One of Chicago's hottest new restaurants, The Dawson, also runs a tight, but bad ass little beer program, including fireside chats every Tuesday night, from 5-6 PM. Great stop for a beer on your way home, though chances are you'll end up wanting to stay for dinner. I'm going to try to keep track of many of their little events as some of the beer is FREE, and there's usually some chatty/knowledge/meet the brewer/rep portion of the hour or so that lets you get right up and personal with some of your favorite beer folks.
PERENNIAL ARTISAN ALES
I've mentioned more than a few times how this St. Louis brewery comes with a lot of Chicago connections, and I know I've mentioned the beer. It's delicious. Hommelbier (Belgian pale ale) is a favorite of mine with sushi, and personally, I'd recommend it with The Dawson's Hamachi dish. Hommelbier will be free for the fireside chat, where you can also meet brewer Tommy Manning. Inside, The Dawson will be tapping Perennial Abraxus, a rare Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chiles, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks. If you missed out on the bottle release of this fantastic stuff back in November, this is an excellent chance to grab a pint while one of the brewers is around to chat up.