Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Events, January 18 - 20

Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Events, January 18 - 20
It's Hopslam time!

Friday, Jan. 18

Oskar Blues tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 69 W. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 870-9890
Binny's will have some Oskar Blues beers to sample.

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Ruddles Country Ale
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Our Firkin Friday Series features a different cask conditioned ale each week, tapped right on the bar counter, and dispensed by gravity. Ruddles County Ale (4.7% ABV, English Special Bitter) is one of the best known premium ales, it is brewed in a time-honored manner using the finest hops and premium malted barley to give its distinctive flavor and traditional English character. It has a light inviting aroma of soft fruits, followed by one of the most distinctive ale flavors. A deep resinous hop is beautifully balanced with sweetness to give a full and complex burnt bittersweet palette with hints of toffee.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Jarrett Payton Meet & Greet
Glen Prairie, 1250 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL. (630) 613-1250
Get a taste of Argus Brewery's Jarrett Payton's All-American Wheat Ale brewed by Argus at Glen Prairie, 6-8PM on Friday, Jan. 18. Come out and meet JP and the Argus crew!

8:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Hoptacular HGs!!! Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA (10.1% abv), Bell’s Hopslam & More!

Saturday, Jan. 19

Oskar Blues Tap Takeover/Food Pairing
Cary Public House, 208 W Main St # 2, Cary, IL (847) 639-7244
Multiple Oskar Blues beers will be on tap and food will be provided to enhance the flavor profile of each beer.

Cask-Conditioned Hopslam tapping
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795
Special keg tapping of Bell's cask conditioned 'Hopslam!' Beer Engine served! Bell's rep will be in house giving away free swag!

Stout Tap Takeover
Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
We will be switching over ALL 20 of our draft lines to STOUTS! Yes, those beautiful Dark Malted creations by some of the best breweries around! We will be pouring: Goose Island BCBS, Night Stalker and Boudin; Bell's Rye Stout and Double Cream Stout; Revolution Rise; Great Lakes Blackout Stout; New Holland Dragon's Milk; Half Acre Big Hugs; Sierra Nevada Narwhal; Victory Storm King; Central Waters Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout; Great Divide YETI; Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout; Finch's Secret Stash; Saugatuck Neapolitan Stout (nitro); Brooklyn Dark Chocolate Stout; North Coast Old Rasputin ; New Belgium Espresso Coffee Stout; Firestone Walker Merlin; and Last but not least..... Deschutes Obsidian Stout. Yes, all on Draft...and get this.... ALL BEERS ARE ONLY $4!!!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Generator Release Party and Dynamo Three-Way
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago
Help us celebrate the release of our neighbors' Winter seasonal release, Metropolitan Generator Doppelbock! Be one of the first to try Generator this season, meet Metropolitan staff, and try the Dynamo Three-Way! Taste Dynamo on tap, from the cask, and in Koval's Bierbrand Liqueur for only $6! Facebook Event Page

Sunday, Jan. 20

1:00 - 3:00 pm ♦ Art Exhibit Grand Opening & Free Craft Beer Tasting
Pizza Rustica, 3908 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago 773-404-8955
Join us Sunday afternoon as we celebrate our newest Rotating Artist’s work, for sale & displayed on our walls, with a Free Craft Beer Tasting.

Monday, Jan. 21

9:00 pm ♦ "Soft" opening for Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Hofbräuhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, IL (847) 671-BREW (2739)
This is the fourth HBhaus to open in America so far, with the original HB beers replicated on premises. Whether they will stay open the next day, or finish tooling up before a full opening, I have no info.

There's also a full schedule of sampling from River North Distributors (this link): They will be around with the lineup of Kona beers, and with Goose Island IPA, Matilda, and Mild Winter Ale. And soon they'll be out sampling Budweiser Black Crown. You know you to taste at least one.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+ or my Facebook fan page. For more tappings and events, check my Google Calendar. Check out my One-Take Beer Review Video, too!

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