The Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events: Dec 13-16

December 9 through 20

4:00 - 11:30 p.m. • 12 Days of Christmas
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-3905
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave., Chicago, (773) 525-8665

Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro joins forces with Fountainhead & The B.O.B. to bring you the trifecta of The 12 Days Of Christmas. The three bars will be pouring over 20 Christmas beer selections.

Breweries to include:
Anchor, Mikkeller, Petrus, J. K. Skrumpy's, Port Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Breckenridge, St. Feuillien, Sierra Nevada, Brasserie Dupont, Ridgeway, Delirium, The Bruery, Southampton Publick House, Tournay, Great Lakes, Affligem, Brasserie De Silenrieux, and many more to be added.

There will be trolley service available on December 9 from 6-10 p.m., Dec. 12 from 4-9 p.m., and Dec. 20 from 6-10 p.m. to take you to each bar.

December 12 - 23

12 Beers of Christmas
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery,
1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW

This year we will again be doing our "12 Beers of Christmas". On December 12th for 12 days straight, Flossmoor Station Brewery will release a one-of-a-kind, completely unique beer especially for that day. We will tap the beer when we open and when it is finished, we'll have the next day to look forward to!

  • Sunday, December 12 - Cinnamon IPA
  • Monday, December 13 - Vanilla Bean Brown
  • Tuesday, December 14 - Ginger Marzen
  • Wednesday, December 15 - Licorice Stout
  • Thursday, December 16 - Spruced Red
  • Friday, December 17 - Chocolate Cherry Brown
  • Saturday, December 18 - Wassail Wheat
  • Sunday, December 19 - Clove Red
  • Monday, December 20 - Mint Stout
  • Tuesday, December 21 - Juniper Gandy
  • Wednesday, December 22 - Chocolate Magnolia Star
  • Thursday, December 23 - Apricot India Pale Lager

Monday, December 13

Planned opening for Haymarket Pub & Brewery
737 Randolph (corner of Halsted & Randolph), Chicago (312) 638-0700

This venture, co-owned by award-winning brewer Pete Crowley, is expected to open today going through a few last inspections for their various business licenses. Opening is now pushed to later this week, or this weekend. Check with Haymarket's Facebook page for any additional information.

12 stouts of Christmas
Brixie's Beer Bar,
9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387.0050

Monday kicks off Brixie's 12 Stouts of Christmas. Brixie's will keep 12 different stouts on tap until the end of the year. Monday's tapping is: Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Three Floyds Hells Black Intelligencia, Allagash Black, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Founders Breakfast, Fort Collins Double Chocolate, Left Hand Milk, Left Hand Wake Up the Dead, Leinenkugel's Big Eddy, Rogue Chocolate, Tyranena Doubly Down and Dven Dirtier, Young's Chocolate.

Tuesday, December 14

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Half Acre beer dinner
Uncommon Ground,
1401 W Devon Chicago (773) 465-9801

A Three Course Beer & Food Pairing Event, Featuring the Beers of Half Acre Brewery. $25 per person. Space is extremely limited. This event will sell out! Check the event listing on Uncommon Ground's website for menu. Reserve today: 773-465-9801

7:00 p.m. • Goose Island Beer Dinner
Burger Bar Chicago,
1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 255-0055

Cost: $50. Burger Bar Chicago Chef Proprietor John McLean invites you to join him as he prepares a five course tasting menu complementing the beers of Goose Island, featuring 2009 Christmas Ale, Sofie, Pere Jacques, Matilda and Honkers Ale. Chef McLean and the Goose Island representatives will be explaining the beer food pairings throughout the night.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • International Night
The Map Room,
1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636

Drink local, think global...

On Tuesday, December 14, Map Room visits the Philippines, catered by Artichoke Catering (312) 545-5000.

MENU: Spring rolls with dipping sauce, Pancit noodles, Chicken arroz clad, Cassava cake. Food service starts at approximately 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 15

Postponed until Dec. 22 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout Signing with Founder John Hall
Kenwood Wine & Liquors

Join Goose Island Founder John Hall for a Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout Signing at two locations on December 15th.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Kenwood Wine & Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL
8:00 - 9:00 p.m., Kenwood Wine & Liquors, 110750 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, IL

6:00 p.m. • Alpha Klaus tapping
The Tribes Alehouse,
11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Tapping. Probably a barrel-aged edition.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Food & Drink made by Monks & Nuns - a Tasting & Book Signing
5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851

Sample beers and cheeses and learn about the array of products made by Christian monks and nuns living in monasteries and convents around the world in this event hosted by Madeline Scherb, author of A Taste of Heaven: A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the culinary heritage of monasteries and convents and how it lives on today all over the world. Learn what happens to the funds raised by the sale of these wonderful products. You can purchase the book, have it signed and taste some Trappist Ales and cheeses. We won't forget Chartreuse, sparkling wine, brandy, Benedictine liqueur or other lesser known gifts from people who seek not profits, but higher goals from their goods. Really a unique opportunity. $20. Tickets at

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Papa Skull Release
Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park,
1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 587-0648

A super cool collaboration between two of the most-beloved breweries in the US: Three Floyds and Dogfish Head. Enjoy! Free admission.

Thursday, December 16

4:00 p.m. • 24th Annual Burdelik Toys for Tots
Monk's Pub,
205 W Lake, Chicago, IL

Burdelik's 24th annual Toys for Tots party will be held at Monk's Pub. The toys will be donated to the US Marine Corps Foundation. If you would rather write a check, please make them payable to NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness). Goose Island Green Line and 312 are included if you bring a toy, cash, or check donation as long as supplies last.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. • 3rd Annual Beer & Baubles
Gift store at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL Rt. 53, Lisle, IL (630) 968-0074

Fellas: still looking for the perfect gift? Stop in for the 3rd annual "Beer and Baubles" men's shopping night event! Find something for that special someone from the Patricia Locke line of jewelry while munching on tasty treats and sipping on local beer from Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville. Free gift-wrapping is available for all jewelry purchases!
Ladies who need to give their guys a big hint are welcome to come and point out some pieces you would like to receive this holiday season. All ages, beer for the 21 and up crowd.

Goose Island Downtown Mild Winter Pub Crawl

Mild Winter Pub Crawl for Chicago City Beverage.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Goose Island Clybourn tapping
Goose Island Brewpub,
1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071

Every Thursday, a new beer brewed at the Clybourn brewpub is tapped.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Chicago Sled Dog tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery,
1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339

Join for the unveiling of our latest seasonal brew. The weather has turned cold and it's the season for warming beers. Let the "Sled-Dog" pull you through this first winter chill. This Imperial Red ale is medium to full-bodied, with complex caramel malt notes, and heaps of Mt. Hood hops all combined to conjure-up this thawing brew. Gliding along at 8.3% abv, Sled Dog Red will have you chirpin' "mush!" and enjoying the ride.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Orland Park Taps Blitzen
Rock Bottom Orland Park,
16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021

Brewmaster Iain is tapping his Belgian Trippel, Blitzen, with a special pairing created by executive Chef Jose Torres. This strong Belgian Ale has a fruity spicy yeast character with a dry warming finish.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Hammer of the Gods
Three Aces,
1321 W Taylor, Chicago

Three Aces teams with ManBQue to offer Hammer of the Gods, a Burger pairing of epic (pro) portions The "Hammer of the Gods" burger includes grass-fed beef, bacon jam, aged white cheddar, caramelized onion, fried egg, chicken liver pate and garlic aloi in a pretzel bun. Paired with New Holland Imperial Hatter IPA with Jim Beam inspired sides and a Jim Beam after dinner cocktail. $20

7:00 p.m. • Huge A$$ Beer Night (His is Bigger Than Yours)
Sheffield's Lakeview,
3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989

In the Beer School Very rare beers, all over 10% alcohol on draft. All beers are sold per beer. No package or tickets needed. Founders Nemesis, Allagash Curieux, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Sierra Grand Cru.

7:15 p.m. • Derrick Rose autograph signing
200 Village Green, Lincolnshire, IL (847) 821-1234

Chicago Bull Derrick Rose signing autographs. Limited number of signatures available so get your tickets now by calling (847) 913-0177. Proceeds to benefit Boy Scouts of America.

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