Craft Beer Week: What’s on Tap Around the ‘Hood

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tickets to Half Acre's CCBW bash at Montrose Beach sold out within in hours. Credit: Courtesy Half Acre

In just its third year, Chicago Craft Beer Week has become such a popular event, seven days can’t contain the excitement. The “week” now runs for a whopping 11 days, May 17-27, and that still isn’t enough time to hit up the more than 200 participating venues and special events.

Lincoln Square has been lumped in with Lakeview, Roscoe Village and Wrigleyville as one of CCBW’s nine neighborhood clusters (apparently CCBW doesn’t recognize Northcenter, but we do). If you plan on sticking close to home, you’ll find plenty of options: Fountainhead, City Provisions, Bad Apple, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, Metropolitan Brewing, Half Acre and even Timber Lanes Bowling are in on the action. Bars across the city will be serving specific craft beer tastings on tap for $4, among other specials.

Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., continues its Local Cask Night CCBW tradition, May 22, offering pours of staff’s favorite brews straight from the cask. This is one wildly popular event; you’re going to want to leave work early to make the 4 p.m. kickoff (just mumble something about NATO).

Timber Lanes, 1851 W. Irving Park Rd., is hosting Bowling With the Brewers, May 24, 10 p.m.; all eight lanes are reserved for brewers and the beer drinkers who love them. Half Acre’s throwing a huge bash at Montrose Beach, but tix sold out Sunday, when people lined up outside the brewery instead of taking their mothers to brunch. Drown your sorrows at any of the many CCBW venues serving Half Acre during the week.

If you want to get all official about your CCBW experience — and collect stickers and other stuff — here’s what you need to do:

  • Pick up a lanyard (free of charge) — this ID tells bartenders to treat you nice. Northdown, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., is the closest lanyard HQ.
  • Get your hands on a CCBW map to keep track of your personal pub crawl.
  • Find stickers, available at participating venues. The folks at CCBW think you’ll want to paste these onto your map and frame the thing as a keepsake.

Check out the complete list of events, neighborhood clusters and local happenings.

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