Beeronaut Chicago weekend, December 16 to 18

Friday & Saturday • Open House Beer Tastings
The House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago (312) 642-3000
Fridays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Saturdays, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m., we have a FREE Open House-styled tasting.

Friday, December 16

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Beer Tasting at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Today's brewer: Mendocino Brewing.

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Metropolitan Beer sampling at Foodease on the Mag Mile
Foodease, 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago (312) 335-3663
Jess will be pouring samples of Metropolitan Iron Works, Dynamo and Krankshaft at Foodease's bar. Located at Water Tower Place, across from Foodlife.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Jolly Pumpkin Christmas beer tapping
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Friday! Friday! We have special visitors from Jolly Pumpkin/Leelanau and in their honor we'll be tapping Noel de Calabaza in the upstairs bar from 5 until 7 or when its gone.

6:30 p.m. • Goose Island Vegan Beer Dinner
Karyn's on Green, 130 S. Green St., Chicago (312) 226-6155
Cost: $60 Join Goose Island in their first beer dinner paired with vegan cuisine! $60 per guest.

8:00 p.m. • Half Acre Big Hugs release party
The Blind Robin, 853 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 395-3002
To celebrate the release of Half Acre's Big Hugs, we are having a party at the Blind Robin! Daisy Cutter and Big Hugs will be on tap that night and the crews from both Half Acre and Star Lounge will be hanging out!

If you haven't heard of Big Hugs, here is the skinny:

Nothing says holiday fun like a dim kitten unknowingly destroying cheer with every step. This year, your favorite feline, Big Hugs, is lovingly crushing his way into your life via the north pole. Every year about this time we brew this chunker of a stout in collaboration with Dark Matter Coffee. In excess of 10% ABV, this tyrant of cuddly, cute chaos coats the glass with darkness and mirth. Thick with silky roast & sweet chocolate tar, Big Hugs is charred with the notes to wrap your holidays in the skin they deserve.

7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Great Lakes Tap Takeover
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Paddy Long's is celebrating the beers of Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewery. Taps include: Christmas Ale, Blackout Stout, Big Black Smoke (only keg in Chicago!), Nosferatu, Edmund Fitzgerald, Commodore Perry, Dortmunder Gold. Keep your Great Lakes glass with a purchase of a Great Lakes beer while supplies last.

7:00 p.m. • Holiday tap event at SmallBar
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 W. Fullerton Ave., and SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division St., Chicago
Join SmallBar as they ring in the holiday season with a tap event with some of their favorite holiday beers. This will also be the debut of the 8 Maids-A-Milking Cocktail, as featured in the Chicago Tribune! Join us at either location for a great selection of beers:
Tap List at SmallBar Fullerton: The Bruery 4 Calling Birds, Great Divide Hibernation, N'Ice Chouffe,
Great Lakes XMas, St Feuillien Cuvee de Noel, St Feuillien Christmas, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice.

At SmallBar Division 2049 West Division, Chicago:
Avery Old Jubilation, Great Lakes XMas, 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus, Ska Euphoria, Tyranena Sheep Shagger, Delirium Noel, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
There is no cover charge.

7:00 p.m. • Ugly Sweater Party at Ballydoyle Bloomingdale
Ballydoyle, 327 Stratford Square Drive Bloomingdale IL (630) 924-8800
Tapping the Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Brew. All Staff members are dressing in their worst holiday sweater and we hope you will come join us in yours. No Entrance Fee

9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Left Hand Red - A night of Twister and Cask Beer
Rocco Ranalli's, 1925 Lincoln Ave., Chicago (312) 642-4700
Partnering up with our friends from Left Hand Brewery, we’ll be serving two nitro handles of the Milk Stout and the Sawtooth, a rare keg of the ‘Fade to Black vol. 3’, and a very special CASK of the ‘400 lb Monkey’ that will be tapped at 9:00 p.m. Our friend, DJ Nemo will be spinning the jams until they kick us out, and we’ll have a Twister tournament starting after everyone’s had a few. And, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for every 400 lb Monkey you purchase towards some great Left Hand merchandise. No Entrance Fee

Saturday, December 17

3:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Winter Solstice Beer Festival
Blarney Stone, 15400 S Cicero Ave, Oak Forest, IL 708-535-4800 http://blarney-stone.net/
Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. So what better way to celebrate it but by trying great winter beers and seasonals. Check the Winter Solstice Page at the link above for tickets through Eventbrite. $20 includes: 10 Sample Tickets & 2 Food Tickets. Includes Beer By 3 Floyds, Goose Island, Victory, Two Brothers, Great Lakes, Abita, Lagunitas, St. Ambroise, Crispin, Arcadia, McSorley's, Anchor, Allagash, Dogfish Head, Stone, Argus, Bell's, Left Hand, Founders, Metropolitan, New Holland, Finch's, Smuttynose, Breckenridge, Bridgeport, and more. Live Music From 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. This is a tented event and is rain or shine.

Sunday, December 18

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Half Acre Big Hugs 2011 release
Half Acre Brewing, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
We’re trying something a little different in order to make this year’s Big Hugs Imperial Stout release a positive experience for all. We expect a good turnout so we’re doing everything to give all a shot at the beer, make it a good time and as hassle free as possible. We will have standard checkout, but will also have a "cash only" line. Everything to be priced including tax for ease of use. 3000 bomber bottles $12 each (including tax), 3 bottle limit per person. Growler fills $21 ($25 w/growler)(tax included), 2 growler limit per person. Come dressed as a cat and receive a prize.

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. • Haymarket Lunch with Santa!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Lunch Buffet - Adults $15, Kids $5 Reservations required. He’s making his list and checking it twice, so come to Haymarket and tell Santa if you’ve been naughty or nice. Buffet price includes a visit with Santa, holiday-themed craft and a treat. $3 house drafts for grown-ups. We will be showing family Christmas movies as well as the football games. There will not be a photographer at this event, so bring your camera if you would like a picture with Santa.

12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m. • LunaR brewing co Annual Holiday Party
LunaR brewing co, 54 E St Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL
Come join us as we celebrate the holiday season and show appreciation to our LunaR faithful - our Fearless Leader's homemade Egg Nog will be poured & $1 off all adult beverages.

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