Category: Beer Calendar

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

Chicago Beer Weekend, June 25-27

Chicago Beer Weekend, June 25-27
I hope to stay busy updating this post with fundraising events for Skeleton Key Brewery, which was severely damaged in last Sunday’s tornadoes. The outpouring of support from all of Chicago’s beer scene, brewers and drinkers alike, has been amazing. Friday, June 25 Swedish Days Craft Beer TentJames St. and Third St., Geneva, IL  MapExpanded... Read more »

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, June 21-24

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, June 21-24

We have yet another beer brewer opening up a new taproom in Chicago. Printers Row Brewing is a nanobrewer that's had kegs popping up on tap at bars in the South Loop Printers Row since 2015. Now they have their own tap room, but up north: 4801 N Austin Ave. They're now open, Wednesday through Sunday.

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

Father's Day Weekend with Beer, June 18-20
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... Read more »
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Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest

Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest
After a year off due to COVID, The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back and hosting an in-person, live screening at Burning Bush Brewery, 4014 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (Map). The short film festival features independent filmmakers from across the globe – as well as local Chicago filmmakers – and gives attendees a... Read more »

Chicago Week in Beer, June 14-17

Chicago Week in Beer, June 14-17

This week is enhanced by the debut of Moor's Brewing, a new Black-owned brewery, during the week of Juneteenth. Moor's is currently brewing out of 18th Street in Hammond, and will sampling out their Session Ale through the week.

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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 11-13

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 11-13

Not much in the way of headlines right now, except to note that the full reopening of dining and drinking establishments is on schedule. Check below for some brewery craft fairs, and anniversary events!

However, I did miss the chance to give another advance warning about tickets for the Great Taste of the Midwest. Tickets were to be sold only to mail orders postmarked on June 7. I mentioned that a few weeks earlier, but it sure would have been nice of me to mention it again. I'm sorry.

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Chicago Week in Craft Beer, June 7-10

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, June 7-10

Had it a little easier compiling this listing. After Memorial Day weekend, and with the area lifting more mask and social distancing requirements, a lot of venues will be playing catch-up. If more events are added, they will be on my Beeronaut Calendar App.

Some of these events may still be continuing social distancing restrictions as announced. Some may be lifting them. If a place is still requiring you to wear a mask, please don't be a jerk.

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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 4-6

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 4-6

We are noting that the Illinois State Legislature has passed HB 2620, an omnibus bill containing key provisions of the Brewers Economic & Equity Relief (BEER) Act, intended to help craft breweries recover from the COVID pandemic. The bill goes to Gov. Pritzker for his signature.
The act creates a new "Class 3" license for small Illinois brewers, that will allow them to continue curbside pickup and limited self-distribution. The distribution will also apply to brewers that also make wine or distill spirits. Class 3 license holders will have access to a new ‘Beer Showcase Permit,’ allowing them to serve their beer in off-site venues such as farmers markets, street festivals, and other events.

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Chicago Memorial Day Week with Beer, May 31-June 3

Chicago Memorial Day Week with Beer, May 31-June 3

The weather is warming, places are opening, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer season. I've dropped in the info I could find on places with special Memorial Day Monday hours or events.

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Chicago Memorial Weekend in Beer, May 28-30

Chicago Memorial Weekend in Beer, May 28-30

I'm popping this in late because of the crush of events scheduled for this weekend. But it's a good thing, since it indicates that we are slowly getting back to normal.

I will have Memorial Day events in my next post. Most places are closed on Monday already, but some will open especially for the Monday holiday, and others will have special events.

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