Farmhouse Tavern to Celebrate Chicago Breweries on March 11th

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that I do my best to support the little guys; the up-and-coming breweries that are going to nudge Chicago over the edge into beer geek nirvana.  I truly believe that Chicago will be the next Portland (with regard to beer; not that whole reliving the ‘90s part) and there are at least eight new breweries that will be joining the ranks of local favorites Haymarket, Revolution, Goose Island, Half Acre, and Metropolitan this year alone.  How are these established breweries dealing with these new kids on the block?  Very well, actually. And they are doing their part to welcome them with full pint glasses.

In fact, local-focused craft beer haven Farmhouse Tavern is hosting an event on Sunday, March 11th that will bring these two groups together.  General Manager Rob Diaz and Chef Eric Mansavage have invited established Chicagoland breweries to stop by and “share war stories” with the newbies.  I spoke with Diaz over the phone on Wednesday and he was as enthusiastic as I am about this event.  I asked how the idea of this event came about and he said that he was at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers (FOBAB) a few months ago and noticed that many of the brewers and brewery personnel were there working and doing the heavy lifting.  Diaz thought that it would be nice to throw a party for these guys and gals that give us consumers so much pleasure throughout the year.  And then he thought that it would be an even better party if he invited both established breweries and the still-awaiting-licenses crew. 

“Chicago is poised to be a craft beer Mecca,” said Diaz. He wanted the new guys to chat with established brewers, but not in a work way. “I just wanted them to be able to hang out and have some beers.” He further explained that beer is about passion, and more of that passion comes through when you’re not in a business format.  Rob has been fortunate to develop relationships with beer makers and brewers, “and I have 29 tap lines – why not have a party that celebrates Chicago beer? Why not get together and have some fun?”  Who can argue with that?!

Image: Farmhouse Tavern

I asked Diaz how the established breweries reacted when he presented the idea for the event to them. “Do I have to work it?” was the common answer among the brewery personnel.  Once they heard that they would have the day off to just kick back, listen to music, and talk shop in an informal, fun setting, they were immediately on board. Diaz sent out 1200 Facebook invites to various Chicago beer folk and has confirmation that representatives from Half Acre, Haymarket, Revolution Brewing, Metropolitan, and Two Brothers will be present.  With regards to the up-and-coming breweries, Spiteful Brewing, New Chicago Beer Company, and Argyle will be there. 

I asked Diaz what we can expect when we get to Farmhouse on Sunday afternoon.  His answer? “A rockin’ good time.” Sounds good to me! He elaborated by stating that beer is about having fun and relaxing.  He wants to foster networking, building relationships, but, overall, he just wants to have an unpretentious party. It sounds like that is exactly what it will be.  Taps start flowing at noon and music, provided by Sanctified Grumblers, begins at 6pm. Hope to see you all on Sunday!

Breweries showcased include:

  1. 1.      Half Acre Brewing Company
    1. a.       Big Hugs
    2. b.      Cypher
    3. c.       Daisy Cutter firkin
  2. 2.      The Local Option
    1. a.       American Muscle
    2. b.      Morning Wood
    3. c.       Anthony of Bourdiania
  3. 3.      Finch’s Brewing Company
    1. a.       Cleetus’ Slackjawed Dunkel
    2. b.      Witness
    3. c.       Threadless IPA
  4. 4.      5 Rabbit Cerveceria
    1. a.       5 Vulture
    2. b.      Vida y Muerte
    3. c.       Huizi
  5. 5.      Three Floyds
    1. a.       Ham on Rye
    2. b.      Dreadnaught
    3. c.       Stygan Dark
  6. 6.      Revolution Brewing Company
    1. a.       Anti-Hero IPA
    2. b.      Bottom-Up Wit
    3. c.       Eugene Porter
  7. 7.      Two Brother’s Brewing Company
    1. a.       Domaine Dupage
    2. b.      Circus Penguin
  8. 8.      Flossmoor Station Brewing Company
    1. a.       Pullman Brown
    2. b.      Schwartz Imperial German Dark Lager
    3. c.       Belgium Wit
  9. 9.      Metropolitan Brewing Company
    1. a.       Doppel Sticke Alt
    2. b.      Dynamo Copper Lager
    3. c.       Flywheel Bright Lager
  10. 10.  Haymarket
    1. a.       TBD

3 Responses to “Farmhouse Tavern to Celebrate Chicago Breweries on March 11th”

  1. David Ivey

    That event sounds great! If I were in the area I would be there. Enjoy!
    Cheers
    .
    David Ivey
    Black Bucket Brew Inbox Magazine Editor

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