Update: Brian Strumke, brewer of Stillwater Artisanal Ales, has been in town this week hosting informal tastings of his beers. Though based in Baltimore, Strumke is considered a “gypsy” brewer, making his beers at whatever brewery wants to have him over. Mostly at DOG Brewing of Maryland, and at small breweries in Belgium. On Wednesday, December 8, Brian is doing “Meet & Greets” at:
The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago (312) 733-9555, 5:30 p.m.
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851, 8:00 p.m.
Monday, December 6
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Repeal Day Beer Dinner
Encore Liquid Lounge, 171 W Randolph, Chicago (312) 338-3788
When Prohibition was repealed on Dec. 5th, 1933, the Hotel Allegro (then the Bismarck) tapped Chicago’s first legal keg of beer. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Metropolitan Brewing to brew a one time only beer we’re calling “The Bismarck,” a Munich Dunkel Rye. We’ll be offering a 5 course dinner featuring classic German food paired with select beers from Metropolitan Brewing and Two Brothers Brewing Company.
Reservations are being accepted between 6-8, when Doug & Tracy Hurst from Metropolitan and Andy Jenkins from Two Brothers will be on hand to talk about the beers. The dinner costs $40 (tax and gratuity not included) and will be available all night, while supplies last. Please contact Andy Pishko via email or phone (312) 325-7125 for reservations or further details.
6:00 p.m. • Rock Bottom Orland Park Dominator IPA Release
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Rock Bottom Orland Park launches Dominator IPA and offers specialty bottle beers! Join Rock Bottom Orland Park for some Hoppy Holidays with the launch of our Dominator IPA.
Also: Specialty Bottle Beers For Sale – As of Monday, December 6th we are going to start selling a limited quantity of hand bottled 22 oz. Bombers of our specialty beers. We will be starting with Sub Zero Winter Warmer for $10 each and Old Codger Barley Wine for $15 each. These will be followed by: Black Eye PA, Devil’s Thumb, Drink Me and Blitzen with more to follow in the New Year.
9:00 p.m. • Metal Monday Movie Special
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
One of the editors at WindyCitizen.com thought I must be in the tank for Cigars & Stripes because I posted so many of their Halloween events. No, they just had a lot of Halloween events. So just for her, I’m adding this listing! Enjoy! (B-sides, Lemmy is in fact one of the smartest guys in the music world!)
Motörhead, Live at Düsseldorf on the Big Screen! After the Show, Watch Metalocalypse Season I, Episodes 4, 5, & 6
$1.00 off Any Tapp Beers, $6.00 Hott Wings All Night.
Showtime Starts 9:00
Tuesday, December 7
7:00 p.m. • Emmett’s Beer Tastings
Join Emmett’s for a free seminar on beer, how it’s made, and the history behind each featured style along with a free tasting of two commercial style of the beer. For beer aficionados and those who would like to learn a little more about how beer is made and best enjoyed. Held quarterly, great outing for groups, reservations highly recommended. Must be 21 or older to attend this free event.
- Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co. 128 W. Main St., West Dundee, IL (847) 428-4500
- Emmett’s Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
- Emmett’s Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Duvel Tasting and Glassware Giveaway
Monk’s Pub, 205 W Lake, Chicago, IL
Order a Duvel and take home Duvel Glassware!
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. • International Night
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Drink local, think global… Join us Tuesday, December 7, as we visit Germany, Catered by Third Coast Chef, Featuring Chef Andrew Potterfield (847) 721-9160. Food service starts at approximately 7 pm.
7:00 p.m. • The Bapple Art Extravaganza
The Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 360-8406
The Bad Apple welcomes an art showing by SomaFlux Design Chicago Style. They’ll be pouring some unique meads & beers &“meers”® Resident DJ Major Taylor will be spinning and Bad Apple fare will fill your belly. Meads from Wild Blossom (10033 S. Western Ave., Chicago) will be offered, along with some rare and favorite beers:
- Bierbrouwerij Emelisse Black & Tan, an ImperialStout/IPA from the Netherlands aged in a Bowmore whiskey barrel; only 3 kegs available in the U.S.
- North Coast La Merle Saison
- Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean
- Goose Island Dominique, an oak aged sour Belgian
- Laqunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild
The Bad Apple will unveil a huge piece of art Kya has created for their back wall called “The Dragon of Eden,” and will be showing various other pieces from the SomaFlux 2010 collection. SomaFlux combines the two artistic visions ofJennifer (Kya) and Jeremy (Sham) into a beautiful piece of art. SomaFlux is a provocative body of energy & art work constantly flowing. Mingle with the artists and representatives for all the breweries. Tickets are $30 purchased in advance or $40 at the door; all beers and food included. The Bad Apple will be closed to regular service during the event. Artist website.
Wednesday, December 8
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Christmas Beer Tasting
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 975 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL (847) 438-1437
Join us for our biggest tasting of the year! Last year we sampled over 50 different brews from 7 different countries. This is a rare opportunity to try some of the most sought after and highly rated beers from around the world. $10 with Binny’s Card / $15 non-members.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Beer Lover’s Field Trip
Upstairs at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
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Join Drinks Over Dearborn at one of the world’s best beer bars, Michael & Louise’s Hopleaf, for a private open-bar event. From 7-9:00 p.m., we will have the entire upstairs bistro to ourselves with over 60 beers available in all different formats, plus great food from their newly-minted Michelin kitchen below. We often get owner Mike Roper to regale us with stories from his many trips through Belgium beer country during the night. Join us for a great night for beer experts and novices alike! Buy your ticket before we sell out! (select “in-store pickup”), call 312-337-WINE (9463) or buy in person at DoD today!
$40 for unlimited bottles from 7-9. Check out the impressive bottle list here.
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. • Belgian Beer Dinner
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago, IL
SmallBar and Chef Todd Davies present a Belgian Beer Dinner featuring beers from Duvel Moortgat. 36 seats are available. Reservations are required. Please call 773-525-2727 or email email@example.com to reserve your seat today!
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. • Half Acre Big Hugs Release Party
Archie’s Iowa Rockwell Tavern, 2600 W. Iowa St., Chicago
So tickets to Half Acre’s On Photon party sold out before you even heard about it. Come hug it out with the crew from Half Acre and Jay of Star Lounge Coffee, whose Dark Matter Coffee has hugged the keg of Big Hugs Imperial Stout, which will be tapped at 7:00 p.m. Come on down for some Big Hugs and complimentary beer-soaked goodness from Derek’s Dogs and Deli.
And…. maybe a *Wild* surprise – You’ll just have to come down to find out!
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Christmas Beer School at Duke’s
Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, IL (815) 356-9980
Taste & learn about some of the 20 Christmas beers that Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen has to offer this month. Beers will be paired with rich and delicious holiday foods. No Entrance Fee.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Northwind Imperial Stout Pin Tapping
Sully’s House Tap Room and Grill, 1501 N. Dayton St., Chicago (773) 244-1234
Two Brothers will be stopping by to tap a pin firkin of Northwind Imperial Stout, their big winter warmer. Stop by and enjoy this rare offering while it’s still pouring.
Thursday, December 9
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Whole Foods Winter Wine & Beer Festival
Whole Foods Market – Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street Chicago (312) 587-0648
Visit Whole Foods Market to discover over 300 wines, beers, and spirits for your holiday celebrations this season! Look for special discounts on all wines and beers, special bottle openings every hour, sample holiday items from our Catering and Prepared Food departments, and participate in numerous raffle drawings. Must be 21+ to attend. Upon Arrival, check-in at Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park’s 1550 Bar for tasting sheet and wristband. Optional case pickup later in the week (following event). No registration required.
Stay late to also attend:
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sam Adams Infinium Release Party
Whole Foods Market – Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 587-0648
This is a collaboration between Sam Adams and Weihenstephan (the world’s oldest brewery). It’s a one of a kind, almost champagne-like.In fact, they use the method they utilize to make champagne. So, it’s not just for beer geeks! Almost analogous to Mondavi and Rothschild partnering in the wine world to make Opus. Old World meets the New.
5:00 −11:00 p.m. • Goose Island Mild Winter Pub Crawl
- 5:00 – 6:15 Pete’s of Palatine, 19 N. Bothwell St., between Johnson St. & Palatine Rd. (847) 202-9069
- 6:30 – 7:15 Hotshots Saloon, 53 W. Slade St. (847) 468-7468
- 7:30 – 8:30 Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille, 60 N. Bothwell St. (847) 991-2420
- 8:45 – 10:00 Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St. (847) 358-9150
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Pucker Up! A Celebration of Sour!
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
We have room for only the first 25 paid participants!! Whether you are new to the style or just need a refresher on some old favorites, stop on by the Tribes to sample five world-class Belgian sour ales.
Sour ales might be a shock to your system the first time you try one, but the style has quickly become a favorite among many a Midwest beer drinker. In addition to all the great Belgian examples, many American and Midwest brewers have started to focus on sour ales, and you’re missing out on a lot of great beer if you aren’t down with the sour thing! We’ll try at least five and maybe open one special bottle just because it’s a Thursday!
- Rodenbach Grand Cru (Brouwerij Rodenbach): A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats.
- Duchesse De Bourgogne (Verhaeghe): This is a gold standard for the style. A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats.
- Petrus Aged Pale (Bavik): “This beer is made only with pale malts, and is unblended. It has 24-30 months in wood.
- Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale (Brouwerij Van Steenberge): They have blended young and old beers to make this mildly tart sour ale. Light bodied with a lactic/sour nose and a bit of sweet and sour in the finish.
- Liefmans Goudenband Belgian Ale (Moortgat): Matured in the brewery’s cool cellars for 6 months, Goudenband is then filled into champagne bottles, and laid down to bottle ferment until reaching the maturity required of this unique ale.
Only $20 for all 5! (7 oz Ea)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Bell’s Beer Tasting: Invasion of the stouts!
Vrai Amour, 953 W. Webster Ave. Chicago (773) 549-9740
It’s time to enjoy some fine beers with our friends from the Bell’s Brewery. Christmas bells are ringing and that means it’s time to enjoy some delicious brews with our friends. With our selection ever increasing, who knows what we will have in store for our excellent customers? No charge to attend.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Goose Island Clybourn tapping
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 North Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Every Thursday, a new beer brewed at the Clybourn brewpub is tapped.
6:30 p.m. The Boozehound Presents: Holiday & Winter Beers
Drinks over Dearborn, 650 N. Dearborn St., 2nd floor, Chicago (312) 337-WINE (9463)
Join us for a fun class including a tasting of six fantastic winter & holiday-themed beers including Anchor Christmas, He’Brew Jewbelation 14, St. Bernardus Christmas, New Holland Cabin Fever, and more! Order tickets at store.drinksoverdearborn.com
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Murphy Brother’s Christmas Ale Extravaganza
Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-5356
Sample more than 100 beers from more than 30 breweries in the Louis Glunz Beer portfolio with a focus on seasonal and Christmas ales. Including: Dogfish Head, Founders, Chimay, Barley Island, 3 Floyd’s, Porterhouse, Anchor, Breckenridge, Great Lakes and many more. Admission includes a souvenir glass and snacks.
7:30 – 10:30 p.m. • A Night with Winter Tyranena Brews
The Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 360-8406
On Tap: The winter seasonal: Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale And from the Brewers Gone Wild! Series: An incredibly rare appearance of Doubly Down & Even Dirtier. Support Wisconsin Beer! DJ Major Taylor will spin from 10-1 a.m.
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