Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 1–4

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 1–4
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Monday, December 1

12 Beers of Xmas at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Franklin Tap is holding a “12 Craft Beers of Christmas” promotion throughout the month of December. From December 1 through December 31, guests will receive a punch card noting a special list of holiday-inspired brews, outlined below. If all twelve beers have been purchased by New Year’s Eve, a “12 Craft Beers of Christmas” keepsake pint glass will be awarded.

Revolution: Fistmas Ale
Great Lakes: Christmas Ale
Southern Tier: 2XMAS
Two Brothers: Peppermint Bark
Affligem: Noel
The Bruery: 7 Swans a Swimming
Goose Island: Festivity
Victory: Winter Cheers
Samuel Adams: Merry Maker
Sierra Nevada: Celebration Ale
Three Floyds: Alpha Klaus
Lakefront: Holiday Spice

11:00 am ♦ Holiday Brewhaha! Beers of Christmas Past, Present
Hackney's Printers' Row, 733 S. Dearborn St., Chicago (312) 461-1116
Tis’ the season for some holiday brewhaha! We will start tapping our rather massive and eclectic cache of seasonal & holiday beers starting this Monday and will continue tapping all the way up until the time you can just about hear Santa’s sleigh bells jingle jangling towards the South Loop! Such kegged holiday cheer includes: Anchor Christmas 2011 & 2014, Avery Old Jubilation, Bell’s Christmas, Dark Horse 4 Elf, The Bruery: 7 Swans a Swimming, Deschutes Nitro Jubelale, Brouwerij Het Anker Carolus, Great Divide Hibernation, Great Lakes Christmas, Metropolitan Magnetron, Revolution Fistmas, Southern Tier: 2XMAS, and Two Brothers Peppermint Bark Porter! We will be serving homemade Glogg and hot apple cider, too! Don’t miss our Holiday Sing-A-Long Dec 9th 6:30PM and Chestnut Roast Dec 13th 12pm!

5:30 - 10:00 pm ♦ Pints for Pets at Jerry's
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago
Jerry's is having another fundraiser to help out the fine folks at Famous Fido's Pet Rescue (5430 N Clark). There will also be special beers on tap (tba) and a percentage of all sales this night goes to Famous Fido's.
We'll also have artists Marcy Anderson and Ana Hurm around to discuss getting custom paintings made for your smallest (or biggest) furry family member. Plus raffle tickets for sale with lots of great prizes to bid on!
Famous Fido seeks to make Chicago a NO KILL city where every adoptable companion can find a home. They have already placed over 700 pets but there are always more dogs and cats needing food, shelter and love. A percentage of all food and drink sales from 5-10pm will be donated to help Famous Fido and the animals find forever homes.

Tuesday, December 2

4:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Tapping
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
BCS 2013, 2014 & variants!
Full list coming soon...

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 ♦ Arcade Brewery Tasting Tuesday at Beermiscuous
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
You’ve probably heard of Forbidden Root, the country’s first botanical brewery that opened in the East Village neighborhood late summer ‘14 after a long licensing process that took them all the way to a Chicago City Council vote. Botanic beer has been a dormant style subcategory for a long time, but is seeing a resurgence led by Forbidden Root due to its natural pairing with farm-to-table food.
But have you tried any of their botanic beers: Shady Character, Sublime Ginger, or Forbidden Root hard root beer? Now’s your chance as we welcome them for the first time to our Tasting Tuesday. Try a few free samples, then mix and match several to take home.

6:00 pm ♦ Green Flash Luau Party at Links Taproom
Links Taproom, 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 360-7692
Break out your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts. It may be 20 degrees out, but we have just the right fix to cure your winter blues. Join us for a blast of warm, sunny San Diego air as we tap two very special firkins of Green Flash beers: Le Freak Belgian IPA w/ Kaffir Lime Leaves + Zest, West Coast IPA w/ Mangoes + Fresno Chilies! We are also tapping additional reinforcements in the battle against Jack Frost: Sol Style IPA, Jibe IPA, and East Village Pilsner.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Shred the Gnar release party
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Goose Island's final Fulton & Wood release party of the year! We'll be featuring an Imperial Rye IPA brewed with tart cherry juice and lemongrass. Inspired by the Midwest surfing community, the event will showcase local photographer Mike Killion's photos of the Midwest Great Lakes and surf community with one Piece raffled off, and the rest being sold. A portion of the proceeds from photo sales and the raffle of a framed photo will benefit the Surf Rider Foundation-Chicago which was formed to protect beaches across the country. Drink tokens and food will be provided, with a surf themed photo op, and Surf Rock played during the party by ALEWIFE.

6:30 pm ♦ Taste the 12 Beers of Christmas
The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 278-1919
Come to The Boundary for a chance to taste all 12 of our winter seasonal beers. The Christmas Beer sampler will have 12 x 4oz tasting portions, plus a selection of light appetizers, all for just $25.

The seasonal beer list currently includes Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Shiner Holiday Cheer, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Lagunitas Brown Shugga’Bell’s Christmas Ale, Sam Adams Merry Maker, and more to come!

Wednesday, December 3

12:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Cademon Brewery Grand Opening
Cademon Brewing Co., 217 W. Main St., Genoa, IL (815) 827-6145
At long, long, long last, Cademon is opening its doors for business!
Join us for our grand opening event, with pints and flights of several of our beers, along with some lovely merchandise for sale. Unfortunately due to low beer production, we will not be selling growlers for a couple of weeks.
Hungry? The Corner Grill will be on hand in our taproom to take orders. Want food from somewhere else? No problem, outside food is allowed although outside alcohol is prohibited (who brings alcohol to a brewery anyway?).

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Revolution Grave Digger Billy
After quietly resting in the cellar for just over five months, it is finally time for our Willie Wee Heavy Scotch ale to be extracted from the Woodford Reserve barrels. The rich malt character reminiscent of cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar from the Belgian specialty malts has melded beautifully with the flavors and aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and fine bourbon from the charred American oak barrels. Prolonged aging in these amazing barrels yields a finished product not only with a high level of complexity but also a smooth creamy mouthfeel which masks this ale’s rather substantial ABV.

5:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ BrewLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo, N. Cannon Drive & W. Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago
A savory selection of holiday cheer will be on tap at the first-ever BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer. This new beer-tasting event takes place during ZooLights presented by ComEd and PNC Bank—one of Chicago’s most loved holiday traditions—adding a dazzling dimension to the adult fun.
Guests will enjoy a dozen different draft beer samples, then have the opportunity to purchase additional pours of their favorite brews. Food will also be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event help keep Chicago’s landmark zoo open and free to the public 365 days a year.
Looking for more holiday fun? How about photos with Santa at the Helen Brach Primate House, free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and music at the Kovler Lion House! Jugo de Mango will play at 6 p.m. and Bailey Dee and her Late Night Bait will follow at 7:45 p.m.!
$40 advance ticket (November 10–December 1)
$50 day of event at the zoo
$15 for designated drivers
For adult participants ages 21 and older
Purchase Your Tickets Today. Please note: 5,000 tickets maximum will be sold for this event.
Beer List:

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Christmakwanzakah Tap Takeover
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773) 857-3155
Merry Christmakwanzakah you filthy animal. Come by and warm up at our Christmakwanzakah Tap Takeover starting at 6pm. We'll have the below winter beers on tap, which will also be available in a flight of 5-oz pours. ‘Tis the season.
DryHop Moustache & A Supernova
Begyle Brewing Christmas Ale; Inebriated Santa's Fruitcake
Three Floyds Alpha Claus
Two Brothers Peppermint Bark
Une Année Airing of Grievances

6:30 pm ♦ Lucky Monk Holiday Beer Dinner
The Lucky Monk, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
The hoppy chef and certified Cicerone, Todd Davies, and our own brew master Anthony Carollo, are teaming up again to bring you a meal worth remembering.
$55 per person, 6:30 check-in, first course begins at 7:00. Five courses paired with The Lucky Monk’s Cardinal Sin, GrAle, Barrel-Aged Confessional, Solitude stout and Jubilation Ale. $55 per person, plus tax and tip. Check our Facebook page for more information. For reservations, call 847-898-0600.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Saugatuck Beer Dinner
Middleton's on Main, 110 S. Main St., Wauconda, IL (847) 526-6433
Five course meal paired with 5 beers from Saugatuck Brewing
Entrance Fee: $55.00 each, or two for $100. Check the web link above for menu and details.

Thursday, December 4

5:00 pm ♦ Northwind Release at Two Brothers Tap House
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL 630-393-2337
Join the Two Brothers family in celebrating the release of Northwind Imperial Stout. We’ll have multiple varieties of Northwind available, as well as special beers, coffee and other goodies available for purchase!

Holiday Beer Roll-Out
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago 312-330-0712
It’s that time of year!!! Can anyone believe it? We’re rolling out the holiday ales. Stop in to enjoy some of your favorite local and Belgian holiday brews. Don’t forget to bring your appetite as Chef Julia will be working with her crew to present a delicious menu to compliment the beer.

Begyle Christmas Ale
Dark Horse 4 Elf
Delirium Noel
Gouden Carolus Noel
Great Lakes Christmas
Revolution Fistmas
Scaldis Noel
Southern Tier: 2XMAS
St. Bernardus Christmas
The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming
Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

11:00 am - 11:45 pm ♦ Da Floyds Tap Takeover and Bears Viewing Party
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Franklin Tap will feature five drafts and two bottles from one of our favorite breweries, Three Floyds! Selections on draft include Backmasking Oatmeal Stout, Dreadnaught Double IPA, Gumballhead, Majsgoop Barleywine, and the very rare Zombie Dust. Come by early! Limited quantities will be available and when it's gone it's gone!

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Revolution Deth's Tar
A play on Josh’s name, this Russian imperial stout is aged in four different types of bourbon barrels (Old Fitzgerald, Old Forester, Elijah Craig, and Evan Williams), then blended for the resulting thick and dark brew. If you had a chance to taste Alderaan, this is the aged version.

6:00 pm ♦ Deschutes "Dance for JOY" Holiday Party
Links Taproom, 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 360-7692
Get out of your seats and dance for joy (and hope no one is watching). We are tapping 4 INCREDIBLE Deschutes Brewery  beers: Black Butte XXVI, 2014 Abyss, Not The Stoic, and Class of '88! In addition, we will be raffling off a pair of Blackhawks Tickets, along with some very cool Deschutes swag (a backpack and grill set!) Raffle winners will be picked at 9pm.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ BYOB Comedy Show "Congrats on Your Success"
Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
If you enjoy hilarious entertainment from diverse, literate performers, check out Congrats on Your Success - a free, byob comedy show at Uncharted Books in Logan Square the 1st Thursday of every month.
Free admission, BYOB, plus Free Beer courtesy of 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)
CoYS producer Bill Bullock, Steven King, Rachel McCartney, Andrew Halter, and our headliner Ian Abramson!
Hosted by Congrats on Your Success producer Charlie Rohrer! Donations encouraged! Goes to performers! There will be games, antics, giveaways, beer, music, and, of course, FREE COMEDY!

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Chicago Brewery Map Launch Event
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Since Beermiscuous opened in June, patrons have been captivated by the beer café’s large mural that highlights 57 area breweries and pays homage to the well-known Chicago CTA map. Now, Chicago’s first craft beer café is putting a limited-edition poster and t-shirt of the Chicagoland Map of Breweries mural up for sale.
To kick off the poster and t-shirt sale, Beermiscuous is hosting a launch party on with free beer tastings from two breweries represented on the map: Atlas Brewing Co., located just down the block from Beermiscuous, and Horse Thief Hollow, a popular brewpub in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood.
Everyone who buys a poster or t-shirt at the event will receive a 10% discount on those items. The poster and t-shirt will also be available on the Beermiscuous website, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Free Spirit Media, an organization that provides education, access, and opportunity in media production to more than 500 underserved youth in Chicago annually.

7:00 pm ♦ Chicagoland Tap Takeover - Take 4!
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
It's that time again for our Chicagoland Tap Takeover! This time our focus will be on 10 LOCAL breweries! Each brewery will have a couple beers on tap! Who will they be? Stay tuned for more details!
We'll be rockin' out that night with Chicago's finest Blues & Rockabilly with the Tiny Miles and the Big Kids band!

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ BIG Draft Beer Night with Pipeworks
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
High Noon Saloon hosts Chicago’s Pipeworks Brewing Co. for a limited release beer night. Featured beers (six on draft, two in bottles), include Flavor Memory Response, Couple Two Tree, Blueberry Pie Scraper, Ninja vs. Unicorn, Santa vs. Unicorn, Pipeworks Quad, Brown & Stirred and Smoked Chipotle Porter. Beer-spiked food specials include Ninja vs. Unicorn slow-braised pork tacos; Chipotle Smoked Porter shrimp empanadas; and a Brown & Stirred crab cake. The event includes a meet and greet with Sam Pennington and Jeff Richmond from the West Town brewery. No cover; food and drink prices vary.

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