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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 4-6

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Friday, July 4

Three Branches Oaked Imperial Red
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179
To create this beverage, three factions of the brewery came together: Rodd and Dave, the founders of Lake Bluff Brewing Co, Mike Dorneker, the Master Brewer, and Pato Thornycroft the manager, all united to create the upcoming brew. Three Branches, an Oaked Imperial Red, was named for the three branches of Governance at Lake Bluff Brewing Co (the owners, the producer, and the retailer) and conditioning with Oak Chips.
The flavor profile of Three Branches is a blend of a huge caramelly sweet malt body alongside slight tangerine and earthy flavors from Summit hop bittering. The finish cloaks some of the maltiness with a strong oak flavor from conditioning the beer with French Oak Chips. The high alcohol content will contend with the massive explosions from any firework show, as this specialty beer will be available for Half Growler Fills on the 4th of July. The taproom will open early for the parade, and stay open late enough for growler fills for the rest of the festivities.

9:00 am - 2:00 pm ♦ Crown Brewing 4th of July Breakfast
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
We will be celebrating the 4th of July by offering Breakfast with Darren and Kaitlyn.
We will be offering free bagels, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches.
Drink a few great beers today! Cheers!
P.S. It is finally outdoor drinking season! Join us on our patio for some award winning beer.

3:00 pm ♦ Alcohol Dependence Day Event
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
In July of 1776 the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress and the colonies' statement of intent to remove the yolk of British monarchial rule reverberated across the world. However, no declaration of independence from alcohol was ever cited.
Therefore on July 4, 2014 Local Option will celebrate America's rich history of alcohol dependence by tapping a set of devastating beers that would cripple any foreign invaders.
Highlights include rare and hard to find releases. Preliminary Draft List:
Allagash Session Brett, Boulevard Saison Brett (2013), Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break, Ryan and the Gosling, Goose Island Bourbon County Barley Wine, Madame Rose, Hitachino Nest Anbai, Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S., Gangster Frog, Local Option Bierwerker BBA La Petite Mort 2013, Exorcist, Maine Lunch, Perennial Regalia, Sump Coffee Stout, Scratch Gotlandsricka, Herbal Porter, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition, Struise Pannepot Reserva 2010, Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Tilquin Gueuze
All Beers tapped at 3:00 pm (some at noon), kitchen opens at noon.
Free to enter, pay as you drink and eat (just like any other of our events)

Saturday, July 5

Brat & Beer at Vie
Vie Restaurant, 4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs, IL (708) 246-2082
Vie will be closed on the Fourth, but we'll be OPEN on Saturday… still celebrating Independence Day with a beer and brat special! Enjoy a Vie-made brat with a delicious side, right along with a refreshing Bottom Up witbeer by Revolution Brewing, all for $20. Reservations: 708.246.2082
(Our brat & beer special holds the "while supplies last" disclaimer. Our regular menu will be offered on 7/5 as well.)

1:00 pm ♦ Costa Rica vs Netherlands Viewing Party
5 Rabbit Brewery, 6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, IL
This Saturday at the brewery, let's get loud and cheer for the Ticos! We strongly recommend you wear a red shirt! Costa Rica fans will be rewarded (face paint & noise-makers welcome). Beer, food and soccer!!!

5:00 pm ♦ Daisy Cutter Tapping
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Your chance to tap a fresh draft of Half Acre's acclaimed West Coast style Pale Ale (5.2% abv)

Sunday, July 6

12:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ NOLA Fest at the Maple Tree Inn
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Please join us for the biggest event in Maple Tree Inn's history. We are flying the Glen David Andrews Band, up from New Orleans to perform at our inaugural NOLA Fest! The Leadfoot Band opens and sets the stage for an incredible day filled with food, fun, and great times. The entire parking lot will be cordoned off with a complete stage, lighting & sound system under one giant roof, craft beer & cocktail tents, food tents, and more!
Craft Beer vendors on site:
Abita: Louisiana's first craft brewery featuring summer seasonals Lemon Wheat and their just-released Seersucker Summer Pils.
Forbidden Root: Chicago's brand new botanical brewery. Brewer BJ Pichman will be on hand pouring Forbidden Root (Oak-Aged Root Beer with Natural Flavors & Molasses); Sublime Ginger (Wheat Ale with Ginger, Key Lime, Honeybush & Lemon Myrtle); and Shady Character (Porter with Black Walnuts, Roasted Chestnuts & Licorice).
Lazy Magnolia: The OFFICIAL Chicagoland launch of this Mississippi Craft Brewery brand new to the area! Featuring their flagship Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale; Southern Hops'pitality Session IPA; and limited release, Song of the South, a crisp, refreshing Berliner Weisse.
Lagunitas: Paul Boot Romano will be hanging out with the Lagunitas Sprinter Van on site pouring summer favorites DayTime; Pils; A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'; IPA; and their brand new Fusion Ale.
Moody Tongue: Chicago's first "culinary" brewery featuring fresh farmers market ingredients, headed up by chef/brewmaster Jared Rouben. Pouring brand new releases Crushed Green Coriander Wit, described as having "the aromatics of Fruit Loops"; and Cold-Pressed Paw Paw Belgian, a beer made with local pawpaw (a fruit reminiscent of mango, papaya, and pineapple).

New Orleans Specialty Cocktails available:
The Hurricane (made with rum, passion fruit, fresh squeezed lemon, lime & orange juices); and The Creole Voodoo Zombie (made with white, dark & gold rums, guava, mango & pineapple juices)

Food Tents on site serving:
Hickory Buttered BBQ Shrimp & Grits
Creole Jambalaya
Blackened Shrimp & Andouille Skewers
BBQ Beef Brisket Po'Boys
Freshly Shucked Louisiana Gulf Oysters
This is an ALL AGES event. Children under the age of 10 are FREE. Tickets allow full-day access (noon - 9pm) to the event and stage area for both The Leadfoot Band and the Glen David Andrews Band. Food & drinks can be purchased separately. Please bring proper identification if you wish to purchase alcohol.
Advance tickets are $20 plus fee at Brown Paper Tickets. "Day of" tickets will be $25 at the door if the event hasn't sold out.

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