Chicago Craft Beer Week, December 13-16

Chicago Craft Beer Week, December 13-16
From 2009: A Heineken beer bottle tree in Shanghai.

The former Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Wheeling could be making beer again. A limited liability company representing District Brew Yards has entered a contract to buy the site and renovate it, adding an exterior deck and redoing the parking lot. The Daily Herald article does not mention whether brewing would continues at the site. Assuming the purchase goes through, construction could start early in 2022 with an opening in the spring.

Ongoing

Ten Days of Tighthead
Tighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174 Map
It’s time to celebrate 10 wonderful years of Tighthead Brewing with us! We decided to do something different in the tap room and celebrate for 10 days straight before the 23rd! Join us for new beer releases, fun barrel-aged beers, holiday inspired firkins, music, bingo, trivia, and food trucks! Keep checking below for updates!
Dec 13th: Bingo Night / Dollar Off Pint Night
Dec 14th: Dollar Off Pint Night
Dec 15th: Trivia Night
Dec 16th: Food Truck: Fire & Smoke BBQ / Live Music: TBD
Dec 17th: Mark and Erika Show (feat. Travis)
Dec 18th: Scarlet>Fire home brew class co-hosted with Perfect Brew Supply in the brewery. RSVP required
Dec 19th: Free Brewery Tour (12-1pm) / Live Music: Tap Room Allstars
Dec 20th: Dollar Off Pint Night
Dec 21st: Dollar Off Pint Night
Dec 22nd: Trivia Night
Dec 23rd: ANNIVERSARY PARTY!
– Live Music: Billy Nixon
– Live Music: Gina Gonzalez
– Food Truck: Lincoln Land Kettle Corn
– Food Truck: Fire & Smoke BBQ
– New Triple IPA
– New Everybody Loves IPA
– New Anniversary Ornament
– New Anniversary Shirt
To RSVP for the home brew class, trivia, and bingo please email Mark@tightheadbrewing.com.

11:30 am • 12 Days of Christmas Cheer & Great Craft Beer
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW Map
We’re bringing the cheer this year with the 12 Days of Christmas Cheer & Great Craft Beer! During the 12 days, we will be releasing craft beers, hosting events, offering specials and giving you a chance to win a special prize! Check out the schedule below!
December 13: Glasgow Piper Scotch Ale Tapping & Can Release
December 14: Eternal Flame Imperial Stout Tapping
December 15: 10% Off Station Swag (excluding Craft Beer)
December 16: Wear “Ugly” Holiday Sweater for $3 House Pints
December 17: B.A. Shadow of the Moon Imperial Stout Tapping & Bottle Release
December 18: 2020 B.A. Kratos Imperial Stout Tapping
December 19: South Suburban Humane Society Doggie Breakfast with Santa, 8-11am & Christmas at the Brewery, 4-8:30pm
December 20: The Devourer Stout w/Coffee Tapping
December 21: SSHS Fundraiser ($1 of Each House Pint Sold will be Donated)
December 22: B.A. Shadow of the Moon Imperial Stout w/Vanilla Tapping
December 23: Holiday Movie Night at the Station w/1/2 Off Select Wine Bottles
December 24: Grab Your Growlers! $2 Off All Growler Fills
…And, don’t forget, ask your server or bartender for a punch card to win a special gift if you visit all 12 days!

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 through 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.

12 Stouts of Christmas
Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 954-8085 Map
Join us for our 12 Stouts of Christmas. We’ve been tailoring this list for three years and have a great line-up for this year.
Stop in each day to try them all. On draft, or $3 off on 64 oz. growlers.
Dec. 14: Toasted Marshmallow
Dec. 15: Coconut
Dec. 16: Mexican Hot Chocolate
Dec. 17: Ginger Snap
Dec. 18: Spumoni
Dec. 19: Cinnamon Pecan
Dec. 21: Peanut Brittle
Dec. 22: Spruce
Dec. 23: Neopolitan
Dec. 24: Peanut Butter Banana 

Monday, December 13

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.

4:00 pm • Bell’s Take the Pint
Region Ale, 1080 US-41, Schererville, IN 219-322-2337 Map
Take home a Bell’s pint glass after enjoying a Bell’s beer!
While supplies last so don’t be late!

4:00 – 7:00 pm • Wandering Cafe Pop-up
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 Map
Wandering Cafe will be serving up delicious food every Monday in our Tap Room!

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Metal Stamping Workshop
Zorn Brew Works Co., 605 E. 9th St., Michigan City, IN (219) 243-7157 Map
We have an exciting Holiday Event set up for you as we partner up with our good friends at Eclectic Pearl Crafting!
Learn how to metal stamp one Vintage Spoon Ornament and one Bottle Opener! Want to know all the tips and tricks of metal stamping, while creating one-of-a-kind pieces? 
Tickets are $40 through Eclectic Pearl Crafting.com. Two drink minimum to participate.

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 • Euchre Game Night
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL 708-304-2907 Map
Euchre Game Night is back! If you’ve played before, welcome back! If you’ve never played, come a little early and we’ll teach you how to play. We have a lot of fun playing – and you can win some great prizes!

Tuesday, December 14

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Metal Stamping Workshop
Zorn Brew Works Co., 605 E. 9th St., Michigan City, IN (219) 243-7157 Map
We have an exciting Holiday Event set up for you as we partner up with our good friends at Eclectic Pearl Crafting!
Learn how to metal stamp one Vintage Spoon Ornament and one Bottle Opener! Want to know all the tips and tricks of metal stamping, while creating one-of-a-kind pieces? 
Tickets are $40 through Eclectic Pearl Crafting.com. Two drink minimum to participate.

4:00 pm • Baltic Porter Tapping & Can Release
Goldfinger Brewing Co., 513 Rogers St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-9728 Map
More exciting news! This year, we will be packaging our Baltic Porter for distribution across Chicagoland!
Baltic Porter: Double Decocted | 7.7% abv | 3 months lagering.
This year’s batch is tasting better than ever. Big chocolate notes combined with dark fruits pop on the nose, followed by a silky smooth, layered malt flavor of toasted bread and cacao. Polish Lubelski hops provide just the right amount of earthiness and herbs to add depth to the beer that, in spite of its initial sweetness, finishes crisp like a lager.
We are tapping this beer on Tuesday, December 14th at 4pm. Cans will hit distro that same day.

5:30 – 7:30 pm • Holiday Party & Toy Drive
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 815-962-8758 Map
Join Angela Fellars, friends, and neighbors for a party celebrating the holiday season and to support Angela in her role as representative for Winnebago County’s 19th District.
We will be in the upper dining area – we’ll have masks and sanitation stations for anyone who needs one.
Come hungry – we’ll have heavy appetizers, pizza, and more. Soda and tea are complimentary. Cash bar.
$25 Individual $50 Family and/or a new, unwrapped toy.
Please visit secure.actblue.com to pre-register.

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Beer on the Wall Bottle Share
Beer on the Wall, 106 Main St., Park Ridge, IL 312-720-3732  Map
The BotW Bottle Share has returned! Bring a commercially packaged (sorry, no homebrews) limited/seasonal/out-of-market beer with you, and be ready to share it with others in exchange for samples of their limited/seasonal/out-of-market beer.
Some logistic notes:
1. Bottle shares will be held every second Monday from 6-9pm. They will be outdoors when possible and will be held at Off the Wall in the event of inclement weather.
2. If you’re planning to attend, please post what you’re bringing on the event page so we can limit duplicates and potentially build verticals/themes.
3. In the interest of time, we will only enter 1-2 beers per person in the official share. Folks are welcome to bring more but excess beers will only be opened after the formal part of the share is complete.
4. Attendees do not need a ticket to attend, though we may introduce limits later in the interest of space.
5. In the interest of organization and alcoholic liability, BotW staff will collect bottles at the start of the event and open/pour bottles in an orderly fashion. If you are overserved, BotW staff reserves the right to cut you off at any time–NO EXCEPTIONS.
6. When at all possible, please bring two beers of smaller format bottles so folks aren’t getting 0.65 oz of beer.
7. No scoffing or disrespect to other beer drinkers. Scoffers will be sent home with a 6pk of expired Hamms.

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 – 10:00 pm • Weekly Movie Night
Pilot Project Brewing, 2140 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 270-5995 Map
Where // Pilot Project Heated Tent
Movie Selection:
12/14: Home Alone
12/21: Christmas Vacation
12/28: Happiest Season
Food Special, House popcorn mix
Reservations available on Tock

7:00 pm • Cookie Decorating
Woodie’s Flat, 1535 N. Wells St., Chicago 312-643-0093 Map
There’s nothing like Christmas cookies to make you feel at home and in the holiday spirit! Bring back the nostalgia of baking cookies with Grandma at Woodie’s on Tuesday at 7pm!
Your $5 ticket includes cookies and decorating supplies.
To purchase tickets visit: bigonioninc.com.

7:00 pm • Name That Christmas Trivia
The Red Barn Restaurant and Brewery, 303 E. Kensington Rd., Mount Prospect, IL (847) 749-0064 Map
Tis’ the season! Join us for our trivia night – Name That Xmas Trivia – Do you know your Christmas movies and songs by answering trivia questions, looking at a scene and by a snippet of a song? Free play | Up to $150 in prizes | Max team limit 4 people – Make your RSVP today!

7:00 pm • All Access Beer Dinner
Mikerphone Brewing, 121 Garlisch Dr., Elk Grove Village, IL 847-264-8904 Map
All Access private beer dinner. Tickets include:
4 course seated meal from My Personal Chef paired with 45 oz of beer served by Mikerphone Staff (gratuity inluded in ticket price) 
First access to purchase bottles of Obsolete Absolute & Pick of Destiny #1. Visit website to view menu details.
Tickets $80 through Oznr.

Wednesday, December 15

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!!!

5:00 – 7:00 pm • Bell’s Pint Night/Ugly Sweater Night
Chuck’s Café Burbank, 6501 W. 79th St., Burbank, IL 708-229-8700 Map
Join us for Bell’s Pint Night- Order a Bell’s Brewery and get to keep the glass! Wear an Ugly Sweater and Get entered into a Raffle for a Chucks Gift Card!
Limit 1 per person and to the first 48 customers!

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Brewmaster Dinner
Two Hound Red, 486 Pennsylvania Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 547-2912 Map
We are beyond excited to announce that on December 15th Brewmaster Steve will be hosting our very first beer dinner. It will be a Mexican-inspired dinner featuring a four course meal with beer pairings and an additional reception beer.
Reception at 6 pm, dinner at 7. $60 per person, view the menu at this Facebook post.
Space is limited so reserve your spot now!
events@2houndred.com

6:00 pm • Bourbon County Tap Take Over
BaseCamp Pub & Eatery, 5750 Lakeside Dr., Lisle, IL (331) 777-4712 Map
Vintage Variant Bourbon County Tap Takeover
Somehow we have gotten our hands on a bunch of RARE AND NEW Bourbon County (Beers Listed Below). 
Table Reservations: basecamplisle@gmail.com 
Tickets: ticketweb.com. 3 Tiers | $30 a Flight
Only 100 Flights available in each Tier. Purchase your Tickets Today! 
Featured Beers
Tier 1
Bourbon County Stout 2020, 2019, 2018,  2017
Tier 2
Kentucky Fog 2020, Proprietor’s 2014, Bourbon County Stout 2021, Mon Cheri 2020
Tier 3
Cherry Wood 2021, Classic Cola 2021, Proprietor’s 2021, Bourbon County Coffee Barleywine 2020

6:00 – 7:30 pm • ECF Fundraiser
Sketchbook Brewing Co., 821 Chicago Ave. #E2, Evanston, IL (847) 859-9051 Map
Have a beer – for good, with Evanston Community Foundation President and CEO Sol Anderson. Sketchbook Brewery is donating 10% of their Taproom sales to ECF during the week of December 13th-20th. To support that effort, let’s invite new friends and old, to come to have a beer with Sol on December 15th at 6PM CT.

6:00 pm • Perkolator Barrel Aged Imperial Stout on NITRO!
Rabbit’s Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster Ave., Chicago 773-736-5766 Map
One of our favorite beers is coming out next week and we plan to release it as a first ever Nitro Keg! Lake Effect Perkolator Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Espresso has been resting in barrels all year and is ready to come out. We will be tapping this beer at Rabbits Wednesday at 6 – 10pm and we encourage all of you to come out and try the beer and meet Joe from Perkolator and myself to learn about the collaboration. We also plan to have some cans available for sale that can be brought home from the event and a few other beers too. Rabbits has food too so no need to eat before. Everything is for purchase but to attend is free! No need to RSVP but we would like to hear from you to give rabbits a sense of how to staff the evening.

6:30 – 9:00 pm • Ceramic Plate Painting with Studio60
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Get in the Christmas spirit with Gayle from Studio60!
Class will be held on Wednesday December 15th at 6:30pm
Come and paint a wintery ceramic plate for Santa’s cookies. You can choose from the ornament or the snowman template or choose your own design!
Price of ticket includes supplies, instruction and one 10oz OBC beer.
The plates will have to go to the kiln after painting, so pick up will be one week after painting.
Purchase Tickets here ($35).

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Holiday Movies Trivia
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Miracle on 34th Street, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Home Alone, Die Hard, and more. If you love holiday movies, add this date to your calendar and join us.
The game will start at 7pm and last about two hours. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams!
Ticket MUST be purchased in advance. Your purchase includes tickets for your team — each player will receive a $10 coupon valid for Riverlands beer and merchandise during the game, with $2.50 of the purchase going toward gratuities for Riverlands staff.
Get ready for a fun night of craft beer and trivia!

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!

Thursday, December 16

4:00 – 6:00 pm • Bell’s Pint Night
Orange & Brew Bottle Shop & Tap Room, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880 Map
We’re ready to give YOU the gifts during the holidays! Come out for some special Bell’s prizes, and enjoy some awesome Bell’s beers!
We’ll be tapping:
2020 Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout, Christmas Ale, Bright White, Two Hearted, Lager of the Lakes, Expedition Stout

5:00 pm • Destihl Tap Takeover
Lodi Tap House, 309 Main St., Maple Park, IL (815) 827-0827 Map
Destihl is taking over the taps at Lodi with 3 varieties of the amazing Dosvidanya Barrel Aged Series and a GABF Gold Medal winner in Tourbus (DDH Hazy IPA). Don’t miss this one!

5:30 – 7:30 pm • Music Bingo at Noon Whistle Lombard
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL ​(630) 376-6895 Map
Join us every other week for two full hours of Music Bingo at Noon Whistle in Lombard!
Enjoy some delicious brews and great music with a chance to win prizes at the same time.
Please respect and follow all COVID-19 restrictions set in place by the venue so everyone has a great, and safe, time.

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Turner Häus Thursday Thursday
Sip and Savor, 78 E. 47th St., Chicago (773) 855-2125 Map
Join Turner Häus Brewery for Thirsty Thursday on December 16th, at Sip and Savor, Hyde Park for one last chance to get Queen’s Legacy in Chicago.
We will have samples of Queen’s Legacy and other Turner Häus Brewery beers and raffles for Queen’s Legacy 4 packs. Sip’n Ain’t Easy cocktails will also be for sale and sounds by @djshurn. You don’t want to miss this! Link to tickets in bio and on our website.
QUEEN’S LEGACY CARIBBEAN -STYLE STOUT
Aged in Uncle Nearest  barrels, Queen’s Legacy ingredients are indigenous to Africa. The beer is brewed with 100% malted millet and South African hops. The vanilla, oak, almond spice, and caramel flavors of the Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey barrels provide an additional layer of complexity and flair, making this beer truly unique and special.
Queen’s Legacy is named in honor of Uncle Nearest’s Master Blender Victoria Eady Butler, the great-great-granddaughter of Nearest Green, recognized as Jack Daniel’s mentor and first known African American Master Distiller. “Queen” is also to pay homage to all the matriarchs that have made a positive impact in our lives.

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!

6:30 – 9:00 pm • Cookie Class with Three75
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Come decorate 6 different themed cookies with Three75 Cookies. This month we will focus on some adorable Christmas cookies! Grab a friend, grab a beer, and get ready to have some fun while creating your own delicious cookies while she guides you along the way!
Tickets are $40 per person and space is limited so register early!
To Purchase Tickets:three75cookies.com.

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Brewery Bingo Season 7
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
Season 7 is here! We’re partnering with a new brewery every Tuesday at 7pm 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.
Up in December – Phase Three Brewing Co.
It’s Bingo in Tinley Park with breweries you love & fantastic prizes for you to win!
HOW TO PLAY
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.

7:30 – 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

7:30 – 9:00 pm • 2021 Might Meets Right Pre-Release Sneak Peek
Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 Map
Join us on Thursday to be the first to taste our 2021 Might Meets Right variants at our Pre-Release Sneak Peek! For your hard-earned money, you will not only be the first to enjoy a 6 oz pour of each variant and take home a mixed four-pack, but you will also keep your 6 oz Temperance barrel-aged glass, mingle with fellow barrel-aged beer enthusiasts, and the brewers who brought this year’s vintage to life.
Tickets are on sale now
Please note: proof of vaccination will be required for all Sneak Peek attendees.
THE 2021 VARIANTS
High West — aged once again in High West whiskey barrels, but this time in a combination of rye and bourbon, and these barrels were wet! Lots of barrel, vanilla, oak and whiskey notes and flavors to enjoy as you sip.
¡La Sorpresa! — Inspired by spicy, cinnamony Mexican hot chocolate, we load this variant with roasted cacao nibs, espresso powder, vanilla beans, toasted cassia cinnamon (sourced from our friends at Spice House), and ancho, New Mexico, and arbol chiles. A complex and unforgettably delicious beer with a picante finish! (This is the only variant we’ve produced all five years!)
Praline (NEW FOR 2021) — Caramel and pecan flavors mix with vanilla and the rich chocolate malt to create a most decadent liquid dessert.
Orange Chocolate (NEW FOR 2021) — With judicious amounts of Spice House roasted cacao nibs and dried sweet orange peel, this variant tantalizes with well-integrated notes and flavors of orange liqueur and dark chocolate.

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