Battle of the Bizarre Brews - Atlas Obscura

Evanston, Illinois

Battle of the Bizarre Brews

Taste your way through a delightfully strange sampling of craft beers, along with a five-course meal, inside a former fire station.

At this showdown of the Battle of the Bizarre Brews, a selection of the best craft brewers from the North Shore face off in a competition that features beers with strange tastes and ingredients including key lime pie and gin.

The elite brewers at Sketchbook, Temperance, Alarmist, and Begyle breweries will all bring their best and most unique beers to compete to see which beer will earn your vote and be crowned Atlas Obscura's winner. 

Included in your ticket will be a five-course meal specially created to compliment the strange tastes. In between beers and bites, you’ll get a chance to hear the stories of our local brew masters who will cover topics like how to open a brewery, the history of craft beer in Chicago, and how to drink a beer like an expert.

The brawl all goes down during Illinois Craft Beer Week, inside Chicagos's own Firehouse Grill. Once an actual fire station, the Firehouse Grill is an Evanston icon and under new management. Owner Pat Fowler will  join us to give a history on the historical building.


  • 21+ only. Must bring I.D. to enter.
  • Your ticket includes a tasting of 4 beers and a 5 course meal.
  • Those with dietary restrictions must email Field Agent Kirby no less than three days before the event at 
  • A cash bar will also be available on premises serving a standard variety of drinks.


Email Kirby Barth at

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