There was something supposed to be going on this weekend, but I can't quite put my finger on it. But it does have something to do with drinking beer. Let's see...
Friday, January 21
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Firestone Walker beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Another chance to try the beers of this California brewer, bowing in the Chicago market.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Winter Beer Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 790 Royal St. George, Cress Creek Sq. Shopping Ctr., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0100
Sample 50 beers, pretzels and chips. $10 W/Binny's Card / $15 non-members. Proceeds will be donated to The Naperville Humane Society.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. CASK NIGHT!
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
Join SmallBar for the first of their monthly cask nights, every 3rd Friday of the month. This month they'll be tapping a cask of Left Hand Brewing's new Fade to Black. This seasonal is for that time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day. Fade to Black is a big, smoked Foreign/Export stout in the 8% ABV range.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Free Select Craft Beer Tasting
Elgin Public House - Pub 217, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Elgin Public House/Pub 217 presents their monthly free beer tastings! Mike has picked out three craft brews for all to try: Two Brothers Domaine DuPage, Three Floyds Robert the Bruce, and Magic Hat #9. Cost: free.
Saturday, January 22
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Wild Game & Barley Wine Festival
Finnegan's Craft Beer & Food, 24102 W. Lockport St. Plainfield, IL
Join Finnegan's for a Wild Game Feast and Barley Wine pairing.
The menu consists of Elk Osso Bucco with Gorgonzola Risotto, Wild Boar Albondigas with Roasted Scallion & Garlic Aioli, Barleywine Braised Venison Ribs with Carolina Slaw and Bison Sliders with Barleywine BBQ Sauce all served buffet style.
The list of barley wines is as follows:
- 2009 Gnarly Wine from Lagunitas
- 2009 Old Guardian from Stone Brewing Co.
- 2008 Three Floyds' Behemoth
- 2008 Old School from Dogfish Head
- 2010 Bare Tree Weiss Wine from Two Brothers Brewing
- 2006 Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand
- and a small barrel of Criminally Bad Elf from Shelton Brothers Brewing.
Each person receives 8 tickets good for one 4 oz. pour per ticket. Tickets for the event are $65 each
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 Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub and Brewery opens with 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. This show will run Saturdays through Feb. 5th.
This weekend's show follows the release of Haymarket's "Mathias", an Imperial IPA dry hopped with 22 pounds of Citra hops. It's a big, delicious,beer with a big hop finish that will be released exclusively in The Drinking & Writing Theater at 3:30 p.m., before the performance. Mathias Imperial IPA is named after Police Officer Mathias Degan, the first of eight officers to die in the historic Haymarket Tragedy which took place just 2 blocks away from the Haymarket Pub and Brewery.
Sunday, January 23
2:00 p.m. NFC Championship Game: Bears vs. Packers
Solider Field, Chicago.
Oh yeah, that's the big deal this weekend:
Expect radio coverage to be swamped with commercials for a tasteless lite beer that is somehow made better because the bottle has grooves in it. Your local pouring house will no doubt want you to come for a visit. I do have some beers from Hinterland of Green Bay I might do a comparison tasting for this week. No, when it comes to beer, I can be objective...