Friday, December 17
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Bourbon County Brand Stout Vertical at Lush (SOLD OUT)
Lush Wine and Spirits, 1412 W, Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 666-6900
Cost: $155 The tasting includes 2 ounce pours of '07, '08, '09, '10,Coffee, Vanilla and Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout plus a take awaycollectors pack of 1 of each of the beers tasted. The presentation will be conducted by Education Coordinator Suzanne Wolcott and brewer John Laffler and covers all aspects of how we craft Bourbon County Stout. So why am I mentioning this? Because something could always open up, and it wouldn't hurt to ask.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. German Christmas Cask Tapping Night
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL
Join us for a very special German Christmas tradition as we tap two rare, cask- conditioned, unfiltered and unpasteurized Franconian Christmas Bock Beers served directly from gravity fed casks right on the bar. Our first cask comes to us from the beautiful Weissenohe Monastery in the village of Weissenohe, in northern Bavaria. The second cask is from the highly regarded artisanal Brauerei Mahr's, of the world famous brewing town of Bamberg, Germany. Come enjoy these fresh Christmas Bocks served as they are served in the classic bars of Franconia. A rare treat not to be missed! Weissenohe Monk's Christmas (Tapping at 6:00) - Mahr's Christmas Bock (Tapping at 7:00 p.m.) No RSVP Required. 21 & Over Only in the Pub Room.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Pipeworks beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Sample batches from one of Chicago's newest startup brewers. Pipeworks is Beejay Oslon and Gerrit Lewis, two former WLV Liquors employees. Beejay apprenticed for a year with Belgian brewer De Struise, then he and Gerrit started Pipeworks to bring some of that brewing know-how home. They have brewed several collaborations with De Struise (unfortunately, none of which are available here). Check out their brewing efforts and learn about their efforts to build their own commercial brewhouse in Chicago, with the help of the Kickstarter crowd-sourcing program.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Electric Park Golden Ale New Release Party
Limestone Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rt. 59 Ste. 155, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Electric Park Golden Ale: 5.64% ABV 36 IBUs OG 1.053 An easy-drinking golden-hued ale, this beer celebrates the Golden era of Plainfield in the 1920s - when Electric Park was the vacation amusement park of choice for many Chicagoans. Flaked corn and a generous dose of pure cane sugar make sure this beer is light and tasty. That sugary goodness is balanced with Amarillo hops. A great choice for beginner craft drinkers and seasoned veterans alike. 14 oz: $3.50, 23 oz: $5.50. We will also have LIVE acoustic music courtesy of Debe Welch. We also have a new "Beertini" made from Ken's Oatmeal stout. 1/2 priced appetizers from 7-10 pm, $1 Burgers all night. For those that want to meet with the Brewmaster, ken will be speaking and answering questions up on the Mezzanine starting at 7:00 p.m. No Entrance Fee
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Free Porter Tasting
Elgin Public House - Pub 217, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
EPH will be hosting a free porter tasting at Elgin Public House from 7-9:00 p.m. All you have to do is show up, sit down and enjoy some tasty porters! Bell's Porter, Left Hand Black Jack, Anchor Porter Cost: Free
Saturday, December 18
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Belgian Strong Dark Ales tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 1919 Skokie Valley Hwy., Highland Park (847) 831-5400
Pete Larsen of Global Beer will be on hand to pour an assortment of hearty Belgian ales to complement the season. Selections include beers from Brouwerij Roman, Brasserie de Silly, and Brouwerij de Musketiers. There will also be a special vertical tasting of Brouwerij van Steenberge's Gulden Draak.
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Flatlander's Brunch with Santa
Flatlander's, 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire, IL (847) 821-1234
$18 adults, Kids 6-12 $12, under 5 free. Santa will be in from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for pictures with children.
3:00 p.m. Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Let's have a few beers visit some of our neighbors! Also our friends at Team Ugly are offering a deal to Crown Customers. If you order $30 in sweaters, you get $10 off. You need to enter the promo code "Crown" at checkout. Cheers!
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Boulevard Beer pairing dinner Fundraiser
KitchenChicago, 324 N. Leavitt, Chicago (847) 553-1025
Here is your chance to try some Boulevard beers unavailable to Chicago while helping to raise funds for those with Leukemia, Lymphoma and their families. This dinner will include 5 beers and 5 courses specifically created around each type of beer. Boulevard does not distribute to Chicago, so the host has travelled to their brewery in Missouri, meeting their staff to discuss each beer, loading up some kegs in a truck and hauling it all back here. Space is limited to 150 guests. Tickets are $50 online or $70 at the door. Free refills on all beer. Hosted The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training, which offers hands-on training with other charities, gyms, online training programs or sports clubs. TNT is an established network of coaches, mentors and teammates, built by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over the past 22 years. TNT trains for events around the country and abroad: marathon, half marathon, triathlon, hiking event or 100 mile bike ride.
6:00 - 9:30 p.m. On Photon! (SOLD OUT)
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
A winter celebration. A time to exorcise the demons and flush it all out. The cost is $40 per person. 275 tickets to be sold. Once they're gone, that's it. A plethora of food, all you can eat. An array of entertainment, maybe all you can handle. An array of beer, all you can drink. A range of Half Acre beers, including Big Hugs imperial stout brewed in collaboration with Dark Matter Coffee and also Double Daisy Cutter / The Doble Cortador, which is fermenting in preparation of this night. Also special release beers from other brewers you know and love. All proceeds go to benefit this party.
Sunday, December 19
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Singalong
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Enjoy some great Christmas singalongs with Bernie Glim! Bernie and his friends and family will be playing your favorite Christmas songs on Sunday afternoons December 12th and 19th from 3p-5p. Bring the kids and plan on an early dinner! BONUS: Kids Under 12 will eat free from the Kids Menu with the purchase of an adult entree!