We're putting together a special listing for this weekend of beer bars and brewpubs that will be open on Christmas Day. Be sure to comment or e-mail back to get in!
Through December 26
11:30 a.m. Flossmoor Station 12 beers of Christmas continues
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
Every day we'll be tapping at opening time a "one-off" beer to celebrate the days prior to our favorite holiday. The tappings will be held at the bar and Mug Clubbers will receive their first pint free.
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.
Monday, December 19
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. A Crazy Cluster of Christmas Beer Commotion!!!
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join us for a crazy cluster of Christmas Beers
On Cask: Dark Horse 4 Elf - Winter Ale
Draft: Revolution Fistmas, Mikkeller Red/White Christmas, Silly de Noël, Struise Tsjeeses Reserva, Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room & Soft Xmas aka Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top, Dupont Les Bons Voeux, Noël de Silenrieux, N'Ice Chouffe, Lagunitas Sucks - Holiday Ale, Port Santa's Little Helper, Affligem Noel, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi, The Bruery 4 Calling Birds
Bottles: Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, Moylan's White Christmas, Jolly Pumpkin '10 Noel de Calabaza, Fantôme de Noël, Mikkeller To: via From:, Port Bourbon Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper. Facebook info.
Wednesday, December 21
Holiday beer releases
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
We will be releasing Kill 'Em Ale Imperial IPA and the hoppy porter named Santa Chaos.
5:00 p.m. Wells & Young's Banana Bread on Draft
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
This is the first time that Banana Bread has been available on draft in the US and we will be the first establishment in the city offering this fantastic ale!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Holiday Big Beer Tasting!
SmallBar Logan Square, 2956 N Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
As a holiday treat, we're gonna be cracking open some holiday ales! All these beers are bottled, which as we all know can be tough on the pocket book. To ensure that you get to try everything, the beers will only be available in 5oz taster size glasses. Flights will be available as well! Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, De Ranke Pere Noel, Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi, Boulevard BBQ, Dogfish Head Pearl Jam Faithful. As an added bonus, there will also be Great Lakes Christmas Ale on tap. Facebook info.
Thursday, December 22
There Will Be Darkness - Tap Blackout & Metal Night
Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
The darkest day of the year falls on December 22 – wallow in the darkness with our dark beer & heavy metal takeover. Many draft handles of the blackest beers we can find. Tentative keg schedule includes: New Holland Dragons Milk, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2010, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Stone Russian Imperial Stout 2011, Left Hand Fade to Black III, plus more… "Darkness." Plus all your favorite heavy metal on the jukebox from Amon Amarth to Zakk Wylde.
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. The Dark Night 2011
Acre Restaurant, 5308 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-7600
It's on again. The darkest night of the year begets its most sinister brews. Stout, porter, black ale, they're all going to be pouring in spades in the Chicago winter. We'll have the metal blasting, the rare bottles popping, and Bill and Austin will probably be fighting over who gets to wear the Santa hat. Get your holiday started off right. Some of the brews we'll have on tap: $5 tasters of all draft beers will be available for the balance of the night.
Allagash Black, Bell's Cherry Stout & Expedition Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2011, Central Waters Satin Solstice Imperial Stout, Dogfish Head Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Evil Twin Soft DK, Firestone Walker XV, Founders Breakfast Stout, Goose Island Big John & Bourbon County Vanilla Stout 2010, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Half Acre Big Hugs & Chub Step Porter, Left Hand Fade to Black 2011, Leinenkugel's Big Eddy 2010, Lion Stout, Lost Abbey Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Angel's Share, Southern Tier Creme Brulee & Iniquity, Stone 2008 Bourbon-Aged RIS & Belgo-Anise RIS, Three Floyds Big Black Van, Uinta Labyrinth, Victory Yakima Glory. Facebook info.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sled Dog Imperial Red Ale Tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
We will be tapping our newest seasonal brew, so join us for one of the first pours. The "Sled Dog" is an imperial red ale - full-bodied, complex caramel malt flavor, and copious amounts of Ahtanum hops are employed to brew up this big, 9% abv, ale.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Ladies' Beer Academy - Holiday Entertaining with Beer
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join us for an evening of tips on Holiday Entertaining at the Clybourn Brewpub. $25 includes beer samples and hors d’ oeuvres Limited space, so call to reserve your spot.
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight Christmas Carol Karaoke: A benefit for P.A.W.S.
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery, 1927 W. North Ave, Chicago (773) 772-4422
Sing your favorite holiday song, eat, drink, be merry, and let's send some love to our furry friends at P.A.W.S.!! Bad Christmas sweaters are encouraged. Facebook info