Archive for December 2012

Chicago Beer Lovers' New Year's Eve 2012

Chicago Beer Lovers' New Year's Eve 2012
As promised, my list of beer-centric NYE events. So far as I know, most of these are not sold out. If these are parties are too rich for your blood, just settle up to your regular watering hole. Monday, Dec. 31 NYE Sandy Hook Fundraiser at Lake Bluff Brewing Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E.... Read more »

Pre-New Year's Wekeend Craft Beer Events, December 28-30

Pre-New Year's Wekeend Craft Beer Events, December 28-30
I thought I'd slip out just a few more days of beery goodness before I drop the list of New Year's Eve parties. Cause it'll be a long article.

Friday, Dec. 28

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Friday Tastings at House of Glunz The House of Glunz, 1206 N Wells St, Chicago An in-store, open house tasting featuring new arrivals, seasonal specials and end-of-bin deals. Unless otherwise stated, tastings are free of charge with no reservations required...

Christmas Week Craft Beer Events, December 24-27

Christmas Week Craft Beer Events, December 24-27
Most of your favorite places will be closed on Christmas (but call if you really feel like a "Christmas Story" dining experience). Here are some events, followed by the New Year's Eve Weekend article coming soon...
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Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Events, December 21-23

Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Events, December 21-23
Oh, good! We’re all here. I could have made another snide remark about people who fell for that “Mayan Apocalypse” thing, but I knew all the readers of this column were way too astute to have believed it for an instant! And now, the days start getting longer! Still, some of my Friday events ended... Read more »

Finding a Beer for the End of the World: 12-21-2012, Pt. 2: Beers

Finding a Beer for the End of the World: 12-21-2012, Pt. 2: Beers
Truth to tell, if I actually did think the world was coming to an end, I would spend the time making sweet… um, chocolate chip cookies with my family. Yeah, that’s it. Only if they were not nearby would I go to my beer cellar and start drinking all the vintage ales I’ve been saving. But in fact, the imaginary apocalypse is really just another reason to party. I’m all for that. So the appropriate beers to drink can be chosen with the same consideration as a picture of Santa on the label of a Christmas beer. In this article, I listed some appropriate places to hunker down with one last, great beer. Now here are some beers to try at home. First, consider that culture that was able to layout a pretty accurate calendar 5,000 years ago, while we “civilized” nations still argue over when Easter should be. Like many Mesoamericans, the Mayans brewed with local maize, flavored with cocoa, honey, chile peppers, and whatever other tasty plants were at hand. Some beers nearby with that same influence: 5 Rabbit Ki’ Chun: this is a new beer by Chicago’s Latin-influenced 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. It’s name means “tasty start” according to founding brewmaster Randy Mosher, who writes, “Ki’ Chun blends the apricot perfume of chanterelles with three malts and toasted oats, all tied together by the exotic fruitiness of New Zealand Rakau hops, accented by a Belgian yeast strain. Dark Thai palm sugar lightens the body a bit and makes this 9.5 % alc/vol beer dangerously drinkable, dry and creamy.” Ki’ Chun con Chanterelles will be tapped on December 21, the first day of the new calendar cycle. These locations will be pouring: I had one of Randy’s mushroom beers way back in 2002, and found it delicious. He’s had all this time to tweak the recipe since then...

Finding a Beer for the End of the World: 12-21-2012, Part 1: Parties

Finding a Beer for the End of the World: 12-21-2012, Part 1: Parties
It’s not that I’m giving in to the hysteria about the Mayans having to go to the stationery store for a new calendar. It torques me that NASA has to expend taxpayer money to answer questions from people who went to schools where they teach hoodoo instead of science. But okay, I know a good opportunity for pageviews when I see one. Besides, who am I to criticize an event made up as a reason to drink beer. So in this first article, I will lay out some of the craftier establishments that will be hosting special taps with beers appropriate for the Imaginary Apocalypse. And in this article, I will suggest a few appropriate beers.

Thursday, Dec. 20

End of the World Party 4:00 pm – 2:00 am Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888 If we're all gonna die, we may as well drink beers & die together!! Remember, we have to drink it all, because we're gonna die the next day. A night of drinks and friends.  As with many events, the line-up is subject to change and surprises may or may not happen. Check the Facebook Events page...
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Chicago Craft Beer Calendar, December 17 - 20, Non-Apocalyptic Edition

Chicago Craft Beer Calendar, December 17 - 20, Non-Apocalyptic Edition
Personally, I thought I was going to be able to avoid this end of the world bullhockey, but the craft beer community has been turning it into an excuse to drink good beer. No one’s offering specials on buckets of Bud to toast the end of the world. So I’ll have a special article shortly... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 14-16

December 13 – 24 12 Beers of Christmas Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW To celebrate the upcoming holidays, we’re releasing 12 spiced, blended, steeped and hopped beers; through the 24th. We’re tapping a new beer everyday, starting at 11:30 am, and will be served all day or until... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 10 - 13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 10 - 13
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... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer News & Events, December 7 - 9

Chicago Craft Beer News & Events, December 7 - 9
So much news has been going on the past few weeks, I'm just going to try and summarize it when the itch strikes me: Spiteful Brewing of Chicago has delivered bottles of its first brew, GFY Imperial Stout, to liquor store accounts and bars. Some of their Facebook friends report they are sold out already. Flesk Brewing Co. of Lombard reports they have received their state craft brewing license and are ready to begin production. Lagunitas held a preview of the brewpub space at their forthcoming Chicago brewery on the southwest side, for the trade only. The brewpub is a mezzanine overlooking the entire 250 barrel operation. A little bird dog says the steel for the brewery itself is still being fabricated in Germany, and may take up to a year to be shipped and installed. There's a lot of breweries being built these days! The news about Off Color Brewing, another new start-up, has been thoroughly digested by now. Owners John Laffler and Dave Bleitner were heads of the barrel programs at Goose Island and Two Brothers, respectively. Tribune beer beat writer Josh Noel reported, though, that the two are taking a slightly different direction, bringing up more obscure styles like göse and kottbusser (a brown wheat ale with honey and molasses)...
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