I'm way late (according to my schedule) getting this out. That's what happens when I enjoy myself at beer events over the weekend; and yes, I had a great time at Alter Brewing's Beer & Cheese Social Saturday night in their recently expanded Barrel Room. Thanks, too, to the Great American Cheese Collection
, and to Nik White of Chicago Beer Pass
for the ticket. Then pile on losing an hour to Daylight Savings Time, and the weekend wanders away.
Meantime, this week is "312 Day" on 3/12. I've listed a few specials below for Goose Island's made-up holiday. And there's one event on Thursday as a preview to Friday's wide release of Founders' Kentucky Breakfast Stout!
I've got all the Valentine events that have to do with good beer, or the dinners that place at beer-friendly restaurants. But there are certainly more to come. And I will be adding them as I find them.
And I have yet another closing to report, I'm afraid. After five years of operation, Das Radler
, the German Logan Square restaurant, is closing. They will have a few weeks before their final box. Eater Chicago story.
What's up in Chicago beer this weekend? For starters, it's a tenth
anniversary for Metropolitan! We have 4th anniversary weekends at Noon Whistle and Empirical. Revolution's Deep Wood series finally released at Revolution. Brew fests from South Bend to Michigan City to Rockford. And there's a brewery tour of the fundraising Resilience IPA. And a cider cocktail competition.
And by the way, Three Floyds
has announced that tickets for Dark Lord Day
will be going on sale Saturday, March 23rd at noon. Dark Lord Day itself will be Saturday, May 18. Adjust schedules accordingly...
Revolution is having previews for its latest Deep Woods releases. The eve of St. Nicholas Day bring up Krampusnacht. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. And there are still chances to get into some Bourbon County Stout.
I did say something about getting a beer-centric New Year's Eve list together. Just hang on here...
This weekend's list includes Baconfest at the UIC Forum. There's no extensive beer list, but beer is being served there. And hey, bacon!
Thursday's Sox home opener, AND Monday's Cubs home opener are pretty gloomy and chilly. But I'm tracking down events to match, one of which just might be in a cozy bar.
And there's still Kentucky Breakfast Stout
We've come through Oberon
Day, now it's time to scare up for Kentucky Breakfast Stout
, which is from Michigan. Which is whom Loyola is playing in the NCAA Final Four Saturday night. Some might say that out of loyalty to a Chicago team, you should boycott high-priced Michigan beers, but I'm not one of those. You'd see me in the background rubbing my hands and saying, "More for me, heh! Heh!"
I also note that Mikerphone Brewing
put up tickets for "Smells Like a Beerfest", a party for the release of their barrel-aged Smells Like Bean Spirit
imperial coffee stout, with pours from dozens of guest breweries, on April 28. Tickets went on sale Wednesday and sold out in minutes, although to be fair, they could only manage 500 guests. What I'm suggesting is, don't wait to try and snag these tickets:
at Solemn Oath
in Naperville is Saturday, June 8. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 30 at their website.
Dark Lord Day
at Three Floyds
in Munster is Saturday, May 19. Tickets go on sale March 31 at Noon CDT, at eTix.com.
Oh, yes, and Easter. I've posted some Easter brunches in places known for a good beer list...
There may be another brewer in the Chicago area soon: Will County Brewing Co.
in Shorewood is pushing toward its final inspection this week, and could be open for business any time after that. The County of Will is quickly catching up to the rest of the Chicago area beerwise...
Still punching in many extra hours over the week, and I spent most of Sunday trying to decide what burned out in Saturday’s thunderstorm: my modem or my router. Finally got the router people to tell me to ship it back; good thing I still have my 12-year old Apple AirPort. Which means I did... Read more »
Monday, June 20 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ♦ Forbidden Root Launches Lunch Forbidden Root Taproom, 1746 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago Forbidden Root, Chicago’s own botanic brewing company and brewpub in West Town, is excited to launch lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The menu, created by executive chef Dan Weiland, is a lighter take on... Read more »
Monday, June 6 12:00 pm ♦ Local Option’s 30th Birthday Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008 Celebrating 30 years of Excellence. This list features highly sought after fruited sours, bourbon barrel aged stouts, IPAs, and everything else in between. Signed and notarized doctors notes will be available for those who intend on... Read more »