11:00 - 2:00 am 🍺 HopCat's 11th Anniversary + Fries Eating Contest at HopCat Chi
HopCat - Chicago, 2577 Clark St., Chicago 312-257-21599 🌎
We're celebrating the HopCat family's 11th anniversary on Saturday the 19th with a killer lineup of beers on tap, FREE COSMIK FRIES from 11am-5pm and the annual Fries Eating Contest.
The contest begins at 3pm. A $5 donation for each contestant will be collected before the competition. HopCat will match the donation to be given to PAWS Chicago. Sign up in advance by emailing our General Manager, Koni Kleinman at [email protected]
The first place winner will receive a HopCat prize package valued at $500 and the chance to compete for the grand prize – $2,000 – and eternal glory at the Michigan Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti, MI on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Second place gets a HopCat prize package valued at $100. Third place receives a HopCat prize package valued at $25.
Must be 21+ to win Fries Eating Contest
Featured Beers:
Odd Side Ales {Grand Haven, MI} Rye Hipster Brunch Stout • Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged American Imperial Stout w/ Coffee, Maple Syrup, Bacon, & Rye Malt / 11% 🍻 Hazel’s Nuts • Bourbon Barrel-Aged American Imperial Stout w/ Coffee & Hazelnut / 11%
Epic Brewing Co. {Salt Lake City, UT} Oak & Orchard: Cabernet Sauvignon • Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel-Aged American Sour Ale w/ Blackberry, Black Currant, & Black Cherries / 8.5%
Revolution Brewing {Chicago, IL} Café Deth • Oak Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout w/ Coffee / 13.1%
Dogfish Head {Milton, DE} 120 Minute IPA • American Imperial IPA / 15-20%


11:00 am - 3:00 pm 🍺 South Bend Brew Fest 2019
Century Center, 120 S. Saint Joseph St., South Bend, IN (574) 235-9711 🌎
(Time listed here is Central)
Sample craft beer from across the USA.  Every attendee receives a commemorative pint glass.  Concession food available for purchase. All attendee must be 21+. Info and Brewers' List at southbendbrewfest.com.
General Admission: Cost: $45 (plus processing fees), Free sampling glass and lanyard.
VIP: $75 (plus processing fees), Early access to the event at noon Eastern, VIP lounge, Exclusive meet and greet sessions with Brewers and Michiana Beer Reviewers, Free sampling glass and lanyard
Designated Driver: $20 (plus processing fees), Unlimited soft drinks & water
Get tickets here.


11:00 am - 4:00 pm 🍺 815 Ale Fest
Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, IL (815) 885-1135 🌎
The doldrums of winter are upon us!
Come to The Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two and experience the 2019 Winter Ale Fest.
Your ticket purchase ($35 at the fest site) will help support youth golf at the Rockford Park District.
You’ll sample from 25 different breweries which can be seen on our Breweries Page with more to come.
This is a 21 and over event only. Tickets are available for VIP entry, General admission and a special designated driver ticket.


11:00 am - 3:00 pm 🍺 Most Important Day of Beverage Release Party
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 🌎
On December 28 we began the pre-sale of Most Important Beverage of the Day, Beverage of Champions, Beverage of Champions Rock & Rye, and for the first time ever Beverage of Champions Caramel, Beverage of Champions Coconut, and Beverage of Champions Hazelnut. All six beers will be available for pickup at a celebration on Saturday, January 19 from 11AM-3PM and Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery will be there with the cheesy goods.
Read all about the beers here.
Reserve your beers here.
If any cans or bottles remain after the pre-sale, they will become available for sale at the release party on January 19th.
We hope you will party with us. (We tend to throw some pretty rad parties.)


11:15 am - 11:50 pm 🍺 Wake & Bake with Big Hugs
Kuma's Corner, 2900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 604-8769 🌎
Join us on Saturday as we pour some delicious beers courtesy of Half Acre Beer Co.! Including the 10th Anniversary of their Imperial Coffee Stout, Big Hugs!
All beers tapped from open and available while supplies last.

Dark Matter will be on site from 11:15am offering up shots of their Big Hugs Espresso to get you properly roasted (also while supplies last).  Additionally, and also while supplies last DM will also offer up their Wake N' Bake espresso drink (w/ Maple, Sage and black pepper).


11:30 am 🍺 Resilience Beer Tour
Meet at Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State St., Chicago 312-949-0120 🌎
In response to the destructive Camp Fire in Northern California, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced plans to brew Resilience Butte County Proud IPA as a fundraiser, where 100% of sales are donated to the Camp Fire Relief Fund. They asked every brewery in the country to brew it with them, and more than 1,400 jumped at the opportunity to help, including 15 in the Chicago area.
We put together the Resilience Beer Tour so we could visit as many of the participating breweries as possible and we want you to join us! Our route will include Dovetail, Goose Island, Haymarket, Elmhurst, Alter, and Marz. Your purchased ticket is good for one pint, including tip, of Resilience IPA at each of the 6 breweries. Come thirsty and feel good knowing that you are drinking great beer for a great cause!
Reggie's has kindly donated transportation and we will leave from there at 11:30 a.m. sharp. They open at 11:00 a.m. and we advise coming a little early to pick out your seats on the bus.
We plan to return to Reggie's around 6:00 p.m.
Spots are limited, so get your ticket today!


12:00 pm 🍺 Noon Whistle 4th Anniversary Celebration
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL ​(630) 376-6895 🌎
Friday, Saturday AND Sunday!
Join us as we celebrate 4 awesome years and kick off year 5 ALL WEEKEND LONG with live music, local food trucks, specialty beer tappings and new releases! Free admission all weekend
Food trucks: BaBy Q's Food Truck 12pm • Ayala's Empanadas 12pm • Oak Park Ministry of Sandwiches Etc. 5pm • Toasty Taco 6pm
Mountainaires - 3pm
Announced so far…
Rye BA Marshmallow Schwing (Imperial Stout)
BA Smack This (Barrel-Aged Black Sour)


12:00 - 6:00 pm 🍺 Long Johns On Winter Warmer Bash 2019
Burn 'Em Brewing, 718 Freyer Rd., Michigan City, IN 219-210-3784 🌎
Saturday will be our 4th Annual Long Johns On Winter Warmer Bash! This event will feature multiple barrel aged bottle releases, a specialty tap list, live bands, warm local food & heated tents! All ages welcome! Doors open at 12:00pm and close promptly at 6:00pm CST - dress accordingly! $10/presale, $15/at the door (GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY & SAVE $5!).
Live Music Featuring: Fresh Hops, The Ready Freddies (Queen tribute band), Neil Allesee, Robert Rolfe Feddersen.
BA BOTTLE RELEASES (available in the taproom the day of the event):
BA '19 Long Johns On • 10% Winter Warmer w/ Dates, Nutmeg & Bourbon-soaked Vanilla Beans barrel-aged in Journeyman Distillery Last Feather Rye Barrels. $15 each / limit 4 per person
BA '19 Black Cherry Long Johns On • 10% Winter Warmer w/ Dates, Nutmeg & Bourbon-soaked Vanilla Beans barrel-aged in Journeyman Distillery Last Feather Rye Barrels on Black Cherry. $15 each / limit 4 per person
Boysenberry Dark Side of the Moo (CASK): 7.4% Chocolate Milk Stout cask conditioned on Boysenberry.
2018 Long Johns On: 10% Winter Warmer brewed w/ Dates, Nutmeg, & Bourbon-soaked Vanilla Beans.
BA Baba Yaga: 11% Russian Imperial Stout brewed w/ Hazelnut, Coffee, & Vanilla Bean then aged in a Journeyman Distillery Rye Whiskey Barrel.
Smooth Creaminal: 11.3% Imperial Cream Ale brewed w/ White Chocolate & Spices.
BA 2019 Long Johns On
BA 2019 Long Johns On w/ Black Cherry
NITRO GingerSnap Chatz: 8% Oatmeal Stout brewed with Gingersnap Cookies, Lactose, and Marshmallows.
Dr. Juiciest Erving: 6.5% DDH New England IPA brewed and dry-hopped with Ekuanot, Mosaic, Liberty, and Waimea hops.
Pouvoir du Fleur: 5.1 Mixed Fermentation Wild Ale brewed w/ Dried Lavender, Hibiscus, Rose Petals, Heather, & Elder Flowers fermented in Oak barrels.
14 Buck Chuck: 5.6% American Pale Ale brewed & dry-hopped w/ Citra hops.
Kreamed Corn: 6% Indiana Cream Ale.
FOOD MENU (presented by Chef Blake): Walking Tacos, Chili (regular & veggie)


1:00 - 5:00 pm 🍺 Craft Beer Festival
Jesse Oaks Food & Drink, 18490 W. Old Gages Lake Rd., Gages Lake, IL (847) 223-2575 🌎
Let your taste buds try a new brew... We’re sampling some of the best craft brews around and want you to be part of it while Judson Brown throws down a jam session from 1 to 5 pm. From brewery-focused pubs and taprooms to bars and even the local supermarket, the popularity of craft beers remains as strong as ever. We love the aroma, taste, boldness, and bite of a world craft brew so why not join us and try a new lager, Pilsner, bock, ale, IPA or stout, and many more!
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of event.
Event goes from 1 pm to 5 pm with live music by Judson Brown
Purchase the tickets at our website.
Confirmed breweries:
Crystal Lake Brewing, Hofbrau, Lakefront, Boston Beer Co., New Holland, Revolution, BrickStone Brewery, Tighthead Brewing Co., Tocayo Brewing Co., Rogue Brewery, New Belgium,Blue Moon Brewing/Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Abita Brewing Co., Wild Onion
Designated Driver Ticket Admission here.


2:00 - 5:00 pm 🍺 2019 Elemy Chili Bowl
Gillerson's Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 630-340-3719 🌎
& Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., Aurora  🌎
Join us on Saturday for the Second Annual ELEMY CHILI BOWL benefiting World Relief DuPage/Aurora!
For $15 per person, with children 8 & under FREE, receive one sample cup of chili from each of our competing restaurants and then help us choose the winner by voting for your favorite!
100% of the ticket sales will benefit World Relief's life-changing services for refugee and immigrant families here in DuPage and Kane Counties. This year, our goal is to raise $5,000 to support a citizenship clinic to help immigrants apply to become citizens.
Featuring chili from the following friends of ELEMY:
Gillerson's Grubbery of Aurora, Endiro Coffee of Aurora, Beebee's Deli of Aurora, Tredwell Coffee of Aurora, Burger Social of Wheaton, Burger Local of Geneva, Craft Urban of Geneva, Altiro of Geneva (and soon to be Aurora!)
The winner takes home the 2019 ELEMY CHILI BOWL trophy and BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR THE YEAR!


2:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Whiskey Junction Release w GrubnGo, and Lo-reen & Jim 'Harpdog'
ZümBier, 3232 Monroe St., Waukegan, IL 847-420-7313 🌎
Whiskey Junction is a Strong Brown Rye aged in Dickle Whiskey Barrels, a great sipper and one of our favorites to savor. We'll be joined by Grub n Go with a Tacos Pop-up at 5, and Live Blues by Lo-reen & Jim 'Harpdog' Hellen at 7
It's a great way to sip away winter!


2:00 - 3:00 pm 🍺 DryHop/Lucky Boys Confusion Collab Release
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago 773‑857‑3155 🌎
Don’t forget that this Saturday, Lucky Boys Confusion is hanging with us (!) in our brewhouse!
If you come by during that timeframe and snag a crowler of Blood Drops*, our collab beer with the band, they will sign the can for you. Yup. It’s true.
So see you at 2pm on Saturday? Perfect.


5:30 - 11:00 pm 🍺 350 Brewing Winter BUZZ w/ Brian Posehn & Local H
Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL (708) 342-5485 🌎
Celebrate 3 years of Insanity with us! Third time is the charm.
New 350 Fest format: No more beer sample tickets!
Only 350 Brewing Co. presents:WINTER BUZZ 2019
*Stand up Comedy Show Featuring Brian Posehn & friends! Dinner Buffet,  live music, Local H, & Unforgiven (Metallica tribute). Balloon Drop…
Winter Buzz Barleywine Bottle to take home & so much more!
Tickets $49.50 at this link.


6:00 - 8:00 pm 🍺 Finch Beer Co. Pint Night
12 Handles Ale House, 1827 Knapp Rd., Crest Hill, IL (815) 582-4446 🌎
Come in and enjoy our monthly pint night! This month we are featuring Finch Beer Co. out of Chicago. We are currently rotating handles to make sure we can try as much great beer as we can!  Come in and buy a pint, and we will send you home with a fresh pint glass from Finch!


8:00 pm - 12:00 am 🍺 Ten Years Lager - 10th Anniversary Party
Metropolitan Brewing, 3057 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (773) 754-0494 🌎
Focusing on the art of lagering is a practice in patience. Working with lager yeast is a balance between motivating it to peak performance, and respecting what its peak performance requires. After ten years of practicing, we have plenty of reasons to kick back and party! We'd like to invite you, the folks who helped us get to this milestone, to come celebrate with us.
Tickets ($80 at the Facebook Event page) include:
2017 Barrel-aged Generator Doppelbock 🍻 2018 Barrel-aged Generator Doppelbock infused with cherries 🍻 2018 Barrel-aged Arc Welder Dunkel Rye 🍻 Special Anniversary Brew - 10th Gear (California Common) 🍻 firkin - Generator infused with blueberry 🍻 firkin - dry-hopped Flywheel 🍻 firkin - spiced Dynamo 🍻 firkin - spiced Magnetron 🍻 two different coffee infusions on nitro pour 🍻 Generator Doppelbock 🍻 Heliostat Zwickel Lager 🍻 Das Radler Haus Helles 🍻 Magnetron Schwarzbier 🍻 Flywheel Pilsner Bier 🍻 Dynamo Copper Lager 🍻 Krankshaft Kölsch style beer
Base... snacks by The Radler.
Balance... coffee by Metropolis Coffee Company.
Bounceback... late night tacos by Three Legged Tacos.
Entertainment… sounds for your ears and delights for your eyes.

* Commemorative glass
* Special 10th anniversary merchandise available for sale


8:00 pm - 12:00 am 🍺 Drain the Keg for The Booker Fund
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 🌎
Come drain the keg with all the proceeds going to The Booker Fund, an arm of the Live Like Roo Foundation that assists animals through a cancer diagnosis by providing financial and emotional support. Raffles, giveaways, and swag! ALL of the proceeds from the keg will go the Booker Fund, so the more beer that is drank, the more money we raise.