Our Chicago Craft Beer Week Plans
For our second Chicago Craft Beer Week, we've got awesome partners helping us create some amazing events! We're very excited to announce that in addition to the Guild-sponsored events such as BUG (sold out) and West Loop Craft Beer Fest (tickets on sale soon!), we also will be co-hosting a few of our own:
On Monday, May 19th, we'll be partnering with Metropolitan Brewing and Paddy Long's for a special collaboration release event. As some of you know, our Packaging Manager, Joel Hattis, spends his off-days helping out at Metropolitan Brewery. On non-packaging days, he partners with Metropolitan's packaging duo of Logan and Brandon to brew. They've crafted a lightly oaked German-style steam beer aged with noble hops. It's full-bodied, with a biscuity malt bill and notes summer fruits such as apricot and peach. So join us at Paddy Long's to toast Brandon, Logan and Joel on their first set of collabs. Additional offerings from Ale Syndicate and Metropolitan will also be on tap.
On Wednesday, May 21st, a limited number of tickets are available for City Winery's first ever Beer & Wine Blending class.The process of blending is an absolutely integral practice in winemaking. In fact, blending can be one of the most creative and challenging aspects of being a winemaker. In beer, a similar yet different process occurs whether to help balance flavors or to creating experimental brews. But what happens when the two come together? Join us and find out! Registration is $35 and includes beer, wine, light bites and instruction from both City Winery and Ale Syndicate staff. Registration will open to the public next Thursday (4/19) at noon.
Wine not your mixer of choice? You can also find the Ale Syndicate team at Paramount Room on the 21st for a night of beer, cocktails and delicious paired small plates. Mixologist and cocktail extraordinaire, Dan Marunowski, has crafted three cocktails using each of Ale Syndicate's flagship brews. In addition, our three beers will be available as a tasting flight to pair with some incredible small plates. Join us in the former speakeasy for an evening of music, delicious beer concoctions and more!
On Thursday, May 22nd, we'll be one of 11 local breweries featured at 9 unique bars all connected by a regular bus loop to ensure comfort and safety. Participants will ride around on board a comfy Chicago Brew Bus as they are shuttled from bar to bar. Brewery staff will welcome the pub crawlers at each of the featured bars and will be on hand to talk up the beer, share a few, and hang out. Tickets are $20 and cover transportation, good times and a souvenir memento. Buy tickets here.
Of course, as in all things, CCBW, that's not all! You'll be able to find us on tap across Chicagoland, including Haymarket's Illinois Brewers' Night on Monday, May 19th. We're also working with Lakeshore Beverage to help you imbibe via just about every manner of transport in this city. Stay tuned for info on a boat brews cruise, a pub crawl via a private "L" car and trolley tavern tour. Keep an eye on our events calendar for all the details and new events as they happen!