Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 8 - 11

I thought I would have it easy for a while, but nope: many, many "12 Beers of Christmas"

Monday, December 8

12 Beers of Xmas at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
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.
12 Crafts Beers of Christmas Menu
Revolution: Fistmas Ale $6 16oz, 6.1%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.: Christmas Ale $6 16oz, 7.5%
Southern Tier Brewing: 2XMAS $6 16oz, 8%
Two Brothers Brewing Co.: Peppermint Bark $6 16oz, 6.9%
Affligem: Noel $10 12oz, 9%
The Bruery: 7 Swans a Swimming $9 12oz, 11%
Goose Island: Festivity $6 16oz, 7.7%
Victory: Winter Cheers $6 16oz, 6.7%
Samuel Adams: Merry Maker $7 12oz, 9%
Sierra Nevada: Celebration Ale $6 16oz, 6.8%
Three Floyds Brewing Co.: Alpha Klaus $7 12oz, 6%
Lakefront: Holiday Spice $8 12oz, 9.4%

12 Burgers and Beers of Christmas at Poag Mahone's
Poag Mahone’s, 333 S Wells, Chicago (312) 566-9100
Each day, Poag Mahone's is tapping a rare craft beer and releasing a tasty new burger! We’ll be revealing the burgers and beers DAILY  by announcing them exclusively via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some of the beers are so hard to come by we only have 40 pours! All of our burgers are made with grass fed beef and the combinations our chefs have come up with are quite unique.

12 Beers of Christmas at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
Toast to the holiday season at Timothy O'Toole's Pub. The subterranean Streeterville tavern will launch a "12 Beers of Christmas" punch card program beginning on Monday, December 8. The first batch of seasonal suds to be tapped include: Founders Breakfast Stout; Avery Old Jubilation; Bell's Christmas Ale; Deschutes Jubelale; Great Divide Hibernation Ale; and Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
On Sunday, December 14, the second six brews will become available, including: Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter; Boulder Slope Style Winter IPA; Boulevard Nutcracker Ale; Delirium Noel; Revolution Fistmas Ale; and The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming.
All guests will receive a punch card; those who complete the card during the month of December will receive a beer lovers gift bag.

7:00 pm - 1:30 am ♦ Boilermaker Night: Part 2 The Return of the Boilermaker
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Please come out and celebrate two of our favorite things, Beer and Whisk(e)y and the Brewers/Distillers that make them! It is the return of the Boilermaker. A night of great beer paired with great whisk(e)y!
Distilleries: Few, Journeyman, Corsair, Benromach
Breweries: Begyle, Off Color, Solemn Oath, Moody Tongue, Lagunitas, Penrose

Tuesday, December 9

6:30 pm ♦ Off Color Beer Dinner
Big Star, 1531 North Damen Avenue, Chicago 773-680-7740
Each course will be paired with a different Off Color selection, plus a welcome beer on entry. The excitement doesn't stop there: brewers from Off Color will be on-hand to field questions, and walk guests through the brewing process. The four-course beer paired menu is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Contact to reserve a limited spot.
Starting at 8 pm, the tap takeover will continue and you'll still have a chance to get your hands on some Fierce, Apex Predator, Biere de Guard Dog, and DinoS'mores.

Wednesday, December 10

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Southern Tier Choklat Imperial Stout

4:00 pm - 1:00 am ♦ Smylie Brothers Beer Dinner
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company, 1615 Oak Ave., Evanston, IL 224-999-7320
Our First Beer Dinner! A seasonal 5 course menu paired with 5 beers. Hosted by Head Brewer Brad Pulver and Executive Chef Grant Carey. Tickets are $60 and dinner is served communal style on our mezzanine. Call 224-999-7320 to reserve your seat. View the menu here.

5:00 pm ♦ 3-year Anniversary Party / Local Tap Takeover
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Please join Wild Monk as we Celebrate our 3rd birthday. This year we pay tribute to some of the incredible Local Craft Breweries that have tempted out taste buds and put out some of the best beer around.
5PM Tapping of 15 different Breweries – 34 Different Beers
Offerings (subject to change) from: Revolution, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Solemn Oath, Lagunitas, BuckleDown, BrickStone, Pollyanna, Pig Minds, Upland, Urban Legend, Une Année, Off Color, DryHop, Two Brothers
Give-a-Ways / $5 Burgers / $5 Select Drafts

5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Food & Flight Night with Windy City Patty Wagon
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Back by popular demand for their 4th food truck visit to the cafe is the Windy City Patty Wagon! If you still have not made it to a Food & Flight Night with these guys, put this on your calendar next week. Arguably, one of the best burgers in Chicago.
They will be serving up 5 burger options, including: Gouda Burger, BBQ Burger, Classic American Burger, Veggie Burger and Turkey Burger. All options come with fries. On beer pairings, we recommend beers on the lighter side to help balance a big juicy burger, such as Off Color Biere de Guarde DogPenrose Harvest SaisonBegyle Blonde or Middle Brow A Thousand Miles Off (a spiced butternut squash ale…so call this your vegetable). Or just do a flight of all four.

5:30 pm ♦ Brewed in Chicago Craft Beer Bottle Swap
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago
Join Brewed in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart for our monthly bottle share. Admission is free, and everybody is asked to bring one bottle (or can) of Chicago-brewed craft beer.
Please RSVP at

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Holiday Cheers! Seasonal Tasting at Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL (847) 835-5440
Come to drink in the best of the season. Join us to celebrate the holidays, Chicago-style, as you participate in tastings of spirits, wine, and winter brews that are all local, while you enjoy the surrounding Wonderland Express exhibition with trains and more than 80 Chicago landmarks. Guests check in at Burnstein Hall and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase.
Guests check in at Burnstein Hall and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase. Come to drink in the best of the season. Buy Tickets at this link.
Advance: member/nonmember: $25/$30 — Day-of: member/nonmember: $28/$33
Ticket price includes tasting glass, wristband to participate in tastings, tasting guide and access to Wonderland Express
Must be 21 or older to attend event; valid ID card must be shown. Standard parking fees apply.

6:00 pm ♦ You're Firking Kidding Me AKA A Tale of Two Firkins
Owen and Engine, 2700 N Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
It was the best of firkins, it was the... well... also the best of firkins, it was a firkin of bluberries, it was a firkin of drunkeness... uh... I'm not nearly as good as Dickens. Anyway, come enjoy two specialty firkins and drafts from Penrose and Off Color. Literary excellence optional.

6:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Quadraceratops Release Party
Links Taproom, 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 360-7692
Join us as we tap Brooklyn Brewing's newest Brewmaster's Reserve Limited Release: Quadraceratops. In addition, we will watch the Chicago Bulls trounce the Brooklyn Nets AND give away a pair of choice club seats to Bulls/Nets game in Chicago on 12/30/14.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ National Lager Day Pairing Dinner
Flight 112 Wine Bar & Restaurant, 112 W Park Ave, Elmhurst, IL (630) 758-0808
Flight 112 is gearing up to celebrate National Lager Day with a lager pairing dinner. Brew fans and aficionados can expect a five-lager pairing dinner provided by Church Street Brewing, a local brewery out of Itasca, IL, including Bob's Your Dunkal, Continental Lager and the Anniversary Special Hell. Brewmaster and Owner Joe Gregor will be in the house to discuss each of the five lagers. Each course will be paired with a menu item from Flight 112's fresh and eclectic small plate menu including the citrus shrimp, maple soy salmon and chocolate torte.
Registrants will be automatically entered to win a choice growler of beer from Church Street Brewing and a $50 gift card to Flight 112 Wine Bar & Restaurant. $45 Tickets can be purchased online. Walk-ins also welcome.

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ DryHop/South Loop Brewing Collab Comeback Release
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
Our collaboration with South Loop Brewing Company – Milkstachio, our 6% Pistachio Milk Stout – is making a comeback tonight. Brewed with unrefined cacao nibs, lactose, and pistachio, the velvet mouthfeel gives way to a smooth creamy chocolate finish.
Milkstachio Beer Floats will make an appearance too. Yes, you read that right.
Lastly, we will tap two Aquanaut Brewing Company beers since South Loop Brewing will be producing beer there for the first year: Maiden Voyage (Rye IPA) - 6.1% ABV, The Search (Extra Special Bitter) - 5.4% ABV

6:30 - 10:30 pm ♦ Holiday Party at Revolution
Revolution Brewing & Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS
Mix and mingle with the ladies of #PinkBootsChi at our holiday get-together! Enjoy a tour of Revolution Brewing led by Katie and Kristin. Snacks and treats will be available courtesy of Rev.
Come dressed in your favorite holiday attire (The cornier, the better) for your chance to win prizes!
If you have any questions please email

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Beer Pairing Class at Hailstorm
Hailstorm Brewing Co., 8060 W 186th, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757
This class covers the fundamentals of pairing food with beverages with the obvious focus on food-friendly beers. Generally accepted tried-and-true pairings would be covered along with specific pairing recommendations for the house brews. Approximately 75 - 90 minutes in length; includes beer sampling (but no food). Tickets are $20 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets.

Thursday, December 11

Moody Tongue/Porkshop Summer BBQ throwback
Porkchop, 941 W. Randolph St., Chicago IL
We've heard the griping - winter is hard! So Moody Tongue and Porkchop Chicago are teaming up to give you a night of summer BBQ throwback! Join us for a 5 course meal - think cornbread, fried chicken, pulled pork - with Moody Tongue pairings. Banish the "where's the sun?"-blues for only $40 at Porkchop on Randolph.
But there's limited room... Shoot an email to to reserve your spot(s).

12 Jingles of Bell's: Urban Burger Bar
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago (312) 255-0055
Join Bell's and Urban Burger Bar as we celebrate 12 days of holidays with 12 different Bell's beers. A NEW Bell's beer will be featured each day at 4PM, from Thursday, December 11 - Monday, December 22 (there will be limited supplies). Try to complete the card and then, on Monday, December 22, enter the raffle for some Bell's and Burger Bar prizes. (Must be present to win.) There will be a variety of brands including Christmas Ale, Two Hearted, Third Coast Old Ale, Amber Ale, Oarsman Ale, Cherry Stout, Roundhouse IRA, Special Double Cream Stout, Java Stout, Lager of the Lakes, Expedition Stout and Mercury Ale.

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
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

4:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Pearl Tap Party in Shaw’s Oyster Bar!
Shaw's Crab House, 21 E Hubbard St., Chicago (312) 527-2722
Come party with us! We are tapping the first keg of Pearl: Shaw’s Commemorative Common in the Oyster Bar. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy our exclusive custom brew made by Goose Island just for Shaw’s and enjoy half-priced oysters during our Oyster Happy Hour.
Pearl is truly a limited edition Goose Island Beer Co. Priced at $7 a pint, come and get the first taste of this unique collaboration. No reservations – first come first serve but give us a call if you have questions. 312-527-2722.

4:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Franks & Firkin Night with Revolution Brewing
Tuman's Tap & Grill, 2159 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 773-782-1400
Tuman’s taps a rare firkin of cask-conditioned Revolution Brewing Ivan’s Extra Special Bitter. This limited release ESB is exclusively available at Tuman’s and Revolution’s brewpub and taproom. The nicely balanced brew, which is named for Jimmy Cliff’s character in the 1973 movie “The Harder They Come,” is a harmonious blend of big malt and big hop. The bar offers a $10 “frank and firkin combo,” which includes a Columbus Meat Market spicy Italian sausage sandwich with roasted sweet peppers and a 20 oz. imperial pint of Ivan’s ESB. The Italian sausage sandwich is $6 a la carte and the imperial pint of ESB is $7. The kitchen is open until 11 p.m.

5:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ December Goose Island Blackout
Pazzo's Bar & Grill 23 E Jackson Blvd., Chicago,
For all those who have to miss or end up missing the Black Friday BCS release, FEAR NOT! We have you covered. We’ll be serving up your BCS selections, including Proprietor’s.
Please Read!
Because of some great critical and constructive feedback from our last event, we’re making some changes in how we handle the really allocated stuff, as in Proprietor’s. Take a look below and proceed accordingly as we have extremely limited quantities of Coffee and Proprietor’s.
For allocated pre-orders, the limit is 1 per email! You can pre-order both Coffee and Proprietor’s. Pre-Orders will expire at 7:30pm and we will open it up to everyone.
If you attempt to order several on the same email, or use multiple emails, you’ll be blocked. We hate to be so strict moving forward, but we have to be as fair to everyone as possible.
If you’re just interested in attending the event, please select the “Early Bird” registration here so that we can have a head count.
2014 Bourbon County – 4oz and 10oz pours
2014 Bourbon County Barleywine – 4oz and 10oz pours
2014 Madame Rose – 3oz pours
2014 Lolita – 3oz pours
2014 Ten Hills – 16oz pour $5 (beer of the month special)

also featuring:
Shred the Gnar by Rick Wildt
Present your “pre-order” ticket at the front door during the event to pay (cash) for your allocated pour, after purchase we’ll give you a ticket to give to your bartender – TIP IS NOT INCLUDED, please tip accordingly.

6:00 pm ♦ Ugly Sweater Party at Penrose Brewery
Penrose Brewing, 509 Stevens St., Geneva, IL
Don your ugliest apparel and come drink beers with us in the taproom.
We’ll be giving away prizes to the ugliest sweaters while watching the Griswolds have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f*ckin’ Kaye.
The fun begins at 6pm and a free screening of Christmas Vacation starts around 7pm in the taproom. Dress to impress.

6:00 pm ♦ Hey, Pipe Down and TAP THIS, Pipeworks!
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Oh, yes! It's the last TAP THIS! event for 2014. One of the hottest microbreweries in the country, Pipeworks will be coming to the Fisch to lay some pipe and tap some beer!
Details on the beer coming soon!
As for your listening pleasure & Food Trucks for your oral pleasure!

7:00 pm ♦ Open Mic/Ro Night with CHAOS Brew Club
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Held bi-monthly, Open Mic/Ro Night is a fun, interactive event for homebrewers who want to showcase their creations and for beer geeks who enjoy being the first to try new beers.
Following an Open Mic format, five homebrewers will present their personal background, their beer and their brewing process to the audience, then evaluators will ask questions and learn how to provide feedback utilizing special evaluation forms.
Homebrewers interested in presenting their beer can sign up at this link. Any beer aficionados with a willingness to provide honest feedback are welcome to attend as evaluators.
Beermiscuous’ partner for Open Mic/Ro Night is CHAOS Brew Club.

7:00 pm ♦ Sapping Mammoth IPA feature at the Harding Tavern
The Harding Tavern, 2732 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (872) 802-0182
Join us for part two of the Maine Beer Co/Half Acre collaboration Sapping Mammoth specialty release at The Harding Tavern in Logan Square. There will be bountiful beers flowing from both breweries!! We are truly excited for those who missed out on the release at Four Moon to get a second chance to try our collaboration IPA.

7:00 pm ♦ Binny's Beer School
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
WGN Radio and Binny’s Beverage Depot want to take you back to school…beer school that is! Join Pete McMurray at Binny’s Beverage Depot Lincoln Park for a holiday craft beer lesson. Enjoy some delicious brews from Steigl and 5 Rabbit, along with delicious food pairings!
Reservations required with a $20 suggested donation to the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation. Call Binny’s Lincoln Park at 312-664-4394 to reserve your spot!

7:00 pm ♦ Blackout Tap Takeover
Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, 5739 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago (773) 561-7433
Stone Coffee Milk Stout, New Holland Dragons MilkFounders Breakfast Stout, Three Floyds Backmasking, Clown Shoes Barrel Aged Pecan Porter, Against the Grain 35K.

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Big & Limited Beer Night
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Join Pintley for a night of delectable beer, great food & good company with Lost Abbey and Port Brewing at Jerry's Andersonville.
Savor 4 versions of Port Brewing's Santa's Little Helper. This imperial stout will be available in the 2012-2014 versions as well as barrel aged. Ranging from 10-12% depending on years & variety, these beers will all have different tastes.
Enjoy the award winning Lost Abbey 11% Cuvee de Tomme, a brown ale aged in Bourbon Barrels with sour cherries and wild Brettanomyces for one year.
Drink Lost Abbey's Framboise de Amorosa, a Barrel Aged Raspberry Sour beer aged for a year in red wine barrels.
RSVP now through Eventbrite to save your spot!
This event is free to attend, pay as you eat and drink!

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