Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 30-October 3

This week sees the Brooklyn Brewery Mash, a weeklong experience in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer, brought to us by one of our favorite things about Brooklyn, after "Welcome Back Kotter." Check the link in this graf for more events than I had room for here.

The Brooklyn Brewery MASH - Stop Motion Tour of Brooklyn from Transient Pictures on Vimeo.

Monday, September 30

7:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Invasion at The Green Lady
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
Every four months or so (if things are running on schedule) Garrett and the boys emerge from the Brooklyn brewhouse with a brand new beer. We count these one-time only creations under the banner of Brewmaster’s Reserve. BMR’s are here and then gone forever, so we are featuring 2 on draught, along with 3 other draught and 1 bottle to boot! Chris Kolodzieg will be here spinning artists that hail from New York’s favorite borough.
We have a limited number of glasses for you to take home with the purchase of a Brooklyn beer.
Draft List: Cuveé La Boîte, There Will Be Black, Monster Ale, Sorachi Ace, and Black Chocolate Stout. Plus Brooklyn Lager in bottles.

Tuesday, October 1

Oktoberfest Specials at Municipal
The Municipal, 216 W Ohio, Chicago (312) 951-2125
Tuesday - Friday, October 1 - 4
Monday - Friday, October 14 - 18
Celebrate Oktoberfest with menu specials like Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut ($10), Beer and Cheese Soup with a pretzel ($12) and Schnitzel Burger with fries (Breaded pork, dijon mustard, pickled red onion and fried egg; $11). Featured beers will include Central Waters Brewers Reserve Oktoberfest, Boulevard Bob's '47 Oktoberfest, and Southern Tier Pumpkin. The beer selections are available for $6 each or as a flight for $8.

11:00 am ♦ Upland Sours Release Lottery
Online, through Upland Brewing Co., 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, IN
Note: Times below for this event are in Eastern Time!
On October 1, Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of three of its renowned sour ales: Kiwi, Strawberry, and Blackberry fruited Lambic-style ales. Due to labor intensiveness, a long brewing process, and the seasonal availability of local fruit, these ales are released infrequently and in limited quantities. Consequently, lottery requests will be restricted to one bottle per person.
The lottery, at, will open at noon EDT on Tuesday October 1st and close at noon October 8th. Preferred pick-up location must be specified at the time of entry; both the Brew Pub in Bloomington and the Indianapolis Tasting Room are options.
Lottery winners will be notified via email on October 9th and will have the opportunity to purchase the sour ale they selected at their preferred location from October 22nd through November 5th. After the two-week reservation pick-up period, any remaining sour ales will be sold first come first served.

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Urban Legend Tapping
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Local beer-ficianados Urban Legend will be pouring Krispy Karl Imperial Stout for $4 each. Not for the faint-hearted, this biggie comes in at a whopping 13% ABV. Experience the changes in flavor as your glass (and your belly) warms up.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Brewery Mash HQ at Headquarters Beercade
Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, Chicago (773) 665-5660
To get The Brooklyn Brewery Mash on in Chicago we're celebrating one of our favorite American past times, the arcade. Check out our beer programming at Headquarters Beercade each night during Happy Hour:
Tuesday, 10/1
Beer & Cheese: Headquarters Beercade will be pouring specials and rarities all week, but tonight Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson will be there to inspire some funky pairings with a Cheese tasting to delight the senses.
Wednesday, 10/2
Brooklyn Cask Off: Get ready to taste some real ale by the largest producer of cask beer in the U.S., Brooklyn Brewery. We've never done the work to prove if that's true or not but why don't you come by and see how we do it the old English way. Types are TBA.
Thursday, 10/3
Brooklyn Pint Night: It's dangerous to go alone! Take this! While supplies last we're giving out a mixer glass for every hero that orders a Brooklyn beer. I can't play the fanfare music from Legend of Zelda but you can think to yourself, "You got a pint glass! Use it to store all kinds of things!"
Friday, 10/4
Brooklyn Rarities and B-sides: Garrett & the boys are always up to something down in the brewhouse. Oftentimes, they're bottling small batch, not-for-public specialties. From bourbon barrels to Brett, these Brooklyn B-sides always have a tasty twist that makes them hard to forget (not to mention hard to get). Because they number in such small quantity, we don't sell these bottles to the public. Show up on this night, however, and we'll lead you through tastings of some of our favorites. Show up early and thirsty.

5:00 pm ♦ Take Home A Gnome Night!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
We’ll be featuring one of our favorite Belgian breweries, Brasserie d’Achouffe. We will be pouring McChouffe on draft and featuring bottles of La Chouffe. A representative from the brewery will be on hand giving out the latest Gnome related gear to celebrate “Gnome Week 2013”

7:00 pm ♦ Blackhawks Puck Drop Party at Lottie's
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
Lottie's Pub in Bucktown invites Blackhawks fans to celebrate the start of 2013 season with a Puck Drop Party for tonight's game against the Washington Capitals. Enjoy specials including $4 22 ounce Stadium Cups, $5 Fireball shots and $3.50 Deschutes & Ballast Point Sculpin pints. The game will be shown with the sound on.

Wednesday, October 2

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday High Gravity Tapping at Tribes Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Firestone Walker Double DBA 12.00% abv

5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Deth's Tar & Chicago Smoke Tapping
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Wednesday we're releasing Revolution Deth's Tar & Chicago Smoke, a seriously smoky lager that goes great with food, on draft.

5:00 pm ♦ Summit Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Four beers from Summit Brewing Company on tap!
Oktoberfest Marzen ● 6.6% ABV; Saga American IPA ● 6.4% ABV; Unchained Batch 13-Another IPA ● 5.6% ABV; Oatmeal Stout NITRO ● 4.7% ABV

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Nano IPA Night
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
It’s Nano Night at DryHop. Come check out IPAs on tap from our friends at five Chicago nanobreweries. They will also be available in a flight of 5oz pours along with Shark Meets Hipster, our Wheat IPA.
Begyle Don’t Bring Me Down Zeus – Double IPA (8.6%)
Flesk Front Toward Enemy – IPA (7.0%)
Lake Effect Falcon Dive IPA (7.0%)
Spiteful In The Weeds – Wheat IPA (7.1%)
Une Année Maya – Belgian IPA (7.7%)

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Brewery Mash - Local 2 Ways Dinner
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Tickets $50 + gratuity, via Brown Paper Tickets.
Brooklyn Brewery's House Chef Andrew Gerson is teaming up Chef Justin White from SmallBar Division to bring you Local 2 Ways, a multi-course dinner that brings together two different culinary minds for one memorable meal. This is not just a dine and ditch, however. A dollar of every ticket sold will go to benefit Slow Food Chicago.
The chefs are currently hashing out the menu but check back soon for the score. If you trust us completely then get your reservation via our website open table access. Groups of 5 or more must call 773-772-2727 to reserve a table.
BEER LIST: Silver Anniversary Lager, Sorachi Ace Saison, Local 1, Local 2 and Black Chocolate Stout.

Thursday, October 3

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Eat, Drink & Learn with the Brooklyn House Chef
Whole Foods Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 587-0648
Join House Chef Andrew Gerson for a delicious demo and class in flavor as part of Brooklyn brewery Mash in Chicago. Food and beer pairings will be served along with our favorite local fare.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition
Public House, 400 N State St Chicago, IL (312) 265-1240
Sam Adams and Public House will be timing how long contenders can hold a one-liter stein filled with beer. Both the male and female with the best time will win a trip to Oktoberfest 2014 in Germany!

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Bridetoberfest
Dank Haus German-American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 561-9181
Chicago Green Wedding Alliance, in coordination with the Chicago chapter of Barley's Angels, announce Bridetoberfest, a beer tasting for brides, grooms, couples of any description and their friends, combined with a casual wedding event featuring eco-friendly wedding vendors
and tips for creating a more mindful event.
This event has been created to encourage couples to support local breweries at their wedding and events. Attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass at the beginning of the event & five tasting tickets-choose 5 beers to taste from the featured breweries. Taste beers from Goose Island,
Revolution, Tighthead, Two Brothers, Metropolitan and more! Snack on some pub chips, popcorn and cheese straws or purchase pints of beer and delicious, beer-worthy food like brats, pulled pork, pretzel bites & sausages by FIG Catering, Goose Island, Pure Kitchen, Katherine Anne
, Luscious Layers & more!
Beyond the beer (as if you needed more!), there will be a casual planning lounge set up where couples can meet, greet, and 'prost!' with Chicago Green Wedding Alliance members and consider other aspects of their wedding. Throughout the space, there will be tables filled with information and inspiration on how to build a green wedding. In addition, there will be live music by Stephanie Rogers and her band! There will also be a raffle drawing every hour on the hour with great prizes. The event is cash only.
For more information, visit or check out the Facebook page.
ADMISSION: $15 per person through Brown Paper Tickets. Includes commemorative CGWA tasting glass and 5 samples of local craft brews including seasonal Oktoberfest offerings. Additional beer and food will be available for purchase.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ 5th Annual Taste of Inspiration at Blackfinn Ameripub
Blackfinn Ameripub, 65 W. Kinzie St., Chicago (312) 836-0290
Inspiration Corporation invites Chicagoans to support the fight against homelessness and poverty during the 5th Annual Taste of Inspiration at Chicago’s newest classic American pub, Blackfinn River North. During this three-hour gathering, enjoy unlimited pours of New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire and Seasonal Pumpkin Ale, complemented by tastings of BlackFinn’s savory appetizers. There will also be a raffle with exciting prizes and every guest gets a goodie bag! Tickets for the event cost $50 per person, and raffle tickets are available for $5 or 5 for $20. Information and tickets at this link.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ BYOB Comedy Show
Uncharted Books, 2620 N Milwaukee Ave
If you enjoy hilarious entertainment from diverse, literate performers, check out Congrats on Your Success - a free, BYOB comedy show at Uncharted Books in Logan Square every 1st Thursday of the month. Join us for the 12th round of Congrats on Your Success! on Thursday, October 3.
Free admission, BYOB, plus Free Beer courtesy of Powell Brew House.
This is not a 21+ event because it's a bookstore, but don't bring children or be a child because everyone will hate you.
CoYS producer Sonia Denis (co-host of Cole's open mic)
Kevin Brody (Action Comedy)
Monique Moreau (Toronto Just For Laughs Festival)
Alex Stone (Rooftop Comedy)
and our headliner Mike Lebovitz (Comedians You Should Know)
Hosted by CoYS producer Odinaka OD Ezeokoli
(Donations encouraged! Goes to performers!)!

7:00 pm ♦ Burger Bar Haymarket Beer Dinner: 6 courses, 5 beers
Burger Bar Chicago, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago (312) 255-0055
"Ockto'beer'fest" Beer Dinner with out friends at Haymarket Pub and Brewing. Call for reservations or just get in here, have a brew, and sign up in person. Here's the menu.

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