CH Distillery kicks off its guest bartending series with Charles Joly of… (Kaitlyn McQuaid/For RedEye )
Dusek's 1227 W. 18th St. 312-526-3851
The restaurant debuts Brooklyn Brewery's Swedish-style Hammarby Syndrome ale ($6 includes a take-home snifter) and serves it as part of a Brooklyn Brewmaster Reserve Beers flight with food pairings, including Cuvee la Boite served with shrimp with spiced chips; Fire and Ice paired with toasted malt oatmeal, medjool dates, cocoa nibs and pork belly pave; and the aforementioned Hammarby with a spruce-smoked duck leg, apple, spelt and mushroom confit. 5-10 p.m. $15.
The Charleston 2076 N. Hoyne Ave. 773-489-4757
Head to Bucktown for beer, snacks and grooves as Half Acre Brewery takes over the taps with Chocolate Camaro, Heyoka, Daisy Cutter and Pony pilsner ($5-$7) while you munch on complimentary popcorn with DIY toppings—including maple bacon—and dance to beats by DJ duo The Yoko Oyeahs. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Guest Bartender Series Launch
CH Distillery 564 W. Randolph St. 312-707-8780
The Aviary's James Beard Award-winning beverage director Charles Joly steps behind the bar to shake up your night with such $11 creations as the Fulton Market Fizz made with CH key lime gin and curacao; and the CH whiskey-based Wrong Side of the Ryan. 5-11 p.m. No cover.
Fire Chief Ale Release
Rock Bottom Brewery 1 W. Grand Ave. 312-755-9339
The River North spot offers a solution to your beer emergency with a 6 p.m. tapping of this limited-edition, house-brewed auburn ale ($6.25 per 20-ounce pint) where partial proceeds benefit a Chicago Fire Department-supported charity. Pair it with new "fiery" menu items including 3 Alarm Chili ($4.50-$6.50) and Campfire Shrimp ($15.50). 6 p.m. Through March 30.
Raunch: Tales of Debauchery
Abbey Pub 3420 W. Grace St. 773-478-4408
Inappropriateness rules at this comedic live lit show where seven storytellers—including host Rob Speer, author James "GPA/Greatest Poet Alive" Gordon ("Revenge of the Orgasm") and Solo in the 2nd City co-founder Melinda McIntire—share down-and-dirty anecdotes. 7 p.m. No cover.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.