Chicago Black Wednesday Beer Week: November 22-25

Chicago Black Wednesday Beer Week: November 22-25
My one a year "Black Wednesday" joke.

I actually have all these events ready to post at my usual time. There are dozens of Black Wednesday tappings for barrel-aged stouts, and not just the expected Bourbon County Stouts. Just a few notes:

Many of the Black Wednesday and Friday events were from Goose island’s website, and did not mention times. I did not want to presume to put in the places’ regular hours, since many of them would be opening early, especially on Friday.

I hastily went through my repeating listings for Thursday events that fall on Thanksgiving, and tried to confirm that they were still scheduled, meaning those establishments were open that day. I’d definitely recommend contacting any place you might care to visit on Turkey Day to make sure they’re ready to serve.

My listing for Black Friday are pretty complete. You can see them now on my Beeronaut Calendar app, which is in eternal beta. Just go to this link and enter the dates you want to see events for. I’ve put all the Barrel-Aged beer events I could find, and will be filling in other weekend stuff as i find them. Some of these events you WILL want to register in advance for.

Monday, November 22

BCS Release Week
Beer on the Wall, 106 Main St., Park Ridge, IL 312-720-3732  Map
Alright y’all here is the moment many of you’ve been waiting for… the Goose Island 2021 Bourbon County Stout Release run down!
DRAFT: Since we didn’t get to celebrate last year, starting Mon. 11/22, we will tap two BCBS kegs each day, Mon. through Wed., to remain on tap until they run out. Tappings include 2020 Regular, Caramella, Special #4, Kentucky Fog, 2020 Prop, and another vintage BCBS variant TBA.
BOTTLES: To be sure you have a chance of a getting your hands on this year’s Bourbon County Stout, please stop by the store now through Sun. 11/28 to enter the raffle (curbside sign-ups available via QR code). The name on the form MUST match your I.D. when picking up your winning lot (NO PROXIES). Please do not sign up if you will not be able to pick up.
This year’s raffle will vary slightly from previous years so please keep reading! This year, we will have a few different predetermined “lots” and you’ll be able to select the ones that interest you when signing up for the raffle. We will then pull winners for the lots in the order listed, one lot per winner. Winners will be notified by email and sent an electronic invoice that should be paid prior to pickup. Please note that the allocation must be taken in full or forfeited entirely. One entry per person, duplicates will be thrown out.
If chosen, your allocations will be available for pickup from Thurs. 12/2 through Sun. 12/5. Pickup MUST be done on one of these four days and will not be held past that date (so if you’re gonna be gone that weekend, don’t enter). Bottles that aren’t picked up by those who claimed them, will then be made available to the general public at a time TBD.

3:00 – 7:00 pm • Country Grill Chicken Truck
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL (708) 304-2907 Map
Country Grill Chicagoland is a food truck company offering rotisserie chicken and ribs fresh from the spit, homemade salads and pretzels.

5:00 pm • A BIG Beer Release & A Biker Dude Popup
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
Black Monday in Naperville we’re going full dark mode with a first-of-its-kind can release for our Hidden Hand Brewing project called Black Night Sighs. Let this be remembered as the day that coconut sells out.
More than twelve pounds of hand-toasted coconut per barrel set the baseline for a chocolate liquid confectionery sensory experience in this 10.3% Imperial Milk Stout. Imagine a thirty-foot tall personified palm tree mashing Mounds bars into your mouth as a liquid vanilla heap wall heads your way made thousands upon thousands of chocolate filled fruits of the shredded coconut palm. It hits, you wipe your eyes, and call out with a still full mouth, “More!” And the tree was happy.
Join us Monday in Naperville as we tap Black Night Sighs along with three draft-only variants in Bananas Foster, Brambleberry, and our first-ever Nitro beer. It’s a VIP Hidden Hand experience and the best damn burgers in the Chicagoland area from the Biker Dude gang. This is truly not to be missed.
Follow Hidden Hand on Instagram and/or Facebook and keep your eyes peeled to find out all the details about the event and how you can score this one-off, limited release beer

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Brewery Bingo Season 7, Special Monday Edition
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
Season 7 is here! Over the next 5 months, we’re partnering with a new brewery every for our monthly Brewery Bingo! No more sneaking into bingo halls for you!
Every week, we’ll have a draft beer on special and prizes from a variety of breweries from across the U.S.
Here’s who’s up:
November – Bell’s Brewery
December – Phase Three Brewing Co.
It’s Bingo in Tinley Park with breweries you love & fantastic prizes for you to win!
Imagine a Bingo card. Now replace the B-I-N-G-O with five breweries and the numbers replaced with their most popular beers. We’ll spin our bingo balls ’round and ’round until a random ball decides to set itself free. We call out a beer, you look at your bingo card, and then place a bottle cap on your card if you’re lucky. Get 5 in a row and win a prize! In between rounds, there will be penny pours, good music and even better times. Must be 21+ to play.

7:00 – 10:00 pm • Weekly Trivia @ Pilot Project
Pilot Project Brewing, 2140 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 270-5995 Map
Join us in the Pilot Project Heated Tent for free pub trivia every Monday!
Beer Special: Every player will receive one free 4oz taster of beer, booch or cider.
Reservations Available on Tock

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Bunco Game Night
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL 708-304-2907 Map
Come join us for a fun night of Bunco! If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you!

Tuesday, November 23

12:00 – 11:00 pm • 2021 Proprietor’s Milkshake
Goose Island Brewhouse, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL (312) 915-0071 Map
Stop by the brewhouse the Tuesday after Prop Days, we’ll be pouring 2021 Bourbon County Proprietor’s Stout Milkshakes all week long. Make your reservations now: GET TIX

1:00 – 7:00 pm • 2021 Krampus Karnival
Old Irving Brewing Co., 4419 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago 773‑916‑6421 Map
Krampus Karnival features:
* 14 artists & creators
* Krampus Cookies + 3 variants release on tap
* Food specials (Turducken Burger, Krampus Wings, Black Coal Cheese Curds)
* 3 unique cocktail specials (Xmas with Zappa, Krampus Nog, Clementine & Fig Mulled Wine)
No tix or reservations needed. Join us kicking off the release of the beast!

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Sled Door Hanger Party #2 at Hopvine!
Hopvine Brewing Co., 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL 630-229-6030 Map
Pre-register here.
Wooden Sled Door Hanger!!! Perfect for the holidays! You can hang it on a door, the wall, lean it on a shelf or attach it easily to a Wreath. 18″ tall. The pre-printed design is all ready to paint. Fun surprises and door prizes.
$10 minimum purchase at Hopvine

6:30 – 8:30 pm • Tuesday Night Trivia at Chuck’s!
Chuck’s Café Darien, 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 331-431-4000 Map
Trivia is coming back to Chuck’s in Darien! We’re so excited to welcome back trivia to Tuesday Nights!
FREE to play each & every Tuesday 6:30-830p.
General Knowledge along with a special themed night once a month!
Great drink specials each & every Tuesday including:
$2 Domestics | $2 PBR Drafts | $8 Flights |
$3 Imports | $4 Well Spirit One & One’s

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Think + Drink Tuesdays
BeerShop, 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park, IL (847) 946-4164 Map
Rally up your smartestest friends & come do brain things with us bi-weekly on Tuesday nights!
Things to know:
– Team max is 6
– Seating is first come, first serve
– Phones must be off the table until you’ve finished a round of trivia (public shaming could happen to YOU!)
– $5 pint specials all night!

Black Wednesday, November 24

Black Wednesday at Doc’s, Dyer
DOC’s Smokehouse & Craft Bar, 1420 Calumet Ave., Dyer, IN (219) 262-3627 Map
Barrel-aged beers from 16 brewers at Doc’s in Dyer:
Bell’s Cherry Stout 2017 • Third Coast Old Ale 2015 • Expedition Stout 2019 & 2021 • Uberon
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Salted Caramel
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2019 • Canadian Breakfast Stout 2019 • Velvet Rush • KBS Cinnamon, Vanilla, Cacao • KBS Espresso
Upland Barrel Aged Teddy Bear Kisses 2020 • Teddy Bear Kisses 2021
Avery Bon Bon Cerise 2018 • Vanilla Bean Imperial Stout 2020
Sun King Soul Shakedown Party
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Christmas Ale
Epic Brewing Co. Big Bad Baptist
Clown Shoes Ballad Of Minnie Quay
Heretic Twig & Berries
Goodwood Bourbon Barrel Stout
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout • Bourbon County Stout Prop 2021 • Bourbon County Stout Cherrywood • Bourbon County Cola
Rogue Rollin Thunder
Revolution Deth’s Tar
Three Floyds Crushing Mass
New Belgium UK Spring Break

Up North Bourbon County Stout Black Wednesday
Up North Ale House, 1595 N. Aurora Rd., Naperville, IL 630-946-6494 Map
BCS flights with 2021, 2020, and 2019 varietals. We will be highlighting Original ’21 & ’20, Prop ’21 & ’20, and Reserve Rye ’19.

Black Wednesday Bourbon County Stout tasting
Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago 773-281-4989 Map
Complete lineup, VIntage for on-site consumption and to go, and 2021 package to go.

Black Wednesday at Doc’s Mokena
DOC’s Smokehouse, 19081 Old La Grange Rd., Mokena, IL (708) 995-5533 Map
Twenty barrel-aged beers will be on tap:
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Rye 2019, Bourbon County Coffee Stout 2017, Bourbon County Original 2017 & 2019
Revolution Deth’s Tar, Cafe Deth
BuckleDown Peanut Significant, Significant DBL Berry
Bell’s Uberon, 35th Anniversary Expedition Stout
Founders KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge, KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Fudge
Surly Barrel Aged Darkness
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve #2 & #3, Dragon’s Milk Coconut Rum 
Church Street Maple Syrup Barrel Aged EGLe
Firestone Walker Helluva Brulee
Three Floyds Cherry Canus Invertus
Rogue Dead N Dead
The Bruery Boysenberry Pie
Perennial Abraxas 2020
Ballast Point Rye Whiskey Piper Down
Pollyanna Barrel Aged Imperial Fun Size
Hailstorm Barrel Aged Lumberjack Breakfast
Greenbush Delusion
Maplewood Cupa Azteca

11:00 am • All Black Takeover
18th Street Brewery, 5417 Oakley Ave., Hammond, IN (219) 803-0820 Map
This Wednesday, join us for our 2nd annual All Black Tap Takeover!
While supplies last, we’ll be pouring the absolute best of our dark beers as well as some must-try one offs.
Limited 12oz crowlers will be available for online and taproom to-go purchases.
Doors open at 11am – check out the first 8 to be tapped and keep an eye on our story this Wednesday to find out what else is on deck!

11:00 am • Prairie Street Releases
Prairie Street Brewing Co., 200 Prairie St., Rockford, IL 815-277-9427 Map
New brews releasing Wednesday, Nov. 24 just in time for the holidays.
Holiday Red: A jolly red ale with a smooth blend of holiday spices such as orange, cinnamon, ginger, and clove. 6.0% ABV. 4-pack $12. Pint $6
90LB Hammer: Bourbon barrel-aged barleywine aged for 90 days. Starts smooth and slow with flavors of bourbon, plum and raisin … then hits you like a 90 lb. hammer! 12% ABV Bottle $13 Snifter $7
Den of the Dark Shadows: Limited release! Imperial dark ale aged in bourbon barrels. 10.5% ABV Snifter $8
Midnight Rooster – Munich dunkel on tap now.
Petritz Pale Ale – Classic pale ale to return in a week or two.

12:00 – 10:00 pm • Black Wednesday at Iron&Glass
Iron&Glass, 632 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville, IL (815) 782-5559 Map
& Iron&Glass Minooka, 104 Ridge Rd., Minooka, IL (815) 255-2114 Map
It’s Black Wednesday time!
Werk Force Brewing BA OG Sleepy Bear (limit 1 can) can release at open
Bourbon County Vintage Bottle Release + Tappings at open
All releases are limit 1 of each per person and are for to-go only. They will be available in-store only, not online (sorry for any inconvenience!)

12:00 – 10:00 pm • Black Wednesday Barrel Aged Party
Pig Minds Brewing Co., 4080 Steele Dr., Machesney Park, IL (779) 423-2147 Map
Join us for our 10th Annual Black Wednesday Barrel Aged Party! We will be opening the brewery and kitchen at noon to kick off your holiday weekend right! We’ll be releasing our 2021 Barrel Aged Joe Daddy, and 2021 Barrel Aged Drunken Rook in Bombers, as well as 750ml bottles of 2021Barrel Aged Barking Crow. A selection of our Barrel Aged Draft Beers will start flowing at noon as well. We’ve got a line-up of some Great Local Music starting @ 2:00pm with Half Catholic, Clementine, and The Bitter Ends, with Mana Kintorso playing @ 6:00pm. We also will be serving a food menu with Special Bourbon Infused Dishes. Always No Cover-Cheers!

12:00 – 10:00 pm • Magnificent Release/Black Wednesday!
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W. 47th St., Lyons, IL 708-777-1842 Map
Join us Black Wednesday for the Magnificent release! This year flavors include our traditional barrel aged, Chocolate & Coconut, Berry & Vanilla and to finish Pistachio and Salt! The Magnificent 4-pack will be available this Wednesday! We open from noon to 10pm this Wednesday with Monk’s Burgers and More set up at 1pm! We have Mike Maike hitting the stage at 7pm!

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 are almost here!!
Wednesday, Nov 24th
12PM: OG Single Barrel Sleepy Bear
Friday, Nov 26th
12PM: Double Barrel Sleepy Bear
12PM: BA Coffee Vanilla Sleepy Bear
Saturday, Nov 27th
11AM: Triple Barrel Sleepy Bear
11AM: Double Barrel Maple Praline Sleepy Bear
2021 OG BA Sleepy Bear: Imperial Stout Aged in a Blend of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels – 13.2%. Our original classic take for our Sleepy Bear lineup!
2021 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!
2021 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.
2021 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.
2021 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 – 11:00 pm • Beer Release – Arnie’s Ale
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Arnie, our stalwart brewery volunteer, works harder than most anyone else at OBC. Arnie’s favorite beer style is a scotch ale. To celebrate all that he does for us, we are giving him the beer he loves most, a rich, toffee and caramel, full bodied warmer. Have a glass and raise a toast to Arnie!
Style: Scotch-style Ale
ABV: 7.8%
Grain Bill: Golden Promise, Roasted Barley, Crystal Malts, Melanoidin, Flaked Oats
Hop Bill: East Kent Goldings
Available in: Crowlers, Growlers, 4x16oz Cans, and Draft

1:00 pm • Goose Island Bourbon County Tap Take Over! Black Wednesday!
Global Brew Tap House, 2100 Prairie St., Saint Charles, IL 630-549-0397 Map
We are going to have an amazing Bourbon County Stout line up from 2021 and also few of the BCS vintages available on draft.
Draft : BCS Regular, Cherry Wood, Cola, Prop, Fourteen. Also available; bottles of Blanton’s Reserve, Double Barrel Toasted Barrel, Reserve 150 available for consumption one each per table. This will be strictly for on site consumption. Bottles of 2021 BCS won’t be available to go.
Verticals of Original ’20, ’19, & ’18, and Wheatwine ’19 and ’18 will also be served
2020 variants also served: Prop, Kentucky Fog, Caramella, & Café de Olla 
A food truck will be on-site to offer a great selection of food to accompanying all of the BCS selections.

2:00 – 9:00 pm • Keep The Glass Hawaiian Night!
Exit Strategy Brewing, 7700 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL (708) 689-8771 Map
Come hang before the holiday with us for a huge beer release & themed Hawaiian night!!
We’ll be releasing Time Flies When You’re Having Rum: a tiki cocktail inspired ale aged in Journeyman Rum barrels – and – you get to keep the custom glass!!
We’ll also have a special Hawaiian themed menu with island delights all night!

3:00 pm • Phase Three Black Wednesday
Phase Three Brewing Co., 932 Donata Ct., Lake Zurich, IL (847) 749-6693 Map
We have Double Orange Chantilly dropping in the taproom. Just packaged today, super fresh citra and simcoe team up with a creamy hazy DIPA laced with vanilla, milk sugar and orange. Liquified and beerified (that’s a word, right?) dreamsicle.
This one’s the most dialed in and balanced batch we’ve done yet – we love it. Share some this week – it pairs well with friends and family and good eats.
We’ll have @abikerdude out at the brewery tomorrow smashin’ some delicious, juicy burgers. Come hang.

3:00 pm • Pre-Thanksgiving Bash, Beer Release, & Live Music
FIBS Brewing, 60 Howard Ave., Des Plaines, IL (847) 227-9790 Map
You may be saying to yourself… what the hell is Peanut Butter Jelly Beer?
You may even think… NOPE, fibs has gone too far this time! Well, my friends, you’d be wrong. This beer is awesome! It’s like DRINKING a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Smear that tasty, creamy peanut butter on good ol’ white bread and coat with raspberry jelly… in a beer.
I promise you, if you miss it, you’ll be kicking yourself in the beer hole. This is a ONE DAY ONLY release. Wednesday Nov 24th, 3 – 11pm.
PLUS… Live Original Music from CORA (formerly Meghan & Caitlin). Originally from Chicago and now based in Southern California. This indie pop sister duo is known for their creative harmonies and relatable songwriting. They’ve opened for bands like The Fab Four and The BoDeans.

3:00 pm • One Trick Pony Release
One Trick Pony Brewery, 17845 Chappel Ave., Lansing, IL (708) 889-6683 Map
Dropping Wednesday, on tap and in cans, is Stallion. After one year of retirement, Stallion is back for 2021, an Imperial Porter with fresh peppermint and cacao nibs, 10.5% ABV. A bit decadent, but hell, it’s the season. Stop on by and grab a 4-pack for Thanksgiving dinner.

3:00 – 9:00 pm • Wing Wednesday!
Wildrose Brewing Co.,1104 E. Main St., Griffith, IN (219) 595-5054 Map
Wing Wednesday! Smoked then flash fried jumbo chicken wings tossed in our house spicy garlic, Jamaican Jerk or savory / sweet dry rub. Get ’em before they are gone!!!

3:00 – 11:45 pm • Drinksgiving at Black & Gray
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
Join us at the taproom for Drinksgiving! BackStep Brown Ale will be $2 off pints, Teresa will be behind the bar, Anthony will be behind the bar, and–since most of you don’t have to work the next day–we’re staying open til midnight! So come out, mingle with friends old and new, and raise a pint in thanks for all you have to be thanksful for.

4:00 pm • Whiskey Hill Tappings
Whiskey Hill Brewing Co., 1115 Zygmunt Circle, Westmont, IL 630-442-7864 Map
To show how thankful we are for you guys, we’ll be doing on site bottle pours of Ultramafic and Barrel-Aged Barycentric in the taproom tomorrow! ⁣
Both will be available in 5oz pours (we will not be selling bottles, only individual pours) for $8/pour. Bottles are limited, so we would like to limit one pour of each per person. ⁣
Come on over and celebrate the pre-Thanksgiving festivities with us.

4:00 pm • Barrel Aged Black Wednesday!
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
We’re tapping four new barrel aged beers for Black Wednesday!
BA Night Strike – 11.5% • Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Journeyman Last Feather Rye bourbon barrels. Super roasty and full bodied. Notes of chocolate, coffee and biscuit.
BA Dance with the Devil – 8.4% • Barrel Aged Stout brewed with ancho chilies and cacao nib, this stout has layers of slight spice, smokiness, dry fruit, chocolate and bitter/roasty notes on the palate. Aged in Journeyman Featherbone bourbon barrels.
BA Cookie Calamity – 9.5% • Barrel Aged Pastry Stout, a thicc & rich milk stout treat! Lactose keeps the mouthfeel smooth & creamy. Cookies & cream make it a dream you won’t want to wake up from! Aged in KOVAL & Journeyman bourbon barrels.
BA Resurrection – 10.1% • Belgian Tripel brewed with rye for a slightly spicy bite. Hints of clove and stone fruit. Belgian candi sugar adds a rounded sweetness. Aged in Journeyman Last Feather Rye bourbon barrels.

4:00 – 8:00 pm • Pair-it-Up @Alter Brewing Company
Alter Brewing Co., 2300 Wisconsin Ave. #213, Downers Grove, IL 630-541-9558 Map
Come enjoy Pair-it-Up‘sartisan tapas and signature nachos with carefully thought pairings of Alter brews!

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Black Lung Releases and Trivia
Black Lung Brewing Co., 3232 Monroe, Waukegan, IL (847) 340-3320 Map
We are releasing 6 new beers in cans! Yeah, 6!
Here goes…
Riff Tracks 1, New Zealand Pilsner with nose popping hops! Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, and Waimea! Super dry, lagered for six weeks and super tasty!
Two of your favorite versions of pHizzy are back in cans next week! Black Cherry and Creamsicle will be available in the tap room and in select bottle shops!
PHizzy is our 5% hard seltzer with 100 cal and fit to quench your thirst many times over!
Galaxie:503 is like a cool space breeze and then a smack in the face of flavor! Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops brings loads of fruity, tropical and gooseberry aroma and flavor, balanced by delicious Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla beans, nice mouthfeels and a clean finish. It’s out of this world! (See what we did there;)
7.5% ABV Maltshake DIPA. All the milkshake flavors, NONE of the lactose!
Candy Factory: Honey Apricot is our tasty sour double ipa brewer and fermented with locally source wildflower honey and real apricot purée!
Curcheck 6.5% Spiced Hazy IPA. Now we are in the holiday season and we have a special IPA for you. Curb check is brewed in collaboration with our friends next door at Lovin Oven Cakery and comes with that delicious marriage of IPA and Carrot Cake! We used some tasty Galaxy, mosaic and cascade hops and infused all the right spices; Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, All Spice, Cinnamon, and nutmeg, with some sweet oats and flaked wheat to bring you this beer-dessert hybrid. All if tantalizing balance of course!
We fully endorse grabbing a slice of carrot cake from Lovin Ovens to enjoy with this dessert beer!
All On Tap and available in cans 11/24
See you for the release and some epic Trivia!

4:00 pm • Black Wednesday
Two Pints Lounge, 641 E. Boughton Rd. #110, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 739-3000 Map
Night before Thanksgiving drinking night. $3.00 drafts night. $4.00 Mcguillycuddy shots. $5.00 fireball shots.

4:00 pm • Blackout Wednesday
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 445-2467 Map
We open at 4pm until people stop wanting beer. Your favorite chug Rocket Summer is back! Up In Smoke will have a limited dinner and snack menu available for the hungry. Ever wonder what our wildly erratic and unpredictable playlist would LOOK LIKE? Tonight for one night only our Soundtrack playlist becomes a visual feast. Please always drink responsibly

5:00 pm • New Orleans PoBoy Night
Milk Money Brewing, 75 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, IL 708-582-6030 Map
First annual New Orleans Po Boy night.
2 Course meal featuring PoBoys, sides and dessert. $40 per person. Please note our Po Boy menu will be the only menu served that evening.

5:00 pm • Black Wednesday with 3 Floyds/War Pigs
Sovereign Restaurant, 24205 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL 815-556-8577 Map
Ah, Black Wednesday. One of the most notorious “party” days of the year. We decided it’s finally time we put the Sovereign spin on it, and we’re doing it with some pretty heavy hitters…
Three Floyds Brewing Co., WarPigs Brewing and 3 Floyds Distilling will all be present. We’ll have four exclusive kegs from FFF, four exclusive kegs from Warpigs AND the 3 Floyds Distilling team will be collaborating with the Sovereign bartending team to bring you some one-day-only cocktails utilizing some of the delicious spirits from 3 Floyds distilling. Munster Handshakes all around! (A Munster Handshake, if you’re unfamiliar, is a pint of Zombie Dust and a shot of 3 Floyds Distilling Busthedd Aquavit…know about it.)
DJ Metal Vinyl Weekend will also be spinning some doom metal records LIVE. We’ll have some killer black and white horror movies on the TVs.

5:00 – 9:00 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!
Check out the Thanksgiving Eve Bash with Hoosier Ditty on Weds night!

6:00 pm • Black Wednesday Bourbon County Stout
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago 312-642-0700 Map
Tickets here: $60.00
Join us on Black Wednesday, at 6pm for the 2021 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout release. we will be tapping all of the new 2021 variants along with a few cellared favorites! Space is limited!
Lineup and times:
6pm: 2021 BCBS Original, 2016 BCBS Barleywine, 2016 Halia, 2015 Gillian
6:30pm: 2021 BCBS Cherry, 2015 BCBS Coffee
7pm: 2021 BCBS Classic Cola, 2016 BCBS Original
7:30pm: 2016 BCBS Coffee, 2016 Madame Rose
8pm: 2021 BCBS Fourteen, 2021 BCBS Proprietors

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Weekly Trivia at Black and Gray Brewing!
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
Join us each Wednesday for our fun and free trivia game! Questions cover all subjects, and you play as a team. We don’t limit team sizes, so bring all the friends you want!
The top three teams will win gift certificates to be redeemed on a future trivia night. Join us for the fun!

8:00 pm – 2:00 am • Blackout Wednesday
The Red Barn Restaurant & Brewery, 303 E. Kensington Rd., Mount Prospect, IL (847) 749-0064 Map
BLACKOUT WEDNESDAY – Chicago Hit Video DJs – Starts at 8pm – No cover all night – $2 Domestic Bottles | $5 Fireball – Jaeger – Skrewball | $3 Jello Shots | Pizza served all late night – RSVP early

8:00 pm • Black Wednesday Lip Sync Battle!
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Time to bring out your inner Rockstar. Register for the SLB Lip Sync Battle.
An audience-judged, single-elimination showcase on Thanksgiving Eve.
This is just a registration for the Battle and NOT a reservation for a table: registration on Tock.

Thanksgiving Day

Black Friday BCS Tasting
Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe, 508 Center Pkwy., Suite C, Yorkville, IL (630) 686-2337 Map
BCS Tap Takeover of 16 handles, highlighting all 2021 Variants and Prop ‘20
Verticals of Original ’20, ’19, and ’18, and Wheatwine ’19 & ’18 will also be served
Food Truck (Josh’s Local Flavor) will be serving in the afternoon

Black Friday Bourbon County Stout tasting
Third Rail Tavern, 1133 W. Madison St., Chicago 312-432-9107 Map
2021 draft releases.

8:00 am – 12:00 noon • Turkey Trot Hours
Elmhurst Brewing Co., 171 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst, IL 630-834-2739 Map
The Brew Pub will be open during the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot! The kitchen will be closed but we’ve got Beer! We’ve also got bloodies and cocktails, so swing by, we’ll be closing at noon, cheers.

8:00 am • Open Early for Grove Express
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 630-969-0600  Map
The tradition is back. The Bonfield Run is now Grove Express. Bring your family in on Thanksgiving morning and continue the tradition. Serving donuts, coffee, beer and cocktails.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm • Thanksgiving Morning at O&B
Orange & Brew, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880 Map
The Grove Express will be ending just outside our shop, so come grab a post-race beer and some four-packs to take to Thanksgiving Dinner! We’ll be open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to cover your craft beer needs!

9:00 am – 5:00 pm • Leo’s on Thanksgiving
Leo’s Wines & Spirits 3018 Hobson Rd., Woodridge, IL (630) 963-2044 Map
Who’s open on Thanksgiving with some recommendations? These guys!“>Maplewood Wild Idaho Nights – DDH IPA
Grahammie Cakes – Pastry Case Ale (Cinnamon. Vanilla. Coffee & Natural Graham Cracker Flavor)
Three Floyds Crushing Mass –Barrel Aged Coffee Stout
Penrose Barrel Aged Pancake RobotsBBA Imperial Pastry Stout, Maple Syrup & Vanilla
1911 Established Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Small Batch Hard Cider
Flying Dog Freezin’ Season – Winter Ale
Breckenridge Avalanche – Amber Ale
Rhinegeist BlizzBerry – Ale w/Natural Flavors
EinstokToasted Porter

11:00 am – 3:00 pm • Bottles & Cans Hours
Bottles and Cans, 4109 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-2270 Map
All days are normal hours with the exception of:

11:00 am – 12:15 pm • Thanksgiving Temperance Trikonasana (Yoga & Beer Tasting)
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 Map
Our series, “Temperance Trikonasana” pairs beer with yoga and a cause and makes a special return this November to get your Thanksgiving off to a positive start. Jenny Arrington of Rebel Human brings her “Rebel Human Way” class to the brewery from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm.
Once our bodies and minds are opened, we have a beer together and learn about Family Promise, our annual beneficiary of this special Temperance Trikonasana. Masks will be required UNLESS you provide your vaccination card and ID.
Learn more and donate to Family Promise:
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6:00 – 8:00 pm • Beers With Queers
Dry City Brew Works, 120B N. Main St., Wheaton, IL (630) 456-4787 Map
Welcome to Beers With Queers. We heard you and we know there needs to be more safe places for LGBTQ+ folxs to feel welcome and accepted. We have partnered with Dry City Brew Works to bring you an open and welcome space every Other Thursday. Every other Thursday join Us here at OUTspoken Leaders, Dry City, and other LGBTQ+ folx as we hang out and connect with the community together. Please note this is a 21+ event every other Thursday however if you are and LGBTQ+ youth or young adult looking for support in your life please know we offer a weekly support and discussion group called OUTspoken Online and we also offer a sober space specifically for the LGBTQ+ on Saturday mornings called Coffee Chat!
OUTspoken Leaders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving, empowering, and amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ+ community. We offer social and service programs that promote self-acceptance, intentional compassion, and unconditional leadership!

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Xtreme Music Bingo
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
An exciting combination of music trivia and the classic game of BINGO!
No boring numbers here, just one hit song after another as players listen, sing along and “Play BINGO to the Music”
It’s free to play and prizes will be given out to the winners!

7:30 – 9:00 pm • Team Trivia
Sidecar Supper Club & Beer Garden, 12 N. River St., Batavia, IL (630) 406-9200 Map
Join us for Team Trivia every Thursday! Go 4 It Entertainment features 12 rounds of general trivia with musical hints and toss up questions to win your team free ‘tasty prizes’.
1st place – $30 gift certificate, 2nd place – $20 gift certificate, 3rd place – $10 gift certificate
Hosted by Chevy Mallhi

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