Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 4-6

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 4-6
From 2009: A Heineken beer bottle tree in Shanghai.

I have gotten word of many more "12 beers of Christmas" promotions, many of which are ongoing through Christmas or even the month of December. Some of these I may be repeating in later listings, depending on my stamina.

And watch for my New Year's Eve listings, coming, hopefully, soon enough that you can make your reservations.

Through December

12 beers of Christmas at Timothy O'Toole's
Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700, 5572 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL (847) 249-0800, & 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 984-2599
Raise a pint (or twelve) and toast to the "hoppy" holidays with seasonal brews at Timothy O'Toole's Pubs. From December 1-31, O'Toole's three locations (Chicago; Gurnee; Libertyville) will offer special holiday beers on draft along with "12 Beers of Christmas" punch cards. Guests who purchase a pint will receive a punch card and, upon completion of the card, receive a prize (glassware, t-shirts and other brewery swag).
CHICAGO: 21st Amendment Fireside ChatRevolution Fistmas, Great Lakes Christmas, Breckenridge Christmas, Samuel Adams Winter, Shiner Cheer, Bell's Christmas, Goose Island Winter, Port Santa’s Little Helper, Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve, Avery Old Jubilation.
GURNEE: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat, Bell's Christmas, Goose Island Winter, Great Lakes Christmas, Revolution Fistmas, Samuel Adams Winter, Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, Avery Old Jubilation, Port Santa’s Little Helper, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Rogue Yellow Snow, SweetWater Festive.
LIBERTYVILLE: Bell's Christmas, Great Lakes Christmas, Revolution Fistmas, Shiner Cheer, Sam Adams Winter, Goose Island Winter, Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Avery Old Jubilation, Dark Horse 4 Elf, Port Santa’s Little HelperSweetWater Festive.

Friday-Sunday, December 4-6

Cademon Brewery 1 Year Anniversary continues
Cademon Brewing Co., 217 W. Main St., Genoa, IL (815) 827-6145
It's been a long, crazy year since the day we opened our doors to the public. Now it's time to celebrate what we've accomplished in our first year with an epic four-day anniversary party! We will be releasing not one but FOUR anniversary beers:
1. Marshmallow Demonic - Imperial Coffee Stout aged with loads of Fresh vanilla beans. This makes Vanilla Demonic seem weak in comparison.
2. Spicy Demonic - Imperial Coffee Stout aged with Ancho & Habanero peppers. Lots of spicy complexity with a bit of habanero burn in the back.
3. Morning Demonic - Imperial Coffee Stout aged with Oats, Maple Syrup, and even more coffee. Skip the orange juice and drink this with your morning toast.
4. Raspberry Demonic - Imperial Coffee Stout aged with Raspberries. We told the farmer to get us all the raspberries he had, then to go to the store and buy another pound.
But not only are we going to have those anniversary beers, we're going to be releasing them in our very first every bottle release! That's right, a four-pack of Imperial Demonic beers available for sale on Saturday, December 5th at 11:00am.
Throughout our anniversary we'll be putting on a bunch of one-off, small batch beers and continuously rotating them as they disappear. The result: a lot of deliciousness and a taplist that will change all weekend long. One of those one-off beers? A firkin of Genowhere IPA with Red Grapefruit that will be tapped on Friday, December 4th at 5pm.
There're loads of other things we'll be doing throughout the weekend so mark your calendar to come celebrate one year of Cademon Brewing with us!

Friday-Saturday, December 4-5

BuckleDown's 2nd Anniversary Blowout
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W 47th St, Lyons, IL (708) 777-1842
Thanks to the tremendous support of the local beer-drinking community, we will be turning two. We owe you a debt of gratitude for making our commitment to quality craft beer a shared experience. Let's hang out and tell each other how much we love each other over a few beers and live music and food.
Friday 12/4
Release of 2015 Shadowbox Barrel Aged American Imperial Stout. This is Stompbox Stout aged for 9 months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels.
We have VERY limited supply of 3 additional variants of this beer: Raspberry, Vanilla Cinnamon & Tart Cherry.
Saturday 12/5
Bottle Release of Shadowbox. Bottles will be available at Noon when we open. $12 22oz bottle. Limit 3/day.

12/4: The Mountainaires 7:00pm, Sanctified Grumblers 8:30pm
12/5: Buckthorn 7:15pm, Bonnie & the Barrows 9:00pm

12/4: The Cookout #FoodTruck
12/5: Toasty Cheese - Mobile Eatery #FoodTruck

Friday-Sunday, December 4-6

St. Viator Winterfest
St. Viator Elementary School & Parish, 3644 N. Kedvale Ave., Chicago
St. Viator’s is hosting a huge 3 day community event and our headline sponsor is Haymarket Pub & Brewery!
Dec 4 4pm-9pm
Dec 5 9am-9pm
Dec 6 9am-5pm
This event will include an ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreath & trees, food plus drinks.
Join us to snack, skate, sip & shop!
For more information or If you’re interested in participating as a Mistletoe Market vendor, visit

Through December 6

Quenchers European Tour of Beer
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Quenchers Saloon’s annual European Tour of Beer begins the day after Thanksgiving! The 10 day long event offers two different options to try 28 beers from 19 different countries. Try them all before they’re gone!!!
Further info and a beer list at Quenchers Facebook page.
The Layover: $45 Six Bottles or Drafts, One Snack Plate, One T-Shirt, One Glassware
The Grande Tour: $65 Ten Bottles or Drafts, Two Snack Plates, One T-Shirt, Two Glassware

December 4 - 12

Guinness Tasting and Pint Engraving
Binny's Beverage Depot, various locations.
Purchase one Guinness family 8pk/12pk or two 4pks/6pks and receive a laser engraved Guinness Glass with your personalized message. Glasses take approximately 2 minutes to engrave. Sample Guinness, Guinness Blonde and Guinness Nitro IPA while you wait! Open house, while supplies last.
This events is scheduled through next week at these Binny's locations:
Dec. 4: 4 - 6 pm: Willowbrook
7 - 9 pm: Bolingbrook,
Dec. 5: 11 am - 1 pm: Chicago South Loop, Des Plaines, Lake Zurich
2 - 4 pm: Buffalo Grove, Chicago Lincoln Park, Schaumburg
5 - 7 pm: Chicago Lakeview, Evergreen Park
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Arlington Heights, Bloomingdale,
Dec. 10: 5 - 7 pm: Niles, St. Charles
Dec. 11: 5 - 7 pm: Orland Park
Dec. 12: 11 am - 1 pm: Elmwood Park, Plainfield
3 - 5 pm: Glen Ellyn, Naperville
6 - 8 pm: Downers Grove

Friday, December 4

Lake Effect Imperial BA Stout Tapping
Lincoln Station, 2432 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-8100
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.
December 4: Lincoln Station
December 18: The Kinderhook Tap
Check Lake Effect's Facebook page for a list of retailers carrying this beer.

Perennial Abraxas Tapping
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Road, Elgin, IL (224) 238-3527
We will be tapping Perennial's Abraxas, an imperial stout with ancho chillies, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks.
We will also have two other delicious Perennial ales on tap. Pierogi Street food truck will be on hand serving Polish comfort food for dinner!

12:00 pm ♦ Sour Smack Series Taproom Takeover
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (708) 906-3625
Join us to celebrate one the funkiest beer styles around!
Old and new sours variants will be taking over our taplines, we'll have giveaways throughout the day and Fire Water BBQ will be inside the taproom serving up some savory barbecue from 5-9 PM.

3:00 pm ♦ Sovereign's 1st Anniversary
Sovereign Restaurant, 24205 W Lockport St, Plainfield, IL (815) 556-8577
It's our 1st year anniversary blowout!
We will be tapping a slew of epic Founders Brewing Co. beers including:
2yr vertical KBS, 2yr vertical Backwoods Bastard, Project Pam (one of only 8 kegs coming to the Illinois market), Redankulous, CBS (I give it 45min).
Chef Dave is whipping up a list of throwback food favorites as well. They include the Pork Shank, Brussel Sprouts, Meat Loaf, Pork Belly, Freits, Vegan Enchiladas, Scallops and the Bone Marrow plus its Jay Z's birthday!
Party starts at 3pm with the tapping of the ceremonial CBS keg!

3:00 pm ♦ Winter War
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option will be hosting its final event of 2015: Winter War. Featured drafts include highly sought after beers.

Draft List:
AleSmith Brewing Co. Hawaiian Speedway
Allagash Confluence, Farm to Face, Interlude,Victor, Victoria
Brouwerij Alvinne Phi
Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2014
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
HammerHeart Gorm The Old
Local Option Bierwerker die Königin, Exorcist, Mourning Wood, Outlawger, Walk ov Shame
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, LLC. Conversion, Far West, Seizoen Bretta
Maine Beer Company Lunch, Mean Old Tom, Peeper, Zoe
Pipeworks Brewing Co. Killer Queen, Santa Vs. Unicorn
Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb!, Flare
Scratch Brewing Company Forest Porter, Grapevine Wee Heavy
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
Three Floyds Zombie Dust (2 week verticalß)
Bar and Kitchen Opens at Noon
Leave your backpacks at home. You'll need all your back strength to deliver these beers to your face.

5:00 pm ♦ 12 Beers of CHrIstmas - Four Calling Birds with Emmett's
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
World of Beer Naperville would like to present to you the fourth day of our 12 Beers of CHrIstmas. For the fourth day we teamed up with Emmett's Brewing Co to bring you their Hoppy Wheat Beer, Hoptweet. Hoptweet is an unfiltered summer wheat ale full of pillowy malts and refreshing tropical hop character. The origins of the song originally had it as 4 Colly Birds. Colly, being a regional English expression for “black”, it was in reference that there were 4 blackbirds. The lyrics were changed around 1909 to four “calling” birds and as we all know that when a bird calls, they tweet.

*Bring with you a non-perishable food item to donate to the Northern Illinois Food Bank during the 12 Days of CHrIstmas, and get a raffle ticket to try and WIN a 2015 Goose Island Bourbon County Rare at our December 12th Goose Island BCS tapping. Drawing will be 12/12/2015 at 7:00pm. Must be present to win.

5:00 pm ♦ Ale Syndicate Tasting
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757
Come hang out with us and the owner of Ale Syndicate, Jesse Evans, on Friday, December 4th! Jesse will be talking all things Ale Syndicate and sampling out their beers, including their brand new Chicago Wit beer, Paulina!
Also tapping Municipal India Pale Ale and Richie Imperial Porter.

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Bur Oak Brewing Co. Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 213 W. Grand Ave., Chicago 312-332-0012
Binny's, 670 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-545-2550
Binny's, 103A Orland Park Place, Orland Park, IL 708-226-9902
Binny's Lakeview, 3000 N. Clark, Chicago (773) 935-9400
Sample from Bur Oak's lineup of beers from Columbia, MO, including Lily, a fruit infused wheat beer, Boone County Brown, a brown porter, and Big Tree IPA, a double IPA.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Stone Tasting!
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Come join us for a Stone Brewing Co. tasting with Nick from the brewery! Word on the street is that we will have Espresso Double Bastard, Arrogant Bastard, and a few more options!

6:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ A Beer-Centric Dinner Party with Revolution Brewing
Il Salone at Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago (312) 521-8700
Join Eataly and Revolution Brewing for an evening featuring the award-winning beers from Logan Square's premiere brewpub. We will host one of >Revolution's head brewers who will walk us through a tasting of 5 beers, including special seasonal offerings, paired with a 5-course dinner prepared by our chef.
Tickets are $95 each, and are available, along with the menu at this link. Please note, this is a dinner format (not class) and seating will be communal like a big, Italian family. Gratuity is included in the event price.

7:00 pm ♦ Great Lakes Christmas Ale Release / Ugly Sweater Party
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337
Join Wild Monk and Great Lakes Brewing Co. for their Christmas Ale Tapping and Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.
Meet Brewery Reps, Glass Givaway, Raffle and enjoy some great beer
On Tap along with Christmas Ale:
Edmond Fitzgerald Porter, Lager Heads Mash Appeal, (A collaboration with Oskar Blues), Ohio City Oatmeal Stout.

7:00 - 11:30 pm ♦ Maplewood Brownie Points Release & Mystery Firkin
Crew bar + grill, 4804 N Broadway, Chicago
Join us and the folks from Crew at 7pm this Friday for the release of Maplewood's  newest beer, Brownie Points, and English style Brown Ale brewed with oats. In addition to the release of this delicious Brown Ale, we will be tapping a one time only, first ever mystery firkin
Hints for the Mystery Firkin:
1) May or may not have something to do with a local chicago company named after an astrophysics mystery.
2) It's going to be delicious.

7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Ugly Sweater Party
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Come enjoy a beer and bring canned goods for the Addison Food Bank. With donation you receive a raffle ticket for a Two Brothers prize. Featuring Revelry Imperial Red Ale, Peppermint Bark Porter, and a Specialty Firkin.

Saturday, December 5

St. Nicholas and Krampus visit
Hofbräuhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, IL (847) 671-BREW (2739)
St. Nick and his friend Krampus are stopping by our Haus this month on Saturday Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 to determine who's been naughty and nice. That means there's three chances to solidify your spot on the list that matters most!
December 5th at 6pm (Krampusnacht) Krampus Night
(Dress in your best Krampus and join the Krampuslauf!)
December 6th at 6pm (Sankt Nikolaustag) St. Nikolaus Day
December 12th starting at 6pm
December 19th at 6pm
December 12th at 6pm Krampus' last day to deal with the naughty! Embrace the Klaw!

Saturday, December 5

Bur Oak Brewing Co. Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot
1 - 4 pm: 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
323 W. Golf Point Plaza, Schaumburg, IL 847-882-6000
1500 16th St, Oak Brook, IL (630) 861-1810
2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 705-9463
5:00 - 8:00 pm: Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
6920 S. Route 83, Willowbrook, IL 630-654-0988
790 Royal St. George, Cress Creek Square Shopping Ctr., Naperville, IL 630-717-0100
The Promenade, 639 E Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook, IL (630) 972-1187
Sample from Bur Oak's lineup of beers from Columbia, MO, including Lily, a fruit infused wheat beer, Boone County Brown, a brown porter, and Big Tree IPA, a double IPA. Open House.

11:30 am - 1:00 am ♦ December Darkness 2015
The Livery Microbrewery, 190 5th St., Benton Harbor, MI (269) 925-8760
The annual "December Darkness" features 11+ specialty dark beers on tap along with limited bottle releases and an evening concert by the virtuoso, "Freekbass" !
The "December Darkness" tap list includes:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Man Mason (Barley Wine)
Oak Aged Wee Heavy (Scotch Ale)
Oak Aged Love Pump (Imperial Stout)
Oak Aged Wee Heavy w/ Roasted Almonds, Cocoa Nibs, and Salt
Oak Aged Love Pump w/ Dark Cherries and Vanilla
Oak Aged Steel Wheels w/ Espresso, Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Jalapeno
Bourbon Barrel Aged Trippel Weizenbock (also in bottles)
Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 600 (also in bottles)
Bourbon Barrel Aged Umami (also in bottles)
The Blacksmith (American stout)
Bottle releases:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Man Mason (Barley Wine) - 5 bottle limit/ $14 per bottle
Oak Aged Wee Heavy (Scotch Ale) - 5 bottle limit/ $12 per bottle
Oak Aged Love Pump (Imperial Stout) - 5 bottle limit/ $12 per bottle

Also available:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Sojourner (Imperial Black Ale)
Bourbon Barrel Aged Liverator (Doppelbock)
Bourbon Barrel Aged Trippel Weizenbock 2015 (Weizenbock - Aged in Heaven Hill Barrels)
(Note: This particular event is on Eastern time).

Saturday, December 5

10:00 am ♦ Off Color Brewing Dino'smores Bottle Release
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Be the first to purchase Dino'smores Imperial Stout from Logan Square's very own Off Color Brewing in Chicago. West Lakeview Liquors will be opening at 10am. See you all there!!

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ River North Beer Fest
Old Crow and Moe's Cantina River North, 149 W. Kinzie St., Chicago
Join over a thousand people on Saturday, December 5th as we taste, drink, and cheers to great beers at the River North Beer Fest!
Enjoy samples from multiple breweries - there will be over 50 different beers to sample!
Tickets include 36 two oz samples. Breweries will include Founders, Revolution Brewing, Half Acre, Schlafly, Blue Moon, Samuel Adams, Summit Brewing, Goose Island, Firestone Walker, Guinness, Dogfish Head, The Traveler Beer Co., Tocayo, Hopothesis Beer Co., Citizen Cider, Atlas Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., Negra Modelo, Weihenstephan, Motor Row Brewing, SweetWater.
Tickets are $50 through Eventbrite, but enter the promo code "BEERONAUT" for a discount to $20!
All attendees will also receive the following Freebies*: $10 in FREE Delivery food from DoorDash with promo code 'CTS10' - A FREE ride (up to $30) from Uber with promo code 'CTS30' - A FREE Manicure or $20 Credit from Whittl with promo code 'CHI20' - $20 credit towards your dining experience from Reserve with promo code 'Chi20' - $20 in FREE dry cleaning and laundry from Washio with promo code 'CHITWENTY' - *All offers valid for first time users only. Offers subject to change.

12:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Brewrachos
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 2014 & 15 Goose Island Bourbon Countys, Firestone Walker Sucaba, Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Sam Adams Utopia and more! Local food trucks will be present, parring food with a few of our beers.

12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Delilah's 17th Annual Christmas and Winter Beer Tasting
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
This 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 (10 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. Freulian Noel 2004

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
5 Rabbit Cerveceria

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm ♦ Binny's Holiday Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 124 McHenry Rd. Town Center Shopping Ctr., Buffalo Grove, IL 847-459-2200
The holidays are soon approaching, and we invite you to join us for a special tasting inspired by all of the season's festivities. Feature wines, spirits and beers that will emulate the warmth, camaraderie and cheer of this special time of year, this tasting will inspire you to celebrate the season to the fullest.

3:00 pm ♦ A Very Surly Catsmas
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for "A Very Surly Catsmas" to benefit the residents at the Wildcat Sanctuary!
We'll have rare drafts from: Surly, Three Floyds, Mikkeller, Firestone Walker + our collaboration with Off Color, Perennial and Side Project, ProCATStination!
Great beer, great raffles, great cause!

3:00 pm ♦ FiScHMaS: Our 12 Beers of Christmas!
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Sing it with me….“It’s beginning to look a lot like FiScHMaS!”
Yes! It’s that time of year for our kind of beer! Our 12 Beers of Christmas! We put a lot of thought into this list and although it’s not quite complete we are already foaming at the mouth over these beers!
On Tap: Samichlaus, The Bruery 8 Maids-A-Milking, Port Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper, Prairie Artisan Ales: Christmas BOMB!, Evil Twin: Even More Jesus, Deschutes: Jubel 2015, Shmaltz: Jewbelation18, Goose Island: Bourbon County Proprietor’s 2015

This will be an INDOOR/OUTDOOR event as always! We’ll have heated tents to keep you warm when outside and beer will be poured both inside and outside. Live Music by Grooved Surface
Contest. Contest! CONTEST!! Come here in style with your most outdated, loud, obnoxious, cheesiest…most UGLIEST Christmas Sweater you can find! It’s fun! It gives us a reason to wear that hideous thing we hide in a box in the farthest reaches of our closets! And there’s prizes!
CHRISTMAS Shopping: Brew Flights, Made by Q,
Fun Craft Beer inspired gifts by artist Melissa Pauliks, Busy Beaver Button Co.

5:00 pm ♦ 12 Beers of CHrIstmas - Five Golden Rings w/Church Street Brewing Co.
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
World of Beer Naperville would like to present to you the fifth day of our 12 Beers of CHrIstmas. For the fifth day we teamed up with The Church Street Brewing Co. to bring you their Helles Lager, Heavenly Helles. Heavenly Helles is brewed utilizing old world decoction mashing techniques for a truly unique sweet malt character, this gentle drink also features a straw colored-clarity that's clearly heavenly! Hark the herald angels and the golden halos (rings) above their heads.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Tour
Depart from The Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams St, Chicago (312) 427-3170
Here is a one-time chance to experience our very fun new tour, which is normally offered only to private groups. The "Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Tour" connects the history of drinking with the working-class neighborhood of Bridgeport. On this food tour and pub crawl by bus, you will learn about Chicago industry, saloon history and politics while enjoying beers, good company, and local fare. And we are celebrating on the special date of the 82nd repeal of prohibition, December 5, 1933!
Bridgeport residents have been Lithuanian, German, Polish, Italian, Czech and Irish, and more recently also Chinese and Mexican. You will learn about the neighborhood’s rich cultural history through its food. For example, we taste Lithuanian bread and eat mother-in-law sandwiches, a South Side specialty that likely originates from soul food of the Mississippi Delta.
For this one-off tour, you will eat, drink and learn in between being whisked from one experience to another on a luxury coach for three hours.
Tickets are $60 and can bee reserved at
Group size is limited to spots on the bus and our one-off tours almost always sell out.

6:00 pm ♦ Prohibition Party – “Party Like It’s 1933”
The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 278-1919
In celebration of Repeal Day – historically Dec 5th, The Boundary will be hosting a Prohibition-themed party of its own.
Free offerings:
• Mugshot Backdrop photo opp w/ free photographer
• Postmodern Jukebox music to start the night (an actual music group who specializes in current music/1920s mashups)
• 1933-themed atmosphere, 1920s-1930s
• Video DJ
Drinks (still need firming up, but here’s initial plans):
• A Sidecar Named 46… $12 – Maker’s Mark 46, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, sugar rim
• Homemade “moonshine” shot specials
• Templeton Rye and Batch 19 partnerships – free giveaways
Food Special:
• Pulled Pork Sandwich… $12.99 – slow cooked, pork butt, bourbon bbq sauce, onion strips, choice of side.

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm ♦ Repeal Day Party
Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000
We're celebrating the 82nd anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition in classic American style: with tacos and funk! And plenty of beer.
Freedive, our India Black Ale, is back for the colder months. With piney hops and dark roast malt goodness, Freedive is a cozy crackling fire in beer form.
Cooked is back (finally!) with tacos in the Tap Room, and Funk Trunk Records starts their month-long Saturday funk/soul DJ residency.
Come celebrate our country's best "my bad" moment and raise a few pints while shaking your moneymaker.

Sunday, December 6

8 Beery Nights
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead's Chef Cleetus Friedman and Begyle Brewing present 8 variations on their collaboration Dr. Dreidel Imperial Chanuka Porter. After the release of each infusion, that variant and all previous variants will be available for the following nights of the celebration, culminating in the final night (December 13) when all the variants will be available. In addition, guests on December 13 will experience the release of the Barrel Aged version of Dr. Dreidel, which is aged in Fountainhead’s house Buffalo Trace barrels.
Dec. 6: The Base Beer
Dec. 7: Espresso Bean
Dec. 8: Ancho Chili
Dec. 9: Bourbon Vanilla Chai
Dec. 10: Malted Milk
Dec. 11: Marshmallow, Graham Cracker & Chocolate
Dec. 12: Nitro
Dec. 13: Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged
Chef Cleetus will be serving traditional Chanukah dishes with a Cleetus twist including his famous latkes and applesauce. Beer prices will range from $6-10.

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