Couldn’t get a Ticket to FOBAB Barrel Aged Beer Event; Kicks-off Thursday, November 13, 2014!!!!

fobab 2014We are very pleased and excited to announce the second annual “Couldn’t get a Ticket to FOBAB Barrel Aged Beer Event” as recently reported in the New York Times Travel Section.  Each year Chicago hosts one of the great beer festivals in the world, the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FOBAB) where scores of breweries from around the country converge to showcase the finest of barrel aged liquids. Tickets go on sale well in advance and are gobbled up in minutes leaving many out in the cold, noses pressed to the glass, dreaming of vanilla, bourbon, oak and caramel notes, commonly featured in these barrel aged wonders.  Our annual event is a humble attempt to satisfy those beer lovers who couldn’t get a ticket to FOBAB and, truthfully, those who could.  Though the list is not yet complete this year we will feature 20+ beers aged in retired barrels of Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve, Templeton Rye, Kentucky Bourbon, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Old Forrester and new American Oak to name a few.  The event will kick-off on Thursday, November 13th and will continue into the weekend and through the following weeks as supplies last.  The beer list will include the following and more:


Allagash Curieaux, Portland ME, 6oz, 11% – Allagash Tripel is aged in Jim Beam barrels for eight weeks and then blended with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes and hints of bourbon. Glass 6

 Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl, 12oz, 7% – A pumpkin ale aged 6 months in Wild Turkey® barrels with notes of coconut, vanilla, and oak a silky body and sweet caramel flavor. Glass 7

 Arcadia Deliverance, Battle Creek, MI, 6oz, 14.3% – Bourbon Barrel aged dopplebock with notes of rich malt, bourbon, brandy-coated sweets, freshly-roasted nuts, hints of spice and a long expresso-like finish. Glass 6.50

Begyle Brewing Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas, Chicago, Illinois 9.8% – An imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. 

 Breckenridge 72, Denver, Co, 6oz, 7.2% – An imperial chocolate cream stout brewed with chocolate from Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and aged in Whiskey barrels. Glass 5

Central Waters La Petite Mort, Amherst, WI, 12oz, 9.05% – A Belgian inspired Weissenbock brewed in collaboration with The Local Option and aged 6 months in Heaven Hill Barrels that is dark amber in color with notes of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Deschutes Mirror Mirror, Bend, OR, 6oz, 11.2% – A barley wine, 50% aged 10 Months in Oregon Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Malbec barrels. Glass 6

 Deschutes Not the Stoic, Bend, OR, 6oz, 12.1% – A Belgian-style Quad aged 11 months in 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Rye Whiskey Barrels. Glass 6

 Firestone Walker Old Leghorn, Paso Robles, CA, 6oz, 10.5% – A collaboration between Nick Floyd of 3 Floyds Brewing and Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker resulting in a “staggeringly” hoppy blonde barleywine aged in a combination of retired bourbon barrels and new American oak wine barrels then blended with a fresh batch of dry-hopped Ol’ Leghorn. Glass 6.50

 Goose Island Bourbon County Backyard Rye, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 12.7% – An imperial stout aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries. Glass 6.50

Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 12.1% – An English-style barleywine aged in third-use barrels, first used to produce Kentucky bourbon and then Bourbon County Stout, with intricate notes of oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and a signature bourbon heat. Glass 6.50

 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 14.5% – The famous bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout with intense notes of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. Glass 6.50

 Revolution Bean Gene, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 9% – A bourbon barrel aged porter steeped with Dark Matter coffee beans that is smooth and well balanced with hints of vanilla. Glass 6.50

 Revolution Filibuster, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 11.5% – An Imperial wheat ale aged in a mix of Old Forester and Woodford Reserve barrels with notes of sweet malt, vanilla and dark fruit. Glass 6.50

 Revolution Gravedigger Billy, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 10.4% – A wee heavy scotch ale aged 6 months in Woodford Reserve barrels with rich malt character of cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar melded with flavors and aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and fine bourbon from the charred American oak barrels. Glass 6.50

 Surly Barrel Aged Darkness, Brooklyn Center, MN, 6oz, 9.8% – A Russian imperial stout, aged in rye whiskey barrels from High West Distillery, with notes of chocolate, coffee, dried tart cherries, vanilla, rye whisky and raisins. Glass 5.50

 Temperance Root Down Porter, Evanston, IL, 6.5%, 6oz – A robust porter aged in Evanston based FEW rye whiskey barrels with mellow notes of vanilla mixed with a touch of chicory and chocolate, enveloped in the unmistakable rye whiskey. Glass 5

 Tight Head Wee Heavy, Mundelein, IL, 6oz, 10.6% – A strong scotch ale aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Glass 5

What’s on Tap? Senior Juan Espinoza’s B-Day Celebration!!! Thursday, 10/30/2014


juan b-dayTo celebrate Senior Juan Espinoza’s 46th B-day on Thursday, 10/30/14 and his 20+ years of service with the Tap, we will tap a barrel of Revolution Unsessionable IPA, just like Juan, a giant, with flavors and aromas of pine, passion fruit, and citrus rind. Please stop in and be sure to wish Juan a happy b-day!!!


espantopajaroEach year, to decorate for Halloween, Miguel and Leonardo of our staff will create decorative and traditional scare crows from corn stalks and discarded clothes. This year one of the scare crows went missing. Last Friday night upon closing its hat was discoverd on the ground and the rest of the scare crow was gone. At first we thought it was taken, as it was located outside in front tied to our tree, but then we started to receive notice of sightings. First, one on the South side of Chicago and then one in Wisconsin. The scare crow was even captured in a photo before disappearing again. If you happen to spot our scare crow, please notify us immediately, though we expect it will be back in time for our Halloween party this Sat, Oct 25th, perhaps dancing in the bar.

Fall Festival of Beer continues with the addition of Fresh Hop beers

autumn beer garden 1It’s the time of year when hops are being harvested and brewers are using the freshly picked or “wet” hops to produce special seasonal beers.  We are currently featuring two such beers, Two Brothers Heavy Handed Cascade, a fresh hop IPA brewed with Cascade hops and Great Divide Fresh Hop, an American pale ale brewed with freshly picked whole cone hops from the Pacific Northwest.  Both beers exhibit pronounced bitter, grassy flavors with the Heavier Handed also featuring floral hop notes.  These two beers are new additions to our on going line-up of seasonal fall beer that includes, Pumpkin ales, Oktoberfest beers, fruit beers, specialty ciders and more.

Fall Festival of Beer & Cider Begins Thursday, October 2nd!!!!

Fall-Harvest-300x225The trees are changing color and the air is getting cool, it’s our favorite time of the year!!! Join us as we celebrate the onset of autumn with a special selection of beers to usher in the season.  You can expect a variety of Oktoberfest beers, pumpkin ales, fruit beer, ciders, beer brewed with yams and more.  The fun will begin on Thursday, October 2nd when we fling the doors open at 5pm and will continue as supplies last.  As always, Chef Julia will be preparing some great dishes providing the comfort we all need as we contemplate the prospects of winter looming around the corner.  The following will be served though not all at once:

Bell’s Octoberfest Beer, Kalamazoo, MI, 16oz, 5.5% – A flavorful session beer in the Oktoberfest style with notes of light caramel. Pint 5.50 / Pitcher 20 / 8oz 3

Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Cleveland, OH, 16oz, 6.5% – An amber Oktoberfest-style lager with rich malt flavor balanced by fragrant noble hops. Pint 5.50 / Pitcher 20 / 8oz 3

 Greenbush One and the Same, Sawyer, MI, 16oz, 6.5% – A refreshing raspberry ale. Pint 6 / Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

 Half Acre Lager Town, Chicago, IL, 16oz, 6% – Half Acre’s version of the malt driven Oktoberfest-style beer. Pint 6 / Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

 Metropolitan Heliostat, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 5% – A “Zwickelbier” or unfiltered lager to be enjoyed as though it came right out of the fermentor. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

 Revolution Oktoberfest, Chicago, IL, 16oz, 5.7% – A classic German-style Oktoberfest beer with toasty malt flavor. Pint 6 / Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

 Seattle Cider PNW Berry, Seattle, WA, 12oz, 6.9% – Softly tart at the start, softly sweet at the finish a cider crafted with locally grown raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

 Southern Tier Pumking, Lakewood, NY, 12oz, 8.6% – An Imperial Pumpkin Ale with an aroma of pumpkin pie and flavors of vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg & pie crust. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

 The Bruery Autumn Maple, Placentia, CA, 12oz, 10% – An autumn seasonal fermented with Belgian yeast and brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel 
(in other words, a lot of yams!), as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

 Three Floyds Munsterfest, Munster, IN, 16oz, 6% – Bavarian-style Oktoberfest bier. Glass 6/ Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

 Uncle John’s Perry Cider, St. John, MI, 12oz, 6.5% – A sparkling and semi-dry pear hard cider made from juicy Bartlett Pears grown in Michigan. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Begyle Beer & Food Pairing. Thur – Sat, Sept 25th – 27th

Begyle Beer Dinner - Village Tap - Full PageJoin us Thur, Fri and/or Sat, Sept. 25th-27th, when, in addition to our regular menu, we will offer a special menu of 5 dishes and each dish will be specially created to enjoy with one of 5 featured beers from Begyle Brewing.

What’s on Tap? Bell’s Oracle. Thursday, 9.17.2014

oracleOne of our favorite beers, Oracle is Bell’s take on a West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale which means it places hop intensity first & foremost, making only the slightest concession to malt & balance. The fireworks start with the aromatic punch of dry-hop sessions with hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. Resinous, citrusy hop flavors mixed with aggressive bitterness from a massive kettle addition deliver on that aromatic promise.  It is our understanding that we have one of only four 1/4 barrels to arrive in Chicago this year so get over here to enjoy it with us!

What’s on Tap? Surly Damien. Thursday, Sept 11, 2014

surly damienAppearing for the first time at the Village Tap, from the blackest depths of the Surly brewhouse comes Damien, Child of Darkness. Spawned from the usually discarded remnants of Darkness, Damien is a dry-hopped black ale with flavors of roasted malt and dark brown sugar suffocated by aromas of tangerine and pine.

Bear’s Football!!!

bearsJoin us for the kick-off of the Bears regular season on Sunday, September 7th, and every Sunday thereafter.  We’ll be opening early at 11:30am so you can get in and get settled before the kick-off and we’ll also be offering some special brunch items and drinks for your viewing pleasure.  Also, we’ll have the NFL Sunday Ticket for broadcasting all your favorite games when the Bears aren’t playing.

Drink specials will include $5 micheladas & mimosas, $6 garden bloody mary, $7 Spanish coffee as well as on going craft beer specials. For food, in addition to the regular menu we’ll be serving:

-banana nutella French toast

-Slagel Farm sausage, Yuppy Hill eggs, home fries, toast

-Smoked Salmon scramble, home fries, toast

Get in here to route the Bears to victory!!!

What’s on Tap? Ommegang Food + Beer Pairing, Thur Aug 28th- Sat Aug 30th

VT ommegang MenuJoin us as we feature the following five beers from Brewery Ommegang paired with specially created dishes from our Chef Julia Helton.

Hennepin Farmhouse Ale + spicy thai pork salad, kaffir lime, ginger, lemongrass, thai chili

Witte + PEI mussels, leeks, thyme, sourdough

Abbey Ale + cheese plate: Ameribelle American raw cow milk washed rind; Greenfields American Monastic style cow millk washed rind, piparra peppers, nuts, sourdough baguette

Hop House Pale Ale + fish and chips with hop house batter, remoulade, spicy cole slaw

Three Philosophers, a Belgian Quad blended with a Cherry Kriek + braised lamb, cous cous, preserved lemon, picholine olives

The beer and food can be ordered separately or together and the special menu will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday August 28th-30th while supplies last. Hope you can join us!!!