It's that most wonderful time of the beer year, when not only Bourbon County Stouts but other brewers' big holiday beers start to arrive. I am posting this calendar as well as my Black Friday weekend to help you plan. There are a few "Black Wednesday" previews pourings of this year's Goose Island BCS variants, plus other chances to score something black and heavy. As more events become known, I will try to update the articles. But you can also keep up to date by hitting the button above for my Facebook fan page
Monday, November 24
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Thanksgiving Bell's Tasting
Standard Market, 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL 630-536-1630
Come out, be thankful for all the great Midwestern Beer, and sample some Bell's favorites. Beers on hand will be Amber Ale, Winter White, plus more TBD. Take a break from shopping and grab a pint at the bar as well, while you are here!
7:00 pm ♦ Hopped Up Broads: Seasonal Brews
Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350
Sign up for the 8th of our "Hopped Up Broads" classes. This month's class is all about Seasonal Brews! Join the Broads in our Beer School Bar from 7pm. Tickets are $25, email us at email@example.com to RSVP. Everyone's welcome! (limited availability)
Tuesday, November 25
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Thanksgiving Tasting
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Join Bell's at Standard Market Westmont for a Thanksgiving Tasting like no other. Try some Winter White Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, and Amber Ale paired alongside some homemade Winter White Ale Fondue! The bar will also have Winter White on tap if you'd rather just grab a pint. And a specialty tapping of Expedition Stout will also be available in case you need a little soul warming on this fine fall day.
5:00 pm ♦ Double IPA Tapping Party
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Join us for the tapping of our Double IPA. Strong & Hoppy!
5:00 pm ♦ It's Tuesday! Whats on the Randall??
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Every Tuesday we will be pouring one of our already awesome brews through Randall the Enamel Animal. Ask your server what's on!
5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Tasting Tuesday at Beermiscuous with Bell's
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Part of this local watering hole's weekly beer tasting events. Great selection of Bell's beers to purchase on the go. Or better yet, belly up at the cozy bar and grab a few pints of locally focused brews.
6:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Pint Night!
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
We're tapping.... Born Yesterday Pale Ale & Extra Double Dry-Hopped New Dogtown Pale Ale! You also get to take your Lagunitas glass home with you! Come on down and hang with some of the folks from Lagunitas!
6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Very Limited Beer Night: Ale Syndicate's Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Thai Belgian Style Pale Ale & more!
Bucktown Pub, 1658 W Cortland St, Chicago
Join Pintley for a night of delectable beer and great company with Ale Syndicate at Bucktown Pub.
Be one of the only to drink the 10.5% Barrel Aged Omega Midnight Foreign Extra Stout. This stout was aged for 6 months in Tailwind Rum barrels. There were only TWO KEGS of this beer made!
Be one of the last to drink Suit & Thai Belgian Style Pale Ale. This limited beer is a citrusy, slightly spicy, Belgian take to the tradition pale ale, & is not one to miss!
Enjoy Trinken Lowen Citra Hopped Altbier, a pale ale with alt yeast, Citra & Hallertau hops, & German malt.
Savor the 8% Richie Imperial Porter, a powerful & complex brew!
A tour and tasting for 4 will be raffled off as well! Ale Syndicate doesn't offer public tours as this time.
Most of these beers are almost gone from the Chicagoland area! So RSVP today (free at Eventbrite) for these delicious beers and great time at BTP with the Ale Syndicate crew!
Wednesday, November 26
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Black Wednesday Events
Come out for some pre-Thanksgiving “first-taste” tappings of our 2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout Variants. Goose Island is only giving general indications of the locations. However, if the individuval establishments also announce their events, they will be found further down on this page. Or a few clicks with Mister Google should give you a general idea. What's the name of that bar on Sheffield, again?
Corner of W. Madison & S. Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL
Corner of W Montrose & N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL
Corner of Sheffield Ave & W. School Street, Chicago, IL
Corner of E. Chicago Ave & S. Washington St, Naperville, IL
Hailstorm Black Wednesday
Hailstorm Brewing Co., 8060 W 186th, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757
On Black Wednesday, we'll be tapping more Bourbon Barrel Aged Vlad the Impaler, as well as a special keg of Bourbon Barrel Aged Vlad with Madagascar Bourbon Planifolia Vanilla Beans! Get it while it lasts! We'll also have the wood fired pizza wagon in house!
12:00 pm ♦ 350's Black Wednesday Bottle Release
350 Brewing, 7144 183rd St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 518-2239
350 Brewing will release heavy Metal Garbageman Double IPA on Black Wednesday. 350 hand-numbered 22-oz bottles only will be released at $10 each. Limit 2. (You can also enjoy it on tap in the tap room).
1:00 pm ♦ Urban Legend Black Wednesday
Urban Legend Brewing Company, 1115 Zygmunt Circle, Westmont, IL (630) 442-7864
We love our families, but sometimes, they drive us to drink. Especially when they all get together.
On November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, Urban Legend will be hosting a one of a kind event, Black Wednesday. We're blacking out the taps, which means all of our favorite dark ales from the past year will be on tap, from Tree Hugger and The Creature to our brand new Milk Stout, and just maybe some surprises that won't be on the tap list.
There will even be growler specials so you can take some beer home for everyone to enjoy, our way of saying thanks to all of you.
Escape from the family, or bring them along. Either way, we hope you come enjoy some black brews with us.
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Founders Dark Penance. An Imperial Black IPA from our friends at Founders. Rich with hints of light chocolate.
5:00 pm ♦ BCBS Black Wednesday at Beer Bistro
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
We will start pouring 2013 BCBS at about 5:00 pm. And then the 2014, then BCBS Barley Wine approx 7:30-8. With BCBS Proprietors at 9:00 pm.
5:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday at Tap House Grill Lemont
The Tap House Grill Lemont, 1243 S State St., Ste 109, Lemont, IL 630-257-5992
Three Floyds Drafts: Zombie Dust & Gumballhead
Revolution flights: Red Skull, Unsessionable, Dos Osos, Threesome. Each $15 flight comes with a complimentary take-home pint glass.
6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout Release
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
The wait is almost over…
We’re tapping Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout in our Beer School Bar! First Come, First Served, First Poured! We’ll also be tapping 2014 Bourbon County Stout & 2014 Bourbon County Barley Wine
6:00 pm ♦ Black Firkin Wednesday
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Black Friday gets earlier and earlier each year… ours starts on Wednesday! Black Beer Firkins will be available at each bar – stop in to try them all.
7:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Toys for Tots Donation Drive
Shoe's Pub, 1134 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago (773) 871-4640
Drink beer & give to those in need! This Toys for Tots event featuring Stone brews at Shoe's Pub will donate 50% of all stone beer sales to the cause, as well as 20% of all other sales on that night! Anyone who brings in a toy (no stuffed animals) will get a free Stone beer. Great event, great beer, great cause.
7:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday Bell's Tap Event
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th Ave. Highland, IN 46322 (219) 513-9795
Join us Black Wednesday for a special keg tapping of Bell’s Brewery’s Harry Magill’s Spiced Stout! This is a limited specialty draft only release from Bells! In addition, we will also be tapping kegs of Bell’s Cherry Stout, Kal-Haven (previously only available at Bell’s Eccentric Café), Bear Hug Imperial Stout (Maple & Honey Stout) & Expedition Stout!
7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island BCS 2014
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
BCS 2014 on tap.
7:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Tap Takeover
Craft House, 711 Plaza Drive, Chesterton, IN (219) 929-5570
We will have 6 new Lagunitas beers on draft tonight and a band called the Unit starting at 9:00 PM. Come for a good time and stay for the beer!
8:00 pm ♦ Revolution Black Wednesday Jamstravaganza
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
We know how to throw a party and what better night than Black Wednesday!
Whiskey Jezebel rocks it out every year on Black Wednesday and this year they've chosen to take the stage at Beer House!
Revolution Brewing will be our featured brewery that evening! They're bring in some food for all you good folks and of course we'll have their beer!
On tap: Fistmas Ale, Local Hero, and Gravedigger Billy.
9:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Black Wednesday at Ballydoyle Downers Grove
Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-0600
Here's everything you need to know about the biggest party night of the year:
1. BOOM SHAKALAKA will be playing all your fave party rock all night long.
2. Live Two Brothers firkin tapping @ 9:30PM!
3. Open late til 2AM!
4. Offering food & drink specials including $5 Lagunitas IPA pints.
Thursday, November 27
7:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Surly Blakkr Imperial Black IPA. A collaboration between Three Floyds and Surly and Real Ale. Enjoy!
Note: both the Tribes Alehouses in Tinley Park and Mokena will be open Thanksgiving Day at 7 pm. because, do you really care about the Seahawks vs. 49ers after what the Bears will probably have done earlier today?