Wednesday, November 26
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Black Wednesday Events
Come out for some pre-Thanksgiving “first-taste” tappings of our 2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout Variants. Goose Island is only giving general indications of the locations. However, if the individuval establishments also announce their events, they will be found further down on this page. Or a few clicks with Mister Google should give you a general idea. What’s the name of that bar on Sheffield, again?
Corner of W. Madison & S. Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL
Corner of W Montrose & N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL
Corner of Sheffield Ave & W. School Street, Chicago, IL
Corner of E. Chicago Ave & S. Washington St, Naperville, IL
12:00 pm ♦ 350’s Black Wednesday Bottle Release
350 Brewing, 7144 183rd St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 518-2239
350 Brewing will release heavy Metal Garbageman Double IPA on Black Wednesday. 350 hand-numbered 22-oz bottles only will be released at $10 each. Limit 2. (You can also enjoy it on tap in the tap room).
1:00 pm ♦ Urban Legend Black Wednesday
Urban Legend Brewing Company, 1115 Zygmunt Circle, Westmont, IL (630) 442-7864
We love our families, but sometimes, they drive us to drink. Especially when they all get together.
On November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, Urban Legend will be hosting a one of a kind event, Black Wednesday. We’re blacking out the taps, which means all of our favorite dark ales from the past year will be on tap, from Tree Hugger and The Creature to our brand new Milk Stout, and just maybe some surprises that won’t be on the tap list.
There will even be growler specials so you can take some beer home for everyone to enjoy, our way of saying thanks to all of you.
Escape from the family, or bring them along. Either way, we hope you come enjoy some black brews with us.
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Founders Dark Penance. An Imperial Black IPA from our friends at Founders. Rich with hints of light chocolate.
5:00 pm ♦ BCBS Black Wednesday at Beer Bistro
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
We will start pouring 2013 BCBS at about 5:00 pm. And then the 2014, then BCBS Barley Wine approx 7:30-8. With BCBS Proprietors at 9:00 pm.
5:00 pm ♦ Black Wednesday at Tap House Grill Lemont
The Tap House Grill Lemont, 1243 S State St., Ste 109, Lemont, IL 630-257-5992
Three Floyds Drafts: Zombie Dust & Gumballhead
Revolution flights: Red Skull, Unsessionable, Dos Osos, Threesome. Each $15 flight comes with a complimentary take-home pint glass.
6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout Release
Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
The wait is almost over…
We’re tapping Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout in our Beer School Bar! First Come, First Served, First Poured! We’ll also be tapping 2014 Bourbon County Stout & 2014 Bourbon County Barley Wine
6:00 pm ♦ Black Firkin Wednesday
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Black Friday gets earlier and earlier each year… ours starts on Wednesday! Black Beer Firkins will be available at each bar – stop in to try them all.
7:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Toys for Tots Donation Drive
Shoe’s Pub, 1134 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago (773) 871-4640
Drink beer & give to those in need! This Toys for Tots event featuring Stone brews at Shoe’s Pub will donate 50% of all stone beer sales to the cause, as well as 20% of all other sales on that night! Anyone who brings in a toy (no stuffed animals) will get a free Stone beer. Great event, great beer, great cause.
7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island BCS 2014
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
BCS 2014 on tap.
7:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Tap Takeover
Craft House, 711 Plaza Drive, Chesterton, IN (219) 929-5570
We will have 6 new Lagunitas beers on draft tonight and a band called the Unit starting at 9:00 PM. Come for a good time and stay for the beer!
8:00 pm ♦ Revolution Black Wednesday Jamstravaganza
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
We know how to throw a party and what better night than Black Wednesday!
Whiskey Jezebel rocks it out every year on Black Wednesday and this year they’ve chosen to take the stage at Beer House!
Revolution Brewing will be our featured brewery that evening! They’re bring in some food for all you good folks and of course we’ll have their beer!
On tap: Fistmas Ale, Local Hero, and Gravedigger Billy.
9:00 pm – 2:00 am ♦ Black Wednesday at Ballydoyle Downers Grove
Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-0600
Here’s everything you need to know about the biggest party night of the year:
1. BOOM SHAKALAKA will be playing all your fave party rock all night long.
2. Live Two Brothers firkin tapping @ 9:30PM!
3. Open late til 2AM!
4. Offering food & drink specials including $5 Lagunitas IPA pints.
Thursday, November 27
7:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Surly Blakkr Imperial Black IPA. A collaboration between Three Floyds and Surly and Real Ale. Enjoy!
Note: both the Tribes Alehouses in Tinley Park and Mokena will be open Thanksgiving Day at 7 pm. because, do you really care about the Seahawks vs. 49ers after what the Bears will probably have done earlier today?
Friday, November 28
Goose Island Black Friday Event, pt. 2
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
9am – Bourbon County Brand Stout 2012, 2013, 2014 on tap, as well as BCBS Barleywine 2013.
Additionally, we will have a series of special tappings:
11am — Cthulhu
1pm — Bourbon County Brand Stout Coffee 2014
3pm — Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout 2014
5pm — Bourbon County Brand Stout Vanilla 2014
7pm — Nuthulhu
(While Supplies last in limited quantities and NO Rain Checks)
Get Lit at Mickey Finn’s
Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 847-362-6688
One of the best nights of the year. Tree lighting ceremony in Libertyville, Santa’s Magic Belgian strong ale goes on tap. Betty Soul headlines. Free Cover.
Crown Brewing Black Friday
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Take advantage of the specials that Crown Brewing will be having on Black Friday and Black Friday Only!!
The Winter Warlock will be on Tap starting Wednesday, November 26th.
There will be two Bomber 4 Pack Specials.
$20 4-pack: Special Forces IPA, Special Special Forces IPA, Industrial Porter, Java Porter
$55 4-pack (one 4-pack per person): The Dude, Barrel-Aged Raspberry Brown, Barrel Aged Poobah, Barrel Aged Pumpkin.
There will also be three Merchandise Specials at the Brewery only.
Crown Beer Fest 2015 is Saturday, May 16, and Tickets Go on Sale on Black Friday!!!! VIP-$75 and GA-$35. Tickets can be purchased at the Brewery or by clicking here.
8:00 am ♦ Goose Island Black Friday
“The CUBE” at Standard Market, Westmont & Naperville
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release Party and Black Friday Barrel-Aged Beer Fest!
Starting at 8AM, while supplies last
Naperville CUBE: 1508 Aurora Ave.
Westmont CUBE: 333 W. Ogden Ave.
8:00 am ♦ Black Beer Friday
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
Yes, 8 am. Join BrickStone for their limited bottle release of their Dark Secret Imperial Stout. The 2014 version is aged on Dark Matter Coffee’s El Rosaro Bourbon soaked coffee beans and Giant Step coffee beans. 11% abv. Sold in 22 oz. bottles. Doors open at 8 am for biscuits, gravy and beer.
9:00 am ♦ Black Friday at Binny’s
Binny’s Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Black Friday will again see the annual release of Goose Island’s most highly regarded (and allocated) beer, Bourbon County Brand Stout. We can officially announce that BCBS will be available (in very limited quantities) at all Binny’s locations. For your best chance to get this limited beer, join us for our big BCBS event at Binny’s Lincoln Park. Not only is it the one store where we’ll have (reasonably) good supply, we’ll have other perks: hot coffee and surprises for early birds in line, a cellar raffle featuring limited releases from years past, and more. For more details, check out this post on the Binny’s Blog.
11:00 am ♦ Black Friday – Bourbon County Stout Tapping
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
Join us as we tap into this year’s Bourbon County Stout, plus maybe a few other rarities stashed away in our cellar.
Previous versions of Goose Island Beer Co.’s Bourbon County Stout have reached or exceeded 15% abv. We expect this year to be no different. Other versions that MAY be appearing on tap/in bottle: Bourbon County Barley Wine, Bourbon County Coffee, Bourbon County Vanilla Rye
We will tap the kegs at 11am, and bottle sales will be limited to 1/person. Yes, you take take the bottles to-go.
11:00 am – 2:00 am ♦ Black(Out) Friday
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us on Black Friday for a day of consumption of the world best “BLACK” beers. Stouts and Porters have a long history of being the working mans beer of choice and on a day built for us all to consume as much as we can, we offer you…
- Against The Grain Brewery / Brouwerij de Molen Bo & Luke
- Surly Brewing Devils Work Porter
- Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
- BrewFist / Prairie Artisan Ales Spaghetti Western
- Revolution Brewing Deth’s Tar
- Evil Twin Brewing Even More Jesus
- Stillwater Artisanal Even Less Jesus
- Off Color Brewing Dinos’Smores (tapping 7pm)
- Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel
- Carnegie Stark Porter 2013
- Rooie Dop Double Oatmeal Stout
- Het Nest Brouwerij Dead Man’s Hand BA Red Wine
12:00 pm ♦ Black Friday Cellar Release
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us as we open early on Black Friday and dig deep into the depths of our beer cellar to release a fantastic selection of rare, dark, and barrel-aged rarities on draft! As always the final line-up is subject to change and last minute surprises are possible! Check our website or Facebook for changes and updates… Here’s the line-up so far:
AVAILABLE ON DRAFT
- Firestone Walker Abacus (2011)
- Lost Abbey Deliverance (2012)
- North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV (2012)
- Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2011)
- Founders Barrel-Aged Red’s Rye (2014), Sweet Repute (2013)
- Avery Mephistopheles Stout (Batch #6, 2010)
- Flying Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter (2011)
- Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (2012)
12:00 pm ♦ BCBS Release
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Road, Elgin, IL (224) 238-3527
Join us as we pour 2013 & 2014 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout side-by-side on tap
12:00 pm ♦ Black Friday Bourbon County Release
Walgreens Bucktown Flagship, 2817 N. Clark St.. Chicago
Walgreens is pleased to announce that we’ll be participating in the Black Friday release of Bourbon County Stout at our Bucktown flagship store.
We’ll be selling tons of Bourbon County Stout plus four variants; Coffee, Proprietor’s, Vanilla Rye, and Barley Wine.
We’ll also have some great limited edition posters to hand out while supplies last. Allocation is for one Bourbon County Stout 4-pack per customer PLUS one of each of your choice of two of the other variants. First come, first serve. No raffle, no numbers.
We’ll start selling at 12pm and going until 2pm or until we run out of beer. No rainchecks.
2:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Stout Black Friday at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
Didn’t get your allocation? Fatpour has you covered! They will be tapping at 2:00pm and will have Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout from 2012, 2013 and 2014. They’ll also have BCS Coffee, Vanilla and Barleywine on tap, with a wide variety of bottles from this year and BCS 2012, BCS 2013, 2013 Proprietor’s, 2013 BCS Coffee, 2013 Barleywine, and 2013 Backyard Rye. To top it off some of their vintage Belgian style ales like 2013 Lolita, 2013 Halia, 2013 Gillian and 2013 Juliet.
3:00 pm ♦ The Catalina Wine Mixer
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Cancel all your Thanksgiving plans. You don’t want to miss this year’s Catalina Wine Mixer.
Preliminary Draft List:
- Boulevard Saison Brett 2013
- Firestone Walker Double DBA, Stickee Monkee, Velvet Merkin
- Goose Island Bourbon County Backyard Rye, Bourbon County Stout
- Half Acre Sticky Fat
- Hitachino Nest Beer Anbai
- Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil
- Maine Beer Company Lunch
- Pipeworks Cherry Truffle Abduction, Orange Truffle Abduction, Raspberry Truffle Abduction
- The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoking Wood
Guitar shred contest begins at 10:30pm. Sign up by emailing us at 666 at LocalOptionbier dot com
5:00 pm ♦ November Cellar Reserve Series
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Every Friday in November, we are opening the vault and tapping some very rare, exclusive beers from our cellar.
Nov. 28: Deschutes the Abyss 2013 Reserve, Against the Grain 70K
5:00 pm – 4:00 am ♦ Official Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Release Party
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
Timothy O’Toole’s in Streeterville will hold the official on premise brew release party for Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) on Black Friday. This exciting launch party will feature the 2014 edition of the beer, as well as a partial Goose Island tap takeover (O’Toole’s boasts 48 taps). The featured draught brews will include: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 BCBS; 2014 BCB Proprietors; 2014 BCB Barley Wine; 2014 BCB Vanilla Rye; 2014 BCB Coffee; The Muddy Imperial Stout; Lolita; Night Stalker; Green Line Pale Ale; Matilda; Sofie; 312 Urban Wheat; and more.
A Goose Island representative will be on hand to discuss Goose Island brews and this year’s launch of Bourbon County Brand Stout. Flights of BCBS (2011; 2012; 2013; 2104) will be available for $18. Bourbon County Brand brews and 4-ounce samples of Goose Island Lolita will be $5; all other 4-ounce samples of brews will be $3. Full pints of BCBS and BCB varietals will be $12.
6:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Black Friday Takeover
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stouts land here: BCS 2013 & 2014, plus one or more 2014 Varietals and BCS Barley Wine. Also serving Lilith, Dark Traveler, Madame Rose and The Muddy (that’s another Imperial Stout, folks!).
6:00 pm ♦ BLACK FRIDAY: Bourbon County Stout
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
If you don’t know the drill by now…..
We will have some Goose Island Beer Co. Bourbon County on tap and will be handing out raffle tickets for the chance to purchase bottles. This includes BCS and variants! Which ones are on tap is still to be determined, but anyone that knows us knows we don’t disappoint. So stay tuned for more details!
Nov. 28 – Dec. 3
Quencher’s 34th Annual European Beer Tour
Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago
For this year’s European Beer Tour, we’re again offering a long or short tour:
*Short Tour – $45 – 6 beers / snack plate / t-shirt / glassware
*Long Tour – $65 – 10 beers / snack plate / t-shirt / glassware
THE BEERS (alphabetical by country)
- Austria — Samiclaus – Dopplebock, Bottle, 14.0% ABV
- Belgium—La Chouffe – Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Draft or Bottle, 8.0% ABV; Chimay Red – Abbey Dubbel, Draft or Bottle, 7.0% ABV
- Croatia—Karlovacko – Czech Pilsener, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
- Czech Republic—Czechvar – Golden Lager, Draft, 5.0% ABV; Pilsner Urquell – Czech Pilsner. Draft, 4.4% ABV
- England—Fullers ESB – Premium Bitter/ESB. Draft or Bottle, 5.9% ABV; Old Speckled Hen – Premium Bitter/ESB, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
- Estonia—Viru – Pale Lager, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
- Finland—Sinebrychoff – Baltic Porter, Bottle, 7.2% ABV
- France—Kronenbourg 1664 – Pale Lager, Bottle, 5.5% ABV
- Germany—Bayerischer Banhof – Berliner Style Weisse, Bottle, 3.0% ABV; Ayinger Celebrator – Doppelbock, Bottle, 6.7% ABV
- Greece—Mythos – Pale Lager, Bottle, 4.7% ABV
- Ireland—Murphy’s Irish Stout – Dry Stout, Draft, 4.0% ABV
- Italy—Moretti La Rossa – Doppelbock, Bottle, 7.2% ABV
- Lithuania—Kalnapilis – Pale Lager, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
- Netherlands—La Trappe i – Abbey Trippel, Bottle, 8.0% ABV
- Norway— i (“Smoke Without Fire”) – Smoked Beer, Bottle, 8.0% ABV
- Poland—Okocim – Lager, Can, 5.6% ABV
- Scotland—Innis and Gunn – Scottish Ale, Bottle, 6.6% ABV
- Slovakia—Golden Pheasant – Czech Pilsner, Bottle, 5.0% ABV.
- Spain—Estrella Damm – Pale Lager, Bottle, 5.4% ABV
- Switzerland—BFM Saison – Saison, Bottle, 6.0% ABV
- Turkey—Efes – Pilsner, Bottle, 5.0% ABV
Saturday, November 29
Drinking & Writing – A Beer Carol
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
The Drinking & Writing Theater’s holiday show A Beer Carol returns to The Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, November 29 to December 28 on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. with Sunday 4:00 p.m. shows on December 21 and 28 and an 8:00 p.m. show on Monday and Tuesday, December 22 and 23.
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.
A Beer Carol, written by Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda, stars the two writers and Carolyn Benjamin from the Drinking & Writing shows God vs. Hall & Oates, Barnstormers, American Variety 1 and 2, and The Earliest Known Photo of Men Drinking Beer.
Tickets are $20.00, available from Brown Paper Tickets.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ♦ Bell’s Tasting at Binny’s – Bloomingdale
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 353 W. Army Trail Rd., Bloomingdale, IL 630-671-3860
Black Saturday Tasting at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Bloomingdale! Take a break from shopping and sample some Bell’s classics. On hand will be Amber Ale, Winter White Ale, Two Hearted Ale and Special Double Cream Stout.
1:00 pm ♦ Chain O’Lakes Firkin Tapping
Chain O’Lakes Brewing Company, 3425 Pearl St., McHenry, IL (815) 331-8345
Chain O’Lakes will tap a Firkin around 1:00 pm. Bring in your Turkey sandwich and enjoy a freshly tapped craft ale….