Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 13-15

Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 13-15
If you missed the Berghoff Oktoberfest, there's still more!

Friday, September 13

11:00 am - 9:00 pm ♦ 28th Annual Berghoff Chicago Oktoberfest
John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago
Celebrate Berghoff's Oktoberfest in Chicago, with traditional German musical performances by the Johnny Wagner Band and featured nightly shows with Chicago's favorite bands. Free daily admission.

3:00 pm ♦ Second Annual “F***in’ Catalina Wine Mixer”
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Partial Draft List:

Beers are tapped at 3pm
You can also enter a guitar shred-off: up to 30 seconds to perform the sickest solo possible. The winner — to be determined by audience response — will receive a Shiner Epiphone SG Guitar. Helicopters will be available for the non-musically inclined.
E-Mail 666 (at) LocalOptionBier (dot) com to enter into the guitar shred contest. Guitar shred off begins at 10:30pm

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer & Cheese Smackdown at The Beer Temple
The Craft Beer Temple, 3185 N Elston Ave, Chicago (773) 754-0907
Beer & Cheese Smackdown with Randy Mosher & John Holl
Two beer-and-food writers take their best shot at a perfect pairing and you decide who's fermentable goes best with fromage. Both will be on hand to explain their pairings, sign books, engage in a little friendly trash talk and maybe even help you find a perfect beer pairing for that big dinner over the weekend. At the end, we'll tally your votes and one of these fine authors will win bragging rights until next time and you'll have some great ideas about how to make beer and food work beautifully together.
Randy Mosher is the Chicago-based Author of Tasting Beer, Radical Brewing and the upcoming Mastering Homebrew. He is also a creative consultant to the craft brewing industry and a partner in 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. John Holl is the author of the American Craft Beer Cookbook, editor of All About Beer Magazine, and the host of the Beer Briefing on iHeartRadio.

7:00 pm ♦ Jerry's Andersonville 1st Anniversary Party
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Come celebrate 12 months of being open, 3 months of the patio, and 0 months of having a sign on the front of the building!
Over our anniversary weekend, we'll revisit some of your favorite food specials, and, of course, be tapping the most rare and exciting list of beers in one place you'll find outside of FoBAB.

Friday, September 13 at 7PM:

8:00 - 9:30 pm ♦ Prost to Oktoberfest! at The Wine Goddess
The Wine Goddess, 702 Main St., Evanston, IL
Pilsner, IPA, Porter, Stout: join us as we turn the wine shop into a brew pub and geek out! We’ll be welcoming guest instructor Scott Mickow, a leading expert in all things made from barley and hops and a distributor for Glunz Beer. Scott will taste us through the major beer styles and dish on their best respective food pairings. Gear up for Oktoberfest by immersing yourself in the foamy goodness of brewski. Sign up at Entrance Fee: $50.00

Saturday, September 14

12:00 - 3:30 pm ♦ Taproom Food Truck — Calle Wagon
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave #179, Naperville IL
Chicken tacos slathered in Chipotle sauce? Check. Flatbread Mediterranean Quesadilla with lime infused crema? Check. Chef Jorge Oakes and the Calle Wagon crew bring you farm fresh Mexican/Mediterranean eats to enjoy along side your favorite Solemn Oath beer. This first generation food truck owner and self proclaimed foodie will be sharing his passion with you here at the taproom, so put down your frozen burrito, and get out here to support chef's craft.

12:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Cantillon Zwanze Day 2013
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Once again, West Lakeview will be the only location in the Midwest to offer bottles of this special edition beer, which features a different recipe each year.
From the Cantillon website:

When we started renovation works in the cellars of the brewery two years ago, much to our surprise we came upon the remains of some very old walls. In agreement with the medievalists of the city of Brussels, the works were stopped in order to allow archaeological excavations to take place.

Shortly thereafter we were astonished to find out that Cantillon brewery had in fact been built on the ruins of the very ancient Abbey of Cureghem! According to the medievalists, this religious community was well-known during the middle ages for its fowl fed on draff and, more specifically, for its dish of stuffed Cureghem capon, which was served with a beer brewed at the abbey and apparently drew pilgrims from all over Europe.

Yet it was truly a heavenly surprise when the excavations uncovered the cell of the abbot, Father Faro. In the small room the archaeologists found quite a few old reference books, one of which contained the original recipes for the beers brewed at the abbey several hundred years ago. We didn't hesitate for a second and decided on the spot to recreate one of these mythical beers.

This beer, which will be our Zwanze for 2013, therefore bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). Cureghem was formerly a village established many centuries ago on the banks of the Senne, the river running through present-day Brussels. The area was very heavily industrialised during the 19th century and, among other things, became home to many breweries. Today, it is part of the municipality of Anderlecht.

Since beers commonly referred to as "abbey beers" are not, or not any longer, products of spontaneous fermentation, we decided to brew a top fermentation beer, from a technical point of view in any case. The yeasts were selected in collaboration with Institut Meurice, a post-secondary college in Brussels specialising in biotechnology. Brewed in March 2012, our "Cureghem" beer fermented four weeks in stainless steel tanks before being blended with 10% lambic and pumped into 400-litre barrels of various origins. After maturing for six months, the beers were blended and put into casks or bottles to undergo re-fermentation and reach 7.2% ABV (Alcohol by Volume).

Inevitably, a top fermentation beer brewed in a spontaneous fermentation environment will be affected by the wild yeasts in the air, and this is certainly what happened in our case. For our Cureghem, the cultured yeasts were clearly the main factor behind primary fermentation and I think that the wild yeasts in the beer will instead play an increasingly important role as the product ages. However, despite the addition of the lambic to give it a little "extra something" in terms of character and ageing characteristics, this Zwanze cannot in any case be considered a spontaneous fermentation beer.

The long fermentation period coupled with the presence of wild yeasts lends this beer a solid character with a dry finish that lingers on the palate, while the combined use of fresh and aged hops yields both freshness and bitterness. Moreover, the different malts used give this year's Zwanze a coppery colour along with a touch of caramel and candied fruit that provide body. Clearly, this is not your standard "abbey" beer but, perhaps, it is representative of what these beers were one or two hundred years ago.

Nobody knows if the Abbey of Cureghem ever actually existed, and some people think it's a direct product of the zwanze-imbibed imagination of the team at Cantillon. On the other hand, others are still digging to try and uncover all the secrets of Father Faro.

2:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Bridgepork!
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Join us for our annual BRIDGEPORK event in conjunction of our 3rd anniversary. This end of the summer freak-out festivity will be held both in the bar and the adjacent parking lot. There will be live music (TBA) and a BBQ cookout featuring noted chefs Art Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery, Beverly Kim and John Clark, Won Kim and Drew from Flesh For Food and John Schultz of Mr Spanky’s. Of course, you’ll be able to enjoy our wide selection of craft and draft beers, specialty community and seasonal cocktails and whiskeys and spirits.
3:30-4:00 Mike Bingaman
4:15-4:45 Songs For Gods
5:00-5:30 Axis: Sova
5:45-6:15 Deep Sleep
6:30-end Hunter Husar

6:00 pm ♦ Jerry's Andersonville 1st Anniversary Party
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Come celebrate 12 months of being open, 3 months of the patio, and 0 months of having a sign on the front of the building!
Over our anniversary weekend, we'll revisit some of your favorite food specials, and, of course, be tapping the most rare and exciting list of beers in one place you'll find outside of FoBAB.

Saturday, September 14 at 6PM

Sunday, September 15

Toast Berghoff's 115 years with $1.15 throwback stein
The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams St, Chicago (312) 427-3170
On the 15th of each month, raise a glass to celebrate 115 years of The Berghoff being open for business with a throwback stein of Berghoff beer for $1.15!

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