With so many establishments pulling out all the stops for New Year's Eve (see my separate article here), this weekend and week ahead will be pretty sparse indeed. So I will have time to compile an article later detailing some of the big craft beer events for 2014.
One other slightly off-topic note: I've been asked to spread the word that auditions are still being accepted for "Frankenfood," a reality/food show to be produced for the Spike cable channel. The show will follow celebrity chef Josh Capon as he travels the US searching for the most creative and innovative dishes. Each episode one contestant will win $10,000 and have their unique winning dish featured on a restaurant menu. For information on how to submit a video audition, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-784-7770 ext 437. Two episodes will be shot in Chicago in January.
Yep, I had no craft beer events for this weekend. Let's just prepare to hunker down in the cold and hope the Bears can pull off a surprise on Sunday.
Monday, December 30
7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Hopsoulution Tapping
FatDuck Tavern & Grill, 7218 Madison St., Forest Park, IL (708) 488-1493
Special tapping of Bell's Harvest Ale!!! Very limited, available while it lasts. Pouring alongside the flagship Bell's Amber Ale.
Wednesday, January 1
6:30 am - 2:00 am ♦ New Year's Day Burger Party at The Local
The Local Chicago, 198 E. Delaware Place, Chicago 312-280-8887
The Local Chicago welcomes guests to indulge in their special New Year's Day
$20 Burger and Fries Special. Guests can select from five specialty burgers including The Eggsplosion, Three Chili Pepper and Tapenade Stuffed Burger. The Local Chicago's regular burgers will also be available. A perfect complement to any burger, the restaurant will offer The Local Chicago Beer, created by Two Brothers Brewery for $7.
10:00 am ♦ New Years Day Pajama Breakfast!
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051 & 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy., Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Wear your PJs or Hawks gear and enjoy a super simple morning after buffet breakfast for just $10 and be entered to win a pair of Blackhawks Tickets. Drawing same day after the Winter Classic! So plan on hanging around for a while!
Thursday, January 2
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ BYOB Comedy Show "Congrats on Your Success"
Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
If you enjoy hilarious entertainment from diverse, literate performers, check out Congrats on Your Success - a free, byob comedy show at Uncharted Books in Logan Square the 1st Thursday of every month.
Free admission, BYOB, plus Free Beer courtesy of Powell Brew House.
(this is not a 21+ event because it's a bookstore, but don't bring children or be a child because everyone will hate you)
Bill Bullock (CoYS producer)
Rebecca Fass (Tuxedo Cat Comedy)
Taneshia Rice (opened for Cedric the Entertainer)
Kevin White (Arguments and Grievances)
and our headliner Peter-john Byrnes (This Week in Despair, TBS Just For Laughs Festival)
Hosted by CoYS producer Sonia Denis (co-host of Cole's Bar open mic)!
There will be games, antics, giveaways, beer, music, and, of course, FREE COMEDY Donations encouraged! Goes to performers!