Beeronaut weekend events, October 14 to 16

Beeronaut weekend events, October 14 to 16
Just put other styles in your brewpub, okay, Frank?

Okay, like Fonzie once did, I have to own up and admit that "I was wr-zz-zzh! I was wro-zzh!" Okay, Fonzie could never admit he was wrong, but I was when I thought the Frank Thomas Big Hurt beer would never really exist. But here it is, appearing this Saturday, along with Thomas himself!

Friday and Saturday: IPA FEST!

The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
45 handles of the best IPAs, DIPAs Black IPAs and Belgo IPAS we can get our hands on! We will be tapping everything on Wednesday, and have A LOT of beer!

Friday, October 14

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Half Acre & Bee's Knees
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Half Acre Brewing Co & Bees Knees Food Co. tasting. Beer & Nuts! Stop in and try Half Acre's fine craft beer offerings combined with Sweet & Savory Nuts from Bees Knees.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. New Belgium Beer Dinner at WestEnd
WestEnd, 1326 W. Madison, Chicago
4 course dinner with New Belgium brewery pairings. 6:30 beer reception with brewery meet and greet – 7:00 dinner. Tickets/more info at the link above.

Saturday, October 15

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Frank Thomas' Big Hurt Beer launch party
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Frank Thomas will be appearing, signing autographs and introducing his Big Hurt Beer, which will be available on draft at the event, so you can be among the first in Chicago to try it!

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Fall Beer Tasting Going Pink
Teddy's Liquors, 1050 E. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 368-9166
Help us support the effort to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone. Sample a great selection of craft & imported beers from your favorite breweries. Mendocino, Wild Onion Pub, Shmaltz, Great Lakes, Ommegang & many more!! Admission $6 (100% of ticket sales to benefit Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization). Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Raffle. Enjoy a variety of food samples!!!

2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Palmer Place presents the Brew Moon Fest
The Max, 4750 S. Vernon Ave., McCook, IL (708) 485-9900
Beer Tasting from several Vendors! These are the breweries participating in our festival. Be prepared to taste all of them with one of our Tasting Tickets. Info & Tickets: Domestics: Argus Brewing, Boulevard, Chicago Brewing, Firestone Walker, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Lost Coast, Mendicino, New Belgium, Samuel Adams, Shiner, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Stone, Tenth & Blake, Two Brothers. Imports: Becks, Guinness, Hoegaarden, Magners, Paulaner / Hacker Pschorr, Red Stripe, Newcastle, Stella Artois, Weihenstephaner.
Featuring Musical Performances by: Chasing the Day, 7th Heaven, Trailer Park Twisters, Robbie Gold. Admission: VIP Doors at: 1:00PM General Admission Doors at 2:00 p.m., tasting until 8:00PM Wear your Halloween Costume for the Costume Contest!

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Ides of Cider: Beer and Cider Festival
CHAOS Brew Space, 1329 W Grand Ave Chicago.
Come join CHAOS (Chicago Homebrew Alchemists Of Sud), a new Chicago-area brewing club, and bluegrass band Flatland Ramble in celebration of this harvest's favorite creation - Cider and seasonal homebrewed ales. Come see the band, receive a customized CHAOS tasting glass which will give you 12 free samples, enjoy some games, and taste great food like apple pie, applewood bacon wrapped hotdogs, and apple pulled pork sandwiches. We may even have bicycle pulled hayrides! Proceeds from the event go to help building our brew club, hosting more events, and making more wonderful brews for you to sample. Please purchase tickets at this eventbrite site: Tickets are $25, or $20 for CHAOS members. More details at

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Beer Tasting at Stony Creek Clubhouse
Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, IL
We invite you to experience a sampling of various beers. Enjoy some appetizers, and share the experience with friends as you relax and enjoy. Sponsored by Goose Island. Six tastings with appetizers, $10 admission fee.

Sunday October 16

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Firestone Walker Beer Brunch
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago (312) 525-2727 and SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago (312) 525-2727
For the October monthly Beer Brunch, SmallBar will offer a special menu designed to pair with the featured brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Chef Justin White is taking the stellar brunch to the next level by creating exquisite new recipes only available on the specific day at the specific location. Four beers will be offered for your choice of pairings: Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale, Union Jack IPA, Pale 31 CA Pale Ale, Nectar Ales Black Xantus Imperial Stout. During this event, the full brunch menu will be available. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for more information on upcoming Beer Brunches in November (Dogfish Head) December (3 Floyds).

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 and farm from Green City Market. Check out the Junior Board's Goose Club Facebook event to see which beer will be premiering this Sunday.

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  • Hey Mark,

    How can I get a hold of that Big Hurt Keg Collar? I'm willing to purchase. LMK.

    Lance ;-)

  • I'm not sure keg collars are easily removed. I would suggest scouting a location that actually has it on tap, and I don't know of any. Perhaps it will turn up at Sox Park in the spring. You could try Minhas brewery or the Chicago distributor. Since Binny's has the cans, they might know who handles kegs in this area. If nothing else, buy the cans. You might be able to flatten some of them for the wall.

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