Beeronaut Chicago craft beer events, December 12 to 15

Beeronaut Chicago craft beer events, December 12 to 15

Okay, I didn't really think think we'd be into our second month of "rare" Surly Darkness tappings. But there's one here that also includes the wanted Canadian Breakfast Stout.

Monday, December 12

Flossmoor Station 12 beers of Christmas
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
Every day we'll be tapping at 5:00 p.m. a "one-off" beer to celebrate the days prior to our favorite holiday. A the releases with an (*) beside them are actual new releases, and will be available after that day. The tappings will be held at the bar and Mug Clubbers will receive their first pint free.

  • Dec. 12 Coffee Stout
  • Dec. 13 Spoonless Winter Warmer*
  • Dec. 14 Belgian Abbey Ale*
  • Dec. 15 Ginger Red Ale
  • Dec. 16 Wassail Wheat
  • Dec. 17 Spruce Red Ale
  • Dec. 18 Chocolate Vanilla Porter
  • Dec. 19 Blueberry Kellehers
  • Dec. 20 Cardamom Raspberry
  • Dec. 21 Anise Stout
  • Dec. 22 Juniper Pale Ale
  • Dec. 23 Apricot IPA

And then to celebrate the Ebenezer in all of us, we're releasing a "13th" day of Christmas Ale which will be the Barrel Aged Beelzebeer! It'll be available on the 26th of December.

6:00 p.m. Two Hearted Ale Firkin Tapping
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Tapping a firkin of Bell's Two Hearted Ale promptly at 6:00 p.m.. There will also be regular draft of Two Hearted available, to compare and contrast, along with a few specialty brews including Hell Hath No Fury, Sparkling Ale and Christmas Ale.

7:00 p.m. Monday Night FootDahl and Explicit Dahlcraft IPA tapping!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
"Not only is this our final party for the year, but it is also the official tapping of The Explicit DahlCraft Pale Ale! Our own Jim-Kid has been hard at work with Haymarket's Master Brewer Pete Crowley to create this delicious American Pale Ale. This is the first time the show has had its own beer and we are excited to share it with all of you. As a subscriber, you will receive a pint of The Explicit DahlCraft on me, just for coming out! If you can't make it to the party, Haymarket will have The Explicit DahlCraft available until the batch is gone, so stop in and get you some soon! We will be watching the game and enjoying Jim's beer starting at 7:00 p.m. in Haymarket's back room. Let's all get together, celebrate the end of a great year, drink some beer (or root beer for some of us) and wait for Pete to get tipsy...Happy Holidays indeed!" – Steve Dahl

Tuesday, December 13
Local 737 Union Meeting and 'Chicago By The Pint' Book release party!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Join us for our second Beer Drinker's Union Party! Sample a new release and fight for your right to drink better beer! We will also be celebrating the release of 'Chicago By The Pint,' A Craft Beer History of Chicago! A new Book by Denese Neu that makes a great stocking stuffer for that Craft Beer lover! She will be on hand signing copies for $22.

4:00 - 11:30 p.m. Dogfish Jam - A Dogfish Head - Pearl Jam Twenty "Faithfull Ale" Tapping
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Dogfish has recently released their 3rd Sony Legacy Music Tribute Beer, Faithfull Ale. Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary as a band and its debut album, "Ten." In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull will clock in at 7% ABV. Join us as we tap a keg of "Faithful Ale" as well as a bunch of other Dogfish Head drafts including: Sony Legacy Artist Robert Johnson Tribute: Hellhound On My Ale, Chicory Stout, 120 Min, '10 Pangaea, My Antonia, & a few others. We will be playing an all Pearl Jam playlist as well as showing Cameron Crowe's PJ20 movie, as well as other Pearl Jam concert films.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Featured Brewery Tuesdays - Great Lakes Brewing
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Every Tuesday as we’ll be featuring a different brewery. Tonight we’re featuring Great Lakes Brewing Company. We’ll be pouring two of their limited seasonal releases, the Blackout Stout and Christmas Ale. A representative from the brewery will be on hand passing out glassware and other Great Lakes merchandise. Quantities are limited so come early.

7:00 p.m. Beer School for Women at Burger Bar
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 255-0055
Cost: $30. Goose Island own Suzanne Wolcott will be conducting a tasting of four vintage brews from Chicago’s own Goose Island Brewery: On tap for the tasting; Sofie, Matilda, Fleur and Mild Winter. Suzanne will be talking through various brewing processes and how each relate to the types of beer styles and flavor characteristics of each beer. Suzanne will also be discussing special glassware. Burger Bar Chicago will be preparing some of their signature menu items as well as off menu items that will pair with the Goose Island brews. R.S.V.P.

7:00 p.m. Black Christmas 2011
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena, Chicago (773) 525-8665
Christmas goes dark at the Bar on Buena. We’ll be tapping a selection of beers as black as the coal in your stocking. Come warm your bones on a cold Winter’s night. The draft line up: Founders Breakfast Stout, Victory Yakima Glory Black IPA, Left Hand Fade To Black Pepper Porter, Uinta Baa Baa Black Lager, and the Big Black Dog: Surly Darkness! (to be tapped in the 7 o’Clock Hour). We will also be serving a (very) limited selection of bottles: Dogfish Head Bitches Brew 2010, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus, Dark Horse Perculator, and one on everyone’s Christmas list, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2009. For your viewing pleasure we have hand-picked a selection of dark Christmas flicks for those of you who have run out of Holiday Cheer: Gremlins, Bad Santa and, of course, Bob Clark’s Classic Black Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14
New beer tapping at Revolution Brewing
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Red Skull Imperial Red Ale

Two Brothers Beer Dinner
WaterShed Bar, 601 N State St., Chicago (312) 266-4932
We will be having our first Beer Dinner featuring Chef Luke Creagan's delicious small plates paired with the fine brews from Two Brothers Brewing. Reservations for the dinner are available between 6 and 9 pm. Four courses and five beers, $40 per person. Highlights include Tempura Spare Ribs paired with Two Brother's Cane & Ebel, and a Chocolate Northwind Imperial Stout Pie. Menu on this PDF. Send us an email via our website if interested, and we will fill you in on all the tasty details and take your reservation.

X-Weinkeller X-Mas Party
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, (773) 472-2771
Delilah's hosts the 18th Anniversary of the X-Weinkeller X-Mas Party, celebrating one of Chicago's early brewpubs. The Weinkeller operated in Berwyn from the 1980's as a craft beer bar, and got into making its own beers. They had expanded to a Westmont location before closing down about 1999. The Westmont Weinkeller continued until it closed in 2002. In an email announcing the party, Delilah's proprietor Mike Miller offers some opinions about Weinkeller's management that I probably shouldn't repeat.

4:00 p.m. Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Uinta Brewing (5 of 'em!) From their Crooked Line Series: Detour Double IPA, Cockeyed Cooper Barleywine, Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner, Labyrinth Black Ale, Dubhe Imperial Black IPA.

Thursday, December 15

Rock Bottom Chicago tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Tapping Sled Dog Red, Imperial Red Ale.

Rolling Stones DJ Sean spins Keith Richards’ Birthday
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, (773) 472-2771
I couldn't resist mentioning this simply because of the choice of beer special to salute "Keef:" $3 Hobgoblin Ale Pints, $3 Old Charter 8yr Bourbon.

3:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Ass Makeover at Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
After extensively polling our client-base, analyzing datum, and hearing repeated requests for tap takeovers we have elected to deliver an “Ass Makeover” as our final beer event of 2011. The biblical draft list features over thirty rare and highly sought after beers from eight countries. In addition to exclusive Midwest releases from Evil Twin, the Local Option La Petite Mort – a Belgian inspired Weizenbock brewed at Central Waters Brewing Co. in Amherst, WI – will be available. Warning: this is NOT a tap takeover, it’s an “Ass Makeover”. Draft List: …Frankly, looking over the white whales on the beer list is just making me teary-eyed. Just click the link here and see the entire amazing menu.

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Holiday Craft Beer Open House
Binny's Beverage Depot, 69 W. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 870-9890
Taste an array of new, cutting edge domestic & imported craft beers. Included are a selection of Christmas and winter seasonal offerings. Sampling Stiegl Gold, Stiegl Pils, Chimay Red, New Planet Pale, New Planet Lager. Call, or email for reservations.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Goose Island Clybourn tapping
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Every Thursday, a new beer brewed at the Clybourn brewpub is tapped.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Argus Beer Dinner.
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 255-0055
Join Argus Brewery as we bring our traditionally crafted brews to Burger Bar Chicago in a 4-course beer dinner with food pairings from Chef John. Come to enjoy our Pegasus IPA, California Steam and Holsteiner Lager, and we'll tell you the story of how we create these flavorful beers locally in Chicago. Chef John has an amazing menu to go with the beer. Join us by emailing or calling at 312-255-0055 to reserve your spot. The cost to attend is $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

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