Beeronaut's Chicago Weekend, November 11 to 13

I'm trying to clear the decks to go on hiatus, but there's always something: Thursday Surly tapping, someone asking me prettyplease to list their event, so forth. But I shall endeavor to make arrangement to keep some events listed through my Google Calendar or Facebook fan page (see the links below). If you like, you can share my beer ratings at I never said I'd stop enjoying beer!

Friday, November 11

Hail to the Chairman
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago
Half Acre Brewing Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248 4038
On 11/11/11, we are releasing a commemorative Lumpen 20th Anniversary beer called The Chairman. It’s an Imperial Red Ale created to remember the men and women who worked on Lumpen magazine and became Chairmen of the Boring Theoretical Party (BTP). The Boring Theoretical Party began in the 1990’s. It was Lumpen magazine’s response to the boring, and uh, theoretically inclined armchair lefties. We started a “Worker’s Newspaper” edited by Chairman Thar, our beloved leader. Our symbols were the Armadillo and the Hoe. We had a theme song, a salute (raised fist while yawning), and we promoted that everyone should be the Chairman of their own Party.
You have a chance to bring a Chairman to the Party. Get a bottle (or three) at Half Acre Brewing Company or Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar on November 11, 2011. We will celebrate at Maria’s with a Half Acre Tap Takeover, pouring drafts of The Chairman, Lagertown Novemberfest, Barrel Aged Small Animal Big Machine, Mr. Ouroboros, Daisy Cutter, Over Ale and other treats from the brewery. Bottle Sales begin at Half Acre at 11 am. Join Maria's for the party at 8:00 p.m.

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. Every Friday and Saturday,
(unless otherwise stated) we have a FREE Open House-styled tasting.

4:00 p.m. Stone Vertical Epic Tapping at Bangers and Lace
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Tapping the Stone Brewing Vertical Epic 11.11.11 alongside the 10.10.10 on 11.11.11

5:00 p.m. Battle of the Breweries: Local Tap Takeover at Fat Cat
Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago 773-506-3100
Local breweries compete for the “crown” and we will soon see who will reign as king. On 11.11.11 at 5:00 p.m., the draft handles at Fat Cat open up and start pouring local beer.Which ever beer blows out first wins a spot on Fat Cat’s draft list! The brewmasters will be in attendance and I’m sure there will be some free bee…ahem, stuff. 16 beers – who do you think will win? Breweries: Half Acre, Finch’s, Emmett’s, Metropolitan, Revolution, 5 Rabbit, Wild Onion, and Flossmoor Station. Drink Local Beer at your Local Bar and meet the Local Brewers. No Entrance Fee.

5:30 - 11:00 p.m. Goose Island Mild Winter Pub Crawl
Downtown Naperville
Who doesn't want a Mild Winter? Dig out the ugliest sweater in your closet and head to Naperville for the pub crawl that will draw as much attention to the release of Goose Island's Mild Winter seasonal. Bring a Friend!
Tango, 5 W. Jackson Ave. – 5:30 pm
Heaven on 7, 224 S. Main St. – 6:30 pm
Front Street Cantina, 15 W.Jefferson Ave – 7:30 pm
Grumpy Bulldog, 7 Jackson Ave – 8:30 pm
Jimmy’s, 245 S. Washington St – 9:30 pm
Lantern, 8 W. Chicago Ave. – 10:30 pm

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Firestone Walker Tap Event
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago (312) 525-2727
SmallBar Fullerton is excited to congratulate Firestone Walker on their recognition as the 2011 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year. SmallBar is proud to host a tap event with all the Firestone Walker medal winners from the 2011 GABF.
Firestone Double Barrel Ale (2011 GABF Gold Medal), Firestone Pale 31 (2011 GABF Gold Medal), Firestone Velvet Merlin (2011 GABF Gold Medal), Firestone Double Jack IPA (2011 GABF Silver Medal). Please join us for a special night of great American beer! There is no cover charge for this event and the beer is available for purchase.

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. New Holland Mad Hatter Cask Night
Michael Diversey's, 622 W Diversey Parkway, Chicago (773) 327-7040
Join us as we tap this cask of Real Ale!! Michael Diversey's is a new spot recently opened at the former site of the Firkin & Pheasant. New Holland Mad Hatter is an I.P.A. that explodes with hop flavors. Dry-hopping provides a distinctive and floral hop aroma, while the lively and hoppy body is subtly balanced with delicious malt notes. Facebook info

Friday and Saturday:

Artisanal Imports/Bee's Knees Food Co. collaboration
Friday, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Villain's Bar & Grill, 649 S. Clark St., Chicago (312) 356-9992
Saturday, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. The Green Lady, 3328 N. Lincoln Ave.,  Chicago (773) 525-5571
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 the La Trappe Quadrupel. We'll be giving out a free sample with your purchase of a La Trappe beer at these locations. Other Bee's Knees snacks – including Szechuan and Chipotle Lime peanuts – will be available at the bars for purchase. La Trappe Quad and Dubbel on draft. Additionally, The Green Lady will have LaTrappe Dubbel on draft.

Saturday, November 12

1:00 - 10:00 p.m. Ninth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (SOLD OUT)
Chicago Journeyman Plumbers' Local Union 130 Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago
If it's any consolation, I haven't been since they moved to their present location, and they are already sold out. Just in case, here's the link for tickets, which are $40.00 for the afternoon or evening session. Info at the Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild site.

1:00 - 10:00 p.m. Three Floyds XV Anniversary (Sold Out)
Three Floyds Brewery & Pub, 9750 Indiana Pkwy, Munster, IN (219) 922-3565
I tried to give you a heads up when tickets went on sale in September. Hope you got yourself in! "Our XV beer is going to be a collaboration between us (USA), Surly (USA), Mikkeller (Denmark), and Struise (Belgium). We are brewing Surly Darkness, Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch, De Struise’s Black Albert, and our Dark Lord Imperial Stout. All these beers will be blended to create our XV beer for maximum ass kickery.The XV beer will be bottled and sold for $30 per bottle to all those in attendance." And, I say, maybe a bit will still be at tap at Floyds the next day. Maybe.

Sunday, November 13

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Beer Collectibles - Buy/Sell/Trade Show
Elk Grove Village VFW Hall, 400 E. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL
The Chicagoland Breweriana Society hosts a beer collectibles show, which will feature: Bar Signs, Tavern Items, Brewery Advertising, Glasses, Openers, Coasters, Steins, Beer Cans, Tap Knobs, Trays, Beer Patches, Crowns, Labels, Anything with a brewery name on it! Huge Raffle. Beer, Soda, Food available. Walk In Admission: Members FREE, Non-Members: $1.00 General Public Welcome. Bring your old beer items in for a free appraisal.

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.

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