5pm, Delilah’s (2771 N. Lincoln – (773) 472-2771) hosts its Fifthteenth annual
vintage beer festival. More than one hundred beers, primarily strong ales,
barrel aged beers and live beers, from over 50 breweries will be tasted -
side by side, for the first time ever in Chicago – many in multiple vintages.
Regionally, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Capitol, Two Brothers, Half Acre,
Founder’s, Bell’s & Lakefront Brewing will be represented, and many of these
brewers will be in attendance.
Strong ales have been traditionally brewed during and for the winter and
early spring months and are quite suitable for aging – often being brewed a
year before release. Many of the ales for this tasting will be sampled in
vintage with a few vintage verticals and there will be an emphasis on barrel
aged beers – the J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, for instance, will be available from
the 2007 vintage aged in used Lagavulin Scotch Barrels. There will be a King
& Barnes Christmas Ale from 1998 plus ten vintages of Sierra Nevada’s
Bigfoot Barley Wine.
A very unique experience to sample all these strong beers together – along
with vintage dated brews including: Anchor Old Foghorn, Avery Hog Heaven,
Thomas Hardy’s Ale, Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale, Scotland’s Skull Splitter,
Portland Brewing Adam Barley Wine, Dog Fish Head Immort Ale, Lucifer Ale, Trois
Pistoles & La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue, Malheur Millennium, Capitol Blonde
Dopplebock – multiple vintages, Two Brothers Bear Tree Weiss Wine,
Maredsous Triple, EKU 28, and the French Belzebuth, Rogue Ales Old Crusty and
Young’s Old Nick. Admission is $20 for a sampling of the offerings.
concerning each product will be available. This tasting is a must.