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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 6-8

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Friday, June 6

12:00 pm ♦ Great Plain Jane Collaboration Tapping
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
"In 2008 we'd been selling contract brewed beer for a while and were in the throws of building a brewery. Matt stepped away and traveled to Boston for the Craft Brewers Conference. During his stay, Dan and Dave from Maine Beer Company came across Matt roaming the conference. They called him over and realized that they were all going through the same challenges trying to erect a new brewery. Time had us both finding our legs and landing on solid footing.
"Recently, Maine Beer Co started moving some beer to Chicago so they flew out to make beer with us. Collaboration beers boil down to enjoyment spiked with the opportunity to learn. Dan and Dave came to visit our brewery after nailing down a recipe. We discussed approach, what's happening in our local and national brewing worlds, ate great meals and the beer was brewed. In the fall we'll travel east and spend time in their world, which is drastically different from our own.
"All said, we're lifting our heads up from our work to dig into someone else's perspective and experience. As breweries, we make beer in much the same way, but have sharp contrast in our visual ends. This time, the result will be a hoppy session ale worked up from a joint recipe that was named and designed by Maine Beer Co. In the fall, we'll again work on the recipe together, but Half Acre will name and design their beer."
Release: 6/6/14 at noon. 22 oz bottle: $8.99, 64 oz growler refill: $15, 32oz howler refill: $8, 16 oz draft: $5

4:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Strongbow & Amstel Radler

6:00 pm ♦ School's Out Block Party and Barrel Aged Release!
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL (224) 544-5179
By this time the last school bell of every educational institution has rung their last bell, announcing freedom over the land, promptly followed by the shutting down of Scranton Ave for live music by Bushwood, Happy Ashtray, and Neighbordater, and releasing a keg of Jack the Sipper English Style Barely Wine!

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Kegs for Kidneys: Fischman Liquors and Tavern Fundraiser!
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Tonight we open our taps to several local and national craft breweries. We will be featuring some favorites and rares showcasing the best of craft beer. Each ticket will allow you entry, and a tasting glass for you to keep. As well, each person will be given a pamphlet detailing all the beers we are featuring. Step out into the back of our lot (there will be a tent)and mingle with your friends!
We'll feature some favorites and rarities showcasing the best of craft beer. Each ticket will allow you entry, and a tasting glass for you to keep. Each person will also be given a pamphlet detailing all the beers we are featuring. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a generously donated rare bottle raffle and silent auction. To give you an idea...last year's rare bottle raffle included a case of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2009, Brooklyn Black Ops, Central Waters 15, Three Floyds Dark Lord, BA Dark Lord, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout, Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th, Heady Topper and much more! Of course we will have live music and plenty of food for everyone!
Step out into the back lot (there will be a tent)and mingle with the brewers, distributors, staff and friends! Have a great time for a great cause!
BREWERIES ALREADY CONFIRMED: Goose Island Halia, Revolution Coffee Eugene, Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, Three Floyds YumYum & Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker, Firestone Walker Agrestic (Wild Yeast Aged DBA), Central Waters, New Holland Michigan Hatter IPA, Bell's Mercurial Ale, Stone Barrel Aged Cali-Belgique, Brooklyn Cuvee la Boite, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Allagash Session Brett, Founders Boilermaker, Perennial Artisan Ales 2013 Heart of Gold, Left Hand Homefront IPA, Deschutes Hop In The Dark, Dogfish Head Rosabi, Greenbush Isole, Arcadia Cereal Killer, 18th Street, Pipeworks, Local Option The Exorcist (Demonic Stout), SlapShot Baby Koala IPA, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria Mango Paletas, Off Color, Temperance Greenwood Beach Blonde brewed w/pineapples, Solemn Oath Foux du Fafa (Farmhouse Imperial IPA), DESTIHL Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Ale - Kriek, Aleman The Dayman, Lake Effect, Begyle, Forbidden Root Root Beer, Breakroom Circle Tool IPA, Transient Maigre Farmhouse Berliner Weisse, Vander Mill Michigan Wit, Woodchuck Cellar Series #01 Dry Hopped, JK's Scrumpy Orchard's Gate, Artisanal Imports: Meantime Naval College Old Porter aged in Bruichladdich Octamore Barrels, Vanberg & DeWulf Vicaris Philly Beer Week Collaboration with special guest Anne-Catherine Dilewyns.

Donated Items so far for the Raffles & Silent Auction:
3x Brooklyn Black Ops 750's and 1x Brooklyn Longboard
Perennial BA Sump & Abraxas
1- 6 LTR Bottle of St. Feuillien Tripel
Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr
Stone LED Pub Light + 6pk of Special Release Bombers

7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Dog Days Tapping
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730
Two Brothers Brewing Company, from Warrenville IL, will be on hand with us to tap a keg of their Dog Days Lager, sling some cans of SideKick Extra Pale Ale, and an extremely limited keg of their RND IPA. We'll also be giving away some pints of Two Brothers and other goodies throughout the night!

7:30 - 10:30 pm ♦ New Belgium National Clips and Beer Film Tour
Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
New Belgium Brewing is bringing its beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show to your backyard. Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium's most esoteric offerings while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 17 beer varieties will be on tap, including selections from the Lips of Faith series and some brewery classics.
Films starting at nightfall. Admission free, 3 oz. beer samples are $1.25, 12 oz. beer $5.00. Food is welcome; alcohol is not (leave that to us). Bring low chairs or blankets – or lounge on the grass. Entire families are welcome. Bring your I.D. if you plan to sample beers!
100% of beer sale proceeds benefit:
The Recyclery Collective, a 501(c)(3) educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by offering access to tools, skills and opportunities for collaboration. Its mission is to create diverse, resilient neighborhoods with knowledgeable, self-reliant cyclists.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes, the oldest Great Lakes organization devoted to protecting and restoring the world's largest surface freshwater resource. The Alliance’s professional staff works with scientists, policymakers, businesses, community groups and everyday citizens in order to promote education and on-the-ground efforts.

Saturday, June 7

12:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Brewery Corner Revival Festival
Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company, 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 331-8345
McHenry Brewing Company closed its doors on 7 June 1942 after establishing itself in 1861. Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company unveiled its new Brewery on the site of the original McHenry Brewery, marking the return of the brewer's art to the city of McHenry after a 71-year absence. COL's Brewery Corner Beer Garden will open on 7 June, establishing a friendly outdoor environment for enjoying its craft beers. The official opening will feature three bands, a food truck by Family Affair and a McHenry Brewery Revival Beer release. Join us in the Brewery Corner Beer Garden for all the activities to include a look at the infamous tunnel that pumped beer across the street to a Speakeasy during prohibition. Come to the Taphouse for more information on the Brewery Corner Revival during the Taste of McHenry and for other Taproom and Beer Garden events.

1:00 - 3:00 pm ♦ Tour. Taste. Talk Derby
Metropolitan Brewing, 5411 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago
Have you ever considered what it might be like to drink beers with the Windy City Rollers? Yep. Us too. Join us for a special fundraising brewery tour on Saturday, June 7th. All the cash goes to the team! We've decided to tap a firkin of habanero and orange-peel infused Krankshaft during our Windy City Rollers fundraiser brewery tour because FUN! Tickets are $10 and can be booked at this link.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ♦ Mundelein Craft Beer Festival
Tighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174
Mundelein Community Connection and Tighthead Brewing Company will host the 3rd Annual Mundelein Craft Beer Festival. The event will feature over 35 craft breweries, live music and food vendors..
Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite and at the Tighthead Tap Room.
Confirmed Brewers: Tighthead Brewing Co., 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Argus, Atlas, Baderbräu, Begyle, Big Shoulders, Brickstone, Cartel, Church Street, Destihl, Emmett's, Finch's, Flesk, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Hailstorm, Half Acre, Haymarket, Hinterland, Karmaboocha, Lagunitas, Lake Bluff, Lake Effect, Lakefront, Light The Lamp, Lucky Monk, Mickey Finn's, Pig Minds, Ram - Wheeling & Schaumburg, Revolution, Small Town Brewery, Solemn Oath, Temperance, Transient Artisan Ales, Two Bothers, Village Vintner, Wild Onion

2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Moosehead/Hop City/Spitfire

Saturday, June 7

4:30 pm ♦ Jammin' in the Lot
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Day 2 of raising funds for The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
Jammin in the Lot is our family oriented event. Kids are welcome in the earlier hours around 4:30 to enjoy Istvan and his Imaginary Band, a craft project and games.
7:00 we are jamming with the Four Star Brass Band.
Big boys games like giant size jenga, checkers, hula hoop, bags and raffles.
DJ- The Witch Dr will be playing some jams to get us all up and shaken our boooooty.
We will be releasing some special beers just for the event.
$5 adults $3 kids ALL proceeds go to The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Kids hours 4:30-6:30 adults that are accompanying children are free. Raffle/silent auction items welcomed and very much appreciated.

6:00 pm ♦ Hot Sunner Nights
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us at WOB Naperville for our Hot Sunner Nights Event. Enjoy the Hottest part of the summer with a nice, cool Sünner Kölsch.

Sunday, June 8

Anniversary and Beer Garden Opening!
Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., Chicago 312-642-9253
Clark Street Ale House wants to celebrate our 20 year anniversary and the grand reopening of our beautiful new beer garden. Come out on Sunday, June 8th and enjoy this craft beer oasis in River North with us.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm ♦ DryHop 1st Anniversary Brunch
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
Executive Chef Joel Pillar is creating a special three-course brunch menu to kick off the weeklong celebration. Dishes TBA.

8:00 pm ♦ CRAFT Beer Documentary Screening
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
CRAFT, the beer documentary from filmmaker and Cicerone Craig Noble, makes the final U.S. stop on its Eastern tour with a screening at Haymarket Pub & Brewery.
The latest film from Craig Noble follows him on a coast to coast journey that includes an apprenticeship at a farm brewery, beer schooling in Vermont that lead to Cicerone certification and the development of his farmhouse ale recipe. Inspired by the double digit growth of the craft brewing industry, Noble takes a look at how breweries are taking on the task of maintaining the quality, creativity and integrity expected by thirsty beer connoisseurs.
Noble will be in attendance and will be doing a post-show Q&A session. Adding to the film's sensory experience, a batch of French Saison was brewed especially for the screening by Haymarket's Pete Crowley and Chef Christopher McCoy will be creating a homemade bar snack for the event. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 and include a pint of the Saison. (No advance tickets sales; cash only.)
Following the Chicago screening, the film will move north into Canada where it will continue in Montreal, Que., Toronto, Ont. and finish up in Vancouver, B.C. where the filmmaker resides.

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