Definitely a week off over Thanksgiving week, so here's what's going on this weekend, which seems to be a good weekend for chili and BBQ:
Fridays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Saturdays, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Open House Beer tastings
The House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago (312) 642-3000
Every Friday and Saturday, (unless otherwise stated) we have a FREE Open House-styled tasting.
Friday, November 18
3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Oktoberfest at Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
A fundraiser for Seven Generations Ahead, featuring Haymarket’s Oktoberfest beer, 7GA IPA, and German themed food from Chef Chris McCoy and other West Loop restaurants. Tickets available at sevengenerationsahead.com. $45 in advance, $ 50 at the door.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Live and Let Rye at SmallBar
SmallBar Fullerton & Division, Chicago
Join us for Live & Let Rye! featuring Rye beer, whiskey and more!
At SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 W. Fullerton Ave.:
Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, Founders Red's Rye Ale, Coney Island Mermaid Rye Pils, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager, Finch’s Sapsucker, Goose Island Rye You So Pale, New Holland’s Charkoota Rye.
At SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St.:
Two Brothers Cane & Ebel on cask, Half Acre Baume Rye Stout, Founders Red's Rye Ale, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager, Goose Island Rye You So Pale, PLUS a special Koval Lion’s Pride Rye cocktail for one night only and $4 Templeton Rye shots with any rye beer.
Both locations also feature, a special Koval Lion’s Pride Rye cocktail for one night only and $4 Templeton Rye shots with any rye beer.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tavern Tidings - A Belgian Beer Dinner
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL (630) 420-6010
Enjoy a three-course dinner prepared by My Chef Catering with each course paired with a Belgian beer. The appetizer will be accompanied by Hoegaarden; the entree with Stella Artois; and dessert with Leffe Blonde. This event is a fundraiser for the Naperville Heritage Society. Tickets are $65 per person. Call Naper Settlement for ticket information. You must be 21 years of age and over to attend, including designated drivers. Seating is limited.
Saturday, November 19
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dogfish Head Beer Brunch
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago, IL (773) 772-2727
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 a la carte, mix-and-match so you can have fun trying all the beers and brunch items however you see fit. Suggested pairings: Midas Touch, My Antonia, Bitches Brew, 120 Minute IPA.
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Bell's Beer Sampling
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Bell's representatives will be on hand to sample some of this season's stout offerings and Winter White Ale.
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph
Ghosts! Beer! Clowns! A Live Radio Play! Drinking & Writing Theater 's All New Show A BEER Carol, running from November 19 to December 17, Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. (running time of 60 minutes).
A BEER Carol is a live radio play that tells the story of the evil CEO Bud Miller of Milweiser, the large, heartless brewers of swill. Haunted by the ghosts of the four ingredients of beer--hops, barley, water and yeast--and faced with his past, present and his possible ill-fated future, Bud Miller must decide if he can change into a better human being and a better brewer. Tickets are $15.00 and are available at www.drinkingandwriting.com. Limited food menu available during show. No limits on beer though.
6:00 p.m. The Galway Arms Rib Fest 2011
The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5555
Galway Arms hosts its 2nd ever Rib Fest Extravaganza. Menu items include smoked brisket, beer can chicken with Daisy Cutter plus more. Drafts include – Half Acre Tasty Waves Pale Ale, Bell's Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale, Brooklyn Chocolate Stout & Companion Ale, 3 Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf, Great Lakes Christmas Ale and more. Band will be Jon Williams & The Chandelier Swingers, music will be upstairs at 9pm.
Sunday, November 20
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 4th Annual Sheffield's Chili Cook-Off
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-4989
Judging at halftime of the Bears game, Enter your Chili to win bragging rights. $20 - Lets you try all the chilis, small BBQ buffet, and one beer ticket. -1st place $100 gift card -2nd place $50 gift card -3rd place $25(popular vote) -Shittay award: Case of sh***y beer! -Featuring guest judges & here to defend his title from 2010, Danny Beck from Toons Bar!
1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Moonshine's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off
Moonshine Brewing Co., 1824 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 862-8686
Join Moonshine Brewing Company’s executive chef Matt Wilde along with several other chili-lovin’ Chicago cooks for another crazy cook-off mêlée and tailgate party, in a tented Moonshine parking lot. In the tradition of Moonshine’s uber-popular “Rib-a-Que Smokeout,” the 3rd annual “Warm Up & Bear Down Chili Cook-Off” features at least 15 pros and amateurs competing for the Gilded Ladle award and a bowl full of hard cash – as voted on by the public. $5 admission with a warm coat donation or $10 admission with no coat donation grants tailgaters access to the Chili Cook-Off and an opportunity to eat all the chili a tummy can handle. The bash features Bears football vs. the Chargers on high def bigscreens, rabid fans, and a plethora of the tastiest chili this side of the Mississippi! To help extinguish that blistering chili heat, Moonshine’s resident brew master JD McCormick will be serving up his famous handcrafted brews: Able Danger (IPA), Prince Albert (BelgianGrand Cru), White Lightning (Belgian White Ale), Fallout (Porter), Moonlight (Blonde Ale) and RYEteous Path (Rye Pale Ale) –for just $5 per pint or $20 per 64-ounce growler (to go). YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Invite your friends to offer friendly weighting to the audience vote! First prize wins $500 cash and the Gilded Ladle, second prize gets $250 cash, and third prize gets $100 cash. Tailgating and tasting continues during the Bears-San Diego game, with the Chili Cook-off winner being announced at halftime.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Mikkeller Sour Bitch Release
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Join Mikkel Borg Bjergsø for the long awaited US release of Sour Bitch! Based on
Mikkeller's blended lambic Spontanale – a Kristina favorite – this creation has added lychee fruit. Until now, the Spontanale Series has not been available in the US... It starts here! We'll be pouring Sour Bitch & also have Mikkeller Dream Pils on draft! Fine Cheeses & Charcuterie for your snacking pleasure! Mikkeller T-Shirts and glassware will also be for sale. Online sales for Sour Bitch start Monday, November 21 @10am Central Time!
Special event for Monday, November 21:
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Save Brand Brewery!
Revolution Brewery, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Should we demolish the historic Brand brewery building for an Elston Avenue parking lot? Learn how to stop it. Why? A redevelopment deal has been proposed that would destroy the historic 1899 Brand Brewing Administration building, located at 2530 North Elston Avenue, for a more unsustainable big-box retail development. What? Join us for beer, appetizers and a special presentation on Chicago's brewing history and learn how you can STOP Brand Brewing Company's imminent demolition. $20 ticket price includes 2 hours of outstanding Revolution beer and appetizers. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com.
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