Beernoaut's Chicago beer calendar, January 9 to 12

Beernoaut's Chicago beer calendar, January 9 to 12
Dudley's appearance in this page means maple barrel aged stout goodness!

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:

Watch this space for the next two rounds, to be tapped January 15.

Tuesday, January 10

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Beer Drinker's Local 737 Union meeting
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
We'll be tapping a Belgian Abbey-style Quadruple This is a new addition to the Haymarket lineup, so make sure you're there to be among the first to sample. We'll be pouring samples to our card carrying union members. If you haven't already picked up your card, please let us know if you'll be joining us so we can have your card ready for you when you arrive.

6:30 p.m. • Two Brothers Beer Dinner at Zest
Zest at Lemon Tree Grocer, 5101 Mochel Dr., Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-9869
$45/person
A reception and a five-course dinner paired with Two Brothers beers, including Prairie Path, Ebel Weis, Domaine DuPage, Cane & Abel, Hoppy Porter, Imperial Stout. For information and reservations, phone, or contact Ryan Gavrick.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Dogfish Head Sony Legacy Brews Tapping
The Double, 3545 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 772-7000
The Double in Logan Square will be tapping all 3 of the Dogfish Head Sony Legacy Brews. Miles Davis Bitches' Brew, Robert Johnson Hellhound on My Ale and Pearl Jam Faithfull will be offered in a tasting flight as well as individually. Donn from Dogfish Head will be on hand to answer and questions about the Brewery and/or the brews.

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Meet the Brewer at Goose Island Wrigleyville
Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 832-9040
Meet the Brewer every Tuesday! Sample the newest Goose Island brew on draft and talk shop with our friendly brewers!

7:30 p.m. • Stouts and Porters Tasting at Bluebird
The Bluebird, 1749 N. Damen Ave. Chicago 773.486.2473
We’ll be kicking off a whole new year of beer tastings with some very special stouts and porters. Expect a dozen selections from all over the world, including a few rarities out of our cellar. While it all started in England and Ireland, American Craft Breweries have really taken stout to a whole new level. We’re hosting this gratuitous tasting of some of the best stouts America has to offer, including some special vintage selections from our cellar. These are some of the richest, boldest beers out there, and not for the faint of heart. Here’s what we’ll be tasting: Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (very limited), North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin (2009 Vintage), Lost Abbey Serpent Stout (2009 Vintage), Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Three Floyds Black Sun Stout, Stone Cherry Stout, Great Lakes Blackout Stout, Victory Dark Intrigue, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Dark Horse Too Cream Stout, Avery Czar Russian Imperial Stout, Left Hand Wake Up Dead. $30/person, reservations are highly recommended. As always, we’ll be serving some snacks to soak up the brews. Email info@bluebirdchicago.com to reserve your space.

9:00 p.m. • Movie Night
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Parenthood & Fargo. $10 for Hot Wings and American Pints! Facebook

Wednesday, January 11

4:00 p.m. • Best flight Night Ever at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
We are featuring four fantastic beers in a $10 flight: Tripel Karmeliet, Kwak, Bockor Omer, and, new on the scene…Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge!

4:00 p.m. • Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Today's tapping: Dogfish Head Fort

6:00 p.m. • SmallBar Greenbush collaboration tapping
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division, Chicago (773) 772-2727
Join us for the first tapping of our collaboration beer made with Greenbush Brewing! Take a walk on the dark side with Mr. Hyde, a delicious and roasty sumatran coffee milk stout coming in at 7.8% ABV. For this event we will also have one keg of Mr. Hyde that was aged in Journeymen Distillery bourbon barrels! ABV 8.3% Stop in and see what you think about our first brew with one of the best new breweries in town! Facebook Invite.

Thursday, January 12

4:00 - 11:30 p.m. • Great Divide: Night of the Yeti
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for a night filled with abominable brews from Great Divide Brewing Company! Four variations of Yeti Imperial Stout on Draft on One Special Night! Yeti Imperial Stout starts with a big roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. Yeti gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs, and 9.5% ABV. We've dug deep into our cellar and unearthed enough kegs to allow us to offer this remarkable robust brew in four signature variations on one special day. Come celebrate the craft of Great Divide! All Yeti will be available for purchase separately or as a special Yeti Flight of all four. Available of Draught: Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti, Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti, Belgian-Style Yeti. Facebook.

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. • Hopslam Release Party at Binny's
Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
We just got confirmation that we will have a keg of Bell's Hopslam at the South Loop Tasting Room. That means we can throw a super awesome Hopslam release party! $8 for your first pour of Hopslam. Hopslam sixers will also go on sale when we tap the keg. This is your best chance in Chicago to get your hands on this annual favorite, and it's going to be a lot of fun, too. RSVP soon. Call, or email southloop@binnys.com for reservations.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Rock Bottom Orland Park taps Fallen Angel
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Our first official tapping of the year sees a return of our Belgian Dubbel. Darker and maltier than either the Blitzen or the Devil's Thumb the Fallen Angel has a spicy yeast flavor with hints of dark fruits and a rich malt flavor. We will be pairing this up in the Brew house with a special creation from Jose Torre, our executive chef.

6:45 p.m. • An evening with our friends from Founders (SOLD OUT)
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Join us for a Brewer’s Dinner followed by tap take-over with Founders Brewing of Grand Rapids, MI. Dinner will be hosted by John Freyer of Founders and will feature five courses and seven Founders beers including: Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Old Curmudgeon, Centennial IPA, Cerise, Backwoods Bastard, Breakfast Stout, Canadian Breakfast Stout. Full menu available here. $50 per person plus tax and 20% gratuity. Afterward, feel free to join us for a (no reservation necessary) tap take-over featuring: Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Centennial IPA, Red’s Rye, Dirty Bastard, Porter, Cerise, Old Curmudgeon, Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, Imperial Stout. Facebook

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