Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 19-22

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 19-22
WBEZ's Beer Podcast is at Lagunitas this week.

Headquarters Beercade held its first #BrewAndA Wednesday afternoon, with Cleetus Friedman, Chicago chef and collaboration brewer. This Wednesday, January 21, I will be the second guest at this little event. The chat starts at 1:00 pm CST. If anyone can break the internet, it'd probably be me.

KBS Early Notice: Founders Brewing Co. Co. has announced the details of the 2015 release of their Kentucky Breakfast Stout. First, KBS will be on tap at locations around Grand Rapids during March 9-13. The bottle release will be held March 10-14 at Founders Tap House, 235 Grandville Ave. SW,
Grand Rapids. You will be able to pick up to two 4-packs by reserving a pickup time starting at 10 am Central Time on February 14. Details at the web page. The taproom will also KBS on tap March 14. Finally, KBS will go on sale at retail accounts, including Chicago, on March 30.

Monday, January 19

12:00 pm ♦ Solemn Oath Telegraph Release
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave #179, Naperville IL
We’ll be releasing The Telegraph, our Strong Scotch Ale, in bombers for the very first time. Expect rich, chewy malt complexity with layers of caramel, dried fruit and nuts balanced by a subtle earthy hop presence. This one is full-bodied and has a prominent alcohol warmth. Good for those cold, winter nights.

4:00 pm ♦ 1,000th Grand Beer Tapping
Gammon Coach House, 3 S Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL (630) 482-3663
Come down and support Gammon Coach House as they tap their 1,000th Beer on Tap! Starting at 4 p.m., we will be tapping a firkin of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout as their 1000th Grand Beer! Available while supplies last. Also on tap: Amber Ale, and throughout the week, Expedition Stout and Double Cream Stout Nitro will make an appearance.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ CHIRP Radio 5th Anniversary at Lula Cafe
Lula Cafe, 2537 N. Kedzie, Chicago 773-489-9554
CHIRP Radio and Lula Café, two Chicago institutions known for their support of local music and artists, are pairing up this January to celebrate the independent-minded radio station's fifth anniversary online, and the FCC's recent decision to award the outlet a broadcast license for 107.1FM.
The Chicago Music Dinner will feature a delicious three-course meal prepared by Lula chef Jason Hammel, paired with beers from Half Acre Beer Co. Co. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm, with dinner following at 7.
Throughout the evening, CHIRP DJs will spin a mix of Chicago music, past and present, and diners won't leave empty-handed: each place setting will include a limited edition local music mix CD curated by CHIRP. A silent auction will give attendees the chance to enjoy and bid on framed concert posters created by some of the city's top poster artists.
Tickets for the Chicago Music Dinner are available through Brown Paper Tickets at $65, including tax, gratuity, and beer pairings.

Tuesday, January 20

2:00 pm ♦ Rare Beer Tasting at Laschet's Inn
Laschet's Inn, 2119 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago 773-478-7915
Join us at Laschet's Inn for another event in the Specialty Beer Tapping Series with Kloster Andechs Dunkel Weisse. Fun starts at 2:00pm and runs to close

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Metropolitan 666 Party
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
The first of six parties celebrating Metropolitan Brewing's six years, we'll really break in Binny's beautiful new tasting room with evil brews and dirty grooves.
Beer list: Generator Doppelbock, Magnetron Schwarzbier, Prinz of Darkness Black Pilsner, BaphoMetro Winter Bock, Logganbier Doppelbock brewed with oats. Aged in a Koval Oat Whiskey barrel.

5:00 pm ♦ Vandermill Cider Sampling Class
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Join Bob Egan from Vandermill for a cider class! FREE

6:00 pm ♦ Bell's Brewery School
Old Town Pour House, 8 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL 630-601-1440
Join us as we take you through four Bell's Brewery and food pairings while getting a little beer knowledge along the way. Space is limited. Please call Old Town Pour House, Oak Brook to make your reservation today.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Strange Brews Live
Lagunitas Chicago Tap Room, 2607 West 17th St., Chicago
Join us on the main floor of the Lagunitas Brewing Co. for Strange Brews Live!, the first in a series of live WBEZ podcast tapings.

This live event will feature beer experts Paul Durica (Historian, owner of Pocket Guide to Hell), Randy Mosher (Author Tasting Beer, partner at 5 Rabbit Cervezeria and Forbidden Root) and John Barley (President of the Illinois Craft Brewers’ Guild and Solemn Oath Brewery) giving you their takes on the past, present and future of the beer scene in Chicago. Your ticket includes a complimentary beer tasting and the chance to meet and mingle with the hosts of the show.

Wednesday, January 21

11:00 am - 10:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Takeover & Bourbon County Stout Release
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Think you missed your chance to get Goose Island Bourbon County Stout? Think again! We'll have bottles of Bourbon County Stout, Coffee Stout, Barleywine, Proprietor's, and Vanilla Rye all available starting at 4pm. 2013 Bourbon County Stout, Lilith, Shred the Gnar, and Ten Hills Pale Ale on tap all day as well!

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
New Belgium Salted Chocolate Imperial Stout: This collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales pairs two favorites: chocolate and beer. Dessert is best poured. And the brewers at Perennial agree. So for our next Lips of Faith release we dreamt up a beer that would bring together chocolate sweetness, Belgian yeast, deeply roasted malts and just the right shake of salt to pour a creamy stout worthy of a cherry on top.

4:00 pm ♦ Finch's Firkin & Tap Feature
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Finch's beers on tap include:
Pale Ale ● American Pale Ale ● 5% ABV
Sobek & Set ● American Black IPA ● 8% ABV
Hardcore Chimera ● Imperial IPA ● 9% ABV
Nuclear Winter ● Belgian Inspired Dark Ale ● 8% ABV
Plus a firkin of Secret Stache Stout ● American Stout ● 5.3% ABV

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Battle of the Brewers
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Join Brandon Bradbury, Head Brewer of Hailstorm Brewery, and RBOP Brewmaster Iain Wilson as they go head to head with 3 rounds of beers for you to vote on to decide the best Brewer. This free to participate in tasting event will finish up with the Barrel Aged version of Brandon's It's Always Sunny IIPA which he brewed at Rock Bottom with Iain in 2013. Both brewers will be here to answer questions on the beers and brewing.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Metropolitan 666 Anniversary Party
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
The second of 6 parties for the 6th anniversary of Metropolitan Brewing.
Generator Doppelbock, Magnetron Schwarzbier, BaphoMetro Winter Bock, Logganbier, Shezmu Red Lager, Generator Doppelbock refermented with cherry purée

7:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County and Vintage Ale Dinner
Side Door, 100 E. Ontario St., Chicago 312-787-6768
This dinner is quite the rare find as the Goose Island brews offered sell out on retail shelves in a matter of minutes. SideDoor’s Beverage Director Jeff Van Der Tuuk was able to snag a larger supply than most in Chicago, and is offering guests pours of each limited-time brew paired with a menu created by Chef Brian Kwak. This is a great opportunity for beer enthusiasts to revel in craft beer rareness! Call for information and reservations.
Beers to be paired include 2014 Lilith Pomegranate Berlinerweiss, 2014 Madame Rose Belgian Style Brown Ale, and a dessert flight of 2014 Bourbon County Coffee, Bourbon County Proprietors, and Bourbon County Barleywine.
Tickets are $100 plus tax and gratuity. Please phone for reservations or email Space is very limited.

Thursday, January 22

TAP THIS! Get Your Genes On!
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Not a Pants Party, exactly. A Genes Party for certain! We're gonna get into Revolution Brewing's Genes and TAP THIS! On Tap: Eugene Porter, Coffee Eugene, Mean Gene, Bean Gene, Blue Gene
Live music & food trucks to be announced!

Lagunitas Event at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Fatpour is tapping Lagunitas Brown Shugga', with kegs from 2013 and 2014. To top if off they'll also have Lagunitas IPA, Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Hairy Eyeball, and a very special Red Rye Porter.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Avery The Czar Imperial Stout. Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. We highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as the Czar will continue to mature and become denser and more complex with age.

5:00 pm ♦ Vice District Burger & Brew Night
Brasserie by LM 800 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago 312-431-1788
Brasserie by LM, in conjunction with the Greater South Loop Association, offers a special Beer Dinner featuring Vice District Brewing Co. The traditional French brasserie will offer diners the choice of four burgers that perfectly pair with a flight of four Vice District beers. The burger and beer flight special will be available beginning at 5pm for $20, not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
BURGER MENU, Choice of:
• Blue cheese, bacon, house pickles, cheddar, served on a baguette
• Burger topped with BBQ chicken, fried onions, collard green, served on a pretzel bun
• Fried fish, capers, mashed peas, curry sauce, served on a baguette
• Lamb burger, onion jam, spicy tomato sauce, basil, served on a pretzel bun

BEER FLIGHT, Includes 4 ounces of:
Pleasure Trip: Refreshing taste, light body and crisp finish; Blonde Ale 23 IBUs 5.6% ABV
South Town Small: Roasted malt and caramel flavors, finishes with a dry maltiness; Porter 24 IBUs 5.5% ABV
Everleigh: Classic English style ale; English Style Special Bitter 39 IBUs 6% ABV
Habitual: Black IPA; Dark Cascadian Ale 75 IBUs 5.8% ABV

In addition representatives from Vice District will be available at Brasserie to answer questions and engage with patrons.

5:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Midwest Food & Craft Beer at Pazzo's
Pazzo's Bar & Grill 23 E Jackson Blvd - Downstairs, Chicago,
ManBQue is teaming up with Pazzo's to bring you the best Happy Hour event in Chicago.
Come by and taste some AWESOME beers from some great midwest breweries while snacking on some delicious Man B Que recipes that will be in our upcoming book. Everything is pay-as-you-go. Reservations are suggested through Eventbrite (free).
The Food: Warm pretzels served with Beer Cheese, Hot Sweet Beer Mustard & Bacon Jam, German Sausage with Curry
The beer: Boulevard Wheat Wine, Perennial Heart of Gold Barely Wine; Woodside Tripel & Vermillion Barely Wine; Arcadia Barrel-Aged Loch Down Scotch Ale; 5 Rabbit Ki’chun spiced Tripel with Mushrooms;
Goose Island Shred the Gnar; One Trick Pony Spotted Saddle; Pig Minds Joe Daddy; Pollyanna Lexical Gap; Moody Tongue Sliced Nectarine IPA; and many more.
We'll also be spinning some killer Rock & Roll

6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Downers Grove Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
Join us for one of our widely popular Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Rob Hunter and the brewing staff, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Rob will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held semi-annually. More Info here.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Sixpoint Tap Takeover and Release Party at High Noon Saloon
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
High Noon Saloon hosts Brooklyn, New York’s Sixpoint Brewery for a tap takeover/release party. The event features the first Chicago tapping of two new beers from the brewery’s Cycliquids series: this year’s release of Hi-Res (Triple IPA) and the newest beer in the series, Beast Mode (American Porter). Other limited beers on offer include Global Warmer (Imperial Red Ale), a Cycliquids series winter seasonal. Three year-rounds will also be tapped: Bengali (West Coast-Style IPA), The Crisp (Czech-Style Pilsner) and Resin (Double IPA).
There is no cover charge and food and drink are pay-as-you-go ($4-$8 each). Reservations recommended by calling 773-227-9339.

7:00 pm ♦ Rasputin's Birthday Bash
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
Celebrate Rasputin’s birthday with North Coast Brewing Co. Co. and The Bar on Buena. The North Coast and BOB crew will don beards and tap a barrel of North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout! Guests can fault their whiskers (real or fake!) and raise a glass to that bearded badass Grigori Rasputin. He died hard, but lived harder.
The BOB will also be giving prizes to the hairiest and be-bearded in attendance. If you’re follicularly fortunate and think you’ve got what it takes, step on up! Beardless? Fret not. The BOB will also have whiskers on hand for all to enjoy.
For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.
There is no cover for this event, food and beer available for purchase.

7:00 pm ♦ Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop
Publican Quality Meats, 825 W Fulton Market, Chicago (312) 445-8977
Join Publican Quality Meats and Off Color Brewing for "Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop." This reception-style open house will feature five Off Color brews alongside small bites by Chef de Cuisine Missy Corey. Menu highlights include:

RUTABAGA TART rutabaga custard; Pairing: Scurry
LONZA with dulce de membrillo, Idiazabal cheese and hazelnut on rye; Pairing: Fierce
NAVAJO TACO braised coppa, creamy cabbage and celery root on potato bread; Pairing: Biere de Garde Dog
Price: $55 per person, plus tax and service. Standing reception-style.
Representatives from Off Color Brewing will be on-hand to field questions, and walk guests through the brewing process
Attendees should contact Ashley Miller at 312.496.0012 or to reserve their seats.

This weekend:

Another Local Option tapping, CHAOS homebrew & chili, plus a Krispy Karl variant tapping. Check my Calendar for details!

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