By Lauren Wulf

From May 16 – May 26, take advantage of Craft Beer Week in Chicago. For eleven days you can enjoy craft beer events, tastings and special menus across the city at participating restaurants, bars and breweries.

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Here are a few hand picked events and happenings to get you started!


SmallBar Division

2049 W. Division
Chicago, IL

SmallBar Division will be hosting tap events with craft beer from local breweries, as well as a new beer brunch with Half Acre. Check out all their Craft Beer Week events below.

Thursday, May 16: Chicago Doet Belgie – Tapping at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21: Solemn Oath vs. Greenbush
Wednesday, May 22: Division Street I.P.A. Crawl -Starting at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 26: Half Acre Beer Brunch – 10:00 am.m-2:00 p.m.



Franklin Tap

325 South Franklin

Chicago, IL

Thursday, May 16
5-7 p.m.

Paul Wonak of Two Brothers Brewing Company will be at Franklin Tap on Thursday, May 16. Two Brothers beers will be sampled, including old favorites and new recipes. The sampling event is free to attend. Pints of the featured brews will be $4; a Franklin Tap $4 Foursome (four beer sampler, 4 ounces each) will also be available.

Franklin Tap’s great beer program offers 11 draughts on tap, 47 by the bottle and 12 canned.

Wednesday, May 22
5-7 p.m.

Harry Mihilidis, of New Belgium Brewing, will be at Franklin Tap on Wednesday, May 22. Six New Belgium brews will be on draft including: Rampant IPA; Shift Pale Lager; and Biere de Garde. All New Belgium brews will be $4 each, all day (11 a.m.-midnight). The beer sampling and informal event is free to attend.

Bar on Buena

910 W. Buena
Chicago, IL

Bar on Buena celebrates Craft Beer Week with 4 great events.

Thursday, May 16th
Hinterland Meet the Brewer/Firkin Tapping

Tied to the Hinterland Brewery of the month, Bar on Buena will be hosting a Hinterland Meet the Brewer/Firkin tapping. Brewer Mike Motousek will be there and tappings include Cheer Wheat, IPA and a special Firkin for the occasion. Tapping occurs at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 17th
Founders Tapping

At 7:00 p.m., Bar on Buena will be cracking open a case of Founders Brewery Kentucky Breakfast Stout, some 2011 Breakfast Stout bottles and tapping a keg of Double Trouble.

Thursday, May 23rd
CCBW Medieval Night with Sixpoint Gruitbeer

BOB & Sixpoint Brewery offer a special tapping of the Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #13: Gruitbeer. In keeping with the Medieval theme of this lost style beer, there will be a screen of Monty Python & the Holy Grail for viewing pleasure. For eating pleasure, enjoy a huge smoked turkey leg prepared. Extra points if you dress up in armor. Or with a sword.

Friday, May 24th
Allagasm with Allagash Brewing

Join Bar on Buena and Allagash Brewing Company as they honor Chicago Craft Beer Week with ALLAGASM. Extra special Allagash offerings will be on tap.



Bread & Wine

3732 W. Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, May 22
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Bread & Wine is partnering with Brewery Vivant for a Chicago Craft Beer Week dinner on May 22nd. Chef Curtis Gamble has paired the delicious beers perfectly with Bread & Wine menu items.

The Menu:

1st Course:
Assorted house cured meats and cheeses

Farmhand French Style Farmhouse Ale

2nd Course:
Pork liver pate, basil, Fresno chili, ginger, pickles

Triomphe Belgian Style IPA

3rd Course:
Crispy duck confit rillette, date, mustard, honey

Solitude Abbey Style Ale

4th Course:
Scallop crudo, olive oil, sumac, ground cherry

Big Red Coq American red ale

5th Course:
Cheddar cheese cake, Ritz cracker crumble

Zaison Imperial Saison

The restaurant will be open for regular dinner service before, during and after the 20-seat only beer dinner.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.