Yikes, it's 10 pm Sunday as I start this. Well, I just had to put out my contest where you can win a VIP pass the Binny's Lincoln Park's Bourbon County Stout Black Friday, didn't I? I'll have other Black Friday goodies later, but let's lead up to Black Wednesday for now. Besides, if you read on you'll find where you can get a Thanksgiving Day jump on BCS, or just get some unique beers to impress your family.
Monday, November 25
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Rare Beer Night & Launch Party: New Belgium White IPA & Sour Lips of Faith
Division Ale House, 1942 W Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
Join us for unique rare beers, a new winter IPA, specialty food pairings, and great company!
Be one of the few to try the limited New Belgium Lips of Faith 8% Sour Imperial Berliner Weisse, brewed with the strange East Asian Yuzu fruit and the souring "Brett" and "Lacto" yeast strains.
Try the single-batch Coconut Curry Hefeweizen, brewed with coconut, cinnamon, ginger, kaffir lime, and even cayennes. Indian spices blend with banana and clove from the yeast, and 8% of alcohol smoothes the finish.
Enjoy the new Accumulation White IPA, described as a "hoppy wonderland" at 70 IBUs and tons of dry hopping!
Meet the New Belgium crew and enjoy specialty food pairings. These beers won't last long - Check the full beer list and RSVP at Eventbrite (free).
This event is free to attend, pay as you eat/drink. Paired food specials will be available.
They'll be serving some incredible beers, including two single-batch brews.
November 26 - December 1
Thanksgiving Week Dinner & 5 Rabbit Pairings
Takito Kitchen, 2013 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 687-9620
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Takito Kitchen with a three-course farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef/Partner David Dworshak paired with three different beers from the 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. The dinner will be offered daily during the week of Thanksgiving (Takito will be closed on Thanksgiving Day only). Tickets are $32 per person if purchased in advance via Eventbrite and $37 if purchased the week of the event at Takito. Reservations can be made at the link above.
Tuesday, November 26
Half Acre Heyoka & Quakerbridge releases
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Heyoka is a western charged firecracker. We conjured the classics in Chinook and Amarillo then laid them on a bed of pale malt. This India Pale Ale shoots straight to the bitter edge before falling into a mellow haze. Deep gold, 7% ABV and ready to travel into the distance. The Heyoka resides in the opposite and is said to use the wind as sticks to beat the drum of thunder. You'll find this in draft and in cans around town.
Quakerbridge Barley Wine is a 10% ABV rolling pin sure to smooth out even the closest of quarters. As in years past, this beer lands with a stiff hop presence, but time offers necessary hush so the grains can get out on top. It's your call, buy one to drink with your aunt that doesn't drink beer and blow back her hair or wait a couple months and crack one during the depths of winter's angriest time. Either way, be sure to head out into the mix and warm the homes and heads coming your way.
6:00 pm ♦ Lakefront My Turn Event
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
WOB Naperville is having a Lakefront My Turn Event, were we will have 5 different beers from the My Turn Series on tap.
You may be wondering "what is the My Turn Series?" Well it's where the employees at Lakefront Brewery get the chance to brew their own beer and each beer is named after the person who brewed it. How cool is that?!
Beers on Tap: Dan's Baltic Porter, Chad's Barleywine, Chris's Dopplebock, Terrance's Kolsch & John's Cherry Lager
All beers will be at tapped at 6:00pm, but get here early because like I said your not going to want to miss this!
6:00 pm ♦ SmallBar Division Street's Stout Blowout
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Join us for the Second Annual Stout Blowout! Brace yourself for the cold month’s ahead with the biggest, best stouts available in Chicago. Some we’ve been saving for months just to bring it all together on this one night.
BEERS SO FAR:
Against The Grain 35K | Coffee Sweet Stout
Ballast Point Sextant | Oatmeal Stout
Emillisse Espresso Stout | Coffee Stout
Evil Twin Ashtray Heart | Smoked Stout
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale | Imperial Stout
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin | Bourbon Brl Aged Oatmeal Stout
Founders Imperial Stout | Imperial Stout
Goose Island Baudoinia | Barrel-aged Imp Stout
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Yeti | Imperial Stout
GreenBush & SmallBar Mr. Hyde | Sumatran Sweet Stout
Left Hand Wake up Dead | Imperial Stout
New Belgium S’more *NITRO* | Porter
Three Floyds Moloko | Milk Stout
Two Brothers Northwind 2012 | Imperial Stout
6:30 pm ♦ Taste the 12 Beers of Christmas
The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 278-1919
The Boundary is known for its expansive beer selection, and we're about to introduce all 12 of our Christmas beers. Since the selection around this time of year is a favorite of ours, we've decided to put on an event to let you taste all of them!
First look (and taste) of all 12 Beers of Christmas, including: Shiner Holiday Cheer, Great Divide Hibernation, Bell's Christmas draft, Sam Adams Merry Maker draft, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Revolution Fistmas, Lakefront Holiday Spice, Breckenridge Christmas, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Goose Island Sixth Day, Southern Tier 2Xmas draft.
6:30 pm and 8:30 pm sessions (limit 60 per session)
Light bites provided throughout tasting (chicken tenders, mac & cheese bites, cheese curds). Half off appetizers all day/night with ticket purchase
Step 1: Purchase Tickets Here • $25
Step 2: Reserve your time slot (6:30pm or 8:30pm) here.
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Ben's Getting Old/Two-Headed Boy Farmhouse Ale Release Party
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Our head brewer is turning 30, and to help celebrate this milestone, he decided to brew something special. Two-Headed Boy is a pale farmhouse ale lightly hopped with Citra and fermented with a 3-yeast blend, including a special strain of Brettanomyces cultivated by Chicago's Omega Yeast Lab. Come help Ben celebrate getting old and enjoy the newest offering from Atlas!
Wednesday, November 27
Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Our Nov. 27 release is Rise American Stout.
11:00 am - 12:00 mid ♦ Black Wednesday at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Franklin Tap will offer $6 Guinness "Black List" drafts with assorted Black & Tan options such as "Black Frank" (Guinness mixed with Two Brothers Pale Frank) and "Black Chub" (Guinness mixed with Oskar Blues Old Chub). In addition, the tavern will offer $4 craft cans (over 11 to choose from) and $7 wine by the glass. Chef Glenn Pistario's full menu will be available, featuring bar snacks, salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and more.
Black Wednesday at Solemn Oath
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave #179, Naperville IL
Black Wednesday the taproom will be open until 11PM. From 9-11PM will be 'Erin's Magnificent Magic Mind Matter Melting Mean Money Mashups: First Edition.' Erin thinks she "gets" music, so she has been tracking down recorded history's best musical mashes. Tweet @solemnerin if you have suggestions.
Celebrate with us before you have to sit through a 2PM dinner with cousins you can't connect with. Bring some beer, always helps.
1:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday at WOB Naperville
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
WOB Naperville will be opening its doors at 1:00pm so you can get your Black Wednesday started early.
4:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday at Maple Tree Inn
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
We have partnered with Lagunitas Brewing Co. this holiday season to sponsor the South Suburban Humane Society during our annual Black Wednesday party. It's simple: Bring in a donation to the Maple Tree Inn this Black Wednesday and get a free pint of Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale. We will also be tapping Lagunitas' winter seasonal, Brown Shugga, with all of the proceeds going to SSHS. More details to come!
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
"Black Wednesday:” Souther Tier beers: WARLOCK 8.60% ABV Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins Warlock is brewed to enchant your palate on its own and also to counterpoint our Imperial Ale, Pumking. Make your own black magic by carefully pouring this Imperial Stout into a goblet. Dark and mysterious, the Blackwater Series is serious about high gravity. Reanimate your senses with Warlock’s huge roasted malt character, moderate carbonation and spicy pumpkin pie aroma.
4:00 pm ♦ Gigantic Brewing Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Three beers from Gigantic Brewing Company on tap!
The Future Is Now ● American Hoppy Amber ● 6.4% ABV
IPA ● American IPA ● 7.3% ABV
Hellion ● Dry-Hopped Belgian Style Golden ● 8.5% ABV
9:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday at Ballydoyle Downers Grove
Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-0600
$4 pints on Black Wednesday, with a special Two Brothers firkin tapping at 9 pm. Breakfast sandwiches at Midnight.
Thursday, November 28
7:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Stout at Tribes Alehouse Tinley Park
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
We will be opening at 7PM in Tinley Park for Thanksgiving Night! Join us by 7:30 for a tapping of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout! Now that's something to be thankful for!