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Chicago Quick Sips | April 1 Chicago Beer News & Events

Chicago Quick Sips | April 1 Chicago Beer News & Events
Ana Plefka

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at [email protected]

April 1: Westmalle Dubbel Release Party at Sleeping Village

Westmalle Dubbel at Sleeping Village
Westmalle Dubbel (c/o Sleeping Village Facebook)

Avondale’s craft beer oasis hosts an exclusive release party for Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle’s Westmalle Dubbel to kick off the month. One of three styles made by the renowned Belgian brewery—the others being a Tripel and a Blonde table beer—the Westmalle Dubbel will be offered on draft at only four spots throughout Chicago (150 worldwide), Sleeping Village being one. For those who want a taste of the malty, toasty, caramel-y Trappist Ale, the Dubbel will be available starting at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

April 2: Election Party at Marz Community Brewing

Election Party at Marz Community Brewing
Election Party at Marz Community Brewing (credit: Marz Community Brewing Facebook)

As the mayoral run-off election comes to a close on Tuesday, April 2, and the city prepares to elect its first black female mayor, Marz Community Brewing will host a celebration as the results come in. Hosted in partnership with Chicago Reader and Lumpen Radio, live election coverage will be provided by The Back Room Deal duo Ben Joravsky and Maya Dukmasova. Other special guests include authors of the “Girl, I Guess” progressive voter guide Stephanie Skora and Ellen Mayer and attorney Adolfo Mondragón. Marz beer and bites will be available for winners and losers alike.

April 6: Saison Day at Off Color Brewing

Allagash Saison Day at Off Color
Allagash Saison Day at Off Color Brewing (credit: Off Color Brewing Facebook)

Allagash Brewing Company’s fifth annual Saison Day in Chicago will be hosted Off Color’s taproom, Mousetrap. Allagash’s salute to the spicy, fruity style will include an extensive list of its Saisons on tap, including:

  • Coolship Resurgam, a tart, barrel-aged Saison with notes of lemon and apricot
  • Brewers’ Bridge, a collaboration between Allagash and Brasserie Dupont
  • The brewery’s signature Allagash Saison

Saison-enthusiasts, this is your moment!

April 7: World’s Largest ‘Virtual’ Craft Beer Toast

On April 7, there’s what may become the largest “virtual” beer toast in the world. A Facebook group has been set-up for people to start leaving a comment or post on the live stream starting at 8 p.m. The event takes place on National Beer Day and the hope is to bring beer drinkers all over the country together to share what they’re drinking and where they’re from.

April 11: Chicago on Tap

Chicago on Tap, Meals on Wheels
Chicago on Tap (credit: Meals on Wheels Facebook)

This annual beer-centric fundraising event for Meals on Wheels brings together Chicago’s top brewers for a cause. Taking place at Theater on the Lake this year, the event will feature pours from more than 20 breweries, including Half Acre, Band of Bohemia, Temperance Beer Co., Finch Beer Company and more. Between sips, guests can enjoy live music. Food will be provided by local restaurants like Side Door, Seoul Taco and Tallboy Taco. New to the food offerings this year is a beer-inspired tasting menu crafted by some of Chicago’s top culinary talent. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased here.


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