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Chicago Craft Beer Calendar–April 7-10

Boston Brewing found Jim Koch drops by Chicago this week.
Boston Brewing found Jim Koch drops by Chicago this week.
Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar

Monday, April 7

5:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Pints for Pets at Jerry's
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Jerry's Andersonville is having a fundraiser to help out the folks at Famous Fido's Pet Rescue. Famous Fido seeks to make Chicago a No Kill city where every adoptable companion can find a home. They have already placed over 700 pets but there are always more dogs and cats needing food, shelter and love. A percentage of all food and drink sales will be donated to help Famous Fido and the furry animals find forever homes.
Bring your family's best friend for a mini pet photography session on the back patio with Petraits Pet Photography from 6-9pm. Photos will be $30 and pets can get a digital image emailed to them or they can pick up a 5 x 7 at Famous Fido at a later date.
We'll have raffle tickets for sale with lots of great prizes from generous donors.
Special Craft Beers for this event:
Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale, Two Brothers Night Cat Pale Ale, 5 Rabbit Five Lizard Wit, Dogfish Head Bitch's Brew, Goose Island Cucumbersome Pilsner, Dark Horse Too Cream Stout & Raspberry Ale, Woodchuck Barrel Select Cider.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams Beer Dinner
Filini Bar & Restaurant, 221 N. Columbus, Chicago 312-477-0234
Filini Bar & Restaurant in Streeterville will be celebrating National Beer Day with a beer dinner in partnership with Sam Adams Brewery. Enjoy a five-course meal paired perfectly with five different beers from the Barrel Room Collection, Small Batch, and Limited Release brews. Tickets are $45 per guest (not inclusive of tax or tip), and reservations are required as space is limited. RSVP to

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Big Star Pig Roast
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
"Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat...."
Sandburg was right; if there's a place that knows hogs, it's our stormy, husky, brawling City. To celebrate pigs, wheat and hopefully the beginning of better weather, we're having our friends from Big Star come and hang out in the back of the brewery for eight hours, garage doors open while slow cooking a whole roasted pig Cochinito-style. The hog is the centerpiece of the comida. See the menu here, buy tickets here.

Tuesday, April 8

6:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ Meet Jim Koch
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Company and Sam Adams, will be on hand as Binny's debuts its newly expended Lincoln Park location, including a tasting room, expanded craft beer superstore, and 50,000 square feet of space.

7:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Bell's Beer Dinner
Heaven on Seven - Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
We team up with Bell's Brewery of Kalamazoo, Michigan for a Seven Course Beer Dinner, each course paired with a craft beer from Bell's portfolio. The folks at Bell's are being kind enough to send us a firkin of their Double Cream Stout which we'll be finishing the dinner with. Reservations are required. The cost of the dinner is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. There is a "no beer" option for $45. The regular menu will not be available. Click here for the menu and reservations.

Wednesday, April 9

5:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Revolution 4th Year & TV Party Rye. "To celebrate our fourth anniversary we brewed a Belgian-style quad. This ale is brewed with abbey yeast along with chamomile and Belgian candi sugar, which lends a wonderfully sweet booziness. A fantastic brew to sip in chilly weather."

6:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Dinner at Tavern '45
Tavern '45, 350 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 847-821-9000
Tavern '45 is hosting a four-course dinner featuring the following Revolution Brewing beers: Galaxy Hero, A Little Crazy, Coup d'Etat, Anti-Hero IPA, and Eugene Porter. Reception for this dinner begins at 6pm. $35 per person, tickets here. Click here to view the full menu.

Thursday, April 10

4:00 pm ♦ Arcadia Ales feature
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Arcadia beers on tap include: Witsun American Pale Wheat Ale (6.2%), Sky High Rye (6%), B-Craft Black IPA (8.5%).

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
TEN on TEN! DIPA Lover's Rejoice!
Tinley will be tapping ten different DIPAs on April 10th! Including but not limited to: Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Permanent Funeral & Live a Rich Life, Local Option American Muscle & Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree plus more!

6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Palatine Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Emmett's Brewmaster Dinner starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Rob Hunter and the brewing staff, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Rob will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held semi-annually at each of Emmett's 3 locations. More info here.

7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Day!
Tap House Grill, 123 Washington St, Oswego, IL (630) 383-2020
A Revolution event, tapping Blue Jean, Bean Jean, Straight Jacket and TV Party, plus many more on draft, cans, firkins and Randalls. Reserve for a chance at another Blue Jean variant on their Woodford Reserve barrel aged Eugene Porter, this time aged on blueberries. There's also a raffle for a Revolution tap handle,

This weekend:

Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival, Saturday, 4 - 10 pm.
Blue Chip Brewfest,, at Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, IN, Saturday, 1:30 - 5:00 pm.
Pastoral's Artisan Cheese Fest, Saturday, 11 am - 3 pm, Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton (under the Ogilve Metra platform). Yes, beer is involved. And cheese. And wine.

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