired Imperial Milk Stout and the follow up offering to Black Night Sighs, releases this weekend exclusively at Solemn Oath Brewery (Friday) and Solemn Oath’s Still Life Taproom (Saturday).
Pre-order for single cans goes live Thursday at 4pm at www.solemnoathbrewery.com

30th St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago 312-642-0700 Map
Join us for our 30th St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Bagpipers, Guinness, Corned Beef & Cabbage and more!

9:00 am • Half Acre Online Release
Half Acre Beer Co., 2050 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago 773-754-8488 Map
Double Barrel Benthic is our biggest and final online release of the 2021 Benthic brewing season. We selected Willett and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for the first seven month residence, before blending into freshly emptied apple brandy barrels for an additional seven months’ time. To conclude, we infused both toasted coconut and cinnamon.
By aging the entire batch in multiple sets of barrels we achieve more overall barrel character, diverse spirit character, and dial up flavor potency. Double Barrel Benthic is a thickset stout. Heat from the apple brandy barrels and the spice of the cinnamon lands like spirit-rich apple pie mixed with decadent chocolate and macaroons. High praise to the entire production crew for all the extra effort that goes into creating a beer like this!
Double Barrel Benthic will be on draft in the taproom starting Friday 3/11. PLUS a Brewer’s Conversation on the Benthic series 3/12 @ 12pm with extra special tappings. For more information on the online release, head to the link in our bio.
Online Release at 9 AM. Link: https://bit.ly/37fxpTN

11:00 am • Pepper’s Pils Release + Food Truck Weekend
One Allegiance Brewing, 10215 S. Harlem Ave., Chicago Ridge, IL (708) 529-7067 Map
Hi beer friends, come meet Pepper! She’s a 1-year old bull terrier and she is our new brewery doggo so it seems fitting that our next beer release is named after her!
Pepper’s Pils was brewed with the utmost attention to detail for a beer style that leaves nothing to hide. Pepper’s Pils pours a vibrant gold hue with fast rising bubbles from natural carbonation. At first sip, the soft water and premium European Pilsen malt coats the mouth with a perceived sweetness. Quickly following is a bright hoppy bitterness that cleanses the palate and begs for another sip. This true German Pilsner Lager finishes with a clean richness and a beer our brewer’s are most proud of (not only because they’ll be drinking it in copious amounts)!
Brewed in collaboration with Jeremy Bersano, B.O.S.S. homebrew competition gold medal winning Pilsner Lager
Food trucks are back this weekend!
Friday: Mario’s Tacos (5pm-9pm)
Saturday: Smokin’ BBQ (5pm-9pm)

12:00 – 11:00 pm • Beer Release: Station 2
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Station 2 – West Coast IPA. ABV: 7.1%
The fact that our brewery is located in a decommissioned firehouse is not lost on us. Every day we are in awe of the brave firefighters, law enforcement officers, medics, doctors, and nurses. Our “station” beers are a tribute to all the folks who keep us safe and healthy.
It also acts as a hop experimentation platform for our brewers.
For Station 2 we added Mosaic, Simcoe, and Amarillo. This combination presents citrus, pineapple, and tropical fruit notes along with a soft but present bitterness.

2:00 – 8:00 pm • Miskatonic Tapping
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
Great news everyone! Remember that delicious Nut Brown we did back in November that came and went? We decided to do it again!
Friday we are dropping our Nut Brown Ale. It’ll be available on draft and 4 packs to-go! Secret Society members – you can come on in Thursday night and get a sneak preview.
Evynn will open the bar at 3 and we have trivia with Baig of Tricks Entertainment starting at 7!

4:00 – 7:00 pm • Pi(e) Weekend with Noon Whistle
The Beer Cellar, 488 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-315-5060 Map
We are making Pi Day a Pi Weekend with our friends at Noon Whistle! The fine folks at Noon Whistle have whipped together 4 pie themed beers and they will be available exclusively at our Glen Ellyn store beginning at 4pm on March 11! We will have slices of pie to pair while supplies last!
Ain’t No Lie, Baby Pie Pie Pie, Pie Pie – Chocolate Imperial Stout
Banana Cream Pie – Hefeweizen with lactose
Maple Pecan Pie – Brown Ale with Maple and Pecan
Lemon Meringue Pie – Pastry Sour

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Release
The Church Street Brewing Co., 1480 Industrial Dr. Ste. C, Itasca, IL (630) 438-5725 Map
Introducing Church Street’s Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.
Our team is very excited about this release coming out Friday at 4pm. This beer uses multiple cultures to achieve a well rounded tartness which helps support the fruits added during fermentation. The result is a light tart and fruity beer – prost!

4:00 – 9:00 pm • Goodstuff Eats BBQ Pop-Up
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 Map
Goodstuff Eats will be serving up some delicious BBQ in our lot this winter!
Try their baby back ribs, pastrami sandwiches (with Dilly Dally Provisions spicy beer mustard & skokie provisions pickle!), brisket sandwich, smashed pork shoulder, and smoked sweet potatoes and mangoes.
See their full menu here.

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Cocina Azteca at Sketchbook Evanston
Sketchbook Brewing Co., 821 Chicago Ave. # E2, Evanston, IL (847) 859-9051 Map
Homemade tamales and salsas from Cocina Azteca, an Evanston family-owned business. Order at the bar every Friday!

4:00 – 8:00 pm • The Argonaut at Solemn Oath
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
Freshly shucked oysters, fully loaded lobstahhh rolls, fanciful seafood feasts. You can never go wrong when you get it from The Argonaut Co.
Pre-Order

4:00 pm • Dark Horse Pop-Up
Alter Brewing Co., 2300 Wisconsin Ave. #213, Downers Grove, IL 630-541-9558 Map
Terrell and Dark Horse Pastries is popping up with some culinary Madness in March!
Join us on 3/11, 3/18, and 3/19 at 4pm for some amazing food from one of our favorite pop-ups. 

5:00 – 7:00 pm • Friday Beer Tastin’ feat. Church Street Brewing
Cork Keg & Spirits, 1603 .N Alpine Rd., Ste 113, Rockford, IL  Map
Church Street Brewing Co. will be in the house! Come by and sample their latest and greatest brews and start your weekend off right!
We’ll also be sampling out beers from Solemn Oath’s secret skunkworks brewery Hidden Hand Brewing This is one tasting that you won’t want to miss!!!

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Friday Night Food Truck – Brothers BBQ
Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140 Map
Brothers’ BBQ Food Truck: Family owned and operated authentic American BBQ food truck serving the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago!

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Taco Night with Taco Madre
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Buckle up for some Friday night fun here at Riverlands with live bluegrass and everyone’s favorite fun food…TACOS!
Taco Madre will be serving up their hot and fresh menu starting around 5pm. Meanwhile, our bluegrassy friends Make It A Double perform at 6pm.
Whether it’s date night, family night, or just another Friday night, we’ve got your good times covered.

5:00 – 9:00 pm • Pair-it-Up
2 Fools Cider, 1864 High Grove Ln., Ste 100, Naperville, IL 630-995-9973 Map
Treat your palate to a warm and scrumptious Pair-it-Up Butter Chicken Sub and loaded Bulgogi beef Nachos with your favorite craft brew at 2FoolsCidery!

5:00 pm • Bierstacheln Night
Beermiscuous Highwood, 552 Sheridan Rd., Ste 2, Highwood, IL (847) 780-3486 Map
Join us and let Ziggy stick a hot metal rod into your beer!
Bierstacheln, or “Beer Spiking” is a centuries old tradition with roots in Europe and colonial America. Beer would be too cold to drink directly in the Winter months and would need to be heated to drinking temperature. Enter a hot poker. Literally. Now, Bierstacheln usually takes place in the late winter and early spring, when it’s nice enough to want a bonfire but still chilly enough to want a bit of toasty warmth to your drink. The hot poker will swirl in your beer for a few seconds, creating fluffy foam and caramelizing residual sugars. The result is a creamy, malt forward libation with a foam that will remind you of toasted marshmallow.
We’ll have Aleman’s Soulman Vanilla Brown Ale on draft and plenty of other beers that we’ll want to try out.

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Friday with the Best Pizza and Musician Around
D and G Brewing, 303 N. 4th St., Suite A, Saint Charles, IL (773) 203-2325 Map
Once a month, the stars align and a convergence of awesomeness occurs.
That’s right, D & G, Matt Keen, and Chuck’s Wood Fired Pizza are all together.
Chuck is out with the best damn pizza around. Ovens hot and ready at 5.
At 6, Matt Keen shows us why he’s our favorite musician around.
And as a little icing on the cake, we have a new Kentucky Common, aka a dark cream ale, that will be on tap

6:00 pm • BHBC’s Residency Day
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 638-0700 Map
Black Horizon Brewing Co. will bring the party this Friday, March 11th in celebration of the ongoing Residency at Haymarket Pub & Brewery.
DJ Erick will be spinning a mix of old school and new school hip hop.
Keep the Glass promo! At 6pm be one of the first 30 people in to catch a pour of Black Horizon Brewing beer and keep your beautiful etched 16.75oz pint glass!
Draft lineup from BHBC:
Chicago Uncommon Ale – Steam Ale brewed in collaboration with Funkytown Brewing, Moor’s Brewing Co., Turner Häus Brewery, The Brother at the Bar, The Black Beer Baron, and Haymarket.
Midnight Fist Fight – Citra Hazy IPA
“Peach” Midnight Fist Fight – Citra Hazy IPA infused with peaches
Nice and Toasted – Imperial stout with toasted coconut, marshmallow and vanilla
Can lineup from BHBC:
Midnight Fist Fight
Nice and Toasted
Horizon IPA Vol. 20 (Simcoe/Citra West Coast)
Return to the Nexus (collab w/ Whiskey Hill Brewing Co.) – Imperial stout with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans
Open to the public, no cover.
The Tavern @ Haymarket features 2 pool tables and 2 dart boards for the bar game aficionados.

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Obscurity Tap Takeover at Chances
Chances Bar & Video Gaming, 455 S. Rt. 45, Lindenhurst, IL 224-372-7493 Map
Obscurity Brewing & Craft Mead is taking over the taps at Chances with Launch Juice, Vanilla DOOM and Good Kiss! Stop out and enjoy delicious beer and swag giveaways from Obscurity!

Saturday, March 12

312 Day
Goose Island Taproom, 1800 W Fulton St., Chicago  Map
Tap Room Exclusives: Stop by the taproom on March 12 for 312 Day exclusive deals
Flight of 312 variants available in sets of 4, 6oz pours
Variants include: 312 Malort, 312 Coffee, 312 Dry Hopped, 312 and Jams (Raspberry, Blueberry, Mango)
312 cans and draft available for $3.12 
Music: Goose Island is thrilled to kick-off music in a big way this 312 Day with a new lineup of artists including Suicide Machines, Afters…With Case Oats, Local H, Yo La Tengo, Metz With Melkbelly And Negative Scanner and a special performance with Chicago-based artist Mick Jenkins who will be playing right outside Goose Island’s Fulton Street Taproom & Brewery.
Ticket information can be found at gooseisland.com/events

St. Patrick’s Weekend
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., 1615 Oak Ave., Evanston, IL 224-999-7320 Map
& 3827 N. Broadway, Chicago 773-857-0631 Map
St Paddy’s Day shenanigans start Saturday and run until 3/19 at BOTH our brewpubs!
Our Dry Irish Stout on nitro will be flowing and we’ll be cookin’ up house-made corned beef & cabbage. Swing on by either of our pubs for food and drink specials, and live music at our Broadway location on 3/16!

8:00 – 11:00 am • Kegs & Eggs
Old Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells St., Chicago 312-477-2800 Map
& South Branch, 100 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago 312-546-6177 Map
Add some Irish to your morning with everyone’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day tradition!
$30 per person includes a decked-out breakfast buffet with classic fixings including: Scrambled Eggs w/ Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit Salad, and Cheesy Potato Casserole
Drink specials include: $5 Green Beer (Miller Light), Guinness, Bloody Mary, and Mimosas
Tickets available via Eventbrite:
Old Town Pour House § South Branch

8:00 am • Sweetwater St. Patrick’s Day Party
Sweetwater Tavern and Grille, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago 312-698-7111 Map
SweetWater Tavern & Grille’s Annual ST. PATRICK’S DAY PATIO PARTY – Celebrate in style with this legendary annual bash just steps away from the parade and the dyeing of the Chicago River!
Delicious Irish food and beer specials including:
§ Irish Nachos (Housemade Corned Beef, Hardwood-Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions, IPA Cheese Sauce, Green Onions, Chips – $14)
§ Pastrami Reubens (Housemade Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Russian Dressing, Bacon-Braised Sauerkraut, Marble Rye – $17)
§ Shepherd’s Pie (Stout-Braised Ground Beef, Peas, Carrots, Onions, Shredded Cabbage, Potato Puree – $20)
§ $6 Green Miller Light
§ $7 Smithwick’s and Virtue Cider Brut
§ $8 Magners Irish Cider and Guinness 
Enjoy Bagpipers as you experience the festivities up close
SweetWater’s massive outdoor patio on the Mag Mile will be open all day, weather permitting 
Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis

9:00 am – 12:00 pm • St. Patrick’s Day Rooftop Rager
Roots Handmade Pizza, 744 S Dearborn Ave., Chicago (773) 645-4909 Map
We’re ready to (sham)rock all morning for Chicago’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration! Join our Rooftop Rager at Roots South Loop.
Our Rooftop will be enclosed and party-ready…unless Chicago surprises us with a beautiful day, of course.
GA TICKETS $50 (Eventbrite)
Each GA ticket includes…
Access to our Daytime Rooftop Rager from 9AM – 12PM, featuring a DJ, table games, corn hole, drink specials.
Bottomless Drink Package (Domestic Beer, Green Beer, House Spirits, Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Jameson Cocktails)
Breakfast Buffet
Gratuity not included. Please take care of your servers.
Drink package ends at 12 PM.
GA tickets guarantee entry but not a table. Rooftop tables are first come first serve.
NO REFUNDS. FINAL SALE.
This event is 21+

9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Energy City Samples and Pickup
Energy City Brewing, 917 First St., Batavia, IL (630) 597-5581 Map
Join us this Saturday at the brewery for beer pickup and samples of our newest, festive stout: Bâtisserie Mint Chocolate Chip. Additionally, we will be tasting our two newest Bistro Cabanas. All rainbows lead to Energy City Brewing this weekend
Beer is available for online pre-order via shop.energycitybrewing.com

9:00 am – 9:00 pm • Adult Big Wheel Race
Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co., 128 W. Main St., West Dundee, IL (847) 428-4500 Map
Join Us For Emmett’s Adult Big Wheel Race. Registration is now open on our website. The day starts at 9am with our Kegs N Eggs Buffet, Big Wheel Racing starts at 1pm, live music by Brothers Quinn at 7pm on our 2nd floor. Unlimited all day fun and entertainment. Great Food, Great Beer, Great Entertainment will be provided!

10:00 – 11:00 am • Stacey’s Bootcamp HIIT Class
Crafted 1979, 19200 LaGrange Rd., Ste. E, Mokena, IL 708-860-2826 Map
Come in and work out with Stacey as she has you work off those beers from the week. She adjusts the workout to all levels. High-Intensity Interval Training at its finest. Plus we reward you for finishing the class with a draft pour of your choosing. This cost is $12

10:00 am • Berghoff & Adams St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Adams Street Brewery, 17 W. Adams St., Chicago (312) 427-5820 Map
Join us for Chicago’s Favorite Tradition-The St. Patrick’s Day Parade! 
Enjoy our Hand-Carved Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Freshly-Baked Bailey’s Cheesecake and of course our House-Brewed Dry Irish Stout!
Bar Doors Open at 10 AM
Restaurant and Kitchen Open at 11:30 AM

10:00 am – 11:00 pm • St. Patrick’s Celebration!
Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140 Map
Buffalo Creek Brewing pays tribute to the Emerald Isle on Saturday, with its annual St. Pat’s Green Eggs & Hash Party. All eyes will be smiling – Irish and otherwise.
10 am – Brewery doors open with complimentary green eggs and hash for guests and plenty of cold BCB beer on tap to wash it down.
1 pm – James and Friends takes the mainstage. James has been playing music and entertaining people for over 30 years. When you see him at the show, give him a hug. He likes hugs…
5 pm – Billy Bricks starts serving Irish themed pizzas.
6 pm – Jim Green takes the mainstage. Jim transcends popular genres by creating fiery percussive driven solo finger-style acoustic guitar instrumentals in a fresh and compelling way utilizing unusual guitar tunings while incorporating percussive rhythms, harmonics, and finger-tapping with a piano-like approach that is both musically and visually stimulating.

10:00 – 12:00 am • “Irish I was in Dublindee” Celebration
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
Join us for the biggest day of the year in East Dundee! We have a great day lined up:
* Chicago Highlander Bagpipers at 2 pm
* McNulty Irish Dancers at 4 pm
* Stadium Street Eats from 12-4 pm
* Fox Valley Lager $5 pints all day
Open from 10am to Midnight

10:00 am – 12:00 pm • 2nd Annual St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Join us for our second annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser and head shaving event!
Last year, we hosted our first shaving fundraiser with AMAZING success. This year, we hope to blow the results out of the water!
How can you help? Sign up to have your head shaved at the event! Not so keen on the whole hairless thing? DONATE! It’s that simple.
Visit our St. Baldrick’s event page for details on how to sign up or donate today, and let’s smash our goal of $10,000 for Childhood Cancer Research together.
Sign up/donation link.

10:00 am – 8:00 pm • St. Patrick’s Day Parade Day Party
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago 312-922-8025 Map
Join the party just a few short blocks west of the parade route & south of the river dye.
Irish food specials & Irish music will be pumping and of course, great drinks!
Open at 10am. No Cover Charge! 21+ only.

10:00 am • St. Patricks Celebration at Centennial
Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery, 733 N. LaSalle Dr., Chicago 312-284-5353 Map
Come celebrate with us this Saturday! Doors open at 10am, reservations recommended! Irish Stouts and Red Ales on tap. Drinks specials and Irish food specials all day.

11:00 am • St. Pat’s Day at the Lake Villa Taproom!
Harbor Brewing Co., Lake Villa, 136 Cedar Ave., Lake Villa, IL  Map
OPEN AT 11am!
The Lake Villa St. Pat’s Day Parade begins at 12p. We will have Olive You Charcuterie available to purchase beginning at 11am. Live Music from Daniel Cronson at 1pm and The Unusual Suspects & 89 Mojo at 7pm! Jim will have some delicious BBQ available at 5pm.

11:00 am – 6:00 pm • Special Hours for ShamROCKS the Fox Event
McHenry Brewing Co., 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 403-2212 Map
Happy St. Patrick’s Day in McHenry!
We will be open from 11am to 6pm. Pixie Dawgs will be serving food starting at 11am.

11:00 am • Yoga and Craft Beer
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Is it beer-thirty, quarter ’til rum, five o’scotch, or wine-fifteen? Yoga and Craft Beer with @alexanderforshort. $20 includes one hour of yoga and one beer after the session.

12:00 pm • St. Baldrick’s, Stunod and Metal Monkey Brewing
Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Suite 900, Romeoville, IL 630-862-9595 Map
Join us as Team Stunod and Metal Monkey Brewing come together for an epic event. Join us and be a hero for kids with cancer! Together we can help the biggest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants do more to speed up the search for cures.
Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer to raise money another way, or donate, please join us to give kids with cancer the long, healthy lives they deserve.
The School of Rock (Naperville) will be kicking off the entertainment around 3pm as their talented kids grace our stage to Rock The Monkey House! The evening will bring the return of Alt Rock and Grunge with acoustic duo, The Powdered Toast Men.
We will be hosting a raffle and silent auction and the items are rolling in now. We will have a little of everything with items from your favorite breweries, restaurants, Vinyl, Instruments, home brewing equipment, massage gift certificates and much more.
We have also teamed up with St. Baldrick’s and The Donut Shop (Lockport, IL) to bring you Stunod, a brown ale with bold coffee flavor, sweet frosted donut goodness, with a light bodied finish. This beer will be available both on draft and in 4-packs to go. A portion of proceeds from all sales of Stunod beer both draft and cans to go will be donated to St. Baldrick’s.We hope you can come enjoy us for a fun day and help raise some money for a great cause.
Donation to Team Stunod & St. Baldrick’s can be made here as well.

12:00 pm • Art History Specials
Art History Brewing, 649 W. State St., Geneva, IL 630-345-6274 Map
Chuck’s Irish Red Firkin Tapping @ 12p Chuck’s Wood-Fired Pizza @ 5p Tunes of Glory Pipes & Drums @ 5p

12:00 pm • St Pat’s Preview Party
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 815-962-8758 Map
Since the St Pat’s Parade is on Sat Mar 12th, we will have a limited amount of Corned Beef & Cabbage dinners available for order on Saturday! Guinness will be on tap and of course, we’ll have lots of Irish (and American) whiskies.
Please note — we will NOT be serving CB&C Mon Mar 14- Wed Mar 16 so that we can prep enough for actual St Pat’s Day (Thu Mar 17th).
Yes, we’ll have Reuben Sandwiches too!

1:00 pm • SMASHERDAY: Biker Dude Burgers
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Biker Dude Burgers IS BACK! After a brief trip to sunny Florida, our burger bud Darrin returns for an afternoon of smashburger madness. Get in early to grab a table and line up for one…tasty…burger.
Smashing starts at 1pm and runs until he sells out. Pro-tip: HE ALWAYS SELLS OUT, so get in early if you want to eat.
Stay tuned for info on his special that day.

1:00 pm • Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW Map
We’re partnering with Girl Scouts at Western Avenue School to sell cookies for a good cause! The event will include a sample of 4 craft beers and 8 cookies for $20 (Brown Paper Tickets). We’ll have pairings at both 1pm and 3pm. Reserve your spot today!

1:00 pm • St. Patrick’s at Lake Bluff
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff, IL (224) 544-5179 Map
We will have Shorty’s Irish Red and Green Honey Badger on tap, and possibly our national award-winning barrel-aged imperial stouts (if we don’t run out before then).
At 4 pm, join Head’s Red BBQ at Lake Bluff Brewing for a St. Patrick’s BBQ Pop Up.
We will be selling our famous smoked corned beef on a marble rye bun with a side of smoked cabbage. Lake Bluff Brewing Company will have plenty of their delicious Irish Red, Green Honey Badger, as well as several of their other award-winning beers on hand to wash it all down with.
We will be there from 4 PM to 7PM or until we sell out. It’s always best to come early as we normally sell out quick!

1:00 – 6:00 pm • Tamale Spaceship
Solemn Oath Brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
Handmade, fully loaded tamales are a delicacy in these parts and the Tamale Spaceship rocks ’em the best! Menu

2:00 – 7:00 pm • Goodstuff Eats BBQ Pop-Up
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 Map
Goodstuff Eats will be serving up some delicious BBQ in our lot this winter!
Try their baby back ribs, pastrami sandwiches (with Dilly Dally Provisions spicy beer mustard & skokie provisions pickle!), brisket sandwich, smashed pork shoulder, and smoked sweet potatoes and mangoes.
See their full menu here.

2:00 – 5:00 pm • Polar Plunge After Party
Rt 66 Old School Brewing, 110 Bridge St., Wilmington, IL (815) 476-2220 Map
Plungin’ ain’t easy…but someone’s gotta do it!! Our OSB team is headed to the beach this Saturday! Come celebrate their plunge afterwards at OSB!
Live music from Crooked Tails, and Girl Scout Cookie Sales.

3:00 – 8:00 pm • Pair-it-Up
Noon Whistle Brewing, 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 331-431-4882 Map
Treat your palate to a warm and scrumptious Butter Chicken Sub and loaded Bulgogi beef Nachos with your favorite craft brew at Noon Whistle Brewing Naperville!

3:00 pm • St. Paddy’s Day Saturday
Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 847-362-6688  Map
Join us for St. Paddy’s Day Saturday. Irish food specials, beer and whiskey specials and of course live music. Music at 3pm by Frank and the Quarantinis, 6pm by Fitz and Celts, and 9pm by Marlon and the Shakes. $5 cover charge applies for entry after 3pm.

3:00 pm • Resurrection Tournament hosted by Zorn Brew Works Co.
Zorn Brew Works Co., 605 E. 9th St., Michigan City, IN (219) 243-7157 Map
11|Eleven and Zorn Brew Works Co. will be hosting The Resurrection Tournament
$5 venue fee, $10 per game entry!
$100 POT BONUS FOR GAME WITH THE MOST PARTICIPANTS!
GAME LINE-UP:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate • Tekken 7 • Mortal Kombat 11 • Dragonball FighterZ • Guilty Gear Strive
GAME RULES:
Double Elimination
Best 2 out of 3 matches.
Finals best 3 out of 5 matches.
PAYOUT:
1st Place 70% of pot winnings
2nd Place 20% of pot winnings
3rd Place 10% of pot winnings
If you lose you will be put in the loser’s bracket for a chance to come back and win it all. If you lose twice, you will be out of the tournament!
*Different rules will apply to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Sign up today by clicking the links below:
Tekken 7
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Mortal Kombat 11
Guilty Gear Strive

4:00 pm • Night Ministry Spring Fundraiser
Estelle’s, 2013 W. North Ave., Chicago 773-782-0450 Map
Join us on Saturday for music, beer, raffles & more to support local non-profit, The Night Ministry.
Lo Rez beer
Local Food: Yvolina’s Tamales
Music: Logan Bay, Lumpen Radio
The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness. We accept individuals as they are and offer support as they seek to improve their lives. We invite others to join this hope-filled work.

5:00 – 9:00 pm • Burn’n Bull Pop-up
Black Horizon Brewing Co., 7560 S. Quincy St., Willowbrook, IL (630) 413-4964 Map
Yes please!! Chef Jeff is back serving up his delicious Southern BBQ inspired cuisine to you made fresh to order! Enjoy your Saturday with us, our beers, his food and great live music by Paul Cullen!

6:00 pm • Riverlands Debut: the Tamale Guy
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Pssst. Word has it local legend the Tamale Guy is heading over on March 12 to serve up his amazing, authentic tamales…until they’re gone!
Enjoy live music by Lisa Thomen while scarfing down tamales and sippin’ on some beers.

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Friends trivia at Harbor Brewing (Winthrop Harbor)
Harbor Brewing Co., Lake Villa, 136 Cedar Ave., Lake Villa, IL  Map
Grab your besties, pals, and buddies for a night of Friends Trivia!
Try to outwit other teams while enjoying your favorite Harbor Brew and trivia … sounds like a fun Saturday night!
This game is taking place at Winthrop Harbor taproom.
Top teams win prizes.
Join us for weekly General / All Subjects trivia on Thursday nights at 7pm.

Sunday, March 13

11:00 am – 3:00 pm • St. Patrick’s Day Brunch at the RIPH
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
We can’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Invasion – This month’s brunch invasion with Butter Upon Bacon is a tribute to our Irish heritage! You don’t want to miss Chef Gerry’s homemade corned beef! Family friendly, full bar, and seasonal menu!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Beer & Yoga
Imperial Oak Brewing Co., 501 Willow Blvd., Willow Springs, IL (708) 559-7311 Map
Join us for a 60 minute guided yoga  lesson every Sunday from 10am-11am in the Willow Springs Savage Oak Room.
After you’ve reached a higher physical, mental and spiritual plane, reach for your cool down pint in the pub! Just $20 covers your class and your first pour of any IOB beer.
Our space is limited to 30 people, so come a little early to grab your spot and stretch. Please remember to BYO yoga mat and $20 (cash only).

11:00 am • Plainfield Irish Parade Brunch
Sovereign Restaurant, 24205 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL 815‑556‑8577 Map
Join us Sunday for an Irish themed brunch during the Plainfield Hometown Irish Parade featuring:
• A one-day-only speciality Irish brunch menu
• The return of the Bloody Seamus (our house Bloody Mary topped with a deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie skewer)
• Irish beer tappings
• Specialty Irish cocktail offerings
• Exclusive curated whiskies
Brunch will be served from 11am-4pm. We do not take reservations. Utilize the Yelp Waitlist feature to alleviate extended wait times.

1:00 pm • Bags Tournament
Alter Brewing Co., 2300 Wisconsin Ave. #213, Downers Grove, IL 630-541-9558 Map
Gather your best teammates and join us at our bags tournament for some good, old fashioned fun! ⁠
Signups are first come, first served and start at 12pm. Games will start at 1pm, or whenever we max out on teams (maximum of 16 teams). FREE to attend!⁠

1:00 – 6:00 pm • Chicken Truck Sunday in Oswego
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
The Country Grill chicken truck comes every Sunday, rain or shine, to Oswego and brings the finest rotisserie chickens, ribs, homemade sides and wraps!
Check out our menu.
If you want to pre-order, just send us a Direct message what food you want us to reserve and at what time you plan to pick it up!

1:30 pm • St. Paddy’s Day Sunday
Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 847-362-6688  Map
St. Paddy’s Day Sunday continues the party. Irish food, beer, and whiskey specials. The McNulty Irish dancers are back in the Amber Room at 1:30pm. Live Irish music from the Bridgeport Ramblers at 3:00pm.

2:00 – 9:00 pm • Smittytown Market
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 Map
Come support some of your favorite local vendors directly at our indoor market. Grab a beer, browse, and buy!

3:00 pm • SIP & Paint Party (Pre-Outlined Canvas -OR- Glass Painting)
Village Vintner Winery & Brewery, 2380 Esplanade Dr., Algonquin, IL (847) 658-4900 Map
Leprechauns on Canvas -OR- Paint the Pints (2 Belgium Beer Glasses)….You Choose at checkout!
Join SIP Parties at The Village Vintner in Algonquin, Illinois. SIP Parties is a unique twist on your typical SIP & Paint party experience! Enjoy a lively performance that brings humor and audience interaction to detailed art instruction. Whether you’re looking to do a girls night out or enjoy a date night with the hubby, we are the perfect local activity. Find us at a bar or restaurant in your neighborhood!
Event info:
Price of admission ($35 here) incorporates all necessary art supplies. This includes your very own 10 x 20 inch canvas -OR- 2 Belgium beer glasses to take home at the end of the night! Feel free to arrive early to purchase an appetizer and an ice cold beer or glass of wine (food & beverages sold separately). A full refund will be offered for all cancellations up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled event. All cancellations within this 24 hour time frame will be credited for future event. Looking for more local activities? Check out our Calendar of Events!
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5:00 – 7:00 pm • More Than Beer 6: Retro Classic Cocktails
Hopewell Brewing Co., 2760 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 698-6178 Map
Join Phil & The Side Lot Staff in a Live or Virtual Class to learn how to make three Retro Classic Cocktails that will be part of our Spring & Summer Menu.
Want to play along at home? You can purchase a Side Lot Cocktail Kit for $60 (makes 6 cocktails) or just pay for the class ($10) and use your own materials.
Each Side Lot Cocktail Kit comes with everything you need to follow along and make these drinks.
Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Juice, Pineapple, Cherries, Demerara Syrup, Lime,  Vodka, Light Rum, Dark Rum, Banana Liqueur, Amaretto, Blue Curaçao, Brandy Cherry Juice
Additional items you should have at home are ice, shakers, spoons & Hawaiian shirts.
This is a paid online streaming event. You’ll receive a code to enter this stream free of charge by purchasing the Side Lot Craft Cocktail At Home Kit (link here). Pickup for At Home kits is between 9a & 4p on Sunday 3/13.

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Sunday Night Keg Kickers Club
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
The end of our week, every week, is reason enough to celebrate…and YOU’RE invited.
Come by every* Sunday night for our Keg Kickers Club Industry Night when we hang with our regulars and industry friends and EVERYBODY saves 25% off their drafts. Plus, we may have some fun secret stuff to share with ya.
*Discount not available during comedy night Sundays*

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