So here are some alternatives for those of us, that is, all of us, who couldn't get FoBAB tickets. I am starting to hear from venues that will start pouring Surly on its return to Chicago next week, too. When I am allowed, I will have a list for you!
All Weekend (last-minute addition)
Couldn't Get a Ticket to FoBAB Event
The Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe, Chicago (773) 883-0817
For those who couldn't get a ticket to the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers, we've got something to brighten your day. It's our own festival of wood and barrel aged beers and if you did get a ticket to FoBaB you're welcome too. Things will kick off when we open on Friday at 3p m and continue throughout the weekend and maybe even into the following week (depending on how long supplies last). Our line-up of wood & barrel aged beers will include the following:
3rd year Anniversary Ale - A wheat barleywine with piloncillo sugar aged 4 months in Appleton rum casks
Very Mad Cow - A milk stout aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels
Mean Gene - A porter aged 9 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels
Firestone Walker Double DBA - An imperial special bitter aged in a combination of American oak and bourbon barrels
Bourbon County Stout - An imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels
Bourbon County Stout Coffee - An imperial stout brewed with intelligentsia coffe and aged in bourbon barrels
Jack Daniels Stout - An imperial stout aged in Jack Daniels barrels
Oak'd Barleywine - An American Barleywine aged in oak barrels
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - An imperial stout aged 9 months in Stranahan's Colorado whiskey barrels
Oak Aged Rumble - American IPA aged on French and American Oak
Lakefront 25th Vol 3 - A brandy barrel aged imperial pumpkin lager
Allagash Courieux - Belgian-style tripel aged in Jim Beam barrels.
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout - American Stout aged 3 months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels.
Friday, November 15
Toast Berghoff's 115 years with $1.15 throwback stein
The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams St, Chicago (312) 427-3170
On the 15th of each month, raise a glass to celebrate 115 years of The Berghoff being open for business with a throwback stein of Berghoff beer for $1.15!
3:54 pm ♦ 666 Minutes ov Beer
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Tappings at 3:54pm unless otherwise noted.
Preliminary Draft List: Allagash Confluence • Bell’s Expedition Stout • BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2011, Bon-Chien & √225 • Boulevard Saison Brett • Dansk Mjød Viking Blod • De Dolle Oerbier • Evil Twin Even More Jesus & Justin Blåbær • Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin • Pipeworks Barrel Aged Coffee Abduction • Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S The Crusher • Local Option Bierwerker BBA Kentucky Common, Blood ov the Kings, Dampf Loc, Morning Wood, Schmetterling Gose, Top Fuel & Voku Hila • Founders Oatmeal Stout (Nitro) • Perennial Abraxas, Coffee Abraxas & Vanilla Bean Abraxas (6pm tappings) • Scratch Chicory Burdock Root Porter & Sassquash Saison • Three Floyds Zombie Dust
4:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ The Sour Beer Symposium: The Art & Science of Blending
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 666-6775
New Belgium's Sour Beer Symposium series is making its Chicago stop at Bottom Lounge to kick-off another wood and funk FOBAB weekend. The Symposium and Blending Workshop is hosted by New Belgium Brewing’s Wood Beer Blender/Brewer Lauren Salazar, and Wood Beer Specialist, Eric Salazar.
First, the sour beer faithful will be taken through the art of blending beers by Eric and Lauren, from grain to glass, focusing on the blender’s art and technique.
Then guests will get lost in the woods – blending their own sour beer using unblended base beer samples from different foeders kept in the brewery’s cellar, creating their own "La Folie."
The event will be held in the upstairs bar at Bottom Lounge with La Folie on tap plus some appetizers and charcuterie to nosh before we kick things off, both included with ticket. There will two sessions each lasting two hours with 50 guests per session. Must buy tickets ahead of time through Bottom Lounge, $50 through TicketWeb.
1st session - 4-6pm; 2nd session - 7-9pm
5:00 pm ♦ Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas Bottle Release
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Join us for the highly anticipated return of Perennial Artisan Ales' Abraxas, an Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chiles, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks. Last year's batch earned a Beer Advocate score of 96. Perennial Artisan Ales brewers will be on hand sampling other brands from the portfolio. Bottle limit TBD but will be limited so get there early!
5:00 pm ♦ Maple Tree Inn November Cellar Reserve Series
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Every Friday in November, we are opening the vault and tapping some very rare, exclusive beers from our cellar. All tappings are at 5:00 pm. Today's beer: Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
5:00 pm ♦ Pre-FOBAB Kick-off Featuring Side Project & Off Color!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
St. Louis-based all Barrel Aged brewery Side Project and Chicago's own Off Color are helping spearhead what's going to be an amazing night of BA beers to kick off the FOBAB. Rare bottle pours from Side Project and a special one-off BA beer from our friends at Off Color. Other rare BA beers, including Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin & Agrestic, Southern Tier Oak Aged Back Burner 2012 and Arcadia Bourbon Barrel-Aged Shipwreck Porter Baltic Porter will be pouring, along with a few surprises.
Stop by and have a beer with Cory from Side Project and Dave and John of Off Color from 8pm - 10pm. Tappings/bottle pours start at 5pm -- don't miss out!
Saturday, November 16
9:00 am - 9:00 pm ♦ Day Trip to Milwaukee
Tales, Tavers & Towns
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: the “gathering place by the water”…or beer. It’s true, Milwaukee has much to teach us about beer history, but more importantly, the yesteryears of beer have much to teach us about our urban, regional and national past. Join us for a day long excursion to the holy land of cheese and beer to explore just how the sudsy stuff relates to every aspect of our history. From the past we’ll transition to the present to see – and taste – what is happening in Wisconsin’s thriving craft beer scene today. There will be lots of beer, and history, of course.
This tour is brought to you in collaboration with Beechwood Sales & Service in Miwaukee and River North Beer in Chicago. Proving the Chicago-Milwaukee love lives on.
Depart at 9 am from Seminary & Waveland, at Wrigley Field. Tour the Pabst Mansion, then stop for lunch at Jackson's Blue Ribbon Club in the original Pabst Brewery. Followed by an afternoon visit and tasting at Milwaukee Brewing Company, then a private room at Sugar Maple where other breweries will have more samples. Confirmed so far are New Glarus, Central Waters, 3 Sheeps, and Hinterland.
Cost is $120. Check this link for more info and to reserve your place via PayPal. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:00 am - 1:30 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Breakfast in Rock Island
RIBCO, 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island, IL (309) 793-1999
We are proud to announce our next colossal beer event! Tickets are on sale now and this exclusive event WILL sell out!!
This is your opportunity to try rare Goose Island Bourbon County variants side-by-side on tap. Our BOURBON COUNTY BREAKFAST will feature drafts of 2012 Bourbon County Stout, 2012 Bourbon County Coffee, Bourbon County Cherry Rye, and BAUDOINIA. These world-class beers from our friends at Goose Island have BeerAdvocate ratings of 100, 100, 99, and 100 respectively!
Admission will include a delicious, homemade breakfast and an 8oz. draft of all four rare Bourbon County variants served in a 4-piece set of commemorative glassware that’s yours to keep. Only ticket holders will be admitted and tickets must be redeemed between 9:30-10:30am.
Advance tickets available in person at RIBCO for $55, or online here.
Saturday, November 16
12:00 pm ♦ Maine Beer Company: Official Debut!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Help us welcome one of the most sought-after, highly regarded, best reviewed, most anticipated breweries to come to Chicago this year, Maine Beer Company! We'll feature two drafts and several more in bottles from this tiny gem of a brewery. Their award-winning Mo is one of the best reviewed American Pale Ales ever. "Mo" scored a perfect 100 from BeerAdvocate and is rated one of the Top 10 American Pale Ale's in the world on RateBeer. We'll also be featuring Mean Old Tom on draft, on creamy nitro pour, no less. An American-style stout aged on organic vanilla beans. A brewery representative will be here to answer any questions you may have about the beers and the brewery. All Maine Brewing Company beers listed below will be available at noon on a first come, first served basis.
ON DRAFT: Mo (American Pale Ale), Mean Old Tom (Nitro Stout Aged on Vanilla Beans).
IN BOTTLES: 2013 (Brewed w/Allagash, Belgo-American Pale Ale); Weez (Black IPA); Red Wheelbarrow (Hoppy Red Ale); Lunch (East-Cost IPA); King Titus (Robust Porter)
1:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer (SOLD OUT)
Skyline Loft – Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609
The 11th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer, Featuring the National Wood Aged Beer Competition
Tickets sold out in seconds back in August, but you could check Craigslist or get to know your local beer club.
As usual, FoBAB will be split into two sessions:
First Session: 1:00 – 5:00PM (ImBIBE Members gain early access at 12:00PM)
Second Session: 6:00 – 10:00PM
This is the country’s largest celebration of wood and barrel aged beer, highlighting styles of beer that have been aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. Enjoy a sampling from our selection of beers, which may or may not be available commercially from breweries across the country.
Attendees will be treated to a vast array of exotic flavors from some of the rarest craft beers. Craft beers aged in new or used wine, whiskey or Bourbon barrels take on many of the characteristics of that libation. Brewers of traditional or not-so-traditional Belgian-inspired beers often prefer used barrels so different resident micro organisms will impart a refreshing tart and acidic character. Fruit, spices, coffee and syrup may also compliment the already complex character of wood-aged beers.
8:30 pm ♦ The Brewprints Part 1: 40 Scenes on Hops
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Price: $15. Tickets through the Drinking & Writing website.
The Brewprints is a tetralogy (that's 4!) of separate and distinct shows by former Neo-Futurists Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda, dissecting and deconstructing each of the 4 ingredients of beer: water, hops, yeast and grain.
The Brewprints runs October 19 through November 20 on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.