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Chicago Craft Beer Calendar, February 17-20

From the 1958 St. Paul Saints Scorebook.
Joe Haupt via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Monday, February 17

Troquet Hosts Finch's Beer
Troquet, 1834 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 334-5664
Troquet Ravenswood will offer diners the choice of four burgers that perfectly pair with a flight of four Finch's Beer Company beers. The burger and beer flight special will be available all day for $20, not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
Finch's Beer Flight Includes: Cut Throat Pale Ale, Threadless IPA, Fascist Pig Ale, and Secret Stache Stout: Robust stout, vanilla bean and lactose, notes of chocolate and coffee; 5.3% ABV. Representatives from Finch's reps will be available from 5:00 to 8:00 to answer questions and engage with patrons.

6:00 pm ♦ CASSOULET Dinner with SDC at the Half Acre Taproom
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
As you know, our taproom is not equipped with a kitchen. Problem is: we love food. Solution: why not ask our friends at Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken to do a "residency" at our taproom. They said "yes." We said "yeay!" And we are happy to announce that the first of many recurrent dinners is going to be held on Monday Feb. 17th. For our maiden residency we have settled on none other than SDC's French-bean-stew-gone-rogue Cassoulet. The cassoulet is served in a big 'ol bowl with extra strong dijon mustard and comes with chocolate mint cookie truffles for dessert -- you also get two pints of any of our beers on tap, plus a 5 oz pour to go with dessert. Price for the combo: a democratic $40 through Brown Paper Tickets.

6:15 pm ♦ 3 Floyds-One Off Beer Dinner
The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555
In October of 2012, chefs from nearly all of our properties, including Chef Paul Kahan, partnered with Three Floyds Brewing Company to craft a blended beer specifically designed for their restaurants. To celebrate the fruits of their labor, Chef Paul and chefs from Blackbird, avec, The Publican and Big Star will be hosting a six-course paired dinner at The Publican.
The six-course paired beer dinner, inclusive of a beer on entry and dessert pairing, is $135 per person, plus tax and gratuity. A portion of the proceeds will go to Pilot Light, a nonprofit organization empowering children to make healthy choices by integrating culinary education with school standards, curriculum and culture. Contact to reserve a spot.
Here's a bit more information about each brew:

  • avec- Saison with bitter orange peel aged in an Evan Williams Single barrel
  • Paul Kahan- Saison with harvested spruce tips aged in a chardonnay barrel with brett
  • Blackbird – Zombie Dust (pale ale) with chamomile and sumac in a Four Roses barrel
  • The Publican - Robert The Bruce (Scotch ale) blended with a little bit of The Publican Lambic, with plums in a Templeton Rye barrel
  • Big Star - Alpha King (hoppy pale ale) in an Elijah Craig barrel with vanilla beans, cherries and kola nuts

7:00 pm ♦ Beer For Breakfast!
Geneva Ale House, 319 W. State St., Geneva, IL (630) 262-3877
Everyone loves Breakfast for Dinner, especially when you add beer! Come and try some of our new breakfast creations paired with delicious, soon to be local Lagunitas Brewing Co. beers! Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling or stopping by.

Tuesday, February 18

5:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Tapping
DeJa Brew Bar & Grill, 5219 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL (708) 423-0484
Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout Tapping

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer & Food Truck Tuesday!
Printer's Row Wine Shop, 719 S. Dearborn, Chicago (312) 663-9314
Join Lagunitas Brewing & The Windy City Patty Wagon!

5:00 pm ♦ Founders Backstage Series Release
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for a night of amazing Founders Brewing Co. beers. Featured beers that night will be: Backstage Series #9 – Smoked Porter (draft), Red's Rye IPA (draft), and Pale Ale (bottle). Stop out for these awesome beers, stay to talk all things Founders with brewery representative, Chris.

7:00 pm ♦ Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel Release Party
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago, IL
The Bar on Buena, Merchant du Vin, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. and Ayinger Brewery announce the arrival of Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel—available for the first time on draft in the US.
Though it has long been available in bottles, guests can be one of the first to taste this authentic Bavarian dark lager on draft. The name of the brew literally translates to “Old Bavarian Dark Beer” and is the most traditional beer in Bavaria. Before light beers were introduced from the big cities, most village beer—like most village bread—was dark, tasty and flavorful. This is no exception as it is pouring dark brown with a sweet aroma and satisfying malty taste with coffee-ish tones and a hint of fruitiness.
This lovely lager will be welcomed to the taps at The BOB and featured as long as supplies last (so get in quick!) For more information, check out the Facebook Event Page.

7:00 pm ♦ Piece/3 Floyd's Collab Tapping
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery, 1927 W. North Ave., Chicago 773-772-4422
We'll be tapping our collaborative beer, Marketing Ploy: an American Pale Ale first brewed in 2010 for the World Beer Cup. Brewed by Jonathan Cutler of Piece & Barnaby Struve of Three Floyds. They'll both be here kissing babies, shaking hands and talking beer.

7:30 pm ♦ Old World Brews
The Bluebird Chicago, 1749 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773-486-2473
In this day and age, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the plethora of new beers that seem to be expanding by the hour. As history shows, it’s important to understand the past in order to fully grasp the present. New world beers didn’t just emerge from the ether – they have an ancestry that really can’t be ignored. While technology has thrust brewing into a new era of production efficiency, some houses still honor the traditions of old. Join us as we travel back in time to visit some of the oldest breweries in Europe.
$40: tickets are available on

Wednesday, February 19

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Rise American Stout with notes of chocolate and coffee (draft only).

Hopslam Tapping
Wild Goose Bar, 4265 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-281-7112
Surprise! We have another tapping of Bell's Hopslam.

4:00 pm ♦ Dogfish Head WWS at Tribes Alehouse Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
The brewers at Dogfish Head are at it again. Can you make the World Wide Stout better? Age it in bourbon barrels, to soften the deep malt flavors for months to allow it to grow in complexity absorbing slight oak flavors and some bourbon nose featuring vanilla. Then take it one step further and cask condition it with New England Maple syrup for a little sweetness. This is the one and only cask of this beer we intend to make it. Why wooden you want to try it?

5:00 pm ♦ We Love the 90's Raffle Night with Merchant du Vin
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
The following beers all rate 90+ on which means they are “all that and a bag of chips.” Every time you order a “90’s” beer you receive a raffle ticket to win one of our fly, phat, dope, off the hook prizes from the 1990’s!

  • Lindemans Framboise (Belgium) ● 2.5% ABV 95/100-“Livin’ large”
  • Ayinger Ur-Weisse (Germany) ● 5.8% ABV 96/100-“Psych!”
  • Ayinger Celebrator (Germany) ● 6.7% ABV 100/100-“Show me the money!”
  • Orval (Belgium) ● 6.9% ABV 99/100-“Alrighty then.”
  • Trappistes Rochefort 8 (Belgium) ● 9.2% ABV 100/100-“Talk to the hand.”
  • Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Belgium) ● 11.3% ABV 100/100-“Booyah!”
  • Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout (UK) ● 5% ABV 97/100-“Who’s your daddy?”
  • Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout (UK) ● 5% ABV 99/100-“Giddy up!”

Dressing as you favorite boy band, Vanilla Ice, Spice Girls, Kelly Kapowski or Zach Morris is highly encouraged (in fact it gets you an extra raffle ticket) wearing roller-blades, however, does not! So grab your chica, your dawg, and your cheddar-we’ll be raising the roof at Monk’s Pub because it’s da bomb! Aiight!

6:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Chicago Brew Bus Trip to 18th Street Brewery
Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
We'll be taking the Chicago Brew Bus from Beer Bistro North to 18th Street Brewery in Gary! $15 per person for round trip transportation. Get to Beer Bistro North early for some dinner and $3 craft cans. Now you've got no excuse not to visit RateBeer's #1 new brewer in Indiana! Check here for tickets.

6:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ 3 Floyds & Friends "Rats in the Ashes" Release Party
Off Color Brewing, 3925 Dickens, Chicago
Join us at the brewery as we release our latest collaboration with 3 Floyds: Rats in the Ashes, a Belgian Strong Half-Quad made with a ridiculous amount of oats, unrefined Belgian candy syrup and fermented with yeast stolen from the clutches of deepest, darkest ostrich pit of Oostvleteren. Brewed especially for either Three Floyds and Friends week or Belgium's Kattenstoet, "Festival of Cats." It really depends on who you ask.
Nothin fancy - Open Brewery. Killer beer. Plastic cups. And some cats from Eataly manning the grill in the secret beer garden...just as soon as we're done shoveling all the snow out of it.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Beer Dinner with Bell's
Wildfire Schaumburg, 1250 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 995-0100
Grab a seat at our first beer dinner of the year featuring Bell's Brewery Inc., located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our Executive Chefs have created a custom five course menu to pair with the flavorful, unfiltered and quality craft beers from Bell's. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers and the first pairing, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at 773-398-6960.

7:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Invasion Featuring Proprietors
WhirlyBall Chicago, 1880 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago 773-486-7777
Goose Island will be taking over our taps with BCS Proprietor's, 2012 BCS Cherry Rye, BCS 13, BCS Barley Wine, Lolita 12, Matilda Lambicus, Two More Weeks and Forecone.
No cover charge. Beers are for purchase on premise only.

Thursday, February 20

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Firestone Walker 17th Anniversary

5:00 pm ♦ Clown Shoes Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Five beers from Clown Shoes on tap!

  • Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA: 7% ABV
  • Galactica Imperial IPA: 8% ABV
  • Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout: 9% ABV
  • Bombay Berserker Indian-Style Chocolate Stout: 10% ABV
  • Undead Party Crasher Smoked Imperial Stout: 10% ABV

5:00 pm ♦ Binny's Algonquin 2nd Annual All-Suburban Brewery Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Rd. Algonquin, IL 847-458-2470
Come out and shake off the late Winter, at Binny's 2nd Annual All-Suburban Brewery Tasting. Last year featured a few keg-only breweries from the Chicago suburbs. This year our emphasis is on packaged beer from the ’burbs, with brewers from near the Wisconsin state line all the way down to the far, far southern super boonies. A free event!

5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Beer School at Standard Market
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Beer School is in session! Join our beer experts as we walk you down the road to craft beer heaven! Each class will have three seatings at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30. Please sign up online here or email to reserve your seat.
Thursday, February 20: Cider 101 with Michelle Foik of Virtue Cider
Thursday, March 20: Sours and Wild Ales

6:00 pm ♦ TAP THIS! Three Floyds Invasion!
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Yes, I said an Honest-to-Zuul Three Floyds Tap Takeover!
Known for brewing intense, small batch balanced and uncompromising ales and lagers., 3 Floyds has been a leader in the beer industry the Chicagoland area. Join us as we host Tap This! with 3 Floyds!
On Tap: Behemoth, Stygian Darkness, Back Masking, Permanent Funeral, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Dreadnaught, Alpha King, & More
Along with great beer, look out for great live music and great food trucks for this fantastic event!

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ One Wild Night 2014
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
As has become a tradition in this short month of February, join us for our fourth annual Sour & Wild Beer Night featuring wild fermented ales and traditional lambics. This year’s lineup is almost exclusively domestic as the style continues to gain ground stateside.
4 Hands Cuvee Ange, Allagash Confluence, The Bruery Oude Tart, De Proef Reinhaert, Dogfish Head Noble Rot, Firestone Walker Agrestic, Goose Island Matilda Lambicus & Juliette, Lambickx, Mikkeller Sponten Peach, New Belgium La Folie & Le Terroir, New Holland Blue Sunday, Perennial Peach Berliner & Brettopia, Transient Saison Verte , and more.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Cider Battle at Pizza Rustica
Pizza Rustica, 3908 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 404-8955
Pizza Rustica hosts a Cider Battle pitting three flavors of distinctive, organic, small batches (& gluten-free) Sonoma Cider against each other, and only one can emerge victorious! Stop in for this epic tasting as Sonoma’s The Hatchet (apple), The Pitchfork (pear) & The Anvil (bourbon) do battle against each other to claim the title of Best Cider. Co-host, distributor and home brewer extraordinaire, Nick Simon of Louis Glunz Beers, will be on hand as guests choose the best cider. Receive complementary cider samples and the opportunity to vote on their favorite. At the end of the evening the winning cider will be crowned! In addition, each vote counts as an entry to win a four-pack of the chosen cider (delivered to the winner's table on their next visit). FREE

6:30 pm ♦ Half Acre/Three Floyds Collaboration Release
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
On Thursday, we'll join forces for the good of all. Three Floyds, Bill Kim and Half Acre will host an evening of fellowship in celebration of "A Week of Three Floyds and Friends." To mark the occasion, we'll release Shewolf, a bracing, collaborative IPA we brew with Three Floyds. While our store and tap room will be open as usual, we'll have another level of participation that gets you into the bowels of the brewery. We'll be serving Bento Boxes curated by Chef Bill Kim and four 12oz pours of beer (two by Three Floyds and two from Half Acre.). $30 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Beer Dinner with Bell's
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
See the February 19th listing for Wildfire Schaumburg.

8:30 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit comes to Rabbits
Rabbits Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster Ave., Chicago (773) 736-5766
Join Rabbits and 5 Rabbit for a tapping of Gringolandia Super Pils and Fabulosa Porter, as well as 5 Huitzi.

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