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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 25-27

Now, there was something else going on this weekend, but what's there that's NOT sold out?

I went, I Saw, I Conked Out
Mark McDermott

Friday-Saturday, April 25-26

Isla & Ale Syndicate BYOB Beer Dinner
Isla Filipino Restaurant, 2501 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago 773-271-2988
Ale Syndicate and Lincoln Square's Isla Filipino Restaurant are hosting a BYOB Beer Dinner (the first we know of). For two days, Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th, during lunch and dinner, we'll be selling specially marked mix-6 packs of our three flagship beers at Anjani Foods & Liquors next door. Pick one up and bring it in for access to a special Filipino Street Food Menu (we've tried it and it's delicious!). Reservations are suggested, but not required. Call 773.271.2988 or email isla@islapilipina.com to reserve your table now!

Friday-Sunday

Baconfest Chicago (SOLD OUT)
UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd., Chicago
Baconfest Chicago returns to the UIC Forum, this time with three exhibition/dining sessions:
Friday Dinner Session, VIP Hour at 6:00 - 7:00pm. General Admission from 7:00-9:30pm.
Saturday Lunch Session, VIP Hour at 11:30am - 12:30pm. General Admission is from 12:30-3:00pm.
Saturday Dinner Session, VIP Hour at 6:00 - 7:00pm. General Admission from 7:00-9:30pm.
Baconfest is a festival dedicated to America's favorite cured meat: bacon! General Admission tickets are $100.00 each, plus fees, at Eventbrite. VIP tickets are $200.
Beer sponsors: Goose Island, Revolution, Labatt Blue, Lagunitas, Greenbush, Old Style Pabst Blue Ribbon, Wirtz Beverage Illinois.

Friday, April 25

Level Up for Literacy
Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, Chicago (773) 665-5660
To celebrate C2E2, we'll be throwing our first ever Level Up For Literacy Celebrity Video Game Tournament!
Join Mark Waid (Insufferable), Elliott Serrano (RedEye Chicago), Max Temkin (Cards Against Humanity), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn) Daniel Pesina (Mortal Kombat), and the crew from Metropolitan Brewing at Headquarters Beercade and prove that YOU are the old school arcade champion!
Register up to five people per team at $40 each person. Tickets include drinks, a special beer from Metropolitan, Dimo's Pizza (including their special C2E2 pizza), unlimited gameplay, and entry into the tournament.
Don't have a team or just want to hang out? That's fine too! Just come along and enjoy the drinks, Dimo's Pizza, and prizes and gifts for EVERYONE!
Prizes! Drinks! Craft Pizza! And more! Tickets on sale now! #LevelUpRWP
Proceeds from the event will go toward Reading With Pictures, a comic books and literacy nonprofit that advocates the usage of this wonderful medium into the educational process.

3:00 pm ♦ Taketh Me Down To Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
We will be tapping 31 devastating beers on the day before Dark Lord Day.
Preliminary Draft List:
Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, Dark Horse Double Crooked & Plead The Fifth, Evil Twin Ron and the Beast Ryan, Firestone Walker Parabola, Goose Island BCS Barley Wine 2013 & Bourbon County Stout 2013, Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter, Jolly Pumpkin #47 Thai Basil, Local Option Bierwerker American Muscle, BBA Kentucky Common, Blood ov the Kings, Dampf Loc, Morning Wood, Outlawger, Sweet Leif & Voku Hila, Lost Abbey Red Poppy, Maine King Titus & Mo, Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf, BackMasking, Dreadnaught, Gumballhead, Man O Awe, Rich Life, Topless Wytch, War Mullet & Zombie Dust.

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers Book Signing!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578

Author Adem Tepedelen will have copies of his bad ass book, The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers, for sale and will be signing them for you! This is the first craft beer book dedicated solely to extreme beers. It features more than 100 beer profiles, as well as interviews with craft beer loving extreme musicians and some of the brewers responsible for these beers. A must-have for all beer and music lovers, come by and get a copy for you -- and pick up gifts for your friends!
Additionally, we're gonna get all extreme in honor of the book. Stay tuned, a Brewtally Extreme draft line-up coming your way!

4:00 pm ♦ King's Day Celebration
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Celebrating Beers Made In The Netherlands Orange Is The New King!
Beers on tap include LaTrappe Witte & Bock; Urthel Hop It & Samaranth

4:00 pm ♦ Flossmoor Station Pre-Dark Lord Day
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
Live music by Moco Magana. Bottle Release is at 5:00 pm. RA Barkeywine and BA Imperial Porter. Plus Special Seasonals on Tap (outside only)

6:00 pm ♦ Dogfish Head "A Hop Eclipse Now!" Imperial Tap Takeover
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Join us for an explosion of Dogfish Head craft brewed beers! World of Beer will be dedicating 25 of their 50 taps to Dogfish Head, their largest event EVER!!! There will be many of the year's best brews, including Theobroma, Positive Contact, Namaste, Bitches Brew, Noble Rot, Burton Baton, World Wide Stout and Olde School. We will have 2 Randalls running to let you experience Dogfish Head beers like you never have before! Come by and have a chance to win shirts, hats and glassware!

Saturday, April 26

9:00 am - 8:00 pm ♦ Dark Lord Day (SOLD OUT!)
Three Floyds Brewery & Pub, 9750 Indiana Pkwy, Munster, IN (219) 922-3565
Dark Lord Day is the only day of the year to buy Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. DLD is a festival where participants can meet other beer enthusiasts, sample beers from all over the world, buy your Dark Lord, eat, listen to live music, and generally have a great time. This festival requires a ticket. No admission will be granted without the original purchaser being present to validate their ticket with their valid state or federal ID or valid passport. Then they may enter the event with his/her guest.

11:00 am ♦ DLD Bistro Style
The Beer Bistro,1061 W. Madison, Chicago & The Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago
ITS DARK LORD DAY! Yup 3 Floyds is having its amazing event on 4/26! You going? EXCELLENT!
Didn't get a Ticket? Come party with us!
We will feature at least 8 different Three Floyds Brewing Beers that day....
the list includes (but not limited to...)
Backmasking (oatmeal stout), BLAKKR (Black IPA), Rich Life (Belgo IPA), Topless Wytch (Porter), Gumballhead (Wheat Ale), Rabbid Rabbit (Saison), War Mullet (American Double IPA), and....SPACE STATION MIDDLE FINGER! (Pale Ale)
Potentially More.
NOTE: We will NOT have DARK LORD for SALE!
There is a chance of some of us having some Dark Lord here...from our own stash...but NOT FOR SALE!
Beers Won't Last...Come before you head to Munster, Come after you've been to Munster.

11:30 am ♦ Durty Nellie's 20th Anniversary Beer Fest (SOLD OUT)
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
Ticket Price: $38 General / $55 VIP (150 available)
Watch our Facebook Page for information.

12:00 pm ♦ King's Day
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us for King's Day and celebrate some of the beers made in the Netherlands! We will be pouring La Trappe Quad, Urthel Hop It on draught and we have a few very special bottles of La Trappe Oak Aged Quad! (While supplies last)

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Beer 2UP
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
You didn't get tickets to the big beer release party in Munster on April 26th? Neither did we. Bummer. We could all sit around and pout about it...or we could get together and have a great time. LET'S DO THAT.
Join us at Emporium Arcade Bar for a day filled with classic video games, pinball, and Chicagoland beer. It's Beer 2UP...the sequel to last year's inaugural event!

  • Local beers on tap from some of the newest up-and-coming breweries in Chicagoland
  • Video game and pinball tournaments. Play against each other AND brewers!
  • T-shirt contests, raffles and prizes throughout the day
  • Ticketed Meet & Greet Hour: this year we're adding a chance to get some face-time with our brewers before the main event

Participating Breweries:
Ale Syndicate, Aleman Brewing, Begyle Brewing, Big Shoulders Beer Company, BuckleDown Brewing, Cahoots Brewing, Flesk Brewing Co., Hailstorm Brewing Co., Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC, Pollyanna Brewing Company, Ten Ninety Brewing Co, Transient Artisan Ales
Special Guests: Temperance Beer Company, Arcade Brewery
General admission is again FREE and open to the public...just pay for your beers and have a good time.
Brought to you by: Subbeerbia, Blahblahbeer, MetaCookbook.com, and Emporium Arcade Bar.
You must be 21 or over to attend this event. Please drink responsibly. And for crying out loud, don't drink and drive.

2:00 pm ♦ Lake Bluff Chili Cook Off
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179
The time has come for our Third Annual Lake Bluff Brewing Company Chili Cook Off for Charity! Ten proud chili competitors will have their belly filling bowls judged by local celebrity judges. This event is partnered with I-PLUS, a local non-profit organization in North Chicago that helps chronically homeless individuals who qualify for government disability benefits to obtain and keep housing, seek treatment, and become financially responsible. All chili funds are going to this great cause as well as a portion of beer sales for the day! Registration to compete is $20 and must be submitted by April 24th. Want to participate but more so on the eating a bunch of chili side of charity? $10 at the door gets you a bowl to sample these delicious meat and bean offerings from the competitors. For more specifics check out the LBBrewCo event page!

Sunday, April 27

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm ♦ Delilah's Barrel-Aged Beer Tasting (NOT Sold Out)
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
We are hosting our third annual Tasting of Whiskey Barrel Aged Beers! There will be beers from over 50 breweries, many of them in multiple vintages. We will be looking at beers aged in Bourbon barrels - Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout, Founder's KBS... and Scotch barrels - JW Lees Lagavulin Finished Harvest Ale, Brewdog Storm aged in Islay casks, etc. Free to attend - $20 for 20 sample tickets.

5:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ C2E2 Bar Crawl
Join Revolution Brewing for some South Loop shenanigans on a C2E2 Bar Crawl! We'll be stopping through:
Reggie's Music Joint, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern, Flo & Santos, & Bar Louie South Loop