Looks like the main theme of this week is a new round of Bell's sampling, including Wheat Love, a Barley Wine with eight different kinds of wheat making up 55% of its malt bill; in its first appearance since 2005. You have my recommendation to check it out.
And tickets are still available for the Beer Hoptacular, this Friday and Saturday at the Lacuna Artist Loft, 2150 S. Canalport Ave. $45 gets a punch card for 30 tastings from among 150 craft beers by 60 brewers. Sessions are 6:00 pm Friday, and 12:30 and 6:00 pm Saturday, available through etix.com.
I mention this because Lacuna is a cool space, as well as the office of fellow CN blogger, entertianment lawyer and sports maven Exavier Pope. But neither of us can be there, because our ChicagoNow team will be defending our title as trivia kings of Chicago Media at the Asian-American Journalists Association's 2013 Trivia Bowl. Since I didn't make the cut for Jeopardy's Decades tournament, so I will wanting to put a hurt on someone, then have a few beers.
Monday, November 4
4:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Bell's Tasting at Caputo's, Naperville
Angelo Caputo's Fresh Market, 3115 111th St., Naperville, IL 630-579-3300
A pre-Bears game tasting! Come sample Bell's flagship Amber Ale alongside our current seasonal, Winter White. Also available for tasting will be Porter and Two Hearted. All Bell's 6-packs will be on temporary price reduction throughout the week!
6:00 pm ♦ Chicago Bears & Chicago Beers
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago
Join us for two of our favorite things here in Chicago. The Bears. And some beers.
The Bears meet the Packers in Monday Night Football. Catch it all while enjoying some of the city’s best brews, all for just $4.
FEATURED BEERS: 3 Floyds Gumballhead, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Solemn Oath Kidnapped by Vikings, Two Brothers Sidekick.
Bears kick off against the Packers at 7:40pm
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Tap Room First Anniversary
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
We're opening the doors to the brewery and celebrating our first year of operating a tap room! We'll be showcasing our space and our beer with food samples from The Publican, West Loop Salumi, & Bang Bang Pie Shop and tunes from The Yoko Oyeahs.
Partial Beer List: Pony aged in Gin Barrels, 47th Ward Baumé, Brettanomyces-conditioned Sky Devil Saison, Quinoa Whiskey Barrel-Aged Lager Town, Bourbon Barrel Aged Baumé, Big Hugs, Double Daisy Cutter, Nitro Chub Step, MANY MORE
No tickets, no reservations, just come into the tap room, buy a drink, and check out the brewery at your discretion.
Tuesday, November 5
6:30 pm ♦ New Belgium Meet the Brewer Night
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Come in and welcome our friend, local hero. and New Belgium Brewer Kevin Cole! Also tapping the First firkin of New Belgium's Accumulation White IPA that evening as well! Other beers on tap include La Folie, la Terrior, Coconunt Curry Hefe, Avoine IPA (collaboration with Half Arce), Lips of Faith - Peach Porch Lounger and Rampant Imperial IPA.
6:30 pm ♦ Solemn Oath Beer Dinner at Park Street
Park Street, 14 E Park St, Mundelein, IL (847) 949-1900
We're rocking through a beer dinner with the fine people of Park Street. Peppercorn bacon wrapped monkfish, curry pork sliders, and brisket. Yeah, brisket.
Five courses to be paired with Solemn Oath Hexafoos, Mr. I, Kidnapped By Vikings, Man vs. Internet vs. Mothra, and None More Black. Contact them to make reservations at 847-949-1900. There is also a 99% chance we'll be hanging with our friends at Tighthead before the dinner. So maybe go there too. $55 per person. Phone for reservations.
7:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Sixpoint Brewery Beer Dinner
Heaven on Seven Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
Our November Beer Dinner will feature Sixpoint Brewery from Brooklyn, NY. Featuring seven delicious courses and eight craft beers, our Beer Dinners regularly sell out. The cost is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, so click this link to make yours (and see the menu)!
7:00 pm ♦ New Holland Harvest Dinner
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
ADMISSION: $62.16 (excluding tax and gratuity). Purchase tickets here.
Fountainhead will host a Harvest Dinner with New Holland Brewing Co. as it wraps up its quest to showcase farm-fresh food and local agriculture with the collaborative Stop & Taste Harvest Dinner Series.
Enjoy the delicious, fresh meal as they “Take Time to Taste” and listen to the New Holland and Fountainhead teams chat about their experience on the farm, why they chose the specific ingredients and the importance of knowing where your food comes from. Check the website or call for the menu.
Wednesday, November 6
4:00 pm ♦ Destihl Brewing Release Event
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Meet the brewer & owner today from Destihl, the newest craft beer available in Will County.
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Wheeling Wine, Spirits, & Beer Holiday Fest
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL
Spend an evening sampling over 150 exclusive wines, 150 extravagant spirits, and over 150 different craft beers from more than 30 vendors. Accompanying the array of beverages, will be a buffet menu including a carving station with delicious beef, roasted turkey, bacon wrapped scallops, artichoke bottoms, Italian sausage puff pastries, as well assorted dips, cheeses, and fresh vegetables. Food has been hand selected to pair well with different beverages and professionally prepared at the event for a truly first class experience.
A portion of the proceeds go to benefit, the Sunshine Kids Charity, an organization dedicated to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients.
Entertainment includes live music from several violinists creating a relaxing atmosphere. For the more competitive guests, a silent auction featuring a Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier double signed red Everlast leather boxing glove, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rogers autographed footballs, "Rat Pack" tribute signed by Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy, and more than a half dozen other works all with certificates of authenticity.
Tickets will be sold for $50 (this Eventbrite link) which include unlimited food, wine, spirits, and beer. The event is limited to 500 guests and will likely sell out. No one under age 21 will be admitted to the festival, IDs will be checked at the door. Valet parking will be available for an addition fee.
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Sampling and Glassware Giveaway
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Franklin Tap will put Oskar Blues in the sudsy spotlight. The Colorado craft brewery will be represented by Lauren Gress, who will speak about the beer as well as sample some of the seasonal offerings from 5-7 p.m. Guests who purchase Oskar Blues brews will receive a complimentary rocks glass (while supplies last).
Franklin Tap will have Oskar Blues on draught and in cans. The featured beers include: Old Chub Scotch Ale (8% ABV, 12 ounces, $6); G'Knight Imperial Red IPA (8.7 ABV, 10 ounces, $6); Ten Fidy Imperial Stout (10% ABV, 10 ounces, $8); Dale's Pale Ale (6.5% ABV, $4 can); and Mama's Little Yella Pils (5.8% ABV, $4 can).
5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Takeover
Par Bar & Grille, 160 N. Frankln St., Chicago 312-263-0260
Goose Island Beer Co. will be at Par Bar & Grille, taking over 7 taps and pouring some specialty brews including 2012 Bourbon County Brand Stout, Matilda Lambicus and 2013 Lolita. Come taste the brews and talk to the brewery folks at our second monthly brewer showcase event!
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Brown Shugga Release Party
WhirlyBall, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL 630-932-4800
Join the Lagunitas team for some WhirlyBall fun and be one of the first to have a Lagunitas Brown Shugga on draft. There will be prizes and giveaways along with 4 Lagunitas beers on tap. Every Lagunitas beer purchased will earn you a raffle ticket for the chance to play the Lagunitas team in WhirlyBall, along with chances to win Lagunitas gear and $200 gift card for WhirlyBall fun. No cover, must be 21 to be eligible. We will also feature Lagunitas IPA and Dog Town Pale Ale for $3 pints!
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.
Thursday, November 7
Bell's Wheat Love Tapping
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Join us for a special tapping of Wheat Love and The Oracle.
4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
De Proef & Cigar City Tropical Tripel (9.50%). ABV This collaborative beer from De Proef and Cigar City definitely veers a fair distance from an ordinary Belgian tripel, finding its conceptual kernel as a “peaches-and-cream tripel.” While brewed with Belgian candi sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast strain, the recipe also adds a dose of lactose for additional mouthfeel (the “cream”) and finishes up with dried peaches. A Brux III strain of Brettanomyces and assertive hop additions add to the tropical angle, while further contributions of toasted coconut and medium toasted oak appear as well. Actually, it may make sense to just forget we said anything about this as being a tripel in the first place.
4:00 pm ♦ Brewers are Perverts Tap Takeover
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
You get the idea.
Left Hand Polestar German Pilsener ● 5.5% ABV; O’so The Big O American Blonde Ale ● 5.5%; Oskar Blues Freedom Tickler French Saison ● 6.8%; Saugatuck Hop On A Blonde American Pale Ale ● 5%; Bear Republic Red Rocket American Red Ale ● 6.8%; Brewery Vivant Big Red Coq American Red Ale ● 6.5%; Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA ● 7%; Local Option Morning Wood Oak-Aged Coffee Amber ● 7%; Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Ale/Wee Heavy ● 8%; Flying Dog Pearl Necklace NITRO Oyster Stout ● 5.5%. Beer list subject to changes and additions!
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Sour Event
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us for our New Belgium Wild, Winter, Sour, Cigar Event! We will have Wild Wild Dubbel, Accumulation, Le Terior, Hop Kitchen Fresh Hop, A Cigar City - New Belgium collaboration made with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with a Half Acre - New Belgium collaboration called 2023m2. All will be on tap starting at 6pm.
6:00 pm ♦ Pipeworks Beer Pairing Dinner
Niche Restaurant, 14 S. 3rd St., Geneva, IL 630-262-1000
Pipeworks Brewing Company is a microbrewery opened in January 2012 by founders Beejay Oslon and Gerrit Lewis. Pipeworks differs from other microbreweries in that they brew their beers entirely as a constant series of 'one off' beers that are aimed specifically to the niche market of beer connoisseurs. The brewery's stated goal is to release a new beer every week. This approach has given the brewery and its beers somewhat of a cult status among beer enthusiasts, with its offerings selling out relatively quickly. Five beers, Four courses, $70/person
6:00 pm ♦ Left Hand Throwback Thursday
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
As Left Hand Brewing celebrates 20 years, 1993-2013, they have gone back to the well for some classic recipes from the early days.
Join us as we help them celebrate this milestone and contribute to the ongoing flood recovery efforts in Longmont Colorado, where the usually peaceful St Vrain river ran rough shot over the whole town not long ago, we are going to tap some classic LH beers recently re-brewed to mark the occasion. $2 from every pint of Left Hand Sawtooth will go a Flood Relief Charity supporting Longmont CO recovery efforts.
FEATURED BEERS: Left Hand Sawtooth Nitro, Munich Dark Lager, Dunkel Weiss, Deep Cover Brown, Jackman Pale Ale & Moterload Golden Ale
6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Palatine Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Join us for one of our widely popular Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Rob Hunter and the brewing staff, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Rob will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held semi-annually at each of Emmett's 3 locations. More info here.
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Sixpoint Global Warmer Launch
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago
Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewing will launch its new Global Warmer at Jerry’s. Global Warmer is said to be a big, American ale (9% abv). We will also have these Sixoiunt beers on tap: Resin Double IPA, Crisp Pilsener, and Sweet Action (a blend of pale, wheat, and cream ale).
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Bell's Night: Rock Island Public House
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
Bell's one and only Hopsoulution DIPA will be on tap alongside Two Hearted and Best Brown Ale.
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Congrats on Your Success One Year Anniversary Show!
Uncharted Books, 2620 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
The "BYOB Comedy" troupe Congrats on Your Success marks its first anniversary.
This performance will include free beer from Powell Brew House.
(this is not a 21+ event because it's a bookstore, but don't bring children or be a child because everyone will hate you)
Featuring all your favorite Congrats producers: Bill Bullock, Justin Covington, Sonia Denis, Odinaka Od Ezeokoli, Rebecca V. O'Neal, and Charlie Rohrer
There will be games, antics, prizes, giveaways, and OF COURSE.... comedy!
9:00 pm ♦ Thrashin' at Logan Theatre
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-342-5555
Quoting from the Solemn Oath website:
Much like the sex life you wish you had, the 1986 movie Thrashin' was hot, reckless, and totally insane. We're not going to say Pamela Gidley was the youth crush of several members of this organization, but there were definitely posters. Posters most likely purchased at Spencer's. Wow, remember that place? What a waste of time and money perusing around that place was.
Anyway, SOB and the mofos out at Dark Horse are finally teaming up for an event. Naturally, we came together with Logan Theatre and decided to show the skateboard cult flick that launched Josh Brolin's career (nobody remembers you in the Goonies dude). Three SOBs and three Dark Horse brews on tap.