Chicago Black Friday Recommendations

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  1. AltonGriese

    AltonGriese Initiate (62) Aug 14, 2010 Florida
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    Flying into the city on Thanksgiving day at about two. Looking for recommendations for Black Friday. Someplace laid back to enjoy a pour or two of BCBS. Not looking for bottles to take back but some pours of the variants would be cool.

    I've looked through threads but not a ton of info on the Goose Island tap rooms. Any thoughts or recommendations would be great. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (416) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    Not a single spot on the city will be “laid back” on Black Friday
     
  3. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (6,111) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    If you're looking for a laid back spot on Black Friday, I'd suggest going to Beer Temple.

    You probably won't get any Bourbon County, but you can get almost all the Bourbon County stuff in Florida.

    You CAN get unique Chicago beers, plus world-class stuff from around the globe, and the laid back vibe you desire.

    This is probably not the answer you were looking for, but if you require Bourbon County on Black Friday in Chicago in a laid back environment, you are out of luck, my friend.
     
  4. BrandonK

    BrandonK Initiate (47) Jul 15, 2012 Indiana
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    I’d imagine acquiring a ticket to the GI Fulton event would be fairly laid back. I think it’s a bit pricey, but convenience costs in Chicago...
     
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  5. ravens_wood

    ravens_wood Initiate (52) Dec 21, 2017 Illinois

    Sheffield's should be fine. You won't get all the variants but they should have a good selection left from their Black(out) Wednesday event
     
  6. AltonGriese

    AltonGriese Initiate (62) Aug 14, 2010 Florida
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    Thanks for the info and suggestions. Perhaps I was hopeful regarding the laid back atmosphere.
     
  7. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,350) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    It tends to be more laid back towards the end of the the day when all the BCBS chasers are drunk and laid out....
     
  8. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Devotee (456) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I might recommend a Whole Foods type of situation. At least a couple of years ago you would be able to find variants on draft and it’s relatively calm.
     
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  9. kodt

    kodt Defender (662) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    Try to get a ticket to one of the tasting sessions at Goose Island Clybourn. You will get a pour of all 8 variants as well as some small food pairings, a bottle to take home, and a glass. Tickets go on sale Monday, check their Facebook page for event link.
     
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  10. Vav

    Vav Initiate (192) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Go buy lambics instead.

    :wink:
     
  11. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,350) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Can you get the pricing down? I'm in for lambucks...
     
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  12. flat_lander

    flat_lander Savant (971) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Financial conflicts of interest.
     
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  13. Bobbi862

    Bobbi862 Initiate (0) Nov 10, 2019 Illinois

    "Hop Leaf" in Andersonville (Clark and Foster, north side) has a tremendous beer catalog. Hundreds available. Good food too. Don't know where you're staying, but, downtown Chicago will be a madhouse!
     
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  14. 4lokogod

    4lokogod Initiate (43) Dec 8, 2015 Illinois

    Agreed on Sheffields... They were even open Thanksgiving evening last year and had most variants left.
     
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  15. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (416) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    are they even doing that event this year? Not listed in the Events portion of their site
     
  16. RexKramer

    RexKramer Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2011 Illinois

    I'd also check on Timothy O'Tooles. They have done a Bourbon County event the last couple of years on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I have to imagine some of it sticks around for a day or two.
     
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  17. Sparty93

    Sparty93 Initiate (49) Aug 29, 2013 Michigan

    Anyone have any recommendations for places that will be open on Thanksgiving evening itself?
     
  18. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Disciple (338) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois
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    Hop Leaf
     
  19. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,350) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    The Porcelain Bowl :wink:
     
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  20. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    But WF doesn't get their BCBS until the week after Black Friday, at least that's how it has been for the past 4 or so years.
     
  21. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Devotee (456) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    That’s true for bottles but not draft, right?
     
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  22. pudgym29

    pudgym29 Initiate (161) Mar 14, 2009 Illinois

    The Big Onion Tavern Group has multiple venues in Chicago. Its Fastpour pubs are pretty much assured to have the regular Bourbon County, and a solid number of the variants on tap. :beer:
    As for how non-crushed will they be, that I can't honestly reply. :neutral_face:
     
  23. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (156) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    WF had bottles and draft on Black Friday last year, IIRC.
     
  24. ravens_wood

    ravens_wood Initiate (52) Dec 21, 2017 Illinois

    I dunno. I just assume so since I’ve been going every Wednesday for the past 5-7 years. It’d really suck it’s no more.
     
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  25. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,834) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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  26. tiffman

    tiffman Initiate (66) Dec 3, 2014 Illinois

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  27. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    As @tiffman pointed out, it was a week later last year for Whole Foods, and that was draft and bottles. It's been that way since at least 2015 (my first year "hunting"). And now they change it the year I'm going to be on a plane coming back from vacation the morning of Black Friday. :angry:
     
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  28. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (156) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    I guess I'm wrong. I could swear WF Willowbrook had bottles and/or had a tapping on Black Friday, though. I went there and was told they were sold out and the tappings were at noon or something... I could be mistaken, though. *shrug* The link above from tiffman seems to indicate that they never had any bottles. Who knows. Lol.
     
  29. flat_lander

    flat_lander Savant (971) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I hear Hawaii is rough this time of year.
     
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  30. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Poo-Bah (1,825) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    Hawaiians turn to Kona during times like these, with a hot bowl of Zippy's

    .
     
  31. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Hey...don't let the details get in the way of me wanting beer!
     
  32. 4lokogod

    4lokogod Initiate (43) Dec 8, 2015 Illinois

    Sheffields was open Thanksgiving evening last year, was able to get several variants on tap.
     
  33. flat_lander

    flat_lander Savant (971) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Definitely a Crusader! Seriously though, if I were flying back on Black Friday and my go to plan fell apart, I'd be super bummed.
     
  34. Vav

    Vav Initiate (192) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    I don't control retail pricing, but there's gotta be a way to get like Beer Temple or whoever to do a loyalty program where you earn Lambucks, because that has to be a thing
     
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  35. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Devotee (456) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Yes I thought I had Coffee 16 on Black Friday but it was 12/3/16. So perhaps one of the Binny’s tasting rooms?
     
  36. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Poo-Bah (1,825) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    Beer Temple has a loyalty program.

    Thanks for bringing great lambic beers to Chicago!
     
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  37. Vav

    Vav Initiate (192) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    yeah but do they call it Lambucks?
     
  38. dpittnet

    dpittnet Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2015 Illinois

    If anyone has any good tips for hunting bottles or getting pours in the NW burbs please let me know.
     
  39. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,350) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I think this is the first year Illinois implemented the need to have seasonal beer hunting permits in order to shore up the massive state defecit. Stout season runs from Nov-Dec. if you get caught without a valid permit there will be hefty fines. If you snag anything under 12oz or styles not covered by the permit you may also be in violation. You'd better check your local laws first. Best of luck!
     
  40. JoeSpartan22

    JoeSpartan22 Initiate (61) Apr 23, 2017 Illinois

    Please delete this post before Governor Jelly Belly sees this and starts getting ideas. :astonished::flushed::grimacing:
     
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