Weekend Craft Beer Events in Chicago, January 25 - 27

Weekend Craft Beer Events in Chicago, January 25 - 27
Goose Island Vintage Ale Glass. Photo by Mark McDermott

January 25 - 27

Shanahan's Beerfest
Shanahan's Creole Restaraunt and Irish Bar, 7353 W Madison St., Forest Park, IL 708-366-0775
Featuring… Harp Beer Battered Chicken Tenders, Corona Beer Battered Drunken Shrimp, Anchor Steam Beer Cheese & Andouille Sausage Soup, Cabin Fever Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Guinness Beer Braised Steak Medallions.

Friday, Jan. 25

3:00 pm ♦ A Tribute To Scarface
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option's “A Tribute To Scarface” has two objectives: first to give thanks to Al Capone for making his adopted city Chicago known around the world for bootlegging liquor and prostitution. If not for Snorky, people of Sweden would not know of Chicago. The second is to enhance Crook County’s existing reputation by assembling a draft list that will render the most well traveled beer enthusiast dumbfounded. The draft list for “A Tribute To Scarface” includes highly regarded and sought after releases. Four offerings from Local Option Bierwerker (Crook County) will also be available, including Kentucky Common that was aged on Templeton Rye Bourbon barrels, the preferred liquor of Al Capone. Attendees who enter Capone’s Castle dressed as flappers will receive a complementary ass tapping, just like the old days. Draft List:
Against the Grain Booby Trap & Shart Jeans
Alvinne Melchoir
Beer Here Kama Citra
Bell’s Hopslam
Boulevard Saison Brett
Central Waters Kosmyk Charlies Y2K Catastrophe Ale & Mud Puppy Nitro
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry
De Dolle Stille Nacht 2011
Emelisse Triple IPA
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett & Imperial Biscotti Break
Founders Imperial Stout
Goose Island Baudoinia
Green Flash Green Bullet
Hair of the Dog Flanders Fred
Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout & DOUBLE Daisy Cutter
Hitachino Commemorative Ale
Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial & Oro De Calabaza
Local Option Bierwerker Dampf*Loc, Morning Wood, Templeton Rye Bourbon Barrel Aged Kentucky Common, & Schmetterling Gose
Nøgne-Ø Single Hop Citra IPA
Perennial Vermilion
Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier
Three Floyds Alpha Klaus
Tilquin Gueuze

6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tapped every Friday at 6pm. Tonight: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout with espresso and vanilla, on a Randall. 15% abv

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Gale Street Inn celebrates 50 Years!
Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 725-1300
Gale Street Inn celebrates 50 years with a charity event featuring Saugatuck Brewing and other midwest breweries. Join us for the release of Golden Gale Dry-H $15 - Tasters and food provided throughout the evening. Proceeds go to the "Ignite the Spirit" Fund. Space is limited! Presale tickets available at www.galestreet.com

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ 18th Street Brewery Community Bar Funding Night
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
We are hosting a special night to help raise funds for the newest beer project on the block: 18th Street Brewery. 18th Street is trying to open a brewery in Gary, Indiana and with the help from friends at Pipeworks Brewery who are teaching them how to brew and from beer enthusiasts from all over, they are raising funds via Kickstarter. Maria’s got a 1/2 barrel of the 18th St./Pipeworks collaborative beer called Brotherhood. From 6-9pm we will be sampling out the brew and asking you to purchase a few. With each glass sold, Maria’s will donate the proceeds to the 18th Street Brewery’s fund. The Brotherhood is a Belgian Abbey Single, or more specifically, a Patersbier. Four kinds of citrus zest were used in its brewing: lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange. Very clean, easy drinking. Light, citrusy tartness. Subtle breadiness from Belgian yeast. We think it will be a hit at Maria’s, offering a nice contrast to the heavy beers that us Chicagoans are wont to drink in the winter.

7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Dinner at 2 Sparrows
2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago (773) 234-2320
2 Sparrows' sous chef Emily Cook has designed a menu for the evening that will complement Revolution’s staple beers, as well as some of its highly sought after limited releases. The menu and beer pairings are as follows: 1st Course: Sunchoke soup with pumpkin seed cracker; Double Fist-Double India Pale Ale. 2nd Course: Bay scallops, pickled blueberries, kale salad; Bottom Up Wit- Belgium-Style White Ale. 3rd Course: Braised goat, sweet potato and scallion latke, espresso crème fraiche; Eugene Porter- Robust Porter. 4th Course: Selection of artisanal cheese and accouterment; Coup D’Etat- French Style Saison. 5th Course: Caramel-apple upside-down cake; Straight Jacket- Barrel Aged Barley Wine. The Revolution Brewing Dinner is $50, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Secure your spot by calling 773-234-2320.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Sheffield's Revolution Brewery Tour
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Join us for brunch and beers then off to Revolution Brew Pub and Production Facility! $50 per person. Contact events@sheffieldschicago.com

12:00 pm ♦ Barrel Aged Pullman Reserve
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
We're are releasing our Pullman Reserve, Gold Medalist at the 2011 Festival of Barrel Aged Beer! It's such a great pairing of rich, velvety chocolate brown porter fused with bourbon, vanilla and oak; and is perfect for the cold season. We aged an exceptional batch of the Pullman Brown Ale in Woodford Reserve barrels for over 8 months, and will be bottling only about 50 cases for a very limited bottle release. $15/bottle, 5 bottle limit per customer We'll be doing a revised "first come, first served" method, which we'll hand out tickets to those who arrive first, and call in numerical order until we run out.

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Winter Beer & Wine Riot
Antioch Fine Wines & Liquors, 1180 Main St., Antioch, IL (847) 395-3540
Over 100 Beers from 25 breweries and 50 Wines • Special Release and Rare Beers will be tapped throughout the event. Rare beers to include Oskar Blues Smidy, Dogfish Head Burton Baton, Anchor Christmas 2011, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and more. Only $5 to enter.

2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Saturday Tastings
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. Saturday Tasting, unless otherwise stated, are always free of charge with no reservations required.

3:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ C22 Winter BrewFest
Catch 22 Bar & Grill, 500 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN 219-793-9635
Who says you can't have it all? Craft Beer, at a festival, in the winter? We have you covered! Please join us for the Catch 22 Winter BrewFest 2013! Here's the skinny: $30 ticket gets you access to samples from Sam Adams, New Belgium, New Holland, North Coast Brewery, Southern Tier, Sierra Nevada, and 10th & Blake. Each of the representatives will have, and serve, hard to find brews, with over 15 different varieties of unique craft beers to sample. In addition, you will be given a sampling glass, which is yours to keep, a 50% food coupon for the day of the event, access to a craft beer seminar, given by a cicerone from Indiana Beverage in our VIP area. This is a great event for the novice, or the expert, with a little something for everyone, so don't miss this opportunity to sample some of the best that these brewers have to offer! There will also be tons of giveaways, goodies, and freebies to take home!

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Metropolitan Generator Release Party & MidWest Dachshund Rescue Fundraiser
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Brewing delightful, true-to-style Germanic brews, our friends at Metropolitan Brewing Company are at it again with this years release of Generator Doppelbock! A classic, dark, sweet, malt-driven brew that's sure to warm you up this winter. We'll also be featuring two other select Metro brews on draft AND as a huge added plus, we're using this event to support one of our favorite local organizations, MidWest Dachshund Rescue! A dollar from every pint of Metropolitan beer sold will be donated to MidWest Dachshund Rescue. Plus, we'll be raffling off Metro & BavLo merchandise, as well as the grand prize of your own personal tour of the Metropolitan Brewery with owners Doug & Tracy Hurst! Available On Draft: Metropolitan Generator Doppelbock, Zwickel Flywheel, and Ironworks Alt. All Metropolitan Drafts Available @ 4PM. Meet Doug & Tracy Hurst and the Metro Crew 5-8 PM. No RSVP Required. No Entrance Fee. 21 & Over Only in the Pub Room, Please.

5:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Ugly Sweater Party
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Drink some tasty Oskar Blues beer while sporting that ugly sweater we know you have tucked away and can't bring yourself to toss! Beers to be tapped throughout the night are Dale's Pale Ale, Mr. Robusto, Ten Fidy, oSKAr the G"Rauch, Mama's Little Yella Pils, Old Chub and more!

Saturday, Jan. 26
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm ♦ CHAOS Stout & Chili Night

CHAOS Brew House, 1329 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
In the darkest depths of winter CHAOS Brew Club members come together to warm our souls with home brewed stouts and porters paired with gourmet chilis. This year we get to drink the stout we brewed and barreled last year, along with 25 other shades of black on tap. Members only, but it's cheap and easy to sign up for a month-long trial membership ($25), which also gets you access to club events throughout January. As an alternative you can also sign up as a Friend of CHAOS which gives you a full one-year access to our events, as well as a discount at our partner shops, pubs and merchants. For more details please visit our membership page.

River North Beer is conducting tastings all around town, featuring either Goose Island beers, Kona Brewing, or Beck's Sapphire. Check here for a full list.


Follow me on Twitter, Google+ or my Facebook fan page. There are always some interesting beer pairing dinners held Mondays and Tuesdays, when I'n just posting my calendar for the week. For advance noticce on these, and more tappings and events, check my Google Calendar. Check out my One-Take Beer Review Video, too!

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