Through September 25
Lucky Monk Oktoberfest
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
For $20 each night through September 24, receive a beer pint glass and a pour of Lucky Monk Oktoberfest beer (refills are $4 each).
Schedule of daily events:
Sunday, September 18: Football Sunday - $3 Miller Lite Bottles, $4 House Brews, $5 Brat Special
Monday, September 19: $10 House Brew Pint and Choice of Pizza
Tuesday, September 20: German Beer Tasting from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Try The Lucky Monk Oktoberfest beer along with seven other German beers led by Brewmaster Anthony Carollo. $30 per person includes a tasting glass and pretzels (plus tax and gratuity). Limited Space is available. Call the restaurant to sign up.
Through September 18
3:00 - 9:00 p.m. Oysterfest at The Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
It's time for our Semi Annual Oyster Fest! The Tribes will be featuring a whole bunch of East and West Coast oysters in all forms! There will be at least 8 varieties of raw oysters to choose from, plus: Oysters Rockefeller, Pan Oyster Stew, Oyster Shooters, Gigantic Tiger Shrimp, Awesome East Coast Littleneck Clams and a whole lot more! There is no cover for this event, just call ahead and make reservations (815) 464-0248! Make sure you reserve and get here early! Through Saturday we have an actual Raw Bar in the front of the restaurant for your viewing pleasure, from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 16
6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Fifth Annual Festiv-Ale: A Celebration of Beer
Carmichael's Warehouse, 1052 W. Monroe, Chicago
The fifth annual Festiv-Ale craft beer tasting event is presented by the Chicago Sun-Times in conjunction with the Junior Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Craft beer enthusiasts are invited to sample handcrafted, high-end beers from the country’s finest brewers including some of the Midwest's bests! The 2011 Festiv-Ale Participating Breweries include: 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Brickstone Brewery, Chicago Beer Company, Crispin Cider, Crown Brewing, Finch’s Beer Company, Flossmoor Station, Goose Island, Great Lakes Brewing, Greenbush, Half Acre, Hamburger Mary’s, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing, La Trappe, Leinenkugel’s, Limestone Brewery, Magner’s Irish Cider, Rock Bottom Brewery, Chicago & Lombard, Stone Brewing, and Two Brothers.
Hosted by KISS FM’sBrotha’ Fred, the event includes unlimited craft beer tastings,complimentary catered appetizers from area restaurants including City Provisions, Nacional 27, Wow Bao and I Gotta Guy Sausage, with entertainment from local band, Sweet Package. VIP admission includes an additional hour of tastings with a special VIP ale provided by Greenbush Brewery and a short presentation from Goose Island. Tickets are $50 for regular entry and $75 for the VIP reception. Ticket prices will go up by $10 at the door. Events include a silent auction and Tower of Beer raffle, live music from Sweet Package.
For more information, please visit the Foundation’s Web site at chicagofestivale.com or call (312) 236-4491.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Berghoff's 26th Annual Oktoberfest
The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams, Chicago (312) 427-3170
The 26th annual Berghoff Oktoberfest wraps up Friday on the John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza at Adams and Dearborn Streets. Enjoy the best Bavarian-style revelry Chicago has to offer with classic German food, beer, and plenty of live entertainment. Admission is free! Music on Friday by Sorry For Partying: 5 to 9 p.m. We will also host two raffles to benefit the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, whose residential, aftercare, and mentoring programs provide safety and opportunity formore than 400 young people every year.
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Oktoberfest Kick-Off Party with Metropolitan Brewing!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for our 25th Annual Oktoberfest Kick-Off Party featuring Chicago's Own Metropolitan Brewing! Seven Metropolitan drafts & An Oktoberfest Pig Roast on one special night. Our friends Doug & Tracy Hurst will be here to ring in the Oktoberfest season again this year. Oktoberfest is a celebration based around local brewing, so what better way to celebrate than with Chicago's own German-style craft brewery!? Stop in and enjoy three exclusive Metropolitan Brews made just for this special event... including a special gravity-fed cask of Pumpkin Spiced Dynamo Copper Lager! Doug will swing the mallet to tap the firkin around 6:00 p.m.
From Gravity Cask (Tapping @ 6:00 p.m.): Metropolitan Pumpkin Spiced Dynamo (Exclusive)
Pouring From Our Taps (Starting @ 4:00 p.m.): Metropolitan Zwickl (Exclusive), Maibock (Exclusive), Ironworks Alt, Krankshaft Kolsch, Dynamo Copper Lager, and Flywheel Bright Lager. No RSVP Required. 21 & Over Only in the Pub, Please.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Goose Island Belgian style beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Brian Eagles of Goose Island will be sampling out the Belgians! Sofie, Pere Jaques, Matilda, Pepe Nero & Fleur! Paired with fine cheeses from our deli case! Stop on by!
Friday-Saturday, September 16 - 17
Great Lakes Brewfest
Racine Zoo, 2131 N Main St., Racine, WI
The Great Lakes Brew Fest is in its eighth year. All paid attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass. Food served by local restaurants will be available for purchase. The festival also features live music including performances by the world renowned Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps. The Great Lakes Brew Fest also serves as the host of the Schooner Home Brew Championship. Friday features "On Wisconsin Brews!" At the "Brewers Attending" link you can find links to 35 Wisconsin brewers' Facebook page. Become a fan or "like" a brewer, and you can tell them what beers you want them to bring. There will also be live blues music and a fireworks display over Lake Michigan. Friday is limited to 2,500 attendees. Saturday is "Full Monty" Day from 2 to 5 p.m. Get unlimited sampling from 250 brews by 90 brewers. Attendance is limited. Visit greatlakesbrewfest.com for more information or call (262) 636-9312. Also check their Facebook and Twitter feeds.
7:00 p.m. Delirium Day
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Paddy's will be featuring all three Delirium beers on draft. Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy Delirium Tremens, Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Noel. Buy a Delirium, keep your glass. Enjoy mussels cooked in Delirium as well.
Saturday, September 17
Edgewater Lounge 10 Year Anniversary Party
Edgewater Lounge, 5600 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 878-3343
Details not finalized yet, but know that Bell's and other brewers will be involved in the celebrations in some way shape or form. Contact the Edgewater Lounge for more info.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SmallBar LaTrappe Beer Brunch
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago, IL (773) 772-2727
A brunch menu served with abbey ales from La Trappe. The full brunch menu will also be available, click the link to see our regular menu. Facebook Invite.
1:30 - 5:00 p.m. Back Road Brewery Oktoberfest
Back Road Brewery, 308 Perry St., LaPorte, Indiana (219) 362-7623
Ein Prosit will once again play "Happy Music" at our Fall Fest. Traditional Marches, Polkas and Waltzes will fill the Autumn air and stimulate your musical senses. Join us under the tent, in our brewery parking lot, for an afternoon of music, friends and craft beer samples from area breweries. Entry to sampling tent is $20/each and includes a 4oz sample glass, complimentary bread, water and soft drinks. Designated drivers get in for free. Mexican fare from Colima Mexican Restaurant will be available at popular prices. Must be 21 and have valid picture ID to enter brewery and sampling tent. (Back Road would like to remind us Illinoisans that they are on Central Time like we are).
2:00 p.m. Cantillon Zwanze Day 2011
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Simultaneous Worldwide Tapping! This is partly an effort to offset the black market trading of highly sought-after beers, as highlighted in the Washington Post. This Belgian beer, dry hopped with Bramling Cross hops, will go on tap simultaneously at 21 bars around the world. In addition, West Lakeview will have more rare beers on tap:
• Taras Boulba - De La Senne, Belgium • 4.5%
• Lou Pepe Pure Kriek 2007 - Cantillon, Belgium •5%
• Op & Top - Brouwerij de Molen, Netherlands • 4.5%
• Altfränkisch Klosterbier (Gravity Keg)- Klosterbrauerei, Weissnohe, Germany • 5.1%
• Christoffel Nobel Dry Hopped Bramling Cross - Sint Christoffel, Netherlands 8.7%
Also, limited edition T-Shirts and Wooden Crate.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Blues, Brews & BBQ
MAC Parking Lot at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL
Food service from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music from 6 to 9 p.m. $25 ticket price includes concert and two BBQ entrees - cash bar/beverages The MAC turns 25 years old this fall, sothey have decided to throw themselves a little party. They called venerable Chicago bluesman and Delmark recording artist Dave Specter and asked him to call a few friends. Then they called their friends at Sweet Baby Ray’s, Two Brothers Brewing Company and I Have a Bean and told them they were having a street party. Now we are calling you, our friends, to join us for an evening of Blues, Brews, and Barbecue all celebrating 25 years of making great art happen in the Western Suburbs. Bring a lawn chair and an appetite for good music and food. Showcasing Chicago Blues Artists Erwin Helfer and Katherine Davis and The Dave Specter Band featuring Jimmy Johnson and Brother John Kattke on piano and organ.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Alphabeer VI at Cactus Bar & Grill!
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells, Chicago (312) 922-8025
$40 in advance, $50 at the door. This is the only event that teaches you about 26 beers - one for every letter of the alphabet! Only craft brews are included and the experience is led by an expert who truly appreciates fine beer. It's a three hour tour of hops and barley and lagers and ales, and everything is crafted by masters who are passionate about their beers. BONUS: Bring 5 friends and you get to go free! A table of 6 is only $200. Information, with a beer list, at thelocaltourist.com/alphabeer-vi
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Price, $25 per person. September Topic: Oktoberfest beers. Limit, 45 people. Price, $25 per person. Tickets are now on sale, first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School. Call (773) 252-7636 for more information.
9:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Say goodbye to summer with Lagunitas
Rocco Ranalli's, 1925 Lincoln Ave., Chicago (312) 642-4700
This Saturday, we’ll be be hanging out with our friends from Lagunitas and will be slinging $4 drafts all day and night. A few classics, and a few special ones. Kerry from Lagunitas will be on hand to talk the talk and hand out some T’s, posters, and other schwag. The first customers who order Lagunitas after 10:00 p.m. will receive a Lagunitas pint glass that they can take home with them. Also, We’ll be tapping a keg of Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast to hopefully help us stay up allnight. In the spirit of fall, we’ll be serving Brats all night long that have been braised in Emelisse Rauchbier and grilled to perfection. And, to keep the party jumping all night, our buddy, Dj Nemo will be playing the jams from 10 until close.
Sunday, September 18
3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Oktoberfest for charity!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Drink beer and eat sausage for a good cause! Sample all of Haymarket's beers, including the release of our Oktoberfest and a special 7GA I.P.A. brewed with local hops. $45, all proceeds go to support Seven Generations Ahead. For tix go to sevengenerationsahead.org!
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 beerfeaturing a new ingredient and farm from Green City Market. Check outthe Junior Board's Goose Club Facebook event to see which beer will bepremiering this Sunday.
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Illinois Girls' Pint Out First Social Event
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
This is Illinois Girls’ Pint Out’s first social event. All are invited; yes even men. If you are a princess of the pint and would like to be a part of our group you will be able to sign up at the event as well. Come on out to help us officially celebrate our chapter.