As if you needed a reason to celebrate, May 16-26 will be this year's rendition of Chicago Craft Beer Week (CCBW). Dozens of craft-focused events will be going down every day throughout the Chicagoland area so you need to plan your calendar accordingly. If CCBW isn't enough to get you anxious, please keep in mind that we will also be celebrating our first anniversary.
Download the APP. Disclaimer: Please do not make any attempt to determine how much money you have spent in the past year at the Solemn Oath Brewery taproom or on our beer in the wild. This information will do nothing for you. The only type of measurement you should be making is in joy, and we're guessing that's pretty high. OK. Chicago Craft Beer Week, eleven days of pure madness. Here is our schedule (for now):
Why you should go: This is where we kicked things off last year. If you weren't there you're seven percent less cool than someone who did. We're tapping ultrahighfrequency and some others. Get there early if you enjoy comforts like parking within half a mile or getting a seat.
Why you should go: In the late seventies and early eighties, the hip-hop genre emerged from parties just like this one. Lots of SOB on draft as well as some beer from a few of our friends. Tip well this night, the B&L crew is going to be working hard.
Why you should go: Last May nineteenth you came out in droves to find out what the Solemn Oath taproom was like--provided you could find it. This year we'll be more organized, probably. We do have a full year of pouring your beers under our belts. It will be ticketed, more details to come.
Why you should go: Jerry's Division and Jerry's Andersonville will be featuring Solemn Oath on the only Monday of CCBW. Firkins at each, this one is designed for those with a love of all things cask-conditioned.
Why you should go: In the brief history of their production facility, our friends at Revolution are establishing themselves as leaders in the Chicagoland community. It would be false for you to ever say that you've had enough of their beer. Thus, this dinner will rock by default. Who are you? Paul Simon or Art Garfunkel? We'll choose to work with Paul Simon each and every time.
Why you should go: Don and Wendy Littlefield of Vanberg & DeWulf are heavyweights in this industry. They'll be telling stories from their days co-founding Brewery Ommegang and how they become this country's premier Belgian importer. Only thirty seats, this will sell out very quickly.
Why you should go: Stephanie Izard and her good friend Kevin Willmann from Farmhaus in St. Louis are pairing up at the Little Goat, a standout addition to the Chicago eats scene. Us, Perennial, Haymarket, Rev, Off Color, Firestone Walker, and Virtue Cider will be featured at one of THE events of CCBW. Ticketed, don't mess around.
Why you should go: Standard Market is redefining the grocer experience and raising the standards of the customer experience. Sound familiar? Details on this event are now available. Mark it on your calendar as "can't miss."
Featuring eight craft brewers with 5,000 barrels in production or less, Headquarters is going small. Solemn Oath, Virtue Cider, Pipeworks, Brewery Vivant, and more. Also on hand, the fine treats of the Toasty Cheese. Oh, and Ms. Pacman.
Recently Cleetus Friedman joined the Fountainhead and brought his local-focused plates to the Chicago stand-out beer bar. Impress your date, impress your parents, impress your friends, and take a lot of pics to make your non-Chicago Instagram friends jealous of the life you lead. Why else are any of us doing any of this?
Any fool can recycle, but can you upcycle? Lagunitas brought a beloved couch from their Petaluma, California facility all the way to Chicago and they're building their whole brewery around it. In the meantime, you bitch about your 2006 Honda Accord with 87,000 miles on it. Lagunitas/SOB know how to throw a party. If you don't believe us, come find out.
These aren't the only places you'll find our beer during CCBW, we'll be supporting everything from Guild events to some craziness hosted by our fellow brewers. So much love out there, so get ready.