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Chicago Craft Beer weekend, June 20-22

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Check me out on the debut episode of SPIKE TV's new reality cooking competition, Frankenfood. I will be in the first episode, "Chicago Southside," airing Sunday, June 22, at 9:00 pm. Then have a beer in commiseration. You can also find weekday events and updates at my Facebook page, and on Beeronaut.com (without popunder video ads).

All This Weekend

2014 Two Brothers Summer Festival
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
The Two Brothers Summer Festival is a weekend long music festival focused on charity and community. The Two Brothers Brewing Company continues its strong philanthropic efforts on a local and national level with the 2014 Two Brothers Summer Festival. This event supports Make-A Wish Foundation, Communities in Schools and Mutual Ground charities!
Tickets are required for general admission, and a limited number of VIP tickets are also available. Children under the age of 12 are free and do not need a ticket. Sunday is Free Family Fun Day and no tickets are required! Tickets are $5 general admission on Friday, $10 Saturday, with VIP tickets at $50 Friday, $82.50 Saturday, or $121 for the whole weekend at Brown Paper Tickets.

FRIDAY HEADLINER: Justin Townes Earle with Edward David Anderson. Gates Open at 5:00 PM
WITH FRIDAY VIP ACCESS YOU GET:

  • Guaranteed entry to the festival even if the general admission is at capacity;
  • Exclusive Access to the Roundhouse restaurant, cafe, tavern and courtyard;
  • Live main stage video and audio simulcast in Roundhouse;
  • Exclusive Access to the VIP Bar;
  • Exclusive Access to the indoor Bathrooms;
  • Exclusive Access to the Outdoor VIP Main Stage Viewing Tent
  • Unlimited free non-alcoholic drinks;
  • Food all day long including
  • Friday dinner buffet from 6-8pm

SATURDAY HEADLINER: Los Lobos with Cornmeal, Autumn Defense, Kwame Bediako & Kevin Presbrey & the Midwest. Gates Open at Noon
WITH SATURDAY VIP ACCESS YOU GET:

  • Guaranteed entry to the festival even if the general admission is at capacity;
  • Exclusive Access to the Roundhouse restaurant, cafe, tavern and courtyard;
  • Live main stage video and audio simulcast in Roundhouse;
  • Exclusive Access to the VIP Bar;
  • Exclusive Access to the indoor Bathrooms;
  • Exclusive Access to the Outdoor VIP Main Stage Viewing Tent
  • Unlimited free non-alcoholic drinks;
  • Exclusive Access to Specialty Foods Presentations inside;
  • Food all day long including Saturday barbeque lunch from Noon-2pm and Saturday dinner buffet from 6-8pm

GENERAL ADMISSION ALLOWS:

  • Access to the festival grounds
  • Access to Two Brothers beers including Hop Centric!
  • Access to exclusive guest beers, while they last.

SUNDAY FREE FAMILY FUN DAY HEADLINER: Ralph's World

Gates Open at Noon
Sunday's Family Events include:

  • Emergency Vehicle Display
  • Face Painting
  • Bubble World

Note: Rain or Shine event-no refunds

Friday, June 20

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Potosi Shandy, Crown Valley Strawberry, Clown Shoes

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Rock Bottom Chicago Firkin Night
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
We will be tapping multiple firkins starting at the stroke of 6. Bar hop to each one throughout the evening.

7:00 pm ♦ New Holland Spotlight w/ Cask Ale
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Yes, we are bringing back the CASK for our New Holland brewery night on 6/20!!
The full draft line-up will include Full Circle (4.9%, Kolsch-style), Sundog (5.3%, Amber Ale), Mad Hatter (5.3%, IPA), Imperial Hatter (9.4%, Imperial IPA), Dragon's Milk with Arbol Chiles (11%, Bourbon Barrel Stout) , The Poet (5.2%, Oatmeal Stout), Dragon's Milk cask!!! (10%, Bourbon Barrel Stout)

7:00 pm ♦ Burn 'Em Brewing Tap Takeover
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795
The boys from Burn'Em Brewing in Michigan City take over our beer tower! Here's the list so far:
Monkey Business-Columbus/Apollo/Cascade IPA fermented with bananas.
Hopkick Dropkick-All Simcoe hopped Double IPA brewed with Orange and Lemon zest.
Smooth Creaminal-Imperial Cream Ale brewed with White Chocolate and Fenugreek.
Happy Brewdha-Double Rice IPA brewed with Nori (Seaweed).
UbiqWITous-Wit brewed with Coriander, Crystallized Ginger & Rose Petals.
Boomerango-Galaxy Hopped IPA brewed with pureed Mangos.
High Noon-Session IPA brewed with Magnum/Moteuka/Pacific Gem hops.
The Fluffer-Session Stout brewed with Marshmallow fluff.

Saturday, June 21

Rude Hippo + CHAOS Brewing Yard Game Extravaganza
CHAOS Brew House, 2417 W Hubbard St., Chicago
Craft beer... Yard games... need we say more?
As some of you may know, Rude Hippo Brewing Company is currently in the middle of a Fundable Campaign. So to celebrate the campaign, the summer, and the craft beer community as a whole, we figured "why not share a few beers and play some yard games?"
Saturday, visit your friends at Rude Hippo Brewing Co. and C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club for some delicious craft beer, crazy-rare beer raffle, maybe some grilling, and some ass kicking yard games:
Corn Hole Tournament! (sign ups at 12, tourney starts at 1:30)
Real Life Jenga, French Golf, Beer Pong (water cup beer pong...sorry to the hardcore college kids.
*All games outside of the tourney will be monitored, so if you sign up, you will get to play we promise.
Raffle prizes: Dark Lord, Jackie O's, others

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Berwyn Brew Fest
Proska Park, Proska Park,, Berwyn, IL
The inaugural Berwyn Brew Fest will feature over 80 unique beers from craft breweries around the country as well as live music and nosh from Berwyn's best restaurants. Expand your palate while getting back to nature in Berwyn's Proksa Park, situated just blocks from the Depot District. A free shuttle will also taxi event-goers between the park and the Depot District Parking Facility. Experience American Craft Beer — BerwynStyle!
General Admission Tickets are $44.50 and include 15 drink tickets. Designated Driver tickets available, too. Check the website for the current brewer list. This event is brought to you by the Berwyn Development Corporation. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Moving Wall Initiative.
The Berwyn Brew Fest is a Lou Dog Events Production.

2:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ 4th Annual Summer Solstice Craft Beer Festival
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave, Oak Forest, IL 708-535-4800
Includes: 10 Sample Tickets & 2 Food Sample Tickets. Additional Beer Sampling Tickets $1 Purchase until 6:00. Info and advance tickets here.
Includes Beer By: 3 Floyds, Abita, Goose Island, HailStorm, Two Brothers, Great Lakes, SlapShot, Lagunitas, 5 Rabbit, Crispin, Allagash, Dogfish Head, Pollyana, 350 Brewing, Bell's, Solemn Oath, Revolution, Finch's, Left Hand, Wild Onion, BrickStone, One Trick Pony, Lakefront, Founders, Metropolitan, Urban Legend, Westmalle, Samual Smith, Temperance, Breckenridge, Church Street, Ten 90, Banging Gavel, Half Acre, Local Option, Evil Twin, Vander Mill, and more confirming so watch for updates.
Special Tappings During the whole day. Gluten-Free Section of Beers & Ciders. Come Try some beers you may never see again. Live Music From 2 PM. - 2 AM. Must Be 21 or over to enter. This event is rain or shine

2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Magic Hat, Labatt Royale, Genesee Bock (til 4), Fireman's Brew (12-4), Strongbow/Amstel Radler

2:00 pm ♦ Bluetopia Blues at 18th Street
18th Street Brewery, 5725 Miller Ave., Gary, IN (219) 939-8802
The Gerry Hundt Trio is playing live Blues at the 18th St. Brewery. Recover from the previous weeks dancing at Orb-X and Blues Fest, or get warmed up for Mile High Blues Exchange by joining us in Indiana for a Saturday afternoon of Blues, Beer, and Dancing. This is an all ages event and cover for this event is only $5. The Brewery kitchen is open to serve you delicious food.

3:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Moody Tongue Brewery's First Annual Pair-Up
Thalia Hall, 1227 W. 18th St., Chicago (312) 526-3851
An afternoon pop-up festival featuring food pairings to preview Moody Tongue Brewery's first line-up of beers, produced in collaboration with Good Beer Hunting.
One Brewmaster. Six Chefs. A specially paired afternoon. Music. Collectible posters. Trolley tours of Thalia Hall and Moody Tongue Brewery. Tickets are $25 through Ticketweb.

5:00 pm ♦ Wisconsin Beer and Cheese Tour - Wheaton
DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd., Wheaton, IL
The Wisconsin Beer & Cheese Tour will offer an impressive array of Wisconsin beer, delectable artisan cheeses, specialty sausages, and other signature foods from the Badger state.
The WBCT brings the best of WI beer and cheese to Illinois! Featuring award-winning breweries and delicious cheese and sausage samples, the WBCT is a unique event you won't want to miss.
Entrance: $40.00.

Sunday, June 22

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Wicker Park TAP Beer Fest
The Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave, Chicago 773-537-4440
Wicker Park and Bucktown's Annual Beer Fest, TAP, is back with over 15 local beer spots that promote the art of beer and brewing. The second-year event provides the opportunity for beer lovers to hoist a glass together and sample some of the best suds from the hood for one ticket price.
TAP tickets costs $40 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets. Admission gets you: a commemorative tasting beer glass, 10 six ounce servings of the participating venue's beers of your choice, a variety of noshes from local restaurants, music and four hours of fun.
From bars that brew their own beer to others who carry truly impressive selections, TAP offers a diverse collection. Participants include: bar bar black sheep, Bluebird Chicago, Division Ale House, Double Door, Emporium, Fatpour Tap Works, Feast, Floyd's Pub, Forbidden Root, High Noon Saloon, Links Taproom, Map Room, Piece, Pipeworks Brewing Co., Pizza 1647, Provenance, The Boundary, WeeGee's
TAP is produced by Map Room and the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the event support the Chamber's economic development initiatives to sustain local, independent businesses.

2:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ A Day In The Country
Hideout Inn, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago (773) 227-4433
The 7th Annual A Day In The Country. A whole day of great country music, BBQ, home-made pie, and tasty drinks, all at the friendly ol' Hideout.
BBQ by County Barbeque
Homemade pie by Bang Bang
Featuring the beers of Lagunitas Brewing Company

Sunday, June 22

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Chicago Beer Gals Summer Wheat Night
Bottles and Cans, 4109 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 857-2270
Join us for our monthly meetup, which will be hosted at Bottles & Cans in North Center by Co-Owner Carly Katz.
We will feature a tasting of local summer wheat beers, as well as a summer beer cocktail featuring CH Distillery.
Tickets include sampling of beers, sampling of CH Distillery offerings, light snacks and a swag bag of goodies.
Tickets are $25 with fees at Brown Paper Tickets. You must be over 21 to attend. IDs will be checked at the door.
The Chicago Beer Gals Collective is a series of craft beer events connecting enthusiasts with women in the industry. Events produced by hail2theale.com

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