Next week's Craft Brewer's Conference and Expo at the Sheraton Chicago is already sold out, but aspiring beer geeks need not despair. Though the official conference is full, you can teach yourself a thing or two just by checking out all of the craft brew-related events happening at restaurants, bars and microbreweries around Chicago all week long. You're sure to meet other beer aficionados and probably even bump into many of the brewmasters themselves, and that's worth raising a pint to.
Lincolnwood-based Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., a nationally-recognized distributor of micro, specialty and import beers, has been a Chicago fixture for 122 years. As one of the sponsors of the Craft Brewer's Conference, Glunz Beer will host exclusive events throughout the week.
Dogfloydapalooza is a chance to enjoy the handiwork of two great breweries: Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware and Three Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana. Brew warlords Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Nick Floyd of Three Floyds will be on hand to showcase five craft beers from each brewery. The event will take place at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake Street , on April 6th from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. Tickets are $20, which includes the first pint of beer.