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Chicago Craft beer Calendar, December 16-19

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Maple Tree Inn's 12 Beers of Christmas
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461

Flossmoor Station's 12 Beers of Christmas
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
On December 13th Flossmoor Station Brewery began releasing a one-of-a-kind, completely unique beer especially for that day. The remaining schedule:

  • Dec 16: Not My Gumdrop Buttons! (Gingerbread Roggenbier)
  • Dec 17: Snockered Grandma (Imperial Coffee Porter)
  • Dec 18: St. Lucia (Kolsch w/Lingonberries)
  • Dec 19: Festivus Brown (Chocolate Cherry Brown Ale)
  • Dec 20: Driedel, Driedel, Driedel (Golden Ale w/Honey and Strawberries)
  • Dec 21: Snow Fort Stout (Vanilla Oatmeal Stout)
  • Dec 22: Born in a Manager (BA Sour w/Cranberry and Orange Peel)
  • Dec 23: Feliz Navidad (BA Fireside Chat w/Chile Peppers)

Tuesday, December 17

5:00 pm ♦ Anchor Christmas Vertical
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Standard Market invites you to get Vertical with Anchor Our Special Ale. They will be opening Anchor X-Mas Magnums from the past 4 vintages (2010-2013) and doing vertical tasting flights for guests from 5:00pm til close.
There will be 5 oz Anchor Christmas Beer Flight of each vintage in mini-snifters for $10. There will also be a plate with three bites conceived specifically as food pairings for this delicious liquid flight for an additional $10. Single Vintage mini-snifter for $3/each.

6:00 pm ♦ Bah! Humbug! at Jerry's Wicker Park
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
Bundle up and pucker up. There will be no Barbra Streisand or Charlie Brown for this one, but our screens will have some weird and dark takes on the winter holiday season. And there will be beer! Lots of delicious beer! Plus rumors of a real live Sour Santa!!



A Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza 3 Year Vertical Flight (2011-13) is also available in limited, pre-sold quantities. Tickets for this flight only are $28.50 (inc. tax & gratuity) through Eventbrite. Tickets guarantee pours from 6-10pm only. They will not be available to anyone other than ticket-holders during that 4 hour period. Tickets are no longer valid after 10 pm. Any remaining unsold tickets will be available at the door. All remaining beer is available to the public after 10pm.

7:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Pint Night
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Limited draughts from Oskar Blues including Dale's Pale, Mama's Pils, The Oskar Blues / Sun King collaboration Chaka Belgian Pale, Ten Fiddy and Brewers Market Stout. Buy a pint - Keep a pint and the ever handsome Chad "The serial killer" Wulff will be in the house talking about the brewery and their beers.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Bell's 9 Stouts of Christmas
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us and the Bells Brewery crew in our Beer School Bar by our roaring fireplace to celebrate their 9 stouts of Christmas:
The beer list: Bell's Oatmeal Stout, Rye Stout, Harry Magill's Spiced Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Cherry Stout, Expedition Stout, Java Stout, Special Double Cream Stout and Black Note.

7:30 pm ♦ Holiday Brews Tasting
The Bluebird Chicago, 1749 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773-486-2473
Whether naughty or nice, just put your beer on some ice! Brewing a special beer for the holiday season began hundreds of years ago, before there was a Christmas as we now know it. Whether it's an ale, porter, dopplebock, or stout, these beers emerge warm, rich with spice, and heady with deep flavor. Raise a glass with us to embrace this beautiful time of year! $40: tickets available on

Wednesday, December 18

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Blue Gene: barrel-aged Eugene Porter with blueberry for a bright sweetness

4:00 pm ♦ Green Flash & St. Feuillien Night A Collaboration Celebration
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Beers to be tapped:
Green Flash 30th Street Pale Ale, Grand Cru & West Coast IPA
St. Feuillien Brune Reserve
Plus two Green Flash/St. Feuillien collaborations: Belgian Coast IPA & Biëre de L’Amitié (Belgian Strong Blonde Ale)

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
St. Feuillien Green Flash collab Belgian Coast IPA

6:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Holiday Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Goose Island brewers on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. To RSVP call 312.915.0071. Cost: $20 per person.

7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Night
Tap House Grill, 123 Washington St, Oswego, IL (630) 383-2020
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout pulled through a Randall of coffee beans, sugar cane, vanilla beans and raspberries. Also available in bottles: Proprietor's BCS, Backyard Rye BCS, and Bourbon County Coffee

7:00 pm ♦ Acre Presents Dark Nights Darker Beers
Acre Restaurant, 5308 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-7600
Acre Restaurant presents the 4th Annual Dark Nights Darker Beers. "Come toast one of the darkest nights on the planet as we tap 26 of the darkest beers we could get our hands around while listening to the heaviest music your ears can handle." Arcadia Ales, Founders Brewing Co., Hinterland Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery and many more.

8:30 pm ♦ A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Also at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago, December 19-22, Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM
Tickets at
A BEER Carol is a live radio play that tells the story of the evil CEO Bud Miller of Milweiser, the large, heartless brewers of swill. Haunted by the ghosts of the four ingredients of beer--hops, barley, water and yeast--and faced with his past, present and his possible ill-fated future, Bud Miller must decide if he can change into a better human being and a better brewer.

Thursday, December 19

Hopvine Brewing Company Grand Opening
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL (630) 229-6030
Hopvine Brewing Company will be celebrating their Grand Opening with their first pig roast! Chef Tom Eckert will begin the pig roast process at 8:00am and will continue until the pork is served at 5:00pm. Roasted Pork comes with potatoes dauphinoise, braised greens, and house made cornbread.
95.9 The River's Launch Party for their own beer site The River's PM Drive Host and Program Director, "Zander," will host the Launch Party with a LIVE BROADCAST of his afternoon show, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Zander will entertain and perform his entire live show from Hopvine Brewing Company and The River will provide branded items for all attendees! The party will continue with a Craft Brew Bracket Challenge starting at 6:00 pm, where you can judge the best of 8 brews from various local breweries!

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Want some Shugga in that coffee? Lagunitas Cappuccino Rye Stout & Brown Shugga!

7:00 pm ♦ Chicagoland Brewery Tap Takeover
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Come join us for our 2nd Chicagoland Brewery Tap Takeover! Breweries will include Flesk, Urban Legend, SlapShot, Ale Syndicate, Lake Effect, Church Street, Begyle, One Trick Pony, Atlas, Pig Minds and Argus Brewery!

7:00 pm ♦ Quenchers' Holiday Party - A Trip to the 80's!
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730
Come party with the Quencher's staff as they celebrate the holidays, 80's style! Be sure to wear your craziest 80's clothing or super ugly sweaters and dance like nobodies watching. Counterfeit i will be performing all of the great tunes from the 80's, starting at 9 pm, so be sure to catch all of the live music! It will be a night to remember (or forget, depending on how much you drink). We'll be sure to have the beer flowing like Egg Nog.
We will also have 24 drafts of American Beers that have been around since the 80s!!

7:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Stout Mini Tap Takeover
Sutherland's Food & Spirits, 5353 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago
Join us for a mini tap takeover with Goose Island's Bourbon County.
Pouring on draft: 2012 Bourbon County Stout, 2013 Bourbon County Stout, & Bourbon County Barleywine.
We'll have bottles of Proprietor's Bourbon County Stout, Bramble Rye Bourbon County Stout, and Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Brown Shugga' Tapping at Chuck's
Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe, 6501 W. 79th St., Burbank, IL 708-229-8700
We will be hosting Boot Romano from Lagunitas for a Brown Shugga tap party. Brown Shugga is a Barley Wine Style Ale that comes in at 9.84% ABV and has the flavors of Floral hops, toffee, and malt which balance nicely with the sweetness of brown sugar.

8:00 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit Gringolandia Launch
Dusek's Beer Cellar, 1227 W. 18th St., Chicago (312) 526-3851
Bienvenidos a Gringolandia!
Based on an affectionate term for the United States used by many Latinos, our fun new Gringolandia series offers bold craft beer flavors focused through the lens of our Latin-meets-Chicago experience. Gringolandia is our tribute to the American craft beer.
Introducing two new beers in the 5 Rabbit family.
SUPER PILS 7.2% Alc/Vol, 65 IBU
Assertive Euro-hop aroma; Bracing bitterness; Soft, dry maltiness; Smooth, clean flavors
Chocolately aroma; Creamy cappuccino flavors; Soft, bittersweet finish

Join us at Dusek's Beer & Board Beer Cellar in Pilsen for reduced prices on Gringolandia. The 5 Rabbit family will be on-hand to answer questions about the craft of our latest beers. No Entrance Fee



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