Side Lot Bottle Release Pre-Sale
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Side Lot Brewery is releasing their first Bottle Series of Barrel Aged beers. These are only available in-house as limited 750ml corked bottles. Each bottle will have a special numbered label and be hand dipped in wax.
Distinguished Gentleman, Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout 12.5% ABV.
• The NEW Sultry Sue, Barrel Aged Belgian Quad 12.4% ABV.
Of these bottles, we’re offering very limited number of pre-sales at special prices & packages ($25-$60) prior to the release for those who want to make sure they don’t miss out on this one-time event.
Barrel Aged Beer Tap Release and Pre-order pickups will be on 12/15 at noon. All orders must be picked up in person. Shipping is not available.


Goose Island BCS Tap Takeover
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 28 W. New York St., Aurora, IL (630) 844-0400 🌎
12/7, Aurora: BCS Original, Vanilla, Midnight Orange
12/14, Downers Grove: BCS Original, Vanilla, Midnight Orange, Coffee (Downers Grove only)


11:00 am - 2:00 pm 🍺 BCS Tap Invasion
The Beer Market, 641 E. Boughton Rd., Suite 110, Bolingbrook, IL 630-739-3000 🌎
Join The Beer Market Bolingbrook as they tap into Six Goose Island  Bourbon County beers: Original, Coffee Barleywine, Vanilla, Midnight Orange, Bramble Rye and Wheatwine.


12:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Barrel-Aged Snooze Button Release
Begyle Brewing, 1800 W. Cuyler Ave., Chicago (773) 661-6963 🌎
Our newest barrel-aged beers are here!
We took our Russian Imperial Stout, Snooze Button, and aged it in both rye whiskey barrels and bourbon barrels for between 8 and 10 months. The resulting beers were different enough to warrant their own bottles! Take a peek at what we’ve got in-store:
Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Snooze Button. Russian Imperial Stout aged in Buffalo Trace Rye Whiskey Barrels: ABV 13.1%. Tasting Notes: Dark Chocolate, Rasin, Caramel, Rye
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Snooze Button. Russian Imperial Stout aged in Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels: ABV 13.6%. Tasting Notes: Dark Chocolate, Caramel, Molasses, Oak, Bourbon
22oz Bomber: $18 each / 10 oz. draft: $10 / 5 oz. draft: $6
Brewers, Liz and Nick, have done it again, creating special one off draft variants to help us celebrate this release. Available while supplies last–more details to come!
To top the night off, Mac Dynamite will be popping up in our taproom from 5pm-8pm, serving some epic Mac and Cheese!


3:00 pm 🍺 Pollyanna Roselare 1st Anniversary and Triple Beer Release
Pollyanna Brewing Co., 431 Talcott Ave., Lemont, IL (630) 914-5834 🌎
& Pollyanna - Roselare, 245 E. Main St., Roselle, IL (847) 285-1909 🌎
Our second location, Pollyanna Brewing Company Roselare, is celebrating its first anniversary all weekend long on Friday December 7th and Saturday December 8th! There's a lot going on, so pay attention and read closely!
Friday December 7th
Triple beer release including Sugar Cookie Fun Size (500mL bottles), Foudre 1 (750mL bottles), and our Roselare Anniversary Kölsch (4pk 16oz cans). WE WILL BE RELEASING THESE BEERS AT BOTH BREWERIES AT 3PM. LIMITS/PRICE TBD.
Food from Smokin' BBQ Kitchen (5:30-8:30pm) and live jams with Bradley Hides (7-10pm)
Saturday December 8th (Roselare only)
Our inaugural anniversary Kölsch party! We're going old school Cologne-style and throwing a traditional Kölsch party featuring .2L Stange glasses and lots of traditional German Kölsch!
The debut of Chicago Culinary Kitchen's new food truck! We are beyond excited to have them at the brewery all day long serving up some of the best food in Chicago! They'll be in Roselle from 12-8pm! Food menu will be posted soon! IT'S DELICIOUS!!!
Live jams from Amazing Mike (1:30-4:30) and more live jams from Jack Byron (7-10pm)


3:00 - 9:00 pm 🍺 Not So Rare Day: Bourbon County Stout Bottle Release
Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773‑697‑7922 🌎
Every year on Black Friday, Goose Island unleashes a fury of barrel aged liquid black gold upon the world. Two weeks after this cosmic event, Emporium will be unleashing our very own fury of Goose Island's precious bottled elixirs upon our patrons at our Logan Square location!
For the 2nd time ever, Emporium Logan Square is proud to present...
On this fateful day, we will be offering the entire lineup of 2018 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand along with multiple vintages of Bourbon County Brand Stout, vintage BCS variants, and a hyper-limited amount of 2015 RARE Bourbon County Stout!
- NO bottles will be sold before 3pm
- NO bottles will be available "TO GO" because we do not possess a "cash & carry" license. Blame the City of Chicago, not us please!
- ALL bottles will be OPENED upon purchase by an Emporium staff member ONLY!
- Because we have such a limited quantity of 2015 RARE, we will be doing a raffle system to sell these bottles. Everybody will be given ONE raffle ticket upon entry & the raffle will happen around 5pm. Winners will be able to purchase ONE bottle to share with whomever they choose.
- YES, if you win the Rare Raffle, you can take the bottle/box home with you, as long as the bottle is completely EMPTY! NO exceptions!
Full list of bottles available is posted ON THIS PAGE.


4:00 - 8:00 pm 🍺 Seery Athlone Opening
Seery Athlone Brewing Co., 1729 W. Armitage Ct., Addison, IL (331) 209-9983 🌎
It's official! Our tap room will open this Friday Dec 7th. Friday hours from 4 to 8 pm. Saturday from 3 to 8 pm, Sunday from 3 to 7 pm, and Monday from 4 to 8 pm.


4:00 pm 🍺 Golden Prairie Single Malt Release
Quincy Street Distillery, 39 E. Quincy St., Riverside, IL (708) 357-7414 🌎
Announcing the official re-release party of Golden Prairie™ Straight Single Malt Whiskey at our distillery Speakeasy, before the Riverside Holiday Stroll. Born out of the legacy of Chicago’s original craft brewery, Golden Prairie Brewing Company. Come meet the original brewer, Ted Furman, at the distillery on Friday. Golden Prairie is made with the grain bill of his flagship beer, Golden Prairie Ale now produced again at Argus Brewery in Pullman. Finest two row malted barley, caramel, and roasted specialty malts were mashed, lautered, then fermented off the grain at Argus for us. Then Quincy Street Distillery distilled it twice and aged it two years in a new American charred oak barrel, creating complex flavors and a silky smooth mouth feel. Only available in our Speakeasy and Retail Shop, and only a dozen cases available. At the release party, we will be sampling the whiskey as well as the ale it is derived from!


4:00 - 11:00 pm 🍺 Ryeway to Heaven, Gravedigger Billy & Vanilla Deth Release
Revolution Brewery & Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS 🌎
Join us for a series of releases at the Revolution Brewing Taproom for the opportunity to purchase the 2018-2019 Deep Woods lineup in four-packs of 12 oz. cans and experience our latest draft-only variants. 
Ryeway to Heaven: Ryeway holds a special place in our hearts as the underdog that made good. At one point, we thought we’d move on from our Ryewine to another style. But our brewers fought for it and Ryeway was granted a reprieve. Our fans took it from there, roaring back to make this ryewine–with its massively silky mouthfeel–one of the big hits of 2017. We heard, we listened, and Ryeway is back, following a stay in Kentucky Peerless Rye and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, for you to love again this December.
Gravedigger Billy: Billy once again rises from the earth to stalk the unsuspecting city. We can never permanently say goodbye to our beloved Scotch Ale from the early days of Revolution. It’s a little smoky from an addition of Bestmalz beechwood-smoked malt, with a nice bourbon and American oak character along for the ride. Put down the shovel for a minute and warm up with something a wee bit heavy.
Vanilla Deth: You shouted, you demanded, and we eventually listened–everything smooth and rich about Deth’s Tar, with the complementary addition of hand-split vanilla beans. Sometimes just one more note creates a whole new perfect harmony.  


4:00 - 6:00 pm 🍺 Guinness Pint Engraving and Tasting
Binny's, 3447 W 95th St., Evergreen Park, IL 708-237-7660 🌎
Purchase (2) 6 packs or (1) Multipack 8 or 12 pack and get a free Guinness Gravity Glass with your name engraved on it. While you wait sample Guinness, Draught, Guinness Blonde and Guinness 200th Anniversary Stout.


5:00 - 8:00 pm 🍺 Mahoney's Goose Island Tap Takeover
Mahoney's Pub & Grille, 550 N. Ogden Ave., Chicago 312-733-2121 🌎
Prizes Include :
Goose Island VIP Brewery Tours
Goose Island Gift Baskets
And other Goose Island swag
The Beers:
Original Bourbon County Brand Stout, Reserve Bourbon County Brand Stout, Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine, Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout, Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine, Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout, Noel (Belgian-style dark ale), Parka Port (mild porter).


5:00 pm - 12:00 am 🍺 Imperial Oak Tapping / Release
Wild Monk, 88 S. La Grange Ave., La Grange, IL 708-255-2337 🌎
Join us as we welcome Imperial Oak Brewing to La Grange. 
We will be tapping 2 of their brews - Czech Your Head (Pilsner) and Prediction Pain (Double IPA) Come get a taste starting at 5pm.


7:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Mitten Series Release & Clothing Drive
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago 773-334-9851 🌎
Join us for a Mitten Series release party for the 2018 variants. What better way to celebrate The Mitten than at the place where we debuted our bourbon barrel-aged cider in 2012: Hopleaf. 
The Mitten, Cherry Mitten, and Maple Mitten will all be tapped at 7pm on Friday, Dec. 7. A special menu featuring Virtue Cider pork will be on offer as well. Create a perfect pairing of cider and pork all from our farm in Fennville, Michigan.
Finally, help us in keeping our community warm by donating a coat or winter accessory to our Mitten Drive to benefit Sarah's Circle.


7:00 pm - 12:00 am 🍺 Founders Barrel Aged Barrel Night
The Garage, 6154 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-647-1386 🌎
Join us for an evening with Founders!
We’re tapping up KBS, CBS, Curmudgeon’s Better Half


7:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Big Hugs Tap Takeover
Will's Northwoods Inn, 3030 N. Racine Ave., Chicago (773) 528-4400 🌎
Half Acre will be coming back to Will's again for the new batch of Big Hugs (with some other fantastic Half Acre offerings on tap as well).
Featuring drafts of Big Hugs (Imperial Coffee Stout), Vanilla Big Hugs (Imperial Coffee Stout with Vanilla), Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Hugs (Imperial Coffee Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels), Benthic (Imperial Coffee Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Coconut), Lagertown (Marzen), Fader (Pilsner), Den (Kolsch), Gone Away (IPA), Tuna (Session IPA), Daisy Cutter


7:00 - 11:45 pm 🍺 BCS Release at Rabbits
Rabbits Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster Ave., Chicago 773-736-5766 🌎
Join us for the 2018 Release of Bourbon County Stout! We will be pouring the full line up of variants starting at 7 p.m.