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• In beer-and-comics news, on Wednesday, Arcade Brewery will release a black wheat ale called Festus Rotgut. As the name suggests, the theme is zombie cowboys, and it's not just on the packaging—the labels of the six bottles in a six-pack constitute a short comic by writer Jason Aaron (who writes for Marvel's Thor) and illustrated by Tony Moore (The Walking Dead). The first in a series they call Six-Pack Stories, it will be available at the fine beer retailers listed here.
• Looking for more foodie gifts or just a good time? Sauced Night Market returns Tuesday, December 16 at Emporium (2363 N. Milwaukee) from 6 to 11 PM. Food vendors will include Chrissy Camba's new Maddy's Dumpling House; Hapa, serving Asian-American street food including a Thai chicken and waffle sandwich; Bento Box; Bang Bang Pie Shop; Cookies & Carnitas; and more. Solemn Oath Brewery and Vandermill Cider will offer things to drink, and there will be goods for sale from Tarnish, Field Notes, Good Beer Hunting, and more. It's free to get in. Correction: I got the date wrong the first time, the 16th is the correct date.
• Frontier will hold a shrimp boil in conjunction with some sort of gladiatorial contest involving "Saints" and "Bears." It's on Sunday, December 14 at 3 PM. $25.
• Dove's Luncheonette kicks off beer dinners on Wednesday, December 17 with Allagash Brewing. It's a four course dinner with beer pairings (plus one to greet you as you walk in) for $65; call 773-645-4060.
• Feel like avoiding cooking on Christmas Eve? Both Osteria via Stato and RPM Italian will be doing Feast of the Seven Fishes dinners that night, for $50 or $75 respectively; from the description the former sounds more Italian, the latter a little more supper club-y, if that helps you choose. Call Osteria at 312-642-8450 or RPM at 312-222-1888.
• The 2015 deck of A La Card, discount coupons that highlight handpicked cool restaurants and don't threaten to discount them out of business, is available now. $30 gets you up to $520 off.
• Chicagoist food editor Melissa McEwen looked at Next's ticketing systems from an IT professional perspective (and as a buyer/diner).
• This holiday email from the great Roscioli in Rome is probably impractical for your shopping needs, but you want to read it in its fractured English anyway.