Friday, January 14
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Pepe Nero Release Party
Armanetti Liquors, 515 N. Western Ave., Chicago (312) 226-4600
Join Goose island for a party to celebrate the release of Pepe Nero dark Belgian farmhouse ale at Armanetti Liquors at Western and Grand!
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Smuttynose beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Smuttynose representative James will be here to sample beers from this New Hampshire brewery.
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Franks 'n' Dawgs presents: "Dawgs, Please"
Frank 'N' Dawgs, 1863 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 281-5187
Hosted by Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier and Host of TV's "Check Please!" 1st Seating: 6:30 - 7:30, 2nd Seating: 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Full Service "Sit Down Dinner" that includes a flight of three gourmet sausages (Luscious Lobster, Fabulous Foie Gras and Sweet Sweetbreads) with pommes frites and other culinary surprises. Each of these unique sausages will be paired with a specialty beer provided by Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. and a wine provided by Maverick Wine Co.
Cost: $39.00/person plus tax and gratuity - Reservations: franksndawgs.ticketleap.com/dawgs-please
Saturday, January 15
12:00 p.m. Killer Kapowski Baltic Porter bottle release
Flossmoor Station, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
After a year off, the Killer Kapowski Baltic porter will be available again in bottles. Flossmoor Station will be selling this beer out of the rolling door south of the main entrance on Sterling Ave., and each bottle will be $10. They expect to have enough KK bottled so that everyone has a chance for a bottle, however there will be a one case (12 bottle) limit.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Chang Citywide Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depots, all locations
Binny's presents Thailand's #1 Beer to its customers all over Chicagoland. FREE Chang glass with the purchase of a six-pack - While supplies Last! Binny's Locations include: Lakeview, Grand Avenue, South Loop, Lincoln Park, Schaumburg, Des Plaines, Highland Park, Willowbrook, Bollingbrook, Downers Grove, Plainfield, Glen Ellyn, Lake Zurich, Naperville and St. Charles.
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Hop Slam Release Party
The Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville IL (847) 367-6168
Firkin welcomes Bell's Brewery and will be featuring Hop Slam for the evening along with a limited barrel of Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury and many other tasty beers.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. It's Supper Club Time!
Malloy's Finest Wine & Spirits, 1175 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 357-7000
The pride of Middleton, WI has arrived in full force to the inviting shelves of your Naperville Malloy's! Colin, the Maitre d' of beer will be uncrowning the offerings from Capital Brewery, including Supper Club, Blonde Doppel, Weizen Dopple and Dark. Along with these four beers, we will also have Barley Island's Dirty Helen Brown and Beastie Barrel Stout making a appearance.
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. To Cure a Hangover - Drinking and Writing Brewery
Haymarket Pub and Brewery, 737 W Randolph St., 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.
Sunday, January 16,
11:00 a.m. Bears Post-Season Tailgate Party
America's Historic Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora IL (630) 892-0034
Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks. 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).
Tailgate Bar Specials: $3 seasonal microbrews, $10 draft pitchers on select brews, plus shits and mixed drink specials; 50¢ Buffalo wings, $4 Johnsonville brats and more. Doors open one hour before the 12 Noon kickoff.
Firestone Walker comes to Chicago, Thursday January 20th at Piece Brewery, 1927 W. North Ave., Chicago (773) 772-4422. See Chuck Sudo's Chicaoist article for details on this California brewer.