Chicago Week in Beer, March 28-April 1
today at 12:16 am
It’s a very light week, considering it’s Opening Day for baseball season. And a few places that had closed since the start of the COVID lockdown are set to finally reopen. As long was we don’t go into another surge.
On the heels of Imperial Oak opening their second space in the former Brixie’s in Brookfield, I found word of two more now places. First Forest Brewing has set up in the former Blue Nose Brewery, at 6119 East Ave. in Hodgkins. They’re just making their first beers, but meanwhile have several guest taps from Soundgrowler, Miskatonic, Maplewood, and other local brewers.
And the Daily Herald is reporting that a business named Relative Brewing Co. is seeking a permit to built a 10-barrel microbrewery and small taproom on Spring Street in Roselle, just off their Main St. and a few blocks from Pollyanna’s Roselaire taproom.
Tuesday, March 30
This is embarassing nothing going on today either, as far as I know.
Wednesday, March 31
12:00 – 4:00 pm • Work From Here Weekdays
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Happy Hour Alert!
Introducing Work From Here Weekdays at Riverlands Brewing in St. Charles!
All drafts and can pours are 50% off from 12pm – 4pm every Wednesday and Thursday through the end of March.
This is a perfect chance to come try some of our beers, get some work done, and save $$$ at the same time. With free Wi-Fi and plenty of electrical outlets, you can plug in and get things done from the comfort of our taproom.
3:00 pm • Tap House Re-opening!
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL 630-393-2337 Map
The Two Brothers Tap House is re-opening its doors on Tuesday, March 2nd to a new look, new menu and tons of new beer!
And, to celebrate our return, we will be releasing a brand new beer every Wednesday in the month of March!
3/31 – Quad Radical – a collaboration with our friends at 10 Barrel Brewing, this Oak Aged Belgian Style Quad was brewed with rum-soaked fruit and recently won a bronze medal at FoBAB!
4:00 – 11:00 pm • Lake Bluff 10th Anniversary
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179 Map
Lake Bluff Brewing Company’s birthday celebration is Wednesday, March 31st, open 4pm to 11pm. We are celebrating TEN amazing years! Making it through this past year especially calls for celebration. We wouldn’t be here without all of you. To mark the occasion, Mike is releasing two new beers: a barrel-aged surprise and our first ever sour.
Thursday, April 1
11:00 am • Franklin Tap Reopens
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago 312-922-8025 Map
Franklin Tap will be reopening on Thursday, April 1st at 11am!
We will continue to provide a clean, safe and socially distant environment based on all current city and state regulations upon reopening for the safety and comfort for both customers and staff.
11:30 am • OPBC Reopening
Oak Park Brewing Co., 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 708-445-0272 Map
We are re-opening Thursday, April 1st. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. Back to regular hours open Tuesday through Sunday, opening at 11:30am and closing at 10:00pm. We will start without delivery, and be adding it shortly. We can still take pick up orders.
12:00 pm • Baseball Opening Day!
Orange & Brew Bottle Shop & Tap, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880 Map
It’s time for Opening Day! And we’re going to make it fun for all! Starting at Noon, we’re tapping two American League kegs, and two National League kegs and we’re pitting the 1983 American League Rookie of the Year against the 1998 National League Rookie of the Year for a donation for the first kegs to run out.
The AL is represented by Noon Whistle’s Gummiskey hazy, Hailstorm’s South Side Irish red, and the beneficiary is Ron Kittle Charities.
The NL is represented by Noon Whistle’s Cubbie Gummy hazy, AleSmith’s .394 hazy, and the beneficiary is the Wood Family Foundation.
No howlers on these, and no mug club pours. Whichever league kegs kick first earns its charity a $500 donation from Orange & Brew and those of you helping to drink! Get ready to welcome baseball back, and to help raise some money for charity. Be sure to check out both charity pages to learn more about the great work they do!
5:00 pm • SKB Lounge Grand Opening
Skeleton Key Brewery, 8102 Lemont Rd., Unit 300, Woodridge, IL (630) 395-9033 Map
No joke — We’re stoked to show off what we’ve been working on for the last year!
Come check out our bright and breezy new Lounge area with a second bar (12 taps), generously spaced tables, and glass roll-up door (new patio coming this summer!).
We’ll have Burn’n Bull (formerly Bull & Balance) here, offering up delicious Southern-inspired comfort fare in our new pop-up area, and a full lineup of cold beer on tap for your enjoyment.
(Please note, the Lounge and the Den are 21+. Kids are welcome before 8pm in our Family Room area)
(and pssst…if you’re looking for somewhere to host an event this year, let us know at email@example.com — the Lounge seats 58 people WITH 6ft distancing, plus 2 patio tables outside and a full patio forthcoming.)