Chicago-area breweries are not above a little St. Patrick’s Day celebrating, but don’t think their interest in beer centers around the one holiday that notoriously goes way too far by many a frat house. And I wouldn’t expect to find much green food coloring in a craft brewery’s labor of love.
See how some of the city’s breweries celebrate the holiday, and check out everything else this craft beer community has to offer—like a Women’s History Night, a bocce league, and live portrait painting.
Noon Whistle’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Noon Whistle beckons you to an Irish-themed celebration complete with variants of its Bernie Milk Stout, food by Righteous Kitchen, and live music. They’ll be livin’ la vida lucky on the Saturday before the holiday and again on St. Patrick’s Day with $4 draft specials.
Details: March 14 and 17, noon–11 p.m.
Riverlands: Year One Anniversary Party
Riverlands Brewing in west suburban St. Charles may not be on everyone’s radar just yet, but it’s fixing to change that with some well-executed styles like German dunkels and hefeweizens, as well as the new hotness like fruited sours and milkshake IPAs. Its one-year party will feature live music, Chuck’s Wood-Fired Pizza, special beer tappings, and a barrel-aged imperial stout bottle release.
Details: March 14, noon–10 p.m.
2020 Chicago Beer Festival
The Field Museum is about to be overtaken by hundreds of living animals known as the Bearded Beer Drinkers of Chicago. The BBDCs expect there to be at least 60 breweries pouring 150 different beers and will most likely be in search of the rarest and most specialty beers from each brewery.
Details: March 14, early admission 7–11 p.m. and general admission 8–11 p.m.; $65 for VIP and $50 for GA
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Old Irving Brewing
Old Irving Brewing has got your St. Patrick’s Day celebration covered: beer specials including an Irish red ale (a style that was once popular in brewpubs and due for a comeback), Irish music, brunch specials, and a kids’ craft corner with face painting.
Details: March 14 and 15, 11 a.m.–1 a.m.
Carbs for Civic Duty
Election years can be stressful (my 6-year-old daughter has already figured that out). District Brew Yards understands our woes and therefore is giving a free pretzel to anyone who shows a voting sticker or wristband on Illinois’s primary election day.
Details: March 17
Wednesday Night Bocce League
Half Acre Balmoral is not waiting for the weather to turn in order to start having fun outdoors; instead, it’s bringing bocce courts into the brew space for a six-week league. Registration is open now, so act fast.
Details: March 18, 6–8 p.m.
Project Onward Benefit & Live Portraits at Maplewood
Want someone to paint your mug while you sip beer from a mug? Well, Maplewood is the place where dreams come true. For one evening, artists from Project Onward will be creating live portraits in the lounge for $30, and $1 of each pint sold will go to the organization.
Details: March 25, 5–9 p.m.
Women’s History Night at Lo Rez Brewery
Lo Rez Brewery is celebrating Women’s History Month with an all-female comedy lineup; local vendors; art; and, of course, all of its delicious brews, including Flora, a ginger witbier brewed by the women of Lo Rez.
Details: March 26, 6–10 p.m.
Logan Arcade’s 4th Annual Beer Larp 2020
Fifteen of the best breweries in the area, including 3 Floyds, Half Acre, and Marz, will be represented at this afternoon of live action role-playing. Spectators will be able to participate in exchange for brewery swag. This one is for the purest of beer nerds.
Details: March 29, 2–8 p.m.