Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 21 - 24

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 21 - 24
Photo by Flickr user Ethan.K

Monday, Jan. 21

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Hopslam Tapping
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us as we tap this years vintage of fresh Hopslam! Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

5:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Tap Takeover
Scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 773-252-9700
Six beers from Oskar Blues will be given its own tap tower for six weeks. A beer dinner will be conducted in February to pair will the delicious beers.

7:00 pm - 1:00 am ♦ Hopslam Release/ Firkin Tapping
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
Join us as we tap the beloved winter double IPA from Bell’s. We also will have firkin of Hopslam to have some fun with.

9:00 pm ♦ "Soft" opening for Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Houbräuhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, IL (847) 671-BREW (2739)
Located in that Navy Pier wannabe called "mb Financial Park at Rosemont." HBHaus will be open at regular hours the next day.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

4:00 pm ♦ Heaven on Earth or Hopslam & Wings at Standard Market
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Join us at Standard Market for our tapping of this years Bell's Hopslam. In addition to the fantastic brew, we will be serving up Erin’s Best Ever Buffalo Wings at the bar. We also will be selling a limited amount of packaged Hopslam six packs.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Old Rasputin's Birthday Bash
Catch 22 Bar & Grill, 500 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN 219-793-9635
Come out to Catch 22 and celebrate Rasputin's birthday! We've acquired a 1/6 barrel of North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XV for the occasion!! We're excited to have this beer in house, but know it won't last long... We'll also have Old Rasputin Imperial Stout for $5 all day! Guys start growing the winter beards out now and we shall put them to the test!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Sixpoint Brewery Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Four different Sixpoint barrels including their new release, 3beans. The beans of bygone brewers, united with cacao and coffee, to create a trinity of roasted, rich, and savory flavors! Also, we will be featuring Sweet Action, Resin, and from the 'Spice of Life Series' Pacifica Single Hop.

7:00 pm ♦ Barrel-Aged Andromeda Tapping
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614
30 gallons of our Andromeda milk stout spent a few weeks in a Koval Distillery Dark Rye Whiskey barrel. The result is a rich, roasty, subtly sweet stout with wonderful notes of oak, vanilla, and booze. We'll be tapping some of it on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Green Flash Green Bullet & Hamilton's Junior IPA

7:00 pm ♦ Sierra Nevada Tappings
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
Tapping a Barrel-Aged Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad, and the Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head Collaboration Life and limb.

8:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Victory’s Owner & Brewmaster at Hopleaf!
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
We are hosting Bill Covaleski, owner and brewmaster of Victory Brewing, on the 23rd of January from 8pm to 10pm. Admission is free. We’ll have something special on tap and in the Off-Menu cooler, as well as the ones we always have. Stop by and ask questions!

8:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Hirter Privat Pils Tasting
Rail Bar & Grill 4709 N. Damien Ave., Chicago (773) 878-9400
Hirter Privat Pils Tasting featuring $3.00 1/2 lb burgers! Trivia starts at 8pm!

Thursday, Jan. 24

6:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Pint Night
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Featuring side-by-side tastings of Lagunitas Brown Shugga' and Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale, plus a very special tapping of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. Meet the good folks of Lagunitas Chicago and, when you buy a Lagunitas pint, you'll get to take home one of Lagunitas' signature mason jars!

6:00 pm ♦ Tap This! Drink Local 2
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Join us for the second edition of our Local Brewers TAP THIS! This one is going to be bigger and better then the first one so you WON'T want to miss this! Come on out for live music, food trucks and some of the best local beer your lips have ever tasted! Also, join us as Nik from Chicago Beer Geeks is on the scene to do a live video documentary of the event at the bar. Lake Effect Brewing, Begyle Brewing, Small Town Brewery, Pipeworks/18th Street Collaboration, Half Acre, Metropolitan, Spiteful Brewing, Revolution, Two Brothers, Tighthead, Solemn Oath and more!
FOOD TRUCKS: Wow Bao, Brown Bag Lunch.

6:00 pm ♦ From the Vault: Featuring Stone Brewing Co.
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 West 171st Street Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Catch up with some long lost old buddies from Stone Brewing Co. Tribes Alehouse Tinley Park raided Stone's vaults for some killer kegs. Some year-round Stone releases complimented by vintage and archived selections: Cali-Belgique IPA; Smoked Porter; Stone IPA; Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale; Vertical Epic Ales: 10.10.10 (with French oak), 11.11.11 and 12.12.12; Arrogant Bastard Ale; Stone Pale Ale; Ruination IPA; 16th Anniversary IPA with Green Tea; Stone Suitable for Cage Aging aged in Bourbon Barrels; 2012 Old Guardian Barley Wine; 2012 Double Bastard Ale

6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Downers Grove Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
Join us for one of our widely popular Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Rob Hunter and the brewing staff, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Rob will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held semi-annually at each of Emmett's 3 locations.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer & Food Pairing
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Revolution Beer and Food Pairing at our Westmont location. Starts at 6:30 with a complimentary pint of Anti Hero IPA. 5 course meal served with the following beers; Bottom Up Wit, Eugene Porter, Red Skull, Very Mad Cow and Double Fist. Check the website for details.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Paddy Long's Generator Special Release Party
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Paddy Long's has a keg of 2012 Metropolitan Generator that will be on tap just for this event! Join Doug, Tracy, Jess and Brandon at one of our favorite Lincoln Park pubs as we celebrate one our favorite winter beers, Generator! And you better believe there's a hashtag for all the Generator misadventures: #gennybender2013

Thursday, Jan. 24
7:00 pm ♦ Sixpoint Beer Dinner

Bread & Wine, 3732 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago 773-866-5266
Bread and Wine's Chef Curtis Grable will serve four Sixpoint beers with four courses. They will also hold a public tasting for regular patrons from 6 to 7 pm. Tickets to the beer dinner are $50, tip and tax not included.
Call the restaurant for reservations. The menu is in this article from Chicagoist.

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