I've had a couple personal notes, but this first: I am invited to take part in one of a series of holiday food demonstrations by Johanna M. Cook—known as "Momma Cuisine"—this Wednesday at the Jewel/Osco store on 20 Biesterfield, Elk Grove Village. This is one of four appearances she's doing at Jewel stores this week, preparing a Turducken, something I still haven't seen with my own eyes, not to mention gotten past that name. So as a guests, I shall apparently be Live-Tweeted about, which is a big deal because I tried Live-Tweeting, but it would have involved putting my beer down. Now the Facebook listing says she's there at 11 am to 1 pm, but I am scheduled to go "on the air" at 3 - 5 pm, so the first part must be a live demonstration. Further details as I figure this out. But meantime, I'm working out beer pairings for Turducken, and trying to think of a wine label beyond simply Zinfandel.
Virtue Cider Week At Old Town Social
Old Town Social, 455 W. North Ave., Chicago
Old Town Social will be hosting Virtue Cider in a week of tappings and pairings, starting Monday. The week will be capped off with a Virtue Cider Brunch with Greg Hall bringing in a firkin to share with Old Town Social.
Sam Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Tour
This week, Samuel Adams is bringing its small batch Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru to Chicago. Kosmic Mother Funk is the base beer of Samuel Adams Barrel Room collection, a unique Belgian ale, aged in Hungarian oak tuns for over a year and fermented with multiple micro-organisms found in the environment of Sam Adams' Boston brewery. One batch was made into a Grand Cru with a touch of Belgian candi sugar, added to balance the beer’s tart acidity after two years of aging.
KMF Grand Cru has been on a tour of beer-loving cities since its introduction at the Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego in August. This week it hits Chicago. Below are the establishments expected to be pouring the beer. More specific dates and times will be posted at samueladams.com/kmf.
Kasey's Tavern, 701 S. Dearborn St, Chicago
Rocking Horse, 2535 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Monk's Pub, 205 W Lake St, Chicago
Michael Diversey's, 670 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago
Flo & Santos, 1310 S Wabash Ave, Chicago 7:00 pm
Exact date TBD:
Clark Street Ale House, 742 N Clark St, Chicago
Fountainhead 1970 W Montrose Ave, Chicago
Gino's East River North, 500 N LaSalle St., Chicago
Hackney's 733 S Dearborn St, Chicago
High Dive, 1938 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E Superior St, Chicago
Map Room 1949 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago
Matchbox, 770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Standard Market Grill, 444 W Fullerton Pkwy, Chicago
Stocks & Blondes, 40 N Wells St, Chicago
Temple Bar Chicago, 3001 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago
Twisted Spoke 501 N Ogden Ave, Chicago
Whole Foods Market - South Loop, 1101 S Canal St #107, Chicago
Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park, 1550 N Kingsbury St, Chicago
Yard House 1880 Tower Rd, Glenview
Monday, November 3
5:00 pm ♦ Stouts, Small Plates, and 'Staches
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Bangers and Bell's are teaming up to bring you a collection of stouts that are sure to jump start that facial hair growth for No Shave November. Specialty small plates have been prepared especially to pair with specific stouts - you certainly won't want to miss out on the "Beard Wrecker." (Or at least seeing your hairy faced friends try to consume it elegantly). Kalamazoo Stout, Cherry Stout, Expedition Stout, Java Stout, Special Double Cream Stout and Harry Magill's Spiced Stout will all be available.
6:00 pm ♦ Firestone Walker Pop-up Taproom!
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
We will be hosting our final PopUp Taproom event featuring Firestone Walker. We’ll have 4 rare beers on offer to compliment the 4 mainstays we’ll feature all month including Unfiltered D.B.A.!
Firestone Walker Unfiltered D.B.A., Union Jack I.P.A., Wookey Jack Black I.P.A., Pivo Pils.
SPECIALTY DRAFTS FOR MON, NOV 3
Parabola, Sucaba, Bretta Weiss, Velvet Merkin
Tuesday, November 4
Election Day at World of Beer
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
It's election day, come and vote for your favorite double IPA! On Tuesday, we will have a variety of IPAs going head to head in a taste test battle!
Stone RuinTen, Ska Decadent, Sixpoint Resin, Solemn Oath Ravaged by Vikings
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!
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Meet the Maker of Not Your Father's Root Beer
Binny's Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Rd. Algonquin, IL 847-458-2470
Binny's is thrilled to reintroduce Small Town Brewery's insanely popular Not Your Father's Root Beer. To kick off the relaunch, we're hosting a meet and greet event with Small Town's very own brewer, Tim. Get a taste of this popular root beer for grown ups and get your six pack signed.
6:00 pm ♦ Mike Judge Election Night Movie Night
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Wanna watch the 2014 election results? Sorry...we're going to have a Mike Judge Movie Night instead.
Extract, Office Space, and Idiocracy.
Hosted at Northdown Cafe and Taproom domicile, featuring Big Ass Burgers -- Now With More Molecules, Cocktails With Electrolytes. Flair: Mandatory
Wednesday, November 5
4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Meet the Maker: Sierra Nevada's Steve Dresler
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Steve Dressler is one of the first three people who worked at Sierra Nevada way back in the day. He's an awesome guy, so come talk beer with him and tap his experience. We'll have an exclusive taplist with Sierra Nevada favorites and some very special surprises.
5:30 pm ♦ Hopvine 2nd Anniversary Pub Crawl
Start from Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL (630) 229-6030
Here's the line up for the best brewery crawl ever!
The crawl will start at Hopvine. $60 per person Call Hopvine to reserve your spot. There is only limited space available.
Hopvine 5:30 Private tour and 1 beer
Pollyanna 6:45 Private tour, 1 beer and 1 souvenir glass
Imperial Oak 7:45 Private tour and 5 beer flight
Urban Legend 8:30 Private tour and 1 beer
6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ DryHop/Transient Artisan Ales Collaboration Release Party
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
The first DryHop Brewers/Transient Artisan Ales collaboration debuts with the release of Hyssop Hooray, a Pear Saison.
This Pear and Hyssop (herb in the mint family) Saison was brewed with 50 gallons of pressed pear juice from Michigan.
Transient’s Owner and Brewer Chris Betts also brews at the One Trick Pony microbrewery and taproom in Lansing, so we’ll have the following beers available as well:
Transient Verdant (Harvest Saison) - 5.2% ABV, Henry (American Porter) - 8.2% ABV, Biere du Ruche (Honey Saison w/ Brett) - 6.9% ABV, Punch you in the Rye (Rye Saison) - 7.0% ABV
One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom
Storm Cat (American Amber) - 6.7% ABV
Our collab, and all five of the above beers will be available individually or in a flight of 5 oz pours.
6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Beer & Brats with Kirby Nelson
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 807-2361
Kirby Nelson, one of the country's most iconic brewers and longtime friend of Map Room, joins us for a classic Wisconsin evening of beer, grilled sausage, and banter.
We'll have his Wisconsin Brewing PsycHOPath Intense Pale Ale (8%, 80 IBU) as our Beer of the Month, while Ol' Reliable (Munich Helles Lager, 4.8%) and Porter Joe (coffee-infused Porter, 5.2%) will also be flowing.
Grab a freshly-grilled bratwurst (soaked in Porter Joe and served with potato salad and other fixings), sit back, relax, and hang out with a craft beer pioneer!
7:00 pm ♦ Dogfish Head Ancient Ale Beer Pairing Dinner
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave, Oak Forest, IL 708-535-4800
Join Zach from Dogfish Head Brewery as he walks you through a perfectly paired 5 course Meal paired with Dogfish Head Ancient Ale series.
Courses paired with Sah’tea. Kvasir, Birra Etrusca Bronze, Midas Touch, and Theobroma
Also enjoy free swag from Dogfish and raffles for dogfish prizes. Tickets are $40 plus tax and gratuity. You can buy your tickets online or at blarney stone. This event is limited to 50 people maximum. Reserve your seat through Eventbrite while there still is room.
Thursday, November 6
Founders Beer Tasting
Plum Market Old Town, 1233 N. Wells, Chicago 312-229-1400
Plum Market hosts monthly beer events at the WineBar located inside our Old Town Store.
Join us November 6th for an evening with Founders Brewing Company.
We’ll taste some of Founders’ finest ales, including barrel aged favorites and many from the coveted Backstage series.
At only $10, this event is not to be missed. Purchase your tickets online or at the door.
Call our Beer and Wine Team today at 312-229-1400 or visit
11:00 am - 12:00 am ♦ International Stout Day at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
International Stout Day is a worldwide celebration of the iconic beer style, stout. Franklin Tap will throw a "stoutastic" event in honor of this this roasty, malty brew, with eight different stouts on draft. Pair your stout with Chef Glenn Pistorio’s dining menu, featuring bar snacks, soup, salad, wraps, burgers, sandwiches and more.
Franklin Tap's Featured Stouts:
Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout $9 ABV 8%
Goose Island The Muddy Imperial Stout $7 ABV 9%
Revolution Very Mad Cow Barrel Aged Milk Stout $9 ABV 9.5%
Guinness $7 ABV 4.2%
Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout $6 ABV 6%
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout $8 ABV 6.9%
Founders Breakfast Stout $6 ABV 8.3%
New Holland Dragons Milk $10 ABV 10%
2:30 - 4:00 pm ♦ National Nacho Day Dining Deals
CiNe Modern Taqueria, 29 E. 1st Street Hinsdale, IL 630-590-5655
Raise a chip, toast the almighty tortilla and celebrate National Nacho Day November 6!
CiNe Modern Taqueria, downtown Hinsdale, will offer buy-one, get-one half-priced bar menu appetizers from 2:30 to 4 p.m. This includes their famous "Nachos Locos" ($7) with house made tortilla chips, black beans, guacamole, jalapeno chihuahua cheese and sour cream (add chicken or pastor, $3; steak, $5). CiNe will also offer $3 draft brews, including Victoria, Leinenkugel Oktoberfest, Laguintas IPA, 5 Rabbit 5 Vulture and Tighthead Brewery's Chilly Water.
4:00 pm ♦ Three Floyds Tap Invasion
Tuman's Tap & Grill, 2159 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 773-782-1400
The Ukrainian Village tap devotes 11 of their 28 tap handles to Munster, Indiana’s Three Floyds Brewing Company. Tuman’s features an array of seasonal, year-round and limited releases for this invasion. The beers, which are $6 each, will be tapped at 4 p.m., and will be on offer throughout the night (while supplies last), giving attendees a unique opportunity to enjoy a broad range of the Three Floyds portfolio in draft format. In addition to the expanded beer options, chef Monica Riley augments the regular menu with specials such as boar tacos ($3 each)
Man-O-Awe, American Pale Ale, Limited Release, 6.0% ABV; Backmasking, Oatmeal Stout, 5.90% ABV; Pride & Joy, American Pale Ale, 5.0%, ABV; Jinx Proof, Lager, 5.1% ABV; Dreadnaught IPA, 9.5% ABV; Munsterfest, Bavarian-style Oktoberfest Beer, 6.0% ABV; Moloko, Milk Stout, 8.0% ABV; Robert the Bruce, Scottish Ale, 6.5% ABV; Gumballhead, American Pale Wheat Ale, 5.60% ABV; Alpha King, American Pale Ale, 6.66% ABV; Zombie Dust, American Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV;
6:00 pm ♦ Green Flash Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us for a special Green Flash Spotlight! We will be tapping two of Green Flash's new beers: Jibe Session IPA and Soul Style Single IPA.
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Free Beer Tasting & Fun Prizes!
Pizza Rustica, 3908 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 404-8955
Pizza Rustica is excited to team up with Oskar Blues Brewery for a fun FREE beer tasting! Oskar Blues reps from Chicago will be around to pass out samples, mix ‘n mingle with guests and answer any questions about the Colorado brewery & its famous canned brews. Chef Stefano Roman will create a special blackboard menu to pair with the delicious beers.
In addition to the free tastings, guests can purchase Oskar Blues brews and receive a ticket to be entered into a drawing to win cool Oskar Blues swag & prizes giving throughout the tasting. Beers range from $6-$7.
The featured brews:
On Tap: G'Knight Imperial Red Ale. In Cans: Mama's Little Yella Pils, Old Chub Nitro & Dale's Pale Ale
6:30 pm ♦ Lake Effect Anniversary Party
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Lake Effect Brewing's two-year anniversary party will be held at Fischman Liquors & Tavern.
So far lined up for their FOBAB preview of Sours aged in wine barrels
- Cerise de Michigan
- Vieille Blonde
- Vieille Blonde Avec Frambois
- and the Repli-barrel- Kentucky Common aged in Wild Turkey Barrel
Champagne of the Lakes- Berlinerweisse- at least 2 fruit/ hop variations
Superbier- Kolsch Style brewed in collaboration with Superdawg
Houblonee – A 100% Brett IPA with Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin
Lake Effect Snow – the return of their Belgian White
and potentially an awesome stout or two
7:00 pm ♦ Hops Tasting with Two Brothers Brewery
The Harding Tavern, 2732 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (872) 802-0182
The Harding Tavern and Two Brothers Brewing Co.pany present a “Hops Tasting Event”. Sample three different hop varieties of Heavy Handed and also tapping Heavier Handed!
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)
Bill Bullock (CoYS producer)
Mike Timlin (Flock Yourself open mic at Bird's Nest)
Stephanie Hasz (Shinebox Comedy)
Jason Earl Folks (Shinebox Comedy)
Liza Treyger (Comedy Central)
Hosted by Congrats on Your Success Producer Rebecca O'Neal!
There will be games, antics, giveaways, beer, music, and, of course, FREE COMEDY!
(Donations encouraged! Goes to performers!)
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Tap Takeover
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
High Noon Saloon welcomes Deschutes Brewery brand ambassadors James Wirtz and Carrie Kortokrax and offers hard-to-find brews, including the limited release Black Butte XXVI, an Imperial Porter brewed to celebrate the brewery’s 26th anniversary. Other limited release, seasonal and year-round brews include Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Jubelale Strong Ale, Zarabanda Spiced Saison and Black Butte Porter. There is no cover charge and food and drink are pay-as-you-go (beers range from $6-$8; beer-spiked food specials and a la carte menu prices vary).
The bar hosts a raffle at 10 p.m.; top prizes include a pair of Blackhawks tickets, a Deschutes grill set and Deschutes backpack (must be present to win). Reservations recommended via 773-227-9339.