Calling all beer lovers: In the coming weeks, you can pair your brews with Girl Scout cookies, visit a new brewery in Huntley, raise a pint glass to St. Patrick, and even get in a little exercise.
3rd Annual Craft Beer & Girl Scout Cookie Pairing
It’s that special time of year again when Girl Scout cookies flood our homes and top our list of guilty pleasures. Open Outcry Brewing Co. understands there is only one substance that can match with the delight of these treats. Head to its Morgan Park taproom for a pairing event, with proceeds going to a South Side Girl Scout troop.
Details: February 27, 6:30–11 p.m.; $27
This year’s Leap Day falls on a Saturday, and Casa Humilde intends for it to be a big one. District Brew Yards, home to Casa Humilde and three other breweries, will come alive with live music, DJs, cumbia, and games.
Details: February 29, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
More Brewing Huntley’s Grand Opening
More Brewing has been pretty successful since opening its Villa Park brewpub just a few years ago. Now it has decided that More Brewing needs to make more beer (I had to do it) by opening a giant production facility and brewpub built from the ground up in Huntley. Head out on Leap Day for the grand opening and kick the tires—or fermenters, but not literally.
Details: February 29, 11 a.m.
Leap Beer Run at Whiner Beer
Jogging during a Chicago winter can feel like a polar exploration. The Illinois Brewery Running Series understands this barrier to fitness, so it brought the workout into the brewery for a winter session. Whiner Beer Co. will be outfitted with several indoor fitness stations, like empty keg lifting, and all participants will receive a free beer!
Details: February 29, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; $30
3rd Annual Pulaski Day Party
Maplewood is spicing up its Pulaski Pilsner with a dry hop addition of Michigan-grown Cashmere hops to create Cashmere Pulaski. Pick up one of this year’s rad specialty steins and raise it to General Casimir Pulaski; enjoy not only the beer in his honor but also two Morbidly Obese Pug variants and the complimentary Polish meat cart.
Details: March 2, 10 a.m.–midnight
2020 Day & Night of the Living Ales
Real ales, or cask-conditioned ales, are not force carbonated, but rather left in casks, or barrels, with living yeast cells that create carbonation by eating sugars in the beer. Chicago Beer Society is keeping this serving tradition alive with a fascinating annual event at the Bottom Lounge, featuring more than 30 Chicago-area breweries and curated cheese pairings.
Details: March 7, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; $45
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 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, 7–11 p.m. or 8–11 p.m.; $65 for early admission or $50 for general admission
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Old Irving Brewing
Old Irving Brewing has got your St. Patrick’s Day celebration covered: beer specials like an Irish Red Ale (a style that was once popular in brewpubs and due for a comeback), Irish music, Irish brunch, and a kids’ craft corner with face painting.
Details: March 14 and 15, 11 a.m.–1 a.m.
Mikerphone’s 5-Year Anniversary
It’s been a big year for Mikerphone Brewing—with the expansion of its brewery came the addition of the Blue Room and a patio. Plus, it is putting out more beer than ever before, in cans for distribution and an expanded barrel-aging program. Now it’s turning five and ready to party with a whole slew of beer releases!
Details: March 15, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.