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Throwing down at Emporium Arcade Bar to celebrate our 7th year bringing dark beer, arcade and metal.

Last Sunday in February, the 24th, starting at Noon. We're lining up some killer offerings, new and some returning favorites.

This event was originally conceived as a way for craft beer drinkers, new and veteran, to explore dark beer. There are a lot of misconceptions about dark beer, and it's not always easy to reach for a 6 pack that you're not sure about. Darkside allows you to sample and explore some of the best dark beers on the market, some of which you may never see again!

We’ll also have something special lined up with Pretty Cool Ice Cream and some custom flavors to accompany some of the beers at the event.

Online Pre-Sale: $30
Door: $40 (if we don't sell out)

• A bag of game tokens
• 8 samples (about 40 oz) of the beers available. You have the option to purchase full pours of any of your favorites as well.


4 Hands Madagascar

4 Hands Madagascar Cocoa Coconut

4 Hands Madagascar El Salvador

Begyle Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas Pastry

Begyle/DryHop Cherry Waves

Central State Nephilim

Epic Big Bad Baptist NITRO

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Midnight Orange

Goose Island Bourbon County Proprietors

Half Acre Animal Print Pecan Pie

Half Acre Benthic

Hopewell Big Cold Brew

Lagunitas Willetized Coffee Stout

Off Color Coffee Dino Smores

Off Color Dino Smores

Perennial Abraxas

Perennial Sump

Revolution Ryeway To Heaven

Solemn Oath Bourbon Barrel Aged Goldmund

Solemn Oath Crunch Dude

Stone 2016 Imperial Russian Stout

Surly Barrel Aged Darkness

Two Brothers Northwind Coconut

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1:00 PM13:00

Elgin Craft Beer Fest

  • S Riverside Drive Elgin, IL 60123 United States (map)
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Come hang out with us on August 12 for the first Elgin Craft Beer Fest. We're setting up along the Elgin Riverside Promenade on S Riverside Drive in downtown Elgin. We'll have over 50 different beers from 30 of the most notable breweries in the market. 

The fest will also feature live music by Chris Buehrle. You can check him out here. If you've ever been to any mentionable fest or event around Chicago before, chances are you've rocked out to him a few times.

VIP TICKETS - 12-5 PM - $60
One hour early access to the festival PLUS access to the VIP section throughout the entire fest that features additional beers from Stone Brewing, Surly BrewingLagunitas Brewing, 4 Hands Brewing and Artisanal Imports, small bites from Elgin Public House, tables and chairs. 20 beer samples. Commemorative glass. Limited VIP tickets available.

20 beer samples. Commemorative glass.

Thank you for taking one for the team and keeping your buddies safe! Access to gourmet
sodas and small bites throughout the fest.

Surly Brewing - Todd the Axeman, Furious IPA
Stone Brewing - Tangerine Express IPA, Ghost Hammer IPA
Perennial Brewing - Hopfentea, Suburban Beverage, Saison de Lis
Alesmith Brewing - Orange X, Nut Brown
Dogfish Head - Romantic Chemistry, Saison du BUFF
Almanac Beer - Craft Pilsner, White Label
Toppling Goliath Brewing - Tsunami Pale Ale, Pseudo Sue
Deschutes Brewing - Black Butte, Pacific Wonderland, American Wheat
New Belgium - Citradellic, Fat Tire
Emmett's Brewing - Peacekeeper, World's End
Revolution Brewing - Citra Hero, Sun Crusher
Lakefront Brewery - My Turn: Mike, Fixed Gear
Alarmist Brewing - Entrenched, Phobobobia
Scorched Earth Brewing - Giant Killer, Sweetie Pie
Ballast Point - Sculpin Unfiltered, Orange & Vanilla Fathom
Boulder Beer - Shake Chocolate Porter, Pulp Fusion
Lagunitas Brewing - IPA, Wilco Tango Foxtrot, Little Sumpin Extra
Noon Whistle Brewing - Freshman, Face Smack
Sierra Nevada - Sidecar, Tropical Torpedo
Boulevard Brewing Co - The Calling, 80 Acre
Firestone Walker Brewing - Luponic Distortion, Fortem
Hopothesis Brewing - Drafty, Hopothesis IPA
4 Hands Brewing - Guava King, Contact High
Two Brothers Brewing - Hop Centric, A Bretter Day
Crystal Lake Brewing - Backflip
Wild Onion Brewing - Hop Slayer
Heretic Brewing Co - Lager, Make America Juicy Again
Das Bier Garden - Hofbrau Original, Munchner Weisse
Artisanal Imports - Tripel Karmeliet, Aspall Dry Cider
Whiner Beer Co. - Miaou, Puffin

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3:00 PM15:00

Stone Tap Takeover

We generally don't like the term "tap takeover" because it's usually more of a tap invasion, not actually taking over every tap. Not this time. all 8 taps at Porter's Pub will be taken over with the unabashedly awesome and tasty brews from Stone Brewing.

We'll be pouring a good mix of offerings including:

- Stone Delicious IPA
- Who You Callin' Wussie Pilsner
- Stone Ripper Pale Ale
- Stone Tangerine Express IPA
- Stone Ghost Hammer IPA
- Stone Enjoy By 7.4.17 Unfiltered IPA
- Vintage Stone Imperial Russian Stout
- Stone Winter Harvest

We'll also have glassware that you can take home when your done. Come hang with us and Nick from Stone, enjoy some beers inside or on the patio, and get lost in the euphoric sea of hopped up goodness!

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12:00 PM12:00


Episode V: The Emporium Strikes Back! Join us at Emporium Arcade Bar for our 5TH ANNIVERSARY, celebrating the dark goodness paired with vintage arcade games.

It's February. It's cold. It's a Sunday. Chances are you have no excuse not to come out and celebrate with us and explore the darker side of craft beer.

This year we're upping the ante and making this the biggest Darkside yet. We're working closer than ever with Emporium to craft a beer list worthy of the occasion. This event was originally conceived as a way for craft beer drinkers, new and veteran, to explore dark beer. There are a lot of misconceptions about dark beer, and it's not always easy to fork over cash for a 6 pack that you're not sure about. Darkside allows you to sample and explore some of the best dark beer on the market, some of which you may never see again!

Tickets will be $30 online in advance and $40 at the door (if we don't sell out.)

• A bag of game tokens
• 8 samples (about 40 oz) of the beers available. You have the option to purchase full pours of any of your favorites as well.
• Commemorative taster glass

Need a ride to #DarksideV? We're partnering with Lyft to give you an alternative to driving. Visit https://www.lyft.com/invite/DARKSIDEV for info and discount code.


Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas

Perennial Artisan Ales SUMP Imperial Stout

4 Hands Brewing Secret Stash Bona Fide

4 Hands Brewing Barrel Aged Bona Fide

4 Hands Brewing Madagascar

Stone Brewing Xocoveza Charred

Solemn Oath Most Important Beverage of the Day

Odell Brewing Dark Theory

Central State / Green Bench A Well Forged Sword

Off Color Dino S'mores

Off Color Coffee Dino S'mores

Founders Brewing Lizard Of Koz

Surly Rye Barrel Aged Darkness

Half Acre Big Hugs

Pipeworks Brewing Coconut Jones Dog

Pipeworks Brewing Black Tuna

Pollyanna Heaven Hill Barrel Aged Personal Chain Letter

Pollyanna Ernest 1953 Barrel Aged Brett Stout

Bourbon County Brand Stout 2015

Bourbon County Proprietors Stout 2016

Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy

Ballast Point Peanut Butter Victory at Sea

Dark Horse Brewing Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th

18th Street Imperial Blud

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2:00 PM14:00

Beer Fest Beatdown

It's back again! Nothing says the holidays like food, beer and lucha libre wrestling in the middle of an arena!

Beer Fest Beatdown returns for a second year to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on December 12th. A large list of brewers including Abita, Revolution Brewing, Stone Brewing Co., Oskar Blues, Penrose, New Belgium, Firestone Walker, Pig Minds, Bells, Lakefront, and much much more.

Local chefs will be preparing beer infused dishes along with food available from Brutus Beef, Honky Tonk Dogs and others.

The beatdown happens right in the middle of the arena floor. Sip your beer and enjoy some nosh while the masked crusaders battle it out.

Hardcore Craft Beer will be participating again this year, putting our own spin on some of the featured beers.

Tickets and more information available at http://www.beerfestchicago.com

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6:30 PM18:30

A Night With Boulder Beer

Thursday, December 10 starting at 6:30 PM, we'll be hanging out with our friend Eric from Boulder Beer and celebrating the holiday come early with some special beers.

Draft beers will feature a vintage 2013 A Honey of a Saison, which is an 11.5% Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with Wildflower Honey and fermented with champagne yeast.

The night will also feature Bourbon Barrel Aged Shake Chocolate Porter w/Peppermint. The beer, and how it tastes, is all in the name. This beer is super limited with only 6 kegs being made for the whole country. We got one and we're sharing it with you.

After the onslaught of flavor on draft, enjoy Hazed Hoppy Session Ale and Shake Chocolate Porter.

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to Dec 13

8 Beery Nights

It's that time of year! 8 nights, 8 different variations of the Imperial Chanukah Porter..

Chef Cleetus Friedman and Begyle Brewing have brought back their imperial chanukah porter, Dr Dreidel's, for the holidays and for each night we'll be infusing the beer with something different at Fountainhead in Chicago.

Each night features that night's infusion plus past night's offerings.

DEC 6 - The Base Beer
DEC 7 - Espresso Bean
DEC 8 - Ancho Chili
DEC 9 - Bourbon Vanilla Chai
DEC 10 - Malted Milk
DEC 11 - Marshmallow, Graham Cracker & Chocolate
DEC 12 - Nitro
DEC 13 - Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged

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6:30 PM18:30

HCB Bottle Share

Hardcore Craft Beer will be hosting another bottle share at Porter's Pub on Thursday, November 19th starting at 6:30 PM.

This is an open event and everyone and anything is welcome. Bring a bottle, or couple of bottles, to open and share, mingle with other beer patrons, and have a good time. Grab something from your beer cellar or something interesting from the store that you've wanted to try.

We understand that events like this can seem intimidating to the newcomer, but honestly it is the exact opposite of the reality. Whether you know a little, a lot, or nothing at all about craft beer, everyone is encouraged to come out and warmly welcomed by all who attend. It really is an example of the more, the merrier and newcomers always leave saying the same thing: "Everyone was so nice and I actually learned a lot."

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 one of the specials, 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).
• Do not worry about what bottles to bring and do not be intimidated by other "big" bottles that people might come with. Bring what you enjoy or what YOU feel is special.
• 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. Don't Sweem the beer.
• Relax, have a good time, and be responsible.

We will see you there!

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7:00 PM19:00

Beer & Cigar Night

We've been quite fond of a fine cigar with our beer and we want to invite you to join us for an evening on the patio at Porter's Pub on Wednesday, June 24th at 7 PM.

Enjoy some small bites and beers beforehand as we get ready to open some bottles of 2014 Matt's Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison. This beer has an aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, banana, and hints of smokiness from the Cherrywood malt. The taste has fruit and spice, woodiness, and a touch of alcohol. Overall this beer is full bodied and ends dry with light bitterness.

This is a very unique beer that holds up perfectly for the warmer weather and adds a little extra something to a fine smoke.

Cost for the evening :: $30
Seating is very LIMITED and reservations are highly recommended.
Please call 847.214.5877 to secure your spot.

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The Blacklist

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.

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6:00 PM18:00

Special Tapping :: Not Your Father's Root Beer

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.

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2:00 PM14:00

Beer Fest Beat Down

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...

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6:30 PM18:30

Keep The Pint

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.

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6:00 PM18:00

Bourbon Barrel Bastard Tapping

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.

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6:00 PM18:00

Brewery Spotlight :: Revolution Brewing

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

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to 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

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6:30 PM18:30


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

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4:00 PM16:00


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.


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