December 5 - 10
Blokes & Birds Anniversary Week
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
Come celebrate our one year anniversary! We will be featuring Metropolitan, Two Brothers, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria and Three Floyds, along with a different barrel tapping each evening. All patrons will also receive a complimentary amuse bouche with a nip of Bombay London Dry Gin throughout the week.
Dec. 5, 8:00 p.m. Barrel of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
Dec. 6. 5:00 p.m. Barrel of Surly Damien
Dec. 7, 5:00 p.m. Barrel of Lagunitas Wet Hopped Dogtown Pale Ale
Dec. 8, 5:00 p.m. Stone Cituelle Celeste de Citricado & Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers
Dec. 9, 5:00 p.m. Firkin/Cask of J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale
Dec. 10, 5:00 p.m. Barrel of Three Floyds Behemoth Blonde Barley Wine
Monday December 5
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. "It Might Get Dark" - A Night of Dark Beer & Metal
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join Fountainhead's Certified Cicerone & Beer Director Phil Kuhl, as he puts together his 2nd Dark Night. Stouts, Porters, & Barley wines… anything that is dark. These dark beers will be paired with a selection of exceptionally dark tunes from our metal archives. Come take a trip to the dark side with us. Left Hand Fade to Black, New Belgium Clutch, Brooklyn '08 Black Chocolate Stout and '10 Monster Ale, Mikkeller Black Hole - White Wine Barrel and Scotch Barrel, Bruery Cuir, Uinta Baba and Duhbe, Avery The Beast and Samuel, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Half Acre Over Ale with Dark Matter Coffee - Cask Conditioned and Chub Step, Great Divide Belgian Yeti and Chocolate Yeti, Port Santa's Little Helper and Older Viscosity, Meantime Scotch Ale, Sierra/Dogfish Life & Limb, Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary, Dupont Monk's Stout, Revolution Black Power, and of course SURLY DARKNESS. Latest beer list updates at Facebook.
Tuesday December 6
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Binny's/WGN Beer School with Anchor Brewing
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Join Tony Escobedo and Anthony Norkus with Greg Jarrett from WGN and experience the entire Anchor Brewing portfolio and history, including a vertical tasting of Anchor's Christmas Ale. At the Lincoln Park Binny's Beverage Depot. RSVP (312) 664-4394 There is a $5 suggested donation to the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund. Space is limited, so please RSVP.
6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Featured Brewery Tuesdays - New Belgium Brewery
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join Northdown every Tuesday as they featuring a different brewery. This week they'll be featuring New Belgium's Lips of Faith series, Fresh Hop IPA (draft), Prickly Passion Saison (bottle) and La Folie (bottle). A representative from the brewery will be on hand passing out glassware and other New Belgium goodies. Quantities are limited so come early.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Rock Bottom Chicago Beer School
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Beer school is now open to the public! Classes limited to 20 students. Beer School features in-depth brewery tours, a sampling of our beers on tap, and beer style/history discussion conducted by one of the brewers. Class will meet in our State Room on the second floor. Tickets are $15 per person. Call 312.755.1677 to make your reservation. The December style is Belgian Dubbels, featuring Fallen Angel Abbey Dubbel, with Westmalle Dubbel, paired with sirloin steak, wash rind cheese, Chocolate dessert
7:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinners at Tap House Grill Westmont
Tap House Grill - Westmont, 6010 S. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL (773) 525-2508
$40 per guest A four-course dinner paired with Honker’s Ale, Matilda, Pepe Nero and Mild Winter. This dinner is also held December 7 at Tap House Grill St. Charles – 3341 W. Main St., (630) 443-1664, and December 8 at Tap House Plainfield – 24002 W. Lockport St., (815) 733-5148.
Wednesday, December 7
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Repeal Day Party
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Party like it's 1933! Join Batch 19 and Templeton Rye at the Franklin Tap for a party celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition! Meet and mingle with the brand ambassadors from Batch 19 and Templeton while learning about and sampling the pre-prohibition style beer and prohibition style cocktails.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Artisanal Imports Beer Dinner
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Bangers and Lace has partnered up with Artisanal Imports for an evening of amazing beer; including the real "champagne of beer" - Deus Brut des Flandres a Biere de Champagne. Chef Adam Wendt has created a 6-course dinner to pair with the six imported brews, and both Bangers and Lace’s certified Cicerone™ Ria Neri and Artisanal Import's Adam Schulte will be on hand to discuss the brews and pairing choices. Other beers to be paired in each course: La Tappe Witte, Tripel Karmeleit, Pauwel Kwak, Meantime Scotch Ale, and St. Feuillien Speciale Holiday Ale. Those interested can purchase tickets by visiting this link. Tickets are $68 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and space is limited.
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Local Beer, Local Cheer
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Christmas is coming early at Jake's! 8 local breweries, 19 different brews, 10 custom brewed cask ales, beer inspired bites. All you can eat and drink: $30. $5 per ticket donated to Chicago Fire Dept. Widows and Orphans Fund.RSVP today! (312) 266-0400
Thursday, December 8
5:00 p.m. SmallBar/Greenbush collaboration tapping
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago (312) 525-2727
Join SmallBar as they celebrate the public debut of Mr. Hyde, their collaboration with Greenbush Brewing from Sawyer, MI. Get one of the first tastes and take a walk on the dark side with Mr. Hyde, a delicious and roasty Sumatran coffee milk stout. There will also be VERY limited quantities of Mr. Hyde that was aged in Journeymen Distillery bourbon barrels. If you miss this chance, there will also be another release party on Thursday, January 12 at SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division. There is no cover charge for the event.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cityscape Bar "Brew with a View" sampling
Cityscape Bar, Holiday Inn Mart Plaza - 15th Floor, 350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago (312) 836-5000
Sample an array of beers before panoramic views of downtown’s River North. Hosted by The Boston Beer Company, the event will highlight several beers including Samuel Adams Boston Ale, Cream Stout, Latitude 48 IPA and Sam Adams Light. Patrons can also indulge inan assortment of small bites. Cost: Complimentary (limited reservations available) Reservations Required: firstname.lastname@example.org
6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Harrigan's Holiday Party & Customer Appreciation Night
Harrigans on Halsted, 2816 N. Halsted, Chicago (773) 248-5933
Come on in and let us buy you a few drinks (available between 6 and 9:00 p.m. only) and have some tasty food on us! Feel free to bring your friends and neighbors, your co-workers and anyone else you wish. Facebook.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Meet Frank Thomas
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 639 E. Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook, IL (630) 972-1187
The ultimate stocking stuffer for baseball fans: Big Hurt Beer autographed by the future Hall of Famer! Call for more information.
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Acorn Pig Beer Dinner
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
$60/person includes tax & gratuity. Triple S Farms has raised one of their Heirloom pigs on locally foraged acorn to provide beautiful marbling throughout the meat and savory flavors of nutty richness. We have put together a family-style beer dinner to showcase the efforts and hard work involved in raising this one of a kind pig. All courses are paired with Goose Island's Belgian Ales. Menu at this link.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Firestone Walker Beer Social
Ballydoyle, 327 Stratford Square Drive, Bloomingdale IL (630) 924-8800
$25. Firestone Walker Union Jack, Double Jack, 15th Anniversary, Porter. Paired with small plate
foods. Email email@example.com to sign up, or call more details.
7:00 p.m. Hoppy HolidAles at Sheffield's
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
A selection of craft ales for the holiday and winter season from Chicago and around the world including: Canaster Zymatore Aged in Pinot Noir/Whiskey Barrels; Nora Baladin, Re Ale, Italy; Nuova Mattina, Italy; Balthazar; Strada San Felice, Italy; Verdi Imperial Stout, Italy; Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux, Belgian Strong Ale; Revolution Eugene Porter; Bell's Cherry Stout; Vander Mill Totally Roasted Cider; Affligem Noel; N’Ice Chouffe; Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge; Christmas Ales from Anchor, Bell's, Great Lakes, Goose Island; Evil Twin Christmas in a New York Hotel Room, and many more… Small plates menu by Chef VJ to warm the holiday and winter spirits Entrance to event with minimum 3 item donation to Lakeview Food Pantry. Facebook Info