Enjoy fabulously tipsy beard-stroking brews from some of Illinois’ finest craft breweries as Chicago Craft Beer Week takes over town (18-25 May). This annual fest features hundreds of tastings, tappings, and parties, including these standouts.
Start with kick-off gathering Beer Under Glass (5.30pm-9.30pm, 18 May), a tasting session among Garfield Park Conservatory’s beautiful tropical plants. Wander eight foliage-filled indoor display houses and outside gardens while you sip over 200 craft beers from more than 100 local and out-of-state brewers, from Ale Asylum to Peckish Pig and Twisted Hippo. Four fave Chi food trucks mop up the damage.
Each day Goose Island Brewery’s W Fulton Street taproom will release one speciality barrel-aged beer for CCBW event It Came From The Cellar (5pm-9pm, 18-25 May), including Bourbon County Regal Rye and Raspberry Port BCS.
Team liquid gold with ping-pong games at hip Downtown AceBounce, pouring daily-changing $5 specials of Chi-brewed beers (18-25 May), including Apex Predator and Krankshaft Kolsch.
In Downtown’s Tribune Tower, patio-toting American draft/craft beer restaurant Howells & Hood will be beer tapping with the experts from 5 Rabbits (5pm, 18 May), Burnt City Brewing (4pm, 20 May) and Off Color (4pm, 22 May).
The Loop’s mod-American Sweetwater Tavern & Grille hosts Lagunitas Puppy Patio Party (5pm, 18 May), Whiner Brewing Co (5pm, 19 May) for experimental barrel-ageing, and B Nektar Meadery (5pm, 25 May) for monkish mead.
18-25 May, 2017.
Chicago Craft Beer Week / chibeerweek.com
Beer Under Glass / Garfield Park Conservatory / 100 N Central Park Ave / East Garfield Park / +1 312 746 5100 / 5.30-9.30pm, 18 May / garfieldconservatory.org
It Came From The Cellar / Goose Island Taproom / 1800 W Fulton St / Near West Side / 2-8pm Thu, 2-9pm Fri, noon-9pm Sat, noon-6pm Sun / gooseisland.com
AceBounce / 230 N Clark St / The Loop / +1 773 219 0900 / 4pm-midnight Mon-Thu, noon-1am Fri-Sat, noon-9pm Sun / acebounce.com
Howells & Hood / 435 N Michigan Ave / Near North Side / +1 312 262 5310 / 11am-10pm Sun-Mon, 11am-11pm Tue-Thu, 11am-midnight Fri-Sat / howellsandhood.com
Sweetwater Tavern & Grille / 225 N Michigan Ave / The Loop / +1 312 698 7111 / 11am-11pm Mon-Wed, until 12am Thur, until 1am Fri, 10am-1am Sat, until 11pm Sun / sweetwatertavernandgrille.com