12:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Painted Turtle Release Party
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W. 47th St., Lyons, IL 708‑777‑1842 🌎
The Turtle is coming back!
12:00 - 2:00 pm 🍺 2018 KBS Bottle Release at Cardinal Liquors
Cardinal Liquors Joliet, 3001 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 815‑730‑7541 🌎
Join your local Founders Brewery Rep, Sean Wilmsen, for a special release of 2018 KBS bottles. We will be on hand, sampling out some classic Founders beers, and helping release 2018 KBS. Please lineup as you arrive, KBS bottles will be on sale to the public at noon, and there will be a limit per person (limit TBD). Sean will be bringing some older variants to sample out, so make sure to stop by, talk with him, and grab some swag! Also tapping: All Day IPA, Azacca IPA, Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard, Backwoods Bastard, Porter, Rubaeus.
3:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Friday Tapping: La Dame Blanche, Coconut Revenant
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL 630‑541‑9414 🌎
This week we are bringing back for you one of our favorite and most delicate creations: La Dame Blanche, Chardonnay barrel-aged Belgian Farmhouse. We will also be tapping a new creation, Coconut infused Revenant, Imperial Stout.
To help you prepare for your weekend, we will also be selling mixed cases of cans for $35--any 4 six or 4 packs!
4:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Release of Coffee Van Damme
Short Fuse Brewing Co., 5000 N. River Rd., Schiller Park, IL 847‑555‑6666 🌎
Release of our new beer, Coffee Van Damme. A Belgian golden ale with cold brew light roast coffee.
5:00 - 9:00 pm 🍺 Grapefruit Escapist Release Party
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 🌎
Our Escapist IPA gets a boost from freshly squeeze grapefruit. Come celebrate the release of Grapefruit Escapist on Friday! Firehouse Grill will be in the Tap Room serving delicious slices of pizza. Izza pizza party!
New Grapefruit Escapist will be on tap and for sale, with a limit of 2 six-packs per person. At this time, we cannot do growler fills.
5:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Lo Rez Brewing Spring Rezident: IGC Closing
Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom, 2101 S. Carpenter St., Chicago (888) 404-2262 🌎
We invite you to Lo Rez Brewery & Taproom to celebrate the final Gallery Closing for our Spring Rezident, Instituto Grafico de Chicago. This event is brought to you by Lo Rez Brewing and National Museum of Mexican Art.
The Gallery Closing will feature eight Latinx and Latin American printmaking artists from the IGC for an inside look at their second portfolio brought to the brewery, "Contra/Against, the actions & ideas of new regime."
To celebrate the conclusion of the ICG's second installment at Lo Rez Brewry & Taproom, we will have live music from DJ Bumbac Joe, local food from Mexi-tacos, and live print made t-shirts designed by the IGC. Proceeds will benefit the National Museum of Mexican Art. From 5:00 - 7:00 PM, $2 of every beer will benefit the NMMA for our Rezident Happy Hour!
5:00 - 7:00 pm 🍺 New Beers Eve Aleman Tasting
Copper Fox Gastropub, 155 E. Ontario St., Chicago 312‑255‑8505 🌎
Calling all Foxes! Join us as we celebrate New Beers Eve with our local craftsman Aleman Brewing & Taproom. Become clever like a Fox by learning about the various brews they offer. Tempt your taste buds with samples of each including our very own exclusive Foxy Man white IPA. Chef Cortney will be in house with a sampling of his creations from our newly renovated kitchen. So plan to swing through so you can feed your curiosity & empower your knowledge with us this TGIF.
5:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Lake Bluff Library Beer Release
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Aven., Lake Bluff, IL (224) 544-5179 🌎
Brand new beer coming up from the tanks on Friday! Totally Booked! This beer is a Smores style ale featuring notes of Graham Cracker, milk chocolate, and vanilla! This beer was brewed in collaboration with our good dude J.D. Blythin and the Lake Bluff Public Library. $1.00 of each pint served will go directly to the Library so they can keep doing all the amazing stuff they have been doing!
5:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 2018 KBS Release at Fountainhead
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago 773‑697‑8204 🌎
Join Founders at Fountainhead for the release of 2018 KBS! We’ll also be tapping CBS and Solid Gold, so be sure to get there early. Your local brewery representatives will be there to share in the party!
5:30 - 9:00 pm 🍺 First Friday April 2018
Archer Liquors, 5996 S. Archer Ave., Chicago (773) 582-4767 🌎
The April installment of our ongoing series of food truck events. Join us for a tasting on Marz beers, Widow Jane bourbon (NY), and FOUR planned food trucks!
5:30 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Spring Spotlight: Middle Brow Beer, Sobremesa Chicago
Ipsento 606, 1813 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (872) 206-8697 🌎
Come join us in celebrating the end of second winter and the arrival of spring with beer, hot sauce and psychedelic cumbia.
We are thrilled to host Chef Moya and his Sobremesa Chicago team that will serve Latin inspired bar fare and our friends from Middle Brow Beer for a tap takeover.
This is a public event and no reservations are needed.
5:30 - 7:30 pm 🍺 An Evening with Midnight Pig Brewing
Beer on the Wall, 106 Main St., Park Ridge 312‑720‑3732 🌎
After five years in Plainfield, Nevin's Brewing Co. is making a new name for itself — literally. Inspired by a "pig," the vessel used to carry alcohol surreptitiously during the Prohibition era, beers are now being sold under the brand name of Midnight Pig; a nod to the speakeasies, bootleggers, and moonshiners of the era.
Join us Friday for the drop of Midnight Pig's newest seasonal beers, plus, you know, swag!
6:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Baconfest Chicago - Friday Dinner
UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, Chicago 🌎
VIP Hour: 6:00PM - 7:00PM $160
General Admission: 7:00PM - 10:00PM $85
Includes unlimited creative bacon dishes from approximately 50 chefs and samples from all of our exhibitors at the shift selected. All ticket types (except Bacon-Only) include seven (7) drink tickets redeemable for paired beer, wine and cocktails from our partners. Also included: a Baconfest Tote Bag and souvenir program. VIP ticket-holders also get exclusive access to the Old Forester Speakeasy, our brand new VIP lounge just steps away from the main hall. Enjoy comfortable seating, VIP cocktails, and rare bourbon samples from Old Forester’s Whiskey Row Series.
Tickets and more info on the Baconfest web site.
7:00 pm - 4:00 am 🍺 C2E2 After Party at Timothy O'Toole's
Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700 🌎
Join us for a special C2E2 weekend with a special After Party here at Timothy O'Toole's Pub, Friday Night, we will have a Keep The Pint Night while featuring Revolution Galaxy Hero.
7:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Off Color Brewing Beer and Bacon
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago 773‑290‑6988 🌎
Kicking off Bacon Fest weekend with a special beer and bacon pairing featuring Off Color Brewing. 3 beers and 3 bacons for $12 to celebrate Baconfest, Off Color and their delicious smoked beer 15 Feet.
7:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 The Hemperor HPA Launch Party w/ New Belgium
Easy Bar, 1944 W. Division, Chicago 773‑227‑4644 🌎
Hops and hemp reign. Together at last!
New Belgium Brewing Hemperor HPA hits draft at Easy Bar - do not miss this one of a kind beer made with sustainably farmed Colorado hemp.
We will have sweet giveaways, raffles for swag prizes and overall a good time. Learn more on www.thehemperor.com
7:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Ravinia Release Party
Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W Chicago Ave., Chicago 773‑645‑4949 🌎
& Saturday at 2200 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago 773-433-5959 🌎
Join us next weekend for some awesome beers from Ravinia Brewing Company - We collaborated with them on something delicious!
We will be debuting our collaborative Four Shore Belgian-style White Ale at our Chicago Ave location Friday, 4/6 @ 7pm and at our Lincoln Square location Saturday, 4/7 @ 11am. Customers will also be able to hang out with the Ravinia team and try some of their other delicious brews including Fernet Barrel-aged Baldwin Porter, Steep Ravine IPA, Grunsfeld Lager, and Flight of the Rooster Saison.
7:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Sanguinista Tapping
Rabid Brewing, 17759 Bretz Dr., Homewood, IL 🌎
Tapping party for Sanguinista, a magical American Red Ale brewed by a coven of chanting and cheering witches.
7:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 GRILL & CHILL April ManBQue Event!
Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 954-8085 🌎
ManBQue Chicago South Side is proud to announce our first event of 2018. We are collaborating with Blue Island Beer Company to create a night of delicious grilled meats and the artfully crafted beer of Blue Island Beer Co. Stop into Blue Island Beer Co between now and the event to pick up a can of beer to cook your dish with. Bring your A game, a few friends or your significant other for the best bbq you will ever have! You bring the MEAT! BIBCo will have the BEER! And Joe Orozco will be providing the LIVE ROCK & ROLL! Just as a reminder, our events are open to everyone! That means, invite a friend or ten.