BRIDGEPORT — Hop-heads following Bridgeport's craft beer scene are invited to a series of events celebrating Chicago Craft Beer Week.
The Mash Tun Society, a food and drink club organized by the publishers and contributors to the Bridgeport-based Mash Tun Journal, is hosting three events in the suburbs for Chicago Craft Beer Week, which runs May 15-25.
• The "New Wave Karaoke Freakout" in Blue Island. Hosted by Mash Tun publisher Ed Marszewski and pals, the "80s YouTube karaoke freak out" will include tastings from the Marz Community Brewing nanobrewery effort, giveaways and prizes. The event takes place May 21 at the Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave. in Blue Island.
• A "backstage" tour at Geneva's Penrose Brewing Co.. The event features a four-beer flight, guided tasting, plus a Q&A session with the brewers. The tour takes place May 22 at Penrose, 509 Stevens St. in Geneva. Admission is $40 and space is limited. Tickets available here.
• The "Olympic Mash-Up" at Rockford's Olympic Tavern, where Marszewski and crew will pour more of their Marz creations. Attendees will also get a tasting glass, a copy of the latest Mash Tun Journal and six tastes of "an assortment of Chicagoland brewery beer." The meet-up takes place May 24 at the Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St. Admission is $25 or $20 for Mash Tun Society members. Tickets here.
Chicago Craft Beer Week, now in its fifth year, is a celebration of the city's exploding craft beer scene. The festivities kick off May 15 with the "Beer Under Glass" event at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
More than 300 venues are expected to participate in Chicago Craft Beer Week in one form or another. For more information, see the official website.
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