Beeronaut's weekend events, September 23 to 25

Beeronaut's weekend events, September 23 to 25
From a catalog of Oktoberfest dirndls and lederhosen. Flickr photo by jbcurio

Through Saturday, September 24

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).

Fridays and Saturdays

Open House Beer 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 - Sunday, Sept. 23 - 25

Plano Oktoberfest
Main Street, Downtown Plano, IL
Two Brothers Brewing Company and Wurst Kitchen Sausage Company presents 7th Annual PLANO OKTOBERFEST Live German Music All Three Days!
Friday: 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.; Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Oktoberfest takes place rain or shine under a huge circus tent located on Main Street in downtown Plano, IL. Oktoberfest features authentic German bands, a beer wagon with Two Brothers Brewing Company beers, authentic traditional German food - Schnitzel, Roast Pork, Kassler Rippchen, Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Strudel and More!

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. Beer Bistro Oktoberfest
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
Our Annual Oktoberfest Party will be held 9/23 thru 9/25. Beer, Pretzels, Encased Meats, Beer, you get the idea, right? This year we will have Our Very Own OKTOBERFEST brew pouring, as well as brews from Paulaner, including, but not limited to, Oktoberfest, Hefeweizen, Salvator, Pils, and possibly an actual Firkin of Munich's Finest Oktoberfest Brew. Facebook page

Friday, September 23

9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. The Dark Harvest
Jerry's Sandwiches, 1938 W. Division, Chicago (773) 235-1006
A night of opaque offerings to usher in the darkness on the autumnal equinox, set to the backdrop of silent horror. Spectral sounds provided by DJ Grimsbørg.
Featuring: Founders Porter, Flying Dog Gonzo, Three Floyds Moloko, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, Founders Breakfast Stout, Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter, New Belgium Clutch, Dark Horse Plead the 5th, Bell’s Expedition Stout, Firestone Walker Parabola, Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo, and Port Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper.

Saturday, September 24

12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. New Holland Night!
The Tap House Grill, 6010 South Cass Avenue Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Join us as New Holland Brewing teams up with Tap House Grill Westmont for a very special night of beer! The draft list will be: Mad Hatter Imperial Hatter, Golden Cap Farmhouse, Hatter Envious, Tall, Dark and Handsome (coffee chocolate stout collaboration brew between New Holland Brewing and Glunz.) Red Dawn Red Ale (NHB pub specialty brew.) and a cask of Poet Oatmeal Stout tapped at 7:00 p.m. by Mr Rafael Gomez. Facebook

12:00 - 8:00 p.m. Oktoberfest
Oak Brook Park District, Oak Brook, IL
Welcome to Oak Brook Park District’s first ever Oktoberfest! This spirited festival will include a Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg, Food, live music, polka, dancing, bean bag tournaments, Adult Futbol Tournament, Scrabble Tournament and more! Enjoy Two Brothers Brewing Company beer at the event!

12:00 - 10:00 p.m. Oswego Craft Beer Festival
Parking lot at Washington St. & the Fox River, Oswego, IL
Sponsored by the Village of Oswego and the Tap House Grill. $10 entry fee includes sample glass and 5 tasting tickets. Proceeds benefit the Kendall County Food Pantry. Bring a bag of canned goods and receive an extra 3 tasting tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased. Info: Over 75 different craft beers are showcased to sample, enjoy, and to learn about. other events include Beer Classes with a Cicerone trained staff explaining and teaching about different styles of beer. A Home Brewing demonstration by a local home brewing retail store, with samples available, and local home brewers showing how home brews are made. A Make and Name Your Own Beer event: 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Beer is made with suggestions on ingredients and flavor profiles from the audience,  named, then bottled by local club. (The "Sampling Party" will take place at Tap House Grill in Oswego on December 6th) A Beer and Food Pairing, Beer Infused foods, a Kids Food Tent with Sprecher Root Beer, Jones Soda, Goose Island Soda, etc. Live Music and Comedy, and a Tater Tot Eating Contest!

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Fall Beer Tasting
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 639 E. Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook, IL (630) 972-1187
Autumn is right around the corner, which means it's the best time of year for beer! Taste a variety of imported and domestic Octoberfest along with fall seasonal releases. $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call, or email for more information.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Valpo Brewfest
Central Park Plaza, Downtown Valparaiso, IN
Cost: $40 Never before in Northwest Indiana has so many great craft beers been assembled in one location and at one festival then at the Valpo Brewfest to be held in Downtown Valparaiso. Sample over 125 different styles of beers from America’s best craftbrewers and vote for your favorite Indiana craft beer as we award the coveted HOOSIER BREW award to the top vote recipient.

2:00 - 7:00 p.m. HOPS! Oktoberfest 2011
Chicago Bridgeport VFW Post 5079, 3202 S. May St., Chicago
Join Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside (HOPS!) in celebrating the beeriest holiday of them all: Oktoberfest! Our annual fundraiser features music, an impressive spread of food offerings, and dozens of delicious craft-brewed lagers and ales from local breweries and the award-winning brewers of HOPS! No one under 21 admitted. Near US Cellular Field. Tickets $30 at Brown Paper Tickets

Sunday, September 25

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 to see which beer will be premiering this Sunday:

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. School of Lush: American Craft Beer
Lush Wine and Spirits - West Town, 1412 W, Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 666-6900
Staying on top of all of the wild changes and rapid growth in the craft beer world can be a daunting (though delicious) task for even the most hardcore beer enthusiasts. From wild, balls-out extreme brewing to deftly coaxed layers of intricate flavors, we’ll taste through major players on the craft beer stage and try to shed a little light on the terms, trends, and abundance of brewers on the scene. Whether you're a neophyte or owner of a well-stocked beer cellar of treasures, this class will offer the opportunity to taste some delicious brews, and hopefully learn a little something new along the way. $35/person covers beer, snacks, and education. RSVP required to Ms. Thompson. The class in non-refundable, so go all in or not at all. Reservations close 48 hours before class.

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