Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 28 - 31

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 28 - 31
Photo: Mark McDermott

Another busy week with beer dinners and more chances to tap your most requested beers!

Monday, Jan. 28
6:30 pm ♦ TasteIt Insider Dinner with Goose Island

Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
Inspired by TasteIT, a weekly offering giving guests half off selected wines and craft beers, Rockit Bar and Grill will host its second TasteIt Insider Dinner. Featuring a five-course dinner paired with a craft beer selection from Goose Island Beer Co., guests will be able to mix and mingle with Chef Amanda Downing and Brewmaster Brett Porter, before enjoying a custom paired dinner. Tickets to this event are $55 per person, and guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, menu and pairings, or reservations, visit Rockit Bar & Grill’s first ever TasteIt Insider Dinner took place on Monday, October 29, 2012 and paired autumn seasonal fare from Chef Amanda Downing with craft beer selections from Finch’s Beer Co., receiving an overwhelmingly positive response. In 2013, Rockit Bar & Grill aims to hold a TasteIt Insider Dinner once a month.

7:00 pm ♦ Argus Brewery Dinner at Tokio Pub
Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 278-5181
We’re continuing our monthly tradition of hosting a unique, casual and ever-so-satisfying beer dinner in January as we partner with Argus Brewery out of Chicago. Chef Phu Lu and his team will feature a delicious collection of stick-to-your-ribs, winter classic dishes with a Tokio twist. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the first round of food will be served at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $30 per person (excluding tax and tip), reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 847.278.5181. The evening will feature four rounds of hearty food and brews sure to keep all guests warm and happy! Each dish will be perfectly paired with one of Argus Brewery’s libations while guests take in the beats of one of Tokio Pub’s house DJ’s.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Golden Goddess Release Party
Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (312) 226-6300
The Goose Island brewers, along with Intelligentsia's Teamaster, decided upon a sweet floral, oolong tea - Iron Goddess - named for the Buddhist goddess of mercy, and giver of enlightenment. To accompany the flavors of the tea, they chose a Kölsch so as not to overpower the floral and slightly piney characteristics of the tea. The result is a crisp, fruity beer with brilliant marigold hue. Offer up your glasses to the Golden Goddess, for you have made an enlightened choice. Join us for a chance to try this beer first!

7:00 pm ♦ Half Acre beer Dinner at Browntrout
Browntrout Cuisine, 4111 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Browntrout & Half Acre Beer Company present our first beer dinner of 2013, which will specialize in comfort foods. This beer dinner will feature Half Acre brews, paired with dishes prepared by Chef Sean Sanders of Browntrout. Located just a few short blocks from the brewery, we couldn't be more excited to pair with Browntrout for some Lincoln Avenue love. Call Browntrout to make reservations: (773) 472-4111 $65 per person, + tax and tip Opening reception at 7:00, dinner starts at 7:30 PM.

9:00 pm ♦ Chicago Recycling fundraiser with Oskar Blues
DMK Burger Bar, 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 360-8686
Oskar Blues will be donating beers for a Chicago Recycling fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds go to the cause. Dales Pale Ale, Mama's Pils, Old Chub and Ten FIDY will be paired with a four-course beer dinner. A representative from Oskar Blues will be there to provide information about the awesome beers.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

4:00 pm ♦ Hopslam Release at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Meet a couple of cool guys from Bell's Brewing and get ready for the latest and greatest HOPSLAM! Oh, there may be a firkin of something tasty on as well!

5:00 pm ♦ La Trappe Pour It Forward at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
There two components to La Trappe. The first is the commercial side of making and selling beer. The second, easily overlooked, is the charitable side. Proceeds from each sale of La Trappe go back to charity. Why not help the monks with this goal while having fun and drinking great beer? At 5pm La Trappe Brewery will “Pour It Forward” at Monk’s Pub. Up to 50 lucky guests will receive a complimentary glass of La Trappe beer and all proceeds from the breweries purchase will be given to The Greater Chicago Food Depository. PLUS! A raffle will be held for the very rare Oak Aged Quadrupel! 3 bottles will be given away to one lucky winner at 7pm. You can purchase tickets at the bar for $1 and all proceeds also go to The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Finally, if you wish to take home you beautiful La Trappe chalice at the end of the evening, you may do so for a $5 donation which will also be given to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

5:30 pm ♦ Three Floyd's Beer Dinner at Trenchermen
Trenchermen 2039 W. North Ave., Chicago (773) 661-1540
You know Trenchermen’s got the 3 Floyds hookup, but on January 29th, we’ll do you one better: all 3 Floyds, all night. Join us for a special five-course dinner with pairings for $85. The reception will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm. The Tap Takeover will start at 8:30pm and is open to guests and non-guests of the dinner. To reserve your spot, please call (773) 661-1540

6:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Ommegang / Duvel Beer Dinner
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL (708) 255-2337
Join Wild Monk – La Grange for our next Beer Dinner featuring Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat (Duvel) & Brewery Ommegang. Enjoy a six course dinner created by Wild Monk Executive Chef Francisco Vazquez, inspired by traditional Belgian food with each course paired perfectly with a different beer. Cost – $50.00 (tax & gratuity not included) Contact: Demetri, 708-255-2337 Tickets

7:30 pm ♦ Duck Taco Tuesdays at City Winery
City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 733-9463
Cost: $10 Join us every Tuesday in January for $2 braised Duck Tacos. Your $10 admission will include one Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

5:00 pm ♦ Party with a Couple of To Øls
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for a Danish Invasion! Owner/Brewers Tobias Emil Jensen and Tore Gynther will be here to enjoy some of their fantastic brews with us! Despite the short lifetime of To Øl, the brewery has already gained a huge amount of positive attention in craft beer societies around the world for their non-compromises made with the quality brewing style, and they are now exporting to over 20 different countries. We're going to pour their Snowball Saison, Goliat Coffee Stout and Walk on Water -- the world’s “lightest” beer, in regard to the actual mass/weight. But not ABV, as this beer tips the scales at 14%. Confused? Don't be, just drink up!

6:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Firestone Walker Tap Takeover
LunaR brewing co, 54 E St Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL
Offered on tap: Firestone Walker XV Anniversary & XVI Anniversary, 2011 Parabola Barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout, 2012 Parabola, Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout and Union Jack IPA

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ High Dive's Generator Tapping Party
High Dive, 1938 W Chicago, Chicago, IL
Join Metropolitan's Doug, Tracy, Jess and Brandon in West Town as we celebrate one our favorite winter beers, Generator! And you better believe there's a hashtag for all the Generator misadventures: #gennybender2013

6:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Big Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Cost: $20 per person Join Goose Island brewers on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call 312.915.0071. 2013 Beer Academies
February 27 - Stouts and Porters, March 27 - Belgian Styles, April 24 - Experimental Styles, May 29 - American Beers, June 26 - Summer Beers, July 31 - Hop Dominance, August 28- Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, September 18 - German Lagers, October 30 - Wood and BBL aged beers, November 20 - Sour Beers, December 18 - Holiday Brews.

Thursday, Jan. 31

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

5:00 pm ♦ Night of the Flight Vol 2: Barrel-aged Beer
The Tap House Grill Plainfield, 24402 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5540
Join us as we celebrate barrel aged beer with our 2nd Night of The Flight event! Featured beers:
Allagash Black Jim Beam Barrel Aged, Founders Backwoods Bastard Barrel aged Scotch Ale, North Coast Barrel aged Old Rasputin XV, Firestone Walker Double DBA Barrel aged Barley Wine.

We will also have a 2007 vintage of Dragons Milk on tap this evening, and will be raffling off a bottle of Dark Horse’s Barrel aged Plead the Fifth at 9pm for everyone that purchases a flight!

5:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Beer & Wing Night
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
Come out and meet our friends from Oskar Blues and get ready to sweat! We will be pairing 6 of their beers on draft with wings dipped in the hot sauces made from each of those beers!

5:00 pm ♦ Stout Spectacular / Hawaiian Shirt Contest
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago 312-330-0712
Cold winter days getting you down? That means it’s time for our annual Stout Spectacular and Hawaiian shirt contest. First prize; a six pack of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout aged for 1 year, second prize; a bomber of Revolution Very Mad Cow. Stouts include Goose Island Bourbon County, Half Acre Big Hugs, Revolution Very Mad Cow, Bell’s Cherry Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel, Dogfish Head Chicory, Founders Breakfast Stout, Lagunitas Cappacino, Sierra Nevada Narwhal, Southern Tier Mocha, Choklat and 2X MIlk. Check us out on facebook for more info and updates.

5:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ First Annual Loop Blizzard Bar Crawl
Franklin Tap, O'Neils on Wells, Cactus Bar & Grill, 325 South Franklin Street, Chicago
Your favorite loop taverns invite you to our first annual Loop Blizzard Bar Crawl! The Blizzard Bar Crawl will start at Franklin Tap at 5:30pm, move onto O’Neils on Wells at 6:30pm, and move to the last stop, Cactus Bar & Grill, at 7:30pm. Guest Price: $40 per person - Includes two drink tickets at each bar each good for one featured beer, cocktail, or shot. $10 of the ticket price will be donated to the Pacific Garden Mission Gently used winter coats will be collected at Cactus Bar & Grill from January 28th to January 31st To add some fun we will be playing “Bar Crawl Poker”. See rules and register for the event at the Events Page.

6:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Rosemary's Red Devil Tapping at Haymarket
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
We'll be pouring free samples of Rosemary's Red Devil from 6-7pm. Its a Belgian Imperial Red, with Rosemary, Burnt Orange Peel and Demerara Sugar - our newest collaboration beer, with Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions. We'll have one of Cleetus' other collaboration beers available as well - Anaphylaxis, which he brewed with our friends at Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville. There will be a limited number of special edition 32 oz. growlers available. As is thats not enough reason to come on over, Michael Killmer from Templeton Rye will also be here, and we'll be tapping a small quantity of Local Option's Kentucky Common aged in Templeton barrels.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Emmett's Brewery Beer Tasting
Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill, 8050 Lincoln Ave Skokie, IL
Emmett’s Brewery will be out to sample their 4 beers: Victory Pale Ale, Rye IPA, Seasonal, and Red Ale.

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ♦ Samuel Adams Beer Dinner
John Barleycorn River North, 149 W. Kinzie St., Chicago 773-348-8899
John Barleycorn hosts a beer dinner featuring Samuel Adams/The Boston Beer Company. Guests will enjoy a five-course meal prepared by John Barleycorn’s executive chef Gabriel Castaneda and six Samuel Adams pairings. Course highlights include filet mignon medallions, almond-crusted halibut and seared ahi tuna. Featured beers include New World Tripel and Thirteenth Hour from the brewery’s Barrel Room Collection and Whitewater IPA from the Brewmaster’s Collection. Anna Buchok of The Boston Beer Company discusses the beer selections. All attendees receive a souvenir Samuel Adams glass and a coupon valid for a $10 discount on John Barleycorn’s spring beer dinner.

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