Chicago Craft Beer events, November 26-29

Chicago Craft Beer events, November 26-29
Photo: Mark McDermott

Just got back from Thanksgiving with the folks, and rushing this out for your enjoyment. Some later event may pop up on my Google Calendar.

Through Thursday, Nov. 29
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!  Find the Tour option that's just right for you: Long Tour: Special Edition T-Shirt, 2 Snack Plates, 2 Glasses, 10 beers from the Tour - $65 Short Tour: Special Edition T-Shirt, 1 Snack Plate, 1 Glass, 6 Beers from the Tour - $40 Backpacker: 8 Beers from the Tour - $40

Monday, Nov. 26

BrickStone Barrel-Aged Porter Release
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
Each Monday, BrickStone releases a robust porter aged in a different barrel.

  • Nov. 26: Porter in Labrot & Graham barrel
  • Dec. 3: Porter in Woodford Reserve Barrel
  • Dec 10: Blended porter from Woodford and Labrot barrels.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm ♦ Jerry's Andersonville Grand Opening
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60640
It’s a 4-day Grand Opening Celebration of Jerry's in Andersonville, ending with the big Hurrah on Thursday. Featuring Super-rare beer from Bell's, Half Acre, and Haymarket, High West cocktails created by Jenny Kessler, food specials, raffle for prizes, and fun for the whole family.
Beer/spirits Classes are $10, and include info, tastings, and snacks. 21+only, and pre-purchased tickets are encouraged as classes have limited space. Call for reservations 773.796.3777.
Monday, November 26: 6:30 pm American Whiskey Class taught by Trey "The Colonel" Elder $10
  8:00 pm Special Haymarket beer tapping: Haymarket Effigy Black IPA firkin, Woodford Reserve barrel-aged Indignant Imperial Stout, Templeton Rye barrel-aged Nina’s Abbey Quadruple, Surprise T.B.A.

Tuesday November 27th: 6:30 An Introduction to Beer! Class taught by Nick Bondi, Jerry's beer buyer. $10
8:00pm Special Bell's Beer Tapping: Bell's 3rd Coast Old Ale, Expedition Stout, This One Goes to 11 Ale, Bourbon Barrel aged Cherry Stout, Amber, Winter White, Two-Hearted, Christmas Ale, Special Double Cream Stout, 3rd Coast Old Ale

Wednesday, November 28th: 6:30pm Creating Cocktails Class taught by Jenny Kessler $10
8pm Special Half Acre Beer Tapping: Mr. Ouroboros and The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise

Thursday November 29th: 8pm Special Beer Tapping: • Bell's Black Note

4:20 pm ♦ Lagunitas Tap Takeover
Simone's Bar, 960 W 18th Street Chicago, IL 60608
Join us as our soon-to-be-neighbor takes over Simone’s taps! Lagunitas Brewing Co. will be featured on 9 taps. We will be featuring some special release and limited brews with free swag while supplies last.
Tap list set to include: Brown Shugga, 9.9% —Wet Hopped New Dowgtown Pale Ale, 6.2% —Imperial Stout, 10.14% —Cappuccino Stout, 9.2% —Censored Ale, 6.75% —Maximus, 8.2% —Daytime IPA, 4.65% —Little Sumpin Sumpin, 7.5% —Pils, 6.2%

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ A Thanksgiving Bell's Bourbon Barrel Blessing
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago, IL  (773) 235-1006
Bell's has bestowed a bounty of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer on the bars of Jerry's Wicker Park and Jerry's Andersonville. To kick things off, on Monday, November 26, Jerry's Wicker Park will be pouring Christmas Ale, Winter White, Two Hearted, Special Double Cream Stout, This One Goes to 11 Ale, Bourbon Barrel aged Batch 9000.

And, to cap off the Grand Opening celebration at Jerry's Andersonville, on Thursday November 29th, we'll be pouring whatever is left of the other exciting Bell's beers in addition to a special tapping of Bell's Black Note.

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Tyranena Beer Dinner
Scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 773-252-9700
Our first beer dinner back in August was so awesome, we’ve worked up another outstanding menu just for your tasting pleasure. We’re highlighting Tyranena Brewing Company (our current tap takeover) and a quadruplet of elegantly paired courses.
Amuse: Carrot Sponge, Arugula Gel + Headless Man Amber Alt
Skate Wing, Roasted Sunchoke, Salsa Verde + Hop Whore Imperial IPA
Intermezzo: Double Cut Lamb Chop, Rosemary Smashed Potatoes, Mint Sauce + Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale
Fallen Cream Cheese Souffle, Chocolate, Biscotti + Who's Your Daddy Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
Mignardise Scofflaw
$65 (gratuity not included) Tickets available at the bar.

7:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Beer Dinner at Tokio Pub
Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 278-5181
Tokio Pub is partnering with Oskar Blues brewery & taking a culinary tour of the world, through a fabulous November beer dinner. Tokio Pub Chef Phu Lu will blend four of the world’s most popular cuisines with Tokio Pub’s unique style. The culinary journey begins with a savory trip to France, followed by a rustic move to Italy, continued with a hearty stop in Germany and coming home to America for a dessert that is ALL Tokio Pub. Each round of food will be perfectly paired with one of Oskar Blues brews while guests take in the beats of one of Tokio Pub’s house DJ’s. The cost for the Oskar Blues beer dinner is $30 (not including tax and gratuity). Make your reservation at this link.
The Oskar Blues Menu:
Round One: Asian Pork Rillettes, Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Round Two: Lobster Ravioli, Dale’s Pale Ale
Round Three: Veal Sausage with Homemade Asian Mustard, Old Chub Scotch Ale
Round Four: Dessert Nachos, Ten FIDY Imperial Stout

7:00 pm ♦ Ticket sales open for the Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 60647
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, IL, is our regular guide. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Don't miss a great opportunity to enjoy fine beer, good company and expert tutelage. Tickets go on sale today for the next class, to be held December 1 at 6 p.m. Topic: Holiday Beers. Limit, 45 people. Price, $25 per person. Call 773.252.7636 for more information. Mark your calendars: this will be the last Beer School class for 2012. Tickets go on sale on the Monday evening before beer school, starting at 7 p.m. -- no earlier. As always, it's cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Beer Release Wednesday: Willie
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 773-227-BREW
With its complex layers of caramel flavor and aroma combined with a deep, reddish brown hue, the Willie Wee Heavy mingles dark fruity notes with a rich malty nose and an underlying hint of the smoked malts to increase the brew's overall complexity.

6:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Rock Bottom Lombard Chef & Brewer's Dinner
Rock Bottom Lombard, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL
Come out for a very special dinner hosted by our Executive Chef and Brewmaster. They have created a special four course meal each paired with a handcrafted beer that will be sure to delight. After all the work that went into putting together your own multicourse feast on Thanksgiving, it's time to sit back and let our staff do all the work. You can purchase tickets from Brown Paper Tickets. For further questions or details please call the restaurant directly at (630) 424-1550. Cost: $40 pp (includes tax and gratuity)
Course #1: Creole Stuffed Shrimp Paired with Rock Bottom Pale Ale
Course #2: Pistachio Crusted Red Snapper Paired with Rock Bottom Wit
Course #3: Stuffed Pork Loin Paired with Mueller Bock
Course #4: Creamy Mango Brulee Paired with Choco Porter

6:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Sour Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Cost: $20 per person Join Head Pub Brewer Jared Rouben on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.

6:30 pm ♦ New Belgium Tap Takeover
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
New Belgium lovers unite! If you order a New Belgium you will receive a New Belgium glass. (While supplies last) On draft: New Belgium Peach Porch Lounger, New Belgium Ranger IPA, New Belgium Snow Day, New Belgium Biere de Mars, New Belgium Trip, New Belgium Super IPA, New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout, and the collaboration with Brewery Vivant, Biere de Garde.

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Also, this Wednesday, check out my Musical Cheese radio show. Listen in at 9:00 p.m. on WIIT, 88.9 FM, from the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. If you live more than a mile away from State and 31st, check the live stream at

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