After finishing the ChicagoNow Blogapalooza challenge of getting a topic and one hour to write about it (oh, here's my story), it's time to get back to my regular business:
Friday-Saturday, November 22-23
Ale Quest Medieval Craft Beer Festival
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL (888) 935-6878
Global Scene Productions and Chicago Scene, in partnership with Medieval Times present “Ale Quest”, the first and only Medieval Craft Beer Festival. Dozens of local and national brewers provide a broad range of the craft beer industry’s finest beers for adults to enjoy while viewing and participating in one of the areas most unique entertainment experiences. Enjoy great craft beers during the 2 hour long sampling period prior to the show and along with a feast fit for a king while witnessing epic battles of knights and stallions along with amazing displays of falconry and horsemanship all from your ringside seat in the Medieval Times theater. Select from one of three types of ticket packages: the Kings Royalty VIP package, the Royalty Package and the Knights Table package each offered during two tasting sessions: Friday or Saturday at 7:30pm (Saturday afternoon and Sunday tastings have been cancelled)
Get the whole story here. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Sample List of Breweries: Ale Syndicate, Allagash, Argus, Bell’s, Berghoff, Boulevard, Cider Boys, Finch's, Firestone Walker, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Half Acre, Lagunitas, Lake Bluff, Lakefront, Metropolitan, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Revolution, Rogue, Stone, Tallgrass, Two Brothers.
Friday, November 22
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.
Nov. 22: Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale
Nov. 29: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Stout Tasting
Binny's Downers Grove, 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 705-9463
Special Bell's seasonal stouts alongside our year-round Kalamazoo Stout will be available during this in-store tasting: Cherry Stout, Expedition Stout, Java Stout and Special Double Cream Stout. 6 packs will also be available for sale while supplies last!
6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tappings
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
11/22: Founders Imperial Stout on the Infusion Randall. 10.5% abv- Flavors TBA!
11/29: Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. 9.5% abv
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Meet the Goose Island Sour Sisters
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 28 W. New York St., Aurora, IL (630) 844-0400
Sample all 4 Goose Island Sour Sisters! Gillian, Juliet, Halia and Lolita.
8:00 pm ♦ Local Hero Night
Michael Diversey's, 670 W. Diversey, Chicago (773) 327-7040
Stop by for a special tapping of Revolution Local Hero, our IPA brewed with hops from our friends at Hop Head Farms.
Saturday, November 23
Iron Brew Homebrew Workshop with 5 Rabbit
5 Rabbit Brewery, 6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, IL
Homebrewers, get ready for the class of a lifetime! For this installment of 5 Rabbit Cervecería Event Series, Randy Mosher will be sharing his knowledge and experience on "Brewing with Specialty Ingredients". The material covered and class discussions are tailored for homebrewers.
Session 1 will take place on Saturday November 23rd at which a "secret ingredient" will be revealed, extending a homebrew challenge.
For those wishing to participate, Session 2 homebrew judging will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2014. Further details to be unveiled at the event. This event is held in collaboration with Kim Leshinski of Hail to the Ale and Liz Garibay of Tales, Taverns & Towns.
Session 1 (Saturday, November 23rd, 2013):
12:00pm: Bus pick-up at Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave
12:30pm: Ride to the brewery. Chicago beer history from Liz Garibay of Tales, Taverns, & Towns.
1:30pm: "Brewing with Specialty Ingredients" presentation by Randy Mosher. Randy will also reveal the "Iron Brew" Secret Ingredient Challenge. 03:00pm: Brewery tour from 5 Rabbit Brewmaster John J Hall.
04:00pm: The party continues! Leave the brewery and return back to Sheffield's where there will be a special and unique food menu paired with 5 Rabbit brews as well as a selection of 5 Rabbit beer. Tickets for Session 1 are $45 through Brown Paper Tickets, which includes charcuterie and a selection of cheeses, bread, and tapping of special beers, exclusive to the Iron Brews event. It also covers transportation to and from the brewery from Sheffield's where, upon our return, the good times are open to all.
12:00 pm ♦ Surly Furious Tapping
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
After a painfully long absence from the Chicago market, Surly Brewing returns to our tap line-up! Join us as we tap Surly Furious IPA to celebrate! Like Hops? You’ll like this fire-hued beer. Brewed with Golden Promise malt from Scotland, made by family-owned Simpsons Malt. This malt is still produced in the tradition of turning over the barley by hand, resulting in a malt that is unsurpassed in its quality. Golden Promise is also used extensively by premium whisky distilleries such as The Macallan. This malt provides the backbone for the intense hop character of Surly Furious. Four American hop varieties are used at a rate of over three pounds per barrel. The result is a rich malt sweetness infused with bright hop flavor and aroma from beginning to end. 6.2% ABV, 100 IBUs, and a perfect 100/100 on Ratebeer.com.
Saturday, November 23
1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ 100 Miles and Brewin'
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
Presented by the Olympic Tavern and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Illinois' craft breweriers are producing some of the most amazing beer around, but too often you have to drive all the way into Chicago just to get a pint. So instead, we're inviting a few of our favorite Illinois brewers to bring their tasty beverages out to Rockford instead. Join us Saturday for some of the best craft beer brewed in the state. $20/person ($15 for IMBIBE members) gets you 10x ~4oz pours, a commemorative taster glass, and access to a Chicago-style food buffet. Sample and snack with the brewers and brewery reps from 1-4pm. Featuring beers & brewers from Pig Minds, Ale Syndicate, Flesk, Church Street, Goose Island. Full beer list, food menu, online tickets, and more info coming.
2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration
Union Station Great Hall, 500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
If you love bacon, sports, and beer then this celebration is for you! Sample deliciousness from 30+ restaurants serving bacon inspired creations, 30+ breweries serving craft beer tastings, plus a whole lot of sports goodness. There will be Nerf Games, pop-a-shot, sweet DJ, photo booth, TV's with the games on, sports trivia, giveaways and more! It's going to be more fantastic than a breakdancing unicorn.
Wear your best jersey or sports attire as we'll be awarding the Bacon Bro and Bacon Babe for best outfit. We are selling only 2000 tickets so get yours at BaconSportsBeer or ev
Breweries: Lagunitas, Red Hook, Woodchuck, New Holland, Ale Syndicate, Hopothesis, Bell's, Argus, Magic Hat, and Brickstone.
Restaurants: The Florentine at the JW Marriott, Frontier, Pork Chop, South Water Kitchen, 312 Chicago, Park Tavern, Atwood Cafe, Las Palmas, Libertad, Municipal, Wishbone, and May St Cafe.
Partners/Sponsors: Players Sport & Social Group, Vosges Chocolate, Yelp, Top Golf Chicago, and World of Beer.
4:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Chicago Holiday Fest
Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL
Kick off your Holidays with this very special Beer, Wine & Spirits Tasting Event. Experience more than 40+ of the greatest holiday, seasonal and special beers & hard ciders, 30+ amazing red, white and sparkling wines and 10+ Spirits & Cocktails from some of the best producers in the World. Along with a DJ, Live Bands and amazing Foods from Local Chefs.
Come and Party with Emcee, FRANK THOMAS, the Legendary Chicago White Sox.
VIP Special Tasting — 4pm-5pm
Main Event — 5pm-9pm
Ticket includes all your Beer, Wine & Spirits for the evening. Food available for Purchase.
$45 per person Main Event Ticket (Includes all your Beer, Wine & Spirits for the Main Event) — 5pm to 9pm Click to Purchase
$60 per person VIP Ticket Includes: Early Admission into the Main Event at 4pm. Snacks during the One Hour VIP Session from 4pm to 5pm.
*Tickets available at the gate, unless event sells out.
6:00 pm ♦ Gaklway Arms Rib Fest, with Surly on Tap!
The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St., Chicago
Come by Galway Arms' 4th Annual Rib Fest and enjoy the first pours of Surly Furious to be poured at the pub. Food: Smoked Ribs, Regular Ribs, Spicy Ribs, Beer Can Chicken, Slow Cooked Beef Brisket and an "All You Can Eat Ribs" Challenge.
7:00 pm ♦ Lebowski Fest
Chicago Street Pub, 75 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL 815-727-7171
Viewing "The Big Lebowski" at 7:00 pm. Wii Bowling Tournament, 8:00. Music by Vaudvileins, 9:00. Free food, full menu still available. Three Floyds Zombie Dust keg tapping at 9:00. $3.50 pints of White Russians. Costumes encouraged and rewarded.
Sunday, November 24
6:00 pm ♦ Day of the Dead Beer Launch party w/ Dead Elvis performance!
Tacos El Rey De Oro, 864 S. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 847-247-4433
We are proud to announce that we will be the first bar in Lake County that will be carrying Cerveceria Mexicana's Day of The Dead Beer since it recently gained its US distribution. To celebrate this we are transforming the restaurant for an exclusive event with a three course dinner and beer pairing with a live performance by Dead Elvis to fit the theme.
$50 per person includes 2 cocktails of your choice, 6 DOTHB samples, 3 course dinner.
For reservations and info, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone - 847-247-4433 ask for Juan
6:00 - cocktail reception
6:30 - hors d'oevres and first pair of DOTDB samples
7:00 - entree and second pair of DOTDB samples
7:30 - dessert and final pair of DOTDB samples
Day of the Dead beer is the first fully developed, fully accessible craft beer to come out of Mexico; brewed at Cerveceria Mexicana, located 100 yards from the US border in Tecate, Mexico