Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015

Craft Beer Week

Craft beer is bigger than ever!  According to Google’s search trends, April 2015 marked the most popular month of all time for number of searches for the term “craft beer.” Once only known among hobbyists and beer snobs, these specialty beverages are now accessible to anyone willing to give them a try!


Chicago Craft Beer Week, a celebration of the city’s microbrewery culture, takes place May 14 through the 24th  at hundreds of venues around Chicago. Beer Week, which is actually 10 days (You just can’t fit all that beer into a real week!) , consists of special taste tests of featured beers for $4 a glass as well as a wide assortment of beer culture and educational events.


Beer Week 2015

This year’s theme, “Chicago: A City of Neighborhoods”, highlights the diverse personality of the city of Chicago. What better way to get a feel for the unique culture of each neighborhood than by trying their beer? Craft beer week gives microbreweries a chance to showcase their craft and lets beer drinkers get a feel for all the awesome brews Chicago has to offer.


Beer Week’s main feature is the taste tests available across  participating venues, which will be offering samples of featured beer for $4 a glass. Another key part of the week is series of special events that give attendees unique ways to try beer, see behind the scenes and meet the people responsible for the craft beers. Some of these events include  “Beer Under Glass,” a unique tasting session at the Garfield Park Conservatory, which has a glass roof, and “Firestone Walker: Meet the Barrelmaster,” which gives guests the opportunity to meet the man behind some of their favorite beers. For a convenient way to keep all of Beer Week’s events and locations at your fingertips Be sure to download CCBW app! 


What is a Craft Beer?

According to a craft brewery should have 3 main attributes:  small size,  independent ownership and traditional processes. Since craft beers are made in small batches by many different brewers, their flavors, style and alcohol content vary widely compared to mainstream mass produced beers.  Really The best way to learn the true meaning of “craft beer” is through first hand experience!

Here are just a few of the featured beers that will be available for sampling during Beer Week: 

  •   Revolution Anti-Hero (Bar58 West)
  •   Select Deschutes drafts (Blokes & Birds)
  •   Revolution Rosa (Christina’s Place)
  •   Akari Shogun (Dimo’s Pizza Six Corners)
  •   Germanic Pale Ale (Prost!)
  •   Something Delicious (Haymarket Pub & Brewery)
  •   Lagunitas IPA (Pints Elmhurst)



2015 marks the 5th annual Chicago Beer Week, which pays homage to an even longer tradition of beer brewing in the city.  Chicago has been brewing beer (in some form)  pretty much since it was founded, and today that tradition has evolved into a culture of microbreweries. The week actually coincides with the larger American Craft Beer week (may 12-18), which started in 2006.


Join the Conversation on Social Media

Use #CCBW to tag all of your Instagram photos, Tweets and Facebook posts, you can follow craft beer week on those sites: Twitter-@ChiBeerWeekInstagram Chibeerweek &



Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015

Where: Various venues throughout Chicago

When: May 14th-24th

Cost: Beer taste samples are available for $4 across venues

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Where to Stay


Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499.


The Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.


City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL, 60657, 773.404.3400.