I'm taking note of one aspect of many of these virtual events: they require you to place orders and pick up the beer in question a day or two ahead of the event's date. So read on ahead for these virtual happy hours, and make a note of the deadlines.
And it seems odd to point this out, but May 11 is still the start of American Craft Beer Week.
In Chicago this had usually been passed over in favor of Chicago Craft Beer Week. but that's not happening this year...
I've found a few more carry-out events for this Mother's Day weekend.Many more events are announced on the "day of," so please check back.
I also have a listing to mark the start of the Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild's
new "Passport at Home." Pick up beer from a participating brewer or store and get a "Passport at Home" frame to snap a photo of your purchase and upload to social media.
There are also a few more venues venturing to schedule events for further down the calendar, maybe starting late June...
It seemed we were starting to see a few events pick up over the weekend. But instead things are slowing to a few carryout beer releases and virtual get-togethers. These are still coming up last-minute, so please do check back here.
Hey, back in February, I did an article on Shiner's S'Mores
beer, which they had sent to me in a wooden presentation box, with gourmet
, a bag of marshmallows and graham cracker, a matchbook, and of course, beer. In fact, they accidentally sent me two of those boxes. I tried to give them away in a drawing. One was brought out to a happy reader, but we couldn't get together on the other one before the lockdown. So he said forget about it. So we finally made S'More's with the kit. Well, the marshmallows had gotten hard by this time, and the chocolate was too tasty to just smoosh into a S'More (but was well appreciated in itself). But the beer went well with it. And that paper packing excelsior made good tinder...
Amid our concerns about brewers and establishments closing over the COVID-19 "stay-at-home", we actually news of new brewers.
Crushed by Giants
posted to their Facebook
that they have passed all of their inspections, and are approved to operate as a brewery. The facility, from the owners of DryHop and Corridor breweries, is coming to 600 N. Michigan Ave., site of the former Heaven on Seven restaurant.
Nik & Ivy Brewing
has announced that they building a taproom at 1026 S. State St. in Lockport. They've already posted photos
of fermentation tanks arriving at the downtown location, and are looking toward a summer opening.
Also this week, Orland Park's village board has approved a redevelopment plan for the site of the closed Toy "R" Us store at 151st St. and LaGrange Rd. The plan would see a Chiptle and Panera Bread in one new building, a Raising Cane's Chicken Figures with a drive-through, and a BJ's Brewhouse
as an "anchor." This would be the first Illinois location for the California-based chain. It would fill a gap in Orland Park after the closing of Granite City and with Rock Bottom's status uncertain. Patch
You may notice most of the listings for online events are dropping the map icon linking to the Google Map of the location. I've set my script to drop it if the location starts with the word "online." But if the event suggests you get the beer for carryout, I'll try to leave it in...
For the first time in several weeks, I have a Sunday beer-related event to bring to you. We have seen a few more establishments adapt to the "shelter-in-place" environment, since it may last yet another month...
Argus Brewery, in Chicago’s far south Roseland neighborhood, has announced they are closing after 10 years in operation. A story today in Patch.com carried the announcement. The father and son team of Bob and Patrick Jensen opened Argus in 2009, in an old Schlitz Brewery distribution stable at 11314 S. Front St. Argus had relied... Read more »
I continue to try and stay up on beer events during the continuing lockdown. Basically, it's anything happening at brewery tap rooms or virtual happy hours. If you have something going on and you want to invite people over, whether in person or in video virtu,
use the email link above...
There are a few more events during this self-isolation weekend. We see more to-go and curbside beer releases, and a few food truck appearances with a chance to get beer besides.
It has been a bit of a surprise that so far, I have not heard of any local brewers going out of business because of the COVID-19 shutdown. The Rock Bottom chain has, of course, laid off all its employees and has declared bankruptcy. My suspicion is that we might not know who is hanging on the edge until the self-quarantine is lifted, and some places finally let go. I can hope that we all do what we can to support our local businesses...
I've been spacing out the beers in the cellar. Trying to get to the hoppy ones while they're still fresh, and bringing some high-alcohol oldies out of the lower shelves.
Most of the carry-out and virtual beer events have tended to get announced as late as the day of, so please do check back on occasion. I will update as much as I can...
I have still got saved Facebook events that involve sit-down events or group meetings at bars. Some I've been able to confirm as having been cancelled, others I've had to use my judgment as to whether to exclude them. On the other hand, there are more beer events involving to-go beers and even meal specials, plus virtual happy hours. I am continuing to try and get those in, as long as they are announced at least a day before...