Fun Size & Roselare Project Release
Pollyanna Brewing Co., 431 Talcott Ave., Lemont, IL (630) 914-5834 🌎
& Pollyanna - Roselare, 245 E. Main St., Roselle, IL (847) 285-1909 🌎
In addition to the release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Fun Size with Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee cans on Friday, we're debuting something special that has been 20 months in the making. The first in a new series of mixed fermentation beers we're calling "Roselare Project," is a sour ale that was fermented and aged in Whiskey barrels for 20 months before we added pomegranate to the barrels. This beer is tart and fruity with pleasant whiskey, vanilla, and caramel notes from the extended wood aging. Both breweries will have a limited amount of bottles and draft available on Friday.
Roselare Project (Pomegranate)
- Mixed Fermentation Ale aged for 20 months in Whiskey Barrels with Pomegranate
- 9.0% ABV
- $15/500mL bottle
7:00 am - 11:00 pm 🍺 Craft Beer Madness Final Four: Alter vs Goose Island
Chuck's Café, 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 331-431-4000 🌎
It's down to the Final Four in our Craft Beer Madness Tourney!
The first matchup is pitting two local favorites:
Alter Brewing Co. vs Goose Island
It's Porto Porter vs Next Coast IPA....whomever sells the most pints advances to the title game!
8:00 - 11:30 am 🍺 White Sox Pregame Party and Box Breakfast Special
Tribes Brewery & Tap Room, 11120 Front St., Mokena, IL 708-995-1361 🌎
Postponed from Thursday.
Swing by the brewery, park and grab a six pack of our newest can SouthSider Chicago Style Lager for the train (located across the street, leaves every hour from 8:36 - 11:36 -- will get you there for first pitch at 1:10)! Tap Room opens at 8AM for your pregaming needs!
First 35 customers get a free box breakfast with purchase of six-pack of SouthSider Lager.
Find our beer all year at the Craft Kave!
9:00 am - 9:00 pm 🍺 REI Lincoln Park Opening with Half Acre
REI, 905 W. Eastman St., Chicago (312) 951-6020 🌎
Our store has moved! Look for our new location at North Kingsbury and West Eastman streets, on the river.
Come take a look at our new digs! Be sure to join the fun at our Grand Opening celebration, April 5-7, Friday through Sunday.
There are two awesome events for you each day:
Mornings: Door prizes when the store opens (see details below).
Afternoons: Free food, music, door prizes and more—3pm to 6pm.
We're pleased to announce REI Co-op has teamed up with local brewery Half Acre Beer Co. to offer a limited-edition beer, Lucky Catfish Lager, in support of Friends of the Chicago River. To learn more about our collaboration with Half Acre Beer Co., please click here for terms and conditions.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm 🍺 350 Brewing Opening Day Tailgate Party!
White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th St., Chicago 🌎
350 Brewing Co.'s Free Opening Day Tailgate Party has been moved to Friday! Looking forward to 60 degree temps, beer, and White Sox baseball. Also, look for Kick the Can Cream Ale in the CRAFT KAVE on opening day!Come find us in the parking lot on opening day!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 🍺 Beerhead Wrigleyville Openinh
Beerhead Bar & Eatery, 3519 N. Clark St. #C-104, Chicago (773) 234-9448 🌎
Just in time for opening day, Beerhead Bar & Eatery is set to open its doors on April 5 as part of the Addison & Clark complex. Across the street from Wrigley Field, Beerhead will begin serving its more than 400 brands of beer, and its impressive list of spirits, cocktails and food options on Friday.
In a relaxed, fun atmosphere, Beerhead aims to expose guests to a seemingly infinite world of American craft beers and spirits, including selections from around the world, served by a highly trained and knowledgeable staff. Beerhead will not only feature hundreds of local and American craft beer choices, but they will also feature a cooler containing a section dedicated to “Home Team Picks” and “Away Team Picks” highlighting local Chicago brands and brands curated to match to the visiting team’s baseball schedule.
Supplementing Beerhead’s more than 400 different beers and other beverage choices and 50 rotating taps available to guests, the kitchen will offer both a lunch and dinner menu featuring crisp salads, specialty pizzas, the brand’s signature Barbarian Pretzel and desserts. Brunch will also be available on Saturdays and Sundays and will offer menu items like Breakfast Pizza and drink specials. Just as Beerhead focuses on superior local and regional American craft beer selections, its food menu highlights the freshest, high-quality ingredients as well.
Beerhead Bar & Eatery – Wrigley will be open Mondays – Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fridays – Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Hours of operation will be extended for special events and on game days.
12:00 pm 🍺 Beer Cocktail Weekend
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Rd., Elgin, IL 224-238-3527 🌎
Back by popular demand...it's the Plank Road Tap Room Beer Cocktail Weekend!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting right at noon, we'll be featuring one new beer cocktail. They'll be limited in supply each day, so you'll want to get in early before they're gone!
We'll be announcing the cocktail blends soon.
This event will be held rain, snow, or shine!
COCKTAILS & FOOD TRUCKS
FRIDAY: "Sellable Bullshit" - Death Grip Coffee Brown with Bourbon, Licor 43 served with an orange slice.
SATURDAY: Twang Gose with Grand Marnier, Luxardo and Ginwith an orange slice.
Food Truck: Puff Truck Pizza
SUNDAY: Beer Bloody Marys or Blunderbergs w/ Bier Stick option.
Food Truck: Cheesie's Truck (Grilled cheese sandwiches)
NOTE: We are a 21-and-over venue, so you'll need to leave the kiddos behind. No outside beverages allowed. Parking may be limited depending on weather. Tom Cruise will not be bartending.
4:00 - 7:00 pm 🍺 Twisted Hippo Tasting
Crafted 1979, 19200 LaGrange Rd., Ste. E, Mokena, IL 708-860-2826 🌎
Come meet Rachel from one of Chicago's newest and coolest breweries Twisted Hippo Brewing
4:00 - 6:00 pm 🍺 Short Fuse Beer Tasting
Otter Creek Wine & Spirits, 250 S. Randall Rd., Elgin, IL (847) 931-2950 🌎
Craft Beer Tasting with Short Fuse.
4:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Hold My Crown Tap Takeover + Happy Belly Chefs
Iron&Glass, 632 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville, IL 815-782-5559 🌎
A few weeks back a group of excellent women from the craft beer industry gathered at Skeleton Key Brewery to brew a Rustic Lithuanian Pale Ale called Hold My Crown in collaboration with the Pink Boots Society. Then special variants were made by 9 participating breweries.
On April 5th all 10 versions of Hold My Crown will be tapped at Iron&Glass at 4pm plus Happy Belly Chefs will host a popup kitchen to join this celebration of women being awesome.
Participating Breweries and variants:
Skeleton Key Brewery - base beer
Scallywag Brewing - pomegranate
Metal Monkey Brewing - rosemary and lemon
More Brewing Co. - honey-tangerine and ginger
BuckleDown Brewing - blood orange
Dry City Brew Works - hibiscus
Church Street Brewing Co. - lemongrass
Elmhurst Brewing Co. - strawberry
Werk Force Brewing Co. - kombucha
Wolfden Brewing - passionfruit
Special thank you to: Country Malt Group, Great Western Malt, Omega Yeast for donations of raw ingredients and Matt Adema Media, Average Joe's Above Average Beer Podcast, and Mathew Powers for documenting the day plus Ashley at www.drawashleydraw.com for the Hold My Crown artwork.
5:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Lenten Fish Fry with Goose Island
Dark Horse Tap & Grille, 3443 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago 773-281-4989 🌎
The Dark Horse Tap & Grille offers a fish fry special from 5-11 p.m. every Friday during Lent (March 8 through April 19). The $10 special includes a plate of beer-battered fish and chips with any Goose Island draft. Expect Goose Island draft selections such as Green Line Pale Ale and 312 Urban Wheat Ale. Additionally, the Dark Horse holds a 9 p.m. raffle for a Goose Island Brewery tour every Friday during Lent. The raffle winner is awarded a future date tour for two at Goose Island’s Fulton Market Brewery (1800 West Fulton Street).
5:00 pm 🍺 Firkin Friday with Noon Whistle
Sovereign Restaurant, 24205 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL 815-556-8577 🌎
Firkin Friday is in full effect Friday. Our homies from Noon Whistle Brewing filled a firkin with Da Percolator coffee sout for us and we're patiently awaiting its luscious liquid to grace our eager lips.
5:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Whinny City: You're Going to Love Me! Beer Release
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 🌎
What is friendship all about?
For our third consecutive and absolutely awesome year we’re partnering with Whinny City Pony Con, Chicagoland’s biggest My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan convention.
Friday, April 5 at 5PM we’re releasing a very small bomber run and again this year it is unlike everything we have ever done. Last year brought you sparkle, this year an American IPA with a raspberry mauve violet raspberry soul. Limited and brewery-only.
What a wonderful wonder friendship brings.
5:00 - 7:00 pm 🍺 Free Haymarket Beer Tasting
Binny's Orland Park, 103A Orland Park Place, Orland Park, IL 708-226-9902 🌎
Enjoy a free tasting of http://www.haymarketbrewing.com">Haymarket Pub & Brewery's delicious beers at Binny's!
Speakerswagon Pilsner: Crisp, straw colored lager brewed with imported Pilsen malt, Saaz hops and authentic cold fermenting lager yeast.
Aleister American IPA: Brewed and dry-hopped with 2.5 pounds per barrel of Amarillo. Dry in the beginning, with a nice malt middle and a huge hop finish, this big IPA brings notes of bright fruit and citrus.
Mathias Imperial IPA: Jam packed with mango, apricot and orange from the giant dryhopping w/ Citra hops. Mathias returns! Named for Officer Mathias Degan, the first of our boys in blue to be killed in the Haymarket Riot on May 4th, 1886.
Oscar's Pardon Belgian Style Pale: This straw colored pale ale was brewed with Pilsen malt, Belgian yeast and Amarillo hops then dry-hopped with a touch more for a complex easy drinking experience. Named after Oscar Neebe. Anarchist? Maybe. Yeast salesman? Definitely.
The Defender American-Style Stout: Brewed with Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, Dark Crystal Malt and Oats then hopped and dry-hopped with Cascade, Chinook, and Amarillo. It has won 6 GABF and 4 WBC medals!
5:00 - 7:00 pm 🍺 Temperance Beer Tasting + MMR Release
Beer Bazaar, 17 W. Belvidere Rd., Hainesville, IL 847-986-6473 🌎
Join us for a free tasting. Torben from Temperance Beer Co. will be here pouring some tasty local beer. We'll also be releasing 3 cases of Might Meets Right Variety 4 Packs.
5:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Ya Gotta Horchata Tapping
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 🌎
Back in October we flew down to Oklahoma City to brew a beer with our friends at Prairie Artisan Ales! We're excited to finally share this beer with all of you fine folks here in IL! Join us THIS FRIDAY (4/5) at 5pm as we tap Ya Gotta Horchata (said in your best Chicago accent), our 15.8% imperial milk stout with rice, vanilla, lactose, and cinnamon.
Horchata de arroz is a Mexican-style rice milk drink that's traditionally made with vanilla and cinnamon. It's sweet, creamy, and a wonderful treat to enjoy after scarfing down some tacos. Our love for horchata is everlasting, and because of that, we thought it'd be fun to mimic those flavors in our collab with Prairie.
Prairie first tapped Ya Gotta Horchata in January, and it's been getting rave reviews (check out Untappd, if that means anything to you). It's bold at 15.8%, creamy, and full of cinnamon and vanilla. It's draft only (sorry, no bottles or cans), and The Open Bottle will be the only place outside of Oklahoma tapping it! So come visit :)
Thank you to the crew at Prairie for their hospitality and letting us poke around the brewery, pick your brains, and show us the OKC life! Special thanks to Micki, Reed, and Greg!
Ya Gotta Horchata will FIRST be tapped on Thursday (4/4) at 5pm for The Society of Distinguished Beer Wizards (our membership program)!
5:30 - 7:30 pm 🍺 An Evening with Kings & Convicts
Beer on the Wall, 106 Main St., Park Ridge, IL 312-720-3732 🌎
A little history lesson is helpful when getting to know this Highwood brewery and their brewers:
England shipped tens of thousands of convicts to Australia over the course of 90 years starting in the late 1700s. The other piece to this trifecta of countries is something most of us learned back in elementary school; the Revolution and Washington and freedom and stuff.
All this history helped form Kings & Convicts Brewing Co.! All three countries have quite the historical record for drinking beer, and this local brewery is paying homage to it all with clean and easy pilsners to delicious ales like their King's Bitch IPA or Ned's Dead Stout. The stories are just getting started, so swing by the store for a taste of their local brews and get to know what makes this brewery both the king and the convict!
On Tap: TBD
Beer To-Go: TBD
5:38 - 11:59 pm 🍺 First Friday: Featuring Founders Brewery & Endo-1
Gillerson's Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 630‑340‑3719 🌎
We have quite the exciting First Friday planned for tomorrow night! 6 Founders Brewing Co. will be on tap: KBS, CBS, Blushing Monk, Backwoods Bastard, Curmudgeon, and Curmudgeon’s Better Half. Those will get tapped at 5:38 pm and be available until we run out.
Also, we have a little story to share with you all about who our vendor will be. A couple weeks ago, we saw on the What’s Happening in Aurora page, a local clothing/graphic designer post about how he designed a shirt with a focus on downtown Aurora (he even made a video!). He requested some opinions and people showed their appreciation and support for it. It caught our eye so we reached out and asked him if he wanted to be our vendor for the month’s Aurora Downtown First Friday.
To say he was thrilled is an understatement! We are excited to have Luis Alberto from ENDO-1 and give him an opportunity to get more eyeballs on his awesome shirt.
If you would like to see what his design looks like, watch this video OR…just come in and see it in person!
6:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Dwarves of Doom - Bottle Release
Rabid Brewing, 17759 Bretz Dr., Homewood, IL (708) 960-3193 🌎
Wax-top bottle release of Dwarves of Doom - a 10% Chocolate Coffee Stout.
This year we found a new smooth, yet robust, coffee roast from local roasters Smuggler's Coffee called War for the Dawn!
Dwarves of Doom 2019 is a very limited bottle run, $18, limit 4.
6:00 - 8:00 pm 🍺 4 Hands Brewing Co. Pint Night
Chuck's Café, 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 331-431-4000 🌎
Join us as we welcome for the first time to the Lounge: 4 Hands Brewing Co. for a special tapping and pint night!
Purchase one of their drafts and receive a FREE pint glass; good while supplies last!
6:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Baconfest Chicago
UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, Chicago 🌎
The 11th Annual Baconfest Chicago is coming! Sample unlimited bacon dishes from Chicago's best chefs. Beer, wine and cocktails included!
Friday Dinner - April 5
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period
Saturday Lunch – April 6
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM VIP hour
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission Period
Saturday Dinner – April 6
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period
Tickets on sale NOW at baconfestchicago.com.
7:00 - 9:00 pm 🍺 Hops and History with Tighthead Brewery
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville, IL (847) 968-3400 🌎
Grab a beer, engage in local history and hang out with friends after hours at the Dunn Museum. Join Tighthead Brewing Co. as you search for answers to tricky and humorous questions on a scavenger hunt through the exhibition galleries. Enjoy a tasting with each correct answer!
Registration REQUIRED: www.LCFPD.org/events/hops-and-history/.
This event is for ages 21+ only. $13 residents/$15 nonresidents. Tickets available here.
Each participant will receive four 5 oz pours as well as a token to redeem for a beer at Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein.
7:00 - 9:00 pm 🍺 Beer Tasting!
Cuda's Bar & Grill, 27045 W. Grass Lake Rd., Antioch, IL (224) 788-9144 🌎
Come try a few of Lake Zurich Brewing Co.'s most popular brews!
8:00 pm - 2:00 am 🍺 Funk and Soul with Around the Bend!
Bucktown Pub, 1658 W Cortland St., Chicago 773-394-9898 🌎
Come on out to help kick off Beer of the Month with Around the Bend!! Funk and Soul dance party with Rewind Hefeweizen on draft!