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Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 10-13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 10-13
Monday, June 10 6:30 – 9:30 pm ♦ Boulevard Beer Dinner Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000 Join us for a five course custom menu of food and craft beer pairings, featuring Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City, the Midwest’s home for fine ales and lagers since 1989. Guest speaker... Read more »

Finding a Beer for the End of the World: 12-21-2012, Pt. 2: Beers

Finding a Beer for the End of the World: 12-21-2012, Pt. 2: Beers
Truth to tell, if I actually did think the world was coming to an end, I would spend the time making sweet… um, chocolate chip cookies with my family. Yeah, that’s it. Only if they were not nearby would I go to my beer cellar and start drinking all the vintage ales I’ve been saving. But in fact, the imaginary apocalypse is really just another reason to party. I’m all for that. So the appropriate beers to drink can be chosen with the same consideration as a picture of Santa on the label of a Christmas beer. In this article, I listed some appropriate places to hunker down with one last, great beer. Now here are some beers to try at home. First, consider that culture that was able to layout a pretty accurate calendar 5,000 years ago, while we “civilized” nations still argue over when Easter should be. Like many Mesoamericans, the Mayans brewed with local maize, flavored with cocoa, honey, chile peppers, and whatever other tasty plants were at hand. Some beers nearby with that same influence: 5 Rabbit Ki’ Chun: this is a new beer by Chicago’s Latin-influenced 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. It’s name means “tasty start” according to founding brewmaster Randy Mosher, who writes, “Ki’ Chun blends the apricot perfume of chanterelles with three malts and toasted oats, all tied together by the exotic fruitiness of New Zealand Rakau hops, accented by a Belgian yeast strain. Dark Thai palm sugar lightens the body a bit and makes this 9.5 % alc/vol beer dangerously drinkable, dry and creamy.” Ki’ Chun con Chanterelles will be tapped on December 21, the first day of the new calendar cycle. These locations will be pouring: I had one of Randy’s mushroom beers way back in 2002, and found it delicious. He’s had all this time to tweak the recipe since then...

Halloween 2012 Chicago craft beer calendar

Halloween 2012 Chicago craft beer calendar
As promised, I am bringing in some calendar highlights for the week of Halloween. It’s been a while since I’ve done my “rounds” of building the calendar, while I work on my job search and classwork, but the task just gets so much longer. Thanks to all the new brewers and increasing number of craft... Read more »

American Craft Beer Week highlights for May 15-16

Time for me to attempt to chronicle the overwhelming schedule of events that is Chicago Craft Beer Week 2012. This year's special event in held in conjunction with American Craft Beer Week, coordinated by the Brewers Association and running May 14-20. The Chicago edition runs May 17 - 27, coordinated by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. That's right, there are beer events for two whole weeks. After the glitches caused by last year's passport & stamps program, where bars paid a premium to participate and servers weren't apprised of their establishment's specials, this year any place serving beer can be put on the CCBW schedule. The customer's incentive program has been simplified: Pick up a lanyard and a neighborhood map at any of the locations on this list. You'll get a sticker for each venue where you buy something to create your own keepsake. Those who collect two stickers from each of ten Chicago neighborhood (all of the suburbs are commingled into a "Greater Suburban" neighborhood, and you'll get VIP treatment at Revolution Brewing's opening party for its new Kedzie St. Brewhouse May 25 (though you still must buy a ticket to the event to get in). With so many events going on, many of which are ticketed and thus sold out, I can best try to present highlights for each day of CBBW. These highlights will mainly focus on:
  1. New Chicago brewers introducing their product
  2. Cheap Beer
  3. Brewers debuting in the Chicago market
  4. Free Beer
  5. One-of-a-kind collaborations and rare beer tappings. This time around, Kentucky Breakfast Stout barely gets a nod.
  6. Did I mention, Free Beer
Before I get carried away with myself, Free Beer usually means a "tasting," where you can score a couple 2 oz. samples. "Tappings" mean a keg or firkin of beer is tapped at the scheduled time. Tasters may be passed around. As an admitted RateBeer "ticker," I know that getting several samples of new-to-you beer can be just as much fun as entire pints. Be it known that you can see a full schedule of CCBW events of their web site. My regular calendar, now at ChiTownOnTap, also lists non-affiliated events. In the interest of a good night's sleep those, I didn't include CCBW events that are just dinner specials at some restaurants with a nice beer list...

Mardi Gras and other Beeronaut highlights: February 20 to 23

I’ve pared down the list a little bit, just to highlight Mardi Gras celebrations that involve a deal on craft beers. But be sure to check in, and make reservations with, your own favorite bistro. A fuller list with beer tastings and tappings is now hosted as a calendar feature on Monday, February 20... Read more »

Beernoaut's Chicago beer calendar, January 9 to 12

Beernoaut's Chicago beer calendar, January 9 to 12
Through January Stout Fest 2012 Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730 Our favorite beer event of the season is here: Stout Fest 2012. During January, we will be offering 24 delicious stouts on tap. We tapped the first 12 stouts at Midnight on New Year’s Eve. We plan to tap the next... Read more »

New Year's Eve Beer-Centric parties, part 1

Okay, this is very last minute and I haven’t had the time to confirm whether any of these events is sold out. But call in and see if some openings are still available. This is just the first half of my list, more later. But before your party, or if you have an early bedtime:... Read more »

Beeronaut Chicago events, December 19 to 22

Beeronaut Chicago events, December 19 to 22
We’re putting together a special listing for this weekend of beer bars and brewpubs that will be open on Christmas Day. Be sure to comment or e-mail back to get in! Through December 26 11:30 a.m. Flossmoor Station 12 beers of Christmas continues Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW... Read more »

Beeronaut Chicago craft beer events, December 12 to 15

Beeronaut Chicago craft beer events, December 12 to 15
Okay, I didn't really think think we'd be into our second month of "rare" Surly Darkness tappings. But there's one here that also includes the wanted Canadian Breakfast Stout. Monday, December 12 Flossmoor Station 12 beers of Christmas Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW Every day we'll be tapping at 5:00 p.m. a "one-off" beer to celebrate the days prior to our favorite holiday. A the releases with an (*) beside them are actual new releases, and will be available after that day. The tappings will be held at the bar and Mug Clubbers will receive their first pint free.
  • Dec. 12 Coffee Stout
  • Dec. 13 Spoonless Winter Warmer*
  • Dec. 14 Belgian Abbey Ale*
  • Dec. 15 Ginger Red Ale
  • Dec. 16 Wassail Wheat
  • Dec. 17 Spruce Red Ale
  • Dec. 18 Chocolate Vanilla Porter
  • Dec. 19 Blueberry Kellehers
  • Dec. 20 Cardamom Raspberry
  • Dec. 21 Anise Stout
  • Dec. 22 Juniper Pale Ale
  • Dec. 23 Apricot IPA
And then to celebrate the Ebenezer in all of us, we're releasing a "13th" day of Christmas Ale which will be the Barrel Aged Beelzebeer! It'll be available on the 26th of December...

Beeronaut's Chicago events, November 7 to 10

I am in a deep crunch time between work, family, and computer tech classes intended to get me closer to a real job. So I must announce that the Beeronaut will be taking a hiatus after the weekend calendar, with information about Three Floyds' XV anniversary party and the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer. That's Saturday.

Monday, November 7

Win tickets to Three Floyds Anniversary Party Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851 3 Floyds is celebrating their 15th Anniversary with a huge party Saturday, November 12. There will be live music, food from renowned chefs, the excellent beers and of course the special XV anniversary beer available for purchase! The 2500 tickets they released sold out within minutes. But we at Hopleaf have an extra pair, which we are offering in a raffle to be drawn this Monday. Tickets are only $10 a piece! One ticket wins the pair! As always, all proceeds of our raffle will go to our neighborhood CPS elementary school, Helen C Peirce on W Bryn Mawr in Edgewater! Tickets must be purchased in person at Hopleaf, which opens at 3 every day. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Drink Me Belgian IPA Tapping Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021 Our November IPA of the month features our first Belgian Ale of the year. There will be a dry hopped cask in the Brew House for everyone to try. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Firestone Walker "Meet the Brewer" at Maria's Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588 Meet Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Brewmaster, and sample some rare and out-of-market beers. Offerings will include Black Xantus, Pale 31, Union Jack, Double Jack, more. Call Maria's for more details. 7:00 p.m. Monday Night FootDahl Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700 The next Monday Night FootDahl Party with Steve Dahl is the Bears vs. Eagles game. "This matchup will be a tough one for the Bears, but if you ask me a team full of Bears should have no problem taking on a bunch of birds, right? Especially a team led by a jailbird. The party is once again at Haymarket Pub & Brewery. The staff and I will all be there with great giveaways and at least one or two dog jokes...guaranteed." Party Starts at 7:00 (Kickoff at 7:30) For more info and the full list of dates visit 7:00 - 11:30 p.m. Northwind Release Party Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-5356 It is that time of year again. Join us as we celebrate the release of Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout. Facebook...
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