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An all-beer edition, including a chili cook-off with Dogfish Head, New Beer's Eve, and lots of events in honor of the Craft Brewers Conference and Stone Brewing Company's arrival in Chicago.
Giuseppe Tentori (Boka), Ryan Poli (Perennial), Stephanie Izard (the yet-to-open Girl and the Goat), and Kurt Guzowski (Landmark) compete in a Chili Cook-Off and Keg Party. Chili tastings are unlimited; Dogfish Head beers on tap—including 90 Minute IPA, Aprihop, India Brown Ale, and Raison D’Etre—are 25 cents a pint. 8:30 PM, Landmark Grill + Lounge, 1633 N. Halsted, 312-587-1600, $20.
San Diego's Stone Brewing Company kicks off its distribution in Chicago with more than 30 events over the next nine days. The Twisted Spoke will be devoting all 20 of its taps to Stone brews today; the Hopleaf has ten, plus a three-course tasting menu to pair with some of them. Other locations with Stone on tap will include Small Bar, Lush Wine & Spirits, Kuma’s Corner, Whole Foods Lincoln Park, the Map Room, the Long Room, Sheffield’s, and Quenchers. And Wed 4/7 at 9 PM, the Publican features rare Stone beers (including a collaboration with 21st Amendment and Firestone Walker) at an event with "brewing legends" Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head), Nick Floyd (Three Floyds), Shaun O’Sullivan (21st Amendment), Matt Brynildson (Firestone Walker), and Stone’s Greg Koch. For more highlights, click here.
The national Craft Brewers Conference, which takes place in Chicago from 4/7 to 4/10, is for brewers only, but 60-plus events in conjunction with it (most of them unofficial) are open to the public. The Hopleaf alone is hosting six beer dinners and release events, starting tonight; other dinners, tastings, and rare beer tappings will take place at Blackbird, Jerry’s Sandwiches, Big Star, Goose Island, Brasserie Jo, Clark Street Ale House, and many other locations. There's a complete list here.
The Chicago History Museum marks the 77th anniversary of the end of Prohibition with New Beer's Eve, a bash that includes beer from Stone and other craft breweries, wine and cocktails, appetizers, and a talk on "the demise of the local brewery" and "the resurgence of the craft beer movement." 7-10 PM, Sheffield’s, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989, $55.
Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Nick Floyd of Three Floyds will be on hand for Dogfloydapalooza, featuring five beers from each company on draft, including some limited-edition releases (which won’t be announced beforehand). The beer will be served in pints rather than tasting portions; one pint’s included in the cover charge. There’s music by Andre Williams with the Goldstars, followed by Jon Langford & the Cashed Johnnies. 9 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775 or 866-468-3401, bottomlounge.com, $20.