Hey, it's finally settling down in the aftermath of Halloween and Oktoberfests. Good. I've got catching up to do… on my sleep.
Friday - Saturday
All day Open House Beer tastings
The House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago (312) 642-3000
Fridays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Saturdays, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. A FREE Open House-styled tasting.
Saturday, November 5
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dogfish Head Beer Brunch
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago (312) 525-2727
Join us for a Dogfish Head Beer Brunch. We'll have four fun dishes paired with four great Dogfish Head beers as well as our normal brunch menu. It's all á la carte, mix-and-match so you can have fun trying all the beers and brunch items however you see fit. Come up with your own pairings for Midas Touch, My Antonia, Bitches Brew, and 120 Minute IPA. The brunch will also be offered November 19 at SmallBar Division. Facebook for menu and info.
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Christmas Beer Tasting - Part 1
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Porters, Stouts, Christmas Ales… Beers take on a whole new dimension in the winter months. Rich Porters, sturdy Stouts and delicious, whimsical Christmas Ales should be added to every beer lover's vocabulary. Taste with us and find your why.
1:00 - 9:30 p.m. Beer Hoptacular
Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago 773-561-9500
Price: $35 per session order online at Etix with various extra charges, or at the Vic box office with no surcharges. Two sessions: 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. After a huge first year, we are back again for round 2. Last year, patrons had the opportunity to get acquainted with over 100 different craft and specialty beer varieties supplied by 35 breweries from the Midwest and across the country. This year there will be 2 sessions, including a Homebrew Challenge: Participating breweries: Bell's, Goose Island, Dogfish Head, Stone, Lagunitas, Blue Moon, New Belgium, Leinenkugel, Finch’s, 5 Rabbit, New Holland, Boston Beer Co., Dundee Brewing Co., Imperial (Costa Rica), Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, Brooklyn Brewery, Magic Hat, Pyramid, Limestone, Summit, Left Hand, Argus, Two Brothers, Piece, Lucky Monk, Stevens Point, Flatlanders, Mickey Finn's, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, Victoria (Toluca, México), Lake Bluff Brewing, Flossmoor Station, Destihl.
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Binny's Algonquin Fall Into Winter Tasting
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin, IL (847) 458-2470
Will it be a hard fall and a easy winter? Who cares, because Binny’s in Algonquin is having a beer, cider and mead tasting! Take the edge off your fall chores while enjoying over 20 of the season’s finest beverages! Just 5 bucks with your Binny’s card!
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Nethergate Nerd Out
Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
We've (well, along with some friendlies) busted our humps to get some rare-as-a griffin Real Ales from English Real Ale purists, Nethergate Brewing. This Saturday we'll be tapping Old Growler English Porter & Azzarat Blonde. Won't you help us welcome these brews from afar by hoisting a pint with us? Chef Kevin will have some grub tailor made for these beers, so bring your belly. Many thanks to Windy City Distribution, Artisanal Imports, and UK Brewing Supplies for making this all happen.
Sunday, November 6
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday Goose Club
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Green City Market’s Junior Board and Pub Brewmaster, Jared Rouben, on Sundays as Jared showcases his weekly Farmer’s Market Series beer featuring a new ingredient and farm from Green City Market. Check out the Junior Board's Goose Club Facebook event to see which beer will be premiering this Sunday.
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. "Chefs Gone Wild" Beer Dinner
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
6:30 p.m. beer reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner. With Guest Brewmaster Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker. Firestone and Revolution beers to be paired include Revolution’s Black and Tan: The Cross of Eugene, Double Fist, Backyard IPA, and Rise American Stout; plus Firestone Walker Parabola Imperial Stout, Union Jack, Double Jack, and Nectar Ales Black Xantus Imperial Stout.
Check out Firestone on Twitter at @firestonewalker. E-Tickets are $100 and include gratuity. Show yourID and credit card at the door. No refunds or exchanges. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.