The Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events: Jan 10-13

Through January

Quencher's Stout Fest 2011

Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730
This year's Stout Fest will feature 24 delicious stouts on tap. See this article for the full lineup.

Monday, January 10

Valentines Day dinner tickets go on sale.

Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville, IL 630-393-BEER
The Two Brothers Tap House will be selling tickets starting at 3 p.m. today for their Valentines Day Dinner. Along with noteworthy beers from the cellar, Chef Tommy is pulling out all the stops for this 7 course dinner. Very limited tickets are available for $100 all inclusive of tax and tip. Get them quick! With questions contact Gabe at 630-393-2337 or

Half off Lakefront beers

WaterShed Bar, 601 N State St., Chicago (312) 266-4932 (downstairs from Pops for Champagne)
Mondays offer half off all beers from a featured brewery. January 10th: Lakefront Brewery of Milwaukee.

Tuesday, January 11

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Two Brothers Beer Tasting

Green Grocer Chicago, 1402 W Grand Ave. Chicago (312) 624-9508

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. • Two Brothers & Windy City Distribution Beer Dinner

Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St., Elgin IL 847-468-8810 for required reservations.
Another creative beer dinner put together by Mike Taylor at EPH and Dan Schnarr, Certified Cicerone for Windy City Distribution. Enjoy Left Hand Milk Stout as Beer of the Month in January at EPH! Menu details at this calendar link.

7:00 p.m. • Super Tasting Tuesdays with Founder's

Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Every Tuesday is Tasting Tusedays at Maria's where a different brewery or style of beer is sampled for free. Tuesday, January 13 features beers from Denver's Great Divide.

9:00 p.m. • Rodney Dangerfield movie month

Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Enjoy Rodney classics all night on the big screen. Fresh Hott Wings with a Sierra Nevada Pint - $9 Movie Starts 9pm

Wednesday, January 12

TV Party Rye IPA tapping

Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Check out the latest beer from this brewpub/restaurant.

5:00 p.m. • Bell's Hopslam release party

Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen, 110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, IL (815) 356-9980
The first keg will be tapped at 5:00 PM. Reps from Bell's will be on hand as well. Also, buy one get one half priced, burgers and sandwiches.

6:00 p.m. Tapping of first Haymarket beers

Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 Randolph, Chicago (312) 638-0700
The first Haymarket beers brewed on-premise will be tapped. Planned: Belgian Pale and Abbey Dubbel, plaus a possible third breew. And a fourth beer will be tapped at Bears kickoff vs.Seattle next weekend!

7:00 p.m. • Bell's Hopslam release party

Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
In the beer school. The annual hopalicious Bell's beer is back in town and we'll have it on tap.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Stone Rare Beer Tasting

Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
We will be tapping a barrel of 08.08.08 Vertical Epic aged in bourbon casks for 2 years. We have also set aside some bottles of several vintages of Vertical Epics. We will be pouring samples of those until they aregone. We are pairing these with a selection of Wisconsin cheese master Sid Cook's Carr Valley cheeses. $20 at the door gets you a goblet of the 2008, tastes of the other vintages, cheese and an opportunity to learn more about both. Aaron Tyrell from Stone will be on hand. Limited to THE FIRST 30 who come. No advance ticket sales nor reservations.

Thursday, January 13

5:30 p.m. Bell's Hopslam (firkin) release party

Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago
Welcome 2011 with a Slam! Have a glass of Bell's Hopslam drawn from a Firkin in our South Loop Tasting Room. This big 10% ABV Double IPA offers flavors of grapefruit, balanced citrus hops, honey and malty sweetness. One night only at $8/10oz glass - while it lasts! Call (312) 768-4400 or email for more information.

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.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Rock Bottom Orland Park Taps Procrastinator Dopplebock

Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
After many requests over the last three and a half years and lots of procrastinating we will be finally tapping a Bock: the Procrastinator Dopple Bock. This strong German style, malt dominated lager is perfect for those cold winter nights. Join us as we pair this up with hand crafted wild boar sausages.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Schlenkerla Eiche "Oak Smoke" Doppelbock Gravity Cask Tapping

The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Calling All Smoked Beer Fans! As a special wintertime treat, we'll be tapping a gravity-fed wooden cask of Schlenkerla Eiche "Oak Smoke" Doppelbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum of Bamberg, Germany. The cask will be tapped right on the bar and available for purchase on a first come, first served basis.
Traditionally, the malt at the Schlenkerla brewery is smoked over beech wood. However, the malt for Schlenkerla Eiche "Oak Smoke" is kilned exclusively with oak, creating a smoother and more complex smokiness, perfectly balanced by the bitterness of Germany's finest Hallertau hops. This glorious, rich, deep amber-hued smoked doppelbock is brewed to a bold, warming 8% ABV. This beer is then matured for several months in the cellars underneath the brewery in Bamberg. Brewed once a year for a winter release, this is a special treat for smoked beer lovers. The special wooden cask will be available to everyone in both the restaurant and pub. No RSVP Required; No Cover Charge. 21 & Over Only in the Pub Room.

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