Category Archives: bars

Chicago Craft Beer Week

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild announced the 1st annual Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 17-23, 2010) which coincides with American Craft Beer Week. The week-long celebration of all things craft beer will showcase our local breweries, tastings at bars/restaurants, beer dinners, pub crawls and special limited edition beers created especially for the various events.

For more information and a soon to be published calendar of events, check in with Chicago Craft Beer Week and start planning your Chicago craft beer adventures!

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DogFloydAPalooza II

The Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake) is hosting what’s bound to be a stellar beer event tonight (April 6) to kick off the Craft Brewer’s Conference in Chicago.  Dogfish Head and Three Floyds will be on tap – five different beers from each brewery.  Beer Gods Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head) and Nick Floyd (Three Floyds) will be in attendance this evening.

The beer will be accompanied by music from Andre Williams with The Goldstars and Jon Langford and The Cashed Johnnies.

Grab your tickets here.

Lagunitas Chicago-Style Fusion Ale

While you’re in Chicago for the Craft Brewers Conference, make sure you try the Chicago-Style Fusion Ale from Lagunitas – available at dozens of Chicago bars during the conference. The folks at Lagunitas collaborated with Chicago area bar owners to create a limited edition beer unique to Chicago to celebrate the conference.

Available at your favorite Chicago bars starting at 4:20pm on April 7th.

via the Chicago Tribune

2010 Craft Brewers Conference

Chicago hosts this year’s Brewers Association conference for breweries and brewpubs.  The event will be held at the River North Sheraton Chicago April 7-10.

The conference is a meeting place for craft beer professionals to exchange tips and techniques to improve their own breweries and brewpubs. With scheduled speakers from a variety of North American brewers, as well as classes on brewing, storage, packaging, media relations and much more, the conference will undoubtedly develop ideas to fuel and grow the craft beer movement.

Excited?  Let’s hope you have already confirmed your registration since this year’s event registration has been closed to due to extraordinary demand.

The biennial World Beer Cup also takes place during the conference.  The winners will be announced on the last day of the conference at the World Beer Cup Gala Awards Dinner.

The World Beer Cup was capped at 3,500 entries this year – roughly three times as many entries from 2002.

Craft Brewers Conference

Brewers Association

World Beer Cup

It’s going to be a great beer week in Chicago, my friends.  Cheers!

-RjR

Revolution Brewing

Chicago’s newest brewpub is set to open this week in Logan Square. Revolution Brewing joins Metropolitan Brewing, Goose Island, Half Acre and Piece in Chicago’s craft beer family.

The crew at Revolution has survived months of remodeling and presumably years of planning to mold their brewpub to what it is today. If the pictures on their site are any indication, the hard work has really paid off!

The food menu is a step up from the normal Chicago bar fare, with bonus points for rumblings of buying local products and ingredients to use in the kitchen.

But what about the beer?! They’ll be pouring Cross of Gold (American Blonde), Iron Fist Pale Ale, Workingman Mild, and Bottom Up Wit (Belgian style wheat). All four are brewed on-site by Jim Cibak and Josh Deth who have years of experience in the beer making process through gigs at Goose Island, Three Floyd’s and Golden Praire, among others. These guys know their beer.

They haven’t yet opened to the public, but if they deliver on what looks to be good food and great beer, you can bet this place will be thriving by summer.

– RjR

Draft’s Best Beer Bars in Chicago

One of several reasons to pick up the Jan/Feb issue of Draft magazine is a feature on the 150 best “Beer Bars” in the country.  Just looking at the editors’ Chicago picks leads me to think they’ve definitely done their homework.  Keep this issue in your wheelie luggage.  Here were the Windy City selections:

  • Clark Street Ale House, 724 N. Clark St. [link]
  • Duke of Perth, 2913 N. Clark St. [link]
  • The Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St. [link]
  • Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave. [link]
  • The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave. [link]
  • Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. [link]
  • Small Bar, 2049 W. Division [link]

Any glaring omissions?

– d