Beeronaut's Chicago calendar, February 6 to 9

Beeronaut's Chicago calendar, February 6 to 9
Yates Cider Mill of Oakland County, MI

Monday, February 6

6:00 p.m. ♦ Founders All Day IPA Release Party
Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
$5 for your first pint of Founders All Day IPA. The new Founders All Day IPA is complex and hoppy with an ABV that won't knock you out and mild bitterness. We're stoked that it's hitting retail shelves, so we're throwing this kick-off party. Along with All Day IPA, we'll tap some other great offerings from Founders, including Curmudgeon, Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, Devil Dancer, Double Trouble. and Imperial Stout. RSVP right away!

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Rock Bottom Orland Park King of Hearts Tapping
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Our February hoppy beer sees a return of our Imperial Red Ale, King of Hearts. This strong amber ale has an intense citrus hop flavor and aroma with plenty of toffee and caramel malt flavors for balance.

7:00 p.m. ♦ Fountainhead Kasteel Cuvee Chateu Draft Release
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead presents a Kasteel Cuvee Chateu Release Party. Be the first to try this amazing beer in Chicago!

Tuesday, February 7

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. ♦ Bangers & Lace Beer & Sausage Pairing
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Beer chosen by certified cicerone Ria Neri: Vander Mill Blueberry Cider From Spring Lake, Michigan. Cider with fresh Michigan Blueberries. Sausage made by chef Adam Wendt: Sage pork sausage crepinette Sage pork sausage, caul fat, fried cauliflower puree, apple confit, grain mustard relish $13.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. ♦ 5 Rabbit Night Featuring Randy Mosher
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for 5 Rabbit Brewery Night! We’re featuring their new Huitzi,plus 5 Lizard, and 5 Vulture. Randy Mosher, author and creative consultant for 5 Rabbit, will also be in attendance selling and signing his books, including “Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink.” Come early, drink late!

6:00 - 9:30 p.m. ♦ Abita Tap Takeover and Mardi Gras Dinner at Heaven on Seven
Heaven on Seven, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
For the two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, Abita Brewing will be taking over our Naperville location! Featuring mainstays such as Amber, Turbodog and Purple Haze, we will also have several of their Select series available including Honey Rye, Imperial Oyster Stout and Triple Haze! We’ll also have a very special Dry Hopped version of Restoration Ale for the first time!

Then join us at 7:00 p.m. for a Seven Course Beer Dinner featuring eight Abita craft brews! We’re kicking off our Mardi Gras Celebration by teaming up with Abita for this awesome event. The theme is ‘West Louisiana meets East Texas.’ Reservations are required. The cost of the dinner is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Click this link for menu and reservation info, or call us at (630) 717-0777 to reserve your seats.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ♦ Beer Drinkers Local 737 Union meeting
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Craft Beer Drinkers Unite! Join us, brothers and sisters, for our next meeting on Tuesday February 7th and be the first to try Aleister Double I.P.A.! Hopped and dry-hopped with Amarillo. Yum!

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ♦ Beer School & Jimmy Hoppa Double IPA Tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
This winter we are introducing three strong ales in our "Notorious Chicago" series. The second, being released February 7th is a brawny version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Pouring at a warming 9% abv and loaded with fruity hop flavors, this glass of IPA  will surely disappear without a trace.

You also join us for Beer School, held the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 pm. Class will meet in our State Room on the second floor. Classes limited to 20 students. Featuring in-depth brewery tours, a sampling of our beers on tap, and beer style/history discussion conducted by one of the brewers. Tickets are $15 per person. Call (312) 755-1677 to make your reservation.

7:00 p.m. ♦ Home Brew Contest at Stanley's Ale House and Restaurant
Stanley's Ale House and Restaurant, 335 N. McLean Blvd, South Elgin, IL (847) 468-8022
Stanley’s Ale House is celebrating 1 year on February 7 with a home brew contest. This is a fun contest open to all styles. Make your reservation at

8:00 p.m. ♦ Bell's tap takeover at Sheffield's
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Sheffield's will be tapping 12 Bell's beers plus two firkins and serving some Bell's inspired food to go along with them: Hopslam, Two Hearted, Two Hearted firkin, Expedition Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Kalamazoo Stout firkin, Cherry Stout, Oracle, Sparkling, Third Coast Ale, Amber, Porter, Winter White and Pale Ale.

9:00 p.m. ♦ Movie Night-Say Goodbye to Football and Hello to Hockey!
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Now that football is over let's focus on hockey. We are watching The Longest Yard (1974) and Slap Shot (1977)! Facebook info

Wednesday, February 8

4:00 p.m. ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Tapping Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ♦ Lake Bluff Brewing beer & cheese tasting
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Ave. Lake Bluff, IL (224) 544-5179
Lake Bluff Brewing Company and Caputo Cheese Market are teaming up again for a second beer and cheese tasting! Be a part of this private event, tickets are $25 per person. You will be served the following terrific Lake Bluff Brewing Company offerings: Bohemian Blonde (36 IBU, 6.1% ABV), Autumn Rye (33 IBU, 5.8% ABV), Skull and Bones (38 IBU,7.7% ABV), Belgian Monkey (34 IBU, 9.1% ABV). If you are a fan of Caputo's, then you know Nat will surprise us with some fantastic cheese pairings. Don't miss this very special event, tickets are limited to the first 30 who sign up at the brewery. Simply ask your bartender to sign you up and you are in! (847) 721-9112 mobile.

6:30 p.m. ♦ Fat Duck - Old World/New World Tasting
FatDuck Tavern & Grill, 7218 Madison St., Forest Park, IL (708) 488-1493
A comparison of traditional European Styles and their American interpretations of each. Dinner at 7:00 p.m., join us at 6:30pm for a complimentary Reception Beer Tickets are $45/person - Limited space is available.
Samuel Smith IPA vs Founders Centennial IPA; Samuel Smith Imperial Stout vs North Coast Old Rasputin; Westmalle Triple vs Unibroue La Fin Du Monde; Ayinger Brau Weisse vs Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat; Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock vs Capital Blonde Dopplebock.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. ♦ Rock Bottom Warrenville Topple Bock tapping
Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL (630) 836-1380
On the horizon... "Topple Bock" a smooth, malty, strong German Lager.

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. ♦ It Got Pressed - A Night Of Ciders!
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
A take on our running "It Might Get..." series but, featuring Ciders! Join us Wed. Feb 8th for a special night of Ciders. Featuring many of the reps, owners, & founders of some great Cider Companies! Drafts: Vander Mill Apple Raspberry Cider, Fox Barrel Wonderwall, Original Sin Apple Cider, Vander Mill Srt. Bartlett Perry, Crispin Marvin Unfiltered apple cider, Vander Mill Totally Roasted, Crispin The Bohemian Unfiltered apple cider. Bottles: J.K.’s Scrumpy Orchard Gate Gold Organic, Original Sin Newton Pippin, Vander Mill Apple Cherry, Crispin Cho-tokkyu, Original Sin Cherry Tree, Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear, J.K.’s Scrumpy Winter Solstice. Facebook

Thursday, February 9

Wetten Beer School
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Sheffield's will be tapping some rare Belgians to change it up a bit. Typically only American Craft but we would to bring in a few imports for a change. Wetten brewery rep Rich Rippee will be here to tell us about 4 of his great beers! This event will be free to attend but we  request you RSVP to reserve a spot. Drafts: Kasteel Rouge, Kasteel Cueve de Chateu, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Gouden Carolus Classic. Bottles:  St. Louis Kriek, St. Louis Framboise, Delirium Tremens. Please contact our party line if you would like to attend, or email

4:00 p.m. ♦ Thursday Tapping at Limestone
Limestone Restaurant & Brewery, 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Join us every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for a special tapping of a great brew. Whether its a new LBC Brew, or a unique or seasonal brew from another brewery, Limestone is the place to be for great craft beer. For Feb 9th: Boulevard Chocolate Ale.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ♦ Duvel Single & Ommegang BPA Tasting
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Stop into Monk’s Pub to taste Duvel Single and Ommegang BPA.

5:00 p.m. ♦ Stout Spectacular at Village Tap
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago (312) 330-0712
Join us as we present a specially selected and unique line up of Stouts including the following: Draft: Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout, Evil Twin Soft Dookie, Revolution BA Black Power, Southern Tier Mokah, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout, Dark Horse Cream Stout, Bell’s Cherry Stout, Lagunitas Cappacino Stout. Bottles: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Founders Backwoods Bastard. All draft stouts will be served in your choice of a 12 oz snifter or 8 oz sample size.

6:00 p.m. ♦ Founders All Day IPA Release Party
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Meet Founders representatives at the Bavarian Lodge for a release party for the newest addition to their year-round lineup, All Day IPA!

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ♦ TAP THIS!!! Beer & Food Trucks
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4780-4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Fischman Liquors will be having a special tapping release of Founders All Day IPA & Mikkeller BooGoop. If you like your craft and micro’s, come on in to try this tasty treat along with food from 5411 Empanadas and Southern Mac & Cheese food trucks. Check out this week's food trucks on Twitter or Facebook: @5411empanadas @thesouthernmac.

Plan Ahead: Delilah's Strong Beer Fest is this Saturday, February 11. Over 100 beers to sample. $20 gets you the first 20 tasting tickets. Info here!

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