Beeronaut Weekend events, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2

Beeronaut Weekend events, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2
Dudley's appearance in this page means maple barrel aged stout goodness is on its way!

I've slacked off on features while pushing for my Webmaster classes, results of which will not appear here on this blogging platform. But will keep up the calendar events for as long as I can. Because you need it!

Through October 1
Oktoberfest at Franklin Tap!
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Join us for a week long celebration of Germany's favorite holiday! Taste our German wurst plate, pretzels, and Samuel Adams or Spaten Oktoberfest beers.

Through October 2
5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Oktoberfest at Leopold
Leopold, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 348-1028
Celebrate Oktoberfest with special menu selections, and special draft selections: Krombacher Pils, Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Spaten Optimator, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Friday and Saturdays
Open House Tastings
The House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago (312) 642-3000
Fridays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Saturdays, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday, (unless otherwise stated) we have a FREE Open House-styled tasting.

Friday, September 30

3:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Mucho Chingon at The Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
The Local Option will be hosting its six hundred and sixty sixth (666) beer event: Mucho Chingon. The draft list – featuring 31 rare and obscure beers from Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and The United States – has an average overall rating of 98.125 according to users (and yet, this event is entered on Members of either will appreciate the irony). A Governess will oblige the next day to minister leeches to the pallid, post haste. Mucho Chingon begins at 3:00 p.m.: first come first serve. Partial draft list can be found below.
Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Big Brown, English Barleywine & Heine Brothers Coffee Stout; Cantillon Geuze; Dark Horse Plead The Option (Woodford Reserve); De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis, and Rasputin; Djævlebryg Gudeløs; Evil Twin Before During and After & Biscotti Break; Founders Breakfast Stout; Green Flash Double Stout; Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam; Lagunitas Brown Shugga; Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon, Beer Geek Breakfast, Beer Geek Brunch & Black (2009); Port Older Viscosity; Struise Elliot Brew, Ignis & Flamma, Pannepot, Pannepøt (Danish version), & Sint Amatus 12; Three Floyds Zombie Dust

6:30 p.m. Courtright's Goose Island Beer Dinner
Courtright's, 8989 Archer Ave., Willow Springs, IL (708) 839-8000
Cost: $60 Join Goose Island for a very special dinner at this award winning destination restaurant as we pair our Belgian Style Ales with Chef Jerome Bacle's exquisite cuisine.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Canadian Breakfast Stout Taproom Release Party
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 776-1195
Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. The final product has had stellar reviews and is currently the fifth highest rated beer in the world on The taproom release will begin at 11 a.m. on October 1. There will be about 1700 bottles available for purchase at $18 each. A strict limit of two (2) bottles per person will apply, and all bottles will be available on a first-come, first served basis. Because a line is expected to form before 11 a.m., numbers will be handed out so that the line can remain intact once the taproom doors open. CBS will be featured on draft, and CBS merchandise will be available in the Founders company store, which is on the north end of the taproom. As with all Founders specialty products, growler fills will not be available for CBS.

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chipotle! Cultivate Festival
Lincoln Park, Chicago
Cultivate, a festival that brings together food, farmers, chefs, thought leaders, and musicians. Admission: Free! Among the Chefs, farmers and live bands will be beer from Goose Island, New Holland, Flossmoor Station, Revolution Brewing, 5 Rabbit, Bell's, Argus, Founders and Half Acre.

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Moonshine's 4Th Annual Rib A Que
Moonshine Wicker Park, 1824 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 862-8686
The Day No Ribs Will Be Spared” Join Moonshine Brewing Company once again for another crazy rib cook-off contest. The culinary gauntlet will be thrown down for a 4th consecutive year in our spacious parking lot, where over a dozen of Chicago’s leading chefs will compete for the title of “Smoke-out Champion” and the coveted Gilded Grill trophy. Last year’s Rib-a-Que was a smash success, with over a metric ton of ribs, 500 hungry people and 15 fierce competitors at the event! With live music all day from Sanctified Grumblers (noon) and Tangleweed (3 pm) and Moonshine’s famous hand-crafted beers, the Rib-a-Que is the perfect way to button-up summertime activities in Chicago. Each contestant will feature their own take on BBQ baby back ribs, plus one side dish. The Judges: The public will cast their vote, along with a line-up of celebrity judges, including the editor of Urban Daddy, Chris LaMorte, the Editor-in-Chief of Chicagoist, Chuck Sudo, the producer of Check Please, David Manilow, and Chef Rick Gresh from David Burke's Primehouse. Winners are chosen for both Popular Vote and Judges Vote. Prizes include cash and of course, bragging rights to the Gilded Grill! Tickets are $25 in advance through or at Moonshine, or $35 at the door. This event is “Rain or (Moon)Shine!

2:00 - 10:00 p.m. BACtoberfest
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago (773) 445-3838
Live music, food and beverages, and outdoor activities are just part of the fun when the Young Adult Board of the Beverly Arts Center hosts BACtoberfest. Live music will be performed by The Ron Smolen Oktoberfest Band, The Big Head Blues Band, The Weber Band, and The Big Hit Blues Band Admission is $10 per person. Call (773) 445-3838 or purchase tickets online at This event is sponsored by Goose Island Harvest Ale.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Fall Wine and Beer Tastings
Binny's Beverage Depot, 124 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL (847) 459-2200
We have picked some of our favorite wines and beers as we head into the cooler Autumn weather. Taste classic and hearty red blends from such premier wine regions as Chianti, Bordeaux, Mendoza and more. Fall is also one of the greatest times for beers, and we will be tasting some of the best English style beers in our portfolio. $5 with Binny's Card / $10 nonmembers. Call, or email for more information.

3:00 - 10:00 p.m. Oktoberfest at Blarney Stone Pub
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave, Oak Forest, IL (708) 535-4800
A celebration of Oktoberfest filled with great Beer and Food. With seven Oktoberfest Beers, two Pumpkin and stouts to make your mouth water. Live entertainment, samplings and Litre stein of beer deals. Get a Brat and Pint of Oktoberfest beer for $5 until 6 PM. Don’t forget the great deals on growler refills to go. No Entrance Fee.

3:00 - 9:00 p.m. Weko Beach Brewer's Fest
Weko Beach, Bridgman, MI
The Bridgman Area Economic Growth Alliance invites you to savor award-winning Michigan craft beers that are as spectacular as its harvest sunsets. Live music will enhance the scene as you raise your beer mug and ‘toast the coast’ under a Big-Top Tent overlooking beautiful Weko Beach. The Weko Beach Brewers Festival is a showcase event to sample (tastes or by the mug) over 30 craft beers from Southwest Michigan. Many breweries are returning, and some new, for this year’s Brewer’s Fest, including: Arbor, Arcadia, Atwater, Bell's, Founders, Greenbush, The Livery, New Holland, North Peak, Odd Side, Old Hat, Round Barn and Shorts. The all-day music at Brewer’s Fest includes: Mr. Blotto (7 pm), Top Secret Band (4:45 pm) and Alligator Blackbird (3 pm). Admission to the festival is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes a souvenir beer mug. Advance tickets are available at Ages 13-20 get in for $10 (no drink tickets included) while kids ages 12 and under are FREE. Parking and shuttle buses will be available at designated nearby lots in Bridgman. No coolers allowed. Rain or shine event. Weko Beach is at Exit 16 off I-94, then north on Red Arrow Highway. Look for parking signage along Red Arrow in Bridgman.

4:00 p.m. BEER!
Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 638-0700
Ten-year-old Boon and his caustic buddy, Puke, learn the tricks of the brewing trade in this presentation by Drinking & Writing Theater. When Boon passes out after drinking his stepdad's beer, he finds himself in a strange land of puppet friends where he needs to successfully brew beer to find his way home. The Beer Geeks are part musicians and part Greek chorus as they guide Boon and Puke through the brewing process. Along the way, these champions of handcrafted beers must defend the principles of microbrewing from Bud Miller and the people of Milweiser. Audiences are sure to learn the differences between lagers, ales, stouts, porters and pilsners. Co-founders of the Drinking & Writing Theater, Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda have been Neo-Futurists for over ten years, working on multiple prime-time shows including The Santa Abductions, SEX!, Devolution, Missing Parts, Torque, Drinking & Writing, and others. The duo also co-created The Drinking & Writing Radio Show, the Beerfly Alleyfight and the Drinking & Writing Festival. Tickets at This show has one more presentation on Saturday, Oct. 8

4:00 - 11:00 p.m. 7th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ
Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St. Crown Point, IN
The Crown Point Rotary Club hosts its 7th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Fundraiser. Musical performances by Gerry Hundt, Jamiah on Fire and the Red Machine, and headliner Funky Mojo Daddy. Beer garden with Crown Brewing microbrews, tasty barbecue, bean bag tournament with cash prizes and more. Adult admission $5.00, children 12 and under free admission. Fundraiser hosted by the Crown Point Rotary Club to support mission to serve local community projects such as Shoes & Coats for Kids, Rebuilding Together, various disaster relief efforts, student scholarships, and more.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. OktoberFest Tapping Event
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 W. Fullerton, Chicago (312) 525-2727, and SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division, Chicago (773) 772-2727.
Join us as we celebrate the season with fun draft offerings focusing on classic OktobberFest beer and breweries as well as domestic harvest ales and fall favorites from local brewers. Spaten Oktoberfest, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, 3 Floyds MunsterFest, Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Boulevard Bob's 47 OktoberFest, Greenbush OktoberFest, Metropolitan Zwickel Flywheel, Lagunitas Doppel Weizen. Beer list subject to change
Some additional exclusive special releases at each location.

Sunday, October 2

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Beer Collectibles - Buy/Sell/Trade Show
Elk Grove Village VFW Hall, 400 E. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL
Westmont Strohs Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America will be hosting a beer collectibles show. The show will feature all types of Breweriana. Beer Cans, Bottles, Light-Up Signs, Coasters, Tap Knobs, Microbrewery Items and much more! Large Raffle including incredible flat top beer cans. Food, Beer, Soda Available. General Public Admission: Free. Free appraisals. Info at

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Firestone Walker Beer Brunch
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago (312) 525-2727, and SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St. Chicago, IL
For the October monthly Beer Brunch, SmallBar will offer a special menu designed to pair with the featured brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Chef Justin White is taking the stellar brunch to the next level by creating exquisite new recipes only available on the specific day at the specific location. Four beers will be offered for your choice of pairings:
Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale, Union Jack IPA, Pale 31 CA Pale Ale,
Nectar Ales Black Xantus Imperial Stout. During this event, the full brunch menu will be available. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information on upcoming Beer Brunches in November, with Dogfish Head, and December with 3 Floyds.

2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Oktoberfest at Goose Island Wrigleyville
Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 832-9040
Join the Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub for a celebration of Oktoberfest, with our pub brewed Oktoberfest beer! FREE live music performed by The Brat Brothers. Goose Island prizes * Special Menu * Meet our pub brewmaster Jared Rouben * Win tickets to see Social Distortion at Riot Fest on 10/6.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday Goose Club
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Green City Market’s Junior Board and Pub Brewmaster, Jared Rouben, on Sundays as Jared showcases his weekly Farmer’s Market Series beer featuring a new ingredient from Green City Market. Check out the Junior Board's Goose Club Facebook event page to see which beer will be premiering this Sunday.

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