Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 10 - 13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 10 - 13
From 2009: A Heineken beer bottle tree in Shanghai.

So much going on. Let's sit back and let 'er rip!

Monday, Dec. 10

BrickStone Barrel-Aged Porter Release
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
The last of three Monday releases of BrickStone's robust porter aged in a different barrel. Dec 10: Blended porter from Woodford and Labrot barrels.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Repeal Day Beer Dinner
Encore Liquid Lounge, 171 W Randolph St., Chicago
Encore Liquid Lounge and Hotel Allegro have a special connection with Repeal Day; as the Bismarck Hotel, it was the first place in Chicago to legally sell beer after Prohibition ended in 1933. Come raise a glass (and a fork) at our Repeal Day dinner, featuring a 3-course meal paired with 3 beers from Chicago's Metropolitan Brewing. Special guest: The one-of-a-kind "Diablo Dynamo" brew, not available anywhere else! It's just $40/person, including tax and gratuity. Get more details and RSVP on Facebook. Reserve by phone at (312) 338-3788, or email Seating is limited for the 7 o'clock Brewer's Dinner, but the menu (see below) will be available throughout the night.

Tuesday - Thursday, Dec. 11 - 13

Winter Beer Tapping
Fork Chicago, 4600 N.Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 751-1500
We will be tapping some special holiday beers, including a rarity from Mikkeller: Santa’s Little Helper, along with the Anchor Christmas Ale, and Revolution’s Fistmas on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (11th-13th). We will also be opening some of our great bottles of Christmas beer and serving 6oz portions so you can sample many great Christmas beers. Some of these include: Great Lakes Christmas Ale, De Struise Brouwers’ Struise Tsjeeses (a spiced winter ale), Nogne-Ø Winter Ale, and 3 Floyds’ spiced porter, Alpha Klaus. This is a great opportunity to not only try some exceptional winter beers, but to compare them to each other and truly pick your favorite!

Tuesday, Dec. 11

6:00 pm ♦ Bell's Night at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap House, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago 773-698-8940
Join us for Bell's Oatmeal Stout, Two Hearted, Winter White and more.

6:30 pm ♦ Firestone Walker Beer Dinner
Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St., Oak Park IL (708) 725-7200
Join us for a delicious dinner, paired with Firestone Walker Beer. Co-founder David Walker will be on hand to talk about his brews. $55 per person includes tax. Make your reservation now at 708.725.7200

7:30 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Bluebird
Bluebird Chicago, 1749 N Damen, Chicago
Whether naughty or nice, just put your beer on some ice! Brewing a special beer for the holiday seasons began hundreds of years ago, before there was a Christmas as we know it now. Whether ale, porter, dopplebock, or stout, these beers emerge warm, rich with spice, and heady with deep flavor. Raise a glass with us to embrace this beautiful time of year! 773-486-2473

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Beer Release Wednesday: Willie
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 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.

4:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Goose Island Invasion at Emmit's Irish Pub
Emmit's Irish Pub, 495 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago (312) 563-9631
Join us at Emmit's Irish Pub for this year's Goose Island Tap Invasion:
Bourbon County Stout: American Double / Imperial Stout | 15.00% ABV ● Night Stalker: American Double / Imperial Stout | 11.70% ● Big John: American Double / Imperial Stout | 11.50% ● Minx: Belgian IPA | 8.00% ● Fleur: Belgian Pale Ale | 5.20% ● Christmas Ale: American Brown Ale | 6.20% ● Pepe Nero: Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 6.00% ● Marisol: Belgian Pale Ale | 6.10% ● Casimir: Smoked Beer | 5.60% ● Black Mission: Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 7.80% ● Gran Gas: Belgian Pale Ale | 6.30%

4:00 pm ♦ Winter Tap Takeover at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Monk's Beers subject to change! Goose Island Christmas AleBrouwerij De Koninck Winter KoninckGreat Lakes Christmas AleMikkeller Red/White ChristmasSt. Feuillien SpecialeOmmegang Adoration AleMikkeller Santa’s Little HelperN’Ice ChouffeSam Adams Merry MischiefDupont Avec Les Bons VoeuxScaldis Noel.

5:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Invasion at Wild Monk
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Please join Wild Monk and Goose Island for Wild Monk’s one year anniversary party! A very special evening of rare beers on tap and a Goose Island brewer will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the beers. Beer scheduled to be on tap: Green Line Pale Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Christmas Ale, Matilda, Sofie, Pepe Nero, Pere Jacques, Fleur, Marisol, Black Mission, Gran Gås, Casimir, Baudoinia, Night Stalker, Big John, Minx, Bourbon County Brand Stout 2011, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout. Chef Francisco will also be pairing appetizers with various Goose beers in a flight form. This event will be packed so get there early !

5:00 pm ♦ Bell's Night at the Long Room
Long Room, 1612 Irving Park, Chicago (773) 665-4500
Join us for Bell's This One Goes to 11, Hell Hath No Fury, Special Double Cream Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000 and Two Hearted.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Christmas Beer School
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen, 110 North Main St., Crystal Lake, IL
$35 per person at Eventbrite. Winter beers take all forms, but strong, dark, spiced ales see a lot of action this time of year. Come get a taste of Duke's 12 Beers of Christmas with an added bonus: beer geeks to guide you through them and awesome food pairings!

7:00 pm ♦ Stone Brewing: Night of the Flight
Tap House Grill Plainfield, 24402 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5540
Join Tap House Grill Plainfield as we tap four of Stone's most sought-after beers. Offering all four beers in a flight for only $15: The Perfect Crime (Collaboration with Evill Twin and Stillwater): Black Smoked Saison; Lukcy Basartd (sic): American Strong Ale; Enjoy by: 12.21.12: IPA; Vertical Epic 12.12.12: Belgian Christmas Ale. All flights will be served with an amuse-busche

7:00 pm ♦ Atlas Intemporelle Quadruppel Release Party
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Cold weather has arrived, but Atlas has the answer. Intemporelle is a Trappist-style strong dark ale that we've aged with French Oak and Seguinot VSOP Cognac. It features pleasant notes of fig, plum, and malt, with a subtly spicy, floral finish.

7:30 pm ♦ Stone Vertical Epic Night
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago
Hopleaf will host a Stone tap takeover in its downstairs bar. Dinner upstairs. A hearty benefit beer dinner featuring 11 of the 12 Stone Vertical Epic Beers (none of 4/4/04 is left ). Here is a chance to try all of them with a 4-course dinner from Chef Ben Sheagren. We will be drawing the winning ticket for an 11 year vertical of Vertical Epic bottles that night. All proceeds from the dinner and the raffle go to Helen Pierce Elementary School on Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago. Raffle tickets are $20. Dinner tickets can be purchased at $60 each through Brown Paper

Thursday, Dec. 13

Christmas in the Midwest-mas
Hackney's Printer's Row, 733 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 312-461-1116
Featuring Christmas/winter beers from Great Lakes, Bell's, Greenbush, and Revolution as well as some limited release beers from Tyranena!

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Binny's Welcomes Deschutes to the Windy City
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Although Deschutes beer will not be officially available throughout the state of Illinois until January 8th, Binny's will be hosting an exclusive sneak peek event on December 13th that you will not want to miss! Eight of our beers will be on tap for the first time ever in Chicago. This will also be your first chance to grab a six-pack or bomber of one of our beers below to take home. Assistant Brewmaster, Tim Alexander, along with a few other folks from Deschutes will be hanging out to talk with fellow craft beer fanatics. Supplies will be limited so make sure you get there early! Bottles for Sale and On Tap: Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, Jubelale, The Abyss, Black Butte XXIV. Also On Tap: Inversion IPA and Obsidian Stout Nitro. Stay tuned for upcoming details on a bucket full of events we are lining up for our launch week of January 14th. Be sure to follow Deschutes on Facebook and Twitter so you don't miss a beat.

6:00 pm ♦ Tap This! Featuring Goose Island
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545.0123
The Goose is on the loose and will be landing at the Fisch! Make sure to come out and try some of the best beers that Goose Island has to offer! And as always – There will be food trucks!
The Beers! Minx, Fleur, Marisol, Baudoinia (Fed by the fumes given off by the incomparable Bourbon County Brand Stout, Baudoinia mold can be spotted on the barrels stored on the lowest shelves in the warehouse. The similarly named beer has all the flavors one would expect from its famous cousin but with a much more prominent chocolate note and a deeper, smoother body), Night Stalker, Christmas Ale. Food Trucks: Southern Mac and Cheese – (@thesouthernmac), The Roost – (@theroosttruck), Pleasant House Bakery – (@PHBakery).

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Greenbush Beer Dinner
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
A 5 course Beer Dinner, including B&L's collaboration brew with Greenbush"It's My Porter & I'll Rye If I Want To" (Templeton Rye BA version). Welcome Beer: trAKtor. 1st Course: Hollow Promises w/Country Ham. 2nd Course: Closure w/Seafood Sausage. 3rd Course: Ursus w/Chicken n' Dumplings. 4th Course: It's My Porter & I'll Rye If I Want To w/Pork Pot Pie. 5th Course: Jadis w/Spiced Donut Bread Pudding. FOR TICKETS visit

6:30 pm ♦ Brewmaster Dinner Series: Pig n’ Beer at West Town’s TWO
TWO Restaurant and Bar, 1132 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
West Town’s TWO Restaurant and Bar announces an evening of pig and beer. Homestead Natural Pork will be introducing their heritage Hampshire pork to the Chicago market in a 4-course dinner with 4-pairings of craft beers from Chicago’s Revolution Brewery. (Note: The beer will flow all evening!) Check TWO's web site for details.

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Goose Island Beer & BBQ dinner at Smokey Barque
Smokey Barque, 20 Kansas St, Frankfort, IL
Join Smokey Barque and Goose Island as they pair Goose's Vintage ales with great BBQ. $35.00. For reservations, call 815-277-2502.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Holiday Cheer & Craft Beer
Riverview Tavern, 1958 W.Roscoe, Chicago (773) 248-9523
Come get into the Holiday spirit with us as we tap these Holiday Beers and more: Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper, Bell's Christmas, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Stone Lukcy Basartd, Revolution Fistmas, Anchor Christmas 2012, Delirium Noel 2011, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and more!

7:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Rye Raffle
Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors, 1180 Main St., Antioch, IL (847) 395-3540
6 bottles of Cherry will be raffled at the event! $5 gets you 1 raffle entry and a 3 oz pour of 2012 Bourbon County Brand Stout. An extra raffle entry will be given for every $10 spent during the event. Each winner will get the right to buy 1 bottle for $20 (winners can only win once). Must be present to win.

8:00 pm ♦ A.J. Hudson's 12 Beers of Christmas
A. J. Hudson's Public House, 3801 N Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2767
A Christmas beer fest with John Lindemann from Louis Glunz Distributing. The featured beers are Delirium Noel, Wittekirke Winter Ale, Affligem Noel, Breckinridge Christmas Ale, Golden Carolus, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Southern Tier 2XMAS, Newcastle Winter IPA, Capital Winter Skäl, Samichlaus, and Innis & Gunn's Oak Aged Winter Beer 2012. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the bar, by contacting, or through the Bartab app.

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