So quickly does the Black Friday fever over Bourbon County Stout fade away. Because this week, we note the anniversary of the last Stone Vertical Epic release… by drinking it, and some of its older brothers!
I am also builing my list of beer-centric New Year's Eve celebrations. Be sure to post yours to me as soon as you can!
Monday, December 9
6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Une Annee Brewery's Release Night: Airing of Grievances RIS
Kinderhook Tap, 8005 Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 708-434-0373 Come out and meet Jerry Nelson from Une Année Brewery! We will be featuring several of his radical beers and releasing "Airing of Grievances" a Russian Imperial Stout.
Tuesday, December 10
5:00 pm ♦ Welcome to Chicago, Transient Artisan Ales!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us in welcoming Transient Artisan Ales to Chicago! Transient Artisan Ales is a Midwest based gypsy brewer focusing on modern farmhouse ales influenced by the local environment through open-fermentation. We'll have 2 drafts from Transient Artisan Ales; Hop Drink and the other TBA -- stay tuned! Hop Drink- Hoppy Farmhouse Ale- Heavily dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe for a tropical fruit counterpoint to our spicy and dry farmhouse yeast. Come by for a beer and to meet Chris Betts, the owner/brewer of Transient! AND, there's gonna be a sticker giveaway!
6:00 pm ♦ Winter Solstice Beer/Food Pairing
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
A series of small plates each paired with a 5 oz. beer. There could be as many as 9 courses but no fewer than 7. Its all about having fun with food and beer. Have food restrictions? This event sadly is not for you. Leave the menu to us and you wont be disappointed. Be prepared to enjoy yourselves and meet new friends. What a great way to kick off the holiday season! $40 per person plus tax and tip. Only the first 25 reservations can be accepted.
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Bell's Pint Night at DeJa Brew
Deja Brew Bar & Grill, 5219 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL (708) 423-0484
This Pint Night will feature Bell's Hopsoulution DIPA, Wheat Love, Christmas Ale, Smoked Lager, Two Hearted Ale and Kalamazoo Stout! Get a pint glass while supplies last.
6:00 pm ♦ Breckenridge Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us for our Breckenridge Spotlight Night. We will have 4 delicious beers on draught, giveaways and we will have a representative from the brewery on site handing out samples of their beer and answering any questions you may have. We will also be raffling off a one of a kind Breckenridge Snow Board! Event starts 6:00pm, but don't be late your not going to want to miss this. Beers on Draught: Agave Wheat, 471, Imperial Pilsner, Vanilla Porter, and Christmas Ale
Wednesday, December 11
Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Mean Gene: barrel-aged Eugene Porter - our "father of the Genes" & Bean Gene: barrel-aged Eugene with Dark Matter coffee
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Collaboration brew with Dogfish Head and The Grateful Dead: American Beauty IPA
4:00 pm ♦ Winter Tap Takeover at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
All of your favorite winter beers takeover our taps! Including Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Revolution Fistmas, Two Brothers The More The Merrier Chocolate Coconut Ale, Southern Tier 2XMAS, Goose Island Sixth Day, Sam Adams Merry Maker Stout, Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, St. Feuillien Speciale, Scaldis Noël.
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tasting - Belgian Beers!
Andersonville Wine & Spirits, 5201 N. Clark St., Chicago
We’re so happy that our friends at Artisanal Imports will be coming to the store with samples of their delicious Belgian beers to offer our customers. Please stop by for a taste. As always, our tastings are casual, fun and free!
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Holiday Cheers! Seasonal Tasting at Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL (847) 835-5440
Join Chicago Botanic Garden to celebrate not only the holidays, but also Repeal Day—the end of Prohibition. The Garden will do this Chicago-style as you participate in tastings of spirits, wine, and winter brews that are all local, while you enjoy the surrounding Wonderland Express exhibition with trains and more than 80 Chicago landmarks. Guests check in at Burnstein Hall and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase. Come to drink in the best of the season. Buy Tickets at this link. Advance: member/nonmember: $20/$25. Day-of: member/nonmember: $23/$28 Ticket price includes tasting glass, wristband to participate in tastings, tasting guide and access to Wonderland Express. Must be 21 or older to attend event; valid ID card must be shown. Standard parking fees apply.
6:00 pm ♦ Bell's Black Note tapping at Fischman
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Everyone's been asking when.....here it is. We will be pouring some of the finest by Bell's Brewing including: Third Coast Old Ale '12, Java Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Cherry Stout, Expedition Stout '12, Harry McGill's Spiced Stout, and BLACK NOTE! More details here!
6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Christmakwanzakah Tap Takeover
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773) 857-3155
Wear your ugliest of ugly XMAS sweaters and warm up at our Christmakwanzakah Tap Takeover. We'll have the following winter beers on tap, which will also be available in a flight of 5oz pours. ‘Tis the season.
DryHop Brewers - Moustache & A Supernova – Biere de Noel – 7.6% ABV
Ale Syndicate – Van De Velde – Belgo-Pale Ale – 6.4% ABV
Begyle Brewing – Christmas Ale – 7.0% ABV
Dark Horse – 4 Elf – Winter Warmer Ale – 9.0% ABV
Great Lakes – Christmas Ale – 7.5% ABV
Two Brothers – More The Merrier – Chocolate Coconut Ale – 6.9% ABV
6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Bell's Takeover
The Happ Inn Bar & Grill, 305 Happ Rd, Northfield, IL (847) 784-9200
Bell's Brewing will be taking over six of our handles this night. The lineup will consist of Winter White, Two Hearted, Cherry Stout, Double Cream Stout, Java Stout, and Expedition Stout.
6:30 pm ♦ Great Lakes Beer Dinner
Whole Foods Market, 3640 N Halsted St., Chicago (773) 472-0400
Warm up and get cozy with Halsted's first winter beer dinner. Great Lakes Brewing will be in to pair five beers with five excellently crafted courses for only $30 that are sure to leave you wanting more. Call to sign up today at our customer service desk as class size is limited.
8:00 pm ♦ Founders Backstage Tapping in Rock Island
Rock Island Brewing Co., 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island, IL (309) 793-1999
We will be tapping the area’s only barrels of Founders SWEET REPUTE and BOILERMAKER!! In addition to these rare treats, we will be tapping kegs of other Founders favorites: Backwoods Bastard, Breakfast Stout, Harvest Ale, and Oatmeal Stout Nitro.
SWEET REPUTE, the latest addition to the Founders Backstage Series, is a gorgeously complex wheat wine aged in maple syrup barrels.
BOILERMAKER (Barrel Aged Solid Gold) is the limited-release, barrel aged version of their English pale ale. Select drafts will be served in commemorative Founders glassware that’s yours to keep!! We will be running our usual Wednesday specials of $9.99 All-You-Can-Eat Wings, $3 off Bomber bottles, and half price on all 12oz. craft & import bottles (over 100 to choose from).
8:30 pm ♦ A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Tickets at drinkingandwriting.com. 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.
Thursday, December 12
4:00 pm ♦ Stone Vertical Epic at Tribes Alehouse Tinley Park
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
We are the exclusive venue in the state of Illinois to have the Stone Vertical Epic Series on draft all at one time from 03.03.03 through 12.12.12 ON DRAFT! (Sorry, there is no more 02.02.02).
Stone has released annually since 2002, a single and unique small batch of incredible, complex and innovative beer known as their Vertical Epic Series. Each release has not only had its very own, decidedly distinct, recipe, but each has been intended to be tasted in the future to see how those delicious flavors have evolved. S
o, to be clear, the now 1 year old 12-12-12 Vertical Epic will be on tap, but will be joined by the now vintage kegs of 03-03-03. 04-04-04, 05-05-05, 06-06-06, 07-07-07, 08-08-08, 09-09-09, 10-10-10 and 11-11-11. And for good measure, we have decided to add a few more draft goodies for the celebration.
In addition to the straight-up versions of the 10 Vertical Epics, we will also be pouring kegs of: Reason be Damned Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean, Smoked Old Guardian, Mixtape Vol.5 Russian Imperial Stout with Espresso. Amongst many other tasty brews - 25 Stone handles in all! There is no admission for the event. The Tribes will be pouring all Stone VE Brews in 7 oz glasses.
5:00 - 7:30 pm ♦ Not Your Father's Root Beer Bottle Release
Whole Foods Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 587-0648
22 oz bottles of Small Town Not Your Father's Root Beer will be available for the first time ever! Meet Tim Kovac, Brewmaster of Small Town Brewery, and sample Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Apple Cider Beer and one other specialty beer yet to be announced. (There will also be a bottle release at Binny's in Algonquin on Friday).
5:00 pm ♦ Night of the Flight Episode XVII
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Flights featuring Great Divide Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti, Stone WØØtstout, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY, and Revolution Mean Gene.
6:00 pm ♦ Seaon's Eatings: Demos & Drinks with Tech in Motion
Industrious, 320 W. Ohio, Chicago
Tech in Motion is joining the holiday fun by throwing a demo and drinks party! In the spirit of gluttony, we have three food-based startups demoing their awesome and delicious apps and Ale Syndicate will be providing brews! More information at this Meetup.com link.
6:00 pm ♦ Ten Ninety Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
WOB Naperville is having a Ten Ninety spotlight. We will have their Double IPA, Tripel and Wit on draught. We will also have a representative from the brewery on site to pass out samples of their amazing beer and answer any questions you may have about them!
7:00 pm ♦ 12 Bell's of Christmas
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Ring in the holidays with Bell's at Jerry's in Andersonville. There will be 12 beers to choose from, including 2010 and 2011 bottles of Expedition Stout, 2012 and 2013 Expedition Stout on draft, Raspberry Ale, Christmas Ale, Amber Ale, Wheat Love, Special Double Cream Stout, Harvest Ale, Winter White and a firkin of Two Hearted.
7:00 pm ♦ Stone Epic Xmas at Bar on Buena
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
Join the BOB crew on 12.12.13 to raise a glass to Stone Brewing's Vertical Epic Series. During this Stone Epic Xmas event, The Bar on Buena will be tapping a year-old barrel of 12.12.12--the ultimate in the Stone Vertical Epic Series. This beauty of a barrel has been cellaring for a year specifically for this day. It was a hit last year and, as many things improve with age, it has only gotten better. As if that wasn't enough, The BOB has also unearthed barrels of the penultimate 11.11.11, and 10.10.10. Enjoy, compare, rank and drink all three in a Vertical Flight. This is the culmination of 12 years of Stone Brewing greatness as it is meant to be experienced.