Retroscape and Arise: Surly Nation at Emporium

On Friday May 13th, Chicago Beer Geeks united forces with Post Apocalyptic Productions and Surly Brewing Co. to present RETROSCAPE and Arise: Surly Nation at Emporium Lake County.

DJ Eternal (aka CBG Dan) and DJ Alpha Omega delivered 80s, new wave, vaporwave, synthpop, and chiptune beats, providing an electro-retro soundtrack for our Tekken tournament, beer raffle, pinball battles, Surly drinking, and pool hustling.


Chicago Beer Geeks and Surly pose with a few of our raffle winners


Emporium’s GM Roger De Vito (middle) with Surly’s Christopher Jecha (right)

Arise: Surly Nation

We were joined by industry reps including Christopher Jecha, Surly’s Chicago Market Manager. For the event, Surly featured some of their best brews: Abrasive, Mild Nitro, Pentagram, and Todd the Axe Man. Over the course of the evening, Jecha and other Surly reps challenged many “barcaders” at pool, pinball, and arcade duels, awarding Surly swag to the winners.

Chicago Beer Geeks raffled three rare beers: 2011 Surly Darkness, 2011 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and a 2011 Goose Island King Henry Barleywine Aged in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels, in addition to some CBG, Emporium, and Surly t-shirts.

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A few of the raffle winners pose for photos!



Emporium is one of the only bars in Lake County that features pinball, arcade games, foosball, pool, and Super Chexx Hockey.


So many tables to choose from! Adam’s Family, Game of Thrones, Fish Tales, Kiss, Rescue 911, and Wrestle Mania to name a few.

An oasis for residents of the Northern suburbs, Emporium Lake County has been open since January 1st of this year. The Lincolnshire location includes 24 stand-up games, eight pinball machines, Super Chexx hockey, foosball, and pool. In addition to a rotating list of locally crafted beers on tap, Emporium hosts a full bar. DJs commonly spin on weekends, and patrons can fuel their play with “eat with two hands” New York style pizzas made in-house. With its focus on craft beer and classic pinball and arcade games, Emporium has quickly become a CBG favorite.









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