Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 11 - 13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 11 - 13

I only need to cover the busy Monday through Wednesday, as it encompasses Fat Tuesday. My Valentine's Day events are covered at this link.

Monday, Feb. 11

Horse Thief Hollow Grand Opening
Horse Thief Hollow Brewpub, 10426 S. Western Ave., Chicago 773-779-BREW
This new South Side brewpub has its official grand opening!

5:30 pm ♦ Meet the French Brewers I
The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555
Nine French brewers, including Armelle Sialelli of Brasserie Pietra and brewery representative Audrey Saint-Leger of Brasserie Jenlain, will visit Chicago, bringing their beers with them, for two Meet the Brewer Events, today at The Publican, and tomorrow at Hopleaf. Meet the makers of these fine French craft beers and sample their wares on draught. Both bars will offer special pricing on the featured beers, plus food pairings and more fun surprises, all on a pay-as-you-go basis. Monday, Sialelli and Saint-Leger, along with the seven other French brewers, will visit The Publican, where guests will be able to sample: Jenlain Ambrée, the brewery's flagship beer that is a classic example of a malty French farmhouse ale; Pietra, an amber ale brewed with a blend of selected malts, hops and chestnuts; and Pietra Colomba, a bottom-fermented, unfiltered beer white beer infused with a delicate mixture of indigenous arbutus, myrtle and juniper, alongside offerings from the other brewers. You will also be able to enjoy beers from Brasserie de Bretagne, Brasserie Meteor, Brasserie Bourganel, Brasserie du Mont Blanc, Brasserie Castelain, Brasserie Saint Germain and Brasserie Saint Sylvestre. For more information on the Chicago events, please visit www.frenchcraftbrewers.com.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Countryside Saloon Brew and Chew Dinner Series
Countryside Saloon, 2501 E. Ballard Rd., Des Plaines, IL 847-827-5577
"Chapter 1" — Lagunitas Brewing Co. paired with a Mardi Gras Four Course Dinner Menu
$35.00 pp $40.00 pp at the door (tax & gratuity additional) NOTE: We are capping reservations at 40 people for this dinner so be sure to sign up soon! Reservations required. To make reservations or for more info, call us at (847) 827-5577. Menu at the Facebook Events page.

6:30 pm ♦ Bell's Beer Dinner
Wildfire, 232 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000
$50 (plus tax and gratuity). A four-course pairing with Bell's beers, like Golden Rye, Two Hearted, Best Brown Ale, Hopslamand Special Double Cream Stout. Check the menu at the web site link above. For reservations, please call 773-398-6960.

7:00 pm ♦ Ticket sales open for the Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago 773.252.7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, IL, is our regular guide. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Tickets go on sale today at 7 p.m.for the next class, to be held Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. (note time change) Topic: Imperial Beer Styles. Limit, 45 people. Price, $25 per person. Call 773.252.7636 for more information. As always, it's cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School. Sorry, no exceptions.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

4:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ It Might Get Dark
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join us in our celebration of two of our favorite things...Dark Beers and Dark music. Featuring fantastic stouts, porters, barley wines and more! The only thing better than the play list is going to be the beer list! Had to make some changes to the Draft List for the Evening: Greenbush Dystopia, Deschutes Obsidian Nitro, Great Divide Old Ruffian, and a Yeti or two, Avery The Beast, 3 Floyds Mentol Black IPA, Perennial Fantastic Voyage, Dark Horse tres blueberry stout, The Bruery Tart of Darkness, Revolution Winter Saison, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Great Lakes 2011 Blackout Stout, Meantime Naval Porter, Left Hand Fade to Black 3, Anderson Valley Gatlin Gun, Sixpoint 3 Bean, Begyle/Dry Hop Johnny Quest, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Half Acre Big Hugs, Founders 2011 Breakfast Stout, and more.

5:00 pm ♦ Belgian Mardi Gras at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Celebrate Mardi Gras with some awesome Belgian beer! Get a featured flight of 5 beers and automatically be entered into our raffle for beer, gift cards, and other fun prizes! Our featured beers are: DeKoninck, Duvel Single, La Chouffe, Tripel D'Anvers, Oud Bruin. (beers subject to change).

6:00 pm ♦ Simone's 4th Anniversary bash
Simone's Bar, 960 W 18th St., Chicago 312.666.8601
Simone's is turning 4 already!! To thank you for your patronage & support over the last 4 years, we're throwing a party just for YOU! Drink specials, extra delicious beer, cheap eats, and there may even be some Milk Stout cupcakes involved. Oh yeah, and we're raffling off some awesome prizes. Some will win gift cards, some will win beer, and one lucky person will win a weekend trip for 2 to NYC for a private tour of Sixpoint Brewing. Yes, NYC. Come on out anytime. Raffle tickets are free with purchase all day, drawing will be at midnight. You don't have to be present to win. $4 well mixed drinks and nachos. Beer lineup set to include: Sixpoint's 3 Beans • Ska/Oskar Blues collab oSKAr The G'Rauch • 3 Floyds Dreadnaught IPA • Solemn Oath's Kidnapped By Vikings • Lagunitas SUCKS! Ale. Bring a friend. Bring your neighbor. Bring whoever. Just come down and let us say THANKS! You guys are awesome, and Simone's loves you. No Entrance Fee. Facebook Event Page.

6:30 pm ♦ Fat Tuesday Brewmaster Dinner
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
$60 inclusive of tax and gratuity Whether Fat Tuesday is truly your last excuse to indulge before Lent or you like to simply take part in the tradition, we invite you all to our annual Fat Tuesday Brewmaster Dinner. Chef Andrew and our brewers are hosting five-course menu of creole-inspired cuisine meets Goose Island beer! Call, or check the website for the menu.

6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire beer dinner with Bell's Beer
WildFire Chicago, 159 W. Erie, Chicago (312) 787-9000
Grab a seat at our first beer dinner of the year featuring Bell's Brewery Inc. Our Executive Chefs have created a custom five course menu to pair with the flavorful, unfiltered and quality craft beers from Bell's. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers and the first pairing, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at 773-398-6960.

7:00 pm ♦ Meet the French Brewers II
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Nine French brewers, including Armelle Sialelli of Brasserie Pietra and brewery representative Audrey Saint-Leger of Brasserie Jenlain, will visit Chicago, bringing their beers with them, for two Meet the Brewer Events. Guests are invited to meet the makers of these fine French craft beers and sample their wares on draught, with special pricing on the featured beers, plus food pairings and more fun surprises. Tuesday, all nine brewers will be at to Hopleaf, where guests will enjoy Jenlain Blonde, an aromatic, golden beer and Pietra Colomba, as well as other beers from all of the French brewing dignitaries. You will also be able to enjoy beers from Brasserie de Bretagne, Brasserie Meteor, Brasserie Bourganel, Brasserie du Mont Blanc, Brasserie Castelain, Brasserie Saint Germain and Brasserie Saint Sylvestre. For more information on the Chicago events, please visit www.frenchcraftbrewers.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

4:00 pm ♦ Furthermore Beer Launch at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
We are happy to welcome Furthermore Beer from Spring Green, Wisconsin! Two of their beers on draft! starting at 4pm: Fatty Boombalatty-Belgian Pale Ale and Knot Stock-American Pale Ale.

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Abita Brewing Oyster Stout

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Argus Beer Tasting
Grape & Grain Co., 18031 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL

7:00 pm ♦ Gotta Get that Strawberry! Ms. Pac-Man Tournament & Timmermans
Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, Chicago (773) 665-5660
Exactly what it sounds like! 4 Lambics & Ms. Pacman Tournament!! Timmermans Strawberry, Framboise, Lambicus Blanche and Bourgogne des Flandres. PRIZES!! MUSIC!! FUN TIMES!! **20 spots for the Ms. Pacman Tourney!** The fun starts at 7pm! You may also play SP Pinball if you choose.

8:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Invasion - A.J. Hudson's
A.J. Hudson's Public House, 3801 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2767
Goose Island Beer List: Bourbon County Stout, Green Line, India Pale Ale, Golden Goddess, Matilda, Mild Winter, Sofie, Honker's Ale.


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