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Exploring Chicago Craft Beer Week



Now in its second year, Chicago Craft Beer Week features dozens of tastings, beer dinners, brewery tours, and new brew debuts between May 19 and 27 ( A Beer Passport, available online and at all events for $10, serves as a guide to the week's events and a ticket for a few featured events each day (the rest are open to the public and don't require a passport); it also allows the bearer to earn prizes. Selected events are listed below.

Beer Under Glass The biggest of the many Thursday kickoff events, with a couple dozen breweries filling glasses and some nearby restaurants dishing out small plates. Thu 5/19, 5:30-8:30 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, $40 online, $50 at the door if available, ticket includes a passport.

Beerfly Alleyfight Sadly, there shouldn't be any fisticuffs at this "tri-pairing" event, where ten home brews are matched with food and local art. Sat 5/21, noon-6 PM, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph, 312-638-0700, $35.

Voyage of the IPA On this cruise of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, presented by the Chicago History Museum, a cicerone talks about the early days of American IPAs while Two Brothers, Avery, Lagunitas, and Stone Brewing provide a "liquid history" of the historic style. Sun 5/22, 6-9 PM, 312-642-4600, $65, $60 Chicago History Museum members, reservation required.

Beer and Sausage Six beers from Great Lakes and Founders will be on tap, with complimentary sausages to go with them. Tue 5/24, 6-9 PM, Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, 773-252-7636, open only to passport holders.

Rare Stout Night Goose Island taps some kegs of rare stout, both from its own vaults and those of other breweries; the list includes Founders Brewing's Canadian Breakfast Stout, Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti, and a cask of New Holland's Dragon's Milk. Wed 5/25, 7 PM-2 AM, Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn, 312-915-0071, open only to passport holders.

Art, Food, and Beer The new Chicago brewery 5 Rabbit, which claims to be the first Latino microbrewery in America, throws a party at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Thu 5/26, 7-11 PM, 1852 W. 19th,, $35, reservation required.

Death and Double Deuces Rare bombers of Stone and Three Floyds beers are on offer with a metal, death metal, and punk soundtrack. Thu 5/26, 7 PM-2 AM, Small Bar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany,

Beer Fistival The official closing party of Craft Beer Week, hosted by Revolution Brewing, which is releasing a hoppy red ale called Red Scare. Brews from Half Acre, Goose Island, Metropolitan, Haymarket, Rock Bottom Chicago, and Finch's will also be on hand. Fri 5/27, 4-7 PM and 8-11 PM, 2323 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-2739,, $40.

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