Update: The car problem is fixed (see below), so on with the show! After seeing the Sun-Times' astonishing production problems, I cannot let this page stay empty any longer!
Friday-Saturday, November 14-15
Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer (Sold Out)
UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago
While tickets for this event sold out in August (and I did warn you), there is always a way, if you know someone. Apparently a few batches will still show up in the Ticketmaster system.
The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild presents the 12th Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer. FoBAB celebrates the brilliance of barrel-aging beer on wood, and is orchestrated by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. This is the country’s largest celebration of wood and barrel aged beer, highlighting styles of beer that have been aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. Enjoy a sampling from our selection of beers, which may or may not be available commercially from breweries across the country.
Over 90 breweries and 300 individual beers will be pouring at tables spread within an expanded 23,000 square foot space. Catering services and food trucks will be available for purchase as well.
For the first time in our 12 year history, we will host multiple sessions over a two day period:
Friday, November 14th: 6:00 - 10:00pm (ImBIBE members receive early entry at 5:00pm)
Saturday, November 15th: 1:00 – 5:00pm, 6:00 – 10:00pm.
Friday, November 14
FoBAB Weekend Barrel-Aged Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
For those of you not attending FoBAB this year, have no fear! We will be offering the following Goose Island barrel aged goodies here at the pub today and tomorrow --
3rd Base: Oak Aged Belgian Tripel, Aged in neutral oak barrels with Brettanomyces (11.2%).
Cran Bruin: Flemish Style Sour Brown Ale with Cranberries. Aged in neutral oak barrels with Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces (5.2 %).
Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013
Bottles of BCBS Backyard Rye 2013 (Dine-in only)
12:00 pm ♦ The Baller Barrel-Aged Beer Bash Part 2 (aka Tacos with Ron)
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
The Baller Barrel-Aged Beer Bash continues into Friday. The insanity of BA will be tapped at noon. Day two will feature barrel-aged beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Co., 3 Floyds, The Sour Note Brewing (18th Street), Revolution Brewing, New Belgium, Central Waters, The Bruery, Mikkeller, To Øl / Omnipollo. Check the Northdown web site for updated beer lists.
3:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Abraxas Day
Beer Temple, 3185 N. Elston Ave., Chicago
Perennial Artisan Ales has decided to host their annual Abraxas release at The Beer Temple! Abraxas, an Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks, is one of America’s most delicious stouts and a highlight of Perennial’s many offerings. Join us for your chance to get this epic beer. Afterwards, head down the street to Smallbar Logan Square to try several versions on Abraxas on draft!
- Bottle sales begin at 3:00PM
- First 100 people will get a chance to win other Perennial beers, store discounts, glassware, clothing and more!
- A small bottle share will take place the hour before from 2:00 – 3:00 at the back entrance of the shop.
Friday, November 14
4:00 pm ♦ Chicago's 2014 Perennial Abraxas Release!
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
We are proud to host Chicago's draft release party for 2014 Perennial Abraxas!
If you've been pining for this spectacular Imperial Stout with ancho chiles, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon, the wait is over.
Beginning at 4pm, we will be pouring:
2013 Abraxas, 2014 Abraxas, 2014 Vanilla Bean Abraxas
Time it right, and you might even get to meet Perennial Artisan Ales' brewmaster. Bar opens at noon.
5:00 pm ♦ November Cellar Reserve Series
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Every Friday in November, we are opening the vault and tapping some very rare, exclusive beers from our cellar.
Nov. 14: Revolution Very Mad Cow, 2012 (their very first release), plus Deth's Tar
Nov. 21: North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV, and The Bruery Sucre
Nov. 28: Deschutes the Abyss 2013 Reserve, Against the Grain 70K
7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Barrel-aged Beer Tap Takeover
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Who doesn't love a good barrel-aged beer?? Join us for an ALL BARREL-AGED Spotlight!
The full draft lineup will include....
- Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Barrel-aged Big Bison (Red Wine Barrel Aged Dubbel, 6.9%)
- The Bruery Oude Tart (Oak Barrel Aged Flemish Red, 7.5%)
- Temperance Root Down Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter, 8%)
- Revolution Gravedigger Billy (Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, 10.4%)
- Revolution Bean Gene (Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter, 8.5%)
- Hoppin' Frog Naked Evil (Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine, 11.3%)
- Carson's Brewery Jackie-O-Lantern (Rum Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale, 8%)
- Arcadia Deliverance (Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown, 13%)
7:00 pm ♦ AtG and Marz Tappings at Firkin
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Meet the crew from one of our all time favorite breweries Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse out of Louisville, KY and the crew from Marz Brewing in Chicago as they both will be stopping by for a couple of beers to say hello! We will be tapping some pretty tasty liquid for the event!
7:00 pm ♦ Coach Ditka, Craft Beer and Cigars
Ditka's Restaurant, 2000 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights , IL (847) 496-3800
Mike Ditka hosts exclusive cigar and craft beer tasting at his Arlington Heights location, featuring his private label cigars, four craft breweries, including Deschutes Brewery, and perfectly paired roasted meats. The menu sounds amazing and we are so excited to be included in this event! Space is limited and reservations are required, so head to the web-site and snag your spot on Open Table now!
8:00 pm ♦ Upland Brew Co Tap Takeover
Old Town Social, 455 W. North Ave., Chicago
We're celebrating FOBAB all week in Chicago! Join Upland Brew Co at Old Town Social for an Upland Tap Takeover!
Tap List: Barrel Chested Barleywine, Barrel Aged Hillwalker Saison, Barrel Aged Bad Elmer's Porter, Barrel Aged Dragonfly IPA, Wheat, Dragonfly IPA, Coastbuster Imperial IPA, Easy Chair Amber Ale, Teddy Bear Kisses Russian Imperial Stout, Nut Hugger Brown Ale, Helios Pale Ale, Champagne Velvet, Sampling Sours
Saturday, November 15
2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
3:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Mildly Offensive Tapping Party
Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 1901 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-8791
The RAM in Schaumburg is tapping Mildly Offensive, an English Mild Ale by Nathan Compton which won the Brewers of South Suburbia's Chicago Cup homebrewing competition.
6:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Heavy Handed Release
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Tap House Grill hosts Two Brothers annual release of its Heavy Handed India Pale Ale. This year's release will include three different single-hop versions: Chinook, Centennial and Citra. Also on tap will be the new regular Wobble IPA, tapped through a Randall of Two Brothers Coffee Beans.
6:00 pm ♦ Upland Brew Co Tap Takeover
Moxee Kitchen & Madmouse Brewery, 724 W. Maxwell St., Chicago (312) 243-3660
In celebration of the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers join Upland Brew Co at Moxee Restaurant/Mad Mouse Brewery for a Tap Takeover!
Upland Tap List: Wheat, Barrel Aged Bad Elmer's Porter, Coastbuster Imperial IPA, Sampling Sours
8:00 pm ♦ The Barrel Aged Malort and Cheap Beer Festival
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Rolling off of last year’s success, we’re doing another Malort and Cheap Beer Night at Paddy Long’s! In addition to 12 hand-picked and well loved regional cheap beers, we’re unveiling another barrel-aged batch of Jeppson’s Malort. Named “Barrel #81″ in honor of Blackhawks legend and Malort icon Marian Hossa, this barrel-aged Malort has been aging in a five liter, virgin medium-char, white oak barrel for over a year. Smokey, sweet, yet intensely bitter, this stuff will not last, so folks should arrive on time if they want to have some. Team Malort, including CEO Pat Gabelick will be on hand for meet and greet.
12 Cheap Beers from around the country $3 each
Barrel-Aged Malort shots $6 each
Standard Jeppson’s Malort $4 each
8:00 pm ♦ Upland Brew Co Tap Takeover
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
In celebration of the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers join Upland Brew Co. for a Tap Takeover at Maria's!
Upland Tapping List: Barrel Chested Barleywine, Barrel Aged Dragonfly IPA, Sampling Sours
Sunday, November 16
11:00 am ♦ Map Room Birthday Party
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 807-2361
22 years. Wow. Come drink beer Sunday. KBS will be on tap at 11am It will be gone shortly there after. We will be tapping a new (and fantastic) beer every half hour there after, all day, all night. Happy B-day Map Room!
Friends, it's 12:30 am Friday as I write this, and I'm all done in. The car my wife drives died on her this morning, so I got home and went late in the evening trying to get a proper jump on the battery. In the snow. Stupid Snow. On top of running the kids back and forth to the library, my 6 year old girl to read to shelter doggies, my 14 year old boy for a Mario Kart tournament. Which I do, because I'm Dad.
So this has left me a bit bedraggled to finish the weekend calendar list on time. I am also coming down with either a cold or the effect of drinking a Cigar City Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale which I got in 2009 and which went sour on me. What's life, though, without risk? As the wise old song goes,
"You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have The Facts of Life."
But I do have the "raw" calendar loaded with this weekend's dates, which probably be important to you, the reader. I figure if you're reading this, it's because you couldn't get tickets to the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers, and are looking for an alternative. Don't worry, we got 'em here! Your 20-hour drive to Chicago in the snow has not been in vain. You can also the linked site to which which establishment have nailed down Bourbon County Stout tappings around Black Friday.
Me? I am attempting to help win back the honor of the ChicagoNow team in the Asian American Journalism Association's Trivia Bowl, which we had won in 2011 and 2012 before getting upset last year by Crain's Chicago Business. Upset? That's putting it mildly. If not for the fine buffet spread of Asian food, beer and wine, I'd have been perturbed!