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posted: 12/12/2013 6:00 AM

Night life events: At The Post hosting martini challenge

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Martini challenge
Sit ringside as mixologists from several suburban restaurants and bars compete in the Daily Herald's martini challenge from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Elk Grove Village's At The Post. Drink specials include $5 Tito's Handmade Vodka martinis and complimentary appetizers. Finalists compete for a $500 gift card and a media advertisement package.
At the Post, 554 E. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village. (847) 364-0044 or

Beer summit
Learn about holiday craft beers at this month's Beer Summit -- an informal monthly meeting that combines learning about craft beer styles and varieties with samples and pizza. Tap into at least four different holiday brews beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Whirlyball in Vernon Hills and learn about the various spices that go into holiday craft brews. $20 per person payable at the door includes beer samples and pizza. RSVP to ensure enough supplies.
Whirlyball, 285 Center Drive, Vernon Hills.

Tavern '45
Tavern '45 recently opened inside Brunswick's bowling alley and offers a full bar with an emphasis on local craft beer. Brews offered include Half Acre, Two Brothers, Revolution, Goose Island and Metropolitan. Try several kinds with a beer flight of four draft samples. Or try a signature cocktail such as the Bootlegger's Choice, made with Crown Royal, Cointreau, cherry bitters and fresh lemon juice.
Tavern '45 in Brunswick's, 350 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove.

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