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 Argus Brewery takes over at Jimmy Green's in the South Loop (825 S. State St.), starting at 8:30 p.m. They'll also be at the three suburban Ballydoyle locations (Downers Grove, Aurora, and Bloomingdale) from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. All locations will feature live bands with no cover. Aurora will also tap a firkin of Two Brothers Cain & Abel, and Bloomingdale will also have a firkin procession, and a birthday toast to Argus' McCaffery's Irish Cream Ale.

SmallBar Division and Fullerton will have a Black Wednesday tapping at 5:00 p.m., each with their last keg of Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, plus the return of the Pumpkin Whip cocktail. Other beers will be on special, and in addition, SmallBar Division will have a keg of Stone's pumpkin beer, La Citruelle Celeste.

Black Friday:

Did I mention; yet another Surly Darkness tapping? Yep, the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle opens early on Friday, too. But in this case, early is 2:00 p.m., when they'll tap this black brew. They'll also have Surly Furious and a cellared keg of Surly Four, their anniversary Imperial Coffee Milk Stout. ALSO on tap: Bell's Batch 10,000, Port Brewing Older Viscosity (Heaven Hill Barrel-Aged), Emelisse Jack Daniels Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout (Netherlands), Founders Breakfast Stout, Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper. You may want to skip the sweet potatoes to make room for this.
(And it's NOT the last chance to taste the Dark Side: Fountainhead has a little something cooking for December 5. Just saying.

And back in the city, Goose Island tries to build a new, more fun Black Friday tradition. Last year, it was thew release of their "Rare" Bourbon County Stout. For 2011, it's King Henry, available at the 1800 N. Clybourn brewpub starting at 10:00 a.m. Their listing says:

Aged in bourbon barrels, King Henry is a burgundy hued English-style barleywine with aromas of vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Caramel and toffee flavors blend together with bold notes of bourbon delivered in a smooth body followed by a malty finish. (13.4%)

We'll also be offering a selection of Vintage ales -- Bourbon County Stout 2010, Bourbon County Vanilla Stout 2010, Icarus Barleywine 2005 and Pere Jacques 2009.

All Black Friday releases are in bottles and available to take home!



King Henry (650mL) - $25/bottle (limit 3)
Cellared BCS '10 (650mL) - $25/bottle (limit 2)
Cellared BCVS '10 (650mL) - $25/bottle (limit 2)
Cellared Pere Jacques '09 (12oz) - $10/bottle (limit 4)
Cellared Icarus '05 (12oz) - $12/bottle (limit 4)

We'll also be pouring King Henry samples for $5!"

BTW, I did take time out last Saturday to team up with seven other ChicagoNow bloggers to take part in a Trivia Bowl, hosted by and as a fundraiser for the Chicago Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. We competed against teams from the Sun-Times, Tribune, Channels 2, 7, and 9 and for a first time team we did… well, I'll let TR on the "Lists that Really Matter" blog give you the rundown.  Yes, I have layers, just like an onion. I actually supplied the correct answer to a sports question; the one piece of sports trivia that's stayed in my head all my adult life. I got to explain the difference between bottles of Tsingtao and Tsingtao Draft, and found that those light Asian lagers are actually a good accompaniment to spicy Asian food (so many dishes I'd never had before!).

I'm slowly gathering "Likes" on my Facebook Beer Fan Page. It's where I share events from other place in the Chicago area, including "Just Tapped" posts and beer specials that involve something better than a buckets of Coronas. You can also check my Google Calendar for more upcoming events.

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