Archive for November 2011

Beeronaut's Chicago weekend, December 2 to 4

Advance Notice: Tickets are on sale Thursday, Dec. 1 for the 2012 Michigan Winter Beer Festival. The outdoor celebration of Michigan craft beer will be held from 1-6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, just north of Grand Rapids. This party, organized by the Michigan Brewers Guild, sells out fast,... Read more »

Beeronaut Chicago events, November 28 to December 1

Beeronaut Chicago events, November 28 to December 1
Kind of back from my holiday hiatus, mainly because there are some highly anticipated beers tapping this week. Through December 2 The 31st Annual European Beer Tour Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730 Starting the day after Thanksgiving, and lasting one glorious week, you get the chance to try a whole host... Read more »

New brewer Tighthead debuts at Firkin Saturday

I haven’t said it in so many words, but the Chicago area is a booming craft beer place. I would have to take off my mittens to count all the new brewers that have come on line since I started blogging. And there are still more coming down the line. But let me talk about... Read more »

Special Black Wednesday and Friday beer events

I am finally taking my hiatus over Thanksgiving week so I can catch up on my Web Design class assignment. Gotta give priority to what might lead to an actual job. But there are some prime events this week that I am scratching out a little time to mention. Black Wednesday: Da Sout’ Side’s own... Read more »

Map Room's 19th Anniversary Party is Saturday

Map Room's 19th Anniversary Party is Saturday
Update: As promised, here’s the tapping schedule: 11:00 AM Revolution Dry-Hopped Eugene Porter on the Beer Engine 12:00 PM New Holland Barrel Aged Night Tripper & Avery The Beast 1:00 PM Bahnhoff Berliner-style Weisse & Vicaris Generaal 2:00 PM 5 Rabbit Vida y Muerte Harvest Ale & Mickey Finn’s Australian Pale Ale 3:00 PM Stillwater... Read more »

Beeronaut's weekend events, November 18 to 20

Beeronaut's weekend events, November 18 to 20
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... Read more »

Beeronaut's Chicago events, November 14 to 17

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!... Read more »

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...

Beer Alert! Surly Darkness tapping Monday at SmallBar, Thursday at Jake Melnick's

Beer Alert! Surly Darkness tapping Monday at SmallBar, Thursday at Jake Melnick's
UPDATE: Surly Darkness, Furious and Four at Bavarian Lodge for Black Friday, and another tapping at Fountainhead in December. Details Here. The Darkness is spreading all over! Here’s a full list of tappings scheduled for this week: Monday, November 14: SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 772-2727. 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Facebook. Also... Read more »

Beeronaut's Chicago events, November 7 to 10

I am in a deep crunch time between work, family, and computer tech classes intended to get me closer to a real job. So I must announce that the Beeronaut will be taking a hiatus after the weekend calendar, with information about Three Floyds' XV anniversary party and the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer. That's Saturday.

Monday, November 7

Win tickets to Three Floyds Anniversary Party Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851 3 Floyds is celebrating their 15th Anniversary with a huge party Saturday, November 12. There will be live music, food from renowned chefs, the excellent beers and of course the special XV anniversary beer available for purchase! The 2500 tickets they released sold out within minutes. But we at Hopleaf have an extra pair, which we are offering in a raffle to be drawn this Monday. Tickets are only $10 a piece! One ticket wins the pair! As always, all proceeds of our raffle will go to our neighborhood CPS elementary school, Helen C Peirce on W Bryn Mawr in Edgewater! Tickets must be purchased in person at Hopleaf, which opens at 3 every day. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Drink Me Belgian IPA Tapping Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021 Our November IPA of the month features our first Belgian Ale of the year. There will be a dry hopped cask in the Brew House for everyone to try. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Firestone Walker "Meet the Brewer" at Maria's Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588 Meet Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Brewmaster, and sample some rare and out-of-market beers. Offerings will include Black Xantus, Pale 31, Union Jack, Double Jack, more. Call Maria's for more details. 7:00 p.m. Monday Night FootDahl Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700 The next Monday Night FootDahl Party with Steve Dahl is the Bears vs. Eagles game. "This matchup will be a tough one for the Bears, but if you ask me a team full of Bears should have no problem taking on a bunch of birds, right? Especially a team led by a jailbird. The party is once again at Haymarket Pub & Brewery. The staff and I will all be there with great giveaways and at least one or two dog jokes...guaranteed." Party Starts at 7:00 (Kickoff at 7:30) For more info and the full list of dates visit 7:00 - 11:30 p.m. Northwind Release Party Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-5356 It is that time of year again. Join us as we celebrate the release of Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout. Facebook...
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