AlphaBeersm is the only event that teaches you about 26 beers - one for every letter of the alphabet! The focus is on craft brews and the experience is led by experts who truly appreciate fine beer. It's a three hour tour of hops and barley and lagers and ales, and everything is crafted by masters who are passionate about their beers.
We're celebrating our "X"th AlphaBeer on April 20! At this very special event we're highlighting brewries from the Great Lakes area, including Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and, of course, Chicagoland! We'll even have several special guests joining us, including 5 Rabbit, Founder's, Goose Island Clybourn, and New Holland. We've also partnered with Chicago Beer Geeks and Barley's Angels to curate our selection, so you know these beers are going to be amazing.
You won't just be tasting; you'll also learn about the ABV, the IBU and what to eat with each brew. Notes on each beer are broadcast on multiple screens so you don't miss a letter. There's no better way to learn your A-BEER-C's!
Here's what's "on tap":
- A All Day IPA, Founders
- B Breakfast Stout, Founders
- C Curmudgeon, Founders
- D Dynamo, Metropolitan
- E Eugene Porter, Revolution
- F Farm House Ale, Brewery Vivant
- G Goose Island, Pepe Nero
- H Huitzi, 5 Rabbit
- I Iron Works Alt, Metropolitan
- J Jinx Proof, Three Floyds
- K Kalamazoo Stout, Bell's
- L Loudmouth Soup, Greenbush & Cleetus Friedman
- M Monkey King, New Holland
- N New Grist, Lakefront
- O OverA le, Half Acre
- P Paleooza, New Holland
- Q Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter
- R Revolution, A Little Crazy
- S Sky High Rye, Arcadia
- T Tiny Dancer, Goose Island
- U Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Boulevard
- V Hammer, Bullet, Vice; Half Acre
- W White Chapel Wit, Haymarket
- X "X" FIDY, Oskar Blues
- Y GFY Stout, Spiteful Brewing
- Z Zaison, Brewery Vivant
Please note that due to availability beers are liable to change.
Tickets are just $45 to try 26 different craft beers, each introduced by an expert.
BONUS: Bring 5 friends and you get to go free! A table of 6 is only $225. TABLES ARE NOW SOLD OUT. Online sales are accepted through 10am April 20 and tickets are $50 at the door.
You can use our shopping cart above (which processes through PayPal) or go through PayPal directly:
If you use PayPal directly you will not receive a paper ticket, but we'll have your name on the list!
Please note that all ticket sales are final - no refunds
Chef Jill Houk is a professional chef, food and beverage professional, product spokesperson, and culinary consultant. She specializes in food and beverage pairing, consumer engagement, recipe development, cooking instruction, and product ideation. She is also a recovering home brewer who once traveled to Michigan to buy Bell's when it wasn't being sold in Chicago!
Chef Jill honed her culinary skills as a professional catering chef and cooking instructor. Originally pursuing a career in information technology consulting, she now adeptly mixes the research and project-management skills practiced in information technology with knowledge of flavors, cooking techniques, and consumer dining trends that she's learned as a chef. This dynamic combination enables her to create food-related strategies and tactics that promote and sell products for clients such as Ajinomoto, Applegate Farms, Driscoll’s Berries, Green + Black's Chocolates, Hillshire Brands and its suite of companies (Ball Park Franks, Bryan Foods, Gallo Salame, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Sara Lee Deli, Sara Lee Sweets, and Senseo), Mizkan, Pama Liqueur, Starfrit, and World Kitchen brands (Baker's Secret, Chicago Cutlery, Corelle, CorningWare, Pyrex, SnapWare).
With a polished yet fun style, Chef Jill has appeared across a variety of media, including local and national television (Good Morning America, Lifetime Television's The Balancing Act), over radio, on the internet, and in trade shows.
For this landmark edition of AlphaBeer we've chosen John Barleycorn in River North as our venue. The space is absolutely gorgeous, with plenty of TVs to broadcast our beer-by-beer tasting notes.