Sigh. I’ve smushed up my calendar app but good. And I am off for this weekend, so I can only post a truncated version of the calendar with some select events.
However, I can report that the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, has set the dates for this year’s Illinois Craft Beer Week. The event runs May 13-20, with in-person events and hybrid activities to support local breweries and to jump-start the craft beer season! Yes, there will be a passport of sorts, and other promotions, which are being lined up here.
Additionally, the kickoff event, Beer Under Glass, is moving this year to Chicago’s Union Station. The traditional venue, Garfield Park Conservatory, is undergoing a renovation for this year. The relocated Beer Under Glass will be held Friday, May 13, at 5:30-8:30 pm (4:30 for VIP ticket holders). Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 8th, 2022 at 10:00 am, at this link.
Monday, April 4
2 – 5pm • My Cocina
Phase Three Brewing Co., 932 Donata Ct., Lake Zurich, IL (847) 749-6645
Our good friends at My Cocina are now serving up at our taproom 7 days a week!
Order from the QR code on your table and My Cocina will deliver right to your seat.
4 – 6:30pm • Tap Room Trivia
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000
Join us every Sunday for trivia from 3-5:30 pm for fun, delicious beer, and prizes!
Tuesday, April 5
4pm • Vulture Food is Back
Solemn Oath Brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062
They roll in, serve up, and roll out. The first visit of the year from the great vegan roadshow is going down on Tuesday evening in the Solemn Oath Community Dome Forest and Taproom. Pair your Solemn Oath beers with Vuture’s 100% plant-based, junk food-inspired menu. Domes and doors open at 3pm with Vuture Foods popping up from 4pm-8pm. Tell your friends, tell your frienemies… the Vuture is here!
5:30pm • First Tuesday Cask Tapping
Goldfinger Brewing Co., 513 Rogers St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-9728
One of the perks of being a brewer is the ability to taste the beer throughout its maturation process. Flavors meld, some aromas disappear while others appear, and yeast is still in suspension adding bread like qualities.
What does the Original taste like when it has been lagering for only a couple of weeks? Hazy Pils? Yes please!
This month, we’ll be tapping our beloved Pils in its young and immature state. Expect an elevated hop presence accompanied by a slightly bigger body as a result of the yeast still in suspension and the last bit of sugars fermenting out. Keller pils is Tom’s favorite. Come try this unique version of our Pils.
6 – 8pm • Viva La Frida Beer Release
National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago (312) 738-1503
Join us for the official release of Viva La Frida, a unique collaborative brew crafted to celebrate the life and legacy of Frida Kahlo.
A Mexican icon of femininity, creativity, sexuality, authenticity, perseverance, and triumph, Frida Kahlo has empowered generations of people around the world. We all love and connect with Frida because there’s a little bit of the artist in all of us. Celebrating Frida is celebrating one another.
During this special after-hours event, guests will not only be the first to try this special brew but will also have the opportunity to experience the new exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, now on display at the National Museum of Mexican Art via the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.
Viva La Frida is a 4.5% hibiscus and lime lager brewed in collaboration with Casa Humilde Cerveceria, the Chicago Brewseum, and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
$10 ticket (Eventbrite) includes event, access to the exhibition, a Viva La Frida beer as well as select beers from Casa Humilde Cerveceria and our friends at Metropolitan Brewing.
Remarks from exhibition curators and beer collaborators will promptly take place at 6:30pm.
7 – 9pm • Trivia Night at Alter Brewing Downers Grove
Alter Brewing Co., 2300 Wisconsin Ave. #213, Downers Grove, IL 630-541-9558
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, Alter Brewing Company will be keeping you fueled up with craft brews 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. Feel free to order in delivery from one of the awesome local restaurants (we highly recommend Dan’s Pizza!) to enjoy during the event, as well.
Due to limited capacity, reservations will be taken for indoor tables the time being – simply email email@example.com to reserve a table for your team.
8 – 11pm • Bar Bingo
Crafted 1979, 19200 LaGrange Rd., Ste. E, Mokena, IL 708-860-2826
Bar Bingo with a brewery sponsors each night! There will be specialty tappings and prizes all night long. The sponsor rotates regularly with the usual bingo fun.
8 – 10:30pm • Trivia Night in Skokie
Sketchbook Brewing Co. – Skokie, 4901 Main St., Skokie, IL (847) 588-0652
Trivia courtesy of Pub Trivia USA. No cards, teams will play on their phone apps. Prizes for the winning teams: $35 for 1st place, $25 for 2nd, $15 for 3rd. Pop up Latin American cuisine from Libertad from 5:30-8:30p!
8 – 10pm • Trivia Night at Black & Gray
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200
Join us for weekly trivia!
Questions cover all subjects (Current Events, Geography, History, Movies, Music, Pop Culture, Science, Sports), and you play as a team. No limit to team sizes, so bring all the friends you want.
The top teams will win gift certificates to be redeemed on a future trivia night.
8pm • Brewery Bingo
The Open Bottle Lockport, 16437 159th St., 16437 159th St., Lockport, IL (815) 293-6350
Brewery Bingo is back! Each month, we’re partnering with a new brewery every Thursday at 7pm for our monthly Brewery Bingo! No more sneaking into bingo halls for you!
Every week, we’ll have a draft beer on special and prizes from a variety of local breweries.
Here’s who’s up:
April – Goose Island Beer Co.
May – Mikerphone Brewing
It’s Bingo with breweries you love & fantastic prizes for you to win!
HOW TO PLAY:
Imagine a Bingo card. Now replace the B-I-N-G-O with five breweries and the numbers replaced with their most popular beers. We’ll spin our bingo balls ’round and ’round until a random ball decides to set itself free. We call out a beer, you look at your bingo card, and then place a bottle cap on your card if you’re lucky. Get 5 in a row and win a prize! In between rounds, there will be penny pours, good music and even better times. Must be 21+ to play.
Wednesday, April 6
12 – 4pm • Work From Here Weekdays
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293
Wednesdays…the half way point to the weekend. Let us help make the
work week a bit better with our Work From HERE Wednesday special! Each week, come by with your work team, laptop, paper work….or just yourself…and enjoy $2.00 off full pours of any of our 16 taps.
On occasion, we’ll have food trucks or pop-ups to supply your mid-day
Otherwise, bring lunch or order delivery from one of our local St. Charles neighbors.
6 – 9pm • Pints & Points Game Night
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293
Our monthly game night, Pints & Points, returns in 2022 bigger and better than ever. Join our friends at Tabletop & Brews as they host a monthly night of board and dice games of all types! Whether you’re a beginner or pro, there’s always something for everyone. Jump in and play one of the many games they bring along, or bring your own! Bring a group or jump in with another table (masks and hand-sanitizer recommended when playing outside of your circle). Or, bring the family for a unique take on family game night. We’ll be adding features like food trucks and special games/events throughout the year whenever possible. When there’s no food truck here, feel free to BYOF or order delivery. Now’s your chance…GAME ON!
7 – 10pm • New Beer’s Eve Chicago
Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago 312-733-0098
Join us and all of your favorite local breweries for a night of delicious beers, great live music, and celebration of the 89thanniversary of the end of prohibition of beer sales! We’ll be bringing in some amazing brewery partners, all who will be tasting out their finest beers and spirits. We’ll also have live music from local,up-and-coming artists (as seen in our Unsigned Artists Open Mic series!) , door prizes, snacks, and more! This event is also DOG FRIENDLY! 21+ event. Tickets $25-$35 through Eventbrite.
Participating breweries and spirit partners offering tastings: Around the Bend Beer Co. • Buffalo Creek Brewing • Burning Bush Brewery • Double Clutch Brewing • Dovetail Brewery • Empirical Brewery • ERIS Brewery and Cider House • Gnome Brew Homebrew • Heaven’s Door • Koval Distillery • Maplewood Brewery & Distillery • Noon Whistle Brewing • OldIrving Brewing Co. • Ravinia Brewing Co. • Urban Brew Labs
Food available for purchase by: Chicago Pizza • Rojo Gusano • 5411 Empanada Truck
Live music by:Rhys Bakulinski • Megan Hozick • Joe McDaniel • Sydney Richards • J. J.Smith Also featuring a raffle with the below prizes: Bow Wow Lounge Gift Basket • Empirical Brewery Tour for 4 • Koval Distillery 2 Tours for 2 • New Beers Eve set of souvenir glasses • Recess Gift Card • Old Irving Brewing Co. Tin Tacker Beer Sign • Ravinia Brewing Co. Asst. Case of Beer • Urban Brew Labs Gift Card • Gift Basket from Urban Pooch
7 – 9pm • Stump Trivia Quiz
Ten Ninety Brewing Co., 1025 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 224-432-5472
IN-PERSON trivia is back at Ten Ninety Brewing Company! Wednesday nights have never been better! Join us for two free, fun, rounds of trivia beginning at 7pm & 8pm.
We will be using our new digital scoring system. Each team will designate one person to submit answers on your team’s behalf. No need to write anything down by hand, no need to stand up, and no need to turn in a paper answer slip!
Remember – venue capacity may be limited, so please call ahead to RSVP!
More info: here.
7 – 9pm • Trivia Wednesdays at Black Lung
Black Lung Brewing Co., 2217 N. Illinois 83, Round Lake Beach, IL (224) 643-7204
We have trivia every Wednesday with Dancing in the Rain DJ! Come have a tasty craft beer and win a cool prize, if you’re good enough;) This is free trivia!
7pm • Trivia!
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
We will have an all-subjects trivia game with questions covering a wide range of subjects. Possible categories include history, geography, current events, television, fashion, science, and much more. FREE TO PLAY!
We will have prizes for the top three teams. Get your team together for some trivia fun!
Thursday, April 7
12:00 pm • Gummiskey & Cubbie Gummy Release
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (630) 376-6895 Map
& 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 331-431-4882 Map
Cubbie Gummy – Hazy NEIPA loaded with Falconers Flight, Citra, & Simcoe hops. Full bodied and the juicy mouthfeel will give you a burst of sunshine on cloudy and hazy game days.
Gummiskey – Triple dry hopped with Idaho 7, Azacca, and El Dorado. This hazy beer boasts tropical orchard flavors with a sweet orange malt hue and a citrus finish.
Both beers will be on tap and to go at both locations as well as out for distribution.
4 – 10pm • Nashville Hot Chicken Thursday!
Wildrose Brewing Co., 1104 E. Main St., Griffith, IN (219) 595-5054
It’s Thursday… you know what that means. Due to popular demand we’re serving up Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches every Thursday. Topped with Chef Mike’s homemade slaw and pickles and paired with a side of fries for just $10! We are now also offering up a less spicy version for those who can’t handle all the heat. Both the spicy and less spicy will be available only while supplies last. These have been extremely popular the last few weeks so you don’t wanna miss out!
5 – 7pm • Loop Lounge Tap Feature
Loop Lounge at Presidents Plaze, 8700 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago
Join Maplewood Brewery & Distillery for a Tap Feature at Loop Lounge complete with Prize Wheel for Giveaways!
• Son of Juice – 6.3% ABV – A Hazy IPA bursting with notes of tropical fruit, featuring loads of Mosaic, Simcoe and Nugget hops. Pilsner malt and oats lend to a soft body and touch of haze, making for a juicy, low-bitter IPA.
• Pulaski Pils – 5.1% ABV – This crisp, light-bodied lager is brewed primarily with Pilsner malt, and just a kiss of Vienna, then lightly dry-hopped with Santiam hops for pleasant floral notes. Together these ingredients create an exceedingly drinkable Pilsner, properly lagered for beer drinkers everywhere.
5:30 – 7:30pm • National Beer Day Tastings
Mariano’s, 1800 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago (773) 334-3549
In honor of National Beer Day, Mariano’s Ravenswood location will offer special beer tastings with delicious local food pairings to guests and shoppers. Stop in from 5:30 to 7:30pm on April 7th and enjoy pairings including
Two Brothers – Prairie Path paired with Four Star Artisan Sausage
Revolution Brewing – Freedom Lemonade paired with Duck Dog Inn
Goose Island – 312 Shandy with Cheese Pairing done by Mariano’s
Lagunitas – Sumpin Sumpin paired with Two-Fish
6 – 8pm • Dry City Trivia
Dry City Brew Works, 120B N. Main St., Wheaton, IL (630) 456-4787
Trivia at Dry City! Themed trivia every Thursday!
6:30pm • Hop Notch at The Graceful Ordinary
The Graceful Ordinary, 3 E. Main St., Saint Charles, IL (331) 235-5803
Beer lover? We’re celebrating YOU this National Beer Day. Presenting Hop Notch at The Graceful Ordinary: a celebration of our community’s independent brewers. On Thursday, join Chef Chris and team as they offer a special 5 course dinner paired with beers from your favorite local breweries like Pollyanna Brewing Co., Riverlands Brewing Co., Obscurity Brewing & Craft Mead, Broken Brix Home Brew Shop, Ltd., and 93 Octane Brewery
At the end of the meal, take home a 5-pack with the evening’s brews! Grab your tickets here ($85).
7 – 9pm • Holzlager Trivia
Holzlager Brewing Co., 150 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock, IL (815) 308-5901
Come test your knowledge with our weekly Holzlager Trivia Nights! Our Trivial Pursuit-inspired game focuses on 5 topics: Entertainment, History & Geography, Science & Nature, Art & Literature and Sports & Leisure. Stay tuned for our monthly special-themed trivia nights!
7:30 – 9pm • Thursty Thursday Elephino Trivia
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584
Join M.C. Hill & Elephino Trivia every Thursday night at Side Lot Brewery for Team Trivia. Free to play & fabulous prizes to win.
8pm • 4th Annual World’s Largest Virtual Beer Toast – National Beer Day
April 7th, 2022 is National Beer Day! Our new Beer Goal is to celebrate with the world by having the 4th Annual World’s Largest Virtual Beer Toast! We are aiming to break World Record for World’s Largest Beer Toast by getting as many people as possible from different parts of country and world to toast at the same time. #BeerTheWorldTogether! Tune in to the Live Stream at Beer Goals on April 7th 2022 at 6PM PST/ 8PM Central / 9PM ET and comment with a pic or video of your beer: be sure to represent your hometown & hometown beer! What local craft beer will you be toasting with the world? Breweries, bars and craft beer community message Beer Goals to find out how you can participate!