Chicago Craft Beer Week Is Near!

Chicago Craft Beer Week is Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May 26!

Below are some amazing events hosted by Bar on Buena, Fountainhead & SmallBar Division–celebrate in style!



Bar on Buena, a neighborhood bar with a great beer selection, fun food and an inviting atmosphere, is excited to celebrate CCBW with awesome beer events featuring some amazing breweries.

All of the following events take place at:

The Bar on Buena
910 W. Buena
Chicago, IL

Thursday, May 16th

Hinterland Meet the Brewer/Firkin Tapping

Tied to the Hinterland Brewery of the month, Bar on Buena will be hosting a Hinterland Meet the Brewer/Firkin tapping. Brewer Mike Motousek will be there & tappings include Cheer Wheat, IPA and a special Firkin for the occasion. Tapping occurs at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 17th

Founders Tapping

At 7:00 p.m., Bar on Buena will be cracking open a case of Founders Brewery Kentucky Breakfast Stout, some 2011 Breakfast Stout bottles and tapping a keg of Double Trouble.

Thursday, May 23rd

CCBW Medieval Night with Sixpoint Gruitbeer

BOB & Sixpoint Brewery are proud to be offering a special tapping of the Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #13: Gruitbeer. This ancient, medieval-era ale has been resurrected and perfected by Sixpoint’s Mad Scientists in Brooklyn. In keeping with the Medieval theme of this lost style beer, there will be a screen of Monty Python & the Holy Grail for viewing pleasure. For eating pleasure, enjoy a huge smoked turkey leg prepared by Sir Johnny Van of Ye Olde Johnny Van Smokehouse. For more information, visit the Facebook page. Extra points if you dress up in armor. Or with a sword.

Friday, May 24th

Allagasm with Allagash Brewing

Join Bar on Buena and Allagash Brewing Company as they honor Chicago Craft Beer Week with ALLAGASM. Extra special Allagash offerings will be on tap, including a few things never seen here before. The exact line-up is to be determined so check back on the Facebook page frequently for updates.



Fountainhead, a well-known craft beer and whisk(e)y bar in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, will be celebrating Chicago Craft Beer Week with delicious craft beer from local breweries, including a cask day, bar crawl & more!

All of the following events take place at:


1970 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL
(773) 697-8204

Thursday, May 16th

Beer Under Glass at Garfield Park Conservatory

Kick-off event for the week.  Chef Cleetus will be cooking at the event & representing Fountainhead.

Saturday, May 18th

Local Cask Day!

This will be Fountainhead’s 4th annual Local Cask Day with casks from favorite local breweries lined up across the bar. Guests order a beer & it is poured directly from the cask. This year, Fountainhead will be offering  a special VIP session for $20. VIP guests can attend starting at 11:00 a.m. and have their pick of the freshest, just tapped kegs in the city. VIP tickets include two free pours and are limited to the first 40 buyers. Featured breweries include Brickstone, Brewery Vivant, Greenbush, Half Acre, Metropolitan & more. Casks will be poured downstairs, but the rooftop will be open and guests are free to wander up & enjoy the drinks in the sunshine. Purchase VIP tickets here. At noon, the doors will open to the public—no tickets required.

Sunday, May 19th

Chicago version of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail

Fountainhead is taking part in the Chicago version of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Participants will travel by trolly to five different bars (including Fountainhead) where each will be featuring at least one bourbon & a barrel aged beer.  Fountainhead will have 10 Bourbon Flights available including Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project and RARE Bourbons, Nips and Pints plus a special Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Tapping. Purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, May 21st

Old School Hip Hop Night with Victory Brewing

Featuring NATO IPA, Ranch Double IPA, Golden Monkey, Hip Czech Lager, Nitro Uncle Teddy’s Bitter & more.

Wednesday, May 22nd

Beer Dinner with Begyle Brewery

Join Fountainhead & Begyle Brewing for the launch of a new collaboration beer with Chef Cleetus, as well as a delicious Chicago Craft Beer Week dinner. Chef Cleetus has created a fantastic 3+ course menu paired with amazing Begyle Beers, including the new Cleetus Collab, Crash Landed, Flannel Pajamas and Farmers Hand. Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. & tickets are $54.26. Secure your seat here! For specific pairings and the menu, click here.

Thursday, May 23rd

Beer Dinner with Solemn Oath Brewery

Join Fountainhead & Solemn Oath Brewery for a delicious Chicago Craft Beer Week dinner. Chef Cleetus has created an amazing five-course meal that have been carefully paired with special Solemn Oath beers. A brewer will also be on hand to discuss what makes their beers so unique. Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. & tickets are $73.62. Secure your seat here. For a complete menu and pairings, click here.



All week long, SmallBar Division will be hosting fun tap events with delicious craft beer from local breweries, as well as a new Beer Brunch with Half Acre! The details for the CCBW events are below.

All of the following events take place at:

SmallBar Division

2049 W. Division

Thursday, May 16

Chicago Doet Belgie

Tapping at 6:00 p.m.

Kick off Chicago Craft Beer Week in style! Chicago’s best breweries take on classic Belgian styles, often adding their own twist. Enjoy some recent favorites along with Belgian food specials like steamed mussels, pomme frittes and more!

Featured brews include

Half Acre Bones & All

Solemn Oath Famine collab with Lost Abbey

Two Brothers 16th Anniversary

Goose Island Lake Effect

5 Rabbit Missionario

Revolution A Little Crazy

Tuesday, May 21

Cross the Lake Classic: Solemn Oath vs. Greenbush

SmallBar Division is dedicating 12 taps to a 6-shooter showdown with local favorites Solemn Oath representing the East side and Greenbush Brewing from the West side of the lake. Which side is the best? You decide!

Beers include Doom Slayer and Templeton Rye Barrel-aged Mr. Hyde from Greenbush & Famine collab with Lost Abbey, Ultrahighfrequency, Mr. Inappropriate, Snaggletooth Bandana and Heavy Metal Parking Lot from Solemn Oath.

Wednesday, May 22

Division Street I.P.A. Crawl
Starting at 6:00 p.m.

West Coast!

Featuring draft and cask I.P.A.’s from the west coast’s best breweries like Green Flash Black I.P.A., Lagunitas I.P.A., Ballast Point Sculpin and Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black I.P.A. & more!

Also, visit Jerry’s for Midwestern I.P.A.’s and Bangers and Lace for East Coast I.P.A.’s as part of the collaborative West Division Chicago Craft Beer Week I.P.A. Crawl!

$2 off with full tour of all three spots.
Sunday, May 26

Half Acre Beer Brunch
10:00 am.m-2:00 p.m.

Close out Chicago Craft Beer Week with SmallBar Division’s third annual Half Acre Beer Brunch. Enjoy a “food flight” of four Half Acre beers paired with four small plates for one low price of $30 ($7 flight, $23 food).

Beers include…

Half Acre Baume

Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter

Half Acre Iron Brass

…and more!

Reservations are encouraged via the website open table access,

Groups of five or more must call 773-772-2727 to reserve a table.