Pre-Halloween Calendar Highlights

Yes, I've returned briefly to my calendar columns by popular demand. My stats show me people are looking up Halloween craft-beer related events, and find only last year's list. So before I dive back in to hunting for a job and my class work, here is the first of two columns for this beeriest of holiday seasons!

Monday, October 22

St. Feuillien & Green Flash - Friendship Night at Fountainhead
Fountainhead Chicago, 1970 W. Montrose, Chicago, IL
Join Fountainhead and their very special guest... St. Feuillien owner Dominque Friart, for a night celebrating the Friendship of these two great breweries!
We will be pouring both Collaboration Beers:
Bière DeL'Amitié - ABV 9.5% A Blond Belgian Strong Ale, brewed at St. Feuillienin Le Roeulx, Belgium using St. Feuillien’s traditional yeast & secret spices. For a Green Flash-style modern twist, rye and wheat malts were added to the mash and American Amarillo hops used in a late boiling kettle addition. Then the beer was dry-hopped with more Amarillo for even more hop flavor, aroma and zest.
Friendship Brew - ABV 5.7% A Black Saison brewed at Green Flash in San Diego, with a blend of European Styrian Golding and American Cascade hops and features subtle spices enhanced by fruity esters and a roasted malt base akin to oatmeal stout. As is customary with all Saison Ales crafted by St. Feuillien, the spices used for the Green Flash collaboration ale are kept a closely guarded secret.
In honor of this we will be serving a special pairing menu for these amazing collaboration beers, as well as others from Green Flash & St. Feuillien.

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. – Ticket sales open for the Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago, IL
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, IL, is our regular guide. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Don't miss a great opportunity to enjoy fine beer, good company and expert tutelage. Tickets go on sale today for the next class, to be held October 27, 6 p.m. Topic: Old World/New World Beers. Limit, 45 people. Price, $25 per person. Hosted by Greg Browne. Call 773.252.7636 for more information. Mark your calendars: the following class will be on November 24. Ticket Purchase Policy: Tickets go on sale on the Monday evening before beer school, starting at 7 p.m. — no earlier. As always, it's 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. Sorry, no exceptions.

Tuesday, October 23

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. – Local 737 Beer Drinkers' Union Meeting
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
This month is all about beer and food. Food and beer. Flavor, complexity, creativity. Chef Chris McCoy and I got together to create the perfect food beer and the perfect beer food! Tapping on 10/23 is our Saison inspired by the flavors of Thailand. We spent a lot of time discussing ingredients, sourcing ingredients, juicing fruit, chopping herbs, creating. The result is a Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with lemongrass, Thai basil, green coriander, kumquats, blood oranges and true Chef inspiration. Join us for the tapping and some homemade Banh Mis and hang out with Chef and me while we talk food, sip beer and get inspired for our next creation. Beer and food, food and beer, life is good!-Boss We'll be pouring samples of Chef's Saison to our card carrying union members. If you haven't already picked up your card, please let us know if you'll be joining us so we can have your card ready for you when you arrive. All Day Long is also Duvel Glassware Day. Enhance your glassware collection with some hand-painted gems from Duvel.

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. – St. Feuillien Brewer Meet & Greet
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Hopleaf offers a Meet & Greet with Dominique Friart owner of the St. Feuillien Brewery in Hopleaf's upstairs bar. Sample her new collaboration with Green Flash Brewing, Biere de L’Amitié, and other St. Feuillien beers. (Free) A special pre- fixe pairing menu will be available all night throughout the bar.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. – Two Brothers Beer Dinner
Heaven On Seven On Rush, 600 N. Michigan Avenue 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Reservations: (630) 717-0777 Join Heaven on Seven as we present a Beer Dinner featuring one of our favorite local breweries, Two Brothers of Warrenville, IL. Two Brothers BrewingCompany was founded by Jim and Jason Ebel in late 1996. The business was envisioned by the brothers based on their entry into entrepreneurship with The Brewer’s Coop, a retail store catering to home beer and wine making. In 1993 The Brewer’s Coop opened its doors in Naperville, IL selling retail ingredients and equipment for the homebrewing community. The more they were surrounded by brewing, the more passionate they became about opening their own microbrewery. In early 1996 they decided to take the plunge and start writing a business plan. Several months later their dream became reality. Two Brothers Brewing Company is still 100% family owned.
The cost of the dinner is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. For those that would like to attend but not participate in the beer dinner we will be offering our Jimmy Feed Me! tasting menu at $35 plus tax and gratuity. Sorry, the regular menu will not be available. When making reservations, please indicate which menu you and your guests prefer. We expect this event to sell out quickly, so see the menu and make your reservations now at this link.

9:00 p.m. — Movie Night on the Big Screen presented by Video Store Jesus
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Hosted by "Video Store Jesus". He Saved These for Last:
The Cabin in the Woods (2011) and Madman (1982)

Wednesday, October 24

Double Beer Release Wednesday: Fistmas and Weegene
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL  773-227-BREW
Today, Revolution is releasing two beers; Fistmas and Weegene! Now, we know it's a tad early for carols and tidings, but we promise you that you don't want to miss out on this ale's beautiful, deep red hue with flavors and aromas of fresh baked bread, caramel, and dark stone fruits. As for the Weegene, it's a "not so small" beer that is brewed using the 2nd runnings of wort after collecting the super concentrated liquid to brew the Hugene. Supremely drinkable, this brew is more like a true London-style porter, which was so dearly loved and and consumed for sustenance by all the men working hard in the London ports. You know the drill, mug clubbers!

4:00 p.m. — The Garage - KEGS FOR CLEAVAGE!
The Garage Bar & Sandwiches 6154 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Join us as we raise money for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Donate $20 for unlimited craft beer – Featuring Dogfish Head Burton Baton, Great Lakes Elliot Ness, Grand Teton Lost Continent, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Plus themed food specials and tasteful cake pops.
100% of your donation will be contributed to Susan G. Komen – For The Cure Come out and
support this great cause and Save "Second Base!"

4:00 p.m. – Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Fresh Hop and Harvest Ales

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. – New Belgium Beer Tasting
Aurelio’s Aur Bar, 1975 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville, IL (630) 922-3600
Join Chris Tanner from New Belgium at Aurelio’s Aur Bar, to taste some of New Belgium’s favorites; Red Hoptober, Ranger IPA, Shift, etc.

5:00 p.m. – Saugatuck Brewing Company Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Featuring three beers on draught from Saugatuck Brewing Company! Beers to be tapped at 5:00 p.m.: The Reverent Monk-Belgian-Style Tripel, Bonfire Brown Ale-American Brown Ale, Singapore IPA-American IPA (and maybe a few surprises!)

6:30 p.m. – Beer Academy - Wood-Barrel Aged Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL
Cost: $20 per person Join Goose Island 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. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.

7:00 p.m. – Sheffield's Sunday Horror Movie Night: Silence of the Lambs
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
Sheffield's present Horror Movie Night on Sundays in October. Oct 21st enjoy Silence of the Lambs. 5 Rabbit Brewery will be releasing their special, limited release fall beer, Vida y Muerte, in mid-October and we'll be tapping it at Sheffield's right before the movie starts (Vida y Muerte translates into Life and Death and it's brewed in honor of Mexican Day of the Dead). The co-owner and co-founder of 5 Rabbit Brewery will be here to talk about the beer.
Seats for the movie screening are first come, first serve so show up early! Fun Halloween themed food specials along with pumpkin beer specials and gourmet popcorn! Brought to you by the Chicago History Museum.

8:00 p.m. – Founders Tap Takeover at Simone's Bar
Simone's Bar, 960 W 18th Chicago, IL 60626
Join us at Simone's for draft beers from Founders! Draft list includes but not limited to: Founders Cerise Devil Dancer Double Trouble Harvest Ale Curmudgeon and Kentucky Breakfast Stout!

Thursday, October 25

Sheffield's 27th Annual Pumpkin Carving
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL
Sheffield's provides the pumpkins and the carving tools, you provide the imagination! Your pumpkin will be displayed at Sheffield's through Halloween for all to see. Come early to grab your seat and carving spot and enjoy a pumpkin beer and hot mulled cider on special. We will also be raffling off a New Belgium bike on pumpkin carving night around 10:00 p.m.ish - each New Belgium pint consumed throughout the month of October gets you a chance to win! Must be present to win.

4:00 p.m. – Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 West 171st Street Tinley Park, IL
TAPPING - Nogne-O Citra IPA

5:00 p.m. – Half Acre Tap Takeover at Village Tap
Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe Chicago, IL
Join The Village Tap for a special presentation of beers from Half Acre, including:

  • Akari Shogun
  • Alpenglow
  • Ouija Pilz
  • SheWolf
  • Vallejo (new iPA)
  • Surprise brewery only barrel
  • Daisy Cutter
  • Gossamer

Representatives from the brewery will be on hand to meet and greet and for some select sampling. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.!

5:00 p.m. – The Green Lady: It's the Great Pumpkin, Chi Town
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60657
The Green Lady Presents: It's the Great Pumpkin Chi Town. Join us, Linus, Chuck, The Red Baron, and the whole gang in welcoming The Great Pumpkin. We will have at least 6 different pumpkin ales on the wall - full list to follow, but The Pumking will be in attendance!

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. – Hoppin' Hallovine Party
Whole Foods Schaumburg, 750 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg, Illinois
Large, Back Cafe, $10/Person Eat, drink and be SCARY at our Hoppin' Hallovine Party! Earn your grown up tricks and treats from some of our favorite beer and wine vendors. Celebrate the Halloween season with drinks, food, music and more! Extra drink tickets to those who wear a costume! Phone: 847.585.5800

6:00 p.m. – Cigars & Stripes Freaktoberfest
Cigars & Stripes Bar & Lounge, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL
$8 Cover, $30 full slab/ $17 half slab Cover w/ beer tasting. Cigars & Stripes' fourth annual Freaktoberfest beer tasting event takes place under a heated BIG TENT in our lot. Sample over 15 beers from Coney Island, 3 Floyds, Revolution and more! Plenty of entertainment! Your host for the evening is Happy the Human Pincushion. Music from the Polkaholics, Iron Balls McArthur, Sophie Asphyxia, surprise guests and more! Continual tarot card reading for tips! (708) 785-2212

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. – Oskar Blues Beer Dinner
Bauers Brau Haus, 45 W. Slade Street, Palatine, IL 60067
Bauer's Brau Haus presents a Beer Dinner featuring Oskar Blues beers. For information, phone: 847-991-1040 or Email

7:00 p.m. – Goose Island Beer Dinner at Francesca's Fiore
Francesca Fiore, 7407 Madison, Forest Park, IL 708-771-3063
Cost: $49.99.
1st Course: Smoked Salmon Carpaccio w/candied walnuts and fresh pear Beer: Sofie
2nd Course Handmade Cheese Ravioli Arugula Pesto Fresh Tomato & imported Parmigianino Beer: Green Line
3rd Course Baked Butternut Squash W/Sweet Italian Sausage, Onion Garlic & Parsley Beer: Matilda
4th Course Grilled Veal Skirt Steak Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Balsamic Reduction Beer: Pere Jacque
5th Course Nutella Panini Beer: Nut Brown Ale

8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. – Annual Halloween Costume Party at St. Andrew's Inn
St. Andrews Inn, 5938 N Broadway Chicago, IL
St. Andrews Inn's will be playing Team Trivia along with our Annual Costume Party and Contest. Featuring Abita Brewery's Jockamo IPA, Purple Haze, TurboDog, Restoration and Pumpkin Ale. Food Specials: Fried Frog Legs and Blackened Chicken Wings. Come to Party – Dress to Win. Prizes include: $100 Beer Basket for 1st place winner. By popular demand, we will have another Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 27 minus the Team Trivia.
Contact: 773-784-5540

8:30 p.m. – Brew N View: 20th Anniversary Showing of Wayne's World
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
Can't miss the inaugural Brew n View at Two Brothers Roundhouse. SHWING! Is there a better movie to show in Aurora than Wayne's World? Prizes awarded for best Wayne and Garth costumes! **Opening Band, "The Shi*ty Beatles" has been canceled due to how badly they suck. And no, it's not just a clever name!

These are just the highlights! 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


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