New Year's Eve Beer-Centric parties, part 1

Okay, this is very last minute and I haven't had the time to confirm whether any of these events is sold out. But call in and see if some openings are still available. This is just the first half of my list, more later.

But before your party, or if you have an early bedtime:

3:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dogfish Head Invasion with 120 tapping
The Tap House Grill, 6010 South Cass Avenue Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Dogfish Head will be taking over the Tap House rail at 3:00 p.m. to start your holiday off right. We will have the Dogfish mainstays, and a few very VERY special brews to be tapped at their own special time. Draft List Includes (but is NOT limited to) Punkin’ Ale, My Antonia, Old School, Burton Baton, Chicory Stout, Palo Santo, Pangea, Immort Ale 2010, Immort Ale 2011, 60 Min. IPA, 90 Min IPA.
Tapping at 5 p.m., must have ticket to be handed out at 3:00 p.m.: 120 Min IPA, World-Wide Stout, Fort, Raison D’Etre. If available, we will be pouring Heaven & Hell with the 120, if the World Wide shows.

Piece Anti-Black-Tie New Year's Eve Partry
Piece Brewery, 1927 W. North Ave., Chicago (773) 772-4422
Occupy Piece this new Year's Eve. Live Band Karaoke. All you can eat pizza, salad, bottomless Piece beer and top shelf drinks. Champagne toast at midnight. $75.

5:00 p.m. New Beers Eve
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Phil will be tapping a couple of special casks: Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout, Half Acre's 2011 Is So Over Ale. Chris will be creating a few very special cocktails that are sure to have you begging for more. Chef Sarah has created a spectacular menu just for this evening - check out the blog on our website for a glimpse at it. The full menu will run until about 10:00 p.m. and then we will have a pared down version running from 10:00 - 1:00 a.m. So come hang out with us! And if you don't make it out on New Years Eve, keep in mind that we will be doing a special brunch on Sunday, beginning at 10:30 on January 1, 2012.

5:30 p.m. New Years Eve with Firkin!
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
We are serving a 5 Course Preset Menu including a Champagne Toast. There are only two seatings, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8:30. Reservation Required.

7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. New Years Eve Beer Bash
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena, Chicago 773-525-8665
$10 at the door gets you a selection off appetizers to munch on and a champagne toast at Midnight. We will be tapping a special selection of some of our favorite beers of 2011, including Thornbridge Kipling IPA, Troubadour Magma, and Mort Subite. In addition to those lovely drafts, we will also have a limited selection of cellared bottles from past years on hand for the special occasion: Saison du Buff 2010, St. Feuillien Grand Cru and Dogfish Head Bitches' Brew 2010. Stay tuned for additions to the special selections above. Or just get your Auld Lang Syne on with any of our other 100+ beers, 130+ whisk(e)ys and other libations.

7:00 p.m. NYE 2012 with the Comeups
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division, Chicago (773) 772-2727
Ring in the new year with us at Division Street’s easiest NYE celebration. No cover. No package. No reservations. Just come on down for the git down with The Comeups DJ Intel & DJ Pickel!
Hangover Brunch Sunday, January 1: We got the cure for what ails you! We’ll be open at noon with our full brunch menu, bloody Mary's and mimosas to help you get back on your feet for 2012.

8:00 p.m. FUNSIZED New Year's Eve
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 W. Fullerton St., Chicago (773) 525-2727
Brunchlox Presents a FUNSIZED New Year's Eve. Ring in the new year with us at Lincoln Park’s easiest NYE celebration. NO COVER. NO PACKAGE. NO RESERVATIONS. Enjoy Food, Drinks, & Beats withKarl Almaria and the Brunchlox Crew! Featuring great Chicago House Music via a 20+ DJ tag team cage match! Free champagne toast at midnight!
Hangover Brunch Sunday, January 1.

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