I've left one event off this list because it's all sold out: The last bottle release for Goose Island's King Henry
barleywine beer, which had been aged in Pappy van Winkle barrels previous used to age Bourbon County Stout. Tickets immediately sold out for the price of $200, which would get the attendee a 650 ml bottle of King Henry to take home, plus several 5 oz. pours of other Goose Bourbon County Brand barleywines. Sure, if you think you can score tickets, it's at the 1800 W. Fulton taproom, Monday the 24th, 7 to 10 pm. More details at Brown Paper Tickets
. Even Goose Island's websites and Facebook page don't list this anymore. Because, I guess, why bother...
I finally get to wrap up my little side job this Saturday. That takes me up to the weekend of my, ummm – umpty-umpth
birthday. Mrs. Naut, who does not drink, said she will consider visiting a brewpub with food and a good kids' menu...
I'm posting this late Saturday noght while I'm still putting in events for Illinois Craft Beer Week
, as well as unrelated beer fun.
Meantime, there's been a major shakeup in the craft beer scene, as Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) has announced the purchase of Dogfish Head in a $300 million deal. Dogfish founder Sam Calagione would get a seat on Boston Beer's board of directors. (Fortune
We have a rare event with many variants of FiftyFifty Brewing's Eclipse Imperial Stout Thursday (and Friday). Still more Girl Scout Cookie pairings, and some more Bourbon County Stout events.
And this weekend, we have Night of the Living Ales,
the area's premier barrel and firkin beer event, hosted by the Chicago Beer Society
. The 2019 edition is Saturday, March 2 at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., with sessions at 1 pm and 6 pm. Tickets are still available at Brown Paper Tickets
The Chicago Cider Summit
is here this weekend, with plenty of related events for those who can't get out to Navy Pier.
I am trying to get the next few events articles posted earlier so you can be presented with choices for Valentines Day.
Though this is only slightly beer related, I must report that Tailwinds Distilling Co. in Plainfield is closing down. They are having a few last days for customers to come pick up their favorite spirits through Saturday...
Many apples have been crushed for your enjoyment this week, as we observe Chicago Cider Week
in advance of Saturday's Chicago Cider Summit
at Navy Pier.
And watching the Super Bowl at this point in posting my article, we find Budweiser wants you to know they don't use "corn syrup" in their Bud Light. They don't want to tell you about rice syrup.
HopCat, the Chicago edition of a chain of craft beer bars emanating from Michigan, abruptly announced that it is closing today. This statement has appeared on its website
WE ARE CLOSED AS OF FEB. 4TH
2577 N CLARK ST, CHICAGO, IL 60614
It is with regret that we announce the closure of HopCat Chicago on Feb. 4th. Thank you for several years of great beer, food and fun. If you have any questions, please email Guest Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am trying to get ahead of my usual glacial pace in events, because of more items that you might want to plan ahead for. Sure, I'll have Super Bowl listings for places known for their beer lists. But the Saturday before the game is the Chicago Ale Festival
, taking place in Pilsen. Then the following weekend is the Chicago Cider Summit,
and then there's Valentine's Day. We'll have some more brewers in Chicago celebrating anniversaries, and a new brewer, Steam Hollow, coming on line in Manteno.
It can also be noted that Middle Brow Beer Co.
is close to opening its own brewpub is Logan Square (2840 W. Armitage Ave.). The doors could open at any time, once local licenses are cleared. I will try to update this space, and there will surely be a grand opening later, hopefully when it's not so cold. (Chicago Tribune article
As you might notice, there are still
samplings and tap takeovers for Bourbon County Stout. Looks like there's not only more of it out there than ever before, but I have been seeing it served at a lot of places that have not been known for good beer offerings...
What's up in Chicago beer this weekend? For starters, it's a tenth
anniversary for Metropolitan! We have 4th anniversary weekends at Noon Whistle and Empirical. Revolution's Deep Wood series finally released at Revolution. Brew fests from South Bend to Michigan City to Rockford. And there's a brewery tour of the fundraising Resilience IPA. And a cider cocktail competition.
And by the way, Three Floyds
has announced that tickets for Dark Lord Day
will be going on sale Saturday, March 23rd at noon. Dark Lord Day itself will be Saturday, May 18. Adjust schedules accordingly...
It was beginning to look like I might never get a chance at some of Goose Island's
2018 Bourbon County Brand beers. Oh, I was invited to the press and bloggers' preview in October, but my odd work hours would have meant losing much needed job hours that I couldn't afford at the time. And I had the chance to have some on tap in the intervening holiday weeks, but, well, the holidays mean taking care of other things...
The schedule has finally lightened up for me, and for you. Most places will be closed Christmas, but there is always an exception. I am still finding New Year's Eve parties, though, so drop in on this article
for the latest. And in the meantime, have a happy Christmas...