Beeronaut's craft beer events, September 12 - 15

Remember when I said things were quiet on Labor Day weekend? Well, we're making up for it now with Oktoberfests and more weekend beer festivals coming up.

Monday, September 12

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. New Holland Beer Dinner
Vie Restaurant
4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs, IL
Join us as we unveil "Lights Out," the beer brewed by Vie Staff members, and feature 5 other New Holland craft beers in a six course dinner. 6:30 Reception, 7:00 Dinner. $75 per person, includes beer pairings! Tax and gratuity additional. Reservations: (708) 246-2082.

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Wildfire beer dinner with Metropolitan
WildFire Oakbrook, 232 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL (773) 398-6960
Join Metropolitan's Doug Hurst in Oak Brook for this special beer dinner! Reception: 6:30, Dinner: 7.
Dinner is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Brad Wermager at (773) 398-6960. Check the link above for the tentative menu.

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Heavy Handed Release Party
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
The Two Brothers Roundhouse will host the celebration of the release of Heavy Handed IPA. Tickets, available at the Roundhouse and the Warrenville Tap House, are $15 before and $20 at the door if any are left! The party includes Chef Tommy and Chef Dave's Pig Roast. Live Music will be available too! Tickets can also be purchased via email: Gabe- Joel-

7:00 p.m. Tickets on sale for Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
Tickets go on sale this evening starting at 7 p.m. Cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Next class - Saturday, September 17, 6 pm. Topic: Oktoberfest Beers. Limit, 45 people. Price, $25 per person.

Tuesday, September 13

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Lagunitas Pint Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Lagunitas IPA drafts are $4 all September! We will also be giving away Lagunitas pints and other Lagunitas items throughout the evening!

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Gordon Biersch Festbier Tapping
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 639 E Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook, IL (630) 739-6036
Tapping of Gordon Biersch's Oktoberfest beer, with an Ooompah Band, food and drink specials, and prizes and gift giveaways. There's a costume contest, the winner of which gets a one-night's stay at the Alost Hotel. Partial proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes' Signature Chef's Auction.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Francesca's Fortunato Beer Dinner
Francesca's Fortunato, 40 Kansas St., Frankfort, IL (815) 464-1890
We will be hosting our first Beer Dinner with Jim DeBolt from Goose Island Beer Co. $40 Per Person. 5 Course Food and Beer Pairing. Call (815) 464-1890 for reservations!!!

7:00 p.m. Come Taste HomeMade Pizza!
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago  (773) 252-7636
Map Room pal Robin Jones and her assistant from HomeMade Pizza will be cooking up several kinds of gourmet pizzas right on the premises. Buy a drink and you'll get a ticket to taste a few slices.
Here are some of the featured options: Quattro Stagioni – An Italian classic with prosciutto, artichokes, wild mushrooms & Kalamata olives, with Fontinella & fresh thyme. The Georgia – Cumin-scented Santa Fe chicken sausage is tempered by the mellow crunch of Poblano pepper and finished with our smooth Ricotta cheese. Wild Mushroom – Earthy wild mushrooms & an olive oil base meld perfectly with rich, creamy Fontinella, accented by fresh thyme. The Miesian – Fresh Roma tomatoes, roasted garlic, tons of basil and our part-skim creamy mozzarella. The B.L.T. – The HomeMade BLT combines hickory- smoked bacon, fresh
spinach, aged Parmigiano-Reggiano and a bit of roasted garlic over a layer of tomato sauce.

Wednesday-Friday, September 14-16

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 will be held on the John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza at Adams and Dearborn Streets. The Berghoff Oktoberfest has been a staple in Chicago’s Loop district since 1985. Enjoy the best Bavarian-style revelry Chicago has to offer with classic German food, beer, and plenty of live entertainment. Admission is free! We will also host two raffles to benefit the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, whose residential, aftercare, and mentoring programs provide safety and opportunity for more than 400 young people every year.

Wednesday, September 14

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Goose Island Belgian Ale Tasting at Primebar
Primebar Chicago, 155 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago (312) 884-0000
Join Goose Island for a free tasting of Vintage Belgian Ales. Matilda, Sofie, Pere Jacques, Fleur, Pepe Nero, and Demolition will be pouring.

7:00 p.m. Beer Dinner at Mia Francesca's
Mia Francesca's Bryn Mawr, 1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago (773) 506-9261
Cost: $40 Join Goose Island for a 5-course beer pairing dinner at Mia Francesca's. Menu and reservation information at the restaurant site, or by phone.

7:00 p.m. Ladies' Beer Academy
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Cost: $25 Relax in the company of other women as Suzanne Wolcott of Goose Island Beer Co. leads a tasting of some of Goose Island's finest Belgian style ales. Limited space, call to reserve your spot.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Smuttynose Brewing Night
Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Come out and enjoy some interesting draft selections from Smuttynose Brewing Company! On draft: Robust Porter, Imperial Stout, Vunderbar Pilsner, Maibock and Pumpkin Ale. Owner and Founder Peter Egelston will also be in attendance to have a few brews!

Thursday, Sept. 15 - Sunday, Sept. 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).
Thursday, September 15 features the Oktoberfest Keg Tapping Ceremony at 6:00 p.m.
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 - 8:00 p.m. Guests can 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. Guests can call the restaurant to sign up.

Thursday - Sunday, Sept. 15 - 18

3:00 - 9:00 p.m. Oysterfest at Tribes
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
It's time for our semi annual Oyster Fest! The Tribes will feature a whole bunch of East and West Coast Oysters in all forms! There will be at least 8 varieties of oysters to choose from, plus: Oysters Rockefeller, Pan Oyster Stew, Oyster Tiger Shrimp, Awesome East Coast Littleneck Clams and more! We will be featuring some of the blackest, biggest and tastiest stouts we can get hold our hands on to go with these delectable bivalves! There is no cover for this event, just call ahead and make reservations! Make sure you reserve and get here early! We will once again be setting up a Raw Bar in the front of the restaurant for your viewing pleasure! While the Oysters will be available any time, the Raw Bar will be open from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.!

Thursday, September 15

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Fall Beer Tasting
Binny's Downtown, 213 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 332-0012
Autumn is on the way, and it is bringing all the best beers with it! Taste a variety of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Beers, Ciders, and many other fall seasonals. $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call, or email for more information.

5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Rock Bottom Chicago Rocktoberfest tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
We’ll be rolling out the barrel and tapping our Oktoberfest German-style Marzen
to the live polka tunes of the Brat Brothers. Enjoy aGerman style menu that we’ll run through
October 23rd. And to make you feel even better, night of the tapping 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., we will be
donating a dollar for every pint of Marzen purchased to BuildOn, which organizes after school programs and service projects for Chicago’s youth. Rocktoberfest will also be tapped today at Rock Bottom in Orland Park, Warrenville and Lombard!

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Goose Island Clybourn tapping
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Every Thursday, a new beer brewed at the Clybourn brewpub is tapped.

7:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer/Food Tasting
Ballydoyle's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 969-0600
Come taste 5 Goose Island craft beers paired up with 5 amazing appetizers. The beers being sampled will be Matilda, Sophie, Fleur, Pepe Nero, and Pere Jacque.

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Smuttynose Brewing Night
Mrs. Murphy & Sons' Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-3905
Come join us for $4 Pints of Smuttynose "Finest Kind" IPA as well as draft selections of Farmhouse Ale and Wheat Wine 2010. Owner, Founder Peter Egelston and Vice President Kevin Love will be there to join in the imbibing!

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