Chicago Craft Beer Week is finally here, bringing with it 11 days of beer events spread all over the city and suburbs. Some of the shindigs are well-established annual events that need no introduction. Others are smaller in scale, from tastings to tappings or simple beer specials throughout the extended week. Here are a few of the events, large and small, you'll find me at this week.
Beer Under Glass - Garfield Park Conservatory
6:30pm (5:30pm VIP) - 9:30pm Thursday, May 16th
Duh. Most likely see you there!
Chicago Brew Werks Grand Opening - Plainfield
10am - 7pm Saturday, May 18th
One part homebrew shop, one part tasting room, CBW has you covered. With a new location in Plainfield, any craft beer or homebrew affectionado will feel right at home.
Penrose Brewing/Perennial Brewing Collaboration Tapping - The House Pub - St. Charles
7pm Monday, May 20th
This one may not be on the actual CCBW schedule, but it should be. Geneva's future hometown brewery, partnered with Perennial Brewing on a Belgian Strong Blonde. Here's your chance to find out why you should be excited to have a brewery in the Tri-Cities.
Bacon and Beer Dinner Pairing with Brewery Ommegang - Heaven on Seven - Naperville
6pm Tuesday, May 21st
Beer. Bacon. Brewery Ommegang. What's not to love?
New Wave Brewer Showcase - Hamburger Mary's - Chicago
7pm - 10pm Wednesday, May 22nd
The new class of Chicago area brewers, all in one place. Come meet the new kids from Temperance, 4 Paws, Lake Effect, Spiteful, Flesk, Ale Syndicate, Begyle and DryHop.
West Loop Craft Beer Festival
1pm (12pm VIP) - 5pm Saturday, May 25th
The grand finale of CCBW, this event should prove to be a proper send off and farewell until next year. 30+ breweries. Food from the French Market. Great location. Tell CCBW 2013 goodbye, but see you soon.
So, where will YOU be headed this week? Wherever you choose to celebrate, be safe and have a happy CCBW.