What’s on Tap for Chicago Craft Beer Week

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A former co-worker of mine who had previously lived in New York used to complain that Chicagoans spend most of their time hanging out in bars, drinking beer.

And what, pray tell, is wrong with that?

As if we needed added incentive, along comes Chicago Craft Beer Week, May 19 – 27, to further encourage our tendency to imbibe.

Organized by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Craft Beer Week celebrates the people who brew, serve and quaff the stuff. Dozens of events are scheduled around the city at scores of participating venues. A handy Passport, available for $10, will help you keep track of each day’s events and conveniently doubles as your ticket for entry.

The Village Tap (2055 W. Roscoe) will be serving a special draft lineup each day, and Timber Lanes (1851 W. Irving Park) is the site of the Second Annual Brewers Bowling Night on May 26.

Fizz Bar & Grill (3220 N. Lincoln) has a slew of events planned, including a tasting with Goose Island, a sausage and beer pairing and a craft afternoon featuring many of your favorite local brewers.

Readers will recognize a number of familiar names among the celebrants.

City Provisions (1818 W. Wilson) and Half Acre (4257 N. Lincoln) will be on hand for the opening night kickoff, Beer Under Glass, at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Think of it as a cross between a gala and a kegger.

Half Acre has also brewed up collaborations with Three Floyds and Revolution Brewing, which is hosting the closing event, and organized the Half Acre Hike for May 25. The hike starts with a tour of the brewery and then winds its way to Hopleaf, Acre restaurant and Fountainhead.

Be sure to check the Craft Beer Week website regularly, as the list of events is constantly expanding. Because you know us Chicagoans — we can never get enough beer.

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