Beeronaut's Chicago weekend, December 9 to 11

Beeronaut's Chicago weekend, December 9 to 11
One of two places hosting chili cook-offs this weekend!

Through December 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.
Thur. Dec. 8, 5:00 p.m. Stone Cituelle Celeste de Citricado & Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers
Fri. Dec. 9, 5:00 p.m., Firkin/Cask of J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale
Sat. Dec. 10, 5:00 p.m., Barrel of Three Floyds Behemoth Blonde Barley Wine

Friday, December 9

Bell’s Eccentric Day
Bell's Eccentric Café and General Store, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

  • Doors will open at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9.
  • Eccentric attire is required – come as you aren’t. If you are not dressed for the occasion, you will be turned away at the door.
  • There is no cover.
  • There will be eccentric food.
  • DJ Bowser will provide the tunes.
  • Both the front and back bar will be open.

35 Bell's beers will be on tap plus a firkin of Special Double Cream Stout. Here’s the lineup:
Two Hearted Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Special Double Cream Stout, Amber Ale, Java Stout, Pale Ale, Cherry Stout, Winter White, Expedition Stout, Christmas Ale, Rye Stout, Best Brown, Oatmeal Stout, Third Coast Beer, Smoked Stout, Third Coast Old Ale, Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout, Oarsman, Sweet Potato Stout, Bell's Lager, Trumpeters Stout, Hell Hath No Fury…, Milk Stout, Sparkling Ale, Dagger Stout, The Oracle DIPA, Black Note Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, Hopsoulution, Eccentric Ale (bottles will also be available for sale at the Bell's General Store), Golden Rye, Exp Hop 2011-1 (an IPA brewed with experimental hops), Rye-ghteous Ale, Harvest Ale, Raspberry Ale.

4:00 p.m. Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin Tapping
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
We are excited to be tapping the very coveted Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin. This beer was originally brewed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Holland’s pioneering alliance of ABT craft beer cafes. Schneider-Weisse TAP X: Mein Nelson Sauvin marks a series of firsts for Germany’s longest-running wheat brewery. Rich and golden with floral and fruit overtones, this weizenbock not only represents the inaugural release in Schneider’s experimental Tap X series, but it is also the first Schneider beer to be brewed with a Belgian yeast strain since the brewery’s inception in 1872.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Two Brothers/Lagunitas Beer Tasting
Berkot's Super Foods Lockport, 500 Summit Dr. Lockport, IL
Berkot’s will be hosting a beer tasting with brews from Two Brothers and Lagunitas Breweries. No Entrance Fee.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Evil Twin Beer Extravaganza
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago
Friday Tastings are back at West Lakeview! Come in and taste the new beers from Danish brewer Evil Twin. We will be opening one bottle each of:
Katz Piss, Soft DK, Yang, Ashtray Heart, Before During & After XMAS, Disco Beer, Ryan and the Beastie Bunny, Ron and the Beast Ryan, Molotov Cocktail, 9th Symphony, Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados, Williamsburg Hipster Ale, Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room, Without You I'm Nothing, Been Smoking Too Long and Soft XMAS.
Essentially the entire Evil Twin Lineup available to taste for free all at one place. We will only be opening 1 bottle of each of these beers and once they run out then that is it.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Meet Frank Thomas
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 12307 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 436-9300
The ultimate stocking stuffer for baseball fans: Big Hurt Beer autographed by the future Hall of Famer! Call for more information.

6:30 - 10:00 p.m. 2011 Friends of McPherson Holiday Party
2124 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago
Location is the old Stefano's. Friends of McPherson (FOM) is a non-profit organization which works to assist McPherson Elementary School in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. Join us to wind down your week with some music, a raffle, silent auction… and BEER! Ticket price includes two drink tickets, appetizers, dinner, and dessert. Italian dinner provided by Andersonville's Calo Ristorante.
Kegmaster will be startup nanobrewer Lake Effect Brewing Company owner Clint Bautz. Wine, water, and soft drinks also available. For more information and to scope for auction items in advance, "like" Friends of McPherson on Facebook. Tickets at $50 are online at

8:00 p.m. Stone 'Vertical Epic 11-11-11' tapping
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795
Stone 'Vertical Epic 11-11-11' tapping this Friday night @8:00 p.m.!

Saturday, December 10

12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Limestone Winterfest
Limestone Restaurant & Brewery, 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Limestone's 2nd Annual Winter Fest will consist of 20+ different Holiday/Seasonal Beer selections, as well as some Winter Warmer cocktails, and complimentary snacks to munch on. Tickets for the event will be $10 and this will give you entrance and 6 drink tickets, each $10 spent will earn you a free bag toss for an additional drink ticket! Additional drink tickets can be purchased at the event as well. We will offer 3 beers on tap and 20+ in a bottle, from our favorite breweries all over the country. Come join Ken and Jeff to discuss these seasonal beers, as well as reps from our different distributors, and talk about the craft. Here's a taste of what we will offer: Delirium Noel, Bell's Winter White, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, JK Scrumpy Hard Cider, Ska Euphoria, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, New Holland Cabin Fever and many more. Facebook

12:00 - 11:30 p.m. Three Floyds Tap Takeover
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
21 Three Floyds Beers on Draft, Plus a Gravity-Fed Firkin! We couldn’t think of a bigger or better way to celebrate the final event of our 25th anniversary year than to throw a huge event featuring one of our favorite breweries. This will be our biggest tap takeover to date, featuring Three Floyds mainstays, limited releases, seasonal brews, collaborations, and one-off rarities. As always, last minute surprises are a possibility.
On Gravity-Fed Firkin: Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
On Draft: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Owd Engwish Barleywine, Thick White Freeks, Eben-Emael, Shark Pants (Struise Collaboration), Topless Wytch, Moloko ’10, Moloko ’11, Behemoth ’10, Jinx Proof, Gorch Fock, Ham on Rye, Region Riot, Apocalypse Cow, Blackheart, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Dreadnaught, Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, Alpha King, Pride & Joy, Robert the Bruce.
No RSVP Required. Full Dinner Menu Available All Day. Facebook

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Kyle's Brew Fest Chicago (SOLD OUT!)
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 666-6775
Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident, will team up with the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival to bring his charity beer festival on the road, to Chicago, on December 10th, before the final Aragon Ballroom performance of The String Cheese Incident's first full tour in over four years. Benefiting Conscious Alliance, Kyle's Brew Fest Chicago is at the Bottom Lounge (upstairs). Hollingsworth will join Chicago's Family Groove Company for a very special performance at the festival. Tickets - $25.00, includes: Exclusive performance by Family Groove Company featuring Kyle Hollingsworth, Limited edition Kyle's Brew Fest Chicago logo pint glass, 12+ craft breweries, Unlimited tasting, Bus from Bottom Lounge to Aragon, An opportunity to bid at the Silent Auction featuring rock memorabilia from the scene's favorite artists, among other items).
Participating Breweries:
Argus, Avery, Bent River, Boulder, Boulevard, Breckenridge, Dundee, Goose Island, Great Divide, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Pyramid, Stone. Facebook info

Sunday, December 11

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Revolution Brewing presents Urban Roots for Chicago Community Gardens
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Come support local Chicago community gardens and enjoy a local brew! Tickets are $5 at the door and bring a can of food for the food drive and receive one beer ticket. Facebook

7:00 p.m. “Chicago by the Pint” book signing
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Denese Neu will be in the Upstairs Bar to discuss her book, sell and sign copies of Chicago by the Pint.

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  • Hello Mark:
    I'm the author of Chicago by the Pint. Thank you for posting my event at the Hopleaf. I will also be selling and signing the book at Limestone's Winterfest on 12/10. The book has a Facebook page to keep up with different author's events. Thanks again!

  • In reply to Denese:

    Thank you for reading!

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