Location & Hours of Operation

737 W. Randolph
(corner of Halsted & Randolph)
Chicago, IL 60661

Sun-Fri 11am-2am
Sat 11am-3am

LitMash - 4/6 8pm

When: 04/06/2015
Where: Drinking & Writing Theater

Chicago Slam Works
A whole new kind of slam where Chicago's literary elite battle for ultimate bragging rights!

Monday, April 6
Doors at 7:30, Show at 8
$8 cover

The Rules:

1. Genre is entirely open to interpretation and largely irrelevant. As long as what is performed was at some point written down, it counts. This includes poetry, comedy, essay, music, etc.
2. The order in which competitors perform will be decided by random draw.
3. Performers will be given 6 minutes (and a 20 second grace period) to wow the audience and the judges. Cues will be given to the performers to indicate time. At the 6:30 mark, the performer will be forced to leave the stage. No time penalties, just pack it up and walk.
4. The performances will be judged by 5 members of the audience on a scale of 1 – 10 on qualities such as performance, content, originality, and the “wow” factor. Judges are generally chosen at random and will be interspersed throughout the crowd.

The Details:
Building on the success of the perhaps the largest literary movement of the last century, the Slam, Chicago Slam Works presents a brand new type of show using the slam format. (Chicago Slam Works, by the way, was founded by Marc Kelly Smith, the same guy who founded the poetry slam some 28 years ago. We know a thing or two about slam.) Poetry slam has grown from a raucous bar show in Chicago to a sweeping and hugely popular format in dozens of countries throughout the world. In the last number of years, story slams and comedy slams have been popping up all over the country, led by organizations such as The Moth. There is perhaps no city in America that has a more vibrant literature and performance (”live lit”) scene than Chicago, bolstering an impressive stable of internationally recognized writers in the fields of poetry, music, creative non-fiction, and comedy. The LitMash looks to bridge the omnipresent gaps between these scenes and create the one show where the city's finest creators can square off in a highly entertaining curated slam unlike any other show out there.

The Moth - StorySLAM! Monday, April 13

When: 04/13/2015
Where: Drinking & Writing Theater

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story - and The Moth's directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.
Doors open at 5:00pm, Stories start at 8:00pm $8 cover.  Seating fills up quickly, so plan to be early!  The theme for April is Fools.

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Live Music - Terrapin Flyer 4/18 10pm

When: 04/18/2015
Where: Drinking & Writing Theater

Terrapin Flyer

Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation.

Show starts at 10pm, NO COVER!

Local 737 Beer Drinker's Union Meeting - Tuesday, April 21st

When: 04/21/2015
Where: Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Union leader Pete Crowley will be pouring something new and fun for card carrying members of the Beer Drinkers' Union!

We'll be pouring samples of our feature beer from 6-7pm and have $10 growler fills of our feature beer ALL DAY for card carrying members.  Not a member yet? Sign up and take advantage of all the benefits right away!

The Lager Beer Riot!!!

When: 04/25/2015
Where: Benton House

The Lager Beer Riot
Benton House (3052 Ma Benton Lane)
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Beer Tasting: 6-9 pm
Dodgeball Reenactment: 7-8 pm

To mark the 160th anniversary of the Lager Beer Riot, Chicago’s first act of civil disturbance, and to celebrate the city’s growing beer culture, Pocket Guide to Hell and Marz Community Brewing Company are hosting an audience interactive dodgeball reenactment and beer tasting on Saturday, April 25, 2015 starting at 6 pm. The event is part of Version Festival 15 and is a fundraiser for Benton House, the historic nonprofit charitable center in Bridgeport.

The Lager Beer Riot occurred at the Clark Street Bridge in April 1855. The reenactment is going to be staged in the Benton House gymnasium as a game of dodgeball following National Amateur Dodgeball Association rules.

One team, consisting of representatives of Law & Order under the command of Mayor Levi Boone, is to be made up of 10 representatives of Chicago area breweries.

The revolting Irish and German bar owners are to be portrayed by 10 representatives of the Bridgeport community.

The Strange Brews podcasters (Alison Cuddy and Andrew Gill) are going to provide play-by-play coverage with color commentary from Randy Mosher (The Map Room, Five Rabbit) and Tim Samuelson (City of Chicago Cultural Historian).

Historical referees, halftime music by Brass Inferno Productions, and a working model of the Clark Street bridge round out the experience.

The Lager Beer Riot reenactment is going to consist, per NADA rules, of 10 three-minute matches, with an 11th if a tiebreaker is needed. There will be a halftime show after 5 matches are played.

A beer tasting of specially brewed beers run from 6-9 pm at Benton House in the remains of the former Ramova Grill.

Participating Breweries:

Marz Community Brewing Company
Revolution Brewing
Goose Island Brewing
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Middle Brow Beer Co.
Urban Legend Brewing Company
Spiteful Brewing Company
Ten Ninety Brewing Company
Cademon Brewing Company
Ale Syndicate


$30 gets you admission to the Lager Beer Riot, 10 beer tickets, and a special issue of Mash Tun.

$40 gets you admission to the Lager Beer Riot, 10 beer tickets, the special issue of Mash Tun, and a limited edition event poster by Kathleen Judge. (Limit 20)

$50 gets you admission to the Lager Beer Riot, 10 beer tickets, the special issue of Mash Tun, limited edition event poster, and the chance to play in one of the 10 dodgeball matches (Limit 10)

Proceeds benefit the programs offered by Benton House

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CCBW - Mini FOBAB featuring The Order of the Black Phoenix! 5/19

When: 05/19/2015
Where: Haymarket Pub & Brewery


Join us for barrel aged awesomeness, from our cellar as well as from members of the Order of the Black Phoenix.  Who are these elusive folks? They are all former Rock Bottom head brewers, who have left the flock and started their own successful breweries -

Confirmed breweries include Wiseacre Brewing Company, Three Floyds, Sun King Brewing, Surly, Solemn Oath Brewery, Gigantic Brewing and possibly more! 

Sample 20+ specialty brews in an intimate setting and take home a commemorative tasting glass.  Food is included as well, with a selection of Chef McCoy's house cured & smoked sausages, fruit, artisanal breads & cheeses.

Tickets at $75, which includes taxes and gratuity.  Doors will open at 5pm and event begins at 6pm.

Ticket sales begin April 1!

CCBW - Brewer's Brunch! 5/24

When: 05/24/2015

Join us starting at 11am for a little hair of the dog...Brunch is from 11am - 2pm.  3 courses for $25 plus tax and gratuity.  Chef McCoy is putting together an awesome menu - each course will be paired with a house beer

Call 312-638-0700 to make reservations!!!

Taste of Randolph - June 19-21

When: 06/19/2015
Where: Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Headed to Taste Of Randolph this weekend? Make Haymarket your pre and post fest hang. We open at 11 am each day!

Location & Hours of Operation

737 W. Randolph
(corner of Halsted & Randolph)
Chicago, IL 60661

Sun-Fri 11am-2am
Sat 11am-3am

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