Nick Hogan spins
Whatcha gonna do, brother, when the Hulk's kid comes to town? Probably hit up John Barleycorn for drinks and a live set spun by Nick Hogan Friday, Jan. 25. Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials include $4 4 Rebels Vodka, $4 well cocktails and $4 4 Rebels Dragonbombs. Tickets start at $10
John Barleycorn, 1100 American Lane, Schaumburg. (847) 619-5540 or johnbarleycorn.com.
Tappin' the keg
Gordon Biersch unveils a new Brewer's Select beer at a keg tapping party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. The new brew is a rich, copper-colored Franco-American Saison made smooth and creamy, yet dry with a spicy yeast and hopped up with two New Zealand hop varieties -- Pacific Jade and Motueka -- which give a tropical fruit flavor and aroma. Pints are $5.75.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 639 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. gordonbierschrestaurants.com.
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Wine Goddess opens
The Wine Goddess is now open in downtown Evanston, offering more than 200 types of wine ranging in price from $7.99 to $150 per bottle. The new shop offers classes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays introducing guests to seven wines and including light bites, like truffle popcorn, bread, cheese and nuts for $45 to $65 per person, depending on class. Weekly tastings take place for $3 between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday and noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and include samples of five wines.
The Wine Goddess, 702 Main Street, Evanston. (847) 475-9463 or winegoddess.com.