Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 13-15

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 13-15
More Big Hugs could be on the way!

I need to apologize for the many events that I found out about after the previous article went to “press” (WordPress, that is). And to remind you that new events are posted all the time to the Facebook/Beeronaut page all the time.

Tickets now on sale for Ballpark Brew Fest
Schaumburg Baseball Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 925-0183
Binny’s present the Ballpark Brew Fest, Schaumburg’s first annual beer fest, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
This festival features specialty beers from over 40 breweries. Early Bird general admission tickets are $25 each and VIP tickets are $50 each, through December 31. Food and live music will also be at hand.
Tickets are now available at Please visit for more information on the event and event news.
Note: This fest was announced for last year, but was called off when ballpark officials decided they wouldn’t be able to properly organize it in time. Presumably, with this much earlier ticket scheduling and Binny’s sponsorship, it should be ready.

Maple Tree Inn’s 12 Beers of Christmas
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Another “12 beers” promotion that slipped from my attention. Here’s the schedule of releases that remain:
Dec. 13: Brasserie d’Achouffe N’ice Chouffe
Dec. 14: The Bruery Six Geese-a-Laying
Dec. 17: Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabeza
Dec. 18: Avery The Czar
Dec. 19: Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter
Dec. 20: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Dec. 21: Perennial Abraxas
Dec. 22: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2013

Friday, December 13

Metropolitan Magnetron Schwarzbier release
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
sout’SIDE! We at Metropolitan always seem to break records kicking kegs at Rock Island Public House. It’s like a competition we’re having with ourselves.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ♦ Ten Hills Pale Ale Pub Crawl
Southport Ave., Chicago
Join Goose Island‘s celebration of the release of Ten Hills Pale Ale with a pub crawl on Southport. Wear a holiday sweater and be entered to win a prize!
5pm: Toons (3857 N. Southport)
6pm: Cullen’s (3741 N. Southport)
7pm: Wheelhouse (3553 N. Southport)
8pm: Justin’s (3358 N. Southport)
9pm: Southport Lanes (3325 N. Southport)
10pm: Newport (1344 W. Newport)

6:00 pm ♦ Brixie’s 2nd Annual Bourbon Barrel Blowout
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Well it went so well last December, we thought we would do it again. Brixie’s will be tapping some rare bourbon barrel beer to celebrate the Holidays!!
We will be tapping: Goose Island BCS Barley Wine, BCS Coffee 2013, Bourbon County Brand Stout, BCS Infused w/vanilla, BCS Infused w/coconut. Firestone 16th Anniversary & 17th Anniversary. Founders Backwoods Bastard, Allagash Curieux. Deschutes The Abyss Reserve 2013. 5 Rabbit Missionario Barrel aged in a 6 year old Paul Mason VSOP brandy barrel (very Rare FOBAB beer)…
Ok, so that last one is not a bourbon barrel, but we thought we pull it out anyways.
Also will be pouring BCS Proprietor‘s from our case of bombers!

6:00 pm – 12:00 am ♦ Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer Bottle Release
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Rd. Algonquin, IL 847-458-2470
Celebrate the release of Small Town Brewery’s 10% abv Not Your Father’s Root Beer in 22 ounce bottles, at Binny’s in Algonquin! Meet Small Town brewer Tim Kovac and taste his beers, including the famous hard root beer. This is a free event. Please bring your ID.

8:00 pm ♦ Bad Santa-Ugly Sweater Party at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub is holding an ugly sweater holiday party, hosted by Bad Santa. Wear a terribly tacky top and compete for fun, bar-themed prizes. Bad Santa will be on hand for photo opportunities. Drink specials for the evening include $3 Santa shots (Fireball and Bailey’s) and $5 Christmas craft brews (listed below). The party is free to attend.
Christmas Beer List:

  1. Great Lakes Christmas
  2. Founders Breakfast Stout
  3. Hoppin’ Frog Frosted Frog
  4. Goose Island 6th Day
  5. Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
  6. Delirium Noël
  7. Leinie’s Vanilla Porter
  8. Greenbush Ursus Old Winter Ale
  9. Scrumpy Winter Solstice
  10. New Holland Cabin Fever
  11. Revolution Fistmas
  12. 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus

Saturday, December 14

2:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ Fischmas: Christmas at Fischman
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
It’s the most wonderful time…for a beer! Santa’s making his tap list and he’ll be checking it twice. When he’s done we will then bring to you all our 12 Beers of Fischmas!
Here is the list so far: Samichlaus 2012, Evil Twin Even More Jesus, Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Scaldis Noel, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Goose Island Proprietor’s Bourbon County, Firestone Walker Parabola 2012, The Bruery Six Geese-a-Laying, and much, much more!
Keep checking back for updates. Also featuring live jazz music from Soulio, an ugly Christmas sweater AND no matter what the weather is, it will snow!
Tickets are $30 and are available at the store, or at Brown Paper Tickets.

3:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ Winter Solstice Craft Beer Fest
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave, Oak Forest, IL 708-535-4800
What else you going to do on the shortest day of the year? Over 80 Beers to choose from. More than 30 Breweries Represented. This is an indoor event.
$25 Tickets in advance (through EventBrite).: $35 at door. 10 Beer Sample Tickets & 2 Food Sample Tickets. Additional Beer Sample Tickets Available for $1
Featured trappings of barrel Aged, Firkin & Archived Beers
One Trick Pony, Urban Legend, Ten Ninety, Crispin, 5 Rabbit, Dogfish Head, Wild Onion, Bear Republic, Left Hand, Southern Tier, Great Lakes, Revolution, Two Brothers, Three Floyds, Goose Island, New Holland, Abbey, The Bruery, Dark Horse, Oskar Blues, Stone, Grand Teton, Founders, Anderson Valley, Green Flash, Breckenridge, Monk’s Cafè, Allagash, BrickStone, Wells & Young’s. Sprecher, Big Sky, Clown Shoes & Tyranena. More to be announced.

4:00 pm ♦ A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Tickets at
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.

6:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Bell’s Night at Chuck’s
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe, 6501 W. 79th St., Burbank, IL 708-229-8700
This specialty tapping will feature Bell’s Hopsoulution DIPA, Third Coast Old Ale, Best Brown and Two Hearted.

Sunday, December 15

Half Acre’s Big Hugs release
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Five years ago we knew it was time to brew a threatening stout emblazoned with a pretty kitten. We decided on a coffee impregnated imperial stout, and that we’d name this unknowing kitten Big Hugs. Each year we try to brew a beer that’s hammered out wide, leaving no one feature dangling out as an unwanted henchman. The Tun is punished with scads of grain before pulling out the stained wort of a blackened earth. The kettle rolls this liquid dim end over end while searing the balance to its back and casting the fate into your glass. You’ve seen Big Hugs appear as a land scorching demon. You’ve seen him as the prancing pansy. He’s taken on cities, castles, yule tide glee and a mechanized version of himself. It’s this year that Hugs finds his way into history and sits down with Earth’s one-time leader. The apex predators of yesterday always make room for an incredible new force.
Come by on Sunday for some Imperial Coffee Stout cheer. We’ll have food and beverages available from some of our friends, as well as some special firkins and other surprises. There shall be a cash line and a card line for whichever payment method you’d prefer. As always, the coffee for Big Hugs came from our friends at Dark Matter Coffee.
10% ABV
22 oz bomber bottle: $10.99 (Limit 6), 64 ounce growler: $22 tax included (limited to 64 ounces of growler beer per person.); 32 ounce growler: $12 tax included (limited to 64 ounces of growler beer per person.) 13 ounce glass in the Tap Room: $6.00

Toast Berghoff’s 115 years with $1.15 throwback stein
The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams St, Chicago (312) 427-3170
On the 15th of each month, raise a glass to celebrate 115 years of The Berghoff being open for business with a throwback stein of Berghoff beer for $1.15!

2:00 pm ♦ Map Room Coats and Cookies Benefit
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago (773) 807-2361
Map Room will be hosting a special benefit for the students at the Morton School of Excellence in East Garfield Park.
98% of the students at the school are from low income families, so the goal of the benefit is to raise money to buy winter coats for these deserving girls and boys. There will be raffle prizes, plenty of baked goods, homemade chili, great beers, and more.
Everything kicks off at 2 pm and will run until they’re out of cookies and beer! If you also have some gently used winter coats that are suitable for kids (aged 6-13) that you’d be willing to donate, the bar will gladly pass them on.
And if you can’t make it Sunday, feel free to drop by before then and donate whatever you can.

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