Stil in line for the new "Star Wars" movie? Still doing your Christmas shopping? Need a break? I've got you covered. And I am building my New Year's Eve list to appear this weekend.
Udpate: I realized I had rushed this in to "print" without the notice for another new brewery opening, this one just a mile or two from me.
Friday, December 18
3:00 pm ♦ Alter Brewing opens in Downers Grove
Alter Brewing Co., 2300 Wisconsin Ave, #213, Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-9558
(Just off Belmont Ave., first right turn south from the Metra station)
"We are opening our doors next Friday 12/18/15 at 3pm! Please come visit us and enjoy our first 5 brews.
"Here are our hours going forward.
Mon-Wed Closed | Thur 3 - 10 pm | Fri 3 - 11 pm | Sat 12 - 11 pm | Sun 12 - 6 pm"
The beer list shows a Belgian IPA, a 6-malt dubbel, golden ale, Northwest-style IPA, and an Imperial porter.
Lake Effect Imperial BA Stout tapping
Kinderhook Tap, 8005 Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 708-434-0373
There's a reason we've been talking about this Imperial Barrel Aged Stout so much - it is complex, rich, perfectly aged, and of course, extremely limited and we are not kidding! There are only 50 cases of this magical elixir spread throughout the Chicagoland area. Once it's gone, it'll be gone for a long time. Don't tell us we didn't warn you! Here's a list of where you can grab a few bottles (maybe!!) or get it on tap.
Check Lake Effect's Facebook page for a list of retailers carrying this beer.
11:00 am - 1:00 am ♦ There Will Be Darkness
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
Our fifth annual celebration of stouts, porters and black beers extended to TWO days! Heavy metal on the jukebox, plus a ridiculous lineup of imperial, barrel aged, and rare stouts. A sampling/keep the glass option will be available, and new barrels will appear as we kill off kegs over the two day celebration.
We'll also have a communal "toast to the darkness" as the clock strikes midnight on Saturday.
Scheduled to appear:
Bell's Brewery, Expedition Stout 2012
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015
Deschutes Brewery Abyss 2014
Left Hand Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Wake Up Dead 2013
3:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ The Imperial Force Awakens
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557
On Thursday, the new Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens” will be released at midnight in theaters everywhere. You didn’t get your ticket for the midnight screening? No worries!
We will be releasing Barrel Aged Imperial Force, imperial black ale. You may remember the original version of this Werk Force/Imperial Oak collaboration which was released last spring. We held back a little just for this occasion and aged it in a Koval Oat Whiskey Barrel for 7 months.
This will only be on tap, no bottles.
To add to the festivities we will also be tapping a keg of Werk Force's Millennium Falconer's Flight IPA, brewed with Millennium, Galaxy and Falconer’s Flight hops.
To top off the inter-galactic fun will be showing Star Wars movies back to back BOTH DAYS and Pierogi Street food truck will be on-site BOTH DAYS.
And yes you read that right - the party is TWO DAYS!
Thursday Dec 17 at Imperial Oak Brewing
Friday Dec 18 at Werk Force Brewing Co.
Two awesome beers, movies and pierogis...two days!
3:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ 2015 Cold War Release
Urban Legend Brewing Company, 1115 Zygmunt Circle, Westmont, IL (630) 442-7864
Are you ready! 2015 Cold War and new variant this year Coffee Cold War, both released on draft and in bombers. Just in time for Christmas, craft beer lovers would be thrilled to have this rich, expansive, Russian Imperial Stout waiting under the tree on Christmas morning. Come in for the beer, stay for the music and food!
3:00 pm ♦ Teacher Appreciation Night at Miskatonic
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N Frontage Rd, Darien, IL (630) 541-9414
Start your winter break off right! Join us for a Teacher Appreciation Night.
Teachers and staff showing a valid school ID receive 20% off their tab.
Pierogi Street will be on hand to help keep you fed and Miskatonic will help keep your thirst quenched! Grab your co-workers and celebrate a job well done!
4:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Tap Feature & Beer Kit Raffle
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Each Brooklyn beer you buy gets you a raffle ticket entry to win a Brooklyn Sorachi Ace beer kit! Beers on tap include:
Sorachi Ace Saison/Farmhouse Ale ● 7.2% ABV
Lord Sorachi Imperial Saison/Farmhouse Ale ● 9.5% ABV
Insulated Dark Lager ● 5.6% ABV
5:00 pm ♦ Holiday Happy Hour
Bucktown Pub, 1658 W Cortland St., Chicago (773) 394-9898
Join Around the Bend Beer Co. Co at Bucktown Pub to kick off the holidays!! We will be having a mini tap take over! Our newest beer, Mr. Marmalade, will be the guest of honor. This double IPA is made with Seville oranges and will knock your socks off. We will also be showing "Elf"!!!! No promises at this point, but there may be a few elves in the crowd. Come on out and drink some ATB with us!!!
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Drinking in a Winter Wonderland
The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 278-1919
The Boundary gives beer geeks the chance to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with an exclusive holiday beer tasting. Savor 23 brews from 10 breweries, with representatives on site. Tickets are $10 per person and also include passed appetizers. Beers include:
Crazy Mountain Brewery: Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades, Lava Lake Wit
Founders: Dirty Bastard, Dark Penance
Brooklyn Brewery: Insulated lager, Brooklyn Lager
Two Brothers: Night Cat, Revelry and Northwind
Goose Island: Winter Ale, Festivity Ale
Deschutes: Black Butt Porter, Chainbreaker, Jubelale and Pinedrops IPA
Boston Beer Company: Samuel Adams Grapefruit IPA, Coney Island Hard Root Beer
Leinenkugel's Vanilla Snow Drift and Big Eddy Cherry Doppleschwarz
Dark Horse 4 Elf and Great Lakes Christmas Ale
$10 per person
7:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Small Town Embers Tapping
Small Town Brewery, 1000 N Rand Rd, # 204, Wauconda, IL (847) 865-3264
We have beer fermenting in barrels, and we have beer aging in barrels, and that all adds up to a lot of waiting. We are tired of waiting to put a beer in your glass so we brewed an imperial stout for the winter season and we are tapping it this Friday at the Small Town Brewery Tap Room. This 11.8% Imperial Stout was fermented with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and dried chili peppers and will only be available on draft at the taproom this time around.
Saturday, December 19
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Breckenridge
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: 5 Rabbit
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Labatt’s Brewing
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Baltika Brewing
12:00 pm ♦ Spiteful's 3 Year Anniversary Partaaaaaay
Four Moon Tavern, 1847 W. Roscoe St., Chicago
Join Spiteful Brewing for their three year anniversary at Four Moon Tavern. We'll be taking over a tower with some god damn delicious beer, including Spiteful IPA, Alley Time Pale Ale, Big Fat Corporate Party RIS, Working for the Weekend DIPA, God Damn Hazelnut Pigeon Porter, Malevolence Chocolate Caliente RIS
Aaaaaand....wait for it....
Barrel Aged Belligerent Bob Barleywine (ON CASK!)
No tickets required; entry is free. Starts at noon. Goes 'til close. Don't be a wiener – drink some beer with us!
12:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Devil's Trumpet Heaven's Court Day
The Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co., 8250 Utah St Merrillville, Indiana 46410
Heaven’s Court is a gnarly Russian style imperial stout blended with El Popular Mexican chocolate and Dark Matter coffee. We then age it in Four Roses Bourbon barrels adding another layer of complexity resulting in a 15% ABV Russian Style Imperial Stout.
We’ve had this beer aging for nearly a full year and it will now be available in 22oz bombers for sale starting at noon.
This is a small batch production beer. Please show up early if you wish to have a chance at purchasing it.
The beer will be $20 per bottle.
We have a few things planned for the day. We will be pouring Heaven's Court on draft, offering food from our friends at Hungry Inc. and as a special feature Grind House Cafe will be here serving our Devil's Trumpet/Dark Matter collaboration barrel aged coffee, along with their food and pastries. Earlier this year we delivered one of the bourbon barrels that Heaven's Court was aged in to Dark Matter. They aged the beans for the coffee in this barrel. Both of these features, Heaven's Court on tap and Dark Matter coffee will be available until they are gone. Be sure to come out. You won’t want to miss it!
This is a 21 and older event.
12:00 pm ♦ Underground Communique Bottle Release
Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 954-8085
December 19 marks the debut of our Russian Imperial Stout, Underground Communique. Exactly what you need for the holidays, this beer will be sold in 16.9 oz, 500ml bottles starting at noon and available on tap. Expect the barrel aged version in late 2016!
12:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Noon Whistle Ugly Sweater Party
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (708) 906-3625
Come celebrate the 'most wonderful time of the year' in the Noon Whistle taproom all day from noon til 11pm!
From 4-5 pm all beers on draft will be $2! We'll also have giveaways and Southern Pitch food truck serving up delicious food from 5-9pm!
2:00 pm ♦ Cask & Special Tappings w/ Revolution Brewing
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Road, Elgin, IL (224) 238-3527
We are tapping a cask of Mad Cow at 2, a keg of Bean Gene at 3, and a keg of Blue Gene at 4 with our friends from Revolution Brewing!
4:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Craft Brew Tasting at Prestige Liquors
Prestige Liquors, 6249 S. Cass Avenue , Westmont, IL (630) 963-9733
Everyone is welcome to our craft brew tasting, featuring Two Brothers, and Arcade Brewery!! Ten percent off all Two Brothers and Arcade bombers.
4:00 pm ♦ A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
November 29 to December 28 on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. with a Sunday 4:00 p.m. shows on December 27 and 8:00 p.m. shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, 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.
Tickets $20 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE says...
A Beer Carol": A goodly amount of the theatrical output from craft beer advocates Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin (the men behind "Drinking & Writing") tends to focus on love of a hoppy brew. It was only a matter of time before they incorporated that into a Christmas show, and "A Beer Carol" is the inspired result. Staged as a 1940s-era radio play (a nice riff on similar versions of "It's a Wonderful Life"), a corporate blowhard named Bud Miller (get it?) runs a large brewery that churns out the kind of mass-produced watery swill that makes beer purists lose their minds. Following the Dickens template, a series of ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve, with reformation on the mind...the show has an embraceable subversive charm. The bit in which Tiny Tim gets smacked on the head after he utters yet another annoying platitude is one of the funnier recurring gags in the show. Carolyn Shoemaker is the cast MVP, voicing everything from the goober-mouthed Tiny Tim to a jazzily seductive ghost.
5:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Stout 2015 Tapping w/ Variants!
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come out for our Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015 Tapping! We will be pouring:
- BCBS 2015, 10oz/$12
- BCBS Barleywine 2015, 5oz/$6.50
- BCBS Proprietors 2015, 5oz/$6.50
- BCBS Coffee 2015, 5oz/$6.50
Everything will be tapped at 5pm sharp. We will then be hosting a charity raffle for 8 bottles of 2015 Rare starting at 7pm the same night. Raffle tickets will be $5 apiece, unlimited, and will go on sale starting De. 10. You do not have to be present when the winning tickets are drawn to win!
6:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Stout Night
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
On our annual Bourbon County Stout Night, we'll feature drafts of BCS 2015 & 2014, BCS 2015 Coffee and BCS 2015 Barleywine. We'll also have a vintage & rare collection of BCS Bottles.
6:00 pm - 11:00 am ♦ Temperance Two Year Party!!
Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000
Two years!! To celebrate, we've got:
- special barrel-aged beers on tap
- Grapefruit Escapist
- photo booth
- Funk Trunk Records DJs
- La Cocinita Food Truck Chicago
- brewery open house
- ping pong / bags
7:00 pm ♦ Ugly Holiday Sweater Party
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Come join World of Beer Naperville for our 2015 Ugly Holiday Sweater Party! We will have a great lineup of winter seasonal beers available featuring $4.00 Goose Island Winter Ale draughts all night long. Ugly Sweater Contest with prizes and starting at 9:00 pm we will have Live Music with the very talented Kevin Presbrey! Don't miss it!!
Sunday, December 20
4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Christmas at the Brewery
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
It is that special time of the year! Come and enjoy the season with us!
Beginning at 4 pm Flossmoor Station will offer free horse-drawn carriage rides for our diners through charming downtown Flossmoor, all decked out with holiday lights. Santa and his trusty sidekick Jingles will pose for free pictures with the children and listen to their secret wishes. The night will be cozy, musical and full of holiday magic. Join us for our most treasured tradition. Reservations and holiday spirit required.