Two Brothers Beer Tasting at Franklin Tap 5.8

Franklin Tap

Franklin Tap

Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 212-3262

Win Tickets to the American Beer Classic at Soldier Field

Thursday, May 8
5-7 p.m.

The Franklin Tap will hold a Two Brothers Brewing Company (Warrenville, IL) beer tasting event on Thursday, May 8. Brewery representative Paul Wonak will be on site to discuss the featured beer: Pale Frank, a custom brew made exclusively for Franklin Tap; Sidekick; Dog Days; and White Monarch. Samples of the beers will be provided and Wonak will mingle with participants from 5 to 7 p.m.

Full size pours of the four brews will be $5 (11 a.m.-midnight). For every Two Brothers draft purchased, a raffle ticket will be given for a chance to win two tickets to the American Beer Classic at Soldier Field on Saturday, May 10. The raffle will be held at 7 p.m.

Franklin Tap will offer a free round-trip shuttle to and from Soldier Field for the American Beer Classic on Saturday, May 10 (VIP and Session One). The shuttle will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Two Brother’s Brewing Company Tasting
Samples, complimentary; Drafts, $5
Pale Frank 5.2%, 16oz
Sidekick Extra Pale Ale 5.1%, 16oz
Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager 5.1%, 16oz
Monarch White 4.5%, 16oz

Beer Can Appreciation Day at Franklin Tap 1.24

Franklin Tap

Franklin Tap

Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 212-3262

Celebrate the “Canniversary” of Canned Beer

Friday, January 24
11 a.m. to 12 a.m

On January 24, 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company became the first brewer to sell canned beer in the United States. Competitors soon followed suit, and by the end of that same year, over 200 million cans had been produced and sold. On Friday, January 24, loop located tavern, Franklin Tap, will pay homage to the anniversary of canned beer with a “Canniversary” party from 11 a.m. to midnight. In celebration of Beer Can Appreciation Day, Franklin Tap’s list of 20 different canned brews (outlined below) will be offered for $6 each. Chef Glenn Pistorio’s menu of bar snacks, soup, salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and tavern favorites will be offered.

Franklin Tap “Canniversary” Menu
$6 each on Beer Can Appreciation Day

Avery White Rascal
Blanche de Bruxelles
Finch’s Fascist Pig Ale
Finch’s Threadless IPA
Half Acre Daisy Cutter
Half Acre Over Ale
Half Acre Pony Pilsner
New Belgium Shift Lager
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Revolution Anti-Hero IPA
Revolution Bottom Up Wit
Revolution Eugene Porter
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sixpoint Sweet Action
SKA Modus Hoperandi
Surly Coffee Bender
Surly CynicAle
Tallgrass Velvet Rooster Belgian Tripel
Vander Mill Hard Apple Cider

12 Beers of Christmas at Franklin Tap Now-12.31

Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 212-3262


Drink a Dozen, Receive a Keepsake Pint Glass

Monday, December 2 – Tuesday, December 31

Franklin Tap is holding a “12 Beers of Christmas” craft brew promotion throughout December. Now through the 31st, guests may enjoy twelve holiday-inspired beers (listed below). If the entire list is consumed by New Year’s Eve, a keepsake pint glass will be awarded. Franklin Tap will offer punch cards to those participating.

12 Beers of Christmas Menu
Revolution Brewing: Fistmas Ale $6 16oz , 6.1%
Great Lakes Brewing: Christmas Ale $6 16oz, 7.5%
Southern Tier Brewing: 2XMAS $6 16oz, 8%
Two Brothers Brewing: The More The Merrier $6 16oz, 6.9%
Brouwerij Affligem: Noel $10 12oz, 9%
Goose Island: Sixth Day $6 16oz, 8.3%
Anderson Valley Brewing: Winter Solstice $6 16oz , 6.9%
Samuel Adams: Merry Maker $7 12oz , 9%
Sierra Nevada: Celebration Ale $6 16oz, 6.8%
Three Floyds Brewing: Alpha Klaus $8 12oz, 6%
Lakefront Brewery: Holiday Spice $8 12oz, 11%
New Belgium Brewing: Frambozen $7 16oz , 6.5%

Franklin Tap is open Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday , 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Duvel Day at Franklin Tap 7.17

Glassware Giveaway, Belgian Beer in the Spotlight

Franklin Tap

Franklin Tap

Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 212-3262

When: Wednesday, July 17 at 5 p.m.


Just in time for Belgian Independence Day (July 21, 1831), loop located tavern Franklin Tap will celebrate Belgium brews, specifically those by Duvel. On Wednesday, July 17 from 5-7 p.m., Duvel Moortgat USA representative Tom Gardener will be on hand to pour beer samples and discuss what it takes to create the essential Belgian beer.

Duvel Single drafts ($7) and Duvel bottles ($9) will be highlighted, and guests that purchase Duvel will receive keepsake, painted glassware created by Brooklyn artist Mike Perry (while supplies last – photo included below).

Duvel defined the category Strong Golden Ale when it was first brewed in the 1920s. Combining the rich aromas and flavors of an ale with the smooth, refreshing drinkability of a lager, Duvel is a blonde bombshell of a beer that bridges the gap between taste and refreshment.

Duvel’s curvaceous glass and white pillowy head quickly proved irresistible to drinkers around the globe, and by 1990, Duvel was being exported to over 40 nations. Today, Duvel is regarded as one of the world’s best beers and is the shining golden star of imported Belgian specialty beers in America.

“Beer Is My Valentine” at Franklin Tap

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Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 212-3262

Chocolate Stout, Strawberry Lambic and the “Champagne” of Beers

When: Tuesday, February 14
11 a.m. to midnight

No Valentine this year? No problem! Spend this February 14 at Franklin Tap, where beer is everyone’s true love. In honor of all things traditionally enjoyed on Cupid’s day (champagne, chocolate and strawberries), Franklin Tap will offer four Valentine’s Day beer specials sure to get your heart pumping.

The “Beer Is My Valentine” specials include $3 Miller Highlife (the “champagne” of beers), $4 Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and $5 Timmermans Strawberry Lambic. For something truly unique, try Lisa Selman’s “Chocolate Covered Strawberries” drink – a pint of Timmermans Strawberry Lambic floated with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout for $5.

Executive Chef Tim Dowling’s full menu will be available from 11 a.m. to midnight. Franklin Tap offers an array of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and entrees.

Classic Cocktail Class with Ketel One Vodka and Nolet Gin 1.25

Where: Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 212-3262

Learn Libations Through an Interactive Spirits Station at Franklin Tap

When: Wednesday, January 25
5-7 p.m.

No cost to attend
$7 Ketel One and Nolet Gin cocktails

Franklin Tap will host a Ketel One Vodka and Nolet Gin classic cocktail class and distillery sampling on Wednesday, January 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. The educational (and fun) event will be led by Ketel One ambassador Daniel Kaman and Nolet ambassador Mike Mallory. Guests will sample spirits, learn how to shake and stir classic gin and vodka cocktails, and have the opportunity to try the interactive “mix your own martini” station.

Resident mixologist, Lisa Selman, has created two specialty, modern classic cocktails for the event. The “Spiced Pear” (Ketel One, lemon juice, pear nectar, clove simple syrup and liquor 43) and “Winter Fizz” (Nolet gin, cranberries, cinnamon simple syrup, sage, lime juice and soda) will be offered for $7, as will all Ketel One and Nolet gin cocktails and martinis that day.

Simply arrive at 5 p.m. or call Franklin Tap to reserve a table for the distillery sampling and cocktail class.

Nolet Distillery is a family-owned company with roots going back 10 generations. By uniting craftsmanship with modern technology, Nolet Distillery is successfully producing premium spirit brands in Schiedam, Holland for distribution across the world. The history of excellence is confirmed nowadays in the brand Ketel One, among the leading super premium vodka’s worldwide.

Celebrate Your Right to Drink at Franklin Tap 12.5-12.9

Week-Long Repeal of Prohibition Party with Batch 19 Brews and Templeton Rye Libations

Warm up with whiskey and discover a new hidden gem. If you haven’t experienced Batch 19, this is the time to do it! This hidden treasue isn’t availble everywhere yet but it has a story almost as good as the beer.

When: Monday, December 5 though Friday, December 9
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to Midnight; Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 212-3262

The Repeal of Prohibition in the United States was accomplished with the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. constitution on December 5, 1933. Franklin Tap will celebrate the annual Repeal of Prohibition with a week-long party, taking place in the Loop from Monday, December 5 (Repeal Day) to Friday, December 9.

Step back in time and sip $4 pints of Batch 19, a pre-prohibition style lager. Batch 19 is inspired by the last batches of beer brewed before 1919 (the year that beer was banned) and is based on an old beer recipe that was discovered in the basement archives of the Coors brewery, dating back before Prohibition.

In addition, mixologist Lisa Selman, has created a menu of Templeton Rye whiskey cocktails ($5). When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws by producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as “Templeton Rye” (a Capone favorite). The libations, listed below, include Midwest Rye Cider, Whiskey Smash and a classic Manhattan. As an added bonus, the brand ambassador of Templeton Rye Whiskey, Michael Killmer, will be meeting and greeting with guest from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7.

Templeton Rye Prohibition Era Cocktails $5

Midwest Rye Cider
Templeton rye, apple cider, squeeze of lemon juice, maple syrup

Whiskey Smash
Templeton rye, squeeze of lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh mint

Templeton rye, sweet vermouth, angostura, bitters, cherry

Batch 19
Inspired by an authentic pre-Prohibition recipe, this bold, hoppy and balanced lager derives its bold taste by using a rare combination of hops including Hersbrucker and Strisslespalt. Hersbrucker hops provide herbal notes and Strisslespalt hops deliver notes of black currant. We are aware of no brewer in America who uses this combination today. Deep-gold in color, naturally filtered and unpasteurized, Batch 19 has 26 IBUs and an assertive 5.5% ABV.

Templeton Rye
When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye. Based on its extremely smooth finish, the American rye whiskey earned the nickname of “The Good Stuff” and quickly brought a certain degree of fame to the doorsteps of Templeton (population 350). As the premium brand of the era, Templeton Rye fetched an impressive $5.50 per gallon – or approximately $70 by today’s standards. Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became Al Capone’s whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire. Hundreds of kegs per month were supplied to Capone’s gang who in turn filled the demand of speakeasies throughout Chicago, New York and as far west as San Francisco. Capone was eventually convicted on charges of tax evasion and sent to prison. Later legends suggest that a few bottles even found their way inside the walls of Alcatraz to the cell of prisoner AZ-85. Although most American whiskeys ceased production after prohibition ended, Templeton Rye continued to be produced illegally in small quantities for loyal patrons. More than eighty-five years later, the infamous small batch rye whiskey finally returned – made available legally for the first time ever in 2006.

Franklin Tap is an urban neighborhood tavern located in Chicago’s vibrant loop, just seconds away from Willis Tower, Union Station and The Board of Trade. The diverse menu offers premium sandwiches, homemade soups and comfort food favorites along with an extensive selection of craft beer, including 12 brews on draft.