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Chicago Craft Beer Calendar, January 27-30

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Monday, January 27

6:00 pm ♦ "Beer Hunter" Screening at The Gage
The Gage, 24 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago 312-372-4243
The Gage is honored to host the Chicago premiere of "The Beer Hunter", a documentary about the beloved and influential beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson. From 6pm-10pm sip on brews during this private screening and chat with our expert beer panel. They will discuss the craft beer scene, as well as the role that Michael Jackson played. His books on beer and whiskey have sold millions of copies, and his 1993 Discovery Channel television series, "The Beer Hunter", inspired countless brewers and beer enthusiasts such as panelists Jared Rouben, Master Brewer at Moody Tongue Brewing Company, Randy Mosher from 5 Rabbit Brewery, author of Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink, and Pat Fahey, Master Cicerone and Exam Content Manager. Michael Jackson literally helped shape the course of the craft brewing revolution sweeping the world.
In our private dining space, nosh on Gage favorites while filling your 5oz souvenir tasting glass with local brews from Half Acre, Revolution, Destihl, 5 Rabbit, Great Lakes and Ale Syndicate. Each guest will receive complimentary raffle tickets for a chance to win beer enthusiast prizes.
Purchase tickets for this event at The Gage or at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $40.
A portion of the proceeds go to the National Parkinson's Foundation.

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Small Town "Not Your Father's Root Beer" Sampling
Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
At 10% ABV, Small Town Brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer has a silky, smooth and satisfying finish that appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those who don't typically drink beer but crave something unique. The award-winning brew achieved a 94 rating from Beer Advocate with kegs consistently selling out at taverns across the city.
Bonus: to get your taste buds ready for the sampling, Not Your Father's Root Beer will be Rockit's Craft Beer of the Month the entire month of January! Stop in to try this special brew while it lasts.

Tuesday, January 28

Upland Sours Release Lottery
Online, through Upland Brewing Co., 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, IN
Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of three of its sour ales: Raspberry, Strawberry, and Blueberry fruited Lambic-style ales.In an effort to see as many sour-loving smiles as possible, bottles will be limited to two bottles per style per winner, for a total of six bottles.
The lottery, at www.UplandSours.eventbrite.com, will open at noon EDT on Tuesday January 28th and close at noon February 4th. Either the Brew Pub in Bloomington or the Indianapolis Tasting Room in Broad Ripple must be specified as the preferred pick-up location at the time of entry, and pickup locations cannot be changed after a reservation request has been made.
Bottles may be picked up at the Bloomington Brew Pub 11am-midnight Monday through Thursday, 11am-1am Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday, or at the Indianapolis Tasting Room 4pm-10pm Monday Through Thursday and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday. Please note the Indianapolis Tasting Room cannot sell carryout on Sunday, in accordance with Indiana state law.
Lottery winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email on February 6th, and can purchase the sour ale(s) they selected at their preferred pickup location from February 12th through February 26th. Each bottle will cost $25 plus applicable sales tax.

5:00 pm ♦ Off Color Night with Glassware Giveaway
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us Tuesday night for Off Color Brewing Night! We'll have three drafts and a glassware giveaway, PLUS the joy of spending the evening with Laffler! On draft: Apex Predator, A dry-hopped Pils, and a one-off made just for the event. Limited Off Color Glassware to take home -- buy two of the beers & keep the glass! While supplies last!

5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Bell's Hopslam On Tap!
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Bell's Brewery Hopslam, a highly sought after beer made with six hop varieties, is in the house! We're celebrating the yearly release with an evening of beer and its classic pairing:chicken wings. Chef Erin will be frying her famous Buffalo wings while our beer experts will be pouring drafts of Bell's Hopslam, Smitten (a seasonal gold rye ale), and Two Hearted (Bell's famous American IPA). The kegs will be tapped at 5pm sharp!

5:30 pm ♦ Comfort Foods Beer Dinner at Tribes Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
$40 pp. 6 Courses each with a paired brew! Check website for details.

6:00 pm ♦ Doc B's Fresh Kitchen Beer Dinner #001: Central Waters Brewing Co.
Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, 100 E. Walton St., Chicago 312-626-1300
Doc B's Fresh Kitchen will be hosting their first in a series of beer dinners with Lakeshore Beverage. Beer Dinner #001 will feature full pours of five craft brews from Central Waters Brewing Co. (Amherst, WI), and a four-course meal prepared by Doc B's executive chéf, Ed McIntosh (C.I.A. '06).
Learn about the intricacies of pairing fresh food with local craft beer as a representative from Central Waters Brewing Co. and chef McIntosh guide you through the menu; talking about the flavor profiles of the beer and why they pair well with the selected dish. Specialty pint glasses from Central Waters Brewing will be given to lucky guests to take home (while supplies last)! Guests must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets are $55 through Eventbrite. Find the menu at this link, too.

7:00 pm ♦ Hopslam on the Brain
Standard Bar, 1332 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-904-8615
Spend a fine Tuesday evening at the Standard challenging your brain with Trivia while sipping on Hopslam. There will be Bell's prizes as part of Trivia, as well as some bonus beer questions.

7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ The Green Lady Sour & Funk Fest
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Join us at our inaugural Sour and Funk Fest 2014. We dug deep into our cellar and pulled out some pretty awesome draught and bottles that we would love to share with all of our fellow sour heads!
The folks from Mash Tun will be on hand talking beer and selling their journals. All the proceeds from the sales of the journals will benefit Lakeview Pantry.
Breweries include: Against the Grain, Allagash, Bockor, Brewery Vivant, Brasserie des Blaugies, Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes, Trois Dames, Brouwerij Verhaeghe, The Bruery, Cantillon, Evil Twin, Goose Island, Grand Teton, Gueuzerie Tilquin, Hill Farmstead, Isastegi, Ichtegems, Kasteel, Local Option, The Lost Abbey, New Holland, Picobrouwerij Alvinne, Perennial Artisan Ales, Pipeworks, Rodenbach, and a special cask by Transient Artisan Ales!

7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Dinner at Nick's Wilmette
Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL (847) 251-3262
Join Revolution Brewing for a beer dinner at Nick's. $40 a person. Call (847) 251-3262 for reservations.
Check out the menu here.

Wednesday, January 29

Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Riot Pils, a crisp Czech-style pilsner named for the Lager Beer Riots of 1855, Chicago's first civil disturbance.

4:00 pm - 1:30 am ♦ It Might Get Dark
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead hosts its 4th annual It Might Get Dark celebration featuring all things dark: dark beer—dark music… you get the idea. Focusing on variations of dark beers by popular breweries, this event is the perfect opportunity to head to the dark side. In addition to an amazing draft selection and a limited-edition Revolution beer on cask, there will be a fantastic bottle list of Fountainhead's rare, cellared and barrel aged dark beers.
The price range for draft beers will range from $6-$12.
On Cask: Cask of Revolution Eugene Porter w/Dark Matter Coffee Beans
On Draft: Perennial Abraxas, Goose Island Coconut Bourbon County Stout, Half Acre Big Hugs, Metropolitan Generator Dopplebock, Stone Vanilla Bean Smoked Porter, The Bruery Tart of Darkness, Begyle/Dryhop Johnny Quest, Dark Horse/Cleetus Barrel Aged 666 Stout, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Surly Smoke.
For more information and updated beer selections, visit The Facebook event Page

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Revolution Deth's Tar VS Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Which one is Chicago's Best? The old school BCBS or the relative newcomer Deth's Tar? You decide - in our opinion, they are both winners.

5:00 pm ♦ Central Waters Flight Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Monk's Pub hosts a Central Waters Flight Night featuring Hop Rise, Glacial Trail IPA, Slainte Scottish Ale, Bourbon Barrel Stout, and Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Bonus: take home a Central Waters pint glass when you order a flight!

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tasting - Revolution Brewing Company
Andersonville Wine & Spirits, 5201 N. Clark St., Chicago
We'll be tasting out some brews from one of our favorites, Revolution Brewing Company! Along with some year-round beers we are hoping to showcase some of their seasonal brews too, such as TV Party and A Little Crazy!

6:00 pm ♦ Dark Revolution Night
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us at WOB - Naperville for a special Dark Revolution Night. We will have several deliciously dark beers on draught for you to enjoy.
Beers on draught: Revolution Mean Gene, Bean Gene, Rise Stout, Firestone Walker 17th Anniversary, Velvet Merkin, Stone W00t Stout.

6:00 pm ♦ Judas Feast: A Solemn Oath Beer Dinner
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
It's the beer dinner you've all been waiting for! We're teaming up with Solemn Oath Brewery, located right around the corner in good ol' Naperville. We've been into their awesome beers since from the minute they started brewing, so we're extra excited to give them five lines for their stellar product and devise the perfect dish to pair with each.
Here's a sneak peek at which Solemn Oath beers we're pouring:
Butterfly Flashmob Belgian IPA, Combat Marshmallow American Double Stout, Big Pern Barrel Aged Belgian Rye Brown, Interrobang Belgian Triple, Death By Vikings Imperial IPA.
You'll want to stick around after dinner, because it's rude to eat and run – but we're also turning our draft chalkboard into a Midwestern Wonderland, with all lines going to some of our favorite nearby breweries: Solemn Oath Brewery, Three Floyds Brewing, Revolution Brewing, Half Acre Beer Company, Surly Brewing Co., and Off Color Brewing.
Five beers + five courses. Tickets available here (limited quantity)!

6:00 pm ♦ Surly Darkness & Firkin Flying Dog Kujo!
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Tonight we are doing 2 things:

  1. Surly Darkness Bottle Release in the store. At 6pm we're giving out raffle tickets. 1 per customer. At 7pm we start calling out numbers. If you're ticket is called then you may bring it to the counter where you may purchase your bottle of Darkness. Limit 1 per customer.
  2. Flying Dog Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout tapping! This beer is great out of the bottle. It's so delicious poured from a fresh keg. Now we get the rare privilege to enjoy Kujo while it's still alive and kickin' in a firkin cask! This is unfiltered, unpasteurized, without any added carbonation and served at cellar room temperature! It's as real as an ale gets!

6:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy - Big 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. $25 per person. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Beer Dinner at Middleton's On Main
Middleton's on Main, 110 S Main St, Wauconda, IL (847) 526-6433
Join the Two Brothers Brewing Company and Middleton's On Main for a beer dinner, January 29th @ 7pm. $55.

7:00 pm ♦ Meantime Tap Takeover
Jake Melnick's, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Small London brewery Meantime takes over eight of Jake's coveted taps: Meantime's newest launch Cranberry Stout, India Pale Ale, Coffee Porter, Weizen Double Bock, Imperial Pilsner, Barley Wine, London Porter and Russian Imperial Stout. Artisanal Imports' Midwest Sales Manager Adam Schulte will be on-hand to answer any questions. Guests are also invited to play dress-up at the photo booth, enjoy special giveaways and enter in the raffle, held at 8:30pm.

Thursday, January 30

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Deschutes The Abyss Imperial Stout: A first on tap for us! A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate. As for the great "drink it now or let it age" debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure a year on.

5:00 pm ♦ Revolution Tap Takeover
Tap House Grill, 1472 Market St, Des Plaines, IL (847) 813-9996
16 Beers tapped including a firkin from the brewery to be announced the day of.

5:00 pm ♦ Hopslam Release Party at Brixie's
Brixie's Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Dive into Spring with a pint of Bell's Smitten Golden Rye at this Brookfield staple. Brixie's will also be pouring Midwestern Pale Ale, Special Double Cream Stout, and oh yeah, Hopslam!

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Jolly Pumpkin Tapping
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Everything Jolly Pumpkin makes is awesome and sour. If that doesn't get you here, how about a couple 2011 vintage kegs tapped, plus bottles of the rest of their portfolio. Come talk sour bugs and beer with the best. Free event, RSVP now. (312) 768-4400.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Thursday Brewery Series
Public House, 400 N State St Chicago, IL (312) 265-1240
Tap in to Public House's featured breweries every Thursday this winter season for provided tastings and giveaways! Featured beer: Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale.

5:00 pm ♦ Revolution Tap Overthrow!
The Beer Bistro,1061 W. Madison, Chicago & The Beer Bistro North, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago
Revolution Brewing is taking over our taps! Join us for a night of 17+ Revolution brews!

Thursday, January 30

7:00 pm ♦ Beer Tapping at Tap House Grills, Oswego
Tap House Grill, 123 Washington St, Oswego, IL (630) 383-2020
Tapping Three Floyds Zombie Dust, and Lagunitas Sucks.

7:00 pm ♦ Indian influenced dishes paired with Dogfish Head
Kama Indian Bistro, 9 S. LaGrange Rd., La Grange IL (708) 352-3300
Indian influenced American dishes paired with Dogfish Head Craft Beer. Menu still in progress, but will likely involve:
1. Baby Back Ribs baked in charcoal oven, tamarind glaze
2. Lamb Burger
3. Pulled pork tacos
4. Fish Tacos with Mahi Mahi baked in charcoal oven
5. Shrimp and Indian style grits

7:00 pm ♦ Passport to Cider: Artisanal Pomme Beverages From Around The World
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
If you're curious about hard cider and are looking to expand your knowledge, we have the perfect opportunity. Join us for an evening of cider education, in which you will have the chance to learn about ciders from England, Scotland, France, Spain and the US.
Cider expert Brian Rutzen will take you through the history and process of cider making as well as how European trends are influencing how cider is being made in the US today.
Fountainhead Chef Cleetus Friedman will be stopping by to talk about their latest venture - Chicago's first cider bar, The Northman to open in 2014.
Light snacks will be provided.
This will be a small, intimate event. Limited tickets available, $30 at Brown Paper Tickets
You must be 21 to attend. IDs will be checked at the door.

7:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Gets Vertical
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Way back in 2011, Half Acre Beer Company lovingly filled a little keg that's been sitting in our cellar since. After a long, peaceful slumber, this big cat is ready to come out and play! Come try three years of Half Acre Beer Company Big Hugs Imperial Stout (2011-2013) brewed with Dark Matter Coffee.
In supporting roles will be Daisy Cutter, Alpenglow, Perennial Artisan Ales/Half Acre Beer Plan B, plus a Half Acre Firkin TBD
All beers will be priced in the $5.50-$6.50 range for 12-16 oz pours and tapped at 7pm.
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