Halloween 2012 Chicago craft beer calendar

Halloween 2012 Chicago craft beer calendar
Just posting this because it's sure to turn up somewhere this week.

As promised, I am bringing in some calendar highlights for the week of Halloween. It's been a while since I've done my "rounds" of building the calendar, while I work on my job search and classwork, but the task just gets so much longer. Thanks to all the new brewers and increasing number of craft beer establishments in this city!

October 26th - 31st – Delilah's Halloween Week Specials
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
$7.00 Great Lakes Nosferatu Pints
$3.00 PBR Bottles

Friday, October 26

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. — Nightmare on Wells Street Part II
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 South Wells, Chicago
It's coming for you! Nightmare on Wells Street! Join us for a Halloween Party to kick off our food drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository! Bring in a canned good or "buy a can" and receive a free appetizer all day long! Click here for information.

3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. — Mommy, Can I Go Out and Drink Tonight?
Local Option, 1102 West Webster Avenue Chicago
So many beers, I'm not going to try listing them all. I'll just say 30 rare beers on draft, including Bell’s This One Goes To 11, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and many imports with beer cult status. 56 more astinishing bottles deers. Full event info here.

6:00 p.m. Friday High Gravity Series Tappings at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Big Beer for the Big Beer Lover. Tonight: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout w/ Vanilla Bean, served on a “Randall” (infusion) (ABV 14.5% IBU 60)

9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. — Bourbon County Brand Stout Tapping
WhirlyBall, 285 Center Drive Vernon Hills, IL 1-800-8-WHIRLY, or 847-918-0800
We'll be Tapping 2011 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout along with other standout beers from Founders, Dogfish Head and Firestone Walker. We will also be tapping up a locally brewed Bourbon barrel aged stout from TightHead Brewing Company. The Band Unfiltered will hit the stage at 9pm.

Saturday, October 27

Halloween Party at The Garage
The Garage Bar & Sandwiches, 6154 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Costume party at midnight. Prizes for:

  • Mostly likely to scare kids out of their Halloween Candy
  • Stupidest Costume
  • Best Couples' Costume

Plus drink specials
For details, call (773) 647-1386, or check updates at this Facebook Events page.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Trick or Treat Tasting
Bottles and Cans, 4109 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (773) 857-2270
Bottles and Cans is a proud co-sponsor of the NorthCenter Chamber of Commerce's Trick or Treat event. There will be plenty of candy for the kids, and more importantly there will be plenty of beer and wine samples for the adults!
Stop by for a minute, an hour, or the whole afternoon!

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. — Family Halloween Party at Haymarket
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 638-0700
Come on out to Haymarket for Halloween family fun time! Craft projects, trick or treating, a pinata & we'll be showing "It's the Geat Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" Kids buffet $5, & $3 pints of house beers for the big kids. Costumes encouraged!

4:00 - 9:00 p.m. — Harvestfest @ Fiamico Ristorante
Fiamico Ristorante, 226 N Sheridan Rd., Waukegan, IL
The City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce's Harvestfest features over 20 different fall Craft Beers to sample along with Goose Island's BCS being tapped at 6PM! There will be German-style music by Die Musikmeisters Band, Pipes & Drums, and more! We will have sausages, pretzels, caramel apples and our full Italian menu and WoodFire Pizzas available. At 6PM we will be tapping our Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Come out and have a wonderful time! $35 will get you unlimited sampling from 4PM - 9PM. There is also an AfterParty 9:30pm - 12:00am. $20
Questions please email jody@fiamico.com or call! 847-672-4117

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. — Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 60647
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. $25 per person. Topic: Old World/New World Beers. Limit, 45 people. Hosted by Greg Browne. Call 773.252.7636 for more information. Mark your calendars: the following class will be on November 24.
Tickets went on sale on the Monday the 22nd, call for availability. Cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. — Nightmare on Chicago Street 2012
Chicago Avenue, Elgin, IL (I include this event because Elgin Public House is one of the participants).
The Apocalypse is upon us.... Nightmare on Chicago Street will be your only hope to survive the UnDead again this year. We survived last year, but somehow, someway a few of the undead have been seen once again. Our top researchers and scientists have been working hard to keep us up to date about the coming annihilation which they believe will happen October 27th, 2012.
Again, your only hope to survive and to keep the human race alive is to be in the safe zone!
The safe zone will be under heavy Military control this year in order to keep everyone safe from the infection. Once again in order to stay alive you need to proceed to Nightmare on Chicago Street on Chicago Ave. (enter the safe zone through our BEEFED UP Bio Tents at the corners of Spring Street and Chicago Ave) and in order to maintain all human survival, we have added another safe zone entrance (Douglas and Highland)
This may be your last shot at survival, so we at ZDI will make sure that every Human has a good time with 2 stages of entertainment, bands, food, booze (plenty of booze), vendors, food vendors, games, live graffiti artists, and guests like SVENGOOLIE, HAIRBANGERS BALL, and V IS FOR VILLAINS.
In order to maintain some sort of economic health after the apocalypse we are asking for a safe zone entrance fee of $10. This will get you into the safe zone to partake in all of the entertainment, but more importantly it will guarantee your survival!! Online tickets can be purchased (and more details seen) on our website for only $7.

7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. — Mickey Finn's Halloween Party
Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688
Once again our mostly house band Henneberry takes the stage for our annual Halloween party. You'll never see the Amber Room so decked out for a party again, as this is our last Halloween in our current location. Costumes only please, we'll have plenty of drink specials and prizes to give away for best, most original, and sexiest costume (guys or girls). Let's send the Amber Room's last Halloween out in style. Doors open at 7:00pm. cover charge starts at 8:30pm. Facebook events page.

7:00 p.m. — Halloween Party 2012: A Gathering from the Grave
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL 708-484-1043
$15 Cover. Do not miss this Halloween Extravaganza under Cigars & Stripes' heated BIG TENT in our lot. First, as seen on Ripley’s Believe it or not, the amazing Mark the Knife. Watch in terror as he balances a lawnmower on his face. He is truly the Halloween headliner you’ve all been looking for.
Second, all the way from Indiana, Grave Robber in full blown zombie garb. Psychobilly rock n’ roll with a slight metal edge. One unbelievable show.
Finally, guest appearances by Iron Balls McArthur. Just horrifying. Costume contest hosted by Count Midnight. The comedy stylings from the amazing Tomas Medina. Perfect for Halloween. All music, sights & sounds from Joe Blacks Midnight Spookshow. See live a walking, talking 13 foot Reaper, and to top it all off, an appearance from a long lost friend of Cigars and Stripes.
Including a professional, world renowned, certified tarot card reader & Chicago historian. Continual tarot card reading for tips!
Featuring remaining Coney Island beers from our Freaktoberfest tasting!

8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Annual Halloween Costume Party at St. Andrew's Inn
St. Andrews Inn, 5938 N Broadway Chicago 773-784-5540
Back by popular demand, it’s St. Andrews Inn's Annual Halloween Costume Party and Contest. Featuring Abita Brewery products including Jockamo IPA, Purple Haze, TurboDog, Restoration and Pumpkin Ale. Prizes for best costume: 1st place prize is a $50 Beer Basket. Food specials: Rib Tips, Black and Blue Burger and Fried Frog Legs with a spicy voodoo sauce.

8:00 p.m. — Midnight Halloween Costume Party at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
$10 cover, with all proceeds going to the Heal With Love Foundation, which provides financial assistance for living kidney donors. Live bands, raffles, auctions, a good time, and a good cause!

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. — Halloween with the Diggity
Figure Eight Brewing, 150 Washington St., Valparaiso, Indiana (219) 477-2000
For five years now, Figure Eight has been doing Halloween and have been apart of some of the most memorable Halloween parties ever! First show back...we wouldn't have it any other way.
This year we are bringing the party to Valparaiso! On October 27th, Figure Eight Brewing, The Diggity, and special guest Peak Mod! will be catering to your every Halloween need! Cash prize costume contests with some of the best costume ideas this side of the graveyard! Craft brew that is to DIE for! and...only five $keleton Bone$ with a costume! 21+. Show starts at 9pm. Facebook Info

Sunday, October 28

12:00 p.m. — Freaky Sunday Funday For the Family: Halloween 2012
Cigars & Stripes Bar & Lounge, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL 708-484-1043
$5 Cover for kids (make em’ pay)---for tent event only
Under Cigars & Stripes' heated BIG TENT in our lot! Bring your kids and dogs! Music from local acts Seppuku Survivor & Electric White. A reprise headliner from Indiana’s Grave Robber! This show will be killer.
Food served for the kids! Bloody Mary’s for adults! Featuring remaining Coney Island beers from our Freaktoberfest tasting!
Get wild n’ wacky, make the kids pay! Its no matter, its gonna happen...kids get candy. Make em’ freak when they see our 13 foot live REAPER!
Bears Game on the BIG SCREEN at noon inside. "Walking Dead" & "Dexter" on at 8pm inside as well.
Including a professional, world renowned, certified tarot card reader & Chicago historian. Continual tarot card reading for tips!

7:00 p.m. Sheffields Sunday Horror Movie Night: Halloween
Sheffield's  Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL
Sheffield's presents Horror Movie Night on Sundays in October. For the second week in a row, we'll be showing the movie Halloween in our beer garden at 7pm and seats are first come, first serve. Halloween themed food specials, pumpkin beer specials, 5 Rabbit Brewery's Vida y Muerte on draft and gourmet popcorn. Brought to you by the Chicago History Museum.

Monday, October 29

7:00 p.m. Revolution/Pipeworks Samhain Beer Feast
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Join Revolution for their Samhain Beer Feast (menu & ticket link) with guest brewery Pipeworks. This five course regale is also offered with a vegetarian option (menu & ticket link) to include the non-carnivore indulgences as well. Tickets are available for $75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity.

10:30 - 11:30 p.m. — Fountainhead's 2nd Annual Great Punk'n Party
Fountainhead Chicago, 1970 W. Montrose, Chicago
Come celebrate our Second Annual Great Punk'n Party with Fountainhead as we devote a night to all things Punk & Pumpkin! We will be playing Punk Rock all night while showing It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, followed by other Halloween classics.

We will be gravity pouring a couple pumpkin beers straight out of large pumpkins, both upstairs & down!
We will also pumpkin carving on our rooftop starting at 4:00pm, This event was a real crowd pleaser last year, so make sure you don't miss it!

Tuesday, October 30

7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. — Beer Nerd Halloween 3.0
Smallbar Logan Square, 2956 N. Albany, Chicago (773) 509-9888
It's that time again ya'll. Beer Nerd Halloween!!!! This year SmallBar is doi'n it the day before, Tuesday the 30th! We've got an incredible line of of beers so far, like....

More beers to come!!
There will be Costumes! There will be Candy! There will be Fun! Parker and Carrieanne will be playing records all night long! As always, no cover!

8:30 - 11:30 p.m. — Stillwater Artisanal Ales Brewer Beers
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago
Join us for a beer with Stillwater Artisanal Ale's own Brian Strumke. We'll have some Stillwater beers on draft, full list to be posted on the Facebook Events Page. Stop in, meet the man and enjoy a pint with one of the best in our nation's exploding craft beer scene.

Wednesday, October 31

Beer Release Wednesday: Institutionalized
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Kind of the perfect day for Revolution to release our Institutionalized barleywine, dontcha think? After all, our favorite slasher movie heroes were put in and escaped from some pretty heinous asylums. Warming with every sip, this American interpretation of the classic English style is the perfect "last drink". Mug clubbers, come on down but check your Michael Myers masks at the door.

5:00 p.m. KWAKtoberfest! at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Help Monk's celebrate KWAKtoberfest! We will be giving away the one of a kind glass, tshirts, and other fun items for those of you drinking KWAK starting at 5pm!

6:00 - 11:00 p.m. All Hallow's Eve Tapping
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago 773-772-2727
Join SmallBar Division as we celebrate All Hallow’s Eve in our way, with some of the season’s best pumpkin beers and one named after a vampire!
Featured drafts:

Thursday, November 1

(I am even posting a few after holiday events to help you recover)

Binny's/WGN Beer School with Grand Teton, Van Steenberge
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
WGN Radio and Binny's wants to send you back to school... BEER SCHOOL that is!
Join John Williams at Binny's Beverage Depot Lincoln Park to sample beers from Grand Teton Brewery, Van Steenberge Brewery and Wittekerke Winter White Ale. Learn about these amazing breweries and the brands they represent as well as delicious food pairings.
Reservations required with a $20 suggested donation to the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation. Call Binny's Lincoln Park at 312-664-4394 to reserve your spot today!

6:30 p.m. — Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Tap House Grill Glen Ellyn
The Tap House Grill, 411 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL
Dogfish Head Beer Dinner proudly presented by Chef Todd Davies & the team at Tap House Grill !
Reception begins at 6:30 with a complimentary 60 Minute IPA.
Cost: $45.00. Advanced reservations required, reserve your seat today by calling 630-858-4369.
Facebook Event Info

For even more tappings and events, check my Google Calendar. Follow me on Twitter, Google+ or my Facebook fan page.

Also, this Wednesday, check out my Musical Cheese radio show. Listen in at 9:00 p.m. on WIIT, 88.9 FM, from the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. If you live more than a mile away from State and 31st, check the live stream at radio.iit.edu.

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