The Bourbon County Stout
release at the Goose Island Brewhouse is already sold out. But there are plenty of chances to get a hold of some of what's become a Chicago Holiday Traditional brew. You can read my preview of the 2017 Bourbon County Stout variants here
It took longer than I thought to get this posted, because each time I set down to write this, I found more events to put into my calendar. And there will be more to be inserted after this one is published, so check back for more chances to get out and avoid shoppers...
I’m writing this in the last lull before the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I’ve been constantly updating the Black Wednesday and Black Friday calendar, and tomorrow will pack for the trip to Grandma’s. When we get back, we’ll be right into Christmas decorating mode. Just enough time to slip into one more beer that’s been sent... Read more »
This is an unusually busy week, so much so that I've already posted separate Black Wednesday and Black Friday calendars and now that the ChicagoNow powers-that-be have restored the ability to make posts "sticky," I can post in advance and keep the most timely posts at the top of my blogroll. And I'll be able to take the kids off to see Grandma and Grandpa...
I've run a little behind getting this posted, partly because I keep finding more events to put in, and because I've been fighting a fever since last night. Luckily I have the listing for Black Wednesday
and Black Friday
already set up, and I am still adding events to those listings as well...
We are now into the season of big beer releases: this week it's Perennial Abraxas. And with Black Wednesday and Black Friday loading with events, I've posted previews for those days, which you can find on this blog homepage, or on this page's "right rail."
Timothy Marshall, founding brewmaster at Solemn Oath Brewery, has departed for warmer climes. This announcement was posted to Solemn Oath's Facebook page:
Since before we opened our doors head brewer Tim Marshall has been at the helm of SOB's beer operations. He has dedicated the last six years towards developing the beers you've grown to love, driving our growth, and serving as a leader at SOB. Next week will be Tim's final with the brewery as he and his family move to Florida for their next adventure. We are grateful to have had the chance to work alongside Tim and proud of everything we have accomplished together.
Cheers to Tim, our friend and forever a co-founder of Solemn Oath. You will be missed.
I first knew Tim as head brewer at Rock Bottom Yorktown (Lombard), well before he set out to start his own brewery, which opened in 2012. His penchant for left-of-center brews was in evidence back then (and never would have set well with RB's current corporate brewing policy). Good luck, Tim!
This holiday beer season, I'm publishing my calendar of events for Black Wednesday now, with Black Friday to come very shortly after.
These days bracketing Thanksgiving Day have become important not just for Christmas shopping, but for folks in Chicago to get their lips around Goose Island's Bourbon County Stouts and variants. BCS goes on draft Wednesday, while bottles will be available Friday at the re-opened and re-named Goose Island Brewhouse, and at retailers around the area. Here's my preview
of the 2017 BCS variants.
Meanwhile, other brewers and establishments will be taking advantage of the hubbub to put on some big beer events of their own.
For those coming across my events articles for the first time, each day's events are fed in from my Google Calendar by a little programming app I wrote myself. All I have to do is enter new events on the calendar, and they appear here. However, the events appear inside a separate HTML iframe, so this article has a scrollbar inside the usual scrollbar. And check back, we'll be adding more events...
I'm posting a bit early because of the many events going on around the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers
. Tickets are now sold out, but I have a long list of other events.
I'll also be posting early listings for Black Wednesday and Black Friday, since there are more rounds of events involving Bourbon County Stout, and many other barrel-aged beers. And those will be continuously updated as plans fall into place. Stay tuned.
Saturday is also Veterans Day, and while a lot of establishments will have discounts or free meals for vets, I knew I couldn't cover all of them, so I focused on the beer-centric ones...
Once again, I’m popping a beer that has been sent to me by its “people” for my comment. Up now: Shiner 777 India Pale Lager, by Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner, Texas. There’s more to it than just being a hopped-up “India Pale Lager.” First, of course, it is a hopped up pale lager. But there’s... Read more »
First off, Monday at noon is when tickets go online for Goose Island's Black Friday event at the original Clybourn brewpub, now the Goose Island Brewhouse. Check the listing below for a chance to get in on this year's Bourbon County Stout.
As of Sunday evening, there are still tickets left for this weekend's Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers
. If you can't get tickets by now, or if the event is a little too pricey for you, there will be plenty of alternate pouring of barrel-aged beers to enjoy...
We're headed into the holiday season with more big beer events. The biggest to come is next weekend's Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers
, for which tickets may still be available. But if you miss out, many local beer spaces will be having their own barrel-aged beer events! This weekend, we welcome the Beer Hoptacular, Metropolitan Brewing's new taproom, and the first bottle releases from Energy City of Batavia. Just remember, we're losing an hour of sleep Saturday night...