Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 23–25

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 23–25
The Imperial Stout from 51st Ward

All Weekend

Robert Burns Birthday Celebration
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, would be 256 years old on January 25 and every year, Fountainhead likes to honor him, his craft and the spirits of his native land Scotland!
Celebrate the man, his beautiful craft, some great beer, Scotch whisky and some great Scottish dishes created by Chef Cleetus. The celebration runs now through Sunday, January 25. Fountainhead will be offering Nips and Pints (pairing a glass of whisky and a beer) ranging from $12-20, Scotch Whisky flights and some great Scotch Whisky based cocktails. In addition, Chef Cleetus will be offering the following dishes:
Scotch Egg: pretzel crush, arugula horseradish mustard cream sauce, $12
Haggis Patty: whipped sweet potato & braised cabbage, almond and fennel gravy, $9
Beers on Tap:
Left Hand Sawtooth Nitro
Founders Dirty Bastard
Oskar Blues Old Chub
Illuminated Brew Works Rowan Morrison Scotch Belgian Ale
Bellhaven Scottish

Friday, January 23

Ten Ninety Tapping at the Publican
The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555
Ten Ninety has filled a firkin with their IPA. Join then at The Publican to help drink it! They’ll also have Imperial Wit, Jaggery Tripel, and Milk & Cookies on tap.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ♦ Begyle Brewing Release at the Brewery Store
Begyle Brewing Co. Store, 1800 W Cuyler Ave Chicago (773) 661-6963
Two Begyle releases today:
Imperial Pajamas – Imperial Oatmeal Stout with Ipsento Wildfire Espresso—9.8% ABV
64oz Growler: $20; 32oz: $12; 22oz bottle: $9.99 (no limit)
My Money Is on The Long Shot, Collaboration with the band Less Than Jake – Gainesville Style IPA—6% ABV
64oz Growler: $14; 32oz: $9; 22oz bottle: $7.99 (no limit)

3:00 pm ♦ The Catalina Wine Mixer Pt. 1
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Local Option will host its first beer event of 2014: Catalina Wine Mixer Part 1. This event – sponsored by Founders Brewing Co. and in cooperation with Lakeshore Beverage – will also act as the first part of the four part Catalina Wine Mixer. Drafts include highly sought after releases from Founders Brewing Co., Pipeworks, Great Divide, Goose Island, Three Floyds, and more (read guitar shred contest details below draft list).
Preliminary Draft List:
Allagash Midnight Brett, Boon Kriek, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, Firestone Walker 18th Anniversary, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Canadian Breakfast Stout, Big Lushious, Pale Nitro;
Goose Island Backyard Rye, Bourbon County Stout; Great Divide American Wild Ale; Half Acre Big Hugs; Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged DORIS; Local Option Bierwerker/Central Waters BBA La Petite Mort; Local Option Bierwerker Blood ov the Kings, Dampf Loc, die Königin, Exorcist!, Mourning Wood, Outlawger, Sweet Leif, Voku Hila, Walk ov Shame; Pipeworks Citra Saison, Closer Encounter, Mint Truffle Abduction, Mocha Abduction, Sure Bet, Unicorn’s Revenge; Three Floyds Blot Out The Sun, Permanent Funeral.

3:30 – 4:30 pm ♦ Noon Whistle Ribbon Cutting
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (708) 906-3625
For those of you who want to get the weekend started early, come on out and join us for our official ribbon cutting. This will kick off our Grand Opening weekend festivities.

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday Tapping: Firkin Friday: Saugatuck “Just Messin’ Around” Double IPA
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701For this week’s Firkin Friday feature, we’re thrilled to offer a cask ale form Saugatuck Brewing Company! “Just Messin’ Around” is a glorious double India Pale Ale aggressively hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops, then further hopped in the firkin with Cascade. Dispensed by gravity directly from the Firkin, this is one that hop heads won’t want to miss!

Saturday, January 24

Super Saturday Thunderstorm Black Release
Chain O’Lakes Brewing Company, 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 331-8345
Thunderstorm Black will be “Back in Tap” just in time for filling your growlers now until Super Bowl Sunday. Come on in for the release party to include live music by “The Thompson Duo” and taproom specials.

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm ♦ Une Année Mini Tap Takeover
Standard Market, 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL 630-536-1630
Une Année has been rocking the Chicagoland craft beer landscape for the past couple of years. If you haven’t had the chance to taste these Belgian and French influenced brews, you are in for a treat this weekend. Join us in the Naperville CUBE as we tap four of Une Année’s best beers:
Quad: An enormous abbey-style ale that is brimming with dark fruit and rich complexity
The Devil’s Reign: A Belgian Golden Strong Ale that has been dry-hopped with the fruity American hops Simcoe & Citra
Airing of Grievances: Russian Imperial Stout brewed with English malts and fermented with a Belgian yeast strain to bring out a plethora of fruity esters
Feats of Strength: Take the Airing of Grievances RIS and add chocolate, to make this 13.5% stout which has a big, creamy chocolate aroma and flavor mingling with the Belgian yeast flavors
while supplies last

1:00 – 4:00 pm ♦ Begyle Brewing Tasting
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Sample some brews from Begyle Brewing Co. of Chicago.

1:00 – 3:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Sample beers from Pig Minds Brewing

1:30 – 4:00 pm ♦ Straight from the Tap (Sold Out)
Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton, IL 630-653-5800
A premier and unique VIP beer tasting in the intimate Arrowhead ballroom featuring
13 breweries offering limited edition, early release, never-released, and rare crafts.
Tickets available, if any more get “released into the system,” at the Wheaton Park District.
All-inclusive Access*+: $50, Designated Driver Access**: $25.

1:30 – 2:30 pm ♦ Krispier Karl Variant Tapping #4 of 5
Arrowhead Restaurant & Bar, 26W151 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton, IL 630-653-5800
Heads up everyone … January will be a very Krispy month. Some 51st Ward Krispier Karl was racked into casks a few weeks ago and infused with various fruits, spices and/or coffee.
These casks will be served at 4 locations throughout the west and southwest suburbs in January.
Today at Arrowhead, we’re debuting Krispy Kafe (Coffee and Sweet Cherries) – Arrowhead Restaurant & Bar in Wheaton. (Tickets Required)
1/30/15 – Krispy Ehjeervika (Blackberry) – Tap House Grill Westmont. (51st Ward Beer Company tap takeover).

2:00 – 4:30 pm ♦ Lake Effect Tour
Lake Effect Brewing Co. Co., 4727 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (312) 919-4473
Want to see how a small local brewery operates? Want to learn about the brewing process? Want to sample the latest hand crafted beers from Lake Effect? Then be part of one our tours!
You get an up close and personal tour with the actual brew master and get a number of beer tastes, including upcoming releases and from time to time, rare vintage beers. Tour includes an inside look at a working brewery, bottling area, barrel room, and urban farm. Tours happen every Saturday at 2PM and again at 3:30PM and last about 1 hour. Tastings are done at the end of the tour at a local pub – The Phoenix Bar – just steps from our brewery.
The Brewery tour is free, tasting flight is separate and will be charges at the Phoenix Bar.
Must be 21. Tickets are free, up to one hour before the tour, at Eventbrite.

3:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Noon Whistle Brewing Grand Opening Party
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (708) 906-3625
Join us for our grand opening party with live music, giveaways, and food trucks all day including Chicago Pizza Boss.

5:30 pm ♦ Rare Austrian Firkin Tapping: Hofstetten G’Frozen Iced IPA
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us this Saturday evening as we tap a very rare cask from Brauerei Hofstetten, in St. Martin, Austria: Hofstetten G’Frozen: Iced IPA hopped with Hallertauer Bavarian Mandarin hops! A cross between an IPA and a Heller Eisbock. 11.4% ABV.
For this strong, pale and Bock-like beer, Hofstetten used a top-fermenting ale yeast (instead of a traditional bottom-fermenting lager yeast) and hopped it with Austrian Müehlviertel hops. After five weeks of lagering, the beer was frozen down several times, and then the ice crystals were removed, which concentrated and intensified the brew. The beer was then dry-hopped for 6 weeks with Bavaria Mandarin hops, followed by an additional cask dry-hopping, also with Bavaria Mandarin. Hofstetten is calling the brew G’frozen – Iced IPA.
We are very happy to share this cask-only brew with you as less than ten made it to the United States from this very small batch. Don’t miss it!

5:30 – 11:00 pm ♦ Brews in the Barn
County Line Orchard, 200 S. County Line Rd., Hobart, IN (219) 947-4477
Brews in the Barn at the historic County Line Orchard is your chance to sample some of the best craft beer from all over the region. Some of the finest brewers in the country will be pouring unlimited samples of their meticulously hand-crafted beer. There will also be live performances from the Rebecca Anne Band, Anchors and the legendary Chicago band Mr. Blotto!! You can visit the event website link above for more information and watch for ticket sale dates.
VIP Entry 5:30 PM; Standard Entry 6:30 PM; 21 and older event

6:00 pm ♦ Metropoltan 666 Anniversary Party
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
The third of 6 parties for Metropolitan Brewing’s 6th anniversary. Featuring:

6:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ 4th Annual Chaos Stout and Chilli Night
CHAOS Brew Club, 2417 W. Hubbard, Chicago
For the 4th Annual Stout & Chili Night, we have over 40 CHAOS home-brews ready to pair up with an awesome array of smokey spicy home cooked chili. This is widely regarded as the best seasonal party we throw.
Got a New Year resolution to start brewing?
A CHAOS 60 Day Trial Membership would be an awesome gift to yourself or to your favorite beer geek this holiday season – only $30 gets you into the party and two months to brew your own batch.
An annual Friend of CHAOS membership gets you a whole year of seasonal parties, classes, and discounts on craft beer all over town. No brewing included, but FoC is an awesome deal at $77 a year.

More info on our website:

Sunday, January 25

1:00 pm ♦ Uppers & Downers: A Festival of Coffee Beers
Thalia Hall, 1227 W. 18th St., Chicago (312) 526-3851
For over a year, Intelligentsia Coffee and Good Beer Hunting have been working with some of the most creative brewers and roasters in the country to create and showcase innovative coffee beers. Through a series of educational and competitive events, the series has inspired some amazing creations, such as a coffee saison, coffee quad, and even a cascara cider among many others.
This event brings many of those concoctions together for the first time, as well as some of the best coffee beers on the market, a multi-roaster coffee bar, cocktails, home-brew competition winners, small bites from Dusek’s, and new-to-the-world beers from a series of one-off experiments with Goose Island and Solemn Oath Breweries.
Each ticket offers up to 15 tastings. Passed small bites included. Tickets are $55 through Good Beer Hunting’s Event Website.

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