Beeronaut weekend events, September 9 to 11

Beeronaut weekend events, September 9 to 11
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Hey folks, my updates may start coming much less frequently, because I've started a new temp assignment, and because I'm taking Web Design classes at IIT. Now, there's not a lot of mucking I can do with these WordPress pages, but one thing I learned is that you gotta use those <Heading> tags because that gives these articles more searchability with Google. Sorry if these make headlines too huge; maybe I can adjust.

Friday - Sunday, September 9 - 11

Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe presents Chuck's Fest

Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL

Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe and Chuck's Voodo Lounge present their third annual Chuck's Fest, all weekend long. Craft beer fans will want to put Saturday on their calendar: For a $45 VIP Craft beer ticket, holders can sample from 100+ beers for 3 hours, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. There will be approximately 10-25 specialty brews available in a small quantity, available exclusively to the VIP ticket holder. The ticket also gets you a commemorative sampling glass, access to Chuck's gourmet food demo and beer pairings, and Belgian beer discussion by a beer expert. All beers are available only while supplies last. If you want to guarantee a tasting of a specific beer, this is your ticket!
From 1:00 -3:00 p.m. on Saturday, you can get a regular beer tasting ticket for $35. This ticket will allow you to sample all 100 beers for 2 hours and any VIP specialty brews remaining from the VIP session above. All beers are available only while supplies last. You will also receive a commemorative sampling glass. Both tasting tickets pay for your general admission into the fest for the entire day. If you do not purchase a Saturday Craft Beer ticket, any remaining brews will be available to everyone with general admission and food tickets.
Craft Beer Tickets can be purchased on There will be a limit of 300 VIP tickets and 500 regular tickets for Saturday's tasting session. The complete food, brewer and band lineup is also available on the site. This year Chuck will be charging $5 admission. However, if you are looking to get free admission, pre-purchase $30 worth of food & drink tickets online and one admission is free! Tickets will be the same and can be used for either food or drink.

Friday - Sunday, September 9 - 11

91st Annual German-American Fest, Featuring Hofbrau München

Lincoln Square (Lincoln & Leyland-4700 N), Chicago

Friday - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday - Noon to 11:00 pm, Sunday - Noon to 10:00 pm

  • Friday, 6:00 pm: Official Opening Ceremony
  • Saturday, 2:00 p.m.: 46th ANNUAL STEUBEN PARADE, 4000 N Lincoln Ave to Wilson Ave, continue north on Western Ave and end in the Festival area.  The reviewing stand will be at Leland/Western Ave.
  • Sunday, Noon - German Day Festival, Leland / Western Avenue / Lincoln Avenue

Admission is FREE. Good food, dancing, Wine, entertainment and German gemütlichkeit in two large tents at Lincoln and Leland Avenues. Sponsored by The United German-American Societies of Greater Chicago, through the cooperation of Rahm Emmanuel, Ald. Ameya Pawar and Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce

Friday and Saturday, September 9 - 10

Meet Goose Island Brewmaster, Brett Porter

Jewel-Osco stores around Chicagoland

Come out and meet Goose Island Brewmaster, Brett Porter, and sample their newest beer release, Harvest Ale. Brett will appear at Jewel-Osco stores through Saturday.
Sept 9: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., 4250 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-6171
6:30-8:30 p.m. 370 N Desplaines St., Chicago (312) 775-0991
Sept 10: 12:00 -2:00 p.m. 6215 S Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-3105
3:00 - 5:00 pm 1224 S Wabash, Chicago (312) 663-0580

Saturday, September 10

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Oktoberfest Beer Celebration at Dobby's

Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400

Frankly, we're a little ready for autumn. What a better way to celebrate cooler days and fall color than with a tasting of the best beers of the season - German and otherwise.

1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Screw City Beer Fest

West State St. & South Main St., Rockford, IL

Screw City Beer Festival hits the streets in the heart of Rockford, featuring craft beer from local, regional & national breweries. General Admission Ticket $25 - includes 5 oz. plastic tasting cup, event guide, 25 drink tickets. VIP Ticket $50 - includes 5 oz. tasting glass, VIP hour from 12-1:00 p.m. with special releases, 30 drink tickets, event guide, and SCBF T-shirt.
Brewers represented: Bell's, Capital Brewery, Clown Shoes, Crispin Cider, Dark Horse, Finch’s Beer, Firestone Walker, Founders, Galena Brewing Co., Goose Island, Gray's Brewing Co., Left Hand, Metropolitan, New Belgium, Potosi Brewing Co., Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Sprecher, Stone Brewing Co., Two Brothers, Wild Onion, and Forest City Brewers, Rockford’s own homebrewers club.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Hoppin’ Harvest Beer Bash!

Malloy’s Finest Wine & Spirits, 1175 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 357-7000

60 Craft and Import Beers and Meads; 30 Breweries; 3 Hours; 100% FREE. Can you really afford to miss this Epic Event?

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors, Homer Glen

Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210

Grieskirchner Weisse

4:00 - 11:00 p.m. Destihl’s Oktoberfest 2011

Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works, 318 S. Towanda Ave., Normal, IL (309) 862-2337

Destihl is excited to invite you to its 3rd annual Oktoberfest. This year's event will be held in the North parking lot under a large festive canopy. Enjoy Bavarian-influenced menu features, Destihl's Oktoberfest beer and great live music. Listen to the sounds of the Peoria Area Accordion Club from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; music from Maria's Trio from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Backyard Tire Fire's Ed & Matt Anderson hit our stage from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. Remember, you don't have to wear lederhosen to Destihl's Oktoberfest...but you probably should.

Sunday, September 11

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Slow Food 3rd Annual Goose Island Pig Roast

Goose Island Beer Company, 1800 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL

Cost: $60. Featured Chefs: Rick Gresh – David Burke’s Primehouse, Andrew Hroza – Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub, Rob Levitt – The Butcher & Larder, Nicole Pederson – CHouse, Matt Troost – Three Aces, Vegetarian dish: Chris Spear – Uncommon Ground, Dessert: Stephanie Samuels – Angel Food Bakery, Coffee: Intelligentsia, Music: DJ Jacob Ross playing hits, classics, and rare cuts from the family of funk. More information at

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 Goose Island Pub Brewmaster, Jared Rouben as Jared showcases his weekly Farmer’s Market Series beer featuring a new ingredient and food from Green City Market. On tap this Sunday: Concord Porter made with concord grapes from Klug Farms in St. Joseph, MI! This Porter has a light smoke aroma, grape skin flavor & full body. 6% abv. Read about Farmer's Market Series in this recent article from ABC 7 Chicago!

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