Beeronaut weekend events: January 13 to 15

Beeronaut weekend events: January 13 to 15

Through January

Stout Fest 2012
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730
Our favorite beer event of the season is here: Stout Fest 2012. During January, we will be offering 24 delicious stouts on tap. We tapped the first 12 stouts at Midnight on New Year's Eve. We plan to tap the next batch of 12 on Sunday, January 15th. Here’s a list of the great brews we’ll be offering:

Friday, January 13

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. • "Firkin Friday" Cask Tapping: Three Floyds Alpha King
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for another Firkin Friday! Starting this January, we'll be tapping a different cask-conditioned artisan brew every Friday night. Dispensed by gravity directly from the firkin, tapped right on the bar counter. The Firkin Friday Feature for January 13: Three Floyds Alpha King. You know it, you love it... now try it on cask! A big, bold, hop-heavy, amber-hued American pale ale with a bright citrusy aroma - a hop lover’s delight. Made with copious amounts of Centennial, Cascade & Warrior hops. A glorious bitter brew designed for hop lovers. 6.5% ABV. Facebook

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Craft Beer and Cheese: Pairing and Tasting with Susanne Wolcott
Sur La Table, 55 S Main St Naperville, IL 800-243-0852
Cost: $79 Who says cheese only goes with wine? Not us, that's for sure. And we can't think of a better way to spend an evening than with good friends, great cheese and delicious Goose Island craft beers. In this class, Suzanne Wolcott, education coordinator for Goose Island Beer Academy, will show you how to pair cheese and beer to take your next get-together to a whole new level. More information here.

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Diablo Dynamo Copper Lager Firkin
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Friday the 13th can be SCARY! Best thing to do: drink beer. We'll be tapping a firkin of Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager infused with Ancho chili peppers at 6:66:00 p.m. Friday night. Assuage your fears with some beers! (see what I did there?)  Facebook

Saturday, January 14

Black Pepper Infused Dynamo tapping
Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
This Saturday we'll be tapping a firkin of Black Pepper Infused Dynamo Copper Lager that we got from the real cool kids over at Metropolitan Brewing.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Beers for the Depths of Winter
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
It's January. The holidays are over. Remember what Ben Franklin said (allegedly), "Beer is proof that God loves us". So snap out of it, take down the Christmas lights, and come by from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. to taste some hearty brews with fellow beer lovers.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. To Cure a Hangover - Drinking and Writing Brewery
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
The Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub and Brewery presents Drinking & Writing Volume III, To Cure A Hangover! Steve and Sean explore possible morning-after cures in their performance about the unpleasant consequences of the bibulous life. Self-loathing prose fromJ ohn Cheever and Charles Bukowski--two monumental drinker-writers at opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum--is intertwined with tales of the writer-performers' experiments in thwarting a hungover "poor sense of well-being" (quite unlike the "false sense of well-being" that gets an over imbiber in trouble). Cures involve cabbage, Pedialyte, intimacy, and various combinations of chorizo and eggs; audience-participation bits are rewarded with free drinks. Benjamin and Mosqueda neither glorify nor repudiate the hard-drinking life--after all, sh!t-faced happens. For tickets and information go to

Saturday and Sunday

Jan. 14 or Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m. • Chicago Brew Bus Brewery Tour
These are just two of several Chicago Brew Bus events throughout the week. Meet in front of Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave. to enjoy 4-6 samples. Then board the bus for stops at two other area beer spots. Moonshine and Haymarket are the regular stops, but other destinations are chosen in case those are booked. Each 45-60 minute stop will offer more samples, the chance to buy a pint or appetizers, and maybe a tour. Tickets are $54.95 ($25 for designated drivers) and can be purchased through (a Saturday afternoon tour is already sold out). Check the site for more information, or call (773) 340-BREW (2739).

Upcoming: Saturday, January 21

5:00 p.m. • AlphaBeer VII: The Chicagoland Edition
Local 22, 22 E Hubbard St., Chicago (312) 725-8852
$40 in advance, $50 at the door, reserve tickets at (through Paypal).
This is the only event that teaches you about 26 beers – one for every letter of the alphabet! The focus is on craft brews and the experience is led by an expert who truly appreciates fine beer. It's a three hour tour of hops and barley and lagers and ales, and everything is crafted by masters who are passionate about their beers.
Chicago's seen an explosion of craft breweries in the last few years, and this AlphaBeer will focus on those Windy City brews! We'll also have beers from the surrounding region so you can get a real "taste" for the fantastic breadth of Midwestern beers. Here's what we'll be tasting. All of the beers are from the Midwest, and a majority come from the Chicagoland region!
Argus California Steam, Chicago
Bell's Best Brown Ale, Michigan
Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, Warrenville
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA, Michigan
Emmett's McCarthy Red, West Dundee
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Michigan
Great Lakes, Ohio
Half Acre Gossamer, Chicago
Metropolitan Iron Works, Chicago
Goose Island Juliet, Chicago
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Michigan
Lakefront New Grist, Milwaukee
Goose Island Madame Rose, Chicago
New Holland Charkoota Rye, Michigan
Bell's Oarsman, Michigan
Three Floyds Pride & Joy, Indiana
Q ?
Revolution, Chicago
Shock Top, St. Louis
Three Floyds Seasonal, Indiana
Capital U.S. Pale Ale, Middleton, WI
Five Rabbit 5 Vultures, Chicago
O'Fallon Wheach, St. Louis
X ?
Y ?
Flossmoor Station Zephyr Chicago

Our AlphaBeerMaster is Chef Jill Houk. She's a lively, entertaining woman who loves sharing her passion for beer. She's a home brewer who's hosted beer appreciation events and gives presentations on beer, wine, and food. She's appeared on Good Morning America, the Cooking Channel, Lifetime, and NBC5, to name a few, and recently hosted 24 shows on She was also known to smuggle Bell's Two Hearted Ale from Michigan when they weren't selling it in Chicago. In a word, she's awesome.

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