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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 10-12

First off, congratulations to Frank Thomas, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. I understand he will be entering as a White Sox, the team that got him a World Series ring. Greg Maddux will do the same in his Braves uniform, with teammate Tom Glavine.

The Hall of Famer also has a brewpub coming in Berwyn!
Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images

Last April we had heard that Thomas was in the process of opening a "Big Hurt Brewpub" on Cermak Ave. in Berwyn. I posted a query to the announced developer, Heidner Property Management, as to whether this was still being planned, and was rewarded with a simple "Coming Soon!" While I may have not cared for his Big Hurt Beer, I'm sure you can't put up a brewpub with 8 taps for a brewmaster to fill and not expect some better beer to come out of them.

Friday, January 10

6:00 pm ♦ Friday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie's
Brixie's Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tonight: Three Floyds Permanent Funeral Double IPA (10.5% abv).

Saturday, January 11

10:30 am - 2:30 pm ♦ Bubbles & Beer Brunch
Old Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells St., Chicago (312) 477-2800
Pour House brings a new twist to brunch in Old Town. Chefs Paul Katz and John Madden have put their touch on the brunch side of things. Items like Hazelnut Encrusted French Toast, Lobster Benedict, and Corn Pancake Scramble will start your weekend off on the right foot. In true Pour House fashion, we've even provided craft beer pairings with each dish! - More info here, or click here for reservations.

3:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ 4 Hands Brewing presents Artists 'n Ales
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S Morgan St., Chicago
Admission $25 through PayPal.
Join us for a day of imbibery and art on a lovely winter afternoon. Artists 'n Ales features work from artists and designers inspired by the aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. Participants will receive copies of the Mash Tun Journal, and complementary pours of delicious brews paired with some tasty culinary delights.
Enjoy beer by: 4 Hands, Half Acre, Pipeworks, Solemn Oath & others. Artists exhibiting work include: Dan Grzeca (3 Floyds, Surly, Black Keys, Alabama Shakes), Michael Kiser (Good Beer Hunting), Jim Zimmer (3 Floyds, Une Année), BJ Olson (Pipeworks), Josh Rowan (4 Hands Brewing), Danielle Spradley (4 Hands), Peat Eyez Wollaeger (graffiti artist from St. Louis), Kelly Pelka (graffiti artist from Chicago)
You must be 21 yrs or older to attend. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, a non profit grassroots arts organization based in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future.

5:00 pm ♦ Warren's 1st Birthday Party
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
We're almost at our first year being open, and we want to celebrate with YOU!!!
We want to say thank you to everyone who made this year very special for us. They say the first year opening a bar or restaurant is tough, but thanks to all of you, it's been a blast.
So as a way to thank all of you, we're going to have a fun birthday party.
We'll have FRANK & DAVE performing at 9pm; FREE. Absolutely NO COVER. They're the suburbs' premiere duo. They play a wide variety of originals, classic rock and current pop hits.

Some top of the line, hard to get craft beers on tap.

Food specials from Chef Mark. Including some tasty dishes from the past.
Free Birthday Presents courtesy of our brewery friends to be handed out all night. And, FREE BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Sunday, January 12

12:00 pm ♦ Haymarket's 3rd Beerthday!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
We're celebrating 3 years of awesome beers at Haymarket and we couldn't have made it without all of you! We'll be tapping a ton of specialty brews - including a few from the barrel room, starting at noon.

Tentative tapping schedule:

  • Noon - gluten reduced (hopefully gluten free, waiting on the tests) Kölsch
  • 12:30 pm - Mandarin Bavaria hopped pale ale
  • 1:00 - Lucy's Trippel
  • 1:30 - Clare's Thirsty Ale, BBA Imperial Stout with Raspberries
  • 2:00 - Templeton Rye Barrel aged Quad
  • 2:30 - Polaris hopped (16.4% alpha German hop) Double IPA
  • 3:00 - Über Mathias
  • 3:30 - BBA Rosemary's Red Devil
  • 4:00 - Smoked Chocolate Coffee Porter
  • 4:30 - Double Dry hopped BBA American Barleywine

We'll also have live music throughout the day, and possibly a few other surprises.