Beeronaut's weekend events: February 10 to 12

Maple Tree Valentine's specials
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Please join us this Friday & Saturday, and next Tuesday, Feb. 14th as we celebrate Valentine's Day! In addition to our full menu, we will feature two succulent dinner specials (Saturday & Tuesday only) and tapping three very special, limited release beers: Friday: Southern Tier Choklat (Imperial Chocolate Stout); Saturday: Ommegang Seduction (Porter brewed with Belgian Chocolate & Cherry Kriek); Tuesday: 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.

Friday, February 10
5:30 - 9:00 p.m. • Beer & Wine Valentine's tasting
Katherine Anne Confections, 2745 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago  (773) 727-3248
Kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend with “12 Perfect Pairs,” an evening of perfect pairings featuring artisan truffles, boutique wines, savory cheese bites and local brews, hosted by Katherine Anne Confections. There will be 12 carefully curated combinations for attendees to try. All products will be available for purchase. This event will feature six different Vinejoy wines, cheese-focused savory bites by FIG Catering, three awesome brews by Half Acre Beer and brand new truffles, caramels and marshmallows from Katherine Anne herself. Exact pairings will be released closer to the event. Admission: $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For up-to-date information on the event, keep checking the Facebook page.

Saturday, February 11

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Delilah's Vintage Strong Beer Fest 2012
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
Delilah's hosts its Fourteenth annual vintage beer festival. More than 100 beers, primarily strong ale and live beers, from over 50 breweries will be tasted - side by side, for the first time ever in Chicago - many in multiple vintages. Regionally, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Capital, Two Brothers, Half Acre, New Holland, Central Waters, Bell's & Lakefront Brewing will be represented, and many of these brewers will be in attendance. Many of the ales for this tasting will be sampled in vintage with a few vintage verticals and there will be an emphasis on barrel aged beers - J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, for instance, will be available from the 2004 vintage aged in used Lagavulin Scotch Barrels. There will be a King & Barnes Festive Ale from 1997 plus ten vintages of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barley Wine. A very unique experience to sample all these strong beers together - along with vintage dated brews including: Anchor Old Foghorn, Avery Hog Heaven, Thomas Hardy's Ale, George Gale's Prize Old Ale, Orkney Skull Splitter, Hair of the Dog Adam Barley Wine, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Trois Pistoles & La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue, Malheur Brut, Capital Blonde Dopplebock - multiple vintages, Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine, Maredsous 8, EKU 28, the French Belzebuth, Rogue Ales Imperial Porter 2008. The cost is $20 for 20 sample tickets. Information concerning each product will be available.

2:00 p.m. • Stella's 4rd Annual Anti-Valentines Day Pub Crawl
Along Southport Avenue, Chicago
Join us for the 4th Annual Stella's Anti-Valentines Pub Crawl, starting at 2:00 p.m. at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Cost: $10 Charity: Make A Wish Foundation. Special Stella Pricing: $3.50 Draft at select locations
Locations: Schubas, Southport Lanes, Justin's, Mystic Celt, Toons.

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 for details.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • Generator Doppelbock Party
Orbit Room, 2959 N. California Ave., Chicago (773) 588-8540
Pouring the latest offering from Metropolitan Brewing Co.

Saturday, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Belgian Beer Fest '12

The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for a celebration of Belgian brewing on a very special weekend at The Bavarian Lodge. We'll be tapping into over 25 rare, sought-after, and otherwise unique brews from one of the best brewing countries on Earth, Belgium! On Sunday, February 12th, we will be joined by Brouwerij Van Eecke's own Danny Dieussaert! We toured Belgium with Danny last summer and have asked him to come visit us here in the States. He'll be here on Sunday evening hanging out with us in the pub room. We'll be featuring vintage cellared drafts, barrel-aged selections from B. United International's exclusive Zymatore series, and many other rarities.
Drafts: De Struise Tsjeeses, t'Sjeeses Reserva, Sint Amatus, Pannepot; De Dolle Dulle Teve (Vintage '09), Dulle Teve; Cantillon Mamouche; Alvinne Melchior (Calvados Cask-Aged), Barrel-Aged Wild Undressed; De Glazen Toren Saison d'Erpe-Mere Speciaal Eindejaar, Saison d'Erpe-Mere Zymatore (Gin/Pinot Noir Barrel Aged), Cuvee Angelique (Whiskey/Pinot Noir Barrel Aged); 3 Fontienen Ale; De Proef/Allagash Les Deux Brasseurs; Troubadour Magma (Cascade Single Hop); Dubuisson Scaldis Peche Mel; Gulden Draak Vintage; Poperings Hommelbier; Saison De Silly; Timmermans Framboise; Lindemans Faro; Ename Cuvee! All beers available on first come, first served basis. Info Subject to Change Without Notice. Facebook info for latest draft lineup.

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