7:00 pm19:00

HCB Bottle Share

  • Porter's Pub

Hardcore Craft Beer will be hosting a bottle share at Porter's Pub on Thursday, March 26 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. This is a chance for beer enthusiasts and newcomers alike to share beers from the depths of cellars all the way to the forefronts of store coolers. Don't worry if you don't have a super rare bottle or something that was squandered away in the depths of a sunken vessel. This is about sharing bottles of beer, stories and knowledge.

This is an open event and anything is welcome. Bring a bottle, or couple of bottles (that is read 1-3, not a case!) to open and share, mingle with other beer patrons, and have a good time. Grab something from your beer cellar or something interesting that you're interested in trying.

There is no cost or cover to attend the event, but we ask as a courtesy to our host venue that you order an appetizer, partake in the 25¢ wings special, other food or a beer from the bar. Just a way to say thank you for the use of the space.

A few things to keep in mind:
• Bring a bottle (or COUPLE).
• Share and Enjoy.
• Any bottle on the table is fair game.
• Don't over pour yourself a beer. Just take a few ounces, leave some for others.
• Have some grub or a house beer if you can.
• Relax, have a good time.

We will see you there!

12:00 pm12:00


  • Emporium Arcade Bar

Explore the dark side of craft beer.

Join us and our host, Emporium Arcade Bar, on Sunday, February 22 at Noon as we delve into some of the best dark beers available. It's cold, football is over, and there isn't much else to do on a Sunday afternoon. It is a perfect time for playing vintage arcade games and enjoying some amazing craft beer. 

If you're on the fence about dark beers, or don't know much about them, this event is perfect for you. Hell, if you love dark beers and a huge fan of them, this event is for you. We've got an array of stouts, porters, black ales, barrel aged offerings and more.

Darkside will also feature BBQ from Johnny Van's Smokehouse. Johnny Van is a supreme pit master and can grill up some mean and tasty grub. Very excited to have them on board for this year.

We will also have 3 Extra Special Secret Kegs that will be tapped along with the 24 beers for the day.

Tickets are $25 and include 8 samples (32 oz) of the dark stuff, and a bag of tokens. You also have the option to purchase a full pour of your favorites. First 150 people at the event get an HCB swag bag.


Loomi Weisse :: Sump Coffee Stout

Kavorka :: Psychogaze

Shake Chocolate Porter Nitro

Mean Gene :: Bean Gene

Bell's Rye Stout

Stone Smoked Porter with Chocolate & Orange Peel


Madagascar :: Bona Fide Imperial Stout

Grand Guignol; Act One :: Abduction Stout

2011 Smoke :: Eight

Barrel Aged Tongue Buckler :: Indra Kunindra

Marz/Antithesis Gravitar Black IPA w/ Espresso

Might Meets Right with Vanilla

Caramel Chocolate Porter

Chocolate Camaro

Dino S'mores

The Misterioso Porter


Johnny Van is a retired Army Ranger that has been all over the world picking up tricks, tips, and honing his craft. You can find him all over Chicago smoking up some of the finest BBQ you'll ever have a chance to try. Johnny has competed in countless competitions and has been a guest judge at many events. This guy knows his stuff!. We are beyond excited to have him at Darkside this year.

Feb 28

The Blacklist

  • Porter's Pub

During the month of February, take on The Blacklist at Porter's Pub at Bowes Creek. 8 Different dark beers to enjoy best when it's cold. Get reacquainted with some of the best dark beers available, especially for these colder months.

The Blacklist is as follows:
[No.1] 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout
Pours black with aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate malt, and more chocolate. With a firm tan head and rich velvety mouthfeel, it is a perfect complement to the change of seasons.
[No.2] Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
Offers up true hop aroma to rival most IPAs with pungent citrus and herbal hop nuances, a hint of peppery rye, and earthiness in the nose. Big roast malts and balanced hop bitterness offer a full and complex texture with a refined battered finish.
[No.3] Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
Smells and drinks like a double IPA, but has a chocolatey, roasty character that sneaks in at the back end. Tropical fruit and pine that is balanced by the roasted malt that sits in a tamed position in comparison to the hops.
[No.4] Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter 
Dark black in color with rich, sweet aromatics and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel.
[No.5] Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
Dark and delicious. The aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla cream, with hints of roasted coffee. Hop and roast bitterness sit in the finish while the rest is filled with milk chocolate goodness. Actually bottled with nitrogen instead of CO2, this beer is super creamy.
[No.6] Revolution Brewing Eugene Porter
Robust porter full of warmth and chocolate malt. The specialty grains provide a complex structure of toasted grain and caramel flavors.
[No.7] Scorched Earth Rugged Coalminer
Rich, chocolatey, robust porter. The smooth caramel body softly balances the chocolate coffee.
[No.8] Founders Breakfast Stout
Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes on forever.

Ask the server or bartender for a punch card. Take down all 8 and redeem the finished card for a Free Dinner Entree.

Along with sipping on some delectable suds, you can check out some daily specials. Tuesday's are half priced beers, Wednesdays feature $5 burgers, and Thursdays are 25¢ wings, a personal favorite.

Promotion runs through February 28th.

6:00 pm18:00

Special Tapping :: Not Your Father's Root Beer

  • Porter's Pub

Porter's Pub was able to secure a special keg of the 10.7% Not Your Father's Root Beer from Small Town Brewery. Chances are you've heard of this beer, perhaps a LOT about this beer. Selling out of stores almost as quickly as it comes in, this beer doesn't hang around for a long while.

Join us on Thursday, January 15th at 6PM as we help tap this unique brew. While you're there, take part in the PORTER'S QUARTERS and enjoy 25¢ WINGS until 8 PM.

Tasting Notes: Silky, smooth and satisfying finish. Appeals to craft beer drinkers as well as those who don't typically drink beer but crave something unique.

Kovac passed down his family’s beer making tradition by working tirelessly with his son to craft the first version of “Not Your Father’s Root Beer.” At 10.7% ABV, the silky, smooth and satisfying finish is unmatched in flavor. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those who don’t typically drink beer but crave something unique.

The award-winning “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” achieved a 95 rating from Beer Advocate and is very popular in the Chicagoland area.

Dec 23

8 Beery Nights

  • Fountainhead

8 nights, 8 different variations of the Imperial Chanukah Porter..

Chef Cleetus Friedman and Begyle Brewing are putting together an imperial chanukah porter, Dr Dreidel's, for the holidays and for each night we'll be infusing the beer with something different.

2:00 pm14:00

Beer Fest Beat Down

  • Sears Centre Arena

Join us at The Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on December 13 for a unique craft beer event. Hardcore Craft Beer will be taking part in the event pouring craft beer infusions with our Alechemy project and discussing flavor profiles in beer.

VIP :: 1-2 PM // REGULAR :: 2-6 PM

VIP Session Tickets receive a glass, 25 beer tickets, early entry, and complimentary food. Regular Session Tickets receive a tasting glass and 25 beer tickets. Designated Driver tickets (must be 21+) also available for those willing to take one for the team.

To help make this a little different from your usual beer fest, Lucha Libre Wrestling will be featured on the arena's main floor. You can sip and savor your brews while watching the beat down.

As you saunter through the event, toss a few coins into the Beering-ham Fountain. This 100 gallon fountain of beer will be taking wishes and raising money for charity.

Some of the breweries featured at the event:
Lagunitas Brewing
Revolution Brewing
Half Acre Beer Co
Stone Brewing Co
Dogfish Head
Pipeworks Brewing
Dark Horse Brewing
Pig Minds Brewing
Church Street
New Belgium Brewing
Slapshot Brewing
Arcade Brewing
51st Ward
and many more...

6:30 pm18:30

Keep The Pint

  • Porter's Pub

We'll be at Porter's Pub in Elgin on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 tapping the latest Stone Enjoy By release, 12.26.14. This beer was brewed not to last and is extraordinary when fresh. Tropical fruits, big on hops, and sweetness to back it up.

To sweeten the deal, when you order a pint, you keep the glass.

While supplies last. Limited quantity.

6:00 pm18:00

Bourbon Barrel Bastard Tapping

  • Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen

Continuing the celebration of Bastard Month, Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen in Crystal Lake is tapping Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard. Along with the tapping of the aged arrogance is the fresh batch of the hopped up Stone Enjoy By IPA.

If you order up some nosh, one of the side items you can choose are arrogant fries. A side of fries smothered in Arrogant Bastard cheese sauce. Worth it.

6:00 pm18:00

Brewery Spotlight :: Revolution Brewing

  • Porter's Pub

Enjoy some offerings from Revolution Brewing on Thursday, November 20th at Porter's Pub. We'll taste through the beers while giving some background info on the styles and the brewery that makes them. Revolution rep will be on hand to answer questions and share a pint. The event will also feature specially prepared small plates and food for the evening.

Featured beers:
• Eugene Porter
• Bottom Up Wit
• Fistmas Holiday Ale
• The Whip Wheat IPA

Seating is limited and reservations are available by calling 847.214.5877

Nov 14

SmallBar Division Wrap Party

We'll be saying goodbye to one of the best places in the city to grab a beer, but of course we will be doing it in the grandest way possible.

After ten great years on Division Street, this will be the curtain call for SmallBar Division. We intend to go out as we lived every day, slinging the very best beer we can get our hands on!

So join us for a pre-FOBAB tapping event featuring some stellar barrel-aged beers with brewers on hand to talk about em and a whole bunch of other great stuff to drink too.

The event starts at noon and will go all day until closing time. What doesn’t get drank, goes down the drain. SO HELP US KILL THESE LAST FEW KEGS!

All our staffers will be working. So you can see everyone you might want to. Drink all the beers. And just really help us send this place off in thebest way possible.

Avery Rumpkin
Avery Pumpkyn
Dupont Triomfbier Voorvit
Firestone Walker Bretta Weiss
Goose Island Baudoinia 2012
Half Acre & 3Floyds Annica
New Belgium Le Terroir
New Belgium Blackberry Love
Three Floyds Chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin
Perennial Savant Blanc

Allagash White
Evil Twin Imperial Donut Break
Firestone Walker Unfiltered DBA
Firestone Walker Pivo Pils
Firestone Walker Union Jack I.P.A.
Firestone Walker Wookie Jack
Half Acre Heyoka
Three Floyds Zombie Dust
Virtue Cidra de Nava

6:30 pm18:30


  • Porter's Pub

On Wednesday, September 24, Porter's Pub plays host to the Ryder Cup...of beer! We'll be pitting 12 beers from Team USA against 12 beers from Team Europe and you choose the winner of each round and decide who wins the Cup.

We will blind draw one beer from each team to go head to head against each other. Each guest will vote based on appearance, taste and overall drinkability and choose the beer from the team they like best. Once points are totaled, the winning beer of that round will be decided.

Includes beer, food, tax and gratuity

4:00 pm16:00


  • Porter's Pub

Hardcore Craft Beer is working with Porter's Pub at Bowes Creek and the Elgin Parks & Recreation Foundation to raise funds for the Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the fund which helps children who lack the financial ability to participate in recreational activities and sports.

The event will feature live music, root beer floats, raffles and craft beers from some of the best producers in the country as well as some specialty and limited brews. Along side the root beer floats, we'll be putting a stout beer together with ice cream to bring you beer floats.

Home-brew club, Silverado, will be on hand with a plethora of unique beers and providing demonstrations as they brew a beer during the event.

Hardcore Craft Beer will be infusing beers with our Alechemy project and discussing flavor profiles and ingredient usage in beer.