I know the big event of Black Friday is already sold out, even after they doubled the number of sessions. Still you want some relief from incessant news coverage of the few hundred idiots lined up at Squalid-Mart in their pajamas to save 30 bucks on an X-box.
Friday, Nov. 23
Santa's Magic release at Mickey Finn's
Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688
Santa's Magic is a Belgian strong ale that is 7.5 percent, clear and golden in color. Highlighted by spicy and fruity tastes, this beer features a lighter body than most beers Mickey's produces. The aroma is very complex due to notes of fruits and spices, as well as honey and dark Belgian candy sugar that was added during the brewing process. This is Mickey Finn’s Brewery’s most popular seasonal beer, so it's usually on tap for only a few weeks. Santa's Magic is released on the same weekend as the tree lighting in Libertyville, which happens right across the street from Mickey Finn's Brewery. The tree lighting event features caroling, shopping and music to lift the holiday spirit.
32nd Annual European Beer Tour
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Join us for one of our most highly anticipated annual events! Starting the day after Thanksgiving, don't miss this week-long opportunity to sample some great beers and snag a T-shirt, Beer Glass and delicious Sausage & Cheese plate!
9:00 am - 11:00 am ♦ Black Friday at Binny's Lincoln Park
Binny’s Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey, Chicago
Bourbon County Brand Stout 2012... Bourbon County Brand Stout 2011... Bourbon County Brand Stout 2010... Bourbon County Brand Stout 2009... Night Stalker 2010... Night Stalker 2011... King Henry... For more info, track the @beeradam Twitter feed.
10:00 am - 6:00 pm ♦ Black Friday 2012 at Goose Island Clybourn SOLD OUT
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave., Chicago
In the Goose Island Clybourn tradition, we've put together something special for Black Friday. This year's event will feature a ticketed Black Friday package where a Goose Island brewer will lead you through a tasting of these limited, barrel-aged beers: Vanilla Bourbon County Brand Stout '10, Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout '10, Coffee Bourbon County Brand Stout '12, Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout '11, Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout '12, King Henry '11. Plus, attendees will take home a 2009 650mL bomber of Bourbon County Brand Stout and a special edition Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter. Please note: None of these bottles are for sale individually, they will only be available for tasting in this ticketed event. Tickets at $75 are available now at Brown Paper Tickets.com. The event is sold out, but who knows where a spare one might come your way.
Separate from this event we'll also be pouring these selections at the bar: Bourbon County Brand Stout '12, Coffee Bourbon County Brand Stout '11, Night Stalker '12. Plus, exclusive one-offs from Goose Island Brewpubs. Doors to the pub open at 10am.
4:30 - 7:00 pm ♦ Taste & Shop New Holland Spirits and Beer
Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St., Oak Park IL (708) 725-7200
Free tasting of New Holland Artisian Sprits and New Holland Brewing Co. beers on Black Friday at Marion Street! Come into Marion Street Cheese Market after all of your crazy holiday shopping. Grab some lunch and taste some stuff! **You'll PROBABLY need it!** Sampling includes: Beer Barrel Bourbon, Dragon's Milk, Hatter Royale, Hopquila, Imperial Hatter, Mad Hatter IPA, Zeppelin Bend Straight-Malt Whiskey.
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Friday Tastings at House of Glunz
The House of Glunz, 1206 N Wells St, Chicago, IL
Every Friday and Saturday hosts an in-store, open house tasting featuring new arrivals, seasonal specials and end-of-bin deals.
Our Friday Tastings are always free of charge with no reservations required.
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Oskar Blues Brewing Co, Colorado • Brendan Dodt will be here to sample out this fine line-up of canned beers!
6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tapping at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tapped every Friday at 6pm. Tonight: Dogfish Head Theobroma ancient ale, 9% abv.
Saturday, Nov. 24
2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Saturday Tastings at House of Glunz
The House of Glunz, 1206 N Wells St, Chicago
An in-store, open house tasting featuring new arrivals, seasonal specials and end-of-bin deals. Our Saturday Tastings are between 2:00 – 6:00 pm and unless otherwise stated, they are always free of charge with no reservations required.
Sunday, Nov. 25
8:00 pm ♦ TV Night on the Big Screen
Cigars & Stripes Bar & Lounge, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL
"Walking Dead," "Finding Bigfoot," & "Dexter"
Next week will have some celebrations of Jerry's Sandwiches' new restaurant in Andersonville, so stay tuned.