Chicago Thanksgiving Week Craft Beer Calendar

Chicago Thanksgiving Week Craft Beer Calendar
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First order of business is to recognize my fantastic teammates with the ChicagoNow Trivia Challenge Team #1. Say "Hey" to T.R. Slyder, Reggie Nievera, Curtis Shaw Flagg, Exavier Pope, Kelley Farrell and Kaley Mullin Once again, we pulled off a last second squeaker to beat teams from the likes of Crain's Chicago Business and WBEZ to win the AAJA-Chicago Trivia Bowl Saturday afternoon! This year we fielded a second ChicagoNow team, all of whom were new to the grind of trivia tournaments. They came in a respectable ninth.

Here are my selected highlights for the week leading up to Thanksgiving. Nearly all beer venues are closed on Thanksgiving Day. I only know the Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park and Mokena will be open, and others may be, so be certain, of course, to call ahead to your favorite venue if the turkey gets ruined.

I will have a "Black Friday Weekend" calendar page up soon. Just a note: if you wanted to go to the Black Friday event at Goose Island's Clybourn brewpub, that is sold out!

Monday, Nov. 19

Half Acre Quakerbridge Barley Wine release
Half Acre Brewing, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
As the mercury falls, we inevitably see the heft in our beers climb. As the bulky beers begin to brew we all size up our holiday season. Family members begin to make their pilgrimage to the patch of land they call home, excessive meals are planned, gluttony ensues. We welcome the cold and greet these holiday-rich days with Quakerbridge Barley Wine. An incarnation of a Half Acre favorite, Marty Stouffer’s Wild America Barley Wine, this weighty beer is a choose-your-own-adventure experience. Freshly plugged, this beer is a gooney 10% hop guster to bring your holiday retreat to its knees, but time allows this brew to round and settle into an ever maltier bomb of balance. Whether your mug is beside a Thanksgiving gobbler or a holiday ham, let our bottled elixir join you and your family on its collision course of celebration.
We’ll be offering bottles in preparation for Thanksgiving this upcoming Monday, November 19th. 22 oz. bottles – $10.99 + tax

5:00 pmBell's Specialty Beer Tap Takeover
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 433-0013
Our friends from Bell's have sent us some limited release brews to share with you!

Tuesday, Nov. 20

4:00 pm - 12:00 amTwo Brothers 15th Anniversary Party: Part 2
Fountainhead, 1970 West Montrose Avenue Chicago, IL
"We kicked off the opening of Fountainhead's upstairs patio this summer with 7 of Two Brothers 15th anniversary beers and now we're closing it down for the winter with the remaining 8:
Red Eye Coffee Porter (American Porter), Bonfire Dunkle Weiss (Dunkelweizen), Old 1713 (Scottish Ale), Oh Brother! (Tripel), Victor's Memorial Altbier (Altbier), Export-91 Shilling (Scottish Ale), Heliocentric (Braggot) and Revelry (Imperial Red Ale)
There will also be other fun surprises and as always, Fountainhead's delicious menu!

6:00 - 11:55 pmStout Blowout at SmallBar Division
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division St., Chicago, IL 773-772-2727
Brace for the cold months ahead with SmallBar Division's Stout Blowout!
This special tapping event features 16 of the biggest, best stouts available in Chicago. Some we’ve been saving for months just to bring it all together on this one night!
Tap List: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout & Bourbon County Stout Coffee Stout, Three Floyds Hell’s Black Intelligencer, Firestone Walker Parabola & Velvet Merkin, Mikkeller Soft DK, Greenbush & SmallBar Mr. Hyde & Templeton Rye Barrel-aged Mr. Hyde, Founders Breakfast Stout, Greenbush Bush Cabra Perdida, Against the Grain Bo & Luc, Bell's Cherry Stout, New Belgium’s first ever stout! Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout, Solemn Oath Grumpess, Southern Tier Creme Brule, Stillwater Perfect Crime Hollow Point

7:00 - 9:00 pm • Summit Beer Tasting at The Village Inn
Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill, 8050 Lincoln Ave Skokie, IL
Free beer tasting. A representative from Minnesota's Summit is sampling a few of their beers.

8:30 pmBrew N View: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Two Brothers Roundhouse. 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung advertising executive, who meets Del Griffith, played by John Candy, an eternally optimistic, overly talkative, well-meaning, but clumsy shower curtain ring salesman who seems to live in a world governed by a different set of rules. They share a three-day odyssey of misadventures trying to get Neal home to Chicago from New York City in time for Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

9:00 pm • Thankskilling its Thanksgiving Movie Nite
Cigars & Stripes Bar & Lounge, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL 708-484-1043
On the BIG SCREEN! Thankskilling & ThanksKilling 3. Yup, that's the sequel!

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Black Wednesday Tapping at Lucky Monk
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
On Black Wednesday we will be tapping Oskar Blues 'Ten FIDY' on draft. It's a very unique and special beer! Also, the first 24 guests to order Dale's Pale Ale will receive an Oskar Blues Pint Glass. We will also have Yella Pils in cans all day!

Mickey Finn’s Black Friday Party
Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688
The day before Thanksgiving has become legendary at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville. Literally over 1000 20-somethings converge on our neighborhood brewery after 10:00pm, making it one of the biggest parties/high school reunions in Lake County, IL! This year will be our last before we move into the new restaurant and brewery across the street next fall.
So this year will mean an awful lot to us and everyone who has shown up over the years. The bar, Amber Room, restaurant, and heated and tented bier garden will all be open to accommodate the party. Admission is free to enter and only one dollar if you want to head upstairs and check out this years band...Samadhi Vibe. Don't miss the biggest blowout of the year! 21 and older please.

5:00 - 8:00 pm • Barrel Aged Release Party - Black Wednesday!
Pig Minds Brewing Co., 4080 Steele Dr., Machesney Park, IL (779) 423-2147
4 PMBC Barrel Aged Beers!   Music by The Stragglers!   .... and NO Cover!!
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5:00 pm • Black Wednesday Special Beer Tappings at Maple Tree Inn
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Last year for Black Wednesday, we asked our fans to vote on which beer they'd like to see tapped to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA ended up beating out Goose Island Bourbon County Stout by only a couple of votes.
This year, we've decided to tap the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, in addition to a very special and rare offering from Founders, their 15th Anniversary barley wine beer, "Bolt Cutter." Less than 300 barrels were brewed and shipped across the entire country, and recent reviews indicate that this is a beer not to be missed! Both beers will be tapped at 5:00 pm.

10:00 pm - 2:00 am • Black Wednesday at BrickStone
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
Are you ready for the area's biggest party! BrickStone is doing it again this Black Wednesday, November 21st. Dance to the beats of DJ Brandon Casey and enjoy $2 shot specials, $4 Vodka Cocktails, & $3.50 Bombs! It's the event you won't want to miss! Must be 21+ to enter with two forms of ID.

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