Chicago Craft Beer Week


Events by Activity


Self-Distro at Kaiser Tiger (Th)

☆Drink self-distributed brews and play bocce ball or ping pong

Spiteful Cheeseburger and a Pair of Dice at Guthrie's (Th)

☆Compete in a dice tournament or play board games

Temperance Bags Tournament (Th)

Lagunitas and Giant Jenga at Sweetwater Tavern (Th)

Animals vs People Whirlyball Showdown (Th)

Battle of the Breweries beer pong Challenge (Th)

☆Watch your favorite brewers compete in beer pong

Green Flash and Dark Horse Rock Paper Scissors Tournament (Th)

Reggie's CCBW Party/Concert to Benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (Th)

☆Pool, cornhole and a full size basketball hoop accessorize this rooftop party

Bowling with Brewers at Burnt City (Th)

Beer Goggles with New Belgium Brewery (Fri)

☆Compete in beer trivia, a blind taste test for prizes

Burnt City Brewing Barrel Aged Night (Fri)

☆Drink exclusive beers then go bowling

Pipeworks Brewing Tap Takeover at Emporium (Sat)

☆Play arcade games and pinball

Montrose Saloon and Begyle Brewing Backyard BBQ Party (Sat)

☆Play lawn games in a huge park


    Fitness and Outdoors

    Rev Brew and Shoreline Sightseeing Beer Cruise (Fri)

    Visit Penrose Brewing and Play Disc Golf (Sun)

    Show your helmet for $4 drafts from 3-5pm at Corridor Brewery all week

    Show your helmet and get $1 off drafts at Sketchbook brewing all week


    The Art of Craft Beer at Village Tap (Th)

    ☆Look at a gallery of art made by craft beer label artists

    Reggie's CCBW Party/Concert (Th)

    ☆Listen to bands on a rooftop

    Temperance Tie Dye Night (Fri)

    ☆Make your own tie dye t-shirt

    Nightly music and craft beer specials at aliveOne

    Welles Park Craft Beer Fest (WPCBF) (Sat)

    ☆Listen to live music at a beer festival

    Stand-Up Comedy and Dancing at Temperance (Sat)

    Baderbrau Tap & Brewing Company Grand Opening Block Party (Sun)

    ☆Live music and DJs meets a beer street festival



      Support the Women of Craft Beer at Riverview Tavern (Th)

      Reggie's CCBW Party/Concert to Benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (Th)

      Battle for Lake Michigan to support the Alzheimer's Association (ongoing) 

      Bring the Family

      IL Craft Beer Discount Drafts for CCBW at Butcher's Tap (Wed)

      • Kids eat free from 4-6:30pm.

      “Out of the Cellar” Rare Bourbon County Stout Tapping (Wed)

      • Bring Fido to Clark Street Ale House's dog-friendly bar and beer garden

      Celebrate the Women of Craft Beer at Riverview Tavern (Th)

      • Kids are allowed and eat free Thursday nights 4:30-6pm


      Events by Day


      IL Craft Beer Discount Drafts for CCBW at Butcher's Tap

      All Chicago drafts will be $5 for CCBW on Wednesday, which includes: Berghoff Hefeweizen (5.2%), Moody Tongue Sliced Nectarine (6.0%), ALL Revolution drafts (Anti Hero, Galaxy Hero, & Fist City), Around the Bend Fool’s Folly (6.3%) & Silk Road (5.9%), ALL Goose Island drafts (Matilda, Blue Line, Green Line, & 312), Half Acre Daisy Cutter (5.2%), Lake Effect Seasonal, Arcade Steep Impact (6.0%), Local Option Sky Burial (7.0%), Metropolitan Magnetron (5.5%), Off Color Seasonal, Ale Syndicate Sunday Session (4.8%), and Solemn Oath Telegraph (9.5%).

      Wednesday is trivia night at the Butcher's Tap at 8pm, and kids eat free from 4-6:30pm.

      “Out of the Cellar” Rare Bourbon County Stout Tapping

      Visit this dog friendly bar craft beer bar and enjoy rare craft beers on draft and in bottles. Relax in the outdoor beer garden if the weather is nice!

      Beers include:
      2012 Brett and John’s Baudoinia Bourbon County Brand Stout
      2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout
      2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout
      2016 Goose Island Sour Sisters Lolita American Wild Ale
      Limited reserve list of the following bottles: 
      2012 Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
      2012 Madame Rose Flanders Oud Bruin
      2011 Bourbon County Stout


      Self-Distro at Kaiser Tiger

      Drink self-distributed brews at Kaiser Tiger starting at 11am. Breweries include Pipeworks, Illuminated, Lake Effect, Dovetail, Arcade, Sketchbook, Marz, Scorched Earth, Like Minds, Hubbards Cave, Old Town Abbey and Transient. This German-themed beer bar has a ping pong table and bocce ball court.

      Lagunitas and Giant Jenga at Sweetwater Tavern

      Try special tappings of Lagunitas IPA ($8), Equinox ($8) and USA (Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale) $10 (13oz goblet), Little Sumpin Sumpin $8 and Aunt Sally $8 (12oz bottles), and Sampling Aunt Sally (while supplies lasts). Play Giant Jenga on the patio (weather permitting), and participate in a 50/50 Raffle benefitting the Illinois English Bulldog Rescue.

      Battle of the Breweries Beer Pong Challenge

      From 5pm - 8pm, Public House and Chicago Craft Beer Week Present a beer pong battle between Sweetwater, Bell’s, Founders, Ommegang, Small Town Brewery & Goose Island breweries. Try samples of craft brews and cheer on your favorite brewers. Book a table by contacting RSVP@PUBLICHOUSECHICAGO.COM

      The Art of Craft Beer at Village Tap

      Celebrate the art that enrobes your beer by viewing the artwork of often overlooked craft brew label artists. Craft brews will be available to enjoy while you take in the art in the beer garden from 5pm - 10pm. Artists include: Dan Grzeca – 3 Floyds, Surly & South Loop Nikki Jarecki – Off Color Jeff Kuhnie – Pipeworks Rob Syers – 3 Floyds Phineas X Jones – Half Acre Mighty Few Studio – Goose Island, Penrose & Revolution Aquanaut Brewery Art Gertrude Inc. – Around the Bend Pipeworks #2 Sponsored by: Village Tap &

      Green Flash and Dark Horse Rock Paper Scissors Tournament

      3 choices of moves, many more choices of beer. Tournament sign up starts at 6pm, play starts around 7. There will be a nice prize pack for the winner!

      Reggie's CCBW Party/Concert to Benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

      350 Brewing Company is throwing a party with all proceeds to benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. $30 VIP tickets include live music shows and one hour of IL beer on the rooftop from 6:30-7:30pm with brewers and bands. $20 General Admission. The Reggie's rooftop has a pool table, full size basketball hoop, bags boards, and an outdoor shower to cool down.

      Spiteful Cheeseburger and a Pair of Dice at Guthrie's

      Spiteful brewing’s third annual dice tournament and cheeseburger grill out will start at 6:30pm at Guthrie's Tavern. Bad Apple will be serving up delicious burgers and non-tournament players can watch or grab a game from the shelf, including Yahtzee, Balderdash, and Sorry.

      Celebrate the Women of Craft Beer at Riverview Tavern

      From 7pm - 11pm, sip on special beer tappings, including the Pink Boots International Brew Day collaboration beer “Pink is the New Black,” a Black American Lager brewed at Brickstone Brewery. Proceeds from featured pints and raffle tickets will benefit local, female-focused charities. Riverview tavern also has two dart boards, and kids eat free from 4:30pm - 6pm Thursdays.

      Animals vs People Whirlyball Showdown

      Play free WhirlyBall from 7pm-10pm and try limited release brews between games. Beer is from 3 Sheeps and Goose Island, with food pairings, raffles and prizes also involved. Beers scheduled for the night: First Kiss – 3 Sheeps Roll Out The Barrel – 3 Sheeps Top Secret Pinner (TBA) – 3 Sheeps Lolita – Goose Island Juliet – Goose Island Madame Rose – Goose Island RSVP at for a chance to win a $100 WhirlyBall Card

      Temperance Bags Tournament

      Compete for prestige and fabulous prizes from 7pm-9pm

      Bowling with Brewers at Burnt City

      Spare some time for your favorite brewers and roll some lanes. Seven Ten Lounge is adjacent to Burnt City Brewing where you can also acquire beer. 10pm.


      Rev Brew and Shoreline Sightseeing Beer Cruise

      All aboard the beer cruise! Revolution Brewery and Shoreline Sightseeing will be serving Fist City, Rev Pils and A Little Crazy and creative appetizer pairings on this evening at sea. Listen to live DJ music during the 90-minute Chicago River cruise departing from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8 p.m., returning at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 per person. (Must be 21)

      Beer Goggles with New Belgium Brewery

      Check your taste buds with beer trivia! Join New Belgium and Public House for blind beer basting and a chance to win prizes. There will also be a complimentary, exclusive tapping of Hop Kitchen Juicy Mandarina IPA. RSVP at CCBW@PUBLICHOUSECHICAGO.COM

      Burnt City Brewing Barrel Aged Night

      Join this Chicago craft brewery for Barrel-Aged Night, which includes tappings of Barrel-Aged Obfuscation Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Mister Sneaky the Third Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and a surprise beer from the brewpub’s deep cellar. Burnt City is adjacent to Seven Ten Lounge, an art deco bowling alley where you can pair pints and pins!

      Temperance Tie Dye Night

      Join Temperance Beer Company's head brewer and make a groovy t-shirt design. Temperance white shirts will be 10% off and tie dye supplies will be at your disposal.


      Pipeworks Brewing Tap Takeover at Emporium

      Play arcade and video games and choose from 30 different beers on tap (24 at a time) at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park from 12pm until the beer runs out. Some of these brews are barrel-aged, never-before-released, and exclusive to this event. Custom tap handles for each keg will be given to the lucky soul who kicks that keg.

      Games include: arkanoid, asteroids, Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, burgertime, centipede, commando, defender, dig dug, donkey kong, double dragon, frogger, galaga, hat trick hockey, Ivan ‘Ironman Stewarts Super Off Road, Michael Jacksons Moonwalker, Missile Command, Mortal Kombat 2, Ms. Pac-Man, N.A.R.C., NBA Jam TE, Neo Geo (Multicart), NFL Blitz 99, Paper Boy, Punch-Out!!
      Pinball machines include: big guns, Addams family, diner, game of thrones, Killer Instinct, KISS (Pro), Kung Fu Master, Lethal Enforcers, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Metallica (Pro).

      Welles Park Craft Beer Fest (WPCBF)

      Enjoy craft brews in a 15-acre park and celebrate the end of another great CCBW. This is Chicago's largest "Craft Beer Party in the Park" and will be packed with entertainment, scenery, and of course, beer! General Admission opens at 1pm (VIPs enter at noon) and the festival ends at 5pm.

      Montrose Saloon and Begyle Brewing Backyard BBQ Party

      Head to this no-cover charge Welles Beer Festival after party that starts at 5pm and runs until midnight. Play lawn games and drink Begyle Brewing Company brews. There will also be hand made sausages from Chef Alvin Yu of Fyusion Dining.

      Stand-Up Comedy and Dancing at Temperance

      Temperance Brewery will host Brian Kirshenbaum’s special blend of stand-up comedy magic and close-up sleight of hand at 7pm. Stay for dancing after the comedy show, at The Drop DIPA DJ Party. 


      Visit Penrose Brewing and Play Disc Golf

      Players of all levels will pair up in doubles to play disc golf at Wheeler Park in Geneva and Penrose Brewing thanks to the Chicago Brew Bus. RSVP to grab a spot on the bus or meet at the course at 11am. City folks will meet at Revolution Brewpub at 9am for this all day Sunday Funday returning to Rev Brewpub by 4pm. There will be craft brews on the bus, and brewery stops include Penrose Brewing, the event sponsor. RSVP to

      Baderbrau Tap & Brewing Company Grand Opening Block Party

      From 2pm - 9pm, listen to live music and have ice cold Baderbrau on Wabash Ave. between 25th and 26th. Go early to get free brewery souvenirs, and stay to eat from some of Chicago's best food trucks.

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      Multi Day Events/Deals


      Remember to get a CCBW passport at any participating venue and collect 10 stamps to win prizes!

      Craft Beer + Bicycles

      Sketchbook Brewing is giving $1 off pints (regularly $6, high five bikers!) to anyone who shows their bike helmet during CCBW.

      Craft Beer for a Cause

      Links Taproom is hosting the Battle for Lake Michigan with the winning state receiving $500 toward their local at Alzheimer’s Association. The details:

      3 States – 33 Beers

      10 taps and one firkin from each state will be available for consumption during CCBW. The state that runs out of all its designated 11 lines of beer first will be declared the winner.

      Craft Beer + Darts

      Fox Bar’s Middle Brow Tap Takeover lasts the duration of CCBW and includes Fox Bar and Middle Brow’s collaboration brew, Clava. Get Clava on draft for $5 every day from 6-10pm, and shoot a game of darts if it isn’t too crowded. Fox Bar is open Monday – Saturday at 6pm.  Closed on Sundays.

      Craft Beer + Music

      This weekend (May 20 -22) Moreno’s Liquors in Little Village will be celebrating their 39th anniversary and CCBW with live music, games and food trucks. To celebrate Moreno Liquors will give 10% off all local beers and whiskey Thursday-Sunday. 


      Food: Ofrenda Food Truck (4-8pm)

      Music: Lester Rey (5-6pm)

      Limited Release Bottle Schedule: 5pm: KBS 16   7pm: Goose Island Regal Rye (BCBS)

      Tastings include:

      Smooth Ambler Spirits 4-6pm                    Hubbard’s Cave Brewery 5-7pm

      Burnt City Brewing 4-6pm                           Arcade Brewery 5-7pm

      Lagunitas Brewing Co 4-6PM                      Une Année Brewery 5-7PM

      Journeyman Distillery 4-6pm                     Bulleit 5-9pm

      Bell Mead/Hirsch Whiskey 4-6pm            BuckleDown Brewing 6-8pm

      Revolution Brewing  4-6pm                        Tocayo Brewing Co 6-8pm

      KOVAL Distillery 4-8                                   Old Forester Bourbon 6-8pm


      Food: Chicago Pizza Boss (12-4pm) and Tamale Spaceship (4-8pm).

      Music: Mariachi Sol Del Oro (12-2pm) and Banda Tambaraso (2-4pm)

      Bevver’s Guide to CCBW - Friday, May 20

      Galactic Double Daisy Cutter @ Half Acre Beer Company

      Head to Half Acre for the annual release of Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, available for $5/pint. Why not bike there or join the Half Acre squad? Half Acre Cycling, a USAC-licensed club of female and male cyclists in categories 3-5 in cyclo-cross, mountain, track and road disciplines, including USAC-licensed officials, coaches, and mechanics.

       Sausage Fest and Music @ Mad Mouse Brewery and Moxee Restaurant

       Sausage fest lasts all of CCBW, but live music is only on Friday. Nosh on sosh and listen to 13 Tikis (Chicago’s premier surf band) and DJ Stevo from CHIRP radio who will be spinning records in between 13 Tikis’ sets.

      Short's Tapping @ High Noon Saloon

      Try Short’s Mr. Fusion and Hopstache (two beers unique to the Chicago area) and meet the Short’s team. While you’re there, perhaps you’ll get a new rec league sponsor - High Noon Saloon is a Notre Dame-loving sports bar that sponsors Chicago rec teams.

      Bell's Tap Takeover @ Division Ale House

      Bell's Brewing will is releasing two new brews: Hopsoulution Ale, a double IPA that boasts a caramel malt character and the delicious aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and pine. There will also be a Sweet Potato Stout brewed with honey, molasses, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and sweet potatoes. Finally, try the new (to Chicago) Oatsmobile, a full-bodied hop-forward pale ale made with Northwest hops to give flavors of peach, mango and tropical aromas. Monica from Bells will be there to talk about their beers and do a raffle drawing.

      Photo Booth Contest @ The Boundary

      From 8 – 11pm Small Town Brewery will be offering tastings of Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Ginger Ale while guests compete in a #FirstTasteFace photobooth contest. Drink specials include $8 Not Your Father’s Root Beer Floats and Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale Whiskey Ginger & Mules.

      Bingo Night @ Temperance Beer Co. 

      Win prizes at Temperance Brewery's Bingo night. Temperance is known to support local charities through events such as its monthly beer and yoga class.

      Toy Boat Races @ Weather Mark Tavern

      Great Lakes Brewing Co. will feature limited release beers on tap while patrons compete in toy boat races. Brewery reps will hand out giveaways as well as prizes for the speediest boats, and an $11.95 fish fry is available.
      Great Lakes Beers on tap:
      Dortmunder Gold
      Grandes Lagos
      Commodore Perry