From a new brewery on the West Side and brewery yoga to a Pride dance party and a fresh beer fest, here are all the brewery happenings you need to know (and attend!) in Chicago.
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One Lake Brewing
The Chicago area’s latest brewpub is housed in an architecturally appealing former bank building built in 1929. Its location between Oak Park and Chicago's Austin neighborhood creates an opportunity to bring clientele from both often-divided communities to a convivial central attraction. One Lake has a pretty approachable selection of traditional beer styles, with guest taps from local breweries, wine, a pub fare menu, and a rooftop dining area with downtown views.
Middle Brow Bungalow
Part of Middle Brow’s business model is to donate a portion of its profits to charity. Currently, $1 from every draft pour of Bungalow, its crisp and crushable American lager, will benefit Eight Weeks for Access, an effort to get funding into the hands of organizations that directly help people in need find access to safe and legal abortions.
Brewery Yoga at Twisted Hippo
Twisted Hippo hosts yoga classes every Saturday before brunch service at 10 a.m. It has a bold and individualized approach to aesthetics and beer making, and participants can enjoy both during classes inside the brewpub. $25 ticket price includes one-hour yoga session and a beer.
Details: June 29, 8:30–9:30 a.m.Ultra Fresh IV: The Fresh Beer Beer Fest
This fest features beers from a plethora of Chicago breweries, and their beers are all packaged within a week of the event to showcase optimal freshness. ICNC Make City, the large multibuilding business incubator on the Near West Side, will be saturated with fresh brews from Hop Butcher, Marz, Middle Brow, Maplewood, Roaring Table, and many more.
Details: June 29, 5–9 p.m., at ICNC Make City; $45The Bowie Boogie at Empirical Brewery
Empirical is having its Pride party on the eve of Chicago’s Pride parade, celebrating with a David Bowie dance party (come made up in your favorite era of Bowie) in the brewery space. Empirical likes its barrel-aged beers, and it will be tapping its own puckery trend: Tequila Barrel-Aged Symbiotic Sour.
Details: June 29, 7–11:30 p.m., at Empirical BreweryLo Rez Brewery x Plant Shop Chicago
Lo Rez wants to help breath new life into your home. So it is inviting in Plant Shop Chicago, armed with a selection of ornamental plants, including succulents, cacti, and tropicals, and letting you consult with the friendly and knowledgeable staff while you savor some of its delicious beers. A chance to bring home a coral cactus and a buzz. Thanks, Lo Rez!
Details: June 30, 12:30–3:30 p.m., at Lo Rez Brewery
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Beers & Board Games Roadshow: Revolution Taproom
Beer and games are like chocolate and peanut butter, a simile so clear and understood I almost didn’t need to make it. But what can be less obvious is where to find these fun times. Well, Beer & Board Games Chicago fills in that blank with rotating meet-ups around Chicago breweries, including this event at Revolution's brewery and taproom on Kedzie Avenue.
Details: June 30, noon–5 p.m., at Revolution TaproomSummer Stems & Sips at Tapster Lincoln Park
The promise of all these recent showers is more flowers. Now what the hell do you do with them? Belly up to the bar at neighborhood-y self-service Tapster this Sunday and get a lesson in all things bouquet.
Details: June 30, 1-4 p.m., at Tapster Lincoln Park; $65Fourth of July at Half Acre
Want that Fourth of July backyard experience, but the standard Chicago porch stoop isn’t cutting it? Head to either Half Acre location—Balmoral or Lincoln—for a special holiday menu with plenty of options for meat- and veg-heads. You probably need to hit up its beer coolers for supplies, anyway. Both locations close at 5 p.m., leaving enough time to get over to the lakefront at Foster or Montrose to catch the homegrown fireworks show.
Details: July 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., at Half Acre