Black Friday Weekend in Beer, November 26-28

Black Friday Weekend in Beer, November 26-28
Yes, Mr. Dan, Black Friday has come. Can I call you Steely?

Here we are, the biggest beer shopping day of the year. No doubt you’ve read Josh Noel’s Tribune article on establishments that have had issues with Goose Island’s policies of Bourbon County Stout; so they have “alternate celebrations” with other brewers’ beers. I have tried to cover them all. It comes to 62 Friday events so far.

I sure hope I have heard from everybody who has events this weekend. I may not be able to keep up in this article, but I will have any additions in my Beeronaut Calendar app first.

For many of these places, I only had notice of the events from the Goose Island web site, which did not have all the starting times. While it’s most likely these places will open for Black Friday as usual, some could open earlier, others may not start their events until evening. Be sure to check on your favorite locals.

In the midst of this shopping frenzy, we welcome two new establishments: Second City Meadery opens Friday, and Cultivate by Forbidden Root has its opening Saturday, taking over the former Band of Bohemia gastropub.

Black Friday, November 25

BCS Tapping
Old Republic Kitchen + Bar, 155 S. Randall Rd., Elgin, IL (224) 535-9544 Map
2021 Original/Cola/14/Prop will be highlighted, along with a couple of Goose Island Core brands.

Black Friday BCS tasting
The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, 226 S. Bridge St., Yorkville, IL (630) 882-9559 Map
2021 Offerings will be Original, Cherrywood, and Reserve 14
Live music starting at 2 pm

Black Friday at ESBC
Exit Strategy Brewing, 7700 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL (708) 689-8771 Map
Friday we’ve got THREE beer releases – woo to the hoooo!! 
Be a Goldfish English Mild 
Das Deutsche Band German chocolate cake imperial milk stout
Lemmings 2.0 Hazy IPA

BCS Tasting
Peanuts Bar & Grill, 22 W Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL (630) 369-5200 Map
2021 Original and Prop will be served along with a 2019 variant.

Black Friday Bourbon County Stout
The Lantern, 8 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 355-7099 Map
2021 Original and Prop will be served

2021 Bourbon County Tap Takeover
Yard House, 2301 Fountain Square Dr Lombard, IL (630) 495-1912 Map
Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts on draft: Original, Cherrywood, Proprietor’s
BOTTLES: Original, Proprietor’s, Blanton’s, Reserve 150, Double Barrel Toasted, Fourteen

BCS Release at Bottoms Up
Bottoms Up Sports Bar and Grill, 1807 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 630-364-2070 Map
Tap Takeover of 6 handles with 5 BCS 2021 variants, plus 2019 Reserve Rye.

Black Friday at Jake Melnick’s
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago 312-266-0400 Map
Complete 2021 draft lineup.

Black Friday: Brunch and Bourbon County Stout Tapping
Old Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells St., Chicago 312-477-2800, Map
Old Town Pour House, 8 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL 630-601-1440, Map
Old Town Pour House, 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 630-448-6020 Map
& SweetWater Tavern and Grille, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago 312-698-7111 Map
In addition to serving our full Rock n’ Roll Brunch, we’re tapping this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout on Black Friday. Join us the day after Thanksgiving to taste this rare and coveted favorite.
Come in to try the Original Bourbon County Stout before it’s tapped out. Varietal availability varies by market.
Check the link for each establishment to make a reservation.

Black Friday Bourbon County Stout tasting
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
BCS Bottle Release & Tappings! Time TBD

Bourbon County Stout Tapping
DOC’s Smokehouse, 19081 Old La Grange Rd., Mokena, IL (708) 995-5533 Map
The release of Bourbon County is almost here! We’re excited to team up with Lakeshore Beverage to host a release event in Mokena on Black Friday!
Stop in our Mokena location on November 26 to enjoy this year’s Bourbon County lineup.

7:00 am • Nik & Ivy Tasting
Berkot’s Super Foods, 500 Summit Dr., Lockport, IL (815) 838-8899 Map
Nik & Ivy will be doing a free tasting at Berkots Lockport on Black Friday starting at 7 am! Come try some of our beers!
Fresh Brewed Beer, Born and Raised in Lockport

7:30 am – 7:30 pm • BrickStone Black Friday
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277 Map
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—BrickStone Black Friday. No more secrets, here’s what to expect: 
Dark Secret Double Oak Woodford and Vanilla Double Oak Woodford are rich Imperial Stouts aged 21 months—finally available to the public for sale. Limited special varieties also on tap all weekend until they run dry. Tickets for beer purchase will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at the brewpub (557 William R Latham Dr) on Friday, Nov 26th @ 7:30am. Restaurant opens 8am for our annual Biscuits & Gravy breakfast and beer pickup. Don’t be late—supplies are extremely limited. Line begins at the front door. Tap list coming soon.

9:00 – 11:00 am • Black Friday Tapping
The Open Door Taproom & Bottleshop, 20 S. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL  Map
Join us the day after the holidays for a special Bourbon County Tapping event! We will have the following exclusive brews on draft: 2021 Cherry Wood, 2021 Original Bourbon County, 2021 Classic Cola and 2021 Proprietors.
Packaged beers will be released at 9:00am, with 10 bottles of each specialty brew available. The first 10 guests can purchase one of each Bourbon County.

9:00 am • Bourbon County Release
Prestige 6249 Tap Room, 6249 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 963-9733 Map
Doors open 9:00am.
All Variants Available; Variants Limit I Per Person, While Supplies Last.
BCS 2021 Will Be On Tap On Black Friday!
Come Back For The Tap Takeover Dec 10, 2021.

9:00 am • 2021 Goose Island Bourbon County Tapping
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave. Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL 708-226-1827 Map
We have been waiting all year for this and we know you have too! Join us on Friday as we tap 2021 Goose Island Bourbon County and Special Variants. Doors open at 9am, first come first served while supplies last. Stay tuned to our social media pages for more upcoming info!

9:00 am – 7:00 pm • Black Friday bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Release!
The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co., 8250 Utah St., Merrillville, IN (219) 576-7118 Map
We’re opening our doors at 9am on Friday November 26! Join us for the release of 4 barrel aged beers! All beers will be available on tap and packaged to go.
Heaven’s Court / Russian Style Imperial Stout aged in 1205 Distillery Bourbon Barrels (13.5%) 4 pack 12oz Cans
Velcro Walet / Imperial stout brewed with marshmallows, chocolate, & cinnamon, aged in Journeyman Featherbone bourbon barrels (12.3% ABV) 22oz Bottles
Modulate / Imperial Stout aged in Hotel Tango Distillery Rye bourbon barrels (11.5% ABV) 4 Pack 12oz Cans
Outside Noise / Imperial Porter aged in Hotel Tango Distillery rye whisky barrels (11.2%ABV ) 4 Pack 12oz Cans

9:00 am – 11:00 pm • Black Friday 2021 & Vintage BCS on Draft
Goose Island Brewhouse, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071 Map
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Black Friday is finally almost here. Want to taste through the entire 2021 lineup that day? We’ll be pouring the full 2021 Bourbon County Stout lineup here at the brewhouse.
Bourbon County Stout • Bourbon County Cherry Wood Stout
 • Bourbon County Reserve 150 Stout • Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout
 • Bourbon County Reserve Blanton’s Stout • Bourbon County Classic Cola Stout
 • Bourbon County Fourteen Stout
 • Bourbon County Proprietor’s Stout.
A pair of tickets to our brewer=led tastings are $270 plus tax and fees, and include gratuity. If you weren’t able to grab tickets to our tasting sessions, we still have something special for you. We’ll be pouring a Black Friday Vintage BCS flight at the brewhouse while supplies last.Vintage BCS Flight (3oz each):
 2017 Bourbon County Proprietors Stout
, 2017 Bourbon County Northwoods Stout
, 2017 Bourbon County Reserve Stout

9:00 am • Black Friday Bourbon County Stout Tasting
Warren’s Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126 Map
BCS Tap Takeover of 22 handles
Highlighting all 2021 and 2020 variants, along with Prop 2019 and 2018 Variants (Bramble, Vanilla, Wheatwine, Original)
Prix-fixe Menu will be served
2021 BCS bottles will be available upon request.

10:00 am • BCS Pickup
Leo’s Wines & Spirits, 3018 Hobson Rd., Woodridge, IL (630) 963-2044 Map
Our Lottery for Bourbon County Stouts has been is cancelled. It’s now on a first come first serve basis per customer’s request. This is due to claiming the inconvenience of the holiday week. Those who filled out a raffle ticket will have their choice awarded to them.
Those who were already notified can pick up your BCS on Friday.
All sales are Final. No Refunds.
Any left over Packages will be available Friday Morning.

10:00 am – 10:00 pm • Black Friday BCS at Fulton Street
Goose Island Tap Room, 1800 W. Fulton St., Chicago 800-466-7363 Map
Get your first taste of the full 2021 Bourbon County Stout lineup at Fulton Street on Friday. We’ll be pouring the full lineup as a flight, at 3 oz. pours.
Your flight includes:
Bourbon County Stout OriginalBourbon County Cherry Wood Stout Bourbon County Reserve 150 StoutBourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel StoutBirthday County Reserve Blanton’s StoutBourbon County Classic Cola Stout Anniversary Bourbon County Fourteen StoutBourbon County Proprietor’s Stout
All 2021 Bourbon County Stout will be available for individual pours while supplies last.

11:00 am • Black Friday Goose Island BCS Tapping!
Tap House Grill, 123 Washington St., Oswego, IL 630-383-2020 Map
Join Tap House Grill Oswego for our Black Friday Goose Island BCS Tapping!
Featured Stout Lineup: Bourbon County Stout 2021, Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout 2021, Cherry Wood Stout, Fourteen Stout, Classic Cola Stout, Bourbon County Stout 2020, Mon Cheri Stout 2019
Flights Available!

11:00 am • Black Friday: Drink Local, Shop Local
McCarty Mills Taproom, 140 S. River St., Aurora, IL (630) 229-0451 Map
Local Vendors/Special Tappings. Drink Local Shop Local at McCarty Mills Taproom. Beer starts flowing at noon, vendors at 1pm!
Bourbon County Brand Stout. 2017 & 2021 • BCBS Proprietor’s Stout 2021 • Werk Force BA Cocout Vanilla Sleepy Bear 2020 • MyGrain BA Vignori 2021
LOCAL ARTIST POP UPS: Joshua Schultz, Devan the Artist, Dzhelasi

11:00 am • Bourbon County Black Friday Release Party
Chuck’s Café Darien, 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 331-431-4000 Map
It’s time for our annual Goose Island Bourbon County Black Friday Release Party! Doors will open at 11am & this year we have a killer lineup in store!
On Tap this year will be:
BCS Original • BCS Prop • BCS Cola • BCS Cherry Wood Stout • BCS Cafe de Olla 2019
Plus we’ll also be tapping Goose Island Christmas IPA!

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • Take The Barrel Back Day Barrel Aged Tappings
Crafted 1979, 19200 LaGrange Rd., Ste. E, Mokena, IL 708-860-2826 Map
Tapping of our Collab beers from Mikerphone: Take the Barrel Back and Double Take the Barrel Back plus some Barrel Aged Beers from local breweries: Whiskey Hill, Pollyanna, Werk Force, Revolution, and much more.

11:00 am • Goose Island BCS Tapping
Deja Brew Bar & Grill, 5219 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL 708-423-0484 Map
Our favorite tapping of the year of the year is FINALLY almost here.
We will have a variety of Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts tapping. Stay tuned for details.

11:00 am • Neckbeard Nektar Pickup
The Beer Cellar, 488 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-315-5060 Map
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for our annual Transient Artisan Ales Neckbeard Nectar Release!
Once again, we’ve partnered with Transient on our favorite stout release of the year. We are back with four variants this year and some other goodies to accompany your Neckbeard Nectar experience.
This is a PRE-ORDER! Pick-ups begin on Friday, November 26 at 11 AM
We have two pre-order bundle options:
1. 4-BOTTLE BUNDLE: 1 bottle of each variant
2. SUPER BUNDLE: 1 bottle of each variant + 1 bottle of hot sauce + 1 6-pack of Neckbeard-inspired donuts (we’re calling it a SUPER bundle because it’s super limited!)
PRE-ORDER NOW at this link!
Here are the 4 variants for 2021:
Neckbeard Nectar: Imperial Stout with coconut & vanilla, 12.5% ABV
Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Neckbeard Nectar: Imperial Stout aged in Blis Maple Bourbon Barrels with Tugboat Coffee and vanilla beans. 13% ABV
Elijah Craig Barrel Aged Neckbeard Nectar: Imperial Stout aged 13 months in Elijah Craig 11 year Bourbon Barrels. 13% ABV
Neckbeard Life: Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout blended with Rye Whiskey Barrel aged Rye Barleywine. 13% ABV
We partnered with Gindos to bring you an incredible hot sauce: 2020 Legent Barrel Aged Neckbeard Nectar blended with locally grown chocolate habanero peppers and Alderwood smoked salt. Medium Heat.
We partnered with Violet Crumb Donuts to bring you 3 Neckbeard inspired donuts!
Toasted Coconut Bark • Million Dollar Bacon + Bourbon • Tiramisu (CONTAINS NUTS!)

11:00 – 12:00 am • Revolution Brewing – Fistmas Holiday Giveaway
Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W Chicago Ave., Chicago 773‑645‑4949 Map
Merry Fistmas! Guests ordering Revolution Brewing Fistmas from November 26th – December 24th can enter into a raffle to win an exclusive gift package including: Revolution Gift Card, Revolution Brewing Tour, Revolution Gear & Roots Gift Card.
One gift package winner per location (West Town, Lincoln Square, South Loop and Old Town). Winner will be determined and notified on 12/24.
Fistmas cans will be $7 until 12/24.

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • Barrel-Aged Stouts for Black Friday
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Black Friday is here once again, and with it…two new big, thick, yummy, barrel-aged stouts are coming your way. Here’s everything you need to know to score your bottles, try them on tap, and have a fantastic break from holiday shopping.
1) Tranquil Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout: Dark as midnight and rich as all get-out, Tranquil is our new, non-adjuncted barrel-aged stout. With this beer, we wanted to let the barrels really shine without any additional sweetness from adjuncts. A blend of imperial stout aged for 22 months in Buffalo Trace and 16 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, this stout is everything we’ve dreamed of brewing since long before Riverlands opened. 22oz bottles, 14.5% ABV, $25 per bottle, limit two per person.
2) Barrel-Aged Gravity Void Imperial Stout: Perhaps you recall our original Gravity Void imperial stout? We took our rich imperial stout base and added hazelnut, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon to create a truly delicious pastry stout. Aged in a blend of 22 month Buffalo Trace and 16 month Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, the result is a boozy concoction of lush waves of chocolate with wonderful notes of hazelnut and cinnamon. 22oz bottles, 14.5% ABV, $25 per bottle, limit two per person.
Pre-orders for these beers are underway on our webstore. There is a hard limit of 2 bottles of EACH beer per person. Any orders with more than 2 bottles will be cancelled and refunded.
All orders will be available for pick-up starting on Friday, November 26 at 11am and MUST be picked up no later than Sunday, December 5th at 9pm. Please select your pickup date and time during the checkout process. Any bottles not picked up by December 5 will be cancelled, refunded, and sold the following week.
Proxies WILL BE ALLOWED. All proxies must show a forwarded email receipt from the purchaser and have a valid 21-and-over ID.
For those coming on Black Friday itself, we have a killer release party in store.
Doors open early at 11am, Chuck’s Wood-Fired Pizza will be here starting around 12pm, and both barrel-aged beers will be on draft, along with 14 other awesome taps.
Please note: all tables and seating are first come, first served. No reservation or holding tables for friends. Unheated outdoor seating will be available weather permitting.

11:00 am • Black Friday Beer Releases
Region Ale, 1080 US-41, Schererville, IN 219-322-2337 Map
So many good beers we had to break it up in 2 days! Epic, Founders, Goose Island and more! BCS, KBS, BBB we got em all! Bring the family, bring your friends, bring yourself!

11:00 am • 2021 Bourbon County Tapping
Chuck’s Café Burbank, 6501 W. 79th St., Burbank, IL 708-229-8700 Map
Join us as we tap Goose Island’s Bourbon County 11am on Black Friday! We will have the Cherrywood varietal on draft and bottles available of the original.

11:00 am • Goose BCS Black Friday Tapping
Spartan House, 1032 Prairie St., Aurora, IL (630) 340-4546 Map
We will highlight 2021 Original, Cherry Wood, and Cola.

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • Goose Island Bourbon County 2021 Release
The Open Bottle, 7101 W 183rd St., Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
& The Open Bottle Lockport, 16437 159th St., Lockport, IL (815) 293-6350 Map
We are excited to bring you another release of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, their flagship bourbon barrel aged stouts.
We’ll be holding our annual release of Bourbon County online this year with the option to secure a full allotment of all 8 bottles of Bourbon County. Online sales start sometime during Saturday Nov. 20th with a pickup date of Friday Nov. 26 & 27th. All sets must be picked up by the 27th.
There is a limit of 1 full allotment per person. Any orders with more than 1 full allotment will be refunded immediately for the additional allotment with a restocking fee applied.
At open, we’ll have four different Bourbon Countys on draft with select 2021 and vintage Bourbon County bottles available in-store & online throughout the day.
Our friends at Pekoe & Bean also have BCS Cinnamon Rolls as an extra special treat!  
ON DRAFT at Tinley Park
2020 & 2021 Bourbon County Brand Stout
2019 Bourbon County Brand Cafe de Olla Stout
2021 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout 
ON DRAFT at Lockport
2021 Bourbon County Classic Cola Stout
2021 Goose Island Bourbon County Fourteen Stout
2016 Bourbon County Brand Barleywine
2016 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout

11:00 am – 11:00 pm • Roaring Table Phase Release
Roaring Table Brewery, 739 W IL Rte. 22, Lake Zurich, IL (224) 662-4562 Map
Releasing 2021 BBA Sunburnt Mirth Peanut Butter
1/2 off Swag

11:30 am • Black Friday Bourbon County Stout Release
The Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe St., Chicago 312-330-0712 Map
Join us for the release of 2021 Goose Island BCS lineup. Package and draft will be available. In addition we will be tapping vintage barrels throughout the month and on the day of the event.
2021 Draft List
Original • Cherry Wood • Classic Cola • 14 • Proprietors
2021 Bottles Available
Original • Cherry Wood • Classic Cola • Proprietor’s • 14 • Blanton’s • 150 Old Forester • Double Barrel
Vintage Draft (Will not all be tapped at once)
2015 Original • 2017 Original • 2018 Original • 2018 Bramble Rye • 2018 Vanilla
Vintage Bottles (Limited Quantities)
2013 Original • 2014 Coffee • 2016 Barleywine • 2017, 2018, 2019 original vertical pack  • 2017 Northwoods • 2017 Barleywine • 2017 Coffee • 2018 Midnight Orange • 2020 Proprietors • 2020 Kentucky Fog • 2020 Special #4 • 2020 Birthday • 2020 Caramella • 2020 Anniversary

12:00 – 10:30 pm • Black Friday Black Pils Release, Keep the Glassware!
Goldfinger Brewing Co., 513 Rogers St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-9728 Map
We are tapping our Black Pils on Black Friday! This Pils is exclusively hopped with Polish Tomyski and Zula hops which lend flavors of dark fruits and spices that go well with the roasted malt we added. At an easy 4.9%, this beer is crisp, dry, with a firm bitterness that balances the rest of the complex flavors.
This beer will be slow poured into our First Lagerversary Pilsner flutes so we’re offering you a limited keep the glass deal! $15 gets your a pour and a glass (save $3 on your glass!). (While supplies last.)
This is a taproom exclusive beer release.
Celebrate Black Friday with a Black Pils!

12:00 pm • Community Fridge Drive
BeerShop, 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park, IL (847) 946-4164 Map
While we WILL have a beautiful “Day After Thanksgiving” beer display for all you early bird shoppers, we are also focused on filling these community fridges in Oak Park and Maywood.
Instituted by Anthony Clark and the Suburban Unity Alliance, these fridges need continuous upkeep so they may remain a viable resource to folks.
Non-perishables to consider donating:
– Canned goods
– Bread loaves
– Hygiene items
Beer Shop will deliver these amongst all 3 fridge locations (Carnival Oak Park, Euclid Church & Fred Hampton House) on Sat, Nov. 27th.

12:00 pm • Black Friday BCS Launch
The Red Barn Restaurant and Brewery, 303 E. Kensington Rd., Mount Prospect, IL (847) 749-0064 Map
The 2021 Bourbon County Stout is here! 5 Varieties on tap (4oz Pours) – BCS Original $7 –BCS Cherrywood $9 – BCS Classic Cola $9 – BCS Fourteen $9 – BCS Proprietor Stout $11 Flights Of All 5 $40
For every beer purchase you receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a limited edition BCS 16.9oz bottle (max 3 raffle tickets per person/per day). Purchasing a flight will receive a bonus 4th raffle ticket.
T&C – Raffle and winners will be contacted on Tuesday, Dec 14th 2021. Purchase of a single BCS 4oz tap is required to receive one raffle ticket, A purchase of a BCS flight will receive 4 raffle tickets. Winners not need to be present for raffle. Raffle prizes are (2) BCS Reserve Blanton’s Stout, (2) BCS Reserve 150, (1) BCS Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout* WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

12:00 pm • 2021 Barrel Aged Sleepy Bear Release Week
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557 Map
The Barrel Aged Sleepy Bears continue!!
Wednesday, Nov 24th
12PM: OG Single Barrel Sleepy Bear: Imperial Stout Aged in a Blend of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels – 13.2%. Our original classic take for our Sleepy Bear lineup!
Friday, Nov 26th
12PM: Double Barrel Sleepy Bear: Imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace and finished in W.L. Weller barrels – 15.8%. Huge smooth bourbon notes blend perfectly with the addition of cacao nibs and vanilla. 2021 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer GOLD MEDAL WINNER!
12PM: BA Coffee Vanilla Sleepy Bear: Imperial stout aged in Blanton’s barrels – 13.2% We took a select run of Blanton’s bourbon barrels and blended them to create this variant. Utilizing our buddies at Ten Drops coffee we had them custom roast super rich and chocolaty beans from Chiapas, Mexico. Between resting on those and the copious addition of vanilla this is one hell of a awesome variant to this years lineup.
Saturday, Nov 27th
11AM: Triple Barrel Sleepy Bear: Imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace, then W.L. Weller and finished in VSOP brandy barrels – 15.1%. This is one incredible beer! Our first time releasing a triple barrel aged variant of Sleepy Bear. This was then finished with cacao nibs and vanilla. Rich, decadent and complex notes of bourbon and brandy make this beer one to be shared with your closest of friends.
11AM: Double Barrel Maple Praline Sleepy Bear: Imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace and finished in W.L. Weller Barrels – 15.8%. The name says it all!! We took this years Double Barrel to the next level. It’s as if stacks of chocolate chip pancakes drenched in maple syrup tangoed with vanilla swirl ice cream and crushed pecans. We’re super excited about this addition to the releases this year!

12:00 pm • Black Friday Bourbon County Stout Tasting
The Leavitt Street Inn and Tavern , 2345 N. Leavitt St., Chicago (773) 661-9639 Map
Join us and our friends from Goose Island as we celebrate the official start of winter: Bourbon County release day!
Right at noon, we will tap 5 variants along with Goose Island Neon Beer Hugs and Virtue Cider’s Bourbon Barrel aged Cherry Mitten.
Flights or standard pours available, and bottles of 3 variants will be available to-go while supplies last, first come first serve.
So come on in and celebrate Black Friday the best way possible: Burgers and Bourbon County!

12:00 – 3:00 pm • Mia Bella’s Wood Fire Pizza
Steam Hollow Brewing Co., 450 S. Spruce St. Unit C, Manteno, IL  Map
Mia Bella’s is back with their award winning pizza!  
Come unwind this weekend with Ed Hill and the Unusuals live at 7pm! 
Also serving Saturday at 5-9 pm.

12:00 pm • Black Friday at the Mousetrap
Off Color Brewing’s The Mousetrap Taproom, 1460 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 929-2916 Map
Coming up this Black Friday, we have a really exciting release! Night of the Jaguar is a dark chocolate ale brewed in collaboration with our good friends at Dark Matter Coffee and Sleep Walk Chocolateria.
Back in May, as the world started to re-open, we went down to Mexico City for a week with the well caffeinated mice over at Dark Matter and Sleep Walk to visit their chocolate partners at La Rifa Chocolateria. This Dark Chocolate Ale is the result of poking around the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon, visiting the floating islands Mexico City is built upon, eating extremely well, and generally being thrilled to experience the planet again.
Multivariate additions of Mexican Drinking Chocolate, Trinitario cocoa nibs grown in Chiapas, and chocolate malt lend layered and nuanced chocolate expressions of peach, orchard fruits, and tamarind alongside classic bakers chocolate notes. Heirloom Blue Bolita corn from Oaxaca adds a subtle, rustic nod and sense of place while late additions of honey and Piloncillo sugar purchased in the street markets of CDMX lightens the body and adds a final, floral flourish to this Dark Chocolate ale. Overall; luscious, velveteen and comforting – like falling asleep to the warm caress of the soft crackles and pops of a well worn Nick Drake album.
Releases on nitro draft and in 16oz cans to-go this Friday at noon and later that evening we’ll be having a release party with the Dark Matter crew starting at about 6pm.

12:00 pm • Black Friday BA St. Baldus 2021 Release
Black Horizon Brewing Co., 7560 S. Quincy St., Willowbrook, IL (630) 413-4964 Map
For Black Friday we are releasing our 2021 Barrel Aged St. Baldus – Belgian Quad Ale.

12:00 – 11:00 pm • Black Friday Barrel Aged Bash!
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
Oh, Buddy! Do we have some exciting releases planned for you! We will be releasing not one, not two, but three excellent barrel-aged releases for you all!
We will be opening our doors early, so come on by for a pour or two after all your Black Friday shopping.
The barrel room will be open with barrel-aged beers on tap, games set up, tables, and music to get the vibes going. Chef Terrell will be serving up his delicious wood-fired pizzas. Lunch starts around 1p and goes until he sells out, so come hungry!
At 6:30, JD Kostyk is back rocking out. JD always puts on a great show and probably has some rad songs up his sleeves to perform.
These beers are awakening from their deep, long slumber, so give the event a like and stay up-to-date on the release info!

12:00 pm • Deep Woods on Black Friday with Revolution
Orange & Brew Bottle Shop & Tap, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880 Map
It’s barrel-aged beer season, and who better to start the Thanksgiving weekend off with than Chicago’s own Revolution! We’ll be tapping four Deep Woods kegs when we open and the best part…you’ll get to vote on the four beers! Double Barrel VSOD will be on draft, as will Apple Brandy Ryeway. We have some pretty good options we’ve been holding onto over the past year. Stay tuned for info on how to vote!

12:00 pm • Alpine Biergarten Grand Opening Weekend
Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140 Map
The magic of the Alpine Biergarten returns Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-28) with its picturesque grounds and a new cozy indoor Alpine lodge for the ultimate winter retreat.
Set against a scenic pine forest backdrop, the BCB Alpine Biergarten features multiple roaring fire pits, patio and barrel table heat lamps, throws and apparel to stay warm, twinkle lighting, holiday décor, outdoor table service, and over two acres of winter wonderland to explore.
During opening weekend, the Chicago Culinary Kitchen food truck will be on-site serving up Texas-style BBQ to heat things up even more!

12:00 pm • Black Friday Cellar Release Party
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave., Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701 Map
Black Friday; it’s that special day each year at The Bavarian Lodge that we release a truly remarkable selection of draft beer from deep within our cellar. This year’s line-up is sure to please with an unprecedented selection of Vintage, Rare, and Barrel-Aged beers. Stop in and try some of the most sought-after brews around and a draft list that’s sure to never to be repeated anywhere. All drafts listed below will be available starting at noon on a first come, first served basis.
Firestone Walker Anniversary XVI (2012), Sucaba (2013), Parabola (2017)
Revolution Batch 2000 (2018), Ryeway To Heaven (2017)
Surly Darkness (2016), Pentagram (2017)
Perennial Abraxas (2017)
B. Nektar Episode 13: 2 Year Reserve (2018)
Against the Grain Bo & Luke (2018)
Goose Island Halia (2016), Bourbon County Stout (2012), BCS Bramble Rye (2018), BCS Vanilla (2018), BCS Midnight Orange (2018), BCS Proprietors (2018), BCS Reserve (2018)
The Bruery Melange No. 3 (2017), Poterie (2016)
Avery Rumpkin (2017), Twenty-Five (2018), Double Barrel Maple Stout (2019)
HammerHeart Yul Ol (2020)
Last Minute Surprises Possible!
All Information Subject to Change Without Notice.
All Drafts Available at 12:00 pm. First Come, First Served.
21 & Over Only in the Pub Room, Please. No RSVP.
Full Dinner Menu Available All Day (12p-10p).
Additional Parking is Available Next Door at Gator Chef,

12:00 – 9:00 pm • Black Friday at Metal Monkey Brewing
Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Suite 900, Romeoville, IL 630-862-9595 Map
Join us Black Friday as we will be releasing our annual Christmas inspired winter warmer beer, Flashing Santa.
Our winter warmer is brewed 2-Row, Marris Otter, Wheat and Brown malts along with Special B & Roasted Barley to create a full bodied beer that we then add Ceylon cinnamon sticks, traditional cinnamon sticks & ginger to create a holiday inspired beer you can enjoy all winter!
We will also have our coffee mugs featuring our Christmas colored MMB logo and our naughty Flashing Santa on the other side.

1:00 – 5:00 pm • BCS Tasting Experience at Time Out Market
Time Out Market, 916 W. Fulton Market, Chicago  Map
For craft beer fans, there is only one thing Black Friday means… and that’s the release of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout! Time Out Market Chicago is excited to host an exclusive experience where beer-lovers will have first access to this brew on Friday, November 26 with different tasting options beginning at 1 p.m. A full rundown of pricing and details are below and tickets can be purchased HERE.
VIP First Access Ticket – $150. 1 – 2 PM
First access to the progressive tastings
Commemorative tasting glass
Samples of each new release accompanied by a paired dish curated by TOMC chefs.
2 PM meet the brewer experience
Rare vintage tastings
Education from Master Goose Island Brewer
First access to purchase from rare vintage menu (while supplies last)
Tasting Experience Ticket – $75. 2 – 4 PM
Commemorative tasting glass
Samples of each new release accompanied by a paired dish curated by TOMC chefs.
Access to purchase from rare vintage menu (while supplies last)

2:00 – 10:00 pm • Goose Island Bourbon County Release
Consume: Lake Zurich, 569 W. Route 22, Lake Zurich, IL 847-550-4801 Map
Black Friday w/ Goose Island at Consume
We will have the following on draft
Bourbon County Stout 2021 • Cherry Wood Stout 2021 • Classic Cola Stout 2021 • Proprietor’s Stout 2021 • Fourteen 2021 • Proprietor’s 2020 • Bourbon County Vanilla Stout 2018 • Proprietor’s 2017 • Reserve 2017 • Proprietor’s 2016
Limited Bottles For Onsite Consumption As Well
Bottle Release will be on Wednesday, the 24th, through the Oznr App

2:00 – 11:00 pm • Second City Meadery Opening
Second City Meadery, 4465 N. Elston Ave, Chicago  Map
The time is finally here!! We are beyond excited to welcome all of you into our taproom on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!
We will be open from 2p-11p both days. We hope to share a glass of award winning mead with you!

3:00 – 9:00 pm • Skeleton Key’s Little Key Black Friday
Skeleton Key Brewery, 8102 Lemont Rd., Unit 300, Woodridge, IL (630) 395-9033 Map
To burn off all that turkey and stuffing, we’ll Fake a Hike with our Trail Mix-inspired Amber Ale collab with Metal Monkey Brewing on Black Friday (3-9pm)! (both on tap and in cans to-go). We may still have our Black Wednesday release, our Vermont-style IPA collab with Riverlands Brewing Company, Special Move Kickout.
The holiday celebration continues with case and pint discounts on Small Business Saturday (2-9pm) and new “Little Key”-branded raglan shirts available for purchase on Small Brewery Sunday (12-5pm)…because it doesn’t get smaller than Little Key
As a reminder, we are still 21+, the entrance is at the BACK of Skeleton Key — and our hours are still a bit limited, so make us your first stop of the day/night to make sure you don’t miss out!
Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 2-9pm, Sunday 12-5pm

3:00 pm • Goose Island BCS Bottle Release
Tuman’s Tap & Grill, 2159 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 773-782-1400 Map
Bottles are available for on-premise consumption and for carryout. On sale beginning at 3 p.m. Black Friday. LIMITED SUPPLY/while supplies last.
2021 Original Bourbon County Stout, 14% and 14.4% ABV 
2021 Bourbon County Cherry Wood Stout, 14.3% ABV 
2021 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout, 12.8% ABV
2020 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout, 14.2% ABV
2021 Bourbon County Fourteen Stout, 13.2% ABV
2021 Bourbon County Classic Cola Stout, 14.1% ABV
2021 Bourbon County Reserve 150 Stout, 15.6% ABV
2021 Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout, 16% ABV
2020 Anniversary Bourbon County Stout, 15.2% ABV
2020 Bourbon County Special #4 Stout, 13.3% ABV 
2017 Ballast Point High West Barrel-Aged Victory at Sea, 12% ABV 
Ballast Point partnered with High West Distillery to create a barrel-aged version of Victory at Sea Imperial Porter with cold-steeped coffee and vanilla. Aged in High West’s own bourbon and rye whiskey oak casks. $12/12oz bottle

3:00 pm • Bourbon County Stout 2016 Tapping
Burger Antics, 3740 Grand Blvd., Brookfield, IL 708-255-5182 Map
We’re open on Black Friday, and we’ve been saving something special just for you… a keg of 2016 Bourbon County Stout!
This is the first keg of Bourbon County we ever received, and we stuck it in the deepest darkest part of our cellar to let it develop for over 5 years!
It’ll be available in 8oz pours and 32oz growlers while supplies last, so after you run around buying up all the 2021 variants, stop by for a burger and a taste of what Bourbon County can really be!

3:00 – 7:00 pm • Fork n Fry Poutine Truck
Flesk Brewing Co., 200 Applebee St., Ste. E, Barrington, IL 244-655-7291 Map
Join us on Black Friday for Fork n Fry Poutine Truck! They’ll be serving their delicious poutine bowls and gourmet french fries from 3-7PM. Fork n Fry is gluten-free and can be made vegetarian, vegan and dairy free as well!
Poutine is a Canadian dish of french fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy.
Check out their menu here.

3:00 – 8:00 pm • Pair-it-Up @Brother Chimp Brewing
Brother Chimp Brewing, 1059 W. Orchard Rd, North Aurora, IL (630) 800-1724 Map
Come enjoy our Artisan Tapas Platter and our signature loaded Nachos with your favorite Brother Chimp brews this Black Friday!

3:00 pm • BCS At Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago 773-698-8940 Map
Our Black Friday 2021 Bourbon County Stout Exclusive Tapping Lineup :
Drafts: Proprietor’s 2021, Fourteen Stout 2021, Classic Cola Stout 2021, Original 2021, Cherry Wood 2021
Bottles: Double Barrel Toasted Barrel 2021, Reserve Blanton’s 2021, Reserve 150 2021
Previous Years Draft & Bottles will be available. Doors open at 3pm. First come first serve.

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Bourbon County Stout Release party
Park and Field, 3509 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago (773) 360-7373 Map
Bourbon County 2021 release! Black Friday, unlimited pours of the entire lineup with 90 reservation times. Grab your tickets now ($40) at

4:00 – 9:30 pm • Mädern Mäke Sushi and RAMEN!
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 445-2467 Map
Trucking in with a greatly expanded menu including real RAMEN (not that bagged stuff)! Former Sushi chefs from Ikigai serve up the good stuff made to order. This time with Tempura, fried rolls and other delights not normally found at their pop-ups!

4:00 – 7:00 pm • WhirlyBall Beat the Brewer Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release Party
WhirlyBall Chicago, 1825 W. Webster Ave., Chicago 773-486-7777 Map
This Black Friday, WhirlyBall is teaming up with Goose Island for a Black Friday Bourbon County Stout Release Beat the Brewer Event. The event will feature four new 2021 Bourbon County Brand Stout releases on draft for tastings as well as a VIP tasting room experience with access to our cellar room inventory.
4-5 PM Meet the Goose Island Brewer, VIP tasting room opens
5-7 PM Beat the Brewer at WhirlyBall
6:30 – 7 PM VIP room opens to all ticket holders
2021 Bourbon County Releases Available On Draft for Tastings:
2021 Bourbon County Brand Stout
2021 Bourbon County Proprietors Stout
2021 Bourbon County Brand Classic Cola Stout
2021 Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout
Ticket Options:
VIP Cellar Ticket: $100
Includes 7 tasting tickets (5 oz. pour) from the 2021 lineup and our vintage VIP Cellar Room list
VIP tasting room access
VIP WhirlyBall Swag
VIP Goose Island Swag including Tasting Glass
Choice of one complimentary vintage bottle (Choice of 2016 Proprietors Stout, 2016 Coffee Stout, 2017 Barleywine, 2017 Bourbon County Brand Original Stout, or 2016 Barleywine)
Exclusive purchasing access to our vintage and rare cellar room bottles. Room List
BCBS Fan Ticket: $65
Includes 7 tasting tickets (5 oz. pour) from the 2021 lineup and additional rare and vintage draft selections (over 20!)
BCBS Fan Tasting Pour List (Page 1 & Page 2)
Please note: Due to limited quantities available for purchase, we will not be selling any of the 2021 Bourbon County Stouts to go. WhirlyBall will be free to play for all ticket holders of this event, during the event time. This event is only available for persons 21 and older. Ticket types guarantee access to purchases but do not guarantee availability, as bottled items will be first-come-first-serve within your ticket group. All bottled items will be sold at fair market value.

5:00 pm • BCS at O’Toole’s Libertyville
O’Toole’s Libertyville, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 847-984-2599 Map
$60.00, reservations here.
Join us at 5pm for the 2021 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout release. We will be tapping all of the new 2021 draft variants along with a few cellared favorites! Space is limited!
Lineup and times:
5pm: 2021 BCBS Original, 2016 BCBS Coffee, 2017 Madame Rose
5:30pm: 2021 BCBS Cherry, 2016 BCBS Original
6pm: 2021 BCBS Cola, 2015 BCBS Original
6:30pm: 2021 BCBS Fourteen
7pm: 2021 BCBS Proprietors

6:00 pm • BCS at Emerson’s
Emerson’s Ale House, 113 S Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL (847) 870-1996 Map
Black Friday, Bourbon County Stout, Full draft Lineup, 6pm.

6:30 pm • 6th Anniversary Slider Pairing Dinner
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Celebrate 6 Years of Side Lot Brewery with a food and beer pairing! Santorini Lamb Slider – Chorizo Slider – Vietnamese Duck Slider served with Duck Fat French Fries & paired with three SLB Beers. Reservations $40 on Tock.

7:00 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
We’re kicking off the holiday season with the classic It’s A Wonderful Life! Movies at 7pm and 9pm Friday through Sunday!

Saturday, November 26

10:00 am • Bourbon County Tap Takeover
Tap House Grill, 56 W. Wilson St., Palatine, IL 847-934-3000 Map
Tap House Grill Palatine is opening at 10am for the Goose Island Bourbon County Tap Takeover!
New Releases: Bourbon County Stout 2021 | Cherry Wood | Classic Cola | Fourteen | Goose Island Proprietor’s Stout 2021 & More!!
Also featuring our BCS “Cellar” Beers: BCS 2016, 2017, 2018 | Caramella 2020 | Coffee Barleywine | Wheatwine 2018, 2019 | Special #4 2020 | Kentucky Fog 2020 | Barleywine 2016 | Bramble 2018

11:30 am – 3:30 pm • Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Workshop (Family Friendly)
Pints Elmhurst, 112 S. York St., Elmhurst, IL 630-833-4303 Map
Fun Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Workshop! Children will decorate their own Gingerbread Houses and enjoy a lunch buffet!
Bring the family, children, and their friends to the perfect event for Holiday festivities.
Gingerbread Workshop:
-Pre-built gingerbread house with decorating supplies
-Kids lunch buffet & beverage
-The price is $24.95 per child (not including tax & gratuity)
Reservations Required via our Facebook Event page. Please reserve for the total number of people in your group.
Adults are welcome to order off of our full menu.

12:00 – 5:00 pm • West Town Makers Market & Bar Hop
Chicago Brewing District  Map
Join us in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago to shop 75 makers with a drink in hand!
Locations Include – On Tour Brewing Co., Great Central Brewing Co., District Brew Yards, Midwest Coast Brewing Company, Goose Island Brewing Co,, Rhine Hall Distillery.
Products will be a wide variety of handmade goods such as jewelry, knit goods, home decor, metal working, prints, soap, paintings, candles, etc.
No MLM or direct sales will be present.
This event is FREE to attend! You only pay for the items you wish to purchase and the drinks you want to consume.
​This is a family friendly event, however please note alcohol will be present due to the nature of the venues.
If you are 21 or older and choose to drink, please drink responsibly.

12:00 – 11:00 pm • Beer Release – Advent of Hay’z
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
We brewed Advent of Hay’z for our friends at Lodi Tap House and for your holiday enjoyment!
Style: Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.8% Alcohol by Volume
Grain Bill: Pilsner malt, Oats, Wheat, Dextrin
Hop Schedule: Strata & Mosaic
Available In: Growlers, Crowlers, 4x16oz Cans, and Draft

12:00 – 9:00 pm • Red’s the Peoples Pie!
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Tired of Thanksgiving leftovers? Red’s the Peoples Pie, everyone’s favorite Detroit style pizza is back and taking over the kitchen on a special SATURDAY! Get yours before it’s gone!

12:00 pm • Vlad vs. Zombie vs. Shark Release
Hailstorm Brewing Co., 8060 W. 186th St., Tinley Park, IL 708-480-2268 Map
VZS is back.
At 12 PM on Saturday, November 27th we are releasing bombers of Vlad vs. Zombie vs. Shark for $25 each. Limit 6 bottles per person. This years version has been aged for a year in Eagle Rare barrels.
Release will be taproom only. If there is beer remaining at the end if the day then it will be added to the website for online orders at 11 AM on Sunday, November 28th.
Cultivate will be serving up Chicken & Waffles with VZS butter along with their regular menu.

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Cultivate by Forbidden Root Opening
Cultivate by Forbidden Root, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago 773-961-7919 Map
Forbidden Root Brewery is excited to announce the opening of its second Chicago location: Cultivate by Forbidden Root in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Cultivate, the new restaurant and brewery, which builds and expands upon Forbidden Root’s celebrated approach to brewing and its elevated, rustic, seasonal fare, is set to open its doors on November 27. In the words of Forbidden Root’s senior alchemist, Randy Mosher: “We aim to fully embrace our innovative brewing methods and pursue our love of botanical ingredients, expanding the nature of what beer can be.”
In addition, Cultivate’s kitchen will be helmed by executive chef Carlos Cruz, whose opening menu will include a few of the Forbidden Root favorites: the Forbidden Root Burger, Duck & Dumplings and Cheddar& Crackers, as well as a host of newly created dishes for Cultivate’s guests.
Two elements will drive the beer program at Cultivate: “We will use non-standard fermentations, including farmhouse yeast strains from various parts of the world and mixed cultures of traditional brewer’s yeast including specialty strains such as Brettanomyces,” explains head brewer Nick Williams. “The second element is the use of wood to age and flavor beer, from full-sized “foeder” tanks to wine and spirits barrels to custom-toasted chips—we will open with four Cultivate-specific beers.”
Opening Cultivate beers include:
Free Town–5% Danish Rye Zwickel
Just Ben–5.2% Kveik Ale with Chicory and Kudzu Flower
Tableau–4.3% Foeder Conditioned Mixed Culture Table Beer
Vinterol— 5.4% Kveik Ale with Illinois Cascade Hops

6:00 – 11:00 pm • Svengoolie on the Big Screen
Cigars and Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043 Map
Every Saturday Svengoolie on our BIG SCREEN and all TV’s including the beer garden.
Why not come early and catch the 3 Stooges?
Food and Drink specials always a fun time.

Sunday, November 27

10:30 – 11:30 am • Pints & Poses
Steam Hollow Brewing Co., 450 S. Spruce St. Unit C, Manteno, IL  Map
Start your Sunday Funday off right with Yoga at Steam Hollow! Only $15 which includes a beer ticket for beer, cider, or beermosa!

11:00 am – 1:00 pm • Free Donuts & Drafts at the WCBC!
Will County Brewing Co., 1142 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood, IL (815) 582-4157 Map
Join us at 11 AM the last Sunday of every month for a pairing of delicious Orland Park Bakery and refreshing Will County Brewing Craft Beer. The Donuts are ALWAYS FREE with any craft beer purchase in the brewery while supplies last.

11:00 am – 6:00 pm • 2021 Neckbeard Nectar Release
Transient Artisan Ales, 4229 Lake St., Bridgman, MI  Map
Neckbeard Nectar Release at Transient is Sunday, November 28! (The Beer Cellar will be doing their release on Friday)
Per tradition, Neckbeard Nectar will be releasing both in the Transient taproom and at The Beer Cellar locations over Thanksgiving weekend! Both releases are completely separate; i.e. if you reserve bottles at one location that is the location you must go to pick up your orders. As usual, this is a rotating adjuncted (or sometimes not) stout, and we have a couple bangers for you this year.
This year’s releases:
Neckbeard Nectar; Imperial Stout with Coconut and Vanilla, 12.5%
Elijah Craig Neckbeard Nectar; Imperial Stout aged 13 months in Elijah Craig 11 Year Bourbon Barrels, 13.5%
Maple Bourbon Neckbeard Nectar; Imperial Stout aged in Blis Maple Bourbon Barrels with Tugboat Coffee and Vanilla Beans, 13%
Neckbeard Life; Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout blended with Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Rye Barleywine, 13%
Pre-orders start Wednesday, November 24 at 3 PM EST
Bottle pick-ups Sunday, November 28 – Friday, December 10
Bottle reservations taken at Square.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm • Bourbon County Brunch
Berger Station, 10236 Ridgeland Ave, Chicago Ridge, IL (708) 907-5948 Map
We will be tapping 4 variants of Bourbon County Stout: Original, Cherry Wood, Classic Cola, and Proprietor’s, and will be featuring BCS Double Barrel Toasted Barrel in bottles (very limited quantities)
Come stop by and check out our brunch menu to pare with some of your favorite BCS!!!!

1:00 – 6:00 pm • Lunar Brewing Winter Bazaar 2021
LunaR brewing co, 54 E. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL 630-530-2077 Map
Grab a beer and shop over a dozen local artists and small businesses. Free to attend, free parking, and 1pm to 6pm. Note: 21 and older only.

3:00 – 5:00 pm • Trivia Night at Noon Whistle Naperville
Noon Whistle Brewing, 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 331-431-4882 Map
Are you tired of sitting at home answering every question correct on Jeopardy with nothing to show for it?
Come out for our General Knowledge trivia night with Baig of Tricks Entertainment and join your host as they quiz your teams through two full hours of general knowledge trivia, including awesome themed bonus rounds and music rounds!
While we’re testing your wit, Cellar Door will be keeping you fueled up an incredible food menu and delicious drinks all night, PLUS the top teams will win bragging rights and prizes, so bring your friends, family, and even your enemies (if they’re good at trivia) to increase your chances of winning.
Be sure to get there early and snag your team a spot and fuel up with some drinks, see you soon!
Please follow ALL Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions put in place by the venue, and here are a few extra tips:
1) Please bring your own pen/pencil. Our host will have pencils just in case, but it would be best to use your own for everyone’s safety & comfort.
2) The questions will be read by your host over our PA system, but may not be displayed on a screen if one is not easily available.
3) Any and all rules/restrictions are subject to change.

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