Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Events, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Events, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2
A new hockey-themed brewery opens in Grayslake Saturday.

Still working to catch up with news and events, but I have some highlights:

Friday, Nov. 30

5:00 pm ♦ "Firkin Friday" Cask Tapping: Lakefront Pumpkin Pie Ale
Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, Illinois
Join Bavarian Lodge for Another Firkin Friday! Our Firkin Friday Series features a different cask conditioned ale, tapped right on the bar counter, and dispensed by gravity.
This week's featured cask ale: Lakefront Pumpkin Pie (with Vanilla, Cinnamon & Spices) A special cask only release from Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery... "Pumpkin Pie" is a cask-conditioned ale flavored in cask with Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, Clove, Allspice and other traditional spices. Like a slice of Pumkin Pie in your glass... don't miss it! This special cask will be tapped around 5:30 pm, and will be available to bar patrons and dining rooms guests alike. Available on a first come, first served basis, of course.

8:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ 18th Street Brewery Kickstarter Launch Vewing Party
Heineman Bar Company, 2925 W. Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL (773) 293-6572
18th Street Brewery, now in the works in Gary, IN, launches its Kickstarter campaign:

"I want to share this video with the craft beer community in Chicago & Northwest Indiana first before it goes to the public. I have been given so much support from everyone and this is my way of saying Thank you. I look forward to making an impact in the Craft Beer & Gary Indiana Community, your continued support will make this happen as we move forward. Aaron Heineman of Heineman Bar Co. and a great friend to the Craft beer in Chicago and the man who built the beautiful bars at Revolution Brewery, HopCat and Old Town Social has offered 18th Street Brewery access to his awesome work shop and private VIP room at Heineman Bar Co.. We will have food, popcorn for the viewing and of course beer. Please feel free to bring any beer you want to share with everyone. Homebrewers also welcome bring beer to share. We will show the Video @ 8:45 sharp and launch live @ 9pm. Please join us." — Drew Fox Founder / Brewer, 18th Street Brewery.  Facebook Event Page

Saturday, Dec. 1

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
(From the Cantillon website:) "When in early April we brewed a top-fermentation beer which was to become Zwanze 2012, we hoped that it would be ready 3 or 4 months later so that we could organise another Zwanze Day sometime in September. However, since we are working in the very specific environment of traditional Lambic brewery where natural yeast flora reign supreme, even a top-fermented beer can take control of its own destiny. As such, on the occasion of a final tasting session at the end of June it became crystal-clear that the Zwanze 2012 would not be ready in time and that it would, we hope, become Zwanze 2013. Seeing that we had received numerous requests to organise a Zwanze Day this year we decided to recreate the very first Zwanze produced in 2008. That year's vintage had been brought about by soaking rhubarb in Lambic. The ultimate result of that experiment was a very delicate and complex product in which the beer' acidic taste struck a very nice balance with the plant's tartness and then lingered long on the palate. For this new production batch we decided to work with organically-grown rhubarb, and you can really taste this in the beer, which is more structured and full-bodied than the 2008 vintage. We opted to recreate the rhubarb Lambic because very few consumers had been able to taste this beer 4 years ago, when only 300 litres had been produced. … And finally, the last, perhaps most important reason of all for bringing back Zwanze 2008: my wife tells me it's one of her favourites. Of course, because of the delays encountered with the first Zwanze we will not be able to hold this year's Zwanze Day in September. Instead, Zwanze Day 2012 will take place on Saturday, 1 December at the 30 or so locations around the world."

10:00 am ♦ CBS/KBS/FBS Breakfast in Rock Island
RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island, IL (309) 793-1999
Yes, again your chance to make an overnight road trip for some of those choice Founders brews. Attendees will get an 8oz snifter of Canadian Breakfast Stout, an 8oz snifter of Kentucky Breakfast Stout, a full pint of Founders Breakfast Stout, and will get to keep all glassware. The snifters were specially made for RIBCO, and they are awesome, and the FBS will be poured in a Founders Breakfast Stout pint. The breakfast will be pancakes, eggs, bacon, and Canadian bacon. Backwoods Bastard will also be on tap, bombers of Frangelic will be available, and there are a couple of surprises in store, as well. $45 advance tickets are now available online and at RIBCO. Only ticket holders will be admitted. Due to the extreme rarity of these beers, seats are very limited.

2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Holiday Beer Tasting
Cardinal Warehouse, 7780 North Milwaukee Avenue Niles, IL 60714 (847) 965-3300
To be sampled: Great Lakes Christmas, Breckenridge Christmas, Revolution Fistmas, 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus, Unibroue La Fin du Monde (And the Crabbies people will be there too!). Tasting presented by Louis Glunz Beer.

2:30 pm ♦ Light the Lamp Brewery's Tap Room Grand Opening!
Light the Lamp Brewery
, 10 N. Lake Street suite 107, Grayslake, IL (847) 752-8489
Finally- the GRAND OPENING.  On tap this week- Sin Bin Stout, Bench Minor Blonde, 1980 Miracle American Ale, Power Play IPA, Drop the Puck Octoberfest, Red Line Ale. The Ribbon Cutting will take place right after 2:30 Hope to see you there and thanks so much for your support and patience. It's been a long, wild road but we're ready to go.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Map Room Beer School
The Map Room
, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 60647
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. 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. Price, $25 per person. Topic: Holiday Beers. Limit, 45 people. Hosted by Greg Browne. Call 773.252.7636 for more information. This is the last Beer School for 2012. Tickets go on sale on the Monday evening before beer school (Sept. 20), starting at 7 p.m. -- no earlier. 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.

Sunday, Dec. 2

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm ♦ Chicago Architecture Foundation Andersonville Pub Crawl
Edgewater Lounge, 5600 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
PRICE: Adults- $15, CAF Members- $5. Get a "taste" of Andersonville—a historically landmarked neighborhood settled by Swedish farmers in the 1850s. See the culture reflected in the classic architecture and thriving establishments as we drop into colorful local pubs for vast selections of local brews. You will learn how his section of the larger Edgewater district, settled by Swedish farmers in the 1850s, is still rich in Swedish culture. You'll see that culture reflected in the commercial businesses along Clark Street and you'll also see classic architecture that has been transformed into thriving establishments. We will drop into some colorful local pubs for vast selections of local brews. Come and enjoy the Andersonville ambiance! NOTE: Participants pay for their own drinks at each stop and must be 21 years of age or older. Food will be available for purchase at our last pub. Visit this CAF website link for information and to buy tickets.

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