Chicago's Week in Beer, January 10-13

Chicago's Week in Beer, January 10-13
Sid Luckman ad for PBR. Who knew he was a hipster?

Block Club Chicago has posted a report on Smylie Brothers’ new Chicago brewery and restaurant. Smylie Bros, based in Evanston, has been working on the site for two years, being derailed by COVID. They had a soft opening a 3827 N. Broadway starting in September, and worked on hiring a full staff up to this point. More information can be found on Smylie’s main web page.

Monday, January 10

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 – 8:00 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!

7:00 pm • Championship Monday & Half Acre Take the Pint
Region Ale, 1080 US-41, Schererville, IN 219-322-2337 Map
It’s the College Football Playoff Championship game between Alabama and Georgia and our Half Acre Take the Pint Event! Plus, $4 Craft Beers and Boneless & Thigh Wings on Special! Game On, Volume Up!

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

Tuesday, January 11

5:00 – 8:00 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 – 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. For example:
Good ideas: Heady Topper, Dark Lord, Side Project anything, Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus (Izzy).
Bad idea: That beer you bought off our shelves 5 minutes before the event started.
Even worse idea: That beer you bought off the shelves at that big box liquor store a couple weeks ago (at least buy it local, jeez)!
Some other 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 pm • Brother Chimp Beer Dinner
Gammon Coach House, 3 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL (630) 482-3663 Map
Brother Chimp has joined forces with us at Gammon Coach House – Crafted Brews & Comfort Foods to bring you a night of delicious Asian-inspired food and tasty craft beer! Join us Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30 pm for a reception beer and 4-course beer pairing dinner.
Tickets are $65 per person, tax & tip included.
Simply call Gammon Coach House at 630-482-3663 to reserve your spot today!
Space is limited, don’t delay securing your reservation for this special pairing event.

7:00 pm • BTI World Beer Championships
The Beer Temple, 3173 N. Elston Ave., Chicago 312-772-3373 Map
Celebrate the winners of the 2022 Word Beer Championships with Chicago’s own Beverage Testing Institute. Winners will be announced live at The Beer Temple. Beer lovers unite! Join us and learn about the winners, talk beer with BTI’s expert beer judges and get hoppy!
Come see who the winners are, enjoy a beer, and browse the vast beer collection at The Beer Temple.
Admission is free.
Please remember. Due to Chicago Law showing proof of full COVID vaccination is required to attend this event. Info at

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Kings Of Napa Viewing Party
Wild Blossom Meadery, Winery and Brewery, 9030 S. Hermitage Ave., Chicago (773) 840-4642 Map
Tasting & viewing party. Come enjoy the show wile enjoying a flight of mead or wine. Drink specials, bring your own food.
The wine business has brought the King’s family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom, to their own power, wealth and legacy. Drink specials start at 6:00 Show time is at 7:00 PM. Free tickets through the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, January 12

Mott & Primary Colors Beer Dinner
Mott Street, 1401 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago (773) 687-9977  Map
Join us for a one of a kind dinner experience with the creator of Primary Colors Brewing.
Remember when you were a kid and you’d mix a bunch of fountain sodas together trying to come up with the ultimate flavor? Well Primary Colors is bringing that approach to the world of beer!
Featuring an extravagant multi course feast and three different beer styles, brewed intentionally to be mixed together. Experiment and discover new beer flavors through blending, and embrace your own unique tastes!
Seating times listed in Tock. Book Now
How to RSVP:
1. Book your reservation for Wednesday, January 12th
Spots are limited. Click the link below to reserve today!
2. In the reservation offerings, click “Mott St x Primary Colors Beer Premiere
Ticket price includes food and beverage. Tax and gratuity not included.
Full dinner and beverage menu available upon request.
3. Feast with us!
Mix. Match. Cheers.

4:00 pm • Beer Release: First Squirrel Problems
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
First Squirrel Problems is a collaboration Brown Ale, developed by Wolfden, Skeleton Key and Afterthought Brewing Co.
This summer we randomly learned that all 3 of us were hoping to one day collect enough walnuts from our own backyards to create a beer with! So we decided to pool our nuts and create a SUPER COLLAB!
PSA: We apologize to any hungry squirrel, whose nuts were stolen in the process of making this beer.The first 20 customers who buy of pint of this beer at Wolfden on Wednesday will receive a free mini Apple Walnut Pie made with First Squirrel Problems!

5:30 – 6:30 pm • Yoga & Beer Happy Hour
Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140 Map
Join Mindset Yoga every Wednesday at 5:30 in the Rustic Room for Yoga & Beer Happy Hour. Instructed by Mindset Yoga and fresh beer provided by Buffalo Creek Brewing.
Enjoy socially distant spacing while getting in a great workout. This is a ticketed event. Buy your tickets here.
Please bring your Yoga Mat and arrive 15 minutes early.

6:00 – 7:00 pm • FREE Pizza & Pints with Savarino’s Pizza
Will County Brewing Co., 1142 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood, IL (815) 582-4157 Map
If you’ve joined us for Donuts & Drafts then you know the drill! We partnered with our amazing neighbors at Savarino Pizza to bring you FREE* Pizza the second Wednesday of every month! We’ll have a variety of delicious fresh pies available (buffet style) in the taproom starting at 6:00pm until it runs out. See you there!
*with craft beer purchase, limited availability, while supplies last.

6:30 – 9:00 pm • Paint the Pint with Frost Art Studio
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Join us for paint the pint night with Tricia from Frost Art Studio! This month we are painting a mason jar to add to our collection! Customize your mason jar with the cutest snowmen.
Class size is limited to please purchase tickets in advance. Ticket sales will end on Monday January 10th at noon.
Class starts at 6:30PM – $30 per painter and includes supplies, instruction, and one 10 ounce OBC beer.
Purchase Tickets here.

Thursday, January 13

3:00 – 7:00 pm • Country Grill Chicken at Mad Hatchet
Mad Hatchet Brewing, 913 Brookforest Ave., Shorewood, IL  Map
Mad Hatchet Brewing welcomes Country Grill. Taking rotisserie to a new level, the widely popular Country Grill will be available at Mad Hatchet Brewing every Thursday! Stay for a pint, or take it to go for a delicious, easy family dinner.

4:00 – 9:00 pm • Trivia & Dinner
Mikerphone Brewing, 121 Garlisch Dr., Elk Grove Village, IL (847) 264-8904 Map
Join us for Whaddayaknow? Free Pub Trivia & dinner!
Nice Buns is serving bao buns from 4p-sellout
This month’s trivia is Harry Potter themed. Play on your own or in a group. Prizes include:
1st Place: $100 gift card
2nd Place: $50 gift card
3rd Place: $25 gift card
Trivia starts at 7p & is free to play. No reservations required. Family-friendly, but must be 21+ to win prizes.

5:30 – 7:00 pm • Networking Untapped Business Mixer
Tapville Social – Fox Valley, 195 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL (877) 312-8277 Map
Join Community Collective Business Network on Thursday for Networking Untapped, a FREE after-hours business mixer at Tapville Social in the Fox Valley Mall. Build new relationships and connect with like-minded professionals.
Everyone is welcome! Invite your friends and colleagues. And don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards.
Networking Untapped events are held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Tapville Social.

7:00 pm • Bingo and Band Beer Thursdays!
Whiner Beer Co., 1400 W. 46th St., Chicago 312-810-2271 Map
Every Thursday in January we’re hosting bingo night and $5 Band Beers
We’ll start Bingo at 7pm and offer our dry hopped session ale all evening.

8:00 – 11:00 pm • Vocoder Karaoke Night @ IBW Lodge #1
Illuminated Brew Works, 6186 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago (708) 669-7287 Map
You love Karaoke. You want to be a robot. You want Vocoder Karaoke.
IBW and host John Barlow will be bringing you Vocoder Karaoke the 2nd Thursday of every month.
We take the ancient art of Karaoke and update it with an option to throw a robot voice effect onto your shifting key karaoke singing.
This event is free, it only costs you your ego, your reputation and your standing in civilized society.

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