Beer Fests With a Side of Pie, Art, and Pancakes

Photo courtesy of Maplewood Brewery and Distillery/Facebook

The long and toasty days of summer are rolling on, bringing beer fests galore and merriment for all. The coming weeks offer a delectable beer-and-pie-pairing event, a mall-centric brewery crawl, a pancake social, and more beer fests than you can shake a stick at.

A Wild Beer-and-Pie-Pairing Event at the Beer Temple
We know Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits serves up the most legit pie around. Now pair that with some of Allagash’s tart and imaginative beers, and we’re off to taste bud euphoria. There will be salivating options like Key lime pie paired with Coolship Resurgam, a spontaneously fermented beer with apricot and lemon zest aromas; brown butter coconut pie paired with Confluence, a Brett and Belgian yeast dry-hopped strong golden ale; a chocolate chess pie paired with Ganache, an American wild ale that’s the beer equivalent of biting into a raspberry-filled dark chocolate cake; and much more.
Details: July 20, 1–3 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

Miskatonic’s Fourth Anniversary Bash
They grow up so fast, don’t they? Miskatonic has come of age brewing new-world styles like hazy IPAs and pastry stouts, but it also keeps it old school with approachable styles like kolsch and wheat beer. On Saturday, it is celebrating four years with special beer releases like a refreshing apricot kettle sour, food from Ayala’s Empanadas and Bull & Balance, and musical performances all day long.
Details: July 20, noon–11 p.m.

Juicy Brews Craft Beer Festival
Hop Culture Magazine and Marz Community Brewing hook up for a craft beer and arts festival, with unlimited pours from dozens of the best breweries in the country, as well as brewery artists displaying work and merchandise throughout multiple floors inside Marz’s taproom.
Details: July 20, noon–4 p.m.; $60 for general admission and $20 for designated drivers

Chicago Craft Beer and Pizza Festival
Looking for that bridge brew fest to bring your non–beer drinking friends to? This West Lakeview event has got everyone covered with an array of hard seltzer stuff and irresistible food options from Bacci, Gusi’s, and Paulina Market. Craft beer seekers should opt for a VIP ticket from Bitter Pops, which includes a lot of the desirable local options not available to general admission, like Three Floyds, Noon Whistle, OnTour, Half Acre, Eris, and on and on…
Details: July 20 and 21, noon–10 p.m.; $40 for general admission; $50 for VIP

Photo by Chicago Craft Beer Festival/Courtesy of Sheffield Neighborhood Association

South Loop Beer & Cider Fest 2019 at Chicago Women’s Park & Garden
This fourth annual event boasts more than 100 craft beer and hard cider options, food trucks, and live music from Zydeco Voodoo. The scenic park space near Chicago’s lakefront will welcome merrymaking libations from Dovetail, Half Acre, Hopewell, Right Bee, Misbeehavin’ Meads, Pipeworks, Bixi, Maplewood, and many other local stars.
Details: July 27, 4-7:30 p.m.; $50 for general admission; $65 for Gold Pass

Woodfield Mall Craft Brewery Loop
Looking to tour breweries in the northwest suburbs but can’t be bothered with the logistics? Let Fat Guy Brew Tours be your guide. This tour via a 15-passenger van meets at Woodfield Mall and goes to Pollyanna, Itasca, Church Street, and Mikerphone. Participants will receive an education in beer styles and learn about each brewery and its history. Plus, beer samples will be provided throughout.
Details: July 27, noon–5 p.m.; $75

Two Brothers for the Love of Hops Festival
Two Brothers has been at the craft beer game for more than 20 years, making it a true veteran of the Chicago beer scene. So when it throws a beer fest with barrels of special tappings from its own brewery, as well as guest taps, people show up in droves. Add in delicious food and all-day live music, and now it’s an old-school party.
Details: July 27, 1-11 p.m.; $10 general admission; $65 for VIP

Inaugural Muros “Titan Walls” Installation at District Brew Yards
Looking to embrace the arts in Chicago? Just head over to District Brew Yards for a beer and witness the creation of a nearly 1,900-square-foot mural on its exterior south-facing wall. There will be six local artists participating in the live mural art, along with music sets from DJ RTC and BoatHouse. $10 food wristbands are good for a sandwich and side, with proceeds going to Hope for the Day.
Details: July 27, noon–8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

Maplewood Pancake Social
Nothing beats fluffy and sweet pancakes on Sunday morning! Unless you’re at one of Chicago’s finest breweries/distilleries and it is offering two new cocktails, a Brewer’s old-fashioned with maple syrup and a Blueberry Maple Freezie, to pair with your stacks. 375-ml bottles of maple syrup aged in Maplewood’s Oaty Otter whiskey barrels will be available for purchase, too. Metric Coffee will be in the lounge for those interested in uppers, and all those delicious Maplewood beers will be available for those who get down.
Details: July 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Big North at Half Acre
Don’t forget to get your tix to this annual event featuring new Half Acre brews, live performances, food, and unique activities designed around the overall spirit of good times. Adding to the fun is the recent announcement that Oozing Wound will be opening the show! The Allah Las, Skip Church, and the Cowboys will also be rocking the stage for the big event on Chicago’s North Side.
Details: August 17, 4–9 p.m.; $70