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Apr 17, 2011

Chicago beer events, April 18-21

This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:

6:30 p.m. North Coast Brewing Beer Pairing Dinners
The Tap House Grills
Tuesday the 19th: 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Wednesday the 20th: 3341 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL (630) 443-1664
Thursday the 22nd: 411 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 858-4369
Tuesday the 26th: 24402 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5540
Wednesday the 27th: 123 W. Washington St., Oswego, IL (630) 383-2020
This month's beer pairing dinner features the beers of North Coast Brewing Co. Foods presented by Chef Todd Davies. "A Study in Berkshire Pork"
1st Course: Le Merle Saison paired with Saganaki Pork Meatballs, Spinach, Poached Fennel, Feta, Green Olives
2nd Course: PanQster Belgian Pale paired with Crispy Pork Tenderloin, Salmuercia Pepperoni, Pineapple-Orange Sage Shrimp, Sweet Peppers
3rd Course: Red Seal Copper Ale paired with Red Seal-Cured Pork Belly, Bourbon-Almond Baklava
4th Course: Old Stock Old Ale paired with Pistachio & Pork Pate-Crusted Pork Barrel, Pickled Sultanas, Micro Cress Crisp Crostinis
5th Course: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout paired with Salty, Chocolate Truffles: Rasputin's Finest, Chocolate & Bacon Truffles, Arabica Creme Anglais. Full menu at

Monday, April 18

Beerducation classes with Marty Nachel
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Pount, IN (219) 663-4545
Beerducation classes with Marty Nachel will be held on 4/18 and 4/25. 4/18 is the level one course and 4/25 is level two. You can sign up at the bar. Space is limited.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Metropolitan Iron Works release
Green Grocer, 1402 W Grand Ave, Chicago
Jess from Metropolitan will be on-hand at Green Grocer to hand out free samples of our newest brew. Drinking while grocery shopping? Yes!

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Highway 78 Artisan Beer and Cheese Pairing
Bangers and Lace, 1670 West Division Street, Chicago, IL
There is no doubt beer and cheese go superbly together. Now when they are expertly paired your talking total harmonization. How do you know if you have an expert pairing? Well, first you need experts, Certified Master Formager Coleen Graham has chosen your cheese and Stone beer guy Aaron Tyrell helped with the brew. Now these won't all be Stone Brewing Co. beers: They are 4 beers; 3 breweries; 4 cheeses all just $16. Full servings of the rare beers will be available for sale. Green Flash/Carsbad Pizza Port/Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale w/ Mt Zion- from La Mariposa, Sweet Home OR aged raw goats milk cheese. Arrogant Bastard Ale w/ Ursinus- from Great American Cheese Collection- open plank aged sheeps milk Gouda. Lost Abbey Red Barn w/ 3 yr white cheddar- From Laack Brothers Cheese Greenleaf WI- cows milk. Green Flash West Coast IPA w/ Roasted Wild Rice Gouda- from Eichten's Cheese- Center City MN - cows milk. Facebook

7:00 p.m. The Bruery evening at Hopleaf
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Special beers from the Bruery of California, and a visit from Jonas Namura.

7:00 p.m. Tickets on sale for Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
Tickets go on sale this evening starting at 7 p.m. Cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Next class - Saturday, April 23, 6 pm. Topic: Bock Beers. Limit, 45 people. Price, $25 per person.

9:00 p.m. Heavy Metal Monday Movie Night
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Lemmy: the Documentary! on our big screen! Movie Starts at 9:00. One order of our delicious Hot Wings and any American Craft beer only 10 bucks

Tuesday, April 19

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Avery Night - Joe's Pils Tapping
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
We are helping launch Avery's newest beer, Joe's Pilsner. Enjoy a sneak preview with draft pints of the upcoming release. Joe's Premium American Pilsner is a contemporary rendition of a classic style, Joe's is hopped with purpose: beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops. Uber sessionable. Utterly American. This is Premiuim American Pilsner. ABV: 4.7% IBUs: 42 In addition to Joe's Pils, we will be pouring Avery's IPA, Karma, & Salvation, and a select amount of Mephistopheles bottles!!! As usual Chef Robyn will be whipping up some small plate pairing specials to go with these drafts.

7:00 p.m. Food Truck Summit and Book Signing
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
With food-truck fever sweeping the nation, intrepid journalist Heather Shouse launched a coast-to-coast exploration of street food. In Food Trucks, she gives readers a page-by-page compass for finding the best movable feasts in America. Join us as we support the cause for the freedom of food trucks across the nation! Expect to enjoy service from Southern Mac, Flirty Cupcakes, Sweet Misgivings, Hummingbird Kitchen, Gastro-Wagon, 5411 Empanadas, Tamale Spaceship and Bridgeport Pasty. Author Heather Shouse will be signing copies of her book.

7:00 p.m. New Belgium Brewery Night
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
If you enjoy the great beers of New Belgium Brewing, this is the night for you! We'll be pouring a number of beers from their Lips of Faith series, carefully paired with some delicious bites from Chef Andy from Third Coast Chef. 1554 with braised beef short ribs in a 1554 bbq sauce. Le Terroir with fried chicken wings with a sweet/sour terrior sauce. Dunkel Weisse with banana bread pudding. Additional information can be found on a special event page on Facebook.

8:00 p.m. Stammtisch Alt Tapping
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
We have the perfect bier for these windy spring days, and it's our Stammtisch Alt! Stammtisch is from the German to describe the "regulars" table. Found at many pubs, the stammtisch table is set aside for the regular diners/pubbers, and is generally set aside and marked off so that not just anyone can sit down at it. Not to worry, this Alt won't be just for our mug club members, but they will be the first to taste it next Tuesday, in our pseudostammtisch room! Cheers!

8:30 p.m. Charlie Sheen movie month
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Major League & Major League 2 on our big screen! One order of our Hot Wings and any American Craft beer, only 10 bucks.

Wednesday, April 20

4:20 - 6:00 p.m. Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock Sampling
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 South Wells, Chicago 312-922-3830
Please Join Sierra Nevada Brewing Company at Cactus Bar & Grill for a Glissade Golden Bock sampling.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Brew Masters Series
State and Lake at The Wit, 201 N. State St., Chicago (312) 239-9400
A weekly pairing of Craft Brewed beer and specially created burgers from Chef Evan Percoco. This week featuring "Caprese Italian sausage burger, fresh Mozarella, basil, cured tomatoes and sweet balsamic, with ciabatta Polenta fries. Paired with Peroni. This beer & burger pairing is also available Monday-Sunday after 2 p.m. for $10.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Trumer Pils Customer Appreciation Day
The Bank, 123 W. Front St., Wheaton, IL (630) 665-2265
Complimentary appetizers while enjoying Trumer Pils.

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Lucky Monk Brewmaster Dinner
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
Spend a night at The Lucky Monk learning the intricacies of brewing the perfect batch of beer with our Brewmaster, Anthony Carollo. You will have the opportunity to see our brewery in action with a guided tour. Afterwards, we will offer a pairing of our six craft beers with a six-course dinner, which will include Lobster Bisque, Filet Medallions and much more! Everyone will receive a complimentary Bomber filled with one of our signature brews.

7:00 p.m. Avery Brewery Night
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
We'll be featuring three fine beers from Avery Brewing Company paired with four different cheeses, as selected by our good friend Dave Phillips from Cheese and Cheers. Trust us - Dave knows his stuff. It will definitely be a case of good judgement!

Thursday, April 21

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Double Tapping at Rock Bottom Chicago
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Join us for our Heller Bock & Fujo Black Lager Double-Tapping Party.
Heller Bock - As seasons change and Biergartens open, so do the offerings of Strong Lagers. While Bocks of late winter tend to be dark, the Bock beers of spring lighten in color while retaining ample strength and plenty of flavor. Our Heller Bock is a medium to fuller-bodied, gold to amber in color, with fairly balanced flavors of hops and malt. A refreshing and soulful brew for the transition of seasons.
Fujo Black Lager - Traditional Black Lagers, or Scwartzbiers as they are known in Germany, are drinkable dark lagers with robust roasted barley and black malt flavor. This obscure style has been adopted by most major Japanese breweries as a standard offering. We have brewed this lager in charitable effort to raise money for tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Through the Rock Bottom Foundation, we will be donating proceeds from the sales of this beer. Fujo translates to English as aid, help, assistance, or support.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Goose Island Clybourn tapping
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Every Thursday, a new beer brewed at the Clybourn brewpub is tapped.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Goose Island Mini Invasion at Bistro 110
Bistro 110, 110 E. Pearson St., Chicago (312) 266-3110
Join Goose Island for a mini invasion as we take over Bistro 110's six taps for the month of April with a tasting party on the 21st.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Spring Gathering Charity Fund Raiser
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
We are holding a Charity Fund Raiser party to help raise funds for our annual Spring Gathering on the April 24th. The Spring Gathering is our annual giving back to the community event when we invite local underprivileged families into the restaurant for an Easter Brunch and fun packed activities for the kids. We will have special pint glasses available for purchase filled with beer, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

6:30 - 11:30 p.m. Crispin Desert Noir Release Party & Artisanal Cider and Cheese Pairing
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL
Join us for the official release party of a very limited release draught oak barrel aged cider from Crispin! Desert Noir blends apple-wine aged in Tennessee Whiskey Barrels with apple-wine aged in red wine oak barrels then back-sweetened with Agave Nectar and a touch of Prickly Pear Nectar. Available on draft only in very limited quantities. Enjoy the very special Desert Noir plus three other ciders from Crispin's Artisanal Reserve series, served as a flight, with each cider paired with a handmade artisanal cheese. Representatives from Crispin Cider will be in attendance and will speak about each of their extraordinary ciders.
Crispin Cider Flight (Five Ounces of Each): - Desert Noir Cider - Honey Crisp (fermented with organic honey) - The Saint (fermented with Belgian Trappist yeast) - Lansdowne (fermented with Irish Stout Ale yeast) Plus a flight of four different artisan-made cheeses, paired with each of these premium ciders.
Cider & Cheese Flight: $15 each. No RSVP Required.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Death From Above: An Epic Burger Event
Three Aces Chicago, 1321 W. Taylor St., Chicago (312) 243-1577
Come out and try the burger that was featured on WGN. $20 gets you the Death From Above burger (this burger is being exclusively made for this event and this event ONLY) an kick-ass side and a New Holland Golden Cap that was perfectly paired for this burger directly from the guys at New Holland brewery. The Death From Above burger is an all duck meat patty, topped with a duck egg, bourbon prune jam and coleslaw with apple and spices. The side of duck fat fries are topped with duck confit poutine.

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