Yes, this is what hiatus looks like. Writing up this schedule for appreciative fans is a hard monkey to get off my back, but I'm slipping out by doing minimal editing, a quick photo from my own library, etc. Let me get this out to you because there are some very SURLY events going on!
Monday, November 14
Surly Darkness Tappings (see this article for information)
- SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 772-2727. 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Facebook. Also tapping Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 and Three Floyds Regional Riot.
- Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989 6:00 p.m.
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Wildfire beer dinner with Winter Brews
WildFire Oakbrook, 232 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL (773) 398-6960
6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner. $45.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). RSVP to: Brad Wermager, Wildfire Wine & Spirits Director at (773) 398-6960. See the link above for menu. Courses paired with New Holland Cabin Fever, Capital Winter Skäl, Petrus Winter Ale, and Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Moreno Espinosa & Juan Bautista, Executive Chefs Ed Kane. Guest Speaker from Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
7:00 p.m. TwoTime Double IPA tapping
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
We are going to have back to back tappings coming up, starting with our TwoTime Double IPA (8.8% abv), which will be tapped at 7:00 p.m. for Mug Clubbers, and 8:00 p.m. behind the bar. Next in line is the beginning of our Belgian series, starting with the Restless Wind Belgian Single (5.0% abv), which will be tapped on Monday, November 21st.
Tuesday, November 15
Coast to Coast Toast for Vanberg & DeWulf
King’s Day in Belgium marks the official day (and night) of the Coast to Coast
Toast celebration for the 30th anniversary of the founding of Belgian importers Vanberg & DeWulf. An estimated 350 bars, restaurants, and shops across America will feature Vanberg & DeWulf beers and raise a toast to the importer that has been singularly dedicated to building Belgian beer connoisseurship in the USA. Find the locations hosting toasts on the Coast to Coast Toast Eventbrite page and check in with the beers on Untappd.
Chicago: Sheffield's, Acre, Bar on Buena, Fork, Rockwell's, Long Room, Smallbar (3 locations), Fish Bar, Leopold, Bangers and Lace, Blokes & Birds, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Farmhouse Tavern, The Paramount Room, Monk's Pub, Northdown Cafe & Taproom, Binny's Beverage Depot (28 locations), Map Room, LUSH Wine and Spirits (3 locations), The Publican, Hopleaf, Bluebird, Ceres' Table, Pastoral (3 locations), Fountainhead. Evanston: Stained Glass. Hinsdale: Whole Foods. Libertyville: Firkin. Lisle: Bavarian Lodge. Mokena: Tribes. Oak Park: The KinderHook Tap.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Beer & Confections Pairing
City Provisions, 1818 W. Wilson, Chicago (773) 293-2489
Katherine Duncan, founder and confectionista of Katherine Anne Confections, a locally-focused chocolatier, teams up with Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions for a beer and confections pairing event. Katherine will be pairing her Vanilla Caramel and Brandied Apple Truffle with Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale. In addition, Katherine will be sampling her brand new line of marshmallows, which will be available at City Provisions. Call for menu and pricing.
7:00 p.m. The Scout Bistro Beer Dinner
The Scout Waterhouse and Kitchen, 1301 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago (312) 705-0595
The Scout hosts the first installment of their new seasonal beer dinner series. For $30 per person, the dinner will feature a fall selection of beers from Goose Island paired with a four-course tasting menu. The event will be hosted by Goose Island’s Master Brewer and reservations are required by calling the restaurant.
Wednesday, November 16
Surly Darkness Tapping:
4:00 p.m. Michigan Tap Takeover
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
The Tribes Alehouse will feature 45 different Michigan beers on tap, and once one is gone it is gone. So get there early and support some of favorite Michigan breweries. Participating breweries include Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, Arcadia and New Holland!
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Artisanal Imports/Bee's Knees Food Co. collaboration
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Bee's Knee's Food Company, a local producer of delicious bar snacks, and Artisanal Imports have teamed up on a new recipe lovingly titled "High Gravity Nuts". It is a smokey, savory, spicy, fruity, and slightly sweet blend of Almonds and apple clusters made exclusively with La Trappe Quadrupel. We'll be giving out a free sample with your purchase of a La Trappe beer at the following locations and dates. Other Bee's Knees snacks including Szechuan and Chipotle Lime peanuts will be available at the bars for purchase.
Monk's Pub in The Loop, 5-7:00 p.m. La Trappe Quad and Dubbel on draft
November 18th: Maria's Community Bar in Bridgeport, 8-11:00 p.m. La Trappe Quadrupel, Isid'or and Dubbel on draft.
4:00 - 11:30 p.m. New Holland Dragon's Milk Cask Night
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL
Join us for a special evening celebrating the darker side of New Holland: Dragon's Milk! The crown jewel of New Holland Brewing Company, Dragon's Milk is the unrivaled result of painstaking processes – both creative and scientific. Expect a complex ale with a soft, rich caramel-malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones; all dancing in an oak bath. Unmistakably distinctive example of New Holland’s Art in Fermented Form. This event will feature both cellar-aged rarities andsought-after high gravity series brews.
From Gravity-Fed Cask: New Holland Dragon's Milk (Oak-Aged Strong Dark Ale)
On Draught: Dragon's Milk ('08 and '11), Beerhive Tripel, Envious, The Poet Stout, Cabin Fever, Hopivore
In Bottles: Dragon's milk (2007), Blue Sunday Sour Ale (GABF Silver Medal Winner). All drafts and bottles available at 4:00 p.m.. Cask will be tapped between 5 & 6:00 p.m. Facebook
7:00 p.m. Belgian Beer Night at Durty Nellies
Durty Nellie's Pub, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
Join Durty Nellie's and Dobby's Liquors for some Belgian Ales and appetizers with BOBO, a true Belgian beer expert. For the price of $25, taste the best that Belgium has to offer. Call Dobby's at (847) 359-0400 to make your reservations.
7:30 p.m. Jack’s Monthly Beer Dinner
Jack's Bar & Grill, 2856 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 404-8400
The next Beer Dinner a line of fantastic Lost Coast beers. We will be pairing these fine beers with some tasty items whipped up by Chef Samantha Montalvo. Click here to buy your ticket. Click here to buy your ticket. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets in advance. $35. To see the full menu check outour facebook page
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Thursday, November 17
Surly Darkness Tapping:
- Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400. 6:00 p.m.
Trappist Beer Dinner
Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street Chicago (312) 587-0648
Chef Won writes, "Chimay anyone? An extra special beer dinner with a special guest to talk about the beer and history of these ball busting monks." Now this seems to be the same day as WF's Beaujolais Nouveau wine release party, so it could be quite a night there. Call or click for menu and pricing.
5:00 p.m. Goose Island Invasion
Emmit's Irish Pub, 495 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago (312) 563-9631
Goose Island is taking over 10 of our taps and offering rare specialty beers to try for one night only. 5-Spice, PVK, Deguello, Cubby Blue, Marisol, Mild Winter, Christmas Ale, IPA, Green Line, Matilda, Sofie & Pere Jacques
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fallen Angel tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Join us for our regularly scheduled, monthly tapping. November brings us the return of our Fallen Angel Abbey Dubbel. This fuller-bodied, Belgian-styled, brown ale plays a rich malt flavor against a hint of spice to create this flavorful ale style. As always on the third Thursday of the month, we welcome our Mug Club members to come have a pint "on us" and enjoy the evening's festivities.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Orland Park Sub-Zero tapping
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Our popular English Style strong Winter Warmer returns by popular demand. This dark full-bodied dry hopped ale will be paired with a special creation by our Executive Chef Jose Torres.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Goose Island Clybourn tapping
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Every Thursday, a new beer brewed at the Clybourn brewpub is tapped.
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Francesca Fortunato Goose Island Beer Dinner
Francesca Fortunato, 40 Kansas St., Frankfort, IL (815) 464-1890
Cost: $55. Join Goose Island and Francesca Fortunato as we pair our Belgian Style Ales with Francesca's exquisite Italian cuisine.
6:30 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at Francesca's Vicinato
Francesca's Vicinato, 12960 S. Lagrange Rd., Palos Park, IL (708) 671-1600
Francesca's Vicinato will also host a Beer Dinner, featuring some of Goose Island's best beers. The five-course dinner is $45 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
6:30 p.m. Sam Smith Beer Dinner at Marigold Restaurant
Marigold Restaurant, 4832 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773) 293-4653
Chef Joe Moore and Samuel Smith Brewery bring you a very special dining experience. Samuel Smith’s is one of the great beer brands of the world and Marigold is very proud to present you with this dining opportunity. Call now for reservations. Seating is limited. Welcome beer and passed appetizers begin at 6:30 p.m. Beers to be paired are Winter Welcome Ale, Nut Brown Ale, I.P.A., and Organic Cider. $44.95 per person. RSVP – (773) 293-4653. Menu at marigoldrestaurant.com/events