Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 23-Black Wednesday

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 23-Black Wednesday
My one a year "Black Wednesday" joke.

First Goose island has a special Rare Day for its very infrequent BCS varient. Now this week, we have the Black Friday mania for Bourbon County Stout. Luckily, we also have a Black Wednesday where you can preview these beers on tap!

In between, we had a little event called the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer. You may have heard of it. Here’s a list of the winners.

Monday, November 23

7:00 pm ♦ Releases at Solemn Oath
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave #179, Naperville IL
Big week coming. Here is what’s up with SOB’s Thanksgiving week (Week of 11/23).
Monday: At 7PM we’ll be releasing 100 mixed bomber packs available for just $50. Come early, at 6PM we’ll start making tickets available behind the bar so people can hang out and have a few beers rather than wait in line. The mixed packs will feature three bombers each of Man vs. Internet, Ravaged By Vikings, Pernicieux, and Nourri au Fourrage.

Wednesday: A Funky Black Wednesday with vinyl spinning, Toasty Cheese, and what we can only assume will be several impromptu dance parties. Hip hop and funk all night. Don’t eat before you come, our friends at Toasty Cheese will be blowing minds from 5-9PM. Last call will be at 11PM and this whole day is your last chance to get our beer from the source for your Thanksgiving party. If you have a large order that you know is coming, give us a heads up by emailing drew at solemnoathbrewery dot com and we’ll do our best to be ready for you.

Tuesday, November 24

12:00 pm ♦ Bell’s 30th Anniversary Black & White Party
Kuma’s Corner Schaumburg, 1570 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL (847) 240-1200
Join us NOON for a Bell’s Black and White 30th Anniversary Ale tapping! Featured beers include 30th Anniversary Ale, Expedition Stout, Java Stout and Winter White Ale. Also available on tap: Christmas Ale and Bell’s Lager Beer. Great beer, giveaways, and friendly conversation all available while supplies last.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm ♦ Happiest Hour With Samuel Smith
Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
We will feature $1 off all bottles of Samuel Smith! Beers include Samuel Smith Organic Cider, Organic Lager, Winter Warmer, Organic Chocolate Stout, Oatmeal Stout

5:30 – 8:00 pm ♦ Tasting Tuesday at Beermiscuous
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Tasting Tuesday is all about having an opportunity for an intimate interaction with a wide range of brewers and their beer. Each Tuesday is a different brewer offering free samples of several of their brews. This is yet another way Beermiscuous makes beer exploration simple! Just show up and enjoy!
Today’s featured brewer: Dark Horse

7:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Jar Night
HopScotch Bar, 9743 Franklin Ave, Franklin Park, IL (847) 260-5318
Tapping Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Imperial Pilsner, and IPA. Keep the Jar!

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm ♦ The Harding Tavern Pre-Plucked Party
The Harding Tavern, 2732 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (872) 802-0182
Join us at The Harding Tavern for a Pre-Plucked Party. Featuring Lindemans Framboise, Chef Specials and Killer Give-Aways.

7:00 pm ♦ Perennial ABRAXAS Tapping & Bottle Release!
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776-80 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
It’s that time again! The fine folks at Perennial Artisan Ales are bringing us the great ABRAXAS!
On Tap: Abraxas, 17 Mint Chocolate Stout
Tapping will commence at 7pm at which time we will start handing out raffle tickets for the chance to purchase a bottle. Raffle drawing will start at 8pm.

Wednesday, November 25

Compass Bar Black Wednesday & Black Friday Specials
Compass Bar, 433 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago (773) 248-3230
Wednesday, November 25 and Friday, November 27
Enjoy specials including $5 Stout and Black IPA’s and $5 Jager shots. On Black Friday, Compass Bar will open at 3 p.m. and show the Blackhawks vs. Ducks game at 4 p.m. Specials will include Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring $5 well drinks.

Deth’s Tar Black Wednesdsay
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave. Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL (708) 226-1827
It’s Black Wednesday and we know that you have the next day off! Let’s celebrate with a Special Tapping of Revolution’s DETH’S TAR – Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. We’re open til 2am and DJ RICK will be here taking your requests all night long!

12:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Blackout Wednesday
Urban Legend Brewing Company, 1115 Zygmunt Circle, Westmont, IL (630) 442-7864
An Urban Legend Beer tap takeover, at Urban Legend Brewing Company! All taps turn dark on this special Wednesday…expect to find Stouts, Porters, Black IPA, and more on Draft. NEW BOMBER RELEASE of our Imperial Mugshot Brown Rye Porter. Also enjoy CHICAGO PIZZA BOSS and Free Live Music around dinner time!

12:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday at Buckledown
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W 47th St, Lyons, IL (708) 777-1842
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what better way to spend it than with a roaring headache from the night before?
Join us for a day of Thanksgiving preparation. The Cookout On Wheels will be with us from 5pm to 9pm and special musical guests, Geoff Dolce, will be preforming from 8pm to 11pm. Come hungry, thirsty & music depraved.

12:00 pm ♦ Chain O’Lakes Release party
Chain O’Lakes Brewing Company, 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 331-8345
Annual Release of our Old English Ale during the Downtown McHenry Christmas Walk. Experience a world of hearty flavors and aromas with this special winter beer. This beer starts as a old English ale featuring five domestic malts that gives Rudolph an intriguing caramel and roast nuance. A blend of American and English hops delivers ample bitterness and a unique hop profile. This is a big, rich beer with a nice, underlying complexity—toast to the season! 11% ABV

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ♦ Around The Bend Tap Feature & BrewLights Ticket Giveaway
Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Join us for Around The Bend beers on tap! We will be raffling off tickets for BrewLights presented by Louis Glunz Beer.
Beers on tap include Silk Road American Pale Ale and Puffing Billy  American Brown Ale

4:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Revolution Very Mad Cow Milk Stout: A full bodied, dark, creamy, smooth and “freshly milked” stout.
To close out November, Tribes Mokena will open on Thanksgiving night for an early start on Black Friday sales and special brews.

5:00 pm ♦ 2nd Anniversary Party at Old Town Pour House (Oak Brook)
Old Town Pour House, 8 Oak Brook Center Oak, Brook, IL 630-601-1440
Old Town Pour House Oak Brook is celebrating our second anniversary with special beer tappings and food features at the end of November. Join us for some special treats!

The Anniversary Tappings, running through Nov. 29, will include:
2014 Bourbon County Stout (13.8%)
2014 Revolution Straight Jacket (13%)
2015 Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (18%)
2013 Deschutes The Abyss (11%)
All beers will be served in 6oz sizes ONLY, due to alcohol content and rarity. Deschutes, Goose Island and Revolution brewery reps will be on-site to discuss their special offerings. 

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm ♦ Werk Force Tap Room Open Late
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557
Let’s kick off the Turkey festivities Wednesday with special tappings and shenanigans at the Werk Force Tap Room!
We’re staying open late ’till 9pm.
Our friends from Grumpy Gaucho will be on-site from 6-9pm so come hungry!

6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015 Release & Rare Tapping
Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
It’s that time of year again, the one you’ve all been waiting for! Join us for the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015 Release at 6pm on Black Wednesday.
If the 2015 BCS isn’t enough to wet your whistle, check out this lineup:
6pm Release: BCS 2015, Proprietors 2015, Coffee 2015, Barleywine 2015
6pm Tapping: BCS Rye, Sophie, Matilda, Shread the Gnar 14′, Clybourne Anniversary, Real Nice Spice, Winter
7pm Tapping: BCS Vanilla 2014
8pm Tapping: BCS 2013
Vintage Bottles EXTREMELY Limited Availability: BCS 11′,12′, 13′; BCS Coffee 11′, 13′; Barleywine 13′, BCS Backyard Rye 13′, Juliet 10′ 13′; Demolition?; Madam Rose 12′; Gillian 13′; Lolita 13′

Some are more limited availability that others!
While you sup on some Goose Island deliciousness, why not feast one of Chef VJ’s Goose Island inspired menu items…
Goose pastrami on marble rye with bourbon county stout bbq sauce, Gruyere and fennel/jicama slaw
Goose flatbread with sage pesto tomatoes fresh mozzarella balsamic glaze
Goose Mac and cheese topped with goose crackling
Goose and wild mushroom soup garnished with fresh thyme, chives and goose crackling

6:00 pm ♦ Metropolitan Logganbier Tapping and Taco Party
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
Metropolitan Brewing releases its Tailwinds Rum barrel-aged Logganbier – Roggenbier is a medieval brew cut with rye malt. We used rye, cara-rye, and chocolate rye for a blend of black pepper spice and a touch of bittersweet. The barrel once held Taildragger Amber Rum, which lends flavors of toasted marshmallow and oaky sweetness. Join us at SmallBar all month long for old favorites and new thrills…
Krankshaft, Flywheel, and Dynamo
Magnetron Schwarzbier
Red Dragon – Our cellar-master shared his in-house Michelada recipe with SmallBar so now you too can join the chase.
Sunday November 30 – Casserole Fundraiser to benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository

7:00 pm ♦ Fountainhead’s Black Wednesday BCS Tapping
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join us for our annual Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release party. Be the first to try the 2015 BCS, BCS variants, vintage BCS bottles variants and other Goose Island releases.
On tap: 2015 Bourbon County Stout, 2015 Coffee BCS, 2015 Bourbon County Barley Wine, 2015 Bourbon County Regal Rye, 2015 Bourbon County Proprietors. Also Goose Island Real Nice Surprise Egg Nog Porter, The Great Road DunkelWeizen, & Matilda.
All that and a limited selection of vintage bottles and other rare releases.
All beers are extremely limited, first come, first served. Unfortunately we are unable to accept reservations for this very special event.

7:00 pm ♦ 5th Annual Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl
Start at Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
Trolley runs every 30-minutes between each location
Celebrate Black Wednesday with Pioneer Tavern Group as they host the 5th annual Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl that features a complimentary trolley running all night between Lottie’s, The Pony and Frontier. Each location will feature drink specials including $5 Jameson Black, $5 Black and Stormys, $4 Strongbow, $4 Heineken and more.
The trolley launch point begins at Lottie’s at 7 p.m. and heads to The Pony, which will feature a Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks official roadwatch party beginning at 9 p.m. with Blackhawks ticket giveaways. The trolley also makes a stop at Frontier which will have a “Barn Party” featuring a campfire, music, S’mores, spiced wine, hot cocktails, smoked turkey legs, and free screen printed t-shirts (while supplies last).
To guarantee a spot on the trolley, guests can sign up at the bar or email
Frontier, 1072 North Milwaukee, Chicago 773.772.4322
Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W Cortland, Chicago 773.489.0738
The Pony, 1638 West Belmont, Chicago 773.828.5055

7:00 pm ♦ BCBS Black Wednesday at Beer Bistro
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
Join us Black Wednesday as we tap several Goose Island Beers.
Sofie, Halia, Lolita, IPA (not so limited), 2015 BCS Original, 2015 BCS Coffee, 2015 BCS Barlywine
2015 BCS Regal Rye: A unique blend of Bourbon County Brand Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, Luxardo candied cherries, fresh sour cherries and sea salt.
2015 BCS Proprietors: This Chicagoland-only special release adds the base beer to bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup barrels sourced from Sugar Chalet in Ohio. A local culinary school helped the brewers roast 1000 pounds of raw pecans which were then added to the beer along with guajillo peppers just to give some moderate heat to the back-end.

9:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday at Old Town Social
Old Town Social, 455 W. North Ave., Chicago
$10 burger + beer
$3 select whiskey shots
$3 Brooklyn Brewery lager cans
Tell yo friends.

7:00 pm ♦ Other Black Wednesday Bourbon County Stout releases
Dusek’s (1227 W. 18th St.), 7 p.m.
Jimmy’s in Naperville – 5PM

Stay tuned for the Black Friday schedule!

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