Beeronaut's Chicago events, January 23 to 26

Beeronaut's Chicago events, January 23 to 26
It's Hopslam time!

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

Monday, January 23

4:00 p.m. • Hopslam Tapping at Bauer's Brauhaus
Bauer's Brauhaus, 45 W. Slade, Palatine, IL (847) 991-1040
Join us for a Bell's Hopslam tapping in Palatine!

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Surly Darkness Tap Takeover at Bangers and Lace
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
They Thirst. They Seek. They Hunt. Sweeter than life itself. Say farewell to sunlight, [Surly] Darkness is upon us.

5:00 p.m. • Wallonian Saison tapping
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
We'll be finally getting into our Wallonian Saison. For those anxious mug clubbers who are ever so desirous for a free pint, we'll be holding a tapping party in the Pub Room from 5-6:00 p.m. Tapping at the bar will be at 5:00 p.m. as well. The term "Wallonian" refers to a region of Belgium, which I suppose has some governing forces on the style, but mostly it's just fun to say. We threw a pound of ginger root into the last moment of the boil to give the brew just a light kick of ginger spice. It finished out nice and light in color and came out to about 9.4% abv.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. • Metropolitan Generator Doppelbock party
Kinderhook Tap, 800 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL (708) 434-0373
Check out the latest from Metropolitan Brewing.

Tuesday, January 24

Haymarket Brewer's Dinner
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
If you wanted a Brewmaster's Dinner which reminded you of childhood for $45, here it is! This is a "Fast Food Cooked Slow" Brewmaster's Dinner paired with Haymarket beers by Pete Crowley. These fast food favorites are recreated by the Chef at Haymarket Brewery. And here is the dinner:
First Course: "Taco Bell"  Cinnamon Twists with a secret Haymarket beer pairing.
Second Course: "KFC" Bucket of Fried Chicken with Pete Crowley's Haymarket's own Saison.
Third Course: "Big Mac" paired with a secret Haymarket beer pairing.
Fourth Course: 2 Dimensional square "White Castle sliders" paired with Haymarket's own MAD Essen Wheat Beer.
Fifth Course: This is the Silver Platter! "Long John Silvers" hushpuppies, white fish, and crunchy chicken planks paired with Haymarket's own Pilsner
Sixth Course: Because this is fast food night which means that sugar and fat is where it is at, if you are a member of the clean plate club you get two desserts tonight! 1) "Wendy's Chocolate Frosty: with Haymarket Brewery's very own Dry hopped American Stout. 2) For the real champions of the clean plate club: your choice of "31 Flavors" ice cream with Haymarket Brewery's very own Barrel Aged Barleywine!

5:00 - 10:00 p.m. • 5 Rabbit Beer Dinner at Lillie's Q Mexican Pop-up
Lillie’s Q, 1856 W. North Ave., Chicago (773) 772-5500
Lillie’s Q will turn over the kitchen to sous chef Jose Landafor a six-course Mexican dinner pop-up dinner where Landa will cook his favorite childhood dishes. The six-course (including an intermezzo) Mexican Pop-Up Tribute Dinner costs $45 per person. The optional and additionally priced beverage pairings cost $20 per person. Four of the courses are paired with Chicago-based 5 Rabbit Brewing Company beers. Additionally, 5 Rabbit, which calls itself the“nation’s first Latin craft brewery”, will exclusively launch “Superstition” — a strong blonde ale that’s made with hibiscus, ginger, Illinois honey, Thai palm sugar, and chamomile – during the pop-up dinner that will be paired with intermezzo. For more info an ticket purchase visit

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Two Brothers Beer Tasting
Buffalo Wild Wings, 2555 W. 75th St., Naperville, IL (630) 369-9464
Join Chad as he talks about Craft Beer and Two Brothers Brewing Company's role in it! Have a pint of their house beer- Buffalo IPA!

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Hopslam release party at Northdown Cafe and Taproom
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Tapping will be at 6 p.m., get here early as it won't last. We'll also be pouring Bell's Oarsman Ale on tap, and featuring other Bell's bottles as well.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Beermaking Tutorial with Brooklyn Brew Shop
Brew Camp, 2039 W. Belle Plaine Ave., Chicago (773) 857-2400
The founders of Brooklyn Brew Shop are teaming up with Brew Camp to teach stovetop brewing for those with kitchens big and small. During the class, we'll be tasting the raw ingredients used to make beer as well as enjoying the final product (Gingerbread Ale to be precise). Admission is $40, which includes the class and a signed copy of our new Beer Making Book. To register, go to

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • North Coast Brewing Dinner
Burger Bar, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago (312) 255-0055
Join us at Burger Bar for a wonderful dinner with North Coast Brewing. A pioneer in the craft beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions. In addition to Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and other fine North Coast brands, the brewery has resurrected the old Acme label with a heritage dating back to the San Francisco of the 1860’s. Cost $50. Check our Facebook Events page for menu and pairings.

Wednesday, January 25

4:00 p.m. • Bell's Black Note tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
This event will feature Bell's Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout as well as Hell Hath No Fury ... Ale.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. • Robert Burns Celebration
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
We will be honoring Robbie Burns'; birthday with two days of special Scottish food, Scotch ales on tap including Three Floyds' Robert the Bruce on cask, multiple whisky flights, & paired nips & pints for your drinking pleasure. We are extremely excited to have Master of Whisky Kyle McHugh in our Barrel Room for a one-hour whisky presentation and tasting on Wednesday 1/25! We’re rolling out 6 Scotch whiskies to taste for only $10. Tasting starts at 7:00 pm. For more info on our menu & Scotch ales, please check out our blog.

6:30 p.m. • Beer Academy - Winter Warmers
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Cost: $20 per person Join Head Pub Brewer Jared Rouben on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call (312) 915-0071.

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. • Lagunitas Brew Circus
Tommy Nevin's Pub, 9680 Lincolnway Lane, Frankfort, IL (815) 464-1000
Go outside the average beer dinner experience! Sample 8 different brews from Lagunitas (Including 3 specialty seasonal releases). Executive Chef Marcus Mooney presents 8 different food pairings to compliment each brew from Lagunitas. Interact with representatives from Lagunitas & Certified Cicerone from Windy City Distribution. Live Music and Entertainment. Raffles for Lagunitas & Tommy Nevin’s Merchandise. Everyone leaves with a Lagunitas branded Mason jar. RSVP Required by phone or in person. $45 plus tax and gratuities

7:30 p.m. • Bell's Beer Dinner at Branch 27
Branch 27, 1371 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 850-2700
This will be a 5 beer, 4 course beer dinner. The extra beer that you will be receiving is a pour of this year's Hopslam! The dinner will also include a special pairing with Bell's Raspberry Ale, only one quarter barrel made it into the Chicago area this batch, and it landed at Branch for this dinner. This will be a dinner not to miss. Reservations are required, you can make them at or call the restaurant. Make them today as space is limited. Price per seat is only $50. Full menu still being finalized, check for more details.

Thursday, January 26

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Metropolitan Generator Doppelbock party - Haymarket Brewpub
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Check out the latest from Metropolitan Brewing.

6:00 p.m. - Midnight • New Belgium 10.10.10 Tapping & Glass Give Away
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago, (773) 525-2727
Join us as we tap New Belgium’s Lips Of Faith – Metric 10/10/10, a Vintage Belgian Strong Pale Ale! Order a pint and New Belgium will give you one of their signature globe glasses to take home with you while supplies last. Also for every glass they give away, New Belgium will donate $1 to Alliance for the Great Lakes on behalf of Smallbar. GreatLakes’ mission is to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Slum It at Villians with Slumbrew
Villains Bar & Grill, 649 S. Clark Ave., Chicago (312) 356-9992
Chicago craft beer drinkers know their beer and the folks from Slumbrew are ready to come out and meet you in person. All three of their flagship beers will be flowing: Porter Square Porter, Happy Sol and Flagraiser IPA. Jeff and Caitlin from Slumbrew will be at Villians to  meet & greet and raise a pint with you.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • 5 Rabbit beer pairing dinner
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
The premier craft beer bar in Wrigleyville will host a beer and food pairing dinner using our beers. More info to come on the menu!

7:00 p.m. • Founders/Stone Super Awesome Friendship Happiness Unicorn Event Time
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena, Chicago (773) 525-8665
We at the BOB, Stone and Founders are concerned that the Craft Brew Movement has, as of late, become too ‘dark’. The Events too ‘adult’, too ‘serious’. And, yes, the Drinker too ‘jaded’. Everything is Have-you-tried-this, IBU-that, Hops-how, ABV-what? We are worried people are forgetting the fundamental fact: drinking beer should be fun!!! Our mission is to bring you, the Craft Beer Lover, back to that childlike sense of awe you had when you first sipped the magical beast that is a “Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean!” We want to re-open your eyes to the wonderful world of beer! It’s super and awesome. It nurtures friendship and happiness. And, if you drink enough of it, my child...yes, you will see a unicorn!!!
Stone on draft: Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean, More Brown than Black IPA, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale.
Stone in bottles: 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale, La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado
Founders on draft: Pale Ale, Double Trouble, Imperial Stout
Founders in bottles: Breakfast Stout, 2010 Backwoods Bastard

7:00 p.m. • Francesca's Tavola Winter Beer Dinner
Francesca's Tavola, 208 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 394-3950
Featuring beers from Two Brothers Brewing Company. One of the brothers will be on-site to discuss their beer-making process and how their beers pair with Francesca's food selections. This four-course meal is $35 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Check our website for menu.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Summit Beer School Bar Invasion
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Summit Brewing Company will be taking over our beer school bar. Tap list includes E.P.A, MaiBock, Great Northern Porter, Pilsener, Unchained Black Ale (draft & cask-conditioned), Oatmeal Stout.

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