Feb
16
to Feb 17

Cider Summit Pre-Party

Featuring exclusive tappings from the Pacific NorthWest:

 

Seattle Cider

"Brandy Barrel Wassail"

Cider aged in Brandy barrels with yellow peaches and Adriatic figs.

10.5% ABV

 

2 Towns

"Pommeau"

Fresh-pressed cider fortified with apple eau de vie and matured in French oak for one year.

19% ABV

 

Schilling Cider

"Pucker Up"

Lemon and raspberry sour barrel-aged cider.

6.7% ABV

 

EZ Orchards

"Semi Dry"

Wild yeast fermented cider with warm, slightly funky notes. 

6.4% ABV

 

Wandering Aengus

"Golden Russet"

Single varietal cider pressed from organically-grown Gold Russet apples.

9% ABV

 

And a host of other bottles and cans from Finnriver Cider, Tieton Ciderworks, Snowdrift Cider, Pacific Coast and Anthem.

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Feb
16
9:00 PM21:00

Virtue Cider Karaoke

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Sing it out during Chicago Cider Week and show your inner superstar with our cider-themed karaoke party on the night before Cider Summit!

Delicious offerings and croning fuel: Michigan Brut and Michigan Apple on draft and the tasty Michigan Cherry in bottles.

Tickets: No tickets necessary, only your warmed up vocal chords.

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Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Right Bee Cider Open House

Welcome to Chicago's first cidery! We like to call it our "Urban Cidery." We've been working as hard as we can over the past three years - producing, packaging, and selling our cider, and now we want to let YOU in on the process.

On Feb 16th, we're opening our doors to the public for the first time - and throwing one hell of a party to celebrate. We'll have food from our neighbors at Rica Arepas, live music, tours of our facility (and maybe even our secret bee hive if you ask nicely), samples of ciders we're working on right from the tank, and plenty of Right Bee cider.

Tickets: Get them here!

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Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

South Side Cider Time

Open Outcry is opening their cider arms to Stem Cider for a fun night at the brewery. They will be pouring Raspberry and Crabby Neighbor on draught, and will be fully stocked with Off-Dry and Pear cans.

Bust out your guitar skills for the Cider Week Air Guitar Contest! Starting at 8pm, stay tuned for the list of songs, and show down preparations. The winner will be showered in cider plus an Open Outcry crowler to take home, and of course air guitar bragging rights. 

Stem Cider swag and games all night! A tasty snakebite featuring Open Outcry's Nitro Stout is sure to balance your beer/cider yin yang. And! The first 15 people to order it get a free stainless Stem tumbler to take home. 

Get $10 off your Lyft Ride to and from Open Outcry by using promo code STEM2018 It works between 6:30 and 11 pm and is available at 95th red line, Western orange line, Palomar Hotel, or 111th/Morgan Park Metra. 

Rock on!

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Feb
15
9:00 PM21:00

Ireland + UK Karaoke Competition

Warm up those vocal chords, and get ready to sing! Chicago Cider Week has paired with Harrigan's Pub and The Helen David Relief Fund for a night of fun and games. All proceeds go to HDRF, and we'll be slinging fine ciders (Thistly Cross, Aspall, and Craigie's) and Slane Whiskey all night. So grab a pint and a microphone, and show us what you've got!

Can't make it to the event, but still want to help the cause? Visit https://www.crowdrise.com/ChicagoCiderWeek and click donate. It's that easy!

Tickets: Entry is first come first entered the night of the event. 

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Feb
15
8:30 PM20:30

Cheese, Sex, Cider

$10 tickets for first 20 people who show up (first come, first served) include a cider from one of our partners and a cider & pairing class with Erika Kubick of Cheese Sex Death

Immediately following the class, enjoy performances by burlesque performers Kaycie (Miss Fancy) and Lauren (Scarlett Begonias) and ciders on draft from our partners!

Ciders featured:
2 Towns Ciderhouse: Made Marion draft, Cot in the Act cans (Unfiltered Apricot)
original sin cider: Rose draft, Apple cans
Seattle Cider Company: Basil Mint draft, Tangerine Turmeric cans

Tickets: Get your pink lady off here

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Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Meet the Cider Maker: Mike Beck

Mike Beck is a fifth generation apple grower in central Michigan, and was the first cider maker in America to put hard cider into a 16oz can with Uncle John’s Cider. He just finished a two year term as the President of the US Assoc of Cider Makers, and has been at the heart of GLINTCAP since its inception.

On Thursday, Feb 15th he will be tapping a few special kegs at Hop Leaf (5148 N Clark Ave), including his award winning Perry, as well as the single variety cider Baldwin and some of his heralded fruit cider blends.

Come to the Hop Leaf to meet the cider maker, ask questions and crack into a few rare treats sure to make an appearance. Mike’s spirit has been the source of encouragement for an entire generation of new cider makers in the Midwest, and his mission to make cider fun remains at the core of his business.

Tickets: No pass, no worries!

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Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

2 Towns Tap Takeover

Cider lovers - get a taste of some delicious ciders before Cider Summit Chicago kicks off! 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Mac's Wood Grilled are hosting a cider tap takeover Thursday, February 15. Tapping at 4 p.m.; meet the 2 Towns crew 7-10 p.m. No cover; ciders range from $6-$9 each

RARE/LIMITED RELEASE CIDERS
*Bourbon-Barrel Aged Nice & Naughty, Seasonal Imperial Spiced Cider

*2016 Riverwood, Unfiltered Dry Cider Aged 12 Months in Chardonnay Barrels

BRAND NEW RELEASE
*Pacific Pineapple, Unfiltered Cider Made w/ Costa Rican Gold Pineapples

YEAR-ROUND FAVORITE
*BrightCider, Tart-and-Sweet Cider Made w/ Newtown Pippin Heirloom Apples

Tickets: Nada

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Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

Chicago South Loop Cider Crawl with Virtue Cider

Chicago South Loop Cider Crawl!

Meet us at Lowcounty South Loop for a happy hour and a bite to eat, and then we'll be hitting up the following South Loop locations:

5pm: Lowcountry, 1132 S. Wabash Ave.

6:30pm: Burger Bar, 1150 S Michigan Ave.

8pm: Flo & Santos, 1310 S Wabash Ave.

9:30pm: Wabash Tap, 1233 S Wabash Ave

Tickets: Don't even think about it!

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Feb
14
to Feb 15

90's Party Prom

All are welcome. Dress up or come as you are. The party bar is having a prom party for love day. We’ll have tons of decorations (which you know we love to do) party punch, photo wall, dancing, featuring Serious Scrump cocktails from 2 Towns, and the whole shebang! Find a date, bring a date, come stag and bring a friend, get loose and lets PARTY!

Ticket: Party requires no tickets!

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Feb
14
to Feb 15

2 Fools Cider Tap Takeover

As part of Chicago Cider Week, 2 Fools Cider is taking over our taps! We will be featuring, Dry (Cider), Tart Cherry (Cherry Cider), Rose (Fruit Cider), Hopped (Dry Hop Cider), Hard Apple (Modern English Cider), and Cranberry Ginger (Fruit Cider). Our mouth is already watering!

Tickets: None necessary, just ride the cider wave

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Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

Education Series: The Apfelwein traditions of Germany with Darlene Hayes

Darlene Hayes (@allintocider) combines history, culture, tasting to bring apfelweins produced near Frankfurt to life. Ms Hayes has made several exploratory trips to the birth of this cider in the last several years, and has amazing stories and samples to share. The tastings will include an homage cider made in the apfelwein style by American cideries Prima and Tilted Shed. We will also tour German producers from Andreas Schneider to Possmann's, and sample apfelwein not available in the United States. The tradition of using things like speierling (Sorbus domestica) and medlar to add tannin and flavor to cider seems to be unique to the cidermakers around Frankfurt. Darlene will explore this fascinating style through story and taste! This lecture is not to be missed.

Tickets: Buy them here

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Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Beat the “Brewer” Bags Tournament

Celebrate Chicago Cider Week with a thrilling game of Tiny Bags, and fresh pours of Made Marion!

She's no brewer (but people love alliteration), but Aja from 2 Towns Ciderhouse will be on hand to challenge contenders to a one-on-one game of mini bags, with prizes for every winner.  

She'll also be pouring samples of their newest release, PACIFIC PINEAPPLE, an unfiltered 5% cider.

Come say hi and learn more about the Pacific Northwest and their apples!

Tickets: None, but maybe you could buy Aja a drink

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Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Education Series: How to Taste Apples with Charles McGonegal

Learn the basics of how to taste cider, apple port, and brandy with cider maker Charles McGonegal of AeppelTreow Winery. Charles will guide you through a horizontal and vertical flights showing you the amazing versatility and wide range of possibilities with apple fermentation, distillation, and the aging process. Whether you are new or old to apples, you will learn something new with the apple professor himself.

Tickets: Get your education passport here

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Feb
13
5:00 PM17:00

North Shore Cider Company Tap Takeover

As part of Chicago Cider Week, North Shore Cider Company is taking over our taps! You can look forward to catching the Beacon Blend (Belgian Cider), Hey Jealousy (Gin Botanical Cider), and the tasty Stumped (Oak Aged Cider).

Local recording studio Treehouse Records will also be curating music for our weekly Beer (Cider!) & Vinyl evening. Tunes and cider, it doesn't get better. 

Tickets: Not available, but there will be cider!

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Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago Cider Week Launch Party

Join us at The Northman as we officially kick off Chicago Cider Week, with cider cocktails and rare tappings on draft. Back by popular demand is the Seattle Cider Sactuary, our outdoor heated tent on the back patio. Meet us outback to raise a glass, pick up event guides, grab some swag (with PMG Promotions), and to learn more about cider events happening all over the city during Chicago Cider Week (Feb 12th-17th).

Tickets: None needed, save your $$ for the cider!

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