2/21/2013 10:27:00 AM

Weekend Planner: Beer, Cider and Free Cupcakes

Cheers to Allium's first birthday

Beer Slayer
Few events terrify us, but congrats Jerry’s Sandwiches for hosting one that makes us slightly nervous. Please be cautious if attending “Iron and Oak II” tonight. The night of barrel aged beer, dungeon synth and cinematic swordplay begins at 8:30 PM and features beers such as New Belgium’s La Folie, Bell’s Black Note and Stone’s barrel-aged Vertical Epic 09.09.09 (773-235-1006).

Cider Dinner
For those who missed out on Chicago’s first Cider Summit, which took place at Navy Pier this month, consider this a chance at redemption. 2 Sparrows and Virtue Cider are pairing up on Friday for a boozy dinner. Featured ciders include Red Streak, Lapinette and recently released The Mitten ($50; 773-234-2320).

Free Beer
Do we need to repeat that phrase for you? Free beer! To celebrate its first birthday, Allium is giving away glasses of their latest collaboration beer with Begyle Brewery. Anglicus Vetus DCC beer, is a British “Old” or “Winter” style ale featuring British malts and hops combined with licorice root, dates, ginger, juniper and star anise. Free with purchase of a dinner entree, and diners may substitute beer for a cupcake (312-779-4900).

Cheap Eats
Do we have another birthday in the house? Indeed, Markethouse turns four, and to celebrate it is serving $4.44 specials all weekend. Discounted items include P.E.I. mussels, hickory smoked baby back ribs, butterscotch bread pudding and the signature “Marketini.” Discount is available today through Saturday between 4-11 PM (312-224-2200).


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