OLD TOWN — Talk about your holiday cheer: An Old Town sports bar is visited by 12 beers of Christmas Wednesday night.
The Vig, 1527 N. Wells St., will have a dozen seasonal beers on hand at its back bar starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of what it's calling the "12 Beers of Christmas Tap Takeover."
"There's a few that I'm really excited to have back," said Kacey Hocking, marketing director at the Vig, which is celebrating its second holiday season in Old Town after opening a year ago in October. Most rare, she added, was an Almond 22 Christmas Cru from Italy.
Yet much of the rage among Chicago beer geeks concerns local brews.
"One of my personal favorites that we have on tap is the Dovetail Holiday Bock," Hocking said. "Beer nerds around the city are really getting drawn to ... that local attention. We love the microbreweries.
"People have been loving it," she said of the Dovetail Bock. "It's a really drinkable holiday ale," rich with holiday spices, "but it's not like in your face. It's a really approachable beer."
The list of holiday brews includes some perennials and some new offerings, including hometown favorites:
•Dovetail Holiday Bock
•Two Brothers Peppermint Bark Porter
As well as:
•Almond 22 Christmas Cru, from Italy
•Baruerei Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus, from Austria
•Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter, from Massachusetts
•Great Lakes Christmas Ale,from Ohio
•Bell’s Christmas Ale, from Michigan
•Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper, from California
•Brasserie Dubuisson Scaldis Noel, from Belgium
•21st Amendment Fireside Chat, from California
•Lost Abbey Merry Taj, also from California
It's open to all with no cover charge and no reservation required. Light eats will be available.
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