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Locating a Brewery

Now we are beginning to settle in to our brewing facility, we can reflect a bit on the 6-month odyssey to find the right location. How we got here was a methodical series questions and answers to arrive at a logical conclusion – 4727 W


We are beginning weekly tours but space is very limited. Our tours will run every Saturday at 1pm and if there is demand we will add another tour later in the day. We love for people to come and meet your local brewers and learn

Lake Effect Snow and other beers in Development

We have a few updates to share on our beers as Lake Effect begins to enter the market. Our status of being a “Brewery in Planning” ended last week when we brewed the first beer, Lake Effect Snow Wit Bier,  on our new system. That

The Future of Portage Park Theater

The Portage Theater is  one of the few original operating movie houses in the City and is an extremely  rare and important institution that defines this area. The theater opened in 1920 and is one of Chicago’s oldest movie houses. In 2006, the Portage Theater

2014 NW SIDE Craft Beer Ride Date Announced- Thursday May 22

Planning the 2014 NW Side Craft Beer Ride -Thursday MAY 22 during Chicago Craft beer Week Watch the map form as it reveals details about this years tour. 8 NW Side Bars/ as many or more Chicago Breweries represented/ one fun night of exploration, great

2014 Chicago Craft Beer Week Schedule

Wed, May 14th 6:30pm – Tap Takeover – World of Beer Naperville

Chicago Brewing Effect

Join us @ WOB Naperville on May 14th for a special Chicago Craft Beer Week kickoff event!

Ale Syndicate – 350 brewing – Penrose – Two Brothers – Solemn Oath – Church Street – Bucket List – Bangin Gavel – Lake Effect – Brickstone and more TBD will be on site talking about their beer and the Chicagoland Beer scene!

No tickets necessary


Thu, May 15th 6:30pm – Beer Festival – Garfield Park Conservatory

Beer Under Glass

Celebrate the return of spring with the return of Beer Under Glass! This year’s Beer Under Glass will again be brought to you in partnership with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Enjoy the Conservatory at night as you sip inventive brews from some of Chicagoland’s hottest craft breweries in your souvenir glass.

Tickets: (VIP only)- http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/594180



Fri, May 16th 5:00pm to 10:00pm – Tap Takeover – Standard Market Grill

Chicago Indies & Gypsies CCBW Kick-Off Rage-a-Thon

If you only make it out to one event this CCBW, make it this one. We are over-the-moon with the lineup of local independent and “gypsy” brewers we’ve got signed on to help us launch our company-wide CCBW programming. Come and meet the brilliant artisans at the vanguard of our fair city’s craft beer movement, and of course, drink a LOT of beer!

No tickets necessary



Sat, May 17th 12:00pm to 5:00pm- Brewery Event – Lagunitas Chicago

Lagunitas Beer Circus

It’s part circus, with a big top full of freaktacular entertainment from Vau de Vire Society, Mucca Pazza, Redmoon, Cornmeal… And it’s part craft beer festival, featuring Chicago’s finest local breweries, tasty food, and much more. We will have two beers on draft at the new mega brewery!

Tickets: http://lagunitas.com/beercircus/



Sun, May 18th 4:00pm to 11:00pm -Beer festival – Reggie’s Music Joint

Craft Beer Brewtality

Sunday, May 18th at Reggie’s Music Joint:: 2 SESSIONS ::Beer Geek Session :: 4 – 7 PMHardcore Session :: 8 PM + Live performance by Coffins (optional)Our second event in our concert series with Reggie’s Music Joint. This time around we’ve teamed up with Chicago Beer Geeks to bring this event alive during Chicago Craft Beer Week. We’re taking over the whole place and will have some insane taps in the Music Joint, Rooftop, and The Venue.

Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/499703?wrKey=0C612B4FCEF3CC386B6A186ED5DA5726



Tue, May 20th 6:00pm to 11:45pm – Tap Takeover – JP Burkes Patio & Tap

Lake Effect Tap Takeover

Join JP Burkes Patio & Tap & Lake Effect Brewing for a Tap Takeover. Enjoy 5 different types of Lake Effect for $3 Each. All other Chicago Craft Drafts on tap are $3 Every Tuesday as well.

No tickets necessary


Wed, May 21st 4:00pm to Tue, May 27th 2:00am- Tap Takeover- Fountainhead

It Comes In Waves

During CCBW. we will be highlighting the incredible craft beer scene. From the Goose Island to Lake Effect, we celebrate the three waves of breweries, plus the collaborations of Chef Cleetus Friedman Fountainhead Craft Beer Week Lineup First Wave:Goose Island Two Brothers Brewing Company Three Floyds Brewing Co Second Wave :Metropolitan Brewing Half Acre Beer Co. Revolution Brewing Third Wave: Begyle Brewing Lake Effect Brewing Pipeworks Brewing Co Une Anee Solemn Oath Penrose 5 Rabbit Cerveceria Ale Syndicate Microwave (Cleetus’ Collabs) Loud Mouth Soup Terminator X Flat Sammich Sarsaparilla 666 Comb the Dessert The release of Rose Hipster, the exclusive collaboration with Metropolitan


No tickets necessary


Wed, May 21st 6:00pm and 8pm – Beer Dinner- The Portage Restaurant

NW Side Beer Dinner with Finch, Lake Effect, and Hagens

Come out to the Portage Restaurant for a delectable beer dinner with Finch Beer Co, Hagens and ourselves. We will be featuring our smoked lager collaboration that night with a wonderful pairing.

To reserve: Phone:  1 773.853.0779 or Email:  theportage@gmail.com


Thu, May 22nd 6:00pm to Fri, May 23rd 1:00am Recreational (sports/hike/crawl)

2014 North West Side Craft Beer Ride

Our signature event!

Come celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week on the Northwest Side on Thursday, May 22rd by attending the 2nd annual craft beer pub crawl. 14 local breweries will be featured at 9 unique bars all connected by a regular bus loop to ensure comfort and safety. Participants will ride around on board a comfy Chicago Brew Bus as they are shuttled from bar to bar. Brewery staff will welcome the pub crawlers at each of the featured bars and will be on hand to talk up the beer, share a few, and hang out. The cost is $20 and covers transportation, good times, and a souvenir memento. Beers are purchased at each bar.

Simply show up to one of the featured bars after 6pm May 22rd. When the bus arrives, simply get on. Keep your ticket handy because you will need to show it at the bus in order to get your wristband and memento. At the end of the pub crawl, there will be an announcement for the last bus. Buses with a bar listed on its placard will make their final stop there- (you’ll figure it out) The featured bars and addresses are below.

Tickets- http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/606377


Friday, May 23nd 4:00pm to 8pm – Beer Dinner

Lake Effect – Finch – Hagens Fish Fry at Rabbits

Come out on Friday while Hagen’s very own Scott will be frying up lake fish to pair with our collaboration helles smoked lager “Meeting of the Minds”


No tickets necessary


Saturday, May 24th 4:00pm to 8pm – Beer Tasting

Lake Effect Beer Tasting at Grand and Western Liquors

Try all of our beers at Grand and Western Saturday May 24th and Meet the Brewer!


No tickets necessary



Sat, May 24th 12:00pm to 5:00pm Beer Festival Chicago French Market

West Loop Craft Beer Fest

Saturday, May 24, 2014
VIP event begins at 12 p.m.
General Admission 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Neighbors of West Loop, and Chicago French Market have come together to host the 2nd Annual celebration to close out Chicago Craft Beer Week 2014.

On Saturday, May 24th, the city’s largest craft beer outdoor block party will commence with a VIP event beginning at 12:00pm, and General Admission running between 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Tickets: http://westloopcraftbeerfest.brownpapertickets.com/


NW Side Craft Beer Ride – Featured Bar: Rabbits Bar and Grill

Over the next few days we will be featuring the 9 Bars/Restaurants that will be stops along this years NW Side Craft Beer Ride on Mat 22nd. The first featured bar is Rabbits Bar and Grill on Foster, near the intersection of Elston and their featured Brewery is Ale Syndicate. To purchase tickets for the NW Side Craft Beer Ride, click on the link- http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/606377

RABBIT’S + Ale Syndicate
Rabbits is a NW Side craft beer institution that features 9 taps of ridiculously awesome craft beer. Owner, Joe Springer takes his beer selection very seriously to provide balance and variety. He also features a strong selection of bottled beers ranging from cool and refreshing radler to big imperial stouts. The pub fair is top notch with great burgers and loads of awesome fries treats.

Ale Syndicate is one of Chicago’s newest and fastest growing breweries. They are currently building their brewery on Diversey Ave near the Kennedy Expressway and will be open in the next few months. Ale Syndicate features a number of super sessionable and deliciously hoppy ales including “Sunday Session” and “Municipal IPA”. They have also gone over to the darkside with their seductive “Omega Midnight” named for the yeast lab, Omega yeast lab which resides in our building.


Release of our Summer Beers at Sedgwick Stop – This Thursday May 1st

Poster1Summer is coming and its time to launch our refreshing lineup of fruit beers, wit saisons, and wild ales. Come out to The Sedgwick Stop to try them all! Here is the lineup:
Cerise- Wild Cherry Ale- 5.5%
Pamplemouse – Wild Grapefruit – 5.5%
Frambois- Wild Ale infused with raspberries – 5.5%…
Albino Bezerker – Wild White IPA with Mosaic Hops 6.5%
Bitchin’ Blonde – Belgian Style Blonde – 7.5%
Meeting of the Minds- Slightly Smoked Helles – 6.5%
Lake Effect Snow Witbier – 5.2%
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