Chicago Craft Beer Black Friday Weekend Events

Revised: I had hoped to get better confirmation from Goose Island of the venues for it Black Friday sales, but no update was available. So I have finally tracked out the ones mentioned on its website, which only mentioned the street corners where these places were found. Apparently, they wanted to keep the actual locations quiet until “game time” because it involves not just Binny’s and some bars, but Walgreens and “da Joowolz” too. See below.

Binny’s has announced that they will have BCS at all of the Chicago area locations, but cannot guarantee which variants and in what quantity they will be available. The Lincoln Park location near Goose Island Clybourn will have the largest quantity and will serve coffee to people waiting in line. But be warned. Last year people began lining up at midnight.

Is it worth all the trouble? I did get a taste of the variants earlier, and I think that if you like beer, if you like the fun of the hunt, you’ll like this.

Friday, November 28

9:00 am ♦ Goose Island Clybourn Black Friday Event
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
This is the sold-out event at the Goose island Clybourn brewpub. If you still have a way in, do it, because:
The brewpub will open at 9:00 am with Bourbon County Brand Stout 2012, 2013, 2014 on tap, as well as BCBS Barleywine 2013. Additionally, there will be a series of special tappings:

  • 11am — Cthulhu
  • 1pm — Bourbon County Brand Stout Coffee 2014
  • 3pm — Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout 2014
  • 5pm — Bourbon County Brand Stout Vanilla 2014
  • 7pm — Nuthulhu


Get Lit at Mickey Finn’s
Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 847-362-6688
One of the best nights of the year. Tree lighting ceremony in Libertyville, Santa’s Magic Belgian strong ale goes on tap. Betty Soul headlines. Free Cover.

Crown Brewing Black Friday
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Take advantage of the specials that Crown Brewing will be having on Black Friday and Black Friday Only!!
The Winter Warlock will be on Tap starting Wednesday, November 26th.
There will be two Bomber 4 Pack Specials.
$20 4-pack: Special Forces IPA, Special Special Forces IPA, Industrial Porter, Java Porter
$55 4-pack (one 4-pack per person): The Dude, Barrel-Aged Raspberry Brown, Barrel Aged Poobah, Barrel Aged Pumpkin.
There will also be three Merchandise Specials at the Brewery only.
Crown Beer Fest 2015 is Saturday, May 16, and Tickets Go on Sale on Black Friday!!!! VIP-$75 and GA-$35. Tickets can be purchased at the Brewery or by clicking here.

8:00 am ♦ Goose Island Black Friday
“The CUBE” at Standard Market, Westmont & Naperville
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release Party and Black Friday Barrel-Aged Beer Fest!
Starting at 8AM, while supplies last
Naperville CUBE: 1508 Aurora Ave.
Westmont CUBE: 333 W. Ogden Ave.

8:00 am ♦ Black Beer Friday
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
Yes, 8 am. Join BrickStone for their limited bottle release of their Dark Secret Imperial Stout. The 2014 version is aged on Dark Matter Coffee’s El Rosaro Bourbon soaked coffee beans and Giant Step coffee beans. 11% abv. Sold in 22 oz. bottles. Doors open at 8 am for biscuits, gravy and beer.

9:00 am ♦ Black Friday at Binny’s
Binny’s Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Black Friday will again see the annual release of Goose Island’s most highly regarded (and allocated) beer, Bourbon County Brand Stout. We can officially announce that BCBS will be available (in very limited quantities) at all Binny’s locations. For your best chance to get this limited beer, join us for our big BCBS event at Binny’s Lincoln Park. Not only is it the one store where we’ll have (reasonably) good supply, we’ll have other perks: hot coffee and surprises for early birds in line, a cellar raffle featuring limited releases from years past, and more. For more details, check out this post on the Binny’s Blog.

11:00 am ♦ Black Friday – Bourbon County Stout Tapping
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
Join us as we tap into this year’s Bourbon County Stout, plus maybe a few other rarities stashed away in our cellar.
Previous versions of Goose Island Beer Co.‘s Bourbon County Stout have reached or exceeded 15% abv. We expect this year to be no different. Other versions that MAY be appearing on tap/in bottle: Bourbon County Barley Wine, Bourbon County Coffee, Bourbon County Vanilla Rye
We will tap the kegs at 11am, and bottle sales will be limited to 1/person. Yes, you take take the bottles to-go.

11:00 am – 2:00 am ♦ Black(Out) Friday
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us on Black Friday for a day of consumption of the world best “BLACK” beers. Stouts and Porters have a long history of being the working mans beer of choice and on a day built for us all to consume as much as we can, we offer you…

12:00 pm ♦ Black Friday Cellar Release
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us as we open early on Black Friday and dig deep into the depths of our beer cellar to release a fantastic selection of rare, dark, and barrel-aged rarities on draft! As always the final line-up is subject to change and last minute surprises are possible! Check our website or Facebook for changes and updates… Here’s the line-up so far:

12:00 pm ♦ BCBS Release
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Road, Elgin, IL (224) 238-3527
Join us as we pour 2013 & 2014 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout side-by-side on tap

12:00 pm ♦ Black Friday Bourbon County Release
Walgreens Bucktown Flagship, 1601 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Walgreens is pleased to announce that we’ll be participating in the Black Friday release of Bourbon County Stout at our Bucktown flagship store.
We’ll be selling tons of Bourbon County Stout plus four variants; Coffee, Proprietor’s, Vanilla Rye, and Barley Wine.
We’ll also have some great limited edition posters to hand out while supplies last. Allocation is for one Bourbon County Stout 4-pack per customer PLUS one of each of your choice of two of the other variants. First come, first serve. No raffle, no numbers.
We’ll start selling at 12pm and going until 2pm or until we run out of beer. No rainchecks.

2:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Stout Black Friday at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Didn’t get your allocation? Fatpour has you covered! They will be tapping at 2:00pm and will have Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout from 2012, 2013 and 2014. They’ll also have BCS Coffee, Vanilla and Barleywine on tap, with a wide variety of bottles from this year and BCS 2012, BCS 2013, 2013 Proprietor’s, 2013 BCS Coffee, 2013 Barleywine, and 2013 Backyard Rye. To top it off some of their vintage Belgian style ales like 2013 Lolita, 2013 Halia, 2013 Gillian and 2013 Juliet.

3:00 – 5:00 pm ♦  Bourbon County Stout Sales and Tasting
Jewel/Osco3630 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 327-2330
This one was hardest to track down, but BrewedInChicago had a photo from that Jewel store sent by a reader who spotted it, which matches the information on the Goose Island site listing:

Bourbon County Stout Release along with all four varieties
Samples of Bourbon County Stout and Coffee on draft
While Supplies last in limited quantities and NO Rain Checks

3:00 pm ♦ The Catalina Wine Mixer
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Cancel all your Thanksgiving plans. You don’t want to miss this year’s Catalina Wine Mixer.
Preliminary Draft List:

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5:00 pm ♦ November Cellar Reserve Series
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Every Friday in November, we are opening the vault and tapping some very rare, exclusive beers from our cellar.
Nov. 28: Deschutes the Abyss 2013 Reserve, Against the Grain 70K

5:00 pm – 4:00 am ♦ Official Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Release Party
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
Timothy O’Toole’s in Streeterville will hold the official on premise brew release party for Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) on Black Friday. This exciting launch party will feature the 2014 edition of the beer, as well as a partial Goose Island tap takeover (O’Toole’s boasts 48 taps). The featured draught brews will include: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 BCBS; 2014 BCB Proprietors; 2014 BCB Barley Wine; 2014 BCB Vanilla Rye; 2014 BCB Coffee; The Muddy Imperial Stout; Lolita; Night Stalker; Green Line Pale Ale; Matilda; Sofie; 312 Urban Wheat; and more.
A Goose Island representative will be on hand to discuss Goose Island brews and this year’s launch of Bourbon County Brand Stout. Flights of BCBS (2011; 2012; 2013; 2104) will be available for $18. Bourbon County Brand brews and 4-ounce samples of Goose Island Lolita will be $5; all other 4-ounce samples of brews will be $3. Full pints of BCBS and BCB varietals will be $12.

6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Black Friday Takeover
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Goose Island‘s Bourbon County Stouts land here: BCS 2013 & 2014, plus one or more 2014 Varietals and BCS Barley Wine. Also serving Lilith, Dark Traveler, Madame Rose and The Muddy (that’s another Imperial Stout, folks!).

6:00 pm ♦ BLACK FRIDAY: Bourbon County Stout
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
If you don’t know the drill by now…..
We will have some Goose Island Beer Co. Bourbon County on tap and will be handing out raffle tickets for the chance to purchase bottles. This includes BCS and variants! Which ones are on tap is still to be determined, but anyone that knows us knows we don’t disappoint. So stay tuned for more details!

Nov. 28 – Dec. 3
Quencher’s 34th Annual European Beer Tour

Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago
For this year’s European Beer Tour, we’re again offering a long or short tour:
*Short Tour – $45 – 6 beers / snack plate / t-shirt / glassware
*Long Tour – $65 – 10 beers / snack plate / t-shirt / glassware
THE BEERS (alphabetical by country)

  • Austria — Samiclaus – Dopplebock, Bottle, 14.0% ABV
  • Belgium—La Chouffe – Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Draft or Bottle, 8.0% ABV; Chimay Red – Abbey Dubbel, Draft or Bottle, 7.0% ABV
  • Croatia—Karlovacko – Czech Pilsener, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
  • Czech Republic—Czechvar – Golden Lager, Draft, 5.0% ABV; Pilsner Urquell – Czech Pilsner. Draft, 4.4% ABV
  • England—Fullers ESB – Premium Bitter/ESB. Draft or Bottle, 5.9% ABV; Old Speckled Hen – Premium Bitter/ESB, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
  • Estonia—Viru – Pale Lager, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
  • Finland—Sinebrychoff – Baltic Porter, Bottle, 7.2% ABV
  • France—Kronenbourg 1664 – Pale Lager, Bottle, 5.5% ABV
  • Germany—Bayerischer Banhof – Berliner Style Weisse, Bottle, 3.0% ABV; Ayinger Celebrator – Doppelbock, Bottle, 6.7% ABV
  • Greece—Mythos – Pale Lager, Bottle, 4.7% ABV
  • Ireland—Murphy’s Irish Stout – Dry Stout, Draft, 4.0% ABV
  • Italy—Moretti La Rossa – Doppelbock, Bottle, 7.2% ABV
  • Lithuania—Kalnapilis – Pale Lager, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
  • Netherlands—La Trappe Tripel – Abbey Trippel, Bottle, 8.0% ABV
  • Norway— HaandBryggeriet Royk Uten Lld (“Smoke Without Fire”) – Smoked Beer, Bottle, 8.0% ABV
  • Poland—Okocim – Lager, Can, 5.6% ABV
  • Scotland—Innis and Gunn – Scottish Ale, Bottle, 6.6% ABV
  • Slovakia—Golden Pheasant – Czech Pilsner, Bottle, 5.0% ABV.
  • Spain—Estrella Damm – Pale Lager, Bottle, 5.4% ABV
  • Switzerland—BFM Saison – Saison, Bottle, 6.0% ABV
  • Turkey—Efes – Pilsner, Bottle, 5.0% ABV


Saturday, November 29

Drinking & Writing – A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
The Drinking & Writing Theater’s holiday show A Beer Carol returns to The Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, November 29 to December 28 on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. with Sunday 4:00 p.m. shows on December 21 and 28 and an 8:00 p.m. show on Monday and Tuesday, 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.
A Beer Carol, written by Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda, stars the two writers and Carolyn Benjamin from the Drinking & Writing shows God vs. Hall & Oates, Barnstormers, American Variety 1 and 2, and The Earliest Known Photo of Men Drinking Beer.
Tickets are $20.00, available from Brown Paper Tickets.

12:00 pm ♦ Annual Holiday Food Drive featuring Delirium Noel!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
We’re teaming up with the folks from Brouwerij Huyghe, brewers of the Delirium family of beers, to give you one of the world’s most coveted (and most often stolen) beer glasses… Bring in two non-perishable food items this Saturday and we’ll give you a Delirium Noel glass to call your very own!
Help us stock the shelves of the Lisle Food Pantry, part of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and help out those less fortunate this holiday season. Bring two (or more) non-perishable food items in this Saturday staring at noon and you’ll receive a gorgeous Delirium Noel glass in return, courtesy of Belgium’s Brouweij Huyghe, Wetten Importers, and The Bavarian Lodge!
During your visit, why not try a fabulous Delirium brew? We’ll be featuring four offerings from this great Belgian brewery, three on draft and one in bottles.
Delirium Noel (Belgian Christmas Ale) 10%
Delirium Red (Delirium Tremens Aged w/Cherries) 8.5%
Delirium Delira (Very Limited Release Strong Ale) 8.5%
Delirium Tremens (Belgian Strong Ale) 8.5%
Glassware Available While Supplies Last. No Rain Checks. Offer Available to Patrons 21+ Over Only. Limit One Glass Per Person.
Note: If donating items from your own cupboard, please be sure to check the expiration date! We simply cannot accept expired food items or items just about to expire. Thanks!

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ♦ Bell’s Tasting at Binny’s – Bloomingdale
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 353 W. Army Trail Rd., Bloomingdale, IL 630-671-3860
Black Saturday Tasting at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Bloomingdale! Take a break from shopping and sample some Bell’s classics. On hand will be Amber Ale, Winter White Ale, Two Hearted Ale and Special Double Cream Stout.

1:00 pm ♦ Chain O’Lakes Firkin Tapping
Chain O’Lakes Brewing Company, 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 331-8345
Chain O’Lakes will tap a Firkin around 1:00 pm. Bring in your Turkey sandwich and enjoy a freshly tapped craft ale….

7:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Ranger Games
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Stop into World of Beer Naperville to take part in the New Belgium Ranger games!
On tap…Ranger Firkin, Accumulation, Le Terroir, Snapshot, Ranger, Super IPA
It’s bound to be a fun night full of good games and great beer!

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