Deschutes Brewery recently began distibution in Chicago. (Deschutes Brewery )
Stout Barrel House & Galley 642 N. Clark St. 312-475-1390
Chef Chris Curren celebrates the Chicago arrival of Oregon's Deschutes Brewery by offering a four-course dinner with pairings including French onion soup, pork chop and chocolate lava cake. If you want a side of education with your meal, come from 8:30-10:30 p.m., when brewery reps will answer questions. $35. 4-11 p.m.
A Perennial Favorite
The Barrelhouse Flat 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421
The co-founders of St. Louis' Perennial Artisan Ales host a five-course dinner at the Lincoln Park bar, pairing their brews with dishes including corned brisket and cold-smoked scallop. $45. 7 p.m.
Breathe In (FREE!)
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588
You can literally inhale bourbon, vodka and gin at this Vaportini tasting. The booze is heated and breathed in through a straw, giving you a calorie-free buzz as soon as you exhale. If you like the sensation, you can buy your own kit to make the cocktails at home. 6-8 p.m.
Three Forks 180 N. Field Boulevard 312-938-4303
Expand your palate at the launch of Wine Down Wednesday, where local wine reps and the Lakeshore East restaurant's wine director pour and discuss six different types of wines. You can sample as much as you want while snacking on appetizers from chef Clark Grant. $15. 5-7 p.m.
Resolution Solutions (FREE!)
James R. Thompson State of Illinois Center 100 W. Randolph St.
Whether you've resolved to lose weight, quit smoking or just spend less money in 2013, you can get expert advice to put you on the right track at the seventh annual New Year Lifestyle Fair. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for Chicago Theatre Week, which runs Feb. 12-17 and feature $15-$30 tickets for dozens of local productions: chicagotheatreweek.com.
Samantha Nelson is a RedEye special contributor.