Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 5-7

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 5-7
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First, thanks for all the traffic that came my way earlier in the week. I know it was spillover from all the Bourbon County Stout Events, but it was nice to see.

I will probably have missed a few big events this weekend because of another cramped schedule. This includes putting together some beer place guides for Groupon, meaning I actually have to visit a few places I haven't hit yet. Best of all, I get paid.

Friday, December 5

Firestone Walker Spotlight
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us this for a Firestone Walker Brewery Spotlight!
Featured draughts will include Velvet Merkin, Pivo Pils, Double Jack & Pale 31.

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Meet the brewers. Taste our beer!
Beer Bazaar, 17 W. Belvidere Rd., Hainesville, IL (847) 986-6473
Join us for a Meet-n-Greet with ZümBier from Waukegan! Larry will be sampling out some of his beers so swing on by for a taste!

7:00 pm - 1:00 am ♦ 81st Anniversary - Repeal of Prohibition Party!
Moxee Kitchen & Madmouse Brewery, 724 W. Maxwell St., Chicago (312) 243-3660
An evening of live music and entertainment, brought to you by the Jazz Age Society of Chicago! What better way to celebrate the repeal of prohibition than drinking and dancing on the south side at Moxee Kitchen & Madmouse Brewery. There is music to be heard, alcohol to be had, entertainment to be seen, and floor to be danced on. What more can we want!?
At 9pm, the Lakeshore Syncopators will come straight from 1933 to provide authentic live jazz. In addition, Nicolle Wood and the Galaxie Girls will dance and perform for your entertainment.
No admittance fee, no passwords, and no prohibition agents to be seen! So brings your friends, put on your glad rags, come on down to Moxee and dance away those December blues!

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Crown Brewing's Repeal of Prohibition Party
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Come join Crown Brewing in celebrating 81 years of the Repeal of Prohibition.
Tickets are sold at Crown Brewing for $25. Those attending this event must be 21 years or Older.
The event includes: a live band, free hors d'oeuvres, variety show, a cash bar and more. Performances by: Rebecca Anne Band and Lounge Devils

Saturday, December 6

BuckleDown 1-Year Anniversary Party
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W 47th St, Lyons, IL (708) 777-1842
We’re 1. Help us celebrate the end of our rookie year December 5th and 6th.
Live Music. Local Food. Craft Beer.
We will also be releasing 3 new barrel-aged beers:
Irresponsible: Our Greenbush Brewing Collaboration Imperial Red Rye, Reprehensible, aged in Mississippi River Rye Barrels for 6 months
Nefarious Aftermath: Shady Aftermath Robust Porter aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels, Belle Meade Bourbon Barrels, and Mississippi River Rye Barrels for 9 months then blended.
Shadowbox: Stompbox American Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels for 9 months.
Shadowbox and Nefarious Aftermath will also be available in 22oz bottles starting on Dec. 5th (max. 2 per customer/day due to the very limited supply)
Barrel raffle: Our used oak barrels are being raffled off. 4 individual winners will receive 1 random oak barrel (no choosies). $5 per ticket, and they’re on sale now in the tap room. Drawing at 8pm Sat. Dec 6th. Winner must be present to receive prize.

Scofflaw Beer Brunch with Spiteful Brewing
Scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 773-252-9700
What's better than a beer brunch? A beer brunch with Spiteful Brewing + Letherbee Distillers!
This Saturday, raise a glass to the weekend with Absinthe Barrel Aged Klutzy Buffoon Saison with Cherries— perfectly aged in Letherbee Absinthe barrels.

Drinking & Writing - A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
The Drinking & Writing Theater’s holiday show A Beer Carol returns to The Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, November 29 to December 28 on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. with Sunday 4:00 p.m. shows on December 21 and 28 and an 8:00 p.m. show on Monday and Tuesday, December 22 and 23.
A Beer Carol is a live radio play that tells the story of the evil CEO Bud Miller of Milweiser, the large, heartless brewers of swill. Haunted by the ghosts of the four ingredients of beer–hops, barley, water and yeast–and faced with his past, present and his possible ill-fated future, Bud Miller must decide if he can change into a better human being and a better brewer.
A Beer Carol, written by Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda, stars the two writers and Carolyn Benjamin from the Drinking & Writing shows God vs. Hall & Oates, Barnstormers, American Variety 1 and 2, and The Earliest Known Photo of Men Drinking Beer.
Tickets are $20.00, available from Brown Paper Tickets.

11:00 am ♦ Northdown Presents: Krampus Baller Beer Bash
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us as we proudly present the 1st Annual Holiday Baller Beer Bash! We're rolling deep, Krampus-style, offering you some of this most sought after Holiday beers being made today.
Drafts & Firkins Confirmed....
- Nøgne Ø/Stone/Jolly Pumpkin Special Holiday Ale
- Weissenohe Monk's Christkindl (Gravity Firkin)
- Struise Tsjesses Reserva
- Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper (cognac BA), Red/White Christmas
- Mahr's Christmas Bok (Tap and Gravity Firkin)
- Le Trou du Diable La Grivoise de Noêl
- Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf
- De Ranke Père Noël
- De la Senne Xmas Zinnebir
More drafts will be added, so stay tuned.

11:30 am ♦ December Darkness
The Livery Microbrewery, 190 5th St., Benton Harbor, MI (269) 925-8760
We are very excited to be hosting our "December Darkness" party at The Livery again this year! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 6th 2014, because you won’t want to miss this!
Featuring 6 Bourbon Barrel Aged beers on tap, the list will include:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Trippel Weizenbock - 11.5%ABV - Our renowned Weizenbock, aged for 12 months in Jim Beam barrels.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Liverator - 11%ABV - Back after a 3 year hiatus, this is our Doppelbock, aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill barrels.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 600 - 12%ABV - Imperial Stout, aged for 9 months in Jim Beam barrels.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Sojourner - 11.8%ABV - Imperial Black Ale, aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill barrels.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Umami - 12%ABV - Wheat Wine, aged for 9 months in Jim Beam barrels.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Steel Wheels - 8%ABV - This barrel aged Oatmeal Stout is made from a blend of 75% Woodford Reserve barrels (15 months) and 25% Sorghum Syrup bourbon barrels.
*Sampler flights will be available for these beers in 5 ounce pours, $16/choice of 4 beers*
Additionally, we thought we would unleash our latest Wild/Sour Ale in the form of a very limited bottle release!
"Cherry Friek" is our version of a Kriek, made with 30 pounds of tart cherries per barrel and using a wild fermentation. To say that we are excited about sharing this beer with you would be an understatement! Only 50 of these 750ml bottles will be released, so plan on getting there early! $20/bottle, Limit 1 (We open at 11:30AM that day)
Just when you thought we were done.....we will have a limited amount of Bourbon Barrel Aged Trippel Weizenbock ($25/750ml bottle) and Barrel Aged Maillot Jaune ($18/750ml bottle) available to take home as well!
*The December Darkness party will be FREE admission from 11:30AM until 7:00PM. At that time, we will open our lower bar for those of you that want to continue to hit our taps (FREE admission downstairs still).....or "Wait" for doors to open for that night’s concert!
To crank the darkness level up to 11, we have a Tom Waits Tribute Show, performed by Jeremy MacKinder, starting at 8:00 PM
$8 in advance/$10 at the door
*Special Firkin tapping for this show as well!

12:00 pm ♦ Marz Pop-Up Taproom!
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
Marz Community Brewing invades the Northside! For one day only, we are devoting half of our tap lines to Bridgeport's favorite neighbors. For a special treat, we'll also be pouring a Citra-hopped "randalled" version Jungle Boogie.
We'll have: Lumpen Brown IPA, Coffee Vanilla The Bridgeporter, The Machine, Kazmonaut Cherry Amber, Smoke Wheat Everyday, Bubbly Creek Berliner with yuzu, Lazy Susan Imperial Pale Ale.
Plus, bottle sampling of Marz Community Brewing's Umami Stout (collaboration with Against the Grain)!
Swing by and taste why we love these Southsiders so much.

12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Delilah's 16th Annual Christmas Beer Festival
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
Our 16th Annual Christmas and Winter beer tasting is the most comprehensive tasting of Christmas and Winter beers held anywhere in North America. There will be 100+ beers available to sample from all over the
globe - many brands in multiple vintages. Some of the beers included in this fabulous tasting are Anchor Christmas Ale (16 vintages), King & Barnes Christmas Ale (3 vintages), Sam Smith’s Winter Welcome (8 vintages), Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (10 vintages) + Goose Island Christmas Ale, Three Floyds Alpha Claus Christmas Porter, Lakefront Holiday Spice Lager, Summit Winter Ale, Capital Winter Skal, St. Feullian Noel.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ♦ Temperance Smittytown Can Launch
Binny's Skokie, 5100 W. Dempster, Skokie, IL 847-674-4200
Evanston's Temperance Beer Co. is doing big things. Join Temperance Head Brewer Claudia Jendron at this exclusive meet and greet event. Taste the 2014 GABF Silver Medal-winning Gatecrasher IPA, plus Smittytown ESB, newly available in cans. Plus, just for this event, Claudia is teaming up with Binny's Skokie Beer Consultant Tom Bergman to brew an exclusive, one-off collaboration.

2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Holiday Tasting
Binny's, 124 McHenry Rd.–Town Center Shopping Center, Buffalo Grove, IL 847-459-2200
Join us for a special tasting devoted to all of the season's festivities. Featuring wine, spirits and beer that emulate the warmth, camaraderie and cheer of this special time of year. Get inspired and celebrate the season to the fullest.

2:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Brewrachos: It's not your typical craft beer event
Morenos Liquors 3724 W 26th St., Chicago (773) 277-7737
Barrel Aged Craft beer raffle & tastings. Join us for your chance to buy some of the most obscure craft beers around including Goose Island Bourbon County stouts/variants, Firestone Walker Sucaba, Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Sam Adams Utopias and more! Local food trucks will be present, parring food with a few of our beers.

4:00 pm ♦ Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 773.252.7636
Sure, we all know quite a bit about beer. But it never hurts to sit down with a noted expert and have fun being schooled, in beer that is. That’s why we have a local brewer stop by the Map Room most every month to walk us through some of the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, IL, is our regular guide. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they’re tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Don’t miss a great opportunity to enjoy fine beer, good company and expert tutelage.
Tickets are $25 per person at the Map Room, cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all 45 tickets have been sold.

6:00 pm ♦ Burn'em Brewing Tap Takeover
Craft House, 711 Plaza Drive, Chesterton, IN (219) 929-5570
Burn'em Brewing Tap Takeover

7:00 pm ♦ Pig Minds/Breakroom BA Stout Release
Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 243-3100
Pig Minds Brewing Co. and BreakRoom Brewery brewed a stout a little shy of a year ago! Then we tossed it into CH Distillery BBLS. This is the release. And where better than the awesome Kaiser Tiger! Join us and have some ales!

Sunday, December 7

7:00 pm ♦ X-Mas Beer School
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for an afternoon of Christmas beer and studies. Aimee Quinkert from Revolution Brewing will be guiding you through the magic of this years best seasonal brews. Tickets are $30 and we’ll be featuring 10 different beers. Tickets are limited to the first 35 people and are now on sale. Cash only please.
Some of the featured beers will be…
Nøgne Ø/Stone/Jolly Pumpkin Special Holiday Ale
Revolution Fistmas Ale
Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Anchor Christmas Ale 2014
Mikkeller Red/White Christmas
To Øl Jule Maelk Super Stout
Le Trou du Diable La Grivoise de Noêl
Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf
De Ranke Père Noël
3 Floyds Alpha Klaus
Adnams Brewery, Southwold Tally-Ho Barley Wine
beers subject to change (but unlikely)

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