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.
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.