Chicago Craft Beer calendar, December 3 - 6

Chicago Craft Beer calendar, December 3 - 6

So much stuff going on now through Christmas, so let's get to it!

Monday, Dec. 3

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. Dec. 3: Porter in Woodford Reserve Barrel Dec 10: Blended porter from Woodford and Labrot barrels.

Bitter Christmas at Fountainhead
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Stone Brewing stages a “Bitter Christmas,” featuring these drafts: Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12, 16th Anniversary IPA with Green Tea, Arrogant Bastard Dry Hopped with Chinook, Sublimely Self Righteous with Espresso, Ruination IPA, and IPA. Fountainhead will also tap Three Floyds Alpha Klaus; Bruery 5 Golden Rings; Revolution Fistmas; and Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Finally, they’ll be screening The Nightmare Before Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Boulevard Brewing Beer Dinner at Geneva Ale House
Geneva Ale House, 319 W State St., Geneva, IL (630) 262-3877
Join us for a four course dinner paired with beers from Boulevard Brewing.

7:00 pm ♦ Sixpoint Diesel release party
Simone's Bar, 960 W 18th St., Chicago (312) 666-8601
Join us as we welcome back Sixpoint Brewery to Simone's. We'll be the first in the city serving up Diesel, their delicious black IPA/Stout hybrid. Accompanying Diesel on the taps will be Bengali Tiger and Sweet Action. Jake from Six Point will be on hand and Johnathan Marks will be on the decks serving up some sweet funk and soul. Oh, and did we mention Diesel battered munchies? Kegs get tapped at 7PM.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

4:00 pm ♦ Great Lakes Christmas Ale Tapping
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665

7:00 pm ♦ McGonigal's Backwoods Bastard Tapping
McGonigal's Pub, 105 S. Cook St., Barrington, IL 847-277-7400
Tapping Founders Backwoods Bastard!

7:00 pm ♦ 'The 14th Baktun' Beer Dinner feat. Solemn Oath Brewery
Wild Monk, 51 S. First Street, St. Charles, IL
Help Wild Monk prepare for the beginning of the '14th Baktun' as we celebrate the beginning of another 26,000 year cycle of time. The world isn't ending, it's just getting started! This "Gastronomic Anomaly" will consist of multiple food courses paired specifically with different Solemn Oath beers for maximum food & beer pairing perfection. Simply put, we are proud to be partnering with Solemn Oath Brewery for this one off "Beer Dinner" to kick off our "Solemn Oath Tap Takeover" starting that night, and going through the weekend! Tickets are $40 per person and include five food courses each paired with a different Solemn Oath brew! Tax & Gratuity are not included. Please call us at (630) 549-6657, to make a reservation for our first "Beer Dinner" since our opening! Menu at our website.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Beer Release Wednesday: Red Skull
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 773-227-BREW
Come taste the latest Rev brew, the Red Skull. Mug clubbers, you know the drill!

5:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Two Bros Tap Takeover
Four Moon Tavern, 1847 West Roscoe Street, Chicago
Two Brothers closes out their 15th anniversary party with Four Moon Tavern as they tap the last of their anniversary kegs. We'll be featuring Victor's Memorial Alt, 91 Shilling, Heliocentric and of course, Revelry. We'll also be tapping Heavier Handed and as always, Domaine DuPage. Come play some pool, eat some delicious food and drink some brews.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Holiday Cheers! Seasonal Tasting at Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL (847) 835-5440
Join Chicago Botanic Garden to celebrate not only the holidays, but also Repeal Day—the end of Prohibition. The Garden will do this Chicago-style as you participate in tastings of spirits, wine, and winter brews that are all local, while you enjoy the surrounding Wonderland Express exhibition with trains and more than 80 Chicago landmarks. Guests check in at Burnstein Hall and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase. Come to drink in the best of the season. Buy Tickets at this link. Advance: member/nonmember: $20/$25; Day-of: member/nonmember: $23/$28
Ticket price includes tasting glass, wristband to participate in tastings, tasting guide and access to Wonderland Express
Must be 21 or older to attend event; valid ID card must be shown. Standard parking fees apply. Holiday Cheers

Breweries: Two Brothers, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Goose Island Brewing, Lake Bluff Brewing Co.
North Shore Distillery, Lake Bluff, Few Spirits, Evanston, Koval Distillery, Chicago, Tailwinds Distilling, Plainfield, IL
Wineries: Lynfred Winery, Roselle, Glunz Winery, Grayslake, August Hill Winery, Utica, City Winery Chicago

6:00 pm ♦ Unibroue Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us as we tap these Unibroue drafts: Maudite, Blanche de Chambly, Ephemere

7:00 pm ♦ Beer and Dessert Pairing at Geneva Ale House
Geneva Ale House, 319 W State St Geneva, IL (630) 262-3877
Beer and Dessert Pairing with Samuel Adams & The Sugar Path. Great Sam Adams beers paired with Christmas cookies, cupcakes and more!

7:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Argus Private Reserve Tasting
Ballydoyle, 327 Stratford Square Drive, Bloomingdale IL (630) 924-8800
We're ready to let you taste a new brew from Argus! Join us at the next Private Reserve Tasting at Ballydoyle at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale. RSVP required by Monday, Dec. 3. Click here to join.

7:30 pm ♦ Greenbush Collaboration and Beer Dinner
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Five-course dinner featuring pairings with 5 Greenbush beers, one of which is Hopleaf's chefs' collaboration with the Greenbush brewers. Greenbush's brewmaster will be on hand. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through Brown Paper

Thursday, Dec. 6

Haymarket / Solemn Oath Sexy Party 2
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago
We had so much fun the 1st time around, that the boys from Solemn Oath are coming back to Haymarket for Sexy Party 2. This time around, Pete & Tim collaborated on 2 beers - a Spiced Belgian Oatmeal Stout, brewed at Haymarket, as well as a Spiced Belgian Oatmeal Blonde, brewed out at Solemn Oath. Both beers will be tapping at 6pm, and we'll have a Solemn Oath tap takeover as well. Costumes are encouraged! Help us build our sexy playlist, by hitting us up at @haymarketpub or @solemnoathbeer, #sexyplaylist

Duvel Art Glass Promo, Thursdays in December
Cigars & Stripes', 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL 708-484-1043
Buy 2 Duvels on tap get a limited Duvel art glass on us!

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Beer Battle of the Month at Pizza Rustica
Pizza Rustica, 3908 N. Sheridan Rd.,Chicago 773-404-8955
This Month’s Battle is between the Porters: Founders Porter vs. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald. Free tasting from 6-8pm. Vote on which you like best. Winner chosen will receive four-pack of choice delivered to your table the next time you come in!

6:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ 3rd Annual Holiday Wine and Beer Tasting
Whole Foods Market, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street Chicago (312) 587-0648
At the 1550 Bar. $10 (all proceeds to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository) It’s time for our 3rd annual Holiday Wine and Beer Tasting! Visit our store on this day to discover this season’s hottest wines and beers for your holiday celebrations! We will also be sampling holiday items from our Catering and Prepared Foods departments, and you can enter to win great prizes. You must be 21+ to attend; ID’s will be verified. Upon Arrival, check-in at the 1550 Stage for a tasting sheet and wristband. The first 200 guests will receive a free commemorative glass! Plus, be one of the first 50 to pre-register by emailing and you will receive a free prize!

Thursday, Dec. 6
8:00 pm ♦ Christmas Beer Tap Takeover at Fireside Restaurant and Lounge

Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, 5739 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago (773) 561-7433
Come and enjoy Fireside’s Christmas Ale Tap Takeover! Three Floyds' Alpha Klaus, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Anchor 2012 Christmas Ale, Boulevard Nutcracker Ale, Bruery Five Golden Rings, Lakefront Holiday Spice Ale, Southern Tier Krampus, Southern Tier 2XMAS These won’t last on draft for long.

8:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Live Free or Die!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Northdown will be exhibiting paintings, drawings and flash by Chicago's top tattooers! Artists include: Omar Gutierrez, Maxwell Brown, Marshall Brown, Chito Tena, Casey Sass, Nole Schuyler, Matt Moreno, Paul "Frog" Murphy, Patrick Cornolo, Jennifer Trok, Heath Rave, Erik Gillespie, Matt "Beatdown" Ziolko, Nick Colella, Josh Howard, Harlan Thompson, Tim Biedron, Nuco Villanueva, Caitlin Drake Mckay, Jason Hoodrich, Chris "Turbo" Goff, Chucho, Beth Cisco, Phil Cisco. Opening Reception: Thursday December 6, featuring rare/limited beer from Half Acre Brewery. Show runs through January 6th. Curated by Cheri Basak of Revolution Tatt.

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