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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 1-3

Goose Island Clybourn celebrates its 15th birthday by pouring some BCS for charity.
Goose Island Clybourn celebrates its 15th birthday by pouring some BCS for charity.
Goose Island Beer Company

Let's welcome yet another Chicago brewer to the scene! Blue Nose Brewery is putting beer on tap while building out at its 10 bbl brewery in Justice, IL. They debuted Pipa, a "World War II style American Lager" at last week's Beer Camp, and it's now tapped at Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, Farmhouse Chicago,68 Bar and Grill, Trellis, Bohemian House, and Barn & Company, plus an Archer Avenue Pale Ale.

Friday, August 1

International Beer Day
Belmont Pourhouse Lakeview, 1113 W Belmont Ave., Chicago
All beers $5. Win tickets for Belmont Pourhouse's Craft Beer Tastefest September 20 (Many tastes for one low price. I'm on their mailing list now, so stay tuned).

Saturday, August 2

12 pm ♦ Cellar Release Series: Dogfish Head
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for part one of our special cellar release series, featuring an incredible selection of cellar-aged rarities from some of the world's finest breweries. This week's featured brewery: Dogfish Head!
We'll release four very rare, special cellar-aged kegs from Dogfish Head of Milton, Delaware. All drafts will be tapped at once and available on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss this rare treat to try sample versions of Dogfish Head's finest!
ON DRAFT: 120 Minute IPA (2012, 21% ABV), Olde School Barleywine (2012, 15% ABV), Hellhound On My Ale (2012, 10% ABV), Noble Rot (2012, 9% ABV)
Note: When it comes to cellared brews, just as the aging can create something absolutely wonderful and sublime, it can also sometimes fail miserably. Granted, the failure rate is quite low, but please be aware that if any of these beers did not survive their journey in the cellar, they will not be served. We reserve the right to change the announced line-up, or cancel parts of it. Cheers

12:30 - 4:30 pm ♦ Highwood Craft Beer Festival
Everts Park, 111 North Avenue, Highwood, IL
VIP admission– 11:30AM to 4:30 PM
40 Breweries, 80 Different Craft Beers to Sample
A portion of the proceeds will go to Arts of Life
The Highwood Craft Beer Festival will feature over 40 breweries & 80 different craft beers. Many will be great brews from the best Midwest craft & micro breweries many from right here in the Chicago area.
Each General Admission ticket holder will get 20, 3 oz. beer samples. VIP ticket holders will get 25 beer samples
Breweries to include: Ale Syndicate, Anderson Valley, Bell's, Begyle, Berghoff, Big Shoulders, Brooklyn, Craft Brew Alliance, Finch's, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Lake Bluff, Lake Effect, Mickey Finn's, New Belgium, Pipeworks, Revolution, Rogue, Smylie Bros., Temperance, Tighthead, Transient Artisan Ales, Two Brothers
Music by: Draft Week & King By Friday

1:00 - 4:30 pm ♦ 2014 Wheaton Brew Fest
Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton, IL
Tickets online at ExtremeTix. Over 30 brewers represented (check the website for brewer list).
VIP Ticket $75- Only 300 tickets available!
Includes noon admittance to fest, commemorative pint glass, VIP lanyard with two 16-2oz taste passes (total 32 tastes), event program, reserved VIP area with restrooms, access to limited edition craft beers (available only to VIP ticket holders), food buffet from 1-3PM in VIP area, and Wheaton Brew Fest shirt.
General Admission $45
Event Access 1-4:30P
Includes commemorative pint glass, lanyard with two 16-2oz taste passes* (total 32 tastes), and event program.
Designated Driver tickets also available, $35 for VIP, $20 General.

2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge
St. Viator School Parking Lot - 3644 N. Kedvale Ave., Chicago
St. Viator Parish Presents 10 Cook & Local Craft Brewer teams will be presenting unique BBQ pork & beer pairings + an additional beer style from each brewery.
You’re the judging panel! Cast your votes for Best BBQ Pork, Best Beer & Best BBQ/Beer Pairing.
Brewers participating include Haymarket, BuckleDown, DryHop, Half Acre, Revolution, Lake Effect, Finch's, Rock Bottom Chicago, Begyle & Solemn Oath.
Tickets $60 – Available at beerbbqchallenge.com
100% of all proceeds benefit St. Viator Parish & School.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Wrigleyville's 15th Anniversary/ Benefit for Bodhi
Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Goose Island Wrigleyville is celebrating its 15th Anniversary! In collaboration with Goose Island Beer Company and Illinois Craft Brewers' Guild, we invite you to join us for an evening of local beer and food in the shadow of Wrigley Field.
Proceeds benefit Gordon Biersch and former Goose Island brewer John Wyzkiewicz's six year old son, Bodhi, who in May 2013 was diagnosed with a highly malignant form of childhood brain cancer, medulloblastoma. His prognosis is excellent, and the Chicagoland craft beer community has rallied to raise money to help defray some of the costs associated with Bodhi's ongoing care.
General Admission $70, VIP $80 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets. VIP Tickets include early admission at 5:30, Private lounge from 7pm-10pm, Special Beer not served anywhere else at the event, and Private Buffet and Bartender.
Beer list will include the Bourbon County Brands:
Bourbon County Brand Stout Proprietors
Bourbon County Brand Stout Rare
Bourbon County Brand Stout Templeton Rye
Bourbon County Brand Stout Buffalo Trace
Bourbon County Brand Backyard Rye
Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013

Sunday, August 3

11:45 am - 12:00 pm ♦ Great Taste Bus Trip Raffle
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
It's that time again! We have a very limited amount of tickets for this year's bus trip to Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, WI. Therefore we will be holding a raffle to be able to purchase the tickets to make it fair for everyone. There are only 20 spots on the bus which means possibly only 10 ticket winners...

  • Show up this Sunday 8/3/14 between 11:45a.m.-12:00pm to receive your raffle ticket. The raffle ticket costs nothing. At 12:05 we will start to call the winning tickets.
  • inning tickets allow you to purchase UP TO 2 tickets for this years Great Taste Bus Trip. We will be taking payment for the tickets 8/3/14 by cash or credit, no checks.
  • Tickets will be $140 a ticket and it includes entrance to the Great Taste of the Midwest, donuts and coffee before we load up, a seat on the Firkin Bus (with a bathroom!) going to the Great Taste, a little lunch before you get off the bus, and a safe ride back.
  • Show up the morning of Aug 9th by 8:30 a.m.(earlier for coffee and donuts), we load the bus promptly at 8:45 .m. and the bus leaves at 9 a.m. DO NOT BE LATE, THE BUS WILL LEAVE WITHOUT YOU. We will hand you your entrance ticket as we get off the bus. Pack for the weather as it is an outdoor event (Sunscreen, water bottles/camelpacks) You CAN bring lawn-chairs and blankets into the fest.
  • The festival ends at 6 pm. Everyone needs to be back on the bus by 6:30 pm and the bus promptly leaves at 6:45 pm NO EXCEPTIONS. It should arrive back at Firkin by 9:15 pm depending on traffic.