Chicago Craft Beer Week 2013 is upon us! Starting Thursday, May 16th, Chicago celebrates an 11-day-week long celebration of all things Craft Beer! Great food, awesome people and of course, endless craft beer all the way to Memorial Day!
Stockyard Palate loves you. That’s why we want to make some (totally unbiased!) recommendations for Chicago Craft Beer Week events! For each day, we’ve got a few (or more) events highlighted that we think are gonna be different, memorable and/or exceptionally awesome. Come say hi to us if you see us at any CCBW event!
For a full list of events and all the details, check out www.chibeerweek.com
If you haven’t already got a ticket, you better beg, borrow or steal… well okay, just beg, because someone out there might still be able to get you in; plus, stealing’s bad. Held at the Garfield Park Conservatory, Beer Under Glass is THE kickoff event for CCBW and it’s the best.
The Garfield Park Conservatory is located a ways west of downtown Chicago. Take the Green line to the Conservatory stop; pretty easy, right? Everyone you know is going.
TAP THIS! LOCAL III @ FISCHMAN LIQUORS & TAVERN
If there’s one place you should be that’s not Beer Under Glass, it’s Fischman Liquors, because there will be so many good beers. If that’s not enough, the Jefferson Park tavern will have food trucks and live music.
Local beer. Local food. Dude, there’s a food truck called Cupcake Gangster that’s going to be there! Cupcake Gangster!
BREWERY VIVANT: THE MAGNIFICENT 7 @ ROCK ISLAND PUBLIC HOUSE
Don’t worry Southsiders, Thursday night will be amazing for you too. Grand Rapids-based Belgian style brewers Brewery Vivant will be taking over the taps at Blue Island’s Rock Island Public House. Seven awesome beers will be flowing and you’d be crazy to miss it. Two words: barrel aged. The kids go crazy for that stuff these days, so you know it’s going to be memorable. Or not memorable, depending on how much you drink!
Look for more great events throughout the week at Rock Island Public House!
Do you remember the beach party Half Acre threw last year? I don’t! Okay, I remember some of it, but the last hour is a mystery because it was that good. Best event of 2012; there, I said it! You know this year’s Half Acre fifth anniversary party will not disappoint. Alas, tickets went quick, so if you’re one of the lucky ones, then we’ll see you there. If not, don’t fret, because…
I’ll say that again: Regional Clusterfuck! The metal maniacs at Local Option are getting things started at 3pm (as usual) to get your weekend off to a kickass start. They’re promising “highly sought after” releases from some of the regions best breweries. Go there after Half Acre FIVE and turn your night up to 11.
SOLEMN OATH ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY @ BAVARIAN LODGE
You know them, you love them; The Brothers Barley and co. are celebrating their one year anniversary and what a year it’s been! Whether you’re in the city or out in the burbs, make the trek to Lisle and visit the Bavarian Lodge. Raise a glass to these crazy SOBs and enjoy some of the many beers they’ve made in their first year.
LOCAL CASK DAY @ FOUNTAINHEAD
A night was not enough! Now the local cask beer will be flowing all damn day at the Fountainhead. While this event has been happening for the last few years, this year is the first to throw the rooftop and Chef Cleetus Friedman into the mix. You can bet that this year will deliver more cask-conditioned goodness than ever before, plus tickets are still available to the VIP hour, starting at 11am! If you’re like me, you want to get Super Saturday started early!
Yeah, I called it Super Saturday! Why? Because there is a ridiculous amount of amazing stuff happening Saturday. Case in point: The Chicago Beer Geeks are throwing a party. Have you met these guys? They’re not just beer geeks, they know how to throw a party too. Get to the Bottom Lounge, right by union park (just off the Ashland Green line stop) for a collaboration beer with Wild Onion, plus other rare and limited beers, Burlesque performances and the beer geeks’ own DJ Eternal. Tickets still available!
Get down to Bridgeport to the Co-Prosperity Sphere for another Chef Won Kim production featuring local art and beer. Mash Tun Journal, Maria’s Packaged Goods and a slew of local artists and brewers will be bringing a little culture and intoxication to your Saturday night and tickets are still available. Don’t miss out!
SOLEMN OATH ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY @ BANGERS & LACE
You didn’t think the party would go for just one night, did you? Here come the SOBs for round two at – where else? Bangers & Lace! Chicagoans, here’s your chance to say cheers to the Solemn Oath crew and drink not just 16 of their beers, but (wait for it) 16 Port Brewing/Lost Abbey beers too! Ridiculous. Why Lost Abbey? Because they’re awesome. Oh, there’s also a collaboration between the two breweries. I’m getting thirsty just typing this…
AGAINST THE GRAIN @ NORTHDOWN
Here at Stockyard Palate, we love the Northdown. A great neighborhood bar with good food and a consistently solid draft list, it’s a good place to go any week of the year. Throughout CCBW however, they’ll be hosting some great events, including hosting the brewers from Louisville’s Against the Grain! Go say hi and try a couple of their always-stellar beers and see if you don’t stay for a few more.
BEER PROM / 2 BROTHERS TAP TAKEOVER @ ATLAS
When I think of prom, I think of cheesy movies about teen angst. Why? I never went to prom. Whether you’re thinking “American Pie” or looking back on your own memories, this will be just like it minus the being a teenager and the whole not-being-able-to-drink part – uh, legally, that is…
Dust off your tux or prom dress and get ready for some 80s music and local craft beer! Atlas and Two Brothers want to be your date, so don’t just stand there, bust a move! (See what I did there?)
It’s Goose Island. They’re throwing a block party. They’re celebrating 25 years of greatness and want you to celebrate with them. There promises to be some ridiculous beers on tap and everyone and their mom will be there, so if you haven’t already got your ticket, get one! Tickets are still available! Shake off the hangover and come celebrate a Chicago institution!
More Goose Island goodness at the Skybox on Sheffield! Drink Goose Island brews an watch the Cubbies uh… win? Here’s hoping! Either way, you’ll be enjoying baseball with better beer than you’ll find in the bleachers and plenty of good eats too. Beeer Heeere!
What would Chicago be without baseball rivalry? Don’t answer that. CCBW’s own baseball rivalry isn’t exactly the Crosstown Classic, but while Goose is doing their thing, overlooking Wrigley Field, you’ll find Greenbush beers paired with all-you-can-eat grub. Only a handful of tickets remain to this bottle release party, so get on it! I should probably make some kind of baseball reference so uh, sounds like a home run to me!
REVOLUTION BEER DINNER @ FARMHOUSE
If block parties and baseball aren’t your thing, class it up a bit and call up Farmhouse to reserve a spot for their Revolution Beer Dinner! Revolution Brewing will pairing beers with a 3-course meal. When life gives you lemons, fry them! Ramps? All the kids are doing it. That cup o’ dirt dessert someone’s mom always made at grade school birthdays? That’s happening. And it includes lavender marshmallow and gummy worms. Insanity.
BROWN LINE BREWS @ LONGROOM
You fancy Cicerone-certified kids will want to hit up the Long Room for Brown Line Brews! Hosted by the Cicerone peeps, there will be plenty of great beer there, with brown line-based breweries in the house, as well as Bottles & Cans and Brew Camp! Hit up the city’s best-smelling line and take it to the Irving Park stop! Don’t even tell me the Yellow Line smells better! Where’s their beer fest?
VIKING’S FEAST W/ SOLEMN OATH @ JERRY’S (DIVISION)
Are you noticing a pattern here? Yeah, Solemn Oath are taking no prisoners this year as they sack and pillage (in a good way!) their way through beer week! Get ready for a totally rad night with viking films, Nordic metal and a ton of good Solemn Oath beers! Vikings!!!
PERENNIAL BEER DINNER @ BANGERS & LACE
Monday night, Bangers & Lace teams up with Perennial for a dinner pairing their amazing beers (including barrel-aged Abraxas!) with 5 amazing plates created especially for this dinner.
OFF COLOR & METROPOLITAN TAPPING @ PADDY LONG’S
Off Color and Metropolitan will have kegs at Paddy Long’s, so get thirsty! Come say hi to the brewers and add some lager to your week!
SOLEMN OATH X GREENBUSH @ SMALLBAR
Smallbar Division pits IL brewers Solemn Oath against MI brewers Greenbush! 6 taps will be devoted to each brewery, so basically we all win.
BATTLE OF THE BREWERIES @ EMPORIUM
Emporium Arcade Bar is throwing a Battle of the Breweries! Put on your power glove and throw down in the bracketed arcade tournament featuring beers from local breweries, all of whom have recruited some arcade wizards to wage war on their behalf. Come watch beer nerds crush classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Pacman, Tapper (Google it if you don’t know it!) and my personal favorite, Burgertime!
SOUTH OF 80 2.0 @ THE GREEN LADY
The Green Lady – just off the Paulina Brown Line stop, not far from Northdown – will be presenting an assortment of beers from downstate IL and St. Louis breweries! That’s right, they’re coming to you! Enjoy beers from the likes of Destihl, Urban Chestnut and more!
CHICAGO CIDER HOUSE @ FARMHOUSE
Head downtown to Farmhouse for Chicago’s first pop up cider house! CCBW may be all about craft beer, but what beer lover doesn’t like a good cider? Go say hi to cider makers Virtue and Vandermill and try some of their great ciders!
All three of these Division St. craft beer bars are pouring IPAs on Wednesday! Get over the CCBW hump with East Coast IPAs at Bangers, Midwest IPAs at Jerry’s and West Coast IPAs at Smallbar! I don’t know you guys, I think IPAs might be the next big thing!
Hope you’ve been saving your allowance, because Little Goat’s Stephanie Izard will be taking the party to the rooftop! Assuming reservations are still available, call them up and splurge on beer from 9 different breweries as well as copious amounts of pig and goat. Mmmm…
NEW WAVE BREWER SHOWCASE @ HAMBURGER MARY’S
Hamburger Mary’s hosts all those new breweries you’ve been hearing about in Chicago. All of them! Well, a lot of them anyway, and not only will there be some great local brews on tap, but you’ll be able to say hi to the brewers too! Head north and check out the New Wave Brewers Showcase! Tickets are still available!
BEER DINNER WITH BEGYLE @ FOUNTAINHEAD
Begyle Brewing have a new collaboration beer with Chef Cleetus AND there’s a beer dinner? Drink some great Begyle brews with awesome eats courtesy of Cleetus! Tickets are still available, but don’t wait too long, Fountainhead events are not to be missed!
FauxBAB @ ACRE
Get it? Last year, ACRE poured some amazing barrel-aged beers in their first-annual festival of Barrel-aged Beers! You don’t have to wait for the fall to enjoy some great barrel-aged goodness, so do yourself a favor and don’t miss this.
Head to Riverview Tavern and celebrate the women of craft beer! @Hail2theAle hosts some of the Chicago beer scene’s leading ladies! They’ll have some great beers on tap, with $1 per pint going to a good cause – the Chicago Chapter of “Dress For Success” a charity promoting “economic independence by providing professional clothing and resources to disadvantaged women.” Find out more at www.dressforsuccess.org
They’ll also be screening a documentary, “The Love of Beer” and tapping a special all women-brewed collaboration beer, 99 Problems!
BOOMTOWN! @ JERRY’S
Jerry’s is taking CCBW by storm! Friday night, brewers from Begyle, Spiteful, Ale Syndicate and Lake Effect will be at Jerry’s on Division! Some additional breweries will be on tap as well, including Off Color and Solemn Oath. Take in some live bluegrass while you enjoy some of Chicago’s newest breweries’ offerings.
LOCAL TAP TAKEOVER @ VILLAGE TAP
Get to the Village Tap and try some new releases from Off Color, Goose Island, Flossmore Station, Ale Syndicate, Local Option and Virtue Cider!
There are some great events going on at the Hopleaf during CCBW this year! Their last one of the week features a collaboration beer brewed with Perennial from St. Louis! It goes without saying that in addition to this collab beer, there will be some other great beers on tap, so plan on hitting up the Hopleaf on the second Friday of CCBW!
BEERFLY ALLEYFIGHT!!! @ HAYMARKET
(DRINKING & WRITING THEATER)
10 teams, 10 beers, 10 food pairings. Each team will have a local artist displaying an art piece too, so come marvel at each of these beery trifectas! From 12 – 5, homebrewers will throw down, talk smack and vie for best in each category and best in show! I don’t want to tell you who to vote for, but a certain someone writing this right now might be involved this year, so come out and try some awesome beers and make your vote count! Say, you’re looking nice today…
Tickets are still available, so there’s still time to join in on the mayhem!
Hey, how’s your liver? Ready to give up? Of course you’re not. You’re almost at the finish line! On the second Saturday of CCBW, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is throwing a huge party featuring a couple dozen or so Illinois breweries at Chicago’s French Market! Get over to the West Loop and drink with all the good people you’ve been drinking with all week. Tickets are still available!
ALLAGASH BRUNCH @ SCOFFLAW
Stockyard Palate favorite Scofflaw is hosting a beer dinner on Saturday afternoon featuring 5 courses paired with Allagash beers. Yeah, you heard us, Scofflaw!
Jerry’s in Andersonville will have 10 Perennial beers on tap, so when you’re done partying in the West Loop, head up north and hope there’s still some Abraxas left!
HALF ACRE BEER BRUNCH @ SMALLBAR
Reserve your spot now! Smallbar will be pairing a flight of 4 small plates with a flight of Half Acre beers! This obviously solves the problem of nursing that hangover without having to stop drinking. Come on, it’s the last day! No peer pressure or anything…
BREWER’S BRUNCH @ HAYMARKET
We all love Brunch. It’s arguably the best meal of the week. Ya know who does a good brunch? Haymarket. 4 courses, each paired with one of Haymarket’s awesome beers! Hey, you have Monday off, right? Keep it going!
LAMBIC & SOUR BEER FEST @ DELILAH’S
I know it’s the last day of the 11-day week, but this is kind of a big deal. Delilah’s annual SOUR… BEER… FEST! There aren’t too many events like this during CCBW so don’t miss out!
THE THING WITH THE BEER @ NORTHDOWN
This is it! Finish your brunch and get to the Northdown! Off Color and 3 Floyds will have several beers on tap including a firkin of Zombie Dust! I’ll say that again, a firkin… of Zombie Dust! Also, there’s an Off Color/Mikkeller collab and their collaboration beer with 3 Floyds, Tonnerre Neige – if you missed it earlier this year, now’s your chance to get a taste. If you give him enough hard liquor, John Laffler might take his shirt off too. Who doesn’t want to see THAT? … again.
ONE MORE THING! DAILY EVENT RECOMMENDATIONS!
LOCAL, TWO WAYS @ OWEN & ENGINE
Check out Owen & Engine’s daily event, featuring local beers and specially created, locally-focused dishes! It’ll definitely be worth adding to your schedule.
LINCOLN SQUARE/RAVENSWOOD BREWERY TAP TAKEOVER @ THE GRAFTON
From Thursday 5/23 through Saturday 5/25, The Grafton will be pouring brews from Lincoln Sq/Ravenswood breweries Metropolitan, Begyle and Half Acre! Celebrate a great neighborhood full of great craft beer!
There it is. It’ll be over before we know it, so make the best of Chicago Craft Beer Week 2013! Cheers!