I just downloaded my Android app for this year’s Chicago Craft Beer Week and started loading events I might want to attend. It’s the fourth year of CCBW’s collection of events, and many in the beer community are really looking forward to another chance to celebrate our city’s beer.

Among the the big and outstanding events is Goose Island’s 25th Anniversary Block Party Sunday May 19 starting at noon the Fulton Brewery. Tickets are available for $25, and it will include special tastings and tours.

Of course, if you have not been to Beer Under Glass, I hope you already have tickets for this year’s event. It sold out in a few hours. No wonder really, more than 100 beers from more than 30 breweries in an amazingly beautiful setting. BUG is one of the kickoff events on Thursday.

BUG will also features some lovely fare from Fountainhead chef Cleetus Friedman and from Marion Street Cheese Market. Say hello to the cheesemongers, pair some of those Marion Street cheeses with some Chicago beers and you will be in Cheese and Cheers heaven.

Before and after parties for BUG will be held at Haymarket Pub and Brewery.

Other fun features include:

  • Stuff at Owen and Engine, Map Room, Maria’s and around 250 other venues.
  • Beer Bus neighborhood tours.
  • Special $4 drafts all week at Marion Street, for more cheese and beer action.
  • For cheese and beer in the city, try Bar Pastoral in Lakeview.
  • A big closer on May 26 on Fulton Street in the West Loop.

Some of the ticketed events are benefits for charities, and the entire, 11-day long event benefits the reputation of Chicago beer. Have fun!

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