Craft Beer Week: A guide

10 not-to-miss events at the nerdiest beer event of the year. Plus: Ed Marszewski's new beer journal.

Photograph: Nicole Radjs

Half Acre Party at the Dock
The Lincoln Square brewery’s beachfront bash includes Half Acre beer, food from Big Star and Belly Shack, and entertainment. The Dock at Montrose Beach (200 W Montrose Harbor Dr). Fri 18, 6–10pm; $45 all-inclusive.

Craft Day Afternoon
Fifty bucks buys unlimited samples of 40 craft drafts, plus passed apps and a tasting glass. Fizz Bar & Grill (3220 N Lincoln Ave). Sat 19, noon–4pm; $50.

Beerfly Alleyfight!
A beer and a dish are matched with a Chicago artist, who will present his or her interpretation of the pairing in a boxing ring. Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W Randolph St). Sat 19, 1–5pm; $35.

Dinner with Finch’s
Cleetus Friedman teams up with Finch’s Beer Co. to debut two collaboration brews over a multicourse dinner. City Provisions (1818 W Wilson St). Mon 21, 6pm; $95.

Local Cask Night
A lineup of Illinois beers will be poured directly from the casks until supply runs out. The Fountainhead (1970 W Montrose Ave). Tue 22, tapping at 4pm.

Chicago Doet Belgie
What happens when Midwestern brewers take on Belgian styles? Try beers from Half Acre, Three Floyds, Greenbush and more to find out. Small Bar Division (2049 W Division St). Tue 22, tapping at 6pm.

Pint & the Past Trolley Tour
The Chicago History Museum is offering several trolley tours, in which factoids about Chicago beer history are interspersed with stops at various bars. This particular tour focuses on European and Belgian-style craft brewers and includes stops at Northdown Cafe and Taproom and the Local Option. Meets at Northdown (3244 N Lincoln Ave). Wed 23, 6–11pm; $20, museum members $15.

Faux BAB
Acre is throwing a miniature Barrel-Aged Beer fest, with rare selections, such as Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon County Stout 2010, on all 25 tap lines. 5308 N Clark St. Wed 23, 5pm–2am.

Division St IPA Crawl
Three bars: Small Bar Division, Jerry’s Sandwiches and Bangers & Lace. Many IPAs (e.g., Three Floyds Dreadnaught). One street. May 24, 11am–3am.

Revolution Brewery grand opening party
Celebrate the opening of the Logan Square brewpub’s new production facility. Kedzie Production Facility (3340 N Kedzie Ave). May 25, 5–10pm; $15.

Craft Beer Week runs Thursday 17–May 27. For more information on events and tickets, visit

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