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Craft beer-focused events in and around Chicago. If you don't see yours, let me know!

Chicago Week in Beer, January 17-20

Chicago Week in Beer, January 17-20
Monday, January 17 3:00 – 7:00 pm • Country Grill Chicken TruckEvil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL (708) 304-2907 MapCountry Grill Chicagoland is a food truck company offering rotisserie chicken and ribs fresh from the spit, homemade salads and pretzels. 5:00 – 8:00 pm • Wandering Cafe Pop-upTemperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St.,... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 14-16

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 14-16
The big news this week comes again from Kings & Convicts Brewing. The ownership group that put together a package two years ago to buy Ballast Point from Constellation Brands. This time they have purchased the brewery and taproom of Saint Archer Brewing, another San Diego-based brewer, from MolsonCoors. The deal, announced on MolsonCoors’ blog,... Read more »

Chicago's Week in Beer, January 10-13

Chicago's Week in Beer, January 10-13
Block Club Chicago has posted a report on Smylie Brothers’ new Chicago brewery and restaurant. Smylie Bros, based in Evanston, has been working on the site for two years, being derailed by COVID. They had a soft opening a 3827 N. Broadway starting in September, and worked on hiring a full staff up to this... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 7-9

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 7-9
This past week, Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery in Hyde Park announced they would be closing “until further notice,” starting January 3. Their Facebook post did not mention a cause for the closing. They only have said to “please continue to watch Facebook and Instagram for updates on a reopening date.” This Weekend “Little Key”... Read more »

Chicago New Year's Craft Beer Weekend, December 31-January 2

Chicago New Year's Craft Beer Weekend, December 31-January 2
I have pulled together all the New Year’s events I could find from brewers or other places known for a good beer menu. Some of these events don’t mention beer, so use you judgment. I also have notifications of weekend hours for other places, and a few notes on establishments that have closed down for... Read more »

Chicago Week in Beer, December 27-30

Chicago Week in Beer, December 27-30
I’m still compiling advance New Year’s Eve and Day events at this link. It’s been a busy week at my end, but you can use this link to find events that might otherwise sell out by the time I get to the next event listing. Once again, we;ve just been through a week where several... Read more »
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Christmas Weekend Beer Schedule, December 24-26

Christmas Weekend Beer Schedule, December 24-26
I’m further tied up with many tasks, so this is a day late again. I had been preparing to put up a list of Christmas weekend hours for all the establishments that posted to my Facebook feed, but that list became unmanageable. And some of the places that had to close down for COVID exposure... Read more »

Christmas Week with Craft Beer, December 20-23

Christmas Week with Craft Beer, December 20-23
First off, the Omicron variant has been tearing another hole through a lot of social venues. Among them Wolfden Brewing Co., which had several employees testing for exposure, and is now closed “until further notice.” But they could be reopening even as you read this, so check with any place you plan to visit. Update... Read more »

Chicago Pre-Christmas Beer Weekend, December 17-19

Chicago Pre-Christmas Beer Weekend, December 17-19
Yes, we’re really in getting this one out. More of this, that, and especially the other thing. So let’s get right down to the schedule: Ongoing Ten Days of Tighthead ContinuesTighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174 MapIt’s time to celebrate 10 wonderful years of Tighthead Brewing with us! We decided to do... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Week, December 13-16

Chicago Craft Beer Week, December 13-16
The former Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Wheeling could be making beer again. A limited liability company representing District Brew Yards has entered a contract to buy the site and renovate it, adding an exterior deck and redoing the parking lot. The Daily Herald article does not mention whether brewing would continues at the site.... Read more »
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