5/14/2012 04:00:00 PM

The Foodie's Guide to Craft Beer Week

Track your drinking progress though Chicago on nine neighborhood maps
Got $600 to spare? That is how much it would cost to drink one featured beer at every venue participating in Chicago Craft Beer Week (at the discounted price of $4 a pint).

Rather than taking the alcoholic route, we recommend the foodie's guide to Craft Beer Week. Explore lesser-known pairings with 10 food-focused events around Chicago.

Dishing With Suds
Special beers deserve to be enjoyed with special dishes. All week at Owen & Engine, craft brews will be paired with house specials such as Revolution's Coup D'Etat Saison with curry eggplant fries and tzatziki or Metropolitan's Iron Works Alt with a charcuterie plate.
Thursday, May 17-Sunday, May 27; 773-235-2930

Tap Takeover
In lieu of the new craft focus of Mindy Segal’s Hot Chocolate, rare brews from Three Floyds will be on tap and paired with cheese plates from Marion Street Cheese Market.
Thursday, May 17-Sunday, May 27; 773-0489-1747

Pizza Pairing of the Day
Three different Nellc├┤te pizzas - think mortadella pizza with pistachios - will be paired with three Lambic fruit-flavored beers, including Linderman’s Peche.
Thursday, May 17-Sunday, May 27; 855-635-5268

Mash Tun Festival
To celebrate the release of Mash Tun, a craft-beer journal, rare brews and food trucks are gathering at Bridgeport Art Center. Tickets are available online for $40. An after-party will be held at Marina’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar with 14 additional rare brews.
Saturday, May 19; 1200 W. 35th St.

Remembering Macho Man
A year ago the world lost a pop culture icon known as "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Farmhouse is paying tribute to his memory with a craft-beer toast. Choose from 16 drafts from 3 Floyds, 10 from Jolly Pumpkin, or Metropolitan Flywheel Bright Lager.
Sunday, May 20; 312-280-4960

Beer Dinners
Chef Cleetus Friedman will not be preparing one multicourse, craft-beer-inspired dinner but two at City Provisions. The first is with Finch’s Beer Company and the second with Greenbush Brewing Company. Tickets are available for $95.
Monday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 23; 773-293-2489

Whole Hog
Dogfish Head and a lot of meat are on the menu at Burger Bar. Five tables will feature beers paired with non-vegetarian-friendly dishes such as spit-roasted Berkshire pig, housemade bangers and beer-steamed mussels. Tickets are available for $60.
Tuesday, May 22; 312-255-0055

Cooking Class
Anyone (over the age of 21) can drink beer, but how many can say they know how to prepare a meal fit for enjoying with 5 Rabbit beer? Join chef Grayson Schmitz of Top Chef season nine when he takes over Logan Square Kitchen to prepare a multicourse meal. Tickets cost $125 and proceeds benefit the Chicago Food Depository.
Thursday, May 24; 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-342-2333

Beer Brunch
After the marathon of drinking known as Chicago Craft Beer Week, unwind with brunch at Whole Foods - a five-course brunch for $25 paired with brews from Two Brothers.
Saturday, May 26; 1550 N. Kingsbury St.; 312-587-0648

Stone Brewing Dinner
Chef Heather Terhune concludes Chicago Craft Beer Week with a meal at Sable Kitchen and Bar paired with some of her favorite Stone Brewery beers. Tickets cost $125.
Sunday, May 27; 312-755-9704

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