Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Highlights, November 16-18

Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Highlights, November 16-18
The original FoBAB logo.

I'm going to try and keep the calendar feature running again. This is thanks to an app I wrote to better format listings from my Google Calendar, which should cut down on my editing time. Besides, I need to offer alternatives for those of us without FoBAB tickets!

Friday, Nov. 16

3:00 pm • 5730.06 Miles of Beer
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option hosts “5730.06 Miles of Beer.” Beer nerds from around the world will flock to 1102 W. Webster to bask in the glory of superb draught offerings from a collection of breweries spanning two continents and seven countries. The event’s name evinces the distance between St. Feuillien (Le Roeulx, Belgium) and Green Flash (San Diego California) who collaborated in the creation of two beers on the list: Friendship Brew – a black saison that utilizes European and American hops, Belgian yeast and spices – and Biere de l’Amitie, a contemporary take on the blond saison with rye and wheat malt, and dry-hopped with Amarillo. Intrepid souls will be able to try the first offering from the world’s most recently anointed Trappist brewery Stift Engelszell (Austria).

DRAFT LIST: BFM XIV (La Quatorze), Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout, De Dolle Arabier & Dulle Teve 10º (Mad Bitch), Emelisse White Label Barley Wine Jack Daniel’s BA & Imperial Russian Stout Sorachi Ace Single Hop, Engelszell Gregorius, Evil Twin All Occasions, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Great Divide Fresh Hop & Oak Aged Yeti, Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew, Green Flash Double Stout & Retro Extra Pale Ale, Haandbryggeriet Bestefar, Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel Aged Project 5 (Sherry) & Project 6 (Porto), Hoppin’ Frog Hopped Up Goose Juice, Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison, Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela, Local Option Bierwerker Schmetterling Gose, Ölvisholt Lava, Oskar Blues G’Knight *Nitro*, Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop & Hop 15, St. Bernardus Christmas, St. Feuillien / Green Flash Biere de l’Amitie, St. Feuillien Saison, Stillwater Autumnal, Struise Ignis et Flamma

4:00 - 8:00 pm • Very Mad Cow Release
Revolution Brewing Co. - Kedzie Brewery, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS
Very Mad Cow, our barrel aged Mad Cow Milk Stout, is the first of our Deep Woods Series to get the bottle treatment in 22's and it will be on sale only direct to customers at our Kedzie Ave. brewery. Aged six months in Woodford Reserve barrels this beer is what you would call smooth and sells for $15 a bottle. Very Mad Cow sales will begin to our dedicated Mug Club members at 4pm, with sales to the general public from 5pm-10pm. This is a limited release of around 5000 bottles and we will enforce a 4 bottle limit per person and keep it on sale until it sells out. We have more Very Mad Cow aging away in bourbon barrels for a spring release along with Straight Jacket (barrel aged barley wine) coming out in November and Mean Gene in early 2013.

We thought we'd hit you with a 1-2 and release this time so our World Beer Cup Gold medal winning Rise American Stout will be for sale in bombers too and you should see it in stores the next week. Priced nice at only $9/bottle, you can grab as much Rise as you please. Lastly, we've got Bean Gene, our Eugene Porter that has been bourbon barrel aged with coffee beans at the brewpub that will be available on draft that day at both locations. After you've tucked away some bottles under your arm, cozy up to the bar for a snifter of this little slice of heaven (sorry no free samples for the mug club on this one).

4:00 - 10:00 pm • Bones, Boobs and Beer! at Northdown Cafe & Taproom
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
Join Northdown in kicking off FOBAB all proper-like!
We’re hosting the fellas from Against the Grain and their bad ass artist, Robby Davis for one helluva night of bones, boobs and beer. Barrel-aged beer from Against the Grain to be exact!
Against the Grain is Louisville’s only brewer-owned brewery and is, like most worthwhile undertakings, the product of dissatisfaction with the status quo. The Louisville area has had a number of quality brewpubs for some time now, but still there was simply not enough beer! Against the Grain is an effort to help solve this problem. AtG maintains a diverse array of beers covering all of the major categories of beer flavor while generating an endless stream of innovative new brews. In short, everything is “specialty.” Boredom will be extremely difficult.
Original artwork, original beers!

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm • Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Vas Foremost Liquors, 2300 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Come sample “The Beer of Bourbon Country”, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

5:00 pm • PumKimg/TenFIDY Tap Party
The Norse Bar, 6334 N Clark St., Chicago
Norse Bar is gonna be getting ready for Thanksgiving by tapping 2 great brews: Southern Tier Pumking and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy! They're only released once a year, so stop in and try them before they're all gone!

6:00 pm - 2:00 amI <3 NY - Suds for Sandy Relief
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 773.525.5571
Specialty Draught and Vintage Beers, Silent Auction and Raffles
Melani Domingues, owner of The Green Lady on Lincoln, spent 13 of the last 15 years living in NYC, the last few as Director of Operations of The Ginger Man on 36th street. The Ginger Man was without power and operated by candlelight for days following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. It’s employees lost a minimum of a week’s pay. To help support friends and victims of the storm, The Green Lady will hold I <3 NY: Suds for Sandy Relief event, Friday, November 16 at 8pm. Come to The Green Lady at 3328 N. Lincoln Avenue for specialty and vintage beers, a silent auction and more to come. Half of the proceeds will be dispersed among the employees of The Ginger Man and the remaining half will be donated directly to The Bowery Mission—helping New York’s homeless and hungry since 1897.

6:00 pmBrewery Vivant Chicago Launch Party
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
The Bavarian Lodge is happy to welcome Brewery Vivant of Grand Rapids, Michigan to our draft line-up! Join us for our official launch party and meet Vivant Owner & Brewmaster Jason Spaulding!
Brewery Vivant takes inspiration from the Belgian and French traditions to make an artistic style of beer that is uniquely theirs. Stop in and try all four of their brews as they make their Chicagoland debut. All four will be available individually or as a special Vivant Taster Flight.
Available on Draft:

Triomphe - Belgian-Style IPA
Farm Hand - French-Style Farmhouse Ale
Solitude - Belgian-Style Abbey Brown Ale
Escoffier - Belgian-Style Sour Ale (Collaboration w/New Belgium)
All Vivant Drafts will be Available Starting at 4PM. Meet & Greet with Owner/Brewmaster Jason Spaulding from 6-9PM

6:00 pmFriday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tonight: Port Brewing Hop 15 Imperial IPA, 11% abv

Saturday, Nov. 17

11:00 am - 2:00 amFounders 15th Anniversary Party
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Avenue Southwest, Grand Rapids, Michigan
We’re throwing a birthday party as a thank you to all of you out there who have helped us to get to our 15th anniversary. If you’re reading this, then you’re invited! Our 15th Anniversary Party will be an All Day event.

  • No reservations: first come, first served, as capacity allows.
  • Expanded capacity for the day with outdoor, heated tents in our front parking lot
  • Ages 21+ ALL DAY
  • No Cover Charge - Free Admission
  • Draft release of Bolt Cutter, our 15th Anniversary Barley Wine
  • Special Surprise Tappings and Firkins
  • The FBC All-Stars, a star-studded Founders-employee-only band, will be performing their first gig outside of Founders Fest!

1:00 - 10:00 pmFestival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer (SOLD OUT)
Skyline Loft – Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609
The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Presents The Tenth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer
Featuring The National Wood Aged Beer Competition
The Festival of Barrel Aged Beers is the country’s largest celebration of wood and barrel aged beer. The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is currently planning the 10th Annual FOBAB, spotlighting beer that has been aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. Enjoy a sampling from our selection of beers, which may or may not be available commercially from breweries across the country.

Sunday, Nov. 18

10:00 am - 2:00 pmFOBAB Day After Beer Brunch with Perennial Ales
SmallBar Division Street, 2049 West Division Chicago
Perennial Artisan Ales & SmallBar Division present The F.O.B.A.B. Day After Beer Brunch
We’ll have the cure for what ales ya after a day of drinking huge beers at FOBAB, a hearty scratch-made brunch featuring Perennial Artisan Ale pairings.
Stop in. Do brunch. And enjoy a discount on your food when you present your F.O.B.A.B ticket stub.
Featured drafts: Perennial Peace Offering, Abraxas, Saison de Lis, Hommel Bier

11:00 am - 2:00 amMap Room 20th Anniversary Party
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL
So, we are having a little party celebrating 20 years of beer goodness in a humble little neighborhood corner bar. It's going to be a no frills experience... with some really good beer. Tappings will be loosely based on 2 hour time periods. The only exception will be Barrel Aged Dark Lord at 11am sharp. If you went to FOBAB, don't try to nurse your hangover, come kick it in the teeth instead. Some of the beers to be on tap: Firestone Walker Anniversary Ale and Cognac Aged Double Double Barrel Ale, Founders Bolt Cutter and Harvest Ale, Hoften Dormal Port Barrel Aged, Arcadia Shipwrecked Barrel Aged Porter, Sünner Unfiltered Kolsch, Allagash Smoke and Beards, Pipeworks Double Citra Ninja Imperial IPA, Boulevard Harvest Dance, Hoppin' Frog Natasha Imperial Stout, Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Porter, Oskar Blues Nitro Old Chub... just a teaser... there's more,

12:00 - 5:00 pmCraft Brewers Solidarity Party
Firkin. 515 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, Illinois
Come together and raise a glass with your favorite independently owned and operated breweries in this unified Craft Beer event held at Firkin. Eleven breweries will be represented, each bringing 3 or more of their beers to be sampled by you.

The Brewery List: Solemn Oath, Two Brothers, Bell's Brewing, Half Acre, Stone Brewing Co., Revolution Brewing Co., Three Floyds, Great Lakes, Tighthead, 5 Rabbit, New Belgium.
This is a ticketed event and is closed to the public. You must be 21 to attend this event, please bring a photo I.D. All tickets are being sold through Brown Paper Tickets. Each $50.00 ticket gets you a entrance to the event, a hand blown pint glass, 8 sample tickets, and passed around small plate food. Extra sample tickets can be purchased during the event. Designated driver tickets $15 include Craft Sodas by Sprecher Brewing Co., and food.

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  • Have you been to Brew Fest at the Racine Zoo? I went there for the first time this summer and had a blast. So much so I wrote about it for another blog. Pretzel necklaces are the truth!

  • In reply to Aaron DeDobbelaere:

    Have heard much about it. I've even listed it until the growth of the beer bar scene in Chicago forced me to narrow my focus. You may link to your post in this space, I won't stop you!

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