Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 6-8

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 6-8
Anchor's tap room in San Francisco, with a full vertical of their Christmas "Our Special Ale." Wikimedia Commons photo by user Binksternet.

Back to a twice a week schedule. I missed some events that popped up since the last listing went to bed. Usually I still post them on my Beeronaut Facebook Page. And you know, yesterday was the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. A lot of by brewing and serving contacts posted about it on their FB pages, but only a few had any specials going. Looks like they were all setting up their 12 beers of Christmas promotions (last week's calendar has some more) (next week: ugly sweater contests).

Buckledown Brewing Now Open

I don't have a specific event from them, but let's take note of the fact that BuckleDown Brewing has opened its taproom. Its principals are Ike Orcutt (Head Brewer) and Sean Mahoney who previously launched the contract-brewed Hopothesis beer, and decided to get more hands-on. The brewery and taproom are at 8700 W. 47th St., Lyons (off IL-171–1st Ave.). Hours are posted on their Facebook page.

Friday, December 6

Bourbon County Stout Vertical Flight Night
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 255-0055
We will be tapping Goose Island's 2011, 2012 & 2013 Bourbon County Stout barrels Friday afternoon. The Flights are $18.

11:00 am - 12:00 am ♦ 12 Beers of Christmas at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Franklin Tap is holding a "12 Beers of Christmas" craft brew promotion throughout December. Now through the 31st, enjoy twelve holiday-inspired beers (listed below). If the entire list is consumed by New Year's Eve, a keepsake pint glass will be awarded. Franklin Tap will offer punch cards to those participating.

  1. Revolution Brewing: Fistmas Ale $6 16 oz, 6.1%
  2. Great Lakes Brewing: Christmas Ale $6 16 oz, 7.5%
  3. Southern Tier Brewing: 2XMAS $6 16 oz, 8%
  4. Two Brothers Brewing: The More The Merrier $6 16 oz, 6.9%
  5. Brouwerij Affligem: Noel $10 12 oz, 9%
  6. Goose Island: Sixth Day $6 16 oz, 8.3%
  7. Anderson Valley: Winter Solstice $6 16 oz , 6.9%
  8. Samuel Adams: Merry Maker $7 12 oz , 9%
  9. Sierra Nevada: Celebration Ale $6 16 oz, 6.8%
  10. Three Floyds: Alpha Klaus $8 12 oz, 6%
  11. Lakefront: Holiday Spice $8 12 oz, 11%
  12. New Belgium: Frambozen $7 16 oz, 6.5%

3:00 pm ♦ Holiday Beer Roll-Out
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago 312-330-0712
Stop in for a fine selection of holiday and seasonal beers including a variety of Belgian and domestic favorites such as Delirium Noël, St. Bernardus Christmas, Great Lakes Christmas, Revolution Fistmas, Southern Tier 2Xmas, Petràs Winter Ale, Anchor Our Special Ale, Three Floyds Alpha Claus, Dark Horse 4 Elf, Moylan's White Christmas, Bell's Christmas
& more.

5:00 pm ♦ Revolution 'Genealogy' Bottle Release
Revolution Brewing Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Mean Gene and Bean Gene are getting bottled this week. To celebrate, we're hosting a "Geneology" bottle release at our tap room. Stop by to get your bottles of Mean Gene ($13) and Bean Gene ($15) starting at 5pm.
You'll also have a chance to meet other members of our Gene Pool, including Boy Gene and Blue Gene, pouring at the tap room bar. We'll also have some food available, so come hang with us this Friday!
Also out this week: Rise American Stout, our 2012 World Beer Cup gold medal winner, in 22-ounce bottles.

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Revolution Workingman Mild w/ Sonnet Hops
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
For this week's Firkin Friday feature, we're excited to offer what we think is likely the world's most underrated and overlooked beer style, the English Mild. "Revolution Workingman Mild" is crafted in the tradition of classic English luncheon beers, bold on flavor but mild on alcohol content (3.5% abv) with tons of toasty caramel malt flavor. This cask was specially prepared just for us with the addition of Sonnet Hops for added depth and complexity. Don't miss this very special cask conditioned presentation.
The cask will be tapped at approximately 5:30 pm at the bar. Its delicious contents will be available to everyone in both the restaurant and pub until the firkin runs dry. First come, first served.

6:00 pm ♦ The 12 Beers of Christmas at Fizz Bar & Grill
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-348-6000
Our annual event kicks off the Christmas Season with 6 taps and 6 bottles of great Christmas beers. Featured beers will be Great Lakes Christmas Ale, , Anchor Our Special Ale, Revolution Fistmas, Delirium Noël, and more.

Saturday, December 7

Light the Lamp's 1-Year Anniversary
Light the Lamp Brewery, 10 N. Lake St. Suite 107, Grayslake, IL (847) 752-8489
Serving Double IPA and Bitter Beer along with all the regulars. Free pizza and wings from 4 to 8 pm. Maybe a Randall appearance.

9:00 am ♦ 2011 Barrel Aged Beer Release Breakfast
Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash St., Michigan City, IN
Shoreline Brewery will release its 2011 batch series of Barrel Aged beers with a Barrel Release Breakfast prepared and served by Chef Barry Smith. The breakfast will welcome patrons to be the first to have the opportunity to get the 2011 batch. The wide variety of Barrel Aged Beers include:

  • Imperial Raspberry Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels
  • Big Bella Heavy Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Lost Sailor Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon, Rye, Brandy and Corn Whiskey Barrels
  • Worker Bee Imperial Honey Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Curse the Goat Dopplebock aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Rillo Rye aged in Rye Barrels
  • 3 Sum Imperial IPA aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Wheat Wine aged in Bourbon and Wheat Whiskey Barrels
  • Discombobulation Barley Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels

Bottles can be purchased individually, or by the case. Buy a case and get $20 off and receive a free Barrel Aged Series T-Shirt.

2:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Ale Syndicate's "Help Us Buy A Fermenter - IndieGoGo Party"
The Salsa Truck garage, 116 N. Aberdeen, Chicago (312) 344-1784
We've launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help Ale Syndicate expand our capacity by raising funds for 2 extra fermenters. The campaign will wrap up with a celebration at The Salsa Truck's Garage on Saturday, December 7th in the West Loop, complete with delicious food, our brews, some guest drafts and a few surprises. We'll have two sessions - one from 2pm - 5pm and another from 6pm - 9pm.
Check out the campaign link above to buy tickets ($60 for the party only) and please help us spread the word!

12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Delilah's Christmas & Winter Beer Tasting
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
It’s Our 15th Anniversary! We are happy to announce our 15th Annual Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah's. This is the most comprehensive tasting of Christmas and Winter beers held anywhere in North America. There will be 100+ beers available to sample from all over the globe - many brands in multiple vintages.
Some of the beers included in this fabulous tasting are Anchor Our Special Ale (15 vintages), King & Barnes Christmas Ale (3 vintages, last brewed in 1999), Sam Smith’s Winter Welcome (8 vintages), Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (15 vintages) + Goose Island Christmas AleThree Floyds Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter, Lakefront Holiday Spice Lager, Summit Winter
Ale, Capitol Winter Skäl, St. Freulian Noël.
Plus, free movie at 6:00: Vengeance is Mine (1974) Directed by John Trent. Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Michael J. Pollard, Hollis McLauren. A.K.A. ‘Sunday in the Park’ – Three vicious thugs run amok after a bloody bank robbery. The hellish trio find their way to a small farm inhabited by a local farmer, Adam. Looking for a possible hideout, the gang is soon put on the defensive as Adam takes matters into his own hands, hunting down and eliminating the gangsters’ threat to his life, home and family.

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Point Brewery Tasting
Cardinal Liquors Warehouse, 15 S Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Stevens Point Brewery hosts an in-store sampling at Cardinal Warehouse Palatine (the former Dobby's Liquors). Beers include Ciderboys First Press, Magic Apple and Mad Bark, JPs Casper White Stout and Yabba Dhabba Chai Tea Porter.

4:00 pm ♦ A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Through-December 18. Saturdays at 4 PM, Wednesday at 8:30 PM Tickets at
A BEER Carol is a live radio play that tells the story of the evil CEO Bud Miller of Milweiser, the large, heartless brewers of swill. Haunted by the ghosts of the four ingredients of beer--hops, barley, water and yeast--and faced with his past, present and his possible ill-fated future, Bud Miller must decide if he can change into a better human being and a better brewer.

4:00 pm ♦ Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 773.252.7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. 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. Today's topic: Holiday beers. Tickets are $25 per person at the Map Room, cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all 45 tickets have been sold.

6:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Welcome! Maine Beer Company
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
We host Maine Beer Company brewers and founders for a simple tapping and meet and greet during the dinner hour.
Featured beers: Old Tom Nitro on draft, Mo Pale Ale on draft, Lunch IPA in bottle, and Allagash collaboration Anniversary Ale in bottle.

6:00 pm ♦ Home Brewers Night at Fischman
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Fire up your fermenters, get that mash going, and bring out your best to our 4th installment of Home Brewers Night! It's been far too long since we've had all our favorite hopheads out and we can't wait to see what you guys have been brewing!
For this edition, we will be opening up the space next door and having our own private home brew bash! Want to try something from the bar? No problem, the bar is always open!
Remember bring a six pack or growler, or more, to share amongst your peers. Just want to make sure as many people as possible get to try your delicious brews! If you keg your beer and have your own set up and want to bring a tap, bring it on! We'll set you up with a space and some ice to tap that brew!
We'll also be providing some tunes, and don't forget that the Fischmans Wagyu Wagon will be open for your dining pleasure!
PLUS our 1st Annual Home Brew Competition! Pick a style, and submit!
Pale Ale or Amber Ale; IPA; Stout; and Specialty
For the specialty, if you brew something off the wall and want to throw that in for the judging, by all means - do!
$10 entry fee for the contest, NOT for the event in general. We'll decide on a prize as the event gets closer.
If you happen to have all these styles brewed, by all means, submit one to each category. Only one entry fee required.
Sign up here.

6:00 pm ♦ Bell's on Tap at Third Rail
Geneva Ale House, 319 W State St Geneva, IL (630) 262-3877
From the Solemn Oath website: Over the last few years, the craft beer scene has seen the Fox Valley on the rise. The coming arrival of our friends at Penrose Brewing Company will certainly shake the scene up out there, but there are spots that have been doing craft forever. Geneva Ale House is one of these spots, and to celebrate their fourth Anniversary they're featuring a few breweries. On Saturday, Solemn Oath will be featured, and it will be sweet. Three brews from SOB will grace this Geneva staple's lines. Brian Harrington and his team have been supporters since day one of the brewery, so congrats to him and his whole crew on four strong years, we're looking forward to celebrating.

Sunday, December 8

Solemn Oath Sundays
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us every Sunday at WOB Naperville for Solemn Oath Sunday. We will have a delicious Solemn Oath beer on tap for you to enjoy for just $4.00!!

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Featuring the Draftmark Beer tap system.

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