To keep this little calendar focused, let's just run events on Monday and Valentine's Day, with the rest of the week to be brought in later. A lot more of your favorite beer-centric places, may be having Valentine specials, but these are the ones that specifically mention some craft beers. Be sure to check ahead and see if there's still seating available.
Monday, February 13
6:00 p.m. ♥ Mistress Monday Mardi Gras Beer Dinner
Bluegrass, 1636 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park, IL (847) 831-0595
Bluegrass’s Chef Warren Jones will be teaming up with Chef Clay Erickson and Chef Diane Sandler to create a Mardi Gras Menu with Beer Pairings By John Kainz, the owner of the Wild Onion Brewery in Barrington. Check out our website for menu and pairings. Entrance Fee: $50.00
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ♥ Poperings Hommel and other Belgian beers
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Danny Dieussaert, Export Manager for Brewery Van Eecke, will be at our Binny's South Loop location for a meet and greet. Poperings Hommel Bier will be on tap, a full-flavored and balanced Belgian IPA made with locally grown hops. The Kappitel line of Abbey ales will also be available to sample in bottles. This is a great opportunity to learn about some classic Belgian ales from a brewery with hundreds of years of history and tradition behind it.
7:00 p.m. ♥ Flossmoor Station tapping
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
Releasing the Buddy Holly Barleywine!
Tuesday, February 14
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. ♥ Beer is My Valentine!
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
No Valentine this year? No problem! Spend today at Franklin Tap, where beer is everyone's true love. In honor of all things traditionally enjoyed on Cupid's day (champagne, chocolate and strawberries), Franklin Tap will offer four Valentine's Day beer specials sure to get your heart pumping. $3 Miller High Life: The "Champagne of Beers," $4 Young's Double Chocolate Stout, $5 Timmermans Strawberry Lambic, and $5 Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Timmermans Floated with the Young's).
2:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. ♥ Valentine's Day Pairing at Bangers and Lace
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Bangers & Lace offers a beer and sausage pairing every Tuesday, and this is the one for Valentine's Day."Belgian Love Affair" with Ommegang Seduction beer! Ommegang Seduction is lovingly brewed with six dark malts. Chocolatier Callebut provides the chocolate, while Liefmans brings the cherries. This international romance is consummated with a full body, alluring aromas and flavors of Belgian chocolate, and tart cherries. The evening's sausage is fresh venison sausage, celery root, blackberry demi - $13. Served 2:00 p.m. while supplies last
5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. ♥ Double IPA's for Single People
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
When love's got you down; your little friend, the hop, will always be right there to help you get back up. Need not be single to attend! Tap list tentatively includes: Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA, Port Mongo IPA, 3 Floyds Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf, Founders Double Trouble, Bell's Hopslam, Green Flash Imperial IPA, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Half Acre Daly Double, Brooklyn Blast!, Stone Ruination, Local Option American Muscle. Also, just for fun, we'll be pouring Bell's Two Hearted on cask!
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. ♥ Naked Baby Archer Day
Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
Bring your love into O&E and intertwine your arms as you dig into plate after plate after plate of devilishly carnal shared appetizers meant to celebrate love in its many splendored forms. Hearts Afire: Buffalo Chicken Hearts. Oysters & Pearls: Chilled Oysters with Tobiko, Shiso Leaf, & Serrano. Aged to Perfection: Chef’s Selection of Aged, House-Cured Sausages. Tart and sweet, like affairs of the heart, Faro (young Lambic) cocktails will be offered to compliment these appetizers. $30 for the three appetizers, $30 6 Faro cocktails to compliment each course (2 per course.) Reservations gladly accepted.
5:00 - 11:00 p.m. ♥ Valentine's beer and dessert pairing
Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (773) 509-1871
We’ll be offering some nice treats to make your Valentine’s day special. First off, we’ll be featuring Boulevard Chocolate Ale. Developed with a rare variety of cocoa from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, and a personal favorite. More than a mere flavoring, the chocolate — in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans – was incorporated into the brewing process itself. And for dessert, we’re featuring a homemade chocolate cheesecake. This mini-cheesecake will feature an Oreo cookie crust, chocolate fill, and topped with fresh strawberries and a chocolate ganache. Of course, if you wanted both, we’re offering our Valentine’s Day Combo. You’ll get two 8 oz pours of the Boulevard Chocolate Ale and one mini-cheesecake, all for just $12.
Valentine's Special at the Maple Tree Inn
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Please join us as we celebrate Valentine's Day! In addition to our full menu, we will feature a succulent dinner special and tap a very special, limited release beer: Abita Mardi Gras Bock (Countdown to Mardi Gras/Carnival Kick-off!) Specials ~ $29.95 each (Both entrees served with Pommes Truffade) Filet Oscar: An 8 oz. filet topped with jumbo lump crab meat & fresh sautéed asparagus, finished with Bearnaise sauce. OR Jumbo Shrimp & Lobster Bienville: A 6-8 oz. lobster tail & 3 jumbo shrimp topped with Maple Tree's Bienville sauce and bubbly provolone cheese. We will be accepting reservations for ALL size parties. If you would like to make a reservation for one of these dates, please call us after 4 p.m. thru Saturday, with your name, phone number (important!), number of guests, and the date & time you would like to dine with us.
6:00 - 11:00 p.m. ♥ Boulevard Brewery Night
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for Boulevard Brewery Night! We’ll have Chocolate Ale and Single-Wide IPA on draft and Double Wide in bottles.
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. ♥ Girls Like Beer Too!
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
There is no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day then with a beer event that benefits the American Heart Foundation. Join us on Tuesday, for an evening of elegance and refinement. We asked some of the best local home brewers what beers they would like to drink on Valentine's Day and I believe we have come up with a line-up that is sure to impress any beer lover.
Here is the list: Mikkeller Single Hop Citra, Fresh Hop, and Draft Bear. Evil Twin Biscotti Break, Williamsburg Hipster, and Freudian Slip. Stillwater/Mikkeller Ourside. Local Option American Mussel and Morning Wood. Half Acre Daisy Cutter. Left Hand Ambidextrous, and 5 Rabbit Huitzi!!!! But most importantly we will have in house the future of brewing in Chicago: Home brewers from Brutally Honest, Corazone, and Powell will be in house, and they will be sampling out their sweet, sweet brews. Every female that attends will receive a bag full of some cool beer. ONE lucky lady will receive the Ultimate Bag filled with the following: All 3 Sisters from Goose Island Vintage 2010 (Juliet, Lolita, & Madame Rose), 1 Finch's Dirtier Bird and a bottle of Bell's Batch 9000!!! At Jake Melnick's we understand that GIRLS LIKE BEER TOO, and we have raided our cellar to prove it. Cost of the event is $30, with $5 from each ticket going to the American Heart Foundation. A ticket includes the brews, and beer bites provided by our Chef. That's how much we love Valentine's Day, and at Jake Melnick's we use any excuse to drink for Charity.
7:00 - 11:00 p.m. ♥ Beer & Chocolate Pairing at Fizz
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 348-6088
A delicious way to celebrate St. Valentines Day. Choose 4 of 6 options to create your own flight of craft brews and house made desserts. Selections will include Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Pangaea Lilja Hop Nest Monster IPA, Chimay Red and others. A red wine flight is available for the grape lovers. As an added bonus we will be tapping Southern Tier Choklat Stout, an Imperial Stout that tastes like drinking a chocolate malt with booze (11% abv). There is a God and he works at Southern Tier. No Entrance Fee
9:00 p.m. ♥ Movie Night- Valentine's Day
Cigars and Stripes, 6715 W Ogden Ave, Berwyn, Illinois
Bring your valentine to Cigars and Stripes for some great wings and CLASSIC Valentine's Day movies: Valley Girl and My Bloody Valentine!
9:00 p.m. ♥ Valentine's Day Dessert Pairing
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
$30/person. Four House-Made Desserts Paired with Revolution Beers: Price includes gratuity. This is a ticketless event, so just show an ID at the door. If you want to sit with others, please list your group name in the comment box at checkout. Must be 21 years old. Sign up at this link http://revbrew.com/valentine (I just tried the link and got an "access denied" message, and the article on their Facebook page links to the same inaccessible address. Best to call ahead.