This week marks American Craft Beer Week, when loyal drinkers pay homage to the hard-working men and women who bring us good beer -- beer that is not served in aluminum cans or made in ginormous, bland batches, but created with care for quality and little concern for calories.
The links at the end of this post will tell you of the festivities throughout the Chicago area. But we would like to suggest five stops in the Elgin area well worth making:
- Emmett's, 128 W. Main St., West Dundee, is offering daily brewer's choice pints for just $3 each. May we suggest the Munich Light? Website: www.emmettsalehouse.com
- Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St., Elgin, will hold an Anchor Steam tasting starting at 6 p.m. Anchor Steam is an award-winning brewery from the San Francisco Bay Area. Website: www.elginpublichouse.com
- Barley House, 1520 Randall Road, Algonquin, sells $2 pints on Tuesdays and $3 pints on Thursdays of three or four beers selected from its myriad offerings. Website: www.barley-house.com
- Geno's Fine Wine and Spirits, 300 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin, has one of the largest selections of craft beer in the area -- and it's all hand-picked by Geno Kenny, Jr. His Beer of the Month is DuganA, a hoppy brew which he rates 98 out of 100. Website: www.genosfinewine.com
- Binny's Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Road, Elgin, may be part of the biggest chain in the Chicago area, but they also offer a wide selection of products. And, showing that beer can be just as high-end as wine, they sell some 750 ML bottles of Belgian beers for more than $33 a pop. Website: www.binnys.com
As promised, here are links to a schedule of events for Chicago Craft Beer Week and more information about American Craft Beer Week.
-- Mike Danahey, Staff Writer