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The beer will flow Wednesday at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville. Brew pub owner Brian Grano says Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest bar nights of the year.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

This serene moment for Mickey Finn's owner Brian Grano won't last long. Thanksgiving Eve is one of the busiest bar nights of the year for the Libertyville brew pub, which releases its popular Santa's Magic beer on the Friday after the holiday.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Known for a wide variety of small brews, Mickey Finn's in Libertyville releases Santa's Magic, its most popular creation, on the day after Thanksgiving.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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Brian Grano, proprietor of Mickey Finn's brewery in Libertyville, stands in his office, which overlooks the beer garden. The brew pub plans to move from its historic location at 412 N. Milwaukee Ave. to a new, larger building about a block away in time for Thanksgiving Eve 2013.

STEVE LUNDY | Staff Photographer

Owner Brian Grano shows the old keg room in the basement at Mickey Finn's, a landmark brew pub in Libertyville.

STEVE LUNDY | Staff Photographer

With Thanksgiving Eve being one of the busiest bar nights of the year, owner Brian Grano is bringing in extra servers and barkeepers to handle the Wednesday night crowd at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville.

STEVE LUNDY | Staff Photographer

Of all the unusual beers brewed at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville, the most popular is the Santa's Magic beer released on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Brian Grano, proprietor of Mickey Finn's ducks as he traverses the basement that has remained virtually unchanged for 100 years. The Libertyville brew pub plans to move into a new, larger facility a block away by next fall.

STEVE LUNDY | Staff Photographer

Known for a wide variety of small brews, Mickey Finn's in Libertyville releases Santa's Magic, its most popular creation, on the day after Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Eve not only has become one of the biggest bar nights of the year -- and one of the best. Customers don't have to show up in a Halloween costume. There's no pressure to kiss someone special as the clock strikes midnight. There won't be some knucklehead next to you vomiting into a leprechaun hat. There is a great chance you will see people you know with everyone home for the holiday.
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    • The beer will flow Wednesday at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville. Brew pub owner Brian Grano says Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest bar nights of the year.
    • This serene moment for Mickey Finnís owner Brian Grano wonít last long. Thanksgiving Eve is one of the busiest bar nights of the year for the Libertyville brew pub, which releases its popular Santaís Magic beer on the Friday after the holiday.
    • Known for a wide variety of small brews, Mickey Finnís in Libertyville releases Santaís Magic, its most popular creation, on the day after Thanksgiving.
    • Brian Grano, proprietor of Mickey Finnís brewery in Libertyville, stands in his office, which overlooks the beer garden. The brew pub plans to move from its historic location at 412 N. Milwaukee Ave. to a new, larger building about a block away in time for Thanksgiving Eve 2013.
    • Owner Brian Grano shows the old keg room in the basement at Mickey Finnís, a landmark brew pub in Libertyville.
    • With Thanksgiving Eve being one of the busiest bar nights of the year, owner Brian Grano is bringing in extra servers and barkeepers to handle the Wednesday night crowd at Mickey Finnís in Libertyville.
    • Of all the unusual beers brewed at Mickey Finnís in Libertyville, the most popular is the Santaís Magic beer released on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
    • Brian Grano, proprietor of Mickey Finnís ducks as he traverses the basement that has remained virtually unchanged for 100 years. The Libertyville brew pub plans to move into a new, larger facility a block away by next fall.
    • Known for a wide variety of small brews, Mickey Finnís in Libertyville releases Santaís Magic, its most popular creation, on the day after Thanksgiving.
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