Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events: Feb 14-17

Beeronaut's Chicago Beer Events: Feb 14-17

I am still getting notices about Valentine events, so if you're stuck for a place to go with your beer sweetie, check here, as well as this previous article.

Monday, February 14

5:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Valentines Beer Pairing Menu at Fork (Chicago)
Fork (Chicago)
, 4600 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 751-1500
We will have a 3-Course tasting menu with optional beer or wine pairings on Monday Feb 14th. We will also have a smaller 3 course menu with beer or wine pairings all weekend Feb 11-13. See the website for full menu details. Contact:

6:00 p.m. • Stone Cold Love & Old Guardian Belgoo Barley Wine Tapping
, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
This Valentine's Day, join us for the launch of Stone's Old Guardian 2011 - Belgo Barley Wine. We are celebrating Valentine's with Stone Brewing with a night of Small Plates for you or you and your Valentine. Some of them are paired with Stone Drafts; others are made with Stone beers. Like Russian Imperial Chocolate Truffles and a Smoked Porter Cheese Cake by Vanilla Vixen Cakes! We'll have a special on Stone Bottles (all $1 off!) & Oaked Bastard, Sublimely Self Righteous, & the brand new 2011 Old Guardian Belgo Barley-Wine!!
Stone Belgo Barley-Wine: ABV: 11.3% "While brewing up 2010 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, Stone Brewing Head Brewer Mitch Steele redirected 30 barrels of the batch into a fermenter containing the Belgian yeast we love fromStone Cali-Belgique IPA. After 8 weeks of commingling, bubbling, and resting, the results were ready for sampling. And sample we did. The English/American/Belgian chimera was so delicious, we quickly decided to make it the "Odd Beer" version of Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine for 2011."

7:00 p.m. • Tickets on sale for Map Room Beer School
The Map Room
, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Don't miss a great opportunity to enjoy fine beer, good company and expert tutelage. Price, $25 per person. Limit 45 people. February's topic: Barley Wine and Imperial IPA. Tickets go on sale on the Monday evening before beer school, starting at 7 p.m. Cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold.

Tuesday, February 15

6:15 - 9:30 p.m. • Chef & Brewer's Dinner at Rock Bottom Orland Park
Rock Bottom Orland Park,
16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
We still have space left for the first Chef and Brewer's Dinner of 2011. This six course extravaganza of wild game influenced dishes with beer pairings is sure to sell out so call and make your reservation today. There will be two guest beers from BrickStone Brewery along with brewers Tom and George to tell you all about them.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Chocolate Dinner
Elgin Public House - Pub 217
, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
All of the courses incorporate chocolate in some manner, and are paired with a beer or cocktail that matches the course! Just a little insight to the dinner, here's the soup course: Chicken & Mole Dumpling soup topped with chocolate tortilla strips and shaved Dark Chocolate Served w/Franziskaner Dunkel. $45 per person! Contact Elgin Public House at 847-468-8810 to make reservations.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. • Emmett's Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House,
110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Join us for one of our widely popular Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Ryan Clooney and Head Brewer Rob Hunter, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Ryan will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held quarterly.

7:00 p.m. • Ale and 'Que Tasting at Map Room
The Map Room,
1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Featuring three great beer and food pairings: Allagash Dubbel with BBQ dark meat chicken, Two Brothers Cane and Ebel with BBQ baby back ribs, Tyranena Rocky's Revenge with whole hot link. All BBQ Provided by Leon's Famous Ribs. Come early, as the tasting is limited to the first 75 customers! No Entrance Fee.

8:00 p.m. • Kevin Smith movie month
Cigars & Stripes,
6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Tuesday, Feb 15th Movie Night Double Feature! Chasing Amy & Dogma on our Big Screen! Before and after the show, episodes of Clerks - The Animated Series! Fresh Hott Wings with a Sierra Pint - $9.

Wednesday, February 16

6:30 p.m. • Sierra Nevada Food & Beer Pairing at Tap House Grill (St. Charles)
Tap House Grill, 3341 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL (630) 443-1664
Tap House Grill's monthly food and beer pairing for February is Sierra Nevada Brewery. $45 gets you a five course meal with each course specifically paired by our Head Chef Todd Davies. Also enjoy a complimentary pre dinner reception pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Contact:

6:30 p.m. • The Samuel Smith Salute - Nationwide
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636
Featuring Sam Smith's beers on special, plenty of samples poured, and mini sandwiches from Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine.
Remember - or imagine - what beer drinking was like in America 30 years ago, before the first Samuel Smith's shipment arrived. There were about 85 breweries in the US and only one was a craft brewery. Imports were few, and almost all were pale lagers. Today, the American beer scene is the most dynamic on the planet. On February 16, we'll be joining with other great beer spots in the USA in saluting Samuel Smith, the UK brewery that helped lauched our country's beer awakening. Please join in: raise your glass, savor the benchmark beers from Samuel Smith's, and recall the role that this splendid brewery has played in the current American beer scene.

7:00 p.m. • New Beer Wednesday
Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Chicago has some exciting new beers available from various craft breweries. Come try, and learn about Smuttynose, Firestone Walker, Uinta, and others from our Beermaster, Bob Egan.

7:30 p.m. • Goose Island Tapping Party at LunaR Brewing
LunaR Brewing Company, 54 E. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL (630) 530-2077
Come to Lunar Brewing for a tapping party of Dominique - a sour Belgian pale ale aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels - and Pepe Nero - a black saison brewed with black peppercorns.

Thursday, February 17

3:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Winter Stout & Oysterfest (Thursday through Saturday)
The Tribes Alehouse,
11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Our Oyster Fest has become so popular, we have decided to add a winter edition of our classic September event! The Tribes will be featuring a whole bunch of East and West Coast Oysters in all forms! This time, we are complementing the Oysters with awesome, tasty, stouts from around the country!

5:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Surly Darkness / Port Older Viscosity Keg Tapping
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen,
Crystal Lake, IL (815) 356-9980
Come in from the cold and get roasty with us! Thursday evening we will be tapping some fantastic Imperial Stouts. Surly Darkness will be hitting the lines at 5:00 followed by Port Older Viscosity when that runs dry. Avery's Mephistopheles and Sierra Nevada Stout will be on draft as well. In addition; Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S., D.O.R.I.S., Dogfish Head WorldWide, Bell's Kalamazoo, and Victory Storm King will be available in bottles. $5 build your own flat bread pizzas available as well.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Goose Island Beer Dinner at prasino
51 S. 1st Street, St. Charles, IL (630) 908-5200
Guests will enjoy a four-course tasting of Chef Halverson's seasonal menu selections, featuring clean and sustainable ingredients. Jim DeBolt from Chicago's Goose Island Beer Company will complement each course with four ales and provide tasting notes during each course. $45 per person includes four-course dinner with matching ales & tasting discussion. Reservations are limited for the 6:30 pm seating and can be made by calling prasino St. Charles (630) 903-5200.

6:00 p.m. • Naughty Scot Scotch Ale tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery,
1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Our latest seasonal pays homage to the proud brewing traditions of Scotland. Scottish Ales tend to be a form of brown ale and vary in strength. The "Naughty" pulls in on the more assertive end of that spectrum. For the style purist, it might be described as a "120 shilling" Scottish Ale or an approachable Wee Heavy. For the beer lover, this ale is a fuller-bodied, hazel to brown in color, and malt forward in flavor, stronger ale. At just under 8% ABV, this beer will fortify the imbiber against the last of the chillier Chicago days.

6:00 p.m. • Rock Bottom Orland Park Taps ESB
Rock Bottom Orland Park,
16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
We continue February's theme of Red beers with the tapping of ESB. This Extra
Special Bitter will be paired with traditional cottage pie and mug club members are welcome to join me in the brewhouse for this pairing.

6:00 p.m. - Midnight • Stone "Odd Beers for Odd Years"
Barley House,
1520 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin, IL (847) 658-5520 (847) 658-5520 Join us for Stone Brewing Company's "Odd Beers for Odd Years Release Party". Old Guardian Belgo, Old Guardian, 2009 Old Guardian, 2010 Russian Imperial Stout, Levitation, Ruination, and IPA.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Goose Island Beer Dinner
Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park,
1550 N. Kingsbury Street Chicago (312) 587-0648
Cost: $20. Join Goose Island at Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park for a culinary night to remember. Resident beer geek Sean Reilly and Chef Won Kim will pair some of their favorite dishes with Goose Island Belgian style ales. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot early. Register by calling Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park at (312) 587-0648.

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