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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!!!

HALLOWEEN MYSTERY!!!!!

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!!!

What’s on Tap? Citra Hop Beers, 8/21/2014.

rev citra heroThursday, 8/21, we’ll be doing something a little different for our every  Thursday “What’s on Tap” series, we will be featuring three beers from 3 different breweries all of which showcase the Citra Hop, a very popular hop known for imparting notes of citrus and tropical fruit.  The three beers we will offer up include the Citra Session by Green Flash Brewing of San Diego, CA, a session IPA with an ABV of 4.5%, Citra Hero from our very own Revolution Brewery of Chicago, an IPA measuring in at 7.5% and Citra Clencher from Buckledown Brewing, a newer local brewery located in Lyons, IL, which is a double IPA with an abv of 8.1%.  We suggest you start with the Citra Session and work your way up 🙂  Hope to see you there!!!