Celebrate American Craft Beer Week in Chicago

May 15, 2011 7:44:15 AM PDT
"American Craft Beer Week" begins Monday, May 16 and lasts through Sunday, May 22. It celebrates small and independent craft brewers with dozens of events.

Anthony Norkus with Louis Glunz Beer was in our ABC7 studio to preview new and unique seasonal beers. He also suggested food pairings.

American Craft Beer Week
May 16 - 22
www.craftbeer.com

www.chibeerweek.com

Craft Beer Tasting
May 19, 7 - 10 p.m.
Merkle's Bar & Grill
www.merkleschicago.com
3516 N. Clark St.
Wrigleyville
773-244-1025

Beer/ Food Pairings:

1. Capital Supper Club
Capital Brewery, Middleton, Wisconsin
Annual Supper Club is an eminently drinkable version of a true American Lager, and features a greater depth of refreshing malt character than the mass-marketed versions of the style. Supper Club is clean, yet satisfying.
ABV: 5 percent
Price: $16.99/ 12-pack of cans
Pairing: Bratwurst

2. Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale
Breckenridge Brewery, Breckenridge, Colorado
The craftsman's touch combines white wheat, two row pale and Munich malt with the Pacific Northwest's most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze.
ABV: 4.5 percent
Price: $9.99/ 6-pack of cans
Pairing: Sushi

3. New Holland Full Circle Kolsch
New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, Michigan
This beer symbolizes the belief that the artistic balance of these ingredients and their craft, actively engages the brewers in their imagined landscape. A Kolsch-style beer, Full Circle is ultimately refreshing.
ABV: 5.8 percent
Price: $9.99/ 6-pack of 12-oz. bottles
Pairing: Chicken or Salmon

4. Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat Ale
Flying Dog Brewery, Aspen, Colorado
Brewed in the centuries-old tradition of German beers, the brewers use more wheat and proprietary yeast to give it the unmistakable character of a flavorful, authentic Hefeweizen.
ABV: 4.7 percent
Price: $9.99/ 6-pack of 12-oz. bottles
Pairing: Pork Chops

5. 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier
5 Rabbit Brewery, Chicago, Illinois
A creamy and refreshing wheat beer with some spicy complexity, and a light touch of passion fruit for a delicious and slightly exotic flavor. In Aztec mythology, 5 Lizard (Macuilcuetzpalin) is one of the 5 Gods of Excess (Ahuiateteo) and symbolizes overindulgence and gluttony. 5 Lizard is also considered the deity of sexual desire.
ABV: 4.3 percent
Price: $9.99/ 6-pack of 12-oz. bottles
Pairing: Seafood, such as mussels or shrimp ceviche

6. Revolution Coup D'Etat
Revolution Brewing, Chicago, Illinois
A dry, spicy, French-style saison, dry-hopped with German select hops.
ABV: 7.0 percent
Price: $24/ 64-oz. growler
Pairing: Cheese plate, including goat and triple crème varieties

American Craft Beer Week events:

May 16
Bar on Buena
910 W. Buena Ave., Chicago
New Holland Night, Envious Tapping
773-525-8665
7 p.m.

Silver Cloud Bar & Grill
1700 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Mad Hatter IPA Week through May 21
773-489-6212

Fat Cat Bar & Grill
4840 N. Broadway, Chicago
Mad Hatter IPA Week through May 21
773-506-3100

Sheffield's
3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Tall Dark & Handsome - Glunz staff homebrew collaboration with New Holland Brewing Company through May 21
773-281-4989

May 17
Binny's Beverage Depot
1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago
Brew Dog Tasting
6:30 - 8 p.m.
$10 members/ $15 non-members
312-664-4394

Marion St. Cheese Market
100 S. Marion St., Oak Park
Barley Wine Tasting
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
$20/person
708-725-7200

DS Cantina
3352 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Flying Dog Beer Dinner
7 p.m.
773-697-9127

Wildfire - Glenview
1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Flossmoor Station Beer Dinner
6:30 p.m.
$45/ person
773-398-6960

May 18
Casey Morans
3660 N. Clark St., Chicago
New Holland Golden Cap Pint Night
7 p.m.
$4 Special
773-755-4444

May 19
Landmark Inn
1352 Shermer Rd., Northbrook
Styles Beer Dinner
6:30 p.m.
$45/ Person
847-559-1919


Blokes & Birds
3342 N. Clark St., Chicago
Going to the Dogs - Brew Dog
7 p.m.
773-472-5252


Prairie Moon
1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston
Thirsty Thursday - Home brewers of the World Unite!
7 - 10 p.m. Sampling
847-864-8328

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
"Beer under Glass"
Includes beers from 5 Rabbit, Flossmoor Station, Revolution and Shmaltz breweries
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$30 online advance for members/ $40 non-members/ $50 at door (if available)
312-742-7529

Witts
2913 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Unibroue Week through May 27 - Daily Specials
773-528-7032

May 20
Bar on Buena
910 W. Buena Ave., Chicago
Going to the Dogs - Brew Dog
7 p.m.
773-525-8665

Prairie Moon
1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston
Firkin Friday with Arcadia Ales
All Day
847-864-8328

Globe Pub
1934 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago
Craft Beer Night & Appetizers
6 - 9 p.m.
$40/ Person

Paddy Long's Beer and Bacon Pub
1028 W. Diversey, Chicago
MaiFest Celebration
773-290-6988

Black Rock
3614 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Half Way to Halloween - Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Tapping
7 p.m.
773-348-4044

May 21
The Clockwork Vaudeville
The Charleston
2076 N. Hoyne St., Chicago
Spring Spectacular featuring Shmaltz Brewing's Coney Island Albino Python on draft with performances by The Absinthe Minded Professors & San Jula; music by Steampunk Chicago DJs
9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
773-489-4757

Elgin Public House
219 East Chicago St., Elgin
Craft Beer Tasting - Great Lakes & Founders
12 - 4 p.m.
847-468-8810

Armanetti Beverage Mart
2681 E. New York St., Aurora
Craft Beer Tasting
2 - 6 p.m.
630-354-3584

Buffalo Wild Wings-Round Lake Beach
500 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach
Craft Beer Appreciation Day
2 - 6 p.m.
847-546-8366

Fat Cat Bar & Grill
4840 N. Broadway, Chicago
Craft Beer & Bacon Fest
3 p.m.
$40/ Person
773-506-3100

Corner Cooks
Styles Beer Dinner
505-507 Chestnut St., Winnetka
6:30 p.m.
$65/ Person
847-441-0134

May 22
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St., Chicago
7 p.m.
Shmaltz Brewing Toast in honor of Rahm Emanuel, the first Jewish Mayor of Chicago
773-334-9851