The Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events: Dec 20-23

Rushing to get this calendar into the inter-webs. Check in later for a listing of who's open Christmas day, and a rundown of New year's Parties where you could get some decent beer!

Ending December 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.

Ending December 23

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

Since December 12th, Flossmoor Station Brewery has released a one-of-a-kind, completely unique beer especially for that day. They will tap the beer when we open and when it is finished, we'll have the next day to look forward to! Here's what's left for this week:

  • Monday, December 20 - Mint Stout
  • Tuesday, December 21 - Juniper Gandy
  • Wednesday, December 22 - Chocolate Magnolia Star
  • Thursday, December 23 - Apricot India Pale Lager


Tuesday, December 21

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Chocolate Banana Tasting
Monk's Pub, 205 W Lake, Chicago, IL

Come in to Monk's Pub to experience two tasty beers... Wells Banana Bread Beer and Young's Double Chocolate Stout! We will be tasting out the combo known as the "Chocolate Banana" or the beers by themselves. Brad and James will be here to talk about beer!

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Pipeworks tastes City Provisions
City Provisions Delicatessen, 1818 W. Wilson, Chicago (773) 293-2489

This is a FREE tasting and open to all 21+ in age.

  • Berliner Weiss, sour mashed, lemony, tart, refreshing, 2.5% abv
  • Belgian Wit brewed with coriander, orange peel, and chamomile, 5.0% abv
  • American Wheat brewed with peachy hop notes, 5.0% abv
  • Smoked Porter, one of our favorites brewed w/ cherry wood smoked malt, 7.5% abv
  • Pastrami on Rye, an experimental Holiday ale with 11 herbs and spices, 8.5% abv
  • Baltic Porter, rich and malty with notes of dark fruit, 8.5% abv
  • Abduction Imperial Stout aged with oak and a bit of bourbon, 13% abv

Check out Pipeworks' brews and learn about their efforts to build their own commercial brewhouse in Chicago, with the help of the Kickstarter crowd-sourcing fundraiser.

6:00 p.m. •  Surly Bash
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400

"The Rumors are True! Jake's has been hoarding a stash of Chicago's favorite Minnesota brews...as a last attempt to convince Santa that we have been good this year we are going to part ways with what is most definitely the largest collection of Surly beers left in Chicago! Come early, eat a big lunch, stretch before & after, they are not going to last long." Beers include: Abrasive Bender, Coffee Bender, Darkness, and Schadenfreude.

7:00 - 11:30 p.m. • Acre Black Beer Night
Acre Taproom, 5308 N. Clark, Chicago 773-334-7600

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM CT. Come celebrate the darkest night of the year with Acre Restaurant. Swing by Acre Taproom at 7 p.m. to get your face melted with 15 amazing black beers on tap, and toast to the darkest night of the year. We will be listening to all things metal and dark. Aaron Tyrell of Stone Brewing, Matt Modica of Acre, Patrick Gould of Windy City Distribution, and John Lindeman from Glunz will be there to curse your gullets with some amazing brews. beers on tap:

Three Floyds Hell's Black Intelligensier & Alpha Klaus, Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, Southern Tier Iniquity & Choklat Stout, Founders Nemesis, Brooklyn Cuvee Noir & Black Chocolate Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza, Stone Smoked Chipotle Porter & Sublimely Self Righteous, Allagash Fluxus, Half Acre Big Hugs, Left Hand Oak Aged Wake Up Dead

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • Beer Summit at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills
WhirlyBall,
285 Center Dr., Vernon Hills, IL (847) 918-8402

It's amazing what you can learn over a beer... Beer Summit is a group that meets once a month to discuss a specific beer style and learn about different financial strategies. All meetings include several beer samples, as well as a food paring from the WhirlyBall Menu. Door prizes include a craft beer sampler. Entrance Fee: $15.00


Wednesday, December 22

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Putting4Charity
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW

From the FSRB Blog: "Some of our Mug Club members have started an indoor golf competition at Flossmoor Station on Wednesday evenings. On December 22nd, Flossmoor will host the first Putting4Charity event using the putting game invented by one of our Mug Clubbers, Tim Prentiss, with encouragement from Mug Club member Alan Cromwell. Putting4Charity is a bracketed competition, similar to the NCAA tournament. We would like to begin with 32 players contributing at least $20 each. At the end of the contest, one player will be declared the winner. Half the total donations will go to charity, and 25% of the total will go to the winner. (The other 25% is shared by the host venue and the indoor golf association organizing the event.) Which charity will receive the donation? The winner gets to select the charity! So you're not only playing for pride, you're playing for your own cause. Bring your putter (and favorite golf balls, if you like) and give it a shot, for charity. It's fun and anyone can play. You'll be helping a cause (which cause, we won't know until it's all over) and you might improve your golf game too! For more info, visit the game's official site Putting4Dough. Check out the origins of the game, the rules, and details on events! While you're there, you can check out the link to our video filmed at Flossmoor Station. Fore!"

Noon • Double Daisy Cutter release
Half Acre Beer Co.
, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

The Double Daisy is now in consumption format. If you didn't score tickets to the premier at Saturday's "On Photon" party, where Double Daisy Cutter was first poured, you'll be able to buy Double Daisy at the store in both growlers & 22 oz bomber bottles. Prices will be: Growler fills: $17, 22 oz. bombers: $9.99 There's a 6 bomber purchase limit. For those that will ask, this was a 30 bbl batch. The DDC will also pop around town at your favorite watering holes.

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

(Postponed from last Wednesday) 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

Thursday, December 23

Limestone's One Year Anniversary Party

Limestone Brewing Co. 12337 S. Rt. 59 Ste. 155, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900

Limestone will be celebrating its One Year Anniversary with Happy Hour specials on food and drinks all day long. Stop on in with your friends and help us celebrate this great day.

5:00 - 11:00 p.m. • 8th Annual Christmas Jazz Party

Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western, Blue Island, IL

Full menu plus two special entrees (both only $21.95): Smoke Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Demi Glace and Basil & Garlic Mashed Potatoes Cajun Prime Rib with Wild Mushroom Ragout 26 Craft Beers on Draft 20+ Specialty Martinis Hurricanes, Zombies, Louisiana Iced Teas & More! LIVE JAZZ from "The Mudcats" ~ a New Orleans Band. Come celebrate Christmas "New Orleans" style!

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.

Note: Peter Crowley has posted to the Haymarket Pub & Brewery website that they are now awaiting the final City of Chicago inspectors, who make inspections on Tuesday and Thursdays. After their scheduled Tuesday visit, if everything passes muster, Haymarket will push to finally open on Christmas Eve at the earliest.

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