Beeronaut's Chicago Weekend, January 27 to 29

Beeronaut's Chicago Weekend, January 27 to 29
Occupying this place sounds a lot warmer than some drafty park!

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!

Friday, January 27

3:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Occupy The Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
There's a lot of pseudo-political mumbo-jumbo on their event listing, but I think what we want to see is the beer list for this event:
Draft List: Alvinne Gaspar; Apostelbraü Hauzenberg First Bavarian Pale Ale; Bell's Hopslam; Boulevard Chocolate Ale; Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2010; Cantillon Fou'Foune; Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout; Central Waters/Local Option LaPetite Mort; De Molen Bed & Breakfast, Hemel & Aarde (Heaven and Earth), and Rook & Vuur (Smoke And Fire); Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel; Djævlebryg Old Mephisto; Evil Twin Biscotti Break, Freudian Slip, and The Talented Mr. Orangutan; Founders Double Trouble and Imperial Stout; Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti; Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout; Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison; Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca and OroDe Calabaza; Local Option American Muscle, Dampf Loc, and Morning Wood; Mestreechs Aajt; Mikkeller 黑 / Black (2009); Port Brewing Older Viscosity; Thornbridge Jaipur; Three Floyds Rune Priest. There's an even longer bottle list. Just go.

6:00 - 11:30 p.m.  • "Firkin Friday" Cask Tapping: Schneider Weisse Nelson Sauvin
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
We're tapping a different cask-conditioned artisan brew every Friday night. Dispensed by gravity directly from the firkin, tapped right on the bar counter. Today's upcoming cask: Schneider Weisse: Mein "Tap X" Nelson Sauvin. A special release from Bavaria's G. Schneider & Sohn! A blonde weizenbock brewed with New Zealand hops! A rich golden and cloudy wheat bock. The aroma reminds you of blossoms, freshly mowed grass, even grapes, gooseberry and kiwi. A rarity on draft, and even more elusive in this gravity cask format. Facebook info.

6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. • Cask Night at SmallBar Fullerton
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago, (773) 525-2727
Join us for another great cask night co-hosted with our friends at and We’ll have four fun casks special for the one night only, tapping them right out on the bar for gravity pours until they’re gone! Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA, Greenbush Closure Pale Ale, Half Acre Daly Double IPA, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout Facebook.

8:30 p.m. • Frank Thomas & Big Hurt Beer at Public House
Public House Chicago, 400 N. State St., Chicago (312) 265-1240
Toast hometown hero Frank Thomas at Public House for an exclusive look at his signature lager, Big Hurt Beer. The event will feature several home runs for major league fans including a special appearance from the baseball legend himself, photo opportunities and signed souvenir glassware created special for the occasion. The first 200 patrons to purchase Big Hurt beer will receive a custom pint glass signed by Frank Thomas. Big Hurt beer will be available to guests for $6.00 per glass. RSVP is mandatory for entrance:

Saturday, January 28

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Antioch Liquors 22st Annual Wine & Beer Tasting
Antioch Fine Wines & Liquors, 1180 Main St., Antioch, IL (847) 395-3540
This is our biggest event of the year! There will be about 20 breweries pouring somewhere around 100 beers. Local breweries such as Wild Onion, Goose Island, and Argus will be here, along with other great breweries from around the U.S: Bell's, Southern Tier, Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, etc. And, oh yeah, It's absolutely free!

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Lincoln Square Winter Brew (SOLD OUT)
Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago
The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and the Square Kegs Home Brew Club present a night of local beer and local food! Taste multiple local beers, including 5 Rabbit, Half Acre, Metropolitan Brewing, Finch's Beer Company, and Revolution Brewery. Koval Distillery will also be on hand whipping up amazing cocktails. The Grafton Pub and Fountainhead will also be on hand cooking up some of the best food in town! The menu for the evening will be specially designed around the beverages being poured during the Winter Brew. Visit for all the details. Ticket Prices are $10 for just the Entry fee, and range up to $50 depending on the number of drink/food tickets. See for details and whether extra tickets become available.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors, Homer Glen
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Grieskirchner Weisse and Finch Brewing

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Super Bowl Beer Tasting
Sal's Beverage World, 695 W. St. Charles Rd. Elmhurst, IL (630) 833-9800
Sal’s Beverage world is hosting their annual Super Bowl Beer Tasting, just in time for the big game. Craft beers from around the world will be available for your tasting pleasure. We will have brews from: Founders, Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Boulevard, Arcadia and Mikkeller, to name a few. All tasting beers will be specially priced, and a souvenir glass is your to keep. Fee: $5.00 for Wine Club Members and$10.00 for non-members.

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! See the previous weekend listing for details.

Sunday, January 29

Bucktown Old School Dive Bar Pub Crawl
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
Lottie’s Pub will host the 4th Annual Bucktown Old School Dive Bar Pub Crawl. Bus registration begins at the bar at 2:00 p.m. For only $15 per person, guests will receive transportation to three neighborhood dive bars on a school bus, road pops on the bus, and a buffet and karaoke beginning at 7:00 at Lottie’s after the pubcrawl. COST: $15 per person RESERVE: Sign up at Lottie’s.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Map Room Chili Cook-Off
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
The Map Room's chili cook off is open to anyone over 21 who would like to place their chili bad-assery on display and compete for the right to say that on one day they were the Greatest Chili Master in the Map Room. There will be three potential winners: overall best chili, fan favorite, best pairing (match your chili with a beer that's on tap) The event will start at 2 p.m. Each entrant must provide at least two gallons of chili and his/her own crock pot. A sign-up sheet will be available behind the bar, beginning at noon, Monday, January 23. Sign up will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a cap of 18 entrants. The Map Room will supply the spoons and serving bowls for each station. The best chili and best pairing categories will be judged by a secret committee selected by the bar. Fan favorites will be selected by everyone else in the room. Every patron will be issued a ticket/ballot when paying for a drink. Each chili gladiator will have a glass in front of their station - patrons vote by placing their ticket/ballot in the glass for the chili they most prefer. Gladiator with the most tickets wins. Voting starts at 2 pm and ends promptly at 4 pm. The prizes will be hand-made trophies specially commissioned by the Map Room. Please, no email sign-ups or additional queries. You must sign up in person at the bar.

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