The Super Bowl will involve teams I have no emotional stake in, with millions spent on commercials that demonstrate the quality of pale tasteless beer by showing horses playing footall (at least they won't be flatulent this year). Yet I will probably watch.
Friday, February 4
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Super Bowl: SKA True Blonde vs Modus Hoperandi
Rocco Ranalli's, 1925 Lincoln Ave., Chicago (312) 642-4700
The Super Bowl is just around the corner. Rocco Ranalli's and SKA Brewery have joined together to see which fans have what is takes to take over our bar. Steelers fans have SKA True Blonde Ale and Packers have SKA Modus Hoperandi. Both beers are $3.50.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Craft Beer Bowl
Binny's Downers Grove, 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 705-9463
Sixteen craft brews are going to square off play-off style for the ultimate beer and taste supremacy! Taste and then vote for which beers should move on to the next round until a champion is crowned later in the night. $10 with Binny's Card, $15 non-members. Call, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. An Art, Wine, Jazz Occasion (815) 577-1900
Limestone Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL
The Rotary Club of Plainfield is hosting this first of its kind "Occasion" to raise annual scholarship funds for graduating high school seniors in Plainfield District 202. Every year, the Rotary Club of Plainfield awards scholarships to students in need of funds to help supplement their first year of college. This year Plainfield Rotarians hope to raise in excess of $6,000 so we can help lessen the financial burden for several deserving students.
An Art, Wine & Jazz Occasion will feature an array of one-of-a-kind ART pieces on display in silent auction format, wine and distinctive Limestone appetizers to please your palette, and the smooth, sultry sounds of Live Jazz. Space is limited; RSVP preferred. Tickets; $30 per person (includes ambiance, appetizers and 2 drinks). To RSVP and get your name on the list (preferred): confirm "YES, ATTENDING" on the Facebook event page.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. The Bank Restaurant's Vintage and Rare Beer Tasting
The Bank, 121 W. Front St., Wheaton IL (630) 665-2265
$35 before Feb. 3, $40 Feb. 3 and after. Max 50 people, reservations required. Join brewery representatives from Stone, Lagunitas, Two Brothers, Allagash and Bridgeport as they sample rare and vintage beers from their brewery cellars!
- Stone: 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale, 2009 Old Guardian Barleywine
- Lagunitas: 2009 Hairy Eyeball Ale, Imperial Stout
- Two Brothers: Bare Tree Weiss Wine, Moaten
- Bridgeport: Hop Harvest, Stumptown Tart
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Lucky Monk First Friday Social
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
The Lucky Monk's first Friday Happy Hour event features live entertainment and cocktail specials including $5 Grey Goose, $4 House Micro Brews, $3 Miller Lite and a complimentary appetizer buffet that will change monthly and include spice wings, flatbreads, pretzels and much more.
Saturday, February 5
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Beer for the Super Bowl
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Stop by to find a new favorite beer to enjoy while watching the game. Dobby's beer team will be on hand to point you toward some great beers.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Get Your Game On
Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street Chicago (312) 587-0648
Two of our favorite local brewers, Arcadia and Great Lakes, are facing off on our stage. Each brewer will present one beer to face-off with, attendees will sample, and it is up to you to choose which brewery will win the game. Get your game face on. $5 - Pre-registration required. Visit the Customer Service desk to register.
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. To Cure a Hangover - Drinking and Writing Brewery
Haymarket Pub and Brewery, 737 W Randolph St, corner of Randolph and Halsted, Chicago
The final performance of The Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub and Brewery's first show. Drinking & Writing Volume III, To Cure A Hangover! If you've never seen the show shame on you. If you've seen the show before you know exactly why we must continue to perform it in order to save the world. For tickets and information go to drinkingandwriting.com.
8:30 - 10:00 p.m. New Belgium - 2 Below Winter Ale Comes To Harrigans!
Harrigan's, 2816 N. Halsted St., Chicago (773) 248-5933
New Belgium's Winter Seasonal comes to Harrigan's. 2 Below Winter Ale pints, you keep the glass (one glass per person) - $4.50. Ranger IPA draft pints - $4.50. Fat Tire amber ale pint bottles - $4.50
Sunday, February 6
Super Tap Bowl at Mitchell's Tap
Mitchell's Tap, 3356 S. Halsted, Chicago (773) 927-6073
During Super Bowl Sunday, Mitchell's will be serving all 13 of its tap beers for $1 off the regular price. Along with $12 buckets of selected domestic beer. Free pizza for all customers during the game itself.
Super Stiegl Sunday
The Happ Inn, 305 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL (847) 784-9200
Catch all the football action! Prize Drawings and Drink Specials! $3.00 pints of Stiegl Paracelsus (unfiltered German lager).
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Super Bowl Beer at Lush
Lush Wine and Spirits, All LUSH locations: West Town, 1412 W. Chicago Ave., (312) 666-6900 - University Village, 1257 S. Halsted St. (312) 738-1900 - Roscoe Village, 2232 W. Roscoe St. (773) 281-8888
Free tasting and education. No RSVP required, though if you intend to bring a large group, please call ahead. Whether you intend to celebrate the big, super game in a big way or not, visit us this Sunday to get learned up and full up with tasty malty beverages. LUSH is putting away the wine keys and breaking out the bottle opener this Sunday.
3:00 p.m. Super Bowl Bash
Limestone Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rt. 59 Ste. 155, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Reserve your own suite in one of our private rooms or watch the big game with the rest of the crowd in our main dining room and on the mezzanine! Specials include: $3 Electric Park Golden Ale, $3.50 Limestone "In Stone" brews, $13 Domestic Buckets, $20 Import Buckets, $5 Jameson & Bloody Marys, $5 Happy Hour available during the game. If you want to make reservations, $10 will buy you a seat and access to our Super Bowl Buffet, which runs from 3:30 to kick-off at 5:30! The buffet includes wings, bottle caps, quesadillas, sliders and more!
4:00 p.m. Super Bowl Party
America's Historic Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora IL (630) 892-0034
Free Admission. Watch the game on the Roundhouse's 8' x 10' HD Projection screen. Free Roundhouse Bingo, raffles and giveaways. A complimentary chili bar (while supplies last). Bar Specials: $3 seasonal microbrews, $10 draft pitchers on select brews, plus shots and mixed drink specials; 50¢ Buffalo wings, $4 Johnsonville brats and more.
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Big Game Buffet at Rock Bottom Warrenville
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL (630) 836-1380
Join us and enjoy for the Big Game and the Big Game Buffet for only $35. Handcrafted House Beers are included, tax and gratuity are not. The Buffet will be available throughout the entire game: Main Courses: Prime Rib Carving Station, Chicken, Fried Chicken, Lobster and Shrimp Fettuccini, Bratwursts. Side Dishes: White cheddar Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Chili Mac, Steak Fries, Meat Balls, Malt Kettle Chips, House salad with choice of dressing. Desserts: Hot Chocolate Cakes, Mini Cheesecake with Strawberries.
5:30 p.m. Super Bowl XLV
SmallBar: 2049 W. Division (773) 772-2727; 1415 W. Fullerton (773) 525-2727
We'll have the game on our HD screens with full audio.
Enjoy $4 Half Acre Daisy Cutter & $4 SmallBar Pale Ale pints
Plus get $1 off all appetizers and burgers all day!