Beer Bashes Usher in Spring, Chicago-Style
by Jennifer Olvera The highly anticipated Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America—geared toward brewpubs and breweries—will take place at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago April 7-10. While the festivities are trade-oriented, there is a way for day beer lovers to partake.
On April 6, avec restaurant and wine bar will pay homage to the happenings by hosting a five-course beer dinner emphasizing veggies and grains ($50, plus $25 for beer pairings). Brewers Marc Lemay from Brasserie Dubuisson and Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield from Vanberg & Dewulf will attend the event, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and continues all evening long.
In the meantime, you can make fast tracks to Goose Island Brewery on Clybourn, where Swan Creek Maple Bacon Stout is being released this weekend. The super-sipper is infused with flavor from dehydrated, Burton’s Maplewood Farm maple syrup-slathered bacon (the latter of which hails from Swan Creek Farm in Michigan). When coupled with peated malt, it results in a sultry, springy affair you don’t want to miss. But you will miss it, unless you get there before the limited stash runs out.