Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 10–13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 10–13
Overgrown cider press near Wickridge Hill, England. © Copyright Bob Tinley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Festival of (Wood and) Barrel-Aged Beer hits town this weekend, probably the biggest craft beer event in Chicago. Wish I had tickets, but I don't. Wish I could give away tickets, but I can't. But here are some pre-FoBAB events you can enjoy, with less parking hassle.

Monday, November 10

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Fatpour Local Tap Takeover
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Now through November 16, Fatpour Tapworks will be holding a Local Tap Takeover with over 40 draft lines devoted to beers from Chicago and the Chicagoland Area.
Beers from Revolution, Half Acre, Local Option, Ten-Ninety, Empirical, Two Brothers, Solemn Oath, Moody Tongue, Atlas, SlapShot, Goose Island, BuckleDown, Une Année, Metropolitan, Wild Onion, Off Color, Ale Syndicate, Flossmoor Station, Tighthead, BrickStone, 5 Rabbit, Destihl, Penrose, Urban Legend, Church Street, Temperance and Finch's.

Tuesday, November 11

Two Brothers Wobble
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
WOB-Naperville will be tapping Two Brothers Wobble, their newest IPA. Wobble will be on tap for $5, and we will will be giving away 72 glasses between 5-8 pm! Come join us in this debut and get wobbly!

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Masters of Mac Cook-off: The 'Burbs Edition
Old Town Pour House, 8 Oak Brook Center Oak, Brook, IL 630-601-1440
Corporate Executive Chef Paul Katz and Executive Chef Tim Benedict invite the neighborhood to say cheese with the “Masters of Mac” Cook-Off: The Burbs Edition. Katz and Benedict invite three top Chicago Western Suburban chefs to compete against Old Town Pour House in creating an original mac ‘n’ cheese recipe as part of a four-serving tasting flight. Each portion will be paired with the chef’s choice of craft beer, selected from the 90 available drafts available at the restaurant. After savoring comfort food and paired sips, guests vote for their favorite mac’ n’ cheese creation, followed by the winner announcement at 8 p.m.
The mac ‘n’ cheese flight ($16) includes four 4-ounce tasting portions from Seasons 52 Chef Kyle Goebel, Reel Club Chef Chris Evangelides, and Redstone American Grill Chef James Keane as well as one created by Katz and Benedict. Guests also have the option to order the accompanying beer flight ($13), with beer matches from Lagunitas, Goose Island, Green Flash and Anderson Valley. Each mac ‘n’ cheese flight is served with a voting card providing an overview of each dish and ingredients.
Check the event page for a full description of competing M&C's and beers.

5:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Sapping Mammoth at 4 Moon
Four Moon Tavern, 1847 W. Roscoe St., Chicago
Four Moon Tavern is hosting a Half Acre Beer Company/Maine Beer Company blow out - featuring a couple of offerings from each brewery as well as their collaboration IPA, Sapping Mammoth. Sapping Mammoth was brewed in Maine, and most of it stayed in that beautiful corner of the country, so take advantage of this chance to get down with it!

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!

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ "To Your Health" Book Signing
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 807-2361
Chat with Carol A. Westbrook, M.D., Ph.D., and buy signed copies of her book, "To Your Health! The Beer Doctor On Good Beer, Good Times, And The Finer Things In Life"

"...combines the fervor of a lifelong beer drinker with the rigor of a medical researcher to put the reader inside the process of making beer, drinking it, pairing it with food, cooking with it and, most important, sharing it with friends." Fred Tasker, Wine Columnist "...launches the reader into new dimensions through beer: health, medicine, opera, cuisine, and its place in our lives... To Your Health! The Beer Doctor on Good Beer, Good Times, and the Finer Things in Life is a celebration of the simplicity and comfort of good beer!" Jaime Jurado, Director of Brewing Operations, Abita Brewing Company

7:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Beer Dinner
Nick's Wilmette, 1168 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL
We will be hosting another beer dinner with Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, Oregon. It will be a six course dinner paired with some of Deschutes best beers. Each food course will feature bacon. Make sure you call and make your reservation now (847-251-3262), spots are limited.

8:00 pm ♦ Introducting Opera on Tap
The Heartland Cafe, 7000 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago
We are having our first Theme of the Month Performance this Tuesday! Come out, have some good food, and have a beer while listening to some of the best operatic performers this city has to offer!
There will also be a pre-show by The Three Tenors (well, we're having some tenors auditioning for us, but same thing, right?) for a menu and directions. (It's off of Morse in Rogers Park on the Red Line

Wednesday, November 12

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin Stout.

6:00 pm ♦ Pink Boots Society Chicago Tour of Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Join PBS for a tour of Rock Bottom Brewery Chicago led by head brewer, Hayley Shine!
The Pink Boots Society was created by Teri Fahrendorf to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers through education and networking.

6:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Upland Brew Co Tap Takeover
Bangers & Lace, 1670 W. Division, Chicago (773) 252-6499
In preparation for the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers, join Upland Brew Co. for a tap takeover.
Upland Tap List: Barrel Chested Barleywine, Barrel Aged Hillwalker Saison, Porter, Wheat, plus Sampling Sours

6:00 pm ♦ Dessert and Beer Pairing
Rock Bottom Lombard, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
What happens when some of Jim’s beer profiles are matched with sweet desserts? Come sample for yourself.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Craft Beer Dinner at 437 Rush
Phil Stefani's 437 Rush, 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 664-7482
Phil Stefani's 437 Rush will host a Lagunitas Craft Beer Dinner. For $55 per person, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and mini craft beers followed by a 6-course dinner expertly paired with a selection of Lagunitas in a souvenir pint glass. 437 Rush will also raffle off prizes throughout the evening. The complete menu, created by Executive Chef Christian Fantoni, is available here. Space is limited. Reservations required by calling (312) 222-0101.

6:30 pm ♦ Farm to Table Dinner
Farmhouse Tavern, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 312-280-4960
Forbidden Root and Farmhouse Chicago present a Farm to Table Dinner.
$65 gets you four courses paired with Forbidden Root beers. Contact the host at Farmhouse directly to reserve your spot today at 312.280.4960! (Price includes tax and tip.)

6:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ Thanksgiving Dinner with Stephanie Izard and Revolution Brewing
The Goddess and Grocer, 1649 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Chicago’s own Goddess & Grocer teams up with top chef Stephanie Izard and local favorite Revolution Brewing to host an unforgettable Thanksgiving dining event at the Goddess & Grocer’s newly relocated Bucktown location.
Chef Izard will be conducting a demo for 50 lucky guests using products from her retail line of sauces and spices, The Flavor by Stephanie Izard. Each course will be thoughtfully paired with a beer from Revolution. Seasonal favorites will be served including Gravedigger Billy, their willie wee heavy scotch ale aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for just over five months, Red Skull imperial red ale, their Oktoberfest seasonal, Fist City and Eugene Porter.
Tickets include food and beer pairings as well as a gift bag to take home. The Flavor products and each Revolution beer sampled will be available for purchase at the Goddess. $60 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets.

7:00 pm - 1:00 am ♦ Furthermore Keep the Pint Night
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Join us for another exciting "Keep the Pint Night" featuring Furthermore Beer out of Wisconsin!
Purchase one of the following Furthermore drafts, and keep your very own Pint Glass to take home with you!....

  • Fatty Boombalatty (7.2%, Belgian Strong ale)
  • Viking Funeral (Imperial IPA)
  • Fallen Apple (6.2%, Cream ale brewed with apple cider)

Come for the Pint; Stick around for our weekly PUB QUIZ with Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes @ 7:30pm! It's FREE to play; Compete for a chance to win up to $30 gift card to WOB and Free Beer throughout the game.

7:00 - 10:30 pm ♦ Hopleaf's "TriCoastal" Beer Dinner with The Bruery, Allagash & Penrose
Hopleaf, (upstairs bar) 5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 United States
The Bruery, AllagashPenrose beers in a six-course pairing dinner at Hopleaf. $100 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets. The menu is here.

7:30 pm ♦ Jonny’s Bottle Rockets: Autumn Bottle Share and Metropolitan Magnetron Tapping
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option will be hosting Jonny Coffman’s Bottle Rockets’ Autumn Bottle Share. Bring a few “share worthy” bottles and we will do what we do best; ensuring this will be the most devastating bottle share ever. LO will be busting out some bottles extremely suitable for this occasion.
As part of the evenings festivities we will also be tapping a keg of Metropolitan’s Magnetron.
The attendee with the cleanest, closest shave will receive a special prize. The winner will be chosen by the infamous “Barber Ed”.
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8:00 pm ♦ Begyle Beer Dinner At The Portage
The Portage 3938 N. Central Ave., Chicago
Every month The Portage hosts a special 4-Course dinner with pairings. This month, we are featuring local craft brewers, Begyle Brewing Co. who will be joining us to talk about the pairings and raffle off some sweet gifts! Seatings: 6pm and 8pm. $45 per person. Call or e-mail to make a reservation. Full menu and beer pairing information here.

Wednesday, November 12

7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers, Solemn Oath at Stone City
Stone City Saloon, 721 N Independence Blvd Rte 53, Romeoville, IL (815) 524-4704
Together, Two Brothers Brewing Company and Solemn Oath Brewing (and others) have been striving to make the western suburbs of Chicago a destination for great beer in this state. We’ll be teaming up for a party at Stone City Saloon in Romeoville. Every Wednesday these guys have $1 sliders but on this day they’ll also have a slough of options from each brewery.
Come hang, Tim and Paul will be along with Kidnapped By Vikings, Ravaged By Vikings, The Royal We, and Psychogaze.

Thursday, November 13

11:00 am ♦ Upland Sours Release Lottery
Online, through Upland Brewing Co., 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, IN
On November 13th-20th Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of four of its sour ales: Malefactor, Strawberry, Raspberry, and Cherry.
The lottery will open at noon EDT on Thursday November 13th and close at noon on November 20th. To enter visit
You must specify your preferred pick-up location (Bloomington Brewpub or Indianapolis Tasting Room in Broad Ripple) at the time of entry, and pickup locations cannot be changed after a reservation request has been made.
Lottery winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email on November 24th, and can purchase the sour ale(s) they selected at their preferred pickup location from December 3rd through December 17th. Sour brewery tours hosted by head brewer, Caleb Staton, will be offered Saturday December 13th at 3pm and 4pm. Tours will be limited to people who have a confirmed reservation. Email to reserve a spot.
Bottles may be picked up at the Bloomington Brew Pub 11am-midnight Monday through Thursday, 11am-1am Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday, or at the Indianapolis Tasting Room 4pm-10pm Monday through Thursday and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday. Please note the Indianapolis Tasting Room cannot sell carryout on Sunday, in accordance with Indiana state law. Each bottle will cost $25 plus applicable sales tax.

12:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ SmallBar D. St.: The Wrap Party
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
After ten great years on Division Street, this will be the curtain call for SmallBar Division. We intend to go out as we lived every day, slinging the very best beer we can get our hands on!
So join us for a pre-FOBAB tapping event featuring some stellar barrel-aged beers with brewers on hand to talk about em and a whole bunch of other great stuff to drink too.
The event starts at noon and will go all day until closing time. What doesn’t get drank, goes down the drain. SO HELP US KILL THESE LAST FEW KEGS!
All our staffers will be working. So you can see everyone you might want to. Drink all the beers. And just really help us send this place off in the best way possible.

Avery Rumpkin, Pumpkyn; Dupont Triomfbier Voorvit; Firestone Walker Bretta Weiss; Goose Island Baudoinia; New Belgium Le Terroir; plus TBA's from Half Acre, Three Floyds & Perennial

Firestone Walker Unfiltered DBA, Pivo Pils, Union Jack I.P.A., Wookie Jack; Half Acre Heyoka; Three Floyds Zombie Dust. MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout

5:00 pm ♦ Couldn't get a Ticket to FOBAB Barrel Aged Beer Event
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago 312-330-0712
We are very pleased and excited to announce the second annual “Couldn’t get a Ticket to FOBAB Barrel Aged Beer Event” as recently reported in the New York Times Travel Section. Each year Chicago hosts one of the great beer festivals in the world, the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FOBAB) where scores of breweries from around the country converge to showcase the finest of barrel aged liquids. Tickets go on sale well in advance and are gobbled up in minutes leaving many out in the cold, noses pressed to the glass, dreaming of vanilla, bourbon, oak and caramel notes, commonly featured in these barrel aged wonders. Our annual event is a humble attempt to satisfy those beer lovers who couldn’t get a ticket to FOBAB and, truthfully, those who could. Though the list is not yet complete this year we will feature 20+ beers aged in retired barrels of Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve, Templeton Rye, Kentucky Bourbon, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Old Forrester and new American Oak to name a few. The event will kick-off on Thursday, November 13th and will continue into the weekend and through the following weeks as supplies last. The beer list will include the following and more (full descriptions at the Village Tap website):
Allagash Curieaux, Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl Pumpkin Ale; Arcadia Deliverance, Breckenridge 72  imperial chocolate cream stout, Central Waters La Petite Mort, collaboration with Local Option, Deschutes Mirror Mirror barley wine, and Not the Stoic Quad, Firestone Walker Old Leghorn, Goose Island Bourbon County Backyard Rye, Bourbon County Barleywine, Bourbon County Stout; Revolution Bean Gene, Filibuster, Gravedigger Billy; Surly Barrel Aged Darkness, Temperance Root Down Porter, Tighthead Wee Heavy.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Upland Tap Takeover
Logan Hardware & Records, 2532 W Fullerton Ave., Chicago 773-235-5030
In preparation for the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers, join Upland Brewing Co. for a tap takeover at Logan Hardware.
Upland Tapping List: Barrel Chested Barleywine, Barrel Aged Hillwalker Saison, Barrel Aged Bad Elmer's Porter, Wheat, Sampling Sours

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Standard Market Grill's 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner
Standard Market Grill, 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago 773-857-3080
Standard Market Grill in Lincoln Park is gearing up for their second annual Harvest Cider Dinner which will feature delicious ciders paired with seasonal cuisine. Using Standard Market’s fresh, seasonal ingredients, chefs will prepare a family-style dinner including Kabocha Squash Bisque with Goat Cheese Crema and Salted Pistachios and Fire-Roasted Sweet Potato with Marshmallow and Maple Bourbon Butter. Eight seasonal cider selections will be served with the meal including Ace Pumpkin Cider, Vander Mill Nunica Pine and 2013 Vintage Virtue The Mitten on draft; and Ciders of Spain, Vander Mill Totally Roasted, Wandering Aengus Bloom, Aspall Perronelle’s Blush and Virtue Cider Nouveau by the bottle.
Representatives from Ace, Vander Mill, Wandering Aengus and Virtue Cider will be present to discuss the cider assortments and to answer any questions. Tickets are $35/person (available here) and include family-style meal and cider selections.

6:00 pm ♦ Baller Barrel-Aged Beer Bash
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us FoBAB-eve for The Baller Barrel-Aged Beer Bash Part 1.
Meet the brewers and enjoy draft rarities from Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ales, Off Color Brewing, Side Project Brewing

6:30 - 11:00 pm ♦ Revelry Release Party
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
Join us at the Roundhouse to celebrate the release of Revelry Imperial Red!
The Beer: This resiny imperial red ale is loaded with citrus and pine aromas that dominate the complex toasty malt character. Revel in the hops!
The Music: The River Valley Rangers take the stage at 7:30pm! RVR is a group of strapping young lads hailing from the Chicagoland region. They enjoy cornbread, long walks in the woods, craft brews, and and of course, bluegrass!
The Food: Chef Tommy is preparing a special pairing menu for the evening.
Stop by for an evening of drinking, eating and celebrating the autumn season and stay for the music and boisterous merry making that is the definition of Revelry!

7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Anderson Valley Tap Takeover and FoBAB Pre-Party
Tuman's Tap & Grill, 2159 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 773-782-1400
Tuman’s hosts Anderson Valley Brewing Company the night before FoBAB. We'll welcome Ian McCarten, Anderson Valley brand ambassador/Midwest sales manager and other special guests for beer education during the pre-party and tap takeover. Tuman’s dedicates 12 of 28 tap handles to Anderson Valley beers from 7 p.m.-2 a.m., there is no cover charge to attend, and beers range from $5-$9 each.
Featured Anderson Valley Brewing Company beers:
Boont Amber Ale; Boont Barl; The Kimmie, the Yink and the Holy Gose; Blood Orange Gose; Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout; Rosy Barl; Heelch O'Hops Double IPA; Bourbon Barrel Barney Flats Stout; Mowkeef Saison; Gatlin Damnosus Sour Barley Wine; Horse Tongue Wheat; Thribble Currant sour tripel;

7:00 pm ♦ Drink Like a Belgian!
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Join us and owner of Belgian Brewery St. Feuillen for an evening of featured beers! Specials include at St. Feuillen Grand Cru with a shot of Genever for $12. Also featuring their Brune, Speciale, Belgian Coast IPA (Green Flash collaboration), Saison, Tripel, Bière de L'Amité (Green Flash collab: blonde ale brewed with spices and American hops).

7:00 pm ♦ Une Année Brewing Company Beer Night
Division Ale House, 1942 W Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
The Division Ale House welcomes Une Année (which means “one year” in French), a seasonally-minded Chicago-based brewery that focuses on French-and Belgian-style craft beers. The event features an array of autumn-release draft beers, which range from $6-$8 each, including Oort Belgian Porter, Dubbel Abbey Ale and Hopsurd Double IPA, plus the year-round Maya Belgian IPA. This will be the first release of Airing of Grievances Russian Imperial Stout for 2014. Free to attend with food and drink on consumption. Chef Wally Rouse augments the regular menu with beer-spiked food specials (available 4 p.m.-midnight, normal kitchen hours).
The bar holds a raffle with grand prizes including a pair of Blackhawks tickets and an Une Année brewery tour. This is a rare opportunity to see the inner-workings of the West Town brewery, which currently does not have a tasting room and/or public tours. The winners must be present to win; the raffle is held at 10 p.m. and the bar is open until 2 a.m.

7:00 pm ♦ Werk Force Tap Takeover at Bavarian Lodge
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Celebrate with Werk Force Brewing as they launch into the market outside of their taproom for the first time. Meet and Greet starts at 7pm

7:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Solemn Oath Tasting at Blackberry market
Blackberry Market, 401 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-474-9149
So many cool things on the rise in Glen Ellyn. Blackberry Market has been adding it’s freshness to the village since they first opened their doors in 2012. We’re proud to be served there and if you haven’t yet been you are totally missing out.
Solemn Oath will be tasting samples of Man vs. Internet, Ravaged By Vikings, and Nourri au Fourrage as we hang at a spot that not only supports us but all things delicious. Pick up some coffee from our friends at Intelligentsia as well, everything in this place is hand-selected for its quality.


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