Friday, February 18
Half Acre Callow Knife & Baumé Tapping
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
We’re planning to release two beers: Callow Knife Pale Ale (growlers only) & Baumé Chocolate Rye Stout (22 oz bombers & growlers). One is a new beer that’s late to the game, the other a yearly release that we brew as an anniversary beer. Both should land in a winter sweet spot for us all.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Winter Stout & Oysterfest (through Saturday)
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
That’s right! Our Oyster Fest has become so popular, we have decided to add a winter edition of our classic September event! The Tribes’ will be featuring a whole bunch of East and West Coast Oysters in all forms! This time, we are complementing the Oysters with Stouts!
5:00 p.m. Hopslam Firkin Tapping
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a cask version of Bell’s Hopslam Ale!
Also on tap for the evening will be Third Coast Beer, Special Double Cream Stout and Two Hearted Ale.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Vintage Barley Wine Tasting
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 1919 Skokie Valley Hwy., Highland Park, IL (847) 831-5400
Enter the exciting world of vintage beer with a sit down seminar on J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ales. Led by David Frost of B. United International, we will explore the history of English brewing and barleywine, and sample J.W. Lees 1999, 2002, 2006, 2006 Calvados cask, and 2007 Port cask vintages. Space is limited and reservations are required. $5 with Binny’s Card / $10 non-members. Call (847) 831-5400 or email [email protected] for reservations.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Free Select Ale Tasting
Elgin Public House – Pub 217, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Elgin Public House/Pub 217 presents their monthly free beer tastings! This month is select craft ales, including: New Belgium Fat Tire, Ommegang Abbey Ale, and Bell’s Amber Ale.
Saturday, February 19
12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Rock Bottom hosts the Chicago Polar Beer Festival
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
For one day only, we will be opening our roof-top patio and hosting a strong beer festival featuring local breweries and beyond. Stare-down those late days of winter by bundling-up, bringing a tough attitude and drinking yourself stiff sipping skull-splitting seasonal strong beers. More event and ticket purchase details will be forthcoming.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Microbrew Beer Tasting Event
Nicksons Eatery, 30 South La Grange Road, La Grange, IL (708) 354-4995
$20 per person. RSVP online or call. Nicksons Eatery, a Michelin recommended restaurant of downtown LaGrange, in partnership with Louis Glunz Beer, Windy City Distribution, River North Distribution and Goose Island Brewery present a Microbrew Beer with Food Pairings Event. The event features live Rock & Blues music from local musicians Bobby Georges (Mr. Blotto) and Matthew Arendt. Chef Nick’s pairings include Wagyu beef stuffed jalapenos with roasted red pepper sauce, portabella & Swiss blended brats, ale braised cabbage on toast, porkbelly sliders with stout caramel glaze & pickled red onion, brunkow organic baked cheese with brown sugar lemon glaze. Featuring beers from Goose Island, Two Brothers, Breckenridge, North Coast, Dogfish Head, Capital, Anchor, Arcadia, Rogue, Flying Dog, Belfast Bay, Founders, Coney Island, Barley Island, Flossmoor Station, Three Floyds, Allagash, Dark Horse, Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Metropolitan, The Lost Abbey, Uinta Crooked Line, Great Lakes, and Brooklyn.
6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they’re tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Don’t miss a great opportunity to enjoy fine beer, good company and expert tutelage. Price, $25 per person. February’s topic: Barley Wine and Imperial IPA. Tickets went on sale on the Monday evening before beer school (Nov. 22), starting at 7 p.m., first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School.
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. 13th Annual Food and Froth
Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI
Sip stout in the Streets of Old Milwaukee, devour hors d’oeuvres with the dinosaurs, and rhumba in the rainforest during the 13th AnnualFood & Froth Fest. A celebration of all types of beer – from across town to halfway around the world – Food & Froth will also feature appetizers from a variety of local restaurants and caterers and music from local bands. This event sells out fast! Call (414) 278-2728 or (888) 700-9069 for tickets during museum hours.
Event Tickets Include:
• A chance to sample more than 200 different beers from Midwest and international breweries including special creations and seasonal brews.
• A commemorative glass to keep.
• Entry into a raffle to win exclusive prizes.
• Great food from local Milwaukee vendors.
Sunday, February 20
12:00 noon Craft Beer Bar Crawl
Sheffield’s Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
12:00 start at Sheffields.
Travel to Roadhouse 66, 3330 N Clark St. (773) 525-8166
Blokes & Birds, 3343N. Clark St. (773) 472-5252
Nisei Lounge, 3439 N Sheffield Ave., (773) 525-0557
Merkle’s, 3516 N. Clark St., (773) 244-1025
Mullen’s Wrigleyville, 3527 N. Clark St., (773) 325-2319
Murphy’s Bleachers, 3653 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago (773) 281-5356
and Toons, 3857 N. Southport, (773) 935-1919
to experience a variety of unique $3.50 Craft beer pints from various breweries like Lagunitas, Left Hand, and Allagash. No registration fee or charge to join in the fun!
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