Beeronaut's Chicago events, October 24 to 27

Beeronaut's Chicago events, October 24 to 27
Regrettably, these limited edition pympkin growlers sold out last year. But they make a great column topper.

I'm going to try and get a separate listing for Halloween beer-centric events out in a few days. Watch and wait.

Monday, October 24

BrickStone 5 Year Anniversary Ale release
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
Our 5 Year Anniversary Ale, Barrel Aged Chocolate Stout will be released this Monday in 22 oz Bottles!

6:00 p.m. Hoodwink City Release Party
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago (312) 525-2727
Hoodwink is the latest beer from Two Brothers' Project Opus of barrel-aged sour beers. Join us as we celebrate the release of Hoodwink! Small Bar Division will be handing out tickets to get your pour starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be an EXTREMELY limited amount of tickets available. The beer will be tapped at 7:00 p.m. Other Two Brothers Brewing Company beers will be on tap for your enjoyment! Don’t let the black color of this barrel aged beer fool you. The complex sour notes will brighten your palate as they pair with the dark malt character. Facebook.

Tuesday, October 25

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. It Might Get Wet - A Night Celebrating Wet Hop Harvest Ales
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose, Chicago (773) 697-8204
It's that time of year again: the leaves are starting to fall, the days are becoming shorter, the weather is getting colder or at least it's getting colder, guess that means its time for a Harvest Ale… or ten! You may remember "It Might Get Dark" & or "It Might Get Farmy". Well this time we are featuring Harvest Ales, using fresh cut "Wet Hops" from the fall harvest. So, "IT MIGHT GET WET"!! Join us & Fountainhead's Certified Cicerone & Beer Director Phil Kuhl, as he put's together his 4th Harvest Fest. This year will feature over a dozen Wet-Hopped Drafts and at least one on cask!!
Two Brothers: Heavy Handed Columbus, Heavy Handed Bravo, Heavy Handed Centennial, Heavy Handed Cascade (regular and Cask Conditioned). Sierra Nevada: Estate, Yakima Washington Harvest. Victory: Harvest Pils, Harvest Ale. New Holland: Hopivore. Three Floyds: Broo Doo. Great Divide: Fresh Hop, Port: High Tide, Half Acre: Sticky Fat.
A Harvest Ale, Hop Harvest Ale, or Wet-Hopped Ale is a new brewing tradition that has developed in recent years among several West Coast breweries. Once a year, at the time of the hop harvest, several American craft brewers produce a beer similar to an American Pale Ale or American IPA, but made with freshly picked, undried hops that give the beer a unique flavor profile. The first wet-hopped beer in the United States was Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale, brewed for the first time in 1996. Facebook.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. CollaBOOration Release Party
LunaR brewing Co, 54 E. St Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL
Join us as we tap this Spooky CollaBOOrative brew that celebrates the Halloween season - Black Trappist Moon, this Monster is an eerily Black Belgian Tripel. This is the 2nd Collaborative brew in a series with the Lucky Monk of South Barrington. Facebook

6:00 p.m. Founders Brewery 5-course beer dinner
Glenview House, 1843 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL (847) 724-0692
Join us for a Founders Brewery 5-course dinner at the Glenview House! $50 all inclusive. Gourmet entrees paired with Founder’s Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Centennial IPA, Red’s Rye, Porter and Backwoods Bastard. To make reservations, please call (847) 724-0692

6:00 - 10:30 p.m. Hoodwink Suburb Release Party
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Join Bigby's as they celebrate the suburban release of Hoodwink. Drafts will be poured on a first come first serve basis. Bigby's Pour House will be handing out tickets to get your pour starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be an EXTREMELY limited amount of tickets available. The beer will be tapped at 7:00 p.m. Other Two Brothers beers will be on tap for your enjoyment! Must be 21+ with a valid ID. Facebook

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Weihenstephaner Beer Dinner
Zest at Lemon Tree Grocer, 5101 Mochel Dr., Downers Grove, IL (630)
Cost: $40 (plus tax and gratuity) German harvest season dishes paired with Weihenstephaner Original, Festbier/Oktoberfest, Hefeweiss, Korbinian and Vitus.

7:00 p.m. gaztro-wagon Food Truck stops at Map Room
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago  (773) 252-7636
The gaztro-wagon food truck stops at Map Room, and they're rolling out some great new menu items. Buy two beers, try a sandwich, of course! Lather, rinse, repeat.

7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Huge Ass Beer Night
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
An evening of Huge Ass Beers featuring Jim Randall. On Draft: Allagash Fluxus & Curieux, the Bruery Cuir Anniversary Ale, Lost Abbey Angel's Share and Lost & Found, Lagunitas Gnarly Wine 2010. Mark will buy you shots of Jameson. Lots of them, man. Facebook.

9:00 p.m. Horror Movie Night
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Hosted by "Video Store Jesus". He Saved These for Last: Lady Terminator
(1988) Night of the Demons 2 (1994). Special: Hot Wings and an American Craft Pint $10

Wednesday, October 26

4:00 p.m. Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
This Wednesday: Founders Harvest Ale

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Kwaktoberfest!
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Order a Kwak quad (four glasses) and receive four raffle tickets. Adam from Artisanal Imports will announce a winner of a Kwak glass every half-hour between 5-8:00 p.m.!

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Pumpkin Beers of October
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Each Wednesday night in October we're tapping a new pumpkin beer. Oct. 26th: Tyranena Painted Woman & Uinta Punk'n. Facebook.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Galactic Double Daisy Cutter & more from Half Acre
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Join us at the South Loop Tasting Room in tapping some recent rarities from one of Chicago's hottest breweries, Half Acre. We'll tap the super-limited Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, along with Captain Fantasy, Daisy Cutter and just released Tasty Waves. Five bucks buys your first pour of Daisy Cutter. RSVP required. Call for reservations or e-mail

6:30 p.m. Beer Academy: Barrel-Aged Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
$20 per person Join Head Pub Brewer Jared Rouben on the last Wednesday
of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. Call to RSVP.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Beer vs. Wine Smackdown
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, 20560 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park, IL (847)
Cost: $25 Join us at Biaggi's in Deer Park for a pairing of cheeses from Sunset Foods with beer and wine. Guests will be voting on their favorite compliment to each cheese, the wine or the beer! The Goose Island lineup: 312, Sofie, Matilda, Pepe Nero, IPA, and Pere Jacques.

7:30 p.m. Jack’s Monthly Beer Dinner
Jack's Bar & Grill, 2856 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 404-8400
The next Beer Dinner will feature a line of fantastic Wychcraft beers. We will be pairing these fine beers with some tasty items whipped up by Chef Samantha Montalvo. Click here to buy your ticket. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets in advance. To see the full menu check out our Facebook page: Jack’s
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Thursday, October 27

4:00 - 11:30 p.m. Augustijn Abbey Draft Debut Night!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Earlier this year, we traveled to Belgium and fell in love with a few beers not regularly exported to the United States on draft. One of these beers was Augustijn Blonde. A fantastic, easy drinking yet complex Belgian Abbey Blonde ale that we thought was simply perfect - a great example of what a Belgian blonde ale should be. This beer has
roots in the Augustijn Monastery, which started brewing this elixir back in 1295. The beer is now brewed at Van Steenberge, with great attention and care to stay true to the monks' original recipes. Lucky for us, the owner of Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Jef Versele, agreed to send us all three Augustijn beers on draft to share with you on one
special night. For the first time ever at The Bavarian Lodge, stop in and enjoy all three fantastic Augustijn Abbey beers on draft!
Available On Draft from Augustijn: Blonde, Dark, and Grand Cru. Other Drafts from Brouwerij Van Steenberge will also be available. All of these fine Belgian ales will be available starting at 4:00 p.m. with enough in supply so that everyone will get a chance to try all three. Taster flights too! A night of fine Belgian beers not to be missed! Facebook

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Bangers & Lace Dogfish Dinner (sold out)
Bangers and Lace, 1670 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 252-6499
Dogfish Head Donn & Chef Adam Wendt pair up to bring you a four course beer & sausage feast. Beer lineup: Raison D'Etre, Punkin, Hellhound On My Ale, Burton Baton & Bitches Brew. $42/person (+ tax & gratuity).

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Belgian Beer Tasting at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Stop into Monk’s Pub and sample Belgian beers. The initial list includes: Lefebvre Hopus, Malheur, Timmermans Framboise Lambic and Strawberry, Plus more surprises!

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.

6:00 p.m. Terminator X Tapping Event
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago, IL (773) 772-2727
Join us for another in what will be a series of one-of-a-kind tapping events featuring collab brews from City Provisions! This time around, City Provisions brewed an American Strong Ale with Black Strap Molasses in partnership with the good folks at Greenbush Brewing. We’ll have some of the very few kegs in town and will be tapping them with Cleetus from City Provisions! Stop by for a bite and a glass of this unique brew. Facebook

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at Fox and Hound Aurora
Fox and Hound, 4320 E. New York St., Aurora, IL (630) 236-9183
Cost: $30 Dinner Pairings with 312, Green Line, Harvest Ale, Pepe Nero and Matilda.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Freaktoberfest
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Our 3rd Annual Freaktoberfest Craft Beer Tasting! Sample over 16 craft beers, featuring Coney Island’s Blood Red Freaktoberfest beer. Non-stop Halloween entertainment: Music by Uto Hartung! Appearances by: Happy the Human Pincushion and Iron Balls MacArthur. Great food! 16 other beers supplied by Louis Glunz Beers. Get beer tasting ticket books in advance and at the door, or call for more info!

7:00 p.m. Bell's HopFest
Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 642-9253
Clark St. Ale House has been saving up a few of Bell's hoppier beers for a special occasion and this is the day they will all be tapped. A couple of these treats include The Oracle and Hopsoulution. Come by to check out what else they have up their sleeve!!! All of the beers are very limited, so get there early to enjoy some real treats!

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Firestone Walker Tap Takeover
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 28 W. New York St., Aurora, IL (630) 844-0400
Enjoy the great pairing amazing food with Firestone Walker's Black Xantus, Pale 31, and Experimental DBA. Fee: $20.00

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. First Anniversary Extravaganza and Hootenanny
Acre Taproom, 5308 N. Clark, Chicago (773) 334-7600
It's our first anniversary. We're gonna be breaking out some bottles and drafts that range from old favorites to ridiculous finds. Carlos will be putting together some excellent special menu items.

7:00 - 11:30 p.m. Sheffield's Annual Pumpkin Carving
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us for our annual Pumpkin Carving. We will feature Great Lakes Nosferatu, Dogfish Punkin and Southern Tier Pumking. We also feature Apple Cider with Bacardi Oakheart. We will supply the pumpkins and you get see them displayed for the rest of October all over the bar. Facebook

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