5:00 - 6:00 am 🍺 Backyard Off-Leash Playdate at Wolfden
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 🗺️
We are testing this event idea out- if its a success we may do this every week!
Is your pup going nuts with cabin fever? Winter can be a difficult time for our fur babies- they just want to get out and play!
Bring your pups to the Wolfden fenced in backyard from 11-12pm, for an OFF-LEASH doggie play date. This will be before we are open to the public- which is the only way we can allow dogs to be off leash.
We will have our heated brew-gloo open for anyone who needs to warm up but the taproom will NOT be open for seating. You are able to purchase a beer but must return to the backyard during this hour.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm 🍺 More Brewing Can Release & Special Tappings
Iron&Glass, 632 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville, IL (815) 782-5559 🗺️
We have a More Brewing can release and special tappings coming your way! Get DDH Double Space Boots in cans and on draft plus Peaches & Cream Marbles and Dark Lager will be on tap as well.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 🍺 South Bend BrewFest 2020
Century Center, 120 S. Saint Joseph St., South Bend, IN (574) 235-9711 🗺️
The areas largest and longest running BrewFest!
General Admission: $45 (plus processing fees).
Sample craft beer from across the USA. Free sampling glass and lanyard. Commemorative Pint Glass.
VIP: $75 (plus processing fees)
Early access to the event at noon. VIP lounge with snacks. Exclusive meet and greet sessions with Brewers and Michiana Beer Reviewers.
Tickets and info at this link.
11:15 am - 11:00 pm 🍺 Wake & Bake with Big Hugs
Kuma's Corner, 2900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 604-8769 🗺️
Join us, Half Acre Beer Company, and Dark Matter Coffee as we pour some delicious beers courtesy of Half Acre! Including the 11th Anniversary of their Imperial Coffee Stout, Big Hugs!
All beers tapped from open and available while supplies last.
BA Big Hugs • BA Big Hugs 2018 • Big Hugs • Benthic • Double Dungeons • Orin • Vanilla Big Hugs
Crush cans of Daisy Cutter • Pony Pils • Original Reaper
Dark Matter will be on site from 11:15am offering up shots of their Big Hugs Espresso to get you properly roasted (also while supplies last).
Additionally, and also while supplies last, DMC will also offer up their Wake N' Bake espresso drink.
Come in with proof that you've laid down your souls to the gods rock n' roll and take home swag from Dark Matter and Half Acre (while supplies last).
11:30 am - 6:00 pm 🍺 Long Johns On Winter Warmer Bash 2020
Burn 'Em Brewing, 718 Freyer Rd., Michigan City, IN 219-210-3784 🗺️
Our 5th Annual Long Johns On Winter Warmer Bash will feature multiple bottle releases including LJO variants, live music, a specialty tap list, warm local food, & heated tents! All ages welcome, kids 12 & under get in free. Details:
The $10 pre-sale rate not only covers the cost of the bands, but it gives you access to a ridiculously unique specialty tap-list that is specifically catered for the event. The majority of the beer on draft will not be available anywhere else - everything on draft will be available as a half-pour for 1 ticket ($3), & a full-pour for 2 tickets ($6).
Live music by: Feed the Dog, Twin City String Band, & Anchors
Food by: Bare Bones
2019 Long Johns On - Winter Warmer w/ dates, nutmeg and vanilla bean.
PB&J Long Johns On - Winter Warmer w/ dates, nutmeg, vanilla bean, peanut butter and pureed raspberries & blackberries.
Barrel-Aged Long Johns On - Winter Warmer w/ dates, nutmeg and vanilla bean aged in Journeyman Distillery Rye Whiskey barrels.
Barrel-Aged Long Johns On w/ Cherry - Winter Warmer w/ dates, nutmeg and vanilla bean aged in Hotel Tango Distillery Bourbon barrels with Michigan Balaton cherries.
Barrel-Aged Mocha Long Johns On - Winter Warmer w/ dates, nutmeg and vanilla bean aged in Journeyman Distillery Rye Whiskey barrels on cocoa nibs then blended with cold brew coffee from FLUID Coffee Roasting Lab and Lounge Michigan City, IN.
Kreamed Corn - Indiana Cream Ale brewed with corn.
Fourteen Buck Chuck - American Pale Ale brewed and dry-hopped with all Citra Hops.
Hipster Juicebag - Triple Dry-hopped Juicy East Coast- Style IPA w/ Mosaic, Lemondrop, Idaho 7 and Citra hops.
Duke Silver *NITRO* - Jazzy American Robust Porter.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS EARLY AND SAVE SOME MONEY! $10 pre-sale, $15 at-the-door.
12:00 - 3:00 pm 🍺 Lions Club Light Collection
River Hawk Brewing, 24735 W. Eames St., Channahon, IL (815) 255-2202 🗺️
The Channahon Lions Club is collecting broken and unwanted holiday string lights for recycling. They will be on site at River Hawk Brewing Saturday January 18th 12-3pm. But we will have collection boxes in the tap room if you are unable to make it on the 18th. Just stop by during normal business hours to drop off unwanted or broken lights now till Saturday 1/18.
12:00 - 3:00 pm 🍺 Half Acre Tapping and Tasting
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago 312-664-4394 🗺️
Join us as we celebrate the arrival of a treasured classic from Half Acre – Barrel Aged Big Hugs. We’ll have 4 packs for sale and we’ll be tapping a keg in our tasting room. We will also have some other Half Acre specialties on tap, including Pennon Wyde Ale! Our friends from Half Acre will on hand, pouring some samples from their delicious portfolio.
12:00 - 11:30 pm 🍺 Hazy Jake DDH NEIPA Release
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 🗺️
This one is all about the juicy hops! Vic Secret. Cashmere. Huell Melon. Double dry hopping leads to tropical fruit notes and no bitterness.
12:00 - 10:00 pm 🍺 Illini 4000 Cycling Team Fundraiser
Orange & Brew Bottle Shop & Tap, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880 🗺️
Come help support the student-run Illini 4000 cycling team as they raise funds for their 2020 Ride Across America!
All day, a dollar from every regular-sized draft, glass of wine, or can of beer to drink in the shop, will go towards this organization. Plus, Illini take on Northwestern at 4 p.m. so come watch at the shop AND help raise money for Illini students!
Illini 4000 is dedicated to spreading cancer awareness as well as raising money for cancer research and patient support services on a local and national scale.
12:00 pm 🍺 Lil Beaver Release
Prestige 6249 Tap Room, 6249 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 963-9733 🗺️
We will be releasing Lil Beaver The Lord of the Peach Rings! This world class offering will be on draft and available in package when our tap room opens at noon. Remember drink local, shop local!
12:30 pm 🍺 MRC 18th Street Brewery Run #26
18th Street Brewery, 5417 Oakley Ave., Hammond, IN (219) 803-0820 🗺️
Join the Mikkeller Running Club on Saturday at 12:30pm for run #26! We’ll meet at 18th Street Brewery Hammond and do a 5K run/walk on the Erie Lackawanna Trail-Enjoy a delicious beer after-Everyone welcome! Go your own pace/distance
1:00 - 5:00 pm 🍺 22nd Annual Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout
Metropolitan Brewing, 3057 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (773) 754-0494 🗺️
Chicago Beer Society presents The 22nd Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout
Come out and enjoy the best beers paired with the best food from Chicagoland brewpubs and microbreweries. Attendees will sample a wide variety of beers as well as each brewpub's paired food items, before voting for their favorite beer, food, and pairing. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.
For 2020, we are thrilled to partner with our friends at Metropolitan Brewing to host the event inside their brewery. Come support your favorite spots or discover something new - either way, you get to taste the very best beer and food that Chicago has to offer.
Participating breweries TBA.
Non-member tickets are $75 through Brown Paper Tickets.
- All ticket sales are final
- Attendees must be 21 years or older (no children)
- Admission includes all beer & food samples from each brewery/brewpub
- Brewer participation is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control
- We recommend public transportation for all our events
1:00 - 3:00 pm 🍺 Schramm's Mead Tasting
Beer on the Wall, 106 Main St., Park Ridge, IL 312-720-3732 🗺️
In the last couple years, we've gone from dedicating a small little niche section of our store to a full-blown 4 shelves worth of mead, and 4 rotating bottle options to enjoy on-site. But alas, one major player in the mead game has long alluded us...until now.
Michigan's Schramm's Mead is now available in Chicagoland, and we're kicking off their launch with a tasting of 5 of their most popular brands this Saturday January 18. Snag a ticket ($28.63 including fees) for a 1oz pour of each, and take home a few extra bottles for later. Schramm's flight includes Black Agnes, Blackberry, Madeline, Statement Lutowka, Red Agnes
1:00 - 4:00 pm 🍺 Home Brewing Meet and Greet
My Buddy's, 4416 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 728-3397 🗺️
Drinking your own beer just tastes better. Join the Sunnyside Mall Brewers Guild for our Meet & Greet at My Buddy's. Learn more about Uptown’s neighborhood brewing organization and how you can get involved. We will also be raffling off a few prizes, include brew sessions from Gnome Brew.
All experience levels welcome.
1:00 - 4:00 pm 🍺 2020 Beer Olympics at Fatpour
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago 773-698-8940 🗺️
Calling all party people! We’re hosting Beer Olympics on Saturday, January 18th at 1pm. Catch all the NFL playoff action at the best sports bar in Wicker Park while competing in feats of strength and agility!
Teams of 4 can register for $50. Your ticket includes your beer for the games and a $10 donation to The Fields Family, who unexpectedly lost their wife and mother on Christmas Eve. Once your team is registered, you’re entered into all games for the chance to win awesome prizes and bragging rights. There will be single person, 2-person, and 4-person games and you can choose the member(s) of your team you’d like to participate. Most games will be 4-person, so no one will be left out!
Scoring will be a points system, with extra points awarded to best team costume and best name!
A full list of games will be posted closer to the event.
Email [email protected] once you’ve purchased your teams ticket, or with any questions!
Don’t forget to hydrate responsibly!
If you can't participate but would like to make a donation to the Fields family, their Go Fund Me can be found here.
1:30 - 3:30 pm 🍺 Hero Day Fundraiser
Cradles to Crayons Chicago, 4141 W. George St., Chicago (312) 767-1008 🗺️
Join The Magic in Our Mess in some epic family fun while raising funds to support our mission in helping homeless children with basic necessities, from boots to books.
There will be craft beer and cider for adults.
There will be fun activities, tours of Cradles to Crayons, book demos of a fantastic write and draw children's journal, snacks, and raffle prizes.
Children and adults encouraged to gear up in their favorite hero costume.
Free registration through Eventbrite.
2:00 - 9:00 pm 🍺 Two Year Anniversary Party
Beer on Central, 1930 Central St., Evanston, IL 847-905-0951 🗺️
Saturday is our 2 year anniversary party! Starting at 2PM, we'll have free snacks, bottle raffles, and will be tapping a bunch of specialty kegs from some of our favorite local breweries, including Smylie Bros., Temperance, Sketchbook, Maplewood, Alarmist and Illuminated Brew Works. Thank you to all of our amazing friends, family, and customers!
8:00 pm 🍺 Bell’s Brewing Tasting
Navigator Taproom, 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 100, Chicago (773) 687-9135 🗺️
Come on out for delicious Bell's Brewery selections. Tastings, swag, branded glass give away and prizes.