Beeronaut's Chicago beer events, February 21-24


Monday, February 21

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. • An Evening with North Coast Brewing
Big Star, 1531 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL (773) 235-4039

Beer dinner paired with North Coast beers:
Seasonal ceviche: blood orange, persimmon, crisp masa. Beer pairing: Le Merle Saison
Chile-glazed sweetbreads: piloncillo, amarillo, chochoyotes, fennel. Beer pairing: PranQster Golden Ale
Barbacoa de chivo: crispy sweet potato, grilled plantain salsa. Beer pairing: Red Seal Pale Ale
Tres leches cake coffee, chocolate. Beer pairing: Old #38 Stout
Finish with a sampling of North Coast's 20th Anniversary Ale. These are some of the last remaining bottles of this rare ale!! $35

6:00 p.m. • Local Option releases the Birthday Lineup
Local Option
1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008

Local Option celebrates its second year in business, and on Monday they release the Birthday Lineup.
Here are the beers on draft: Bluegrass Brewing Simple Pat; Cantillon Gueze; Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout; De Dolle Dulle Teve & Oerbier; De Molen/Pattinson Triple Stout SSS; Founders Double Trouble & Imperial Stout; Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout; Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale; Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier, Calabaza Blanca, Maracaibo Especial & Oro De Calabaza; Lost Abbey Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged; Mikkeller 1000 IBU & Beer Geek Brunch; Ska Toasters 30th Anniversary Shebeen Black IPA; Southern Tier Gemini; Struise Black Damnation II Mokka Bom, Ignis et Flamma & Pannepot; 't Gaverhopke Extra; Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf & Gold Leader.

Rare bottles available that night: BrewDog Atlantic IPA; Brooklyn BCS 2006-2010, Black Ops, & Hopfen Weisse; Fantôme Saison, Brise BonBons, de Noël & Hiver; Founders Backwoods Bastard; Lost Abbey Deliverance; Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Chipotle Porter, I Beat You, Draft Bear, Devine Rebel, & USAlive; Nøgne Ø Sweet, Dark, & Red Horizon, Stone Vertical Epic 6/6/06; Three Floyds Alpha Klaus '09 & '10

Live Jazz from the Jeff Morrison Quartet begins at 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, February 22

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. • New Holland Night (and Election Night!)
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave., Chicago, IL

Join us for a special night of New Holland Brews: Dragon's Milk, Envious, El Mole Ocho (the 8th Mole) shots of Hopquila, and IMPERIAL HATTER CASK!

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Sierra Nevada Food & Beer Pairing
Tap House Grill,
6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840

$45 per person. Each guest receives a complimentary pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale during the reception.
Pairing Menu: Torpedo IPA -->Viking Day Boat Diver Scallop, Rapini, Pineapple Tomato Jam
Outta Town Brown* --> Braised Pork Shank, Dijon, Parsnips, Smoked Lardons, Carrot Butter Sauce
Porter --> Onion & Peppercorn-Crusted Swordfish, Lentils, Sweet Potato Puree
Big Foot Barleywine --> Herb-Marinated Rabbit,Shitake, & Asiago White Lasagna
Kellerweis Hefeweizen --> Chocolate &Banana Bread Pudding
*Outta Town Brown was brewed and named by our very own Chef Todd Davies and GM Rafael Gomez with Sierra Nevada at their facilities in Chico, CA. This is a one-time, specialty brew available in Illinois ONLY at Tap House Grill!

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. • Two Brothers Beer Dinner
Heaven on Seven,
224 S. Main Street Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777

We are very excited to be partnering with Two Brothers for this special event. We are preparing a special seven course menu, each dish prepared and paired with a beer from Two Brothers' portfolio of craft brews. Brewery owners Jim and Jason Ebel will be here to discuss and answer any questions regarding their beers. A few of the beers featured will be Resistance IPA, Cane and Ebel and Northwind Imperial Stout. Contact: Russ Hillard (630)717-0777

8:30 p.m. • Kevin Smith movie month
Cigars & Stripes,
6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043

Movie Night Double Feature! Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back! and Clerks II on the big screen! $6 wings and $1 off all craft taps.

Wednesday, February 23

Texas BBQ Dinner with Founders and Sheffield's
Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989

5 Founders beers paired with 5 delicious Texas style BBQ items.
Appetizer - Armadillo Eggs. Entree - Texas Hill Sausage, Texas style BBQ Brisket, Texas style Beef Ribs. Dessert - Texas style Peach Cobbler. There will also be Texas style Cornbread and coleslaw with hot Texas Pinto beans. $45; the price does not include the wheelbarrow to get you home afterward. Sign up fast because this dinner will sell out fast. Contact our Event Coordinator at (773) 716-7200 to reserve your space.

Working Woman tapping
Revolution Brewing
2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW

Working Woman Hoppy Brown Ale is debuted

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Release
The Bavarian Lodge
1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701

Join us for the release of Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum: Whole-Cone Double IPA. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped and torpedoed with Sierra Nevada's exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense hop flavors and aromas. The brew features notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar and tropical fruit - all culminating in a dry and lasting finish. 10.4% ABV. 100 IBU's. A very limited release. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum will be tapped at 4:00 pm and available on a first come, first served basis.

4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Three Floyd's Tap Takeover
The Beer Bistro
, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013

All taps will be pouring brews from 3 Floyd's in Munster, IN!!

6:30 p.m. • Beer Academy - Winter Warmers
Goose Island Brewpub
1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071

$20 per person Join Head Pub Brewer Jared Rouben on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call (312) 915-0071.

7:00 p.m. • Tyranena Brewery Night
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 252-7636

Stop by to try some samples from Tyranena Brewing with Conrad Tufte, their Beer Ambassador. We'll have a number of Tyranena beers on tap and will also offer some mini sandwiches from our friend Lisa Futterman of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine. Join us for a great night of "Legendary Wisconsin Beer."

Thursday, Fe-brew-ary 24

5:00 p.m. • Vertical Behemoths, Friendly Strangers at Durty Nellie's
Durty Nellies, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150

We're tapping kegs of two vintages of Three Floyds Behemoth: 2009 and 2011. Has two years of age tamed this beast? We'll find out. To make sure too much vertical tasting doesn't leave you horizontal, we're also tapping Left Hand's brand new rye APA, Stranger. We're told it's a spicy hop bomb in a low ABV package. Sounds promising! No Entrance Fee

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.

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Barley Wine Party w/ Leadfoot String Band
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery
1927 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL

The annual tapping of our barley wine, Moose Knuckle (our strongest English ale). Celebrating barley wines from local breweries Three Floyds, Revolution, Mickey Finn's, Emmett's, Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Bell's and more. With music by the Leadfoot String Band

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