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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 27-29

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Friday-Sunday, June 27-29

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ♦ Mega Beer Fest
Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL
Mega Events, Inc. and Porky's Rib Fest invite you to the first annual 2014 MEGA BEER FEST. Tickets are $35 through Ticketwiz for four tasting sessions: Friday, June 27th, from 7pm-10pm
Saturday, June 28th, from 2pm-5pm or 7pm-10pm
Sunday, June 29th, from 4pm-7pm - Fourth Session (Special, Tickets $19.50)
Besides featuring over 75 craft beers from around the country, we will also be the place for live music & entertainment, Huge carnival, Fireworks, and Rib vendors from around the country
Mega Beer Fest is the ultimate opportunity to celebrate and experience America's finest beers, to sample and learn from a diverse lineup of over 75 beers, and to connect with other beer enthusiasts.

4:00 pm ♦ Bucket List - Slapshot TapTakeover
The Arrogant Frog Bar 1365 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago (773) 248-9119
BucketList Brewing teams up with SlapShot Brewing Co. to host a Tap Takeover at The Arrogant Frog Bar! Live music, a food truck, and a raffle for tickets to The Chicago Brew Bus, a bottle of 2014 Dark Lord, and TWO 3-day passes to Riot Fest! More prizes will be announced soon! Every Bucket List of Slapshot beer you purchase gets you a chance to win!

5:00 pm ♦ Local Brewhouse Night
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Featuring Beers from Flesk (Lombard), Penrose (Geneva), Church Street (Ithaca), Solemn Oath (Naperville), Urban Legend (Westmont), Tighthead (Mundelein).

5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Antique Autos and LB Brewing Co Block Party
Lake Bluff Brewing Co. 16 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff IL (224) 544-5179
Lake Bluff Brewing Co is joining the Village of Lake Bluff for the 2nd year in a row to host an Antique Auto Show/Block Party! This is also the one year anniversary of the release of our Gamma Ray, so to celebrate we are releasing 3 different dry-hopped versions of the “best Pale Ale of Chicago.” (Chicago Magazine) Party starts at 5:00 and the brewery will be open until Midnight.

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Krombacher Tasting
Zest Bistro at Lemon Tree Grocer, 935 W. Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-9869
Come taste the best premium beer in Germany. We’re tasting Krombacher Pils & Weizen beers. Pair them with a homemade grilled pretzel, cheese dip & German Düsseldorf mustard. If you love them that much you can take a 6-pack home with you for $9.99!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ HOPS for Youth 2014
Chicago Party Animals, 1133 W Fulton Market - First Floor, Chicago (773) 383-3647
Join the Youth Guidance Junior Board for this delicious beer tasting event –featuring 15+ beers by C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club and tasty eats from The Fat Shallot!
The event will also feature a fabulous raffle with unbeatable prizes from Deschutes Brewery, Lagunitas Brewery, Big Onion Tavern group, Dr Martens and much more!
This event is 21+ and, as always, will benefit Youth Guidance and its programs. $45 per ticket / Check the Reservations link at the event's Web page.

Saturday, June 28

10:00 am - 5:00 pm ♦ Werk Force Brewing Launch Party
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557
Werk Force, the brewing arm of the Chicago Brew Werks homebrew shop, announces "Beers on Tap - finally! Do we need any more reason to have a PARTY!" They acquired 2 BBL fermenters from Flesk Brewing when Flesk picked up 7 bbl tanks from SlapShot, which had upgraded to 15bbl fermenters. See how things work around here?
Entry is free, and beers range from $2 to $5. Mona Lisa Pizza Company will offer food for purchase after 1 p.m. out of their mobile brick oven trailer.

12:00 pm ♦ Atlas 2nd Anniversary Bash
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Come help us celebrate our second birthday! We'll be releasing a new double IPA brewed just for the occasion, hosting a crawfish boil, as well as a Blindfolded Brewer Bowling tournament. The beer and crawfish special will be available when we open at noon. The bowling tournament will start at 8:00 pm. The tournament is open to Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Members, though anyone is welcome to come and watch.

12:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co. Opens
The Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co., 8250 Utah St Merrillville, Indiana 46410
This Indiana microbrewer now debuts its own tap room, promising "Ales and American Wild Ales."

12:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Beermiscuous Grand Opening
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Please join us for a fun-filled weekend of good beer, tastings, giveaways and a visit from one of Chicago’s best food trucks
Free Beermiscuous t-shirt with purchase of two pours in the café (1 per person, while supplies last)
Celebrate with Beermiscuous, Goose Island and Lakeshore Beverage on our opening day:
Madame Rose (Belgian Style Brown Ale), Class of ‘88 (Belgian Style Strong Ale brewed in collaboration with Deschutes Brewery), Matilda Lambicus (Belgian Style Pale Ale), Kisetsu (Sake Saison), Endless IPA (Session IPA)
5pm - 7pm: Goose Island representatives will be at Beermiscuous to discuss their beers and give away special raffle prizes.
Also available in the café: 312 Urban Pale Ale, 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Honkers Ale, India Pale Ale, Sofie, Matilda, The Ogden

1:00 pm ♦ Rude Hippo's First Hurrah!
Slapshot Brewing Co., 3223 S. Kolin Ave., Chicago
Rude Hippo is celebrating the last day of its funding campaign with an afternoon of fun and frivolity at SlapShot Brewing Co. - their gracious brewing hosts. Our last fundraising push will be our first hurrah!
Join us for yard games, samples of our Rude Hippo Brew - including our latest to-market, "The New Black," black wheat; perfect for summer! And a bottle share
Our last big raffle will include a 4-Year Vertical of Dark Lord, Original Artwork by local artists, a Jackie O's Pack, Hippo Swag and MORE!!

2:00 - 3:30 pm ♦ Cured & Crafted, A Tasting of Salumi & Beer
La Scuola at Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago (312) 521-8700
Wines and cheeses have been paired time and again, but a combination that never gets enough attention is salumi & birra. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than tasting your way through cured and spiced meats and complex Italian craft beers?
Class will be taught by Eataly's salumi expert and our very own beer guru. Together, they will lead a tasting of 7 salumi, which will be paired with just the right condiments and 5 Italian craft beers. By the end of class, you will walk away armed with the knowledge to recreate your own salumi & birra tasting at home.
Salumi: Stagberry, Smoking Goose; Prosciutto Toscano, Parmacotto; Speck, Parmacotto; 'Nduja, Nduja Artisans; Bresaola, West Loop; Pancetta, Salumeria Biellese; Finocchiona, Salumeria Biellese
Birra: Birrificio Italiano Fleurette, Birra del Borgo, Genziana, Le Baladin Nora, LoverBeer, Dama Bruna, Birrificio del Ducato Chrysopolis. Price: $70 per person. Register here

4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Arranmore Ale Fest CANCELLED
Arranmore Farm and Polo Club, 34 Rance Rd, Oswego, IL
Due to field conditions related to the recent inclement weather we are canceling the Arranmore Ale Fest scheduled for this Saturday. The safety of festival guests, vendors and our employees is our highest priority. We are currently working with the venue to reschedule for later this year. We will be issuing a full refund to those who purchased tickets. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing everyone at the next fest. Information at the festival web site.

5:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Summer Party at Urban Legend
Urban Legend Brewing Company, 1115 Zygmunt Circle, Westmont, IL (630) 442-7864
Summer Party and Charity Fundraiser - Food from Chicago Pizza Boss, Live Music, Special Release Beer: Barrel-Aged Mugshot Porter! Proceeds support the People's Resource Center, and Westmont High School Music & Athletics.

Sunday, June 29

12:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beermiscuous Grand Opening Weekend Continues
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Free Beermiscuous t-shirt with purchase of two pours in the café (1 per person, while supplies last)
Grab a burger and a beer with Windy City Patty Wagon and Beermiscuous! Swing by at 12pm and fill up on gourmet burgers with fresh, locally sourced ingredients — and let us recommend the perfect beer pairing.
Our brewery partners from Windy City Distribution will be on site throughout the day to showcase their beers and answer any questions (all beers will be available all day long):
1:00 - 3:00 pm: Two Brothers Brewing Co. On tap: Hop Centric (Double IPA), R&D IPA (West Coast Style IPA). Two Brothers Brewery Tour raffle!
3:00 - 5:00 pm: Metropolitan Brewing On tap: Zwickel Flywheel (Kellerbier/Zwickelbier), Krankshaft (Kölsch). Chat with Tracy Hurst from Metropolitan
5:00 - 7:00 pm: Oskar Blues Brewery On tap: The Deuce (Brown Ale brewed in collaboration with Sun King), Old Chub (Scotch Ale). Oskar Blues swag
Be sure to sign up for our Rewards Program before you stop by and earn a point for every dollar spent in the café.

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