Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 12–14

Friday – Sunday

18th Street’s One-Year Anniversary
18th Street Brewery, 5725 Miller Ave., Gary, IN (219) 939-8802

Gary's first brewery ever celebrates its first year in business!

Gary’s first brewery ever celebrates its first year in business!

December 14th, 2014 marks our one year anniversary in our GARY, INDIANA based brewpub. We have grown a lot in our first year and want to celebrate it with our loyal fans and supporters who have helped make it possible. We will have live music, food, festivities, and of course, beer. Along with special releases from 18th Street we’ll have beers from close brewer friends and favorite breweries pouring- its not something you will want miss. We will be celebrating during business hours Friday the 12th, Saturday the 13th, and Sunday the 14th. Check our Facebook events page for more information. As always admittance is free of charge.

Friday, December 12

Meet the Brewers of Urban Legend
Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market, 42 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 743-0270
Join Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets with Urban Legend Brewing Company for Meet the Brewer Nights: Downers Grove on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13th in Carol Stream.

Naperville CUBE Christmas Beer Spectacular
Standard Market, 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL 630-536-1630
Beer Buyer Kyle has been hoarding holiday brews, and he is going to share his stash with you this weekend!
Selections from Great Lakes, Deschutes, Bell’s, Samuel Adams and more will be tapped, and we will be featuring an amazing vertical of Anchor Christmas Ale, with large format bottlings from 2010 to 2014!
Chef Pat and his crew will be cooking up some holiday treats to snack on, and the Cube will be decorated to lift your spirits!
First come, first served, while supplies last.

4:00 pm ♦ Awkward Exchange Release
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W 47th St, Lyons, IL (708) 777-1842
Pleased to announce the release of our collaboration with our friends at Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Awkward Exchange is a Belgian Dark Strong with Blackberries.

5:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ 12 Bell’s of Christmas
Boogies Beer and Wine, 1636 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago 773-472-6361
Bell’s Beer Co. reps will be sampling 12 of their offerings to celebrate the upcoming holidays.

7:00 pm ♦ Deschutes Tap Takeover
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Join us for an exciting Tap Takeover featuring Deschutes Brewery out of Oregon!
The full draft lineup will include….
Black Butte 26th Anniversary, Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter, 10.2%
Not the Stoic, Barrel-aged Belgian-style Quad, 12%
Mirror MIrror, English Barleywine, 11%
The Abyss 2014, Bourbon, oak, & Pinot Noir barrel-aged Imperial Stout, 11%
Chasin’ Freshies, IPA, 7.4%
Black Butte, American Porter, 5.2%
Jubelale NITRO, Winter warmer, 6.7%
Hop Trip, Pale ale, 5.5%
Zarabanda, Saison, 6.1%
Doppel Dinkel Bock, Weizenbock, 10.5%

8:00 pm ♦ Brixie’s 3rd Annual Bourbon Barrel Beer Blowout
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
It is that time a year again! Brixie’s will be tapping some rare bourbon barrel beer to celebrate the Holidays!
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Coffee 2014, Barley Wine 2014, BCS infused w/ vanilla, BCS infused w/ cinnamon, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Allagash Curieux, Revolution Deth’s Tar & Uncalled Four.
Maybe a couple more, so you don’t want to miss this!

Saturday, December 13

12 Beers of Christmas
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
Our annual 12 Beers of Christmas is back to get you in the Holiday Spirit!
Beginning December 13th join us for a different release each day for the next twelve days leading up to Christmas.
Fill up your punch card (available at the hostess desk) and receive $5 off your next food and beer purchase.

Meet the Brewers of Urban Legend
Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market, 550 E. North Ave., Carol Stream, IL (630) 480-8200
Join Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets with Urban Legend Brewing Company for Meet the Brewer Nights.

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 Haymarket Pub & Brewery through 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.

10:00 am – 11:00 am ♦ Chicago Christmas Crawl
Wicker Park, Chicago
Chicago Christmas Crawl, #CCC2014 is a walking themed event in which over 20 local venues showcase their food tasting and cocktail holiday specials. The event focuses on the spirit of the season in celebration of the holidays with food, family, friends, costumes and fun.
Each venue will provide a $3-$5 tasting option in which attendees can go on a “food crawl” throughout the Wicker Park neighborhood. Participants will be given a “holiday plate” in which to collect stickers from venues for purchasing the specials and will be entered into a raffle for a variety of amazing prizes.
From Frames, Santa Hats, & Funny Holiday Photo Props, we have you covered for some classy Chicago tundra/vortex fun. It’s a day you will remember for the rest of your life and truly an experience you can not miss. We wouldn’t want you to have FOMO. Happy Holidays!
Purchase Tickets ($35 each) and More info at

11:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Sleigh with Barley’s Angels Chicago!
Metropolitan Brewing, 5121 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago
Barley’s Angels Chicago is hosting a Beer Sleigh from 11 a.m. (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?) until 5 p.m. The ticket price is $60 & includes transportation, 3 brewery tours, beer flights at each location plus some food. Here’s the deal:
Angels will meet at Metropolitan Brewing at 11 a.m. where we will receive a private brewery tour and a beer flight. At noon, we head out the door with a case of Metro beer from the awesome Metropolitan crew to sip on during our long ride to:
Lagunitas Brewing Co.(2607 West 17th St.)! There we will head on the 1 p.m. tour of the HUGE facility & receive a beer flight in the taproom, as well as some apps and snacks to help soak up all the delicious beer we will be drinking. Additional brews & food can be purchased separately. At 3 p.m. we will hop back on the bus and continue our journey to…
Lake Effect Brewing (4727 W. Montrose Ave.) where we will receive a private brewery tour, a beer flight and, get this, the tour ends in a neighborhood bar! If you haven’t had enough, feel free to stay, chat, mingle, drink & do whatever you want to close out this fun-filled holiday excursion!
Tickets are $60.00 plus fees through Brown Paper Tickets. Includes transportation, 3 brewery tours, a flight at each brewery & some apps/snacks.

2:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Time to drink Ponche!
5 Rabbit Brewery, 6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, IL
What’s next at 5 Rabbit you ask? Ponche!
Ponche is a warm, tropical fruit punch common in Mexico, and elsewhere in Latin America, during the Christmas season. There are many authentic recipes, but there’s always aromatic fruits and spices. We’re excited to present our version, translated into a barleywine-style ale brewed with guava, dates, apple, and muscat grape. When can you taste it?
Come to the taproom and imbibe this very special release with us. In addition to Ponche, we’ll have tamales, churros and other great beers to enjoy.

2:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ FISCHmas 2014
Fischman’s Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Join us for our annual Christmas beer tasting & fugly sweater contest! Like any other beer tasting we host, we will have the best of the best!
Tickets on sale at Brown Paper Tickets. $40 in advance/ $45 at the door gets you 5 hours of unlimited tasting from our draft list.

  1. Gulden Draak Vintage Ale 2012
  2. Kasteel Winter
  3. Petrus Winter 9
  4. Samichlaus
  5. The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming
  6. Great Lakes Christmas Ale
  7. Goose Island Bourbon County Backyard Rye
  8. 5 Rabbit Tequila Barrel 5 Lizard
  9. Prairie Artisan Ales Wine Barrel Noir
  10. Bourbon County Vanilla Rye
  11. Lake Effect Fischmas Candy Cane Stout
  12. Unity Vibrations Bourbon Barrel Aged Peach Kombucha Ale

Live jazz music, food trucks, snow, games, great beer & more.

2:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado.

2:00 – 6:00 pm ♦ Beer Fest Beat Down
Sears Center Arena, Hoffman Estates IL
Dozens of craft brewers, food, and Lucha Libre Wrestlin! Check this Beeronaut article for details. You also have until noon Friday to enter my drawing for a free pair of General Admission tickets, so scoot!

3:00 pm ♦ Northdown Presents: A Very Surly Catsmas!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Caturday, join us at Northdown Cafe and Taproom for the second annual A Very Surly Catsmas!!!
Last year, Catsmas helped sponsor four of the cats at Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota – Mufasa, Rio, Misha, and Tasha. Let’s help them again! ROAR!
We’ll have beers from many of our Lions, Tigers and Beers friends!
Surly Brewing Company BA Darkness, Eight, Hell
3 Floyds Big Tiddy Assassin, Yum Yum
Mikkeller Santa’s Litttle Helper BA Cognac
Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin
Off Color Brewing Dry-Hopped Apex Predator (Firkin)
Perennial Artisan Ales Dual Artisanship
Jolly Pumpkin Brewery TBA

3:30 – 7:00 pm ♦ Barrel Aged: Film Premiere + Beer Fest
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago
BeerFX presents the video documentary “Barrel Aged,” which features the story of a BA beer from conception to fruition, including 8 brewers, 2 states, 11 kegs, 100+ hours of film and 1 barrel. The project will then culminate with you experiencing both the beer, the film, as well as beer from some of the best breweries in the country.
Get general admission tickets at $40 from Eventbrite.
Tickets include:
– Admission to the premiere screening of Barrel Aged
– Custom commemorative glassware
– A tasting of the featured BA Imperial Brown Ale
– Samples from a variety of breweries & distilleries

Breweries to be featured: Transient Artisan Ales, Revolution Brewing, Against The Grain Brewery, Goose Island Brewpub, Upland Brewing, Angel’s Envy Bourbon
And more to come!

3:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ 4th Annual Winter Solstice Craft Beer Festival
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave, Oak Forest, IL 708-535-4800
Over 100 beers to choose from, more than 40 Breweries Represented.
This is an indoor event with Music, Food, Great Beer, Good Times
Tickets $25 in Advance, $35 at Door. Get advanced tickets at Blarney Stone or online through Eventbrite.
10 Beer Sample Tickets & 2 Food Sample Tickets
Additional Beer Sample Tickets Available for $1
Featured tappings of Barrel Aged, Firkins, Sours & Archived Beers
One Trick Pony, Urban Legend, Ten-Ninety, 5 Rabbit, 350 Brewing, Flesk, BucketList, Upland, Dogfish Head, Left Hand, Great Lakes, Revolution, Two Brothers, Three Floyds, Goose Island, The Bruery, Dark Horse, Grand Teton, Founders, Anderson Valley, Green Flash, Breckenridge, BrickStone, Hailstorm, Slapshot, 3 Sheeps, Horny Goat, Brunehaut, Abbey, & More joining all the time

6:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Seven Spitefuls Flowing
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Join us and our friends Spiteful Brewing as we tap 7 (seven) of their delicious brews! No where, in the history of the world, have there been 7 of their beers on tap at one time…including the first tapping of this year’s Jingle Balls and the last Absinthe Barrel Aged Sales Guy!

6:00 pm ♦ World of Beer Ugly Sweater Party
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Come get your ugly sweater on and celebrate the holiday season with us!
We will be pairing up with Toys for Tots! Bring a toy to donate and receive $1 off any beer and a chance to be entered into the raffle to win a Sam Adams ugly sweater!
There will also be an ugly sweater contest! First and Second place winners will receive World of Beer Gift Cards!
1st place- $50
2nd place- $25

7:00 pm ♦ Sour Barrel-Aged Beer Night
Paddy Long’s Beer and Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago (773) 290-6988
Featuring: Goose lsland Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Destihl Adambier, Deschutes Barrel-Aged Mirror Mirror, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Lazy Magnolia Old Money, Gigantic Pipe Wrench

Sunday, December 14

12 Burgers and Beers of Christmas at Poag Mahone’s
Poag Mahone’s, 333 S Wells, Chicago (312) 566-9100
Each day, Poag Mahone’s is tapping a rare craft beer and releasing a tasty new burger! We’ll be revealing the burgers and beers DAILY  by announcing them exclusively via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some of the beers are so hard to come by we only have 40 pours! All of our burgers are made with grass fed beef and the combinations our chefs have come up with are quite unique.

11:00 am – 7:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Big Hugs 2014
Half Acre Brewery, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
OK – Time to get teed up for the Bug Hugs release.
Some things about the day are going to run as usual and some will curve.

  1. Enough Dark Matter Coffee to stun a mule.
  2. Food by Baker Miller.
  3. We’re going to feature an open house format. Once you have your beer and you want to sink stout with pals, you can do it amongst the towers of stainless or in the tap room.
  4. There will be living ale versions of Hugs flowing while supplies last.
  5. Big Hugs glassware. An immense kitten that ruthlessly destroys with cheer on a glass suitable for beer or coffee.
  6. Someone might hand you free tickets to a party we’re taking part in at Empty Bottle.
  7. Other things.

This is your ticket to super charge your holidays and secure the stout that’s sure to make your aunt sweat.
10% ABV, 22 ounce bottle $10.98 (limit 8 per person per day), 32 ounce howler refill $10.98 (limit 2 per person per day), 64 ounce growler refill $20.14 (limit 1 per person per day), 16 ounce draft pour $7

5:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ The Publican’s New Holland Harvest Celebration
The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555
To celebrate the release of The Pecan Maple Man, our new collaborative beer with New Holland Brewing, The Publican is throwing a Harvest Open House. New Holland brews will flow freely, as will Publican fare, in this reception-style open house.
The Pecan Maple Man, a Northern English style brown ale with smoked pecans, will be available in several variations including nitro draft, firkin and bourbon barrel-aged draft. New Holland’s Charkoota Rye cask aged with maple syrup, and a variety of New Holland favorites will be on hand as well.
Price: $65 per person, plus service charge
Participants: Chef Cosmo Goss and New Holland Brewing
Brewers will be on-hand to field questions and walk guests through the brewing process
New Holland’s Mad Hatter IPA, Full Circle Kösch, Carhartt Woodsman and Dragon’s Milk will be available on draft
Contact Omowale Amoin at 312.733.9555 or to reserve a spot.

5:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Ranger Games
Thalia Hall, 1227 W. 18th St., Chicago (312) 526-3851
New Belgium Brewing is on the search for Chicago’s Ultimate Bar Rangers and will host a night of whimsical games to crown the winner. It all takes place at Thalia Hall. The games, hosted by 93 WXRT’s DJ Ryan Arnold, will put Chicago’s savviest bar staff through a gauntlet of games to crown the Ultimate Bar Ranger team. Members from the winning team get bragging rights along with a trip to New Belgium, in Ft. Collins, Colo., to brew their own beer.
The Windy City’s favorite bartenders will compete in talent feats ranging from a mini bike joust to ranger ring toss – onto a helmet fitted with antlers, of course – a slow ride challenge and even a game of Rolle Bolle. The top two teams will then face off in a round of raw egg roulette trivia. Everyone is invited to cheer on the bartenders and encourage the tomfoolery.
Once an Ultimate Bar Ranger team is crowned, then the after-party starts with brassy blues rock served up by Black Joe Lewis. New Belgium will pour new beers and old favorites alongside New Belgium’s Ranger IPA, a year-round beer that pays tribute to New Belgium’s Beer Rangers. Click here to see the latest Ranger video – “Behind every Ranger is a Ranger”.
Tickets: $10 per person at
Nonprofit Partners: West Town Bikes, a nonprofit in the Chicago area that offers bicycle mechanic workshops, youth programs and special community events, built the Ultimate Bar Ranger belt and mini-bikes that bartenders will compete on.
Rebuilding Exchange is a nonprofit market for reclaimed building materials diverted from landfills. Rebuilding Exchange promotes sustainable deconstruction practices and created the antler helmets for the Ranger Ring Toss.
To win tickets to Ranger Games and info on local events, check out New Belgium’s #findaranger page.

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