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 (chibeerweek.com). 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, brownpapertickets.com/event/171420, $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, thesmallbar.com/logan.
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, revbrew.com, $40.