Drink Your Way Through Chicago Cider Week

Photo by Nicholas James/Courtesy of Eris Brewery & Cider House

The 3rd Annual Chicago Cider Week is here, promising events and cider tappings so reliably delicious it should probably be made one of Newton’s Laws of Motion. From February 1-9, various bars and restaurants turn their focus towards cider and educational events to promote the Midwest’s cider culture. The week culminates with the 7th Annual Cider Summit at Navy Pier. Check out this guide to Chicago’s most crisp and refreshing week.

Eris Brewery & Cider House Turns 1
How perfect will it be to celebrate Eris’s first birthday during Chicago Cider Week?! Drop in for special tappings and “birthday specials,” including cake, of course.
Details: February 2, 2-6 p.m.

Cider Week Party at The Native
There’s something for all at The Native, as the Logan Square bar features popular Michigan hard cider, Blake’s Cider, on tap while supporting several local charities. There will also be a DJ spinning your favorite punk jams.
Details: February 4, 6 p.m.-close

Monday Funday: Chicago Cider Week Edition at The Long Room
The Long Room is the first place in Chicago to feature 2 Towns Ciderhouse on draft, so it’s fitting that they’ll be hosting this Oregon cidery’s Pinot Rosé on tap.
Details: February 4, 7-11 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Right Bee Cider/Facebook

North Shore Tap Takeover at Corridor Brewing
North Shore is taking over the taps at Corridor on Tuesday. Beer & Vinyl night will also be in full swing with DJ Dr. Drase curating the records for the evening.
Details: February 5, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

In-Ciders at Sleeping Village
Stop by this “insiders” event for a behind-the-scenes look at the cider industry and hear from experts in the field; ticket includes complimentary can of cider.
Details: February 5, 7:30 p.m.; $7

Right Bee Cider Barrel-Aged Cider Release
Right Bee takes flight at the CAA’s popular Game Room for a special release of their barrel-aged cider.
Details: February 6, 6 p.m. at the Chicago Athletic Association Game Room

Chicago CiderCon Kickoff Party at Off Color Brewing Mousetrap
Want a chance to taste a bunch of regional ciders at one event? Head to Mousetrap, where they’ll be featuring at least a half dozen CiderCon cideries.
Details: February 6, 7-11 p.m.

East Coast vs. West Coast at DryHop Brewers
Check out (and more importantly, taste) the differences between East Coast and West Coast ciders.
Details: February 6, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Cider Summit/Facebook

Cider vs. Cheese at Eris Brewery & Cider House
This culinary event will guide you through four different cheese and cider pairings from England’s West Country during this tutored tasting session.
Details: February 7, 7-9 p.m.

Virtue Cider Cocktail Class at Koval Distillery
Put what you’ve learned (or not) about ciders to work at this hands-on class about mixing cider in cocktails.
Details: February 7, 7-8:30 p.m.; $40

Cider Summit at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom 
The 7th annual Cider Summit Chicago featuring 150 ciders, cider cocktails and apple spirits aplenty. Session 1 is 12-3 p.m. (VIP admission at 11 a.m.) and session 2 is 5-8 p.m. (VIP admission at 4 p.m.)
Details: February 9, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; $40 general admission and $50 VIP tickets