Beeronaut's Chicago calendar, January 30 to February 2

Beeronaut's Chicago calendar, January 30 to February 2
Two Point Beer events this week suggest they'll be making a new Chicago push.

Through January 31

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. We tapped our latest batch of 12 beers on Sunday, January 15th. Check our website for a current list!

Monday, January 30

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. ♦ Italian Craft Beer & Charcuteri
Trattoria No. 10, 10 N. Dearborn Ave., Chicago 312-984-1718
$25/person. Join experts from Louis Glunz Beer, Inc and charcuterie aficionados from Creminelli Fine Meats and European Imports. Please RSVP to or call. Space is limited.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ♦ Canned Beer Dinner
Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL 847-278-5181
Tokio Pub has found its inner “PUB” and is pleased to roll out their first beer dinner of 2012. As part of the evening, the restaurant will serve-up a very special four course dinner featuring beer-infused dishes and individually served cans of beers from local breweries. The dinner check-in begins at 6:00 p.m. and the first round of food will be served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person (excluding tax and tip) and reservations are required. The menu offers pairings with Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Finch's Golden Wing Blonde Ale, Wild Onion Hopslayer Double IPA and Wild Onion Jack Stout. The entire restaurant will be closed to the public for the beer dinner and will only be open to beer dinner guests for cocktails after the feast. Facebook info.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.Tighthead Brewery Beer Dinner
The Vine, 101 Center St., Grayslake, IL 847-543-0900
It's Tighthead's first beer Dinner, part of a weeklong Tap Takeover at The Vine. Tickets are $65. A three course dinner, plus social hour and dessert course, all paired with Tighhead Comfortably Blonde, Scarlet Fire Red Ale, Irie IPA, Hat Trick Tripel and Boxcar Porter. Seating starts at 7:00.

Tuesday, January 31

Three Floyd's Night
Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern, 1655 N. Sedgwick St., Chicago (312) 266-1616
Enjoy Gumballhead and 10 other featured Three Floyd's beers! Come down for a fun night filled with delicious brews and much more!

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. ♦ Half Acre Featured Brewery at Northdown Cafe & Taproom
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Come join us every Tuesday as we’ll be featuring a different brewery. This Tuesday we’re excited to be featuring local brewing heroes, Half Acre. We’ll be pouring their Big Hugs, Callow Knife and Gossamer all on draft and – the one and only – Daisy Cutter (can). Quantities are limited so come early.

7:00 p.m. ♦ Winter Metropolitan Brewery Beer Dinner
La Sorella di Francesca, 18 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 961-2706
This four-course meal features beer selections from Metropolitan Brewery paired with delicious food selections from Francesca's chefs. $35 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

7:30 p.m. ♦ The Obscure Beers of Germany Tasting at Bluebird
The Bluebird, 1749 N. Damen Ave. Chicago 773-486-2473
German beer isn’t all just pilsner and hefeweizens! Come taste through and learn about some other, lesser known styles such as helles, doppelbock, altbier, schwarzbier, and more! We’re also very excited to have our good friend, Katie Reed, on hand to help us for the evening.Katie is the Beer Director up at Bar on Buena, and quite the authority on German beer herself! Here’s what we’ll be tasting: Mahr’s Helles, Augustiner Edelstoff Pale Lager, Sünner Kölsch, 1809 Berliner Weiss, Schlenkerla Märzen Rauchbier, Monchshof Kellerbrau, Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock, Kapuziner Schwarz-Weizen, Veldensteiner Landbier, Uerige Doppel Sticke Altbier, Ettal Curator Doppelbock, EKU 28 Doppelbock, Kulmbacher Eisbock. $30/person, reservations are highly recommended. Email to hold space.

Wednesday, February 1

Metropolitan Brewer of the Month
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
On February 1st we will celebrate Metropolitan as Brewer of the month by tapping a barrel of Koval Rye Whiskey Barrel aged FlyBock (Exclusive to Sheffields), Generator Doppelbock, Ironworks and Dynamo Copper Lager. There will also be representatives from the brewery on hand.

Raffle! 6-Liter St Bernardus Abt 12
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Our Big Rare Beer Raffle #7: A beautiful, huge, 6 Liter Bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 (a methusalem!) in a box $10 ticket. Ask your bartender or server at Hopleaf. Drawing date TBD. As always, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Helen J. Peirce International Studies Elementary School, 1423 W Bryn Mawr, to support and enhance quality public education in Andersonville & Edgewater.

4:00 p.m. ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Tapping Stone Double Dry Hopped Ruination!

7:00 p.m. ♦ Bottom Lounge Beer Social: Stevens Point Brewery
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St, Chicago 312-666-6775
The 4th Brewery for Bottom Lounge's Monthly Beer Social will feature Stevens Point Brewery. The evening will feature 6 different selections from both Whole Hog and Point paired with different sausages by Bottom Lounge Chef Chris Woods. Click here for tickets.  Price: $20.00. Facebook info.

7:00 p.m. ♦ Goose Island Beer Dinner at Mad River
Mad River, 2029 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago 773-935-7500
Cost: $30 Salad, soup, entree and dessert, paired with Goose Island Sofie, Pepe Nero, Pere Jacques, and Green Line.

Thursday, February 2

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. ♦ Two Brothers Superbeer Tasting
Whole Foods River Forest, 7245 Lake St, River Forest, IL 708-366-1045
Join beer expert, Chad Lynd, from Two Brothers Brewery as he calls the play on Big Game flavor. Enjoy special discounts on Two Brothers six-packs, and sample tasty appetizers perfectly paired with your viewing party brews.

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Tap Night
The Grafton Pub and Grill, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 271-9000
One time only limited release pouring of Dogfish Head's elusive 120 minute IPA. We will be tapping the keg around 6:00 p.m. and pouring until it runs out. No tickets will be sold for this event. First come first serve. 12 oz snifters for $16. Come try the truly exceptional 120  minute on draught!

6:30 p.m. • Point Beer Dinner with Brewmaster John Zappa   
House of Blues Chicago Foundation Room, 329 N. Dearborn Ave., Chicago (312) 923-7050
A four-course dinner prepared by Chef Matt with beer pairings provided by Point Beer. Point's brewmaster for over 35 years, John Zappa, will be on hand to walk you through the beer tasting. Stick around afterwards for live music in the lounge by Jason Danielian and the Amsterdam Connection.
Menu pairings include Point Amber Classic, Belgian White, Cascade Pale Ale, Whole Hog 6-Hop IPA, and 2012 Black Ale. Price $55.00 To make reservations or purchase tickets, please contact the Foundation Room Concierge at 312-923-7050 or email More info here.

6:30 p.m. ♦ Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner
High Dive, 1938 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 773-235-3483
We will be hosting our first beer dinner with brewer Steve Grossman from Sierra Nevada. Space is limited and is $40 per person. 4 course meal featuring 5 brews (Pale, Kellerweiss, Torpedo, Ruthless Rye, Ovila Quad). Swing by or phone the bar to reserve a seat. Entrance Fee: $40.00.

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