Beeronaut's events, October 10 to 13

Beeronaut's events, October 10 to 13
A new reference guide to our favorite beverage

Monday, October 10

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Kwaktoberfest
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
A night of all things Kwak. In addition to pouring this delicious Belgian beer, we will also be creating various food specials using it, including Kwaffles, Mussles, and Bananas Fosters Cheesecake.

7:00 p.m. Bear Claw Wheat Wine tapping
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
The next tapping starts at 7:00 p.m. for Mug Clubbers and then 8:00 p.m. behind the bar. We'll be getting into the Bear Claw Wheat Wine, which is a fruity, velvety and boozy wheat wine at 9.7% abv, fermented with the Weihenstephan Hefeweizen yeast strain.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Bell’s Beer Dinner
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Larry Bell will host Hopleaf’s first Bell’s Brewery beer dinner. Hopleaf has had a long and very special relationship with Bell's including the fact that for 20 years our window has sported the only Bell’s neon sign. We are long overdue to have such an event! We will be featuring a wide array of flavors from Bell’s portfolio of beers in the heart of the MIdwest harvest season, paired with Bell’s beers paired with dishes designed by Hopleaf’s chef Ben Sheagren. $75 Tickets are available on

7:00 p.m. Monday Night FootDahl
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Radio legend Steve Dahl says: "I love football. I love my fans. I can't think of a better way to bring these two together than a Monday Night Football Party. The MNF parties are back! This year we are going to be at Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 West Randolph). I thought we'd start on Monday, October 10th with the Bears game versus the Lions. The DahlCast staff will all be there and we will have lots of giveaways during the game. The best part? I'm buying the beers. Yes. Really. All of our podcast subscribers will get a beer on me (well not on me, but that could be a fun contest for down the road) and anyone that subscribes to the show during the games will also get a tasty brew, courtesy of yours truly."

Tuesday, October 11

Bitches Brew and CBS
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Not just another Dogfish Head Bitches Brew Tuesday, with Special Guest Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Dinner
The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. signing; 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. dinner. The Publican is hosting a brewmaster dinner with Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery as the host to promote his new book "The Oxford Companion To Beer." We will be creating a prix fixe menu along with Herb Eckhouse of La Quercia, who will be debuting a new ham.

6:00 p.m. Goose Island pairing at Gibson's Oak Brook
Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse, 2105 Spring Rd., Oak Brook, IL (630) 954-0000
Gibson's presents an Evening with Goose Island, an exclusive beer tasting event. The tasting will feature stations prepared by Executive Chef Brian Key and expertly paired with Goose Island's Belgian-style beers: Sofie, Fleur, and Madame Rose. Complete menu and pairings at the link above. $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, space is limited.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Emmett's Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Join us for one of our popular quarterly Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour, Brewmaster Ryan Clooney and Head Brewer Rob Hunter will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Ryan will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax.

6:30 p.m. Harvest Beer Dinner at Tap House Grill Westmont
Tap House Grill - Westmont, 6010 S. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL
Tap House Grill presents a four-course Harvest dinner, paired with Original Sin Cider, JK’s Scrumpy Organic Cider, Dogfish Head Punkin, Southern Tier PumpKING, Sam Adams October Fest, and Two Brothers Atom Smasher. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Please call now to reserve your spot (630) 541-8840

7:00 p.m. Bergstein's Deli Night
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago (773) 252-7636
Bergstein's NY Deli brings their foodtruck to Bucktown. Buy two of our beers and try one of their signature sandwiches: Bensonhurst – Corned Beef and Pastrami under melted Swiss on rye. Rachel – A Turkey Reuben: turkey and cole slaw under melted Swiss with Thousand Island on a toasted pretzel roll.

7:00 p.m. Great Chicago Fire Brewers Dinner
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
The Chicago History Museum and Haymarket Pub & Brewery team up for this historic dinner to commemorate the 140th Anniversary of the fire that changed Chicago. Your taste buds will ignite for the four courses paired with delicious hand crafted beers from brew master Pete Crowley. Along with a historic presentation, you’ll learn about the food and beers you taste. The museum's Public Programs Manager, Liz Garibay, served as a guest brewer for the beer that will debut at the dinner, Peg Leg's Smoked Porter. $55 Adults/$50 CHM Members. Order from the museum website.

9:00 p.m. Horror Movie Night
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Edge of the Axe (1988) Pieces (1982). Special: Hot Wing and an American Craft Pint $10

Wednesday, October 12

4:00 p.m. IPA Fest (In Honor of My Birthday)
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
"Hey My name is Niall and I own the Tribes and I have a confession. I am a huge IPA fan. And I have decided to spend a lot of my time and money in putting together the best IPAs, DIPAs, Belgian IPAs & Black IPAs I can get my hands on. In fact, we will have 45 IPAs on draft all at the same time!! This is a HUGE endeavor and I hope you come out and spend some time with us! " The beer will only stay on line as long as it lasts. IPA Fest continues as long as the beers last.

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 will be tapping a new pumpkin beer. Oct 12th Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale & New Holland Ichabod.

6:30 p.m. Hoosier Beer book signing
Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant, 208 Wabash St., Michigan City, IN 219-TRY-HOPS
A Book Signing by Bob Ostrander, author of Hoosier Beer – Tapping into Indiana Brewing History. Hoosier Beer covers 200 years of Indiana breweries, city by city. Brewers in the Underground Railroad, those arrested during Prohibition, success and failure, immigrants from Germany, France, England, murder, suicide, and more. Followed at 7:30 by a Pub Quiz. Teams of up to 6 people. Questions about Beer, General Knowledge and Trivia. Yes, there will be prizes.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Stevie's Lightening tapping
Rock Bottom, 94 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Wise homebrewer, Chicago Beer Society Member, and Guru of Bitter Steve Hamburg came by RB Lombard to brew Stevie's Lightening, a pale bitter made with British Marris Otter Malt. This golden ale is bittered up with Nugget hops and the aroma is brought to you courtesy of Goldings. This pub classic is full of rich malt induced biscuit and bread pale malt character. Stevie's Lightening is made for drinking in large quantities so don't be ashamed to have a few!

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Two Brothers Beer Sampling and Food Pairing!
Maggiano's Little Italy, 1901 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 240-5600
Enjoy a sampling of five unique Two Brothers brew paired with plenty of traditional Maggiano's food! Join us on the second floor in the Avellino Room for a night of food and fun! $35.00 including tax and service charge. Call to make your reservation today! Seating is limited!

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Garrett Oliver Meet and Greet and Book Signing
Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Meet the iconic Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, Garrett Oliver, for the release of his new book, The Oxford Companion to Beer, the most comprehensive beer book ever published. Of course there's also beer: We're celebrating the release of the new Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Plus, we'll tap some limited releases including The Concoction, The Companion, Post Road Pumpkin, and old favorite Brooklyn Brown Ale, all available at the bar. Five bucks gets your pour of Brooklyn Brown. Reservations Required. Call for reservations.

Thursday, October 13

New Beer Line Special
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Celebrate with us!! 3 new Beer Lines added TODAY!! Wychwood HobGoblin English Ale Pints $3.00!! Starting the second we are done putting in the lines... should be about 4:00 p.m. Special remains all night!! Live Music with Brian McDermott 7:30 to 10:30. Then at 11:00 p.m. Watch on the Big Screen This Season's First 3 Episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Special: Any Pizza in the House $10

4:00 - 11:30 p.m. North Coast Anniversary Party & Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XII Tapping!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for an Evening Celebrating North Coast Brewing Company's 23rd Anniversary! We'll be featuring seven of North Coast's finest creations on draft including two incredibly rare limited release draught offerings. These two rare kegs will include this year's highly sought-after North Coast Grand Cru: a 12.5% strong ale brewed with pilsner malt, Belgian saison yeast and agave nectar, then aged in oak bourbon barrels. The second of these two kegs is quite likely the last keg on the planet of Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XII. This is one of the finest bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stouts on the planet.
Available On Draft: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XII, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Grand Cru, Old Old Rasputin, Le Merle, Brother Thelonious, Pranqster, Red Seal Ale.
Available In Bottles: North Coast Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XII, Cellar Reserve Old Stock (Bourbon Barrel-Aged), Old Stock, Old Rasputin.
Draft Taster Flights will Also Be Available! All Drafts Available at 4:00 p.m. First Come, First Served No RSVP Required. Last Minute Additions & Surprises Possible!

5:00 p.m. Beer and Food Pairing at Sidebar
Sidebar Grille, 221 N. LaSalle St., Chicago (312) 739-3900
Cost: TBA. Join us with Four Corners Craftober, A Beer & Food Pairing at Sidebar Grille with Goose Island. More details to be announced.

5:00 - 11:30 p.m. Chicago-style Bicycle Pub Crawl!
5 stops throughout Chicago
Join Artisanal Imports as we hit the streets in route to 5 great beer drinking destinations spanning 13 miles of this beautiful city. Starting at 5:00 p.m. we'll be at the cozy Monk's Pub and we will travel to Jak's Tap at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy the Kwaktoberfest celebration. From there we will head north to Sheffield's BBQ (maybe we'll grab some ribs?), then on to Fountainhead and finally ending at the iconic Hopleaf. This is a night time ride so be prepared with warmer clothes and flashing lights.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cityscape Bar "Brew with a View" sampling
Cityscape Bar, Holiday Inn Mart Plaza - 15th Floor, 350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago (312) 836-5000
Guests are invited to sample an array of beers while enjoying stunning panoramic views of downtown’s River North. Hosted by Tenth and Blake Beer Company, this event will highlight several beers including: Leinenkugel Oktoberfest, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Pilsner Urquell, and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Patrons can also indulge in an assortment of small bites. Cost: Complimentary (limited reservations available) Reservations Required:

6:00 p.m. Fairmont Hotel Harvest Beer Dinner
Aria Restaurant at Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago
Harvest Beer Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel featuring Arcadia and Great Lakes Brewing Companies. Join representatives from both breweries for a 4-course dinner paired with great beers. $55/per person. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 444-9494

6:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Dinner at Francesca's
Francesca's on 95th, 6248 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL (708) 598-7007
Cost: $35. Join Goose Island and Francesca's on 95th as we pair our Belgian Style ales with their exquisite Italian cuisine.

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 - 9:00 p.m. Two Brothers Beer Dinner at Reel Club
Reel Club, 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL (630) 368-9400
Join Reel Club for another special local brewery event. Chat with Two Brothers' masters of their brewing craft about the process and flavor profiles of your favorite beers including Octoberfest, Heavy Handed IPA, Cane and Ebel, and Ebel Weiss. $34.95 a person (excluding tax and gratuity). For more information and to make a reservation, please call 630-368-9400.

6:30 p.m. Beer Vs. Wine Smackdown
Bigby's Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (630) 773-1050
Cost: $10 Join Bigby's Pour House & Goose Island Brewery as we pair 4 Goose Island Beers and 4 featured wines chosen to pair with 3 cheeses, and a dessert. Guests will have the opportunity to pick their favorite pairings, as well as an overall winner! Cost to attend: $10. Please contact Bigby's Pour House to reserve your seat(s). Space is limited.

6:30 p.m. Weber Grill Fall Beer Dinner
Weber Grill, 539 N. State St., Chicago (312) 467-9696
6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00pm Dinner Cost: $50 plus tax and gratuity. Weber Grill's signature grilled entrees paired with Goose Island beers like Sophie, Fleur, Matilda, and Pepe Nero. Please RSVP.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. “The Oxford Companion to Beer” Book Launch with Garret Oliver!
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
The suave sophistication of New York meets the dapper practicality of Chicago as two thought leaders of the American craft beer scene discuss the world of beer and the newly released landmark publication Oxford Companion to Beer while tasting their favorite brews. New Yorker Garret Oliver is the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewing, author of The Brewmaster’s Table and editor of the first Oxford Companion to Beer. Chicagoan Ray Daniels is the founder and director of the Cicerone Certification Program, author of Designing Great Beers and other books and a contributor to the OCB. Join us as these two entertaining and highly knowledgeable beer experts talk about what it was like to compile a book that lays claim to being the world’s most comprehensive resource on the subject of beer. This event in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf is free to the public. Copies of the Oxford Companion to Beer will be available for purchase. An article in the New York Times Dining section about the book is here.

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