The Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events for Thanksgiving Week

The Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events for Thanksgiving Week

Hey, read on down to find two, count 'em two opportunities to score some Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout.

Monday, November 22

7:00 p.m. • Tickets on sale for Map Room Beer School

The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636

Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Price, $25 per person. November's topic: Holiday beers. Tickets go on sale today, starting at 7 p.m. Cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

6:30 p.m. • Seedling Farms – Three Floyds Fall Dinner

Province, 161 N. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 669-9900

Join Peter Klein of Seedling Farms, Lincoln Anderson and brewers from Three Floyds for a reception and multi-course dinner on Tuesday Nov. 23rd. Menu at Start with a beer and appetizer reception at 6:30 and dinner to follow immediately after. Reception and Dinner are only $69! Call 312.669.9900 to make a reservation, space is limited so call soon!

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Thanks Giving Cider Dinner

Finnegan's Irish Pub, 24102 Lockport St,, Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177

This month's beer dinner will be Thanksgiving themed and will be a full Cider Dinner. Chef Dave has created another fantastic menu and Dale Lewis, our beer program director here at Finnegan's will explain the pairings and describe the Ciders. There are vegetarian options for each course.

$50 Per Person Seats WILL fill up fast. Call now and make your reservations. Pre Pay Only!

7:00 − 9:00 p.m. • Five-Course Seasonal Beer Dinner

ACRE Restaurant, 5308 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-7600 x20

Price $65.00 Info: Join ACRE Restaurant and Chef Carlos Ysaguirre as they serve a five course seasonal menu paired with beers from West Coast darlings Stone Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. Both of these breweries have impressed beer lovers with their amazing brews and devotion to their craft. Stone Brewing and The Lost Abbey are able to push boundaries while still maintaining respect for both traditional beer style ingredients, with the end result being nothing short of  amazing. Join Aaron Tyrell of Stone, Patrick Gould of Windy City Distribution and Matthew Modica of Acre as we take you through a night of West Coast beer meets Mid-West food. No one under 21 years old will be admitted. Tickets at

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • International Night

The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636

Drink local, think global... On Tuesday, November 23, Map Room visits China with Lao You Ju, 2002 S Wentworth Avenue 312.823.3888. Food service starts at  approximately 7 pm.

7:00 p.m. • Near Perfect Porters & Stellar Stouts

Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury, Chicago

$10.00 per person Please join us as we explore the deep, dark and delectable ales known as porters and stouts. We’ll examine these world-class styles from their infancy in the British Isles to their migration to the New World. Register at

9:00 p.m. • Movie and Beer at Cigars & Stripes

Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043

Movie Night with John Candy! Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Wednesday, November 24

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Celebrate Black Wednesday with the Monk

The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500

Live Entertainment from 5 - 8 p.m. featuring Bad Medicine. Enjoy $3 Miller Lite Bottles, $4 House Brews, $5 Grey Goose Martinis 

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Black Wednesday at BrickStone

BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery, 557 Wm. Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277

On the biggest party night of the year, BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery will be transformed into the area's largest dance party. Presenting Deejay Brandon Dean Casey with Drummer Jon Paul Gray at 10:00 p.m.! Their beats will keep you dancing all night long while you enjoy $3 BrickStone brews, $3 Jager bombs, $2 SoCo Lime Shots, and $2 Jello Shots! Must be 21+ to enter with two valid forms of ID.

5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Black Wednesday at SmallBar Fullerton

Small Bar (Fullerton), 1415 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago 773-525-2727

"Join us Wednesday, November 24 to get yourself good and hungover for Thanksgiving!

$4 SmallBar Pale Ale
$4 Carlsberg Lager
$4 Allagash White
$5 Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA on Cask!

Plus great specialty drafts and bottled craft beer."

Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Flatlander's Thanksgiving Buffet

Flatlander's, 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire, IL (847) 821-1234

$29 adults, Kings 14 and under $14. Reservations Required. More info and menu at Flatlanders’ Facebook page.

7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Thanksgiving at SmallBar Logan

SmallBar Logan Square, 2956 N Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888

"SmallBar Logan Square will be open this Thanksgiving! Keith has decided to open up the bar to any and all that need a drink after a day with the family, or for those stuck in town. The kitchen will be closed, but there will be a potluck. $5 Hamms and Jim Beam all night! (note, the other smallbars will NOT be open)"

Friday, November 26

9:00 a.m. • Goose Island Bourbon County Rare release

Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago

Binny’s is proud to present the worldwide release of Goose Island’s highly anticipated Bourbon County Rare at our Lincoln Park location, right across the street from Goose’s Clybourn Brewpub. Join us at 9:00 am with Brewers and Staff from Goose Island to celebrate this momentous occasion. In addition to Rare, we’ve held back some specialGoose Island beers to be available for this release. This will be first come, first served so get here early...we will have coffee available for the line. A bottle limit will be in place based on turnout on both Rare and the special beers we held back.


10:00 a.m. • Goose Island Black Friday

Goose Island Clybourn Pub, 1800 N Clybourn, Chicago (312) 917-0071

Join Goose Island on Black Friday for a special preview of the much anticipated Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout. The Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub will be tapping a few barrels of the Rare that morning at 10am. Once it's gone, it's gone and we expect it will sell out fast. Aside from this special tapping the only time you'll see Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout on draft will be at select beer festivals and promotional Goose Island events in the future. Please note! There will be no bottles of Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout for sale at the pub on this day. Entry: Free.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • "Get Lit" at Finn's

Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688

Come and celebrate the kick-off of the Christmas season, with the annual tree lighting ceremony in Libertyville’s Cook Park. Our holiday beer, Santa's Magic (a Belgian Strong Ale) goes on tap that day as well. We're offering a pizza buffet in the Amber Room for everyone wishing to get in and out quickly. Later that night live music from Uncle Sam. Don't miss Santa in the Amber Room Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The bar will be open and the Bears game will be on.

Saturday, November 27

Binny's Open House Beer Tastings

Binny's Beverage Depots

Highland Park: 1919 Skokie Valley Hwy. (847) 831-5400
Weizenbocks, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. • Beer Making Class

Barley & Hops, 18452 S. Halsted St., Glenwood, IL (708) 754-9999

This will be an introductory beer making class. We will brew an extract batch. We will go over every step, and answer your questions as we brew. We ask that any homebrewers bring in a sample of their beers, and we will have many of ours to sample also. Now for the best part, This class will be FREE! Call for details, or visit the website.

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Map Room Beer School

The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636

Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Don't miss a great opportunity to enjoy fine beer, good company and expert tutelage. Price, $25 per person. November's topic: Holiday beers. Call for more information. Tickets went on sale on the Monday evening before beer school (Nov. 22), starting at 7 p.m. first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School.

Sunday, November 28

2:30 p.m. • Freakin' Firkin Sunday

The Livery, 190 5th Street, Benton Harbor, MI (269) 925-8760

Brewmaster Steve will be tapping the Firkin cask at 3.00 p.m. (or thereabouts) on this Sunday. Enjoy a pint of real ale in its true form - and also enjoy the lively Irish Session which is the same day from 2-5 pm.

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