Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 27-29

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 27-29

Friday, September 27

Double Daisy Cutter and Lager Town Release at Half Acre
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
We're rolling out two bottled beers. Grab your hoodie, buckle up and get the details below.
DOUBLE DAISY CUTTER: 8% ABV riddled with four succulent hop varieties & four stiff barley varieties. We ring these materials out, start a yeast fight, detonate additional hops into the skirmish, squelch the heat, ice it down, push the gas in and pack it all into canisters of convenience.
LAGER TOWN: 5% abv Take a trip to Octoberfest and hang out in Lager Town. A rich, malty Octoberfest experience awaits you. This marks Lager Town's maiden voyage into bottles in an attempt to capture its sturdy amber frame. Prost!

Double Daisy Cutter Release Details
$9.99 per 22 oz. bomber bottle (limit 4)
64 oz. growler: $20 *
32 oz. growler: $11 *
13 oz. draft: $5
*Limited to 64 ounces of growler beer total per person.

Lager Town Release Details
$6.99 per 22 oz. bomber bottle
Draft and growler will be released in the near future.

7:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Brewpubs' Oktoberfest
Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657 United States
Join us for our annual Oktoberfest celebration at Goose Island Wrigleyville-- beer, pretzels, brats and live music from the Polkaholics and Bolzen Beer Band!
This year we've gathered a few craft beer friends to help us celebrate the turn of the season. Enjoy four hours of both traditional Oktoberfest and innovative beer samples from these Chicago craft breweries:

Plus, each ticket includes food tickets for these favorite German eats: Bavarian pretzels, brats and schnitzel! Tickets are $45 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets.

Saturday, September 28

National Drink Beer Day at Bridge Bar
Bridge Bar, 315 N. LaSalle St., Chicago (312) 822-0100
Bridge Bar is offering cheers-worthy drink specials in honor of “National Drink Beer Day” on Saturday, September 28. All day long, Bridge Bar is featuring $3 drafts, including Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Victory Prima Pils, Founders Dirty Bastard and Lagunitas IPA, and $1 macro cans, such as Schlitz, PBR and Olde Frothingslosh.
Get in the spirit! The beer can be accompanied with Bridge Bar grub like Beer Batter Onion Rings and Beer Mussels—made with the same macro cans already being enjoyed.

2:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ SOLIDARITY :: CASK (Completely Awesome Special Kegs)
Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N Rockwell St.,  Chicago (773) 509-1871
CASK will feature rare specialty beers and custom built casks from some of the best breweries available in Chicago. Each cask is being custom developed by Solidarity and the participating breweries, so you will not find these beers available anywhere else. Rockwell's will also have a special food menu included to complete the experience.
This will be a small and intimate event where craft beer drinkers and beer geeks alike can experience some unique beer offerings. Brewery reps will be in attendance to talk beer and share a glass or two. Live music will be provided by a collection of musicians from Delmark Records.
Your $45 ticket will include food, sampling of the specialty taps and casks, and live music.
In order to accommodate as many people as possible, times have been broken up into 2 sessions. TICKETS LIMITED TO 125 EACH SESSION.
Session 1 :: 2-5 PM
Session 2 :: 6-9 PM

Solemn Oath, CASK: Hexafoos Farmhouse Ale w/Rosemary & Mint, DRAFT: Man vs. Internet - Belgo-American Double Red Ale
Half Acre, CASK: Over Ale w/Coffee & Vanilla Bean, DRAFT: TBD
Stone Brewing, CASK: Arrogant Bastard Ale w/Toasted Coconut & Cocoa Nibs, DRAFT: TBD
New Belgium, CASK: TBD, DRAFT: Lips of Faith: La Folie
Oskar Blues, CASK: Dale's Pale Ale w/Thyme & Lavender, DRAFT: The Deuce Hopped Up Brown Ale
Ballast Point, CASK: TBD, DRAFT: TBD
Greenbush Brewing, CASK: TBD, DRAFT: TBD

More breweries will be added as we build through the casks.
**Beer list is subject to slight change as casks are built and kegs become available.

3:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ The Elbo Room 24th Anniversary Party
The Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 549-5549
Elbo Room will be throwing a 24th anniversary party. All proceeds will help keep The Elbo Room rocking as a music venue for many years to come.
The following breweries will be participating in our local tap takeover for our anniversary party:
Ale Syndicate, Atlas Brewing Company, Begyle Brewing, SlapShot Brewing Co.

Bombay Wraps - food truck for the 3-5:30pm, La Adelita Truck- food truck 9:30pm - midnight.

BANDS: ($10 to see all bands, Tickets here)
MAIN VENUE: The Studs, Private Instigators, 26 Star Project
LOUNGE: Letters to Lillian, Crimson & Coal, Malynda Hale

Circuitry and Boy Alberto DJ SET (FREE) (12am - 3AM)

4:00 pm ♦ Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 773.252.7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. 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.
Today's topic: Oktoberfest beers. Tickets are $25 per person at the Map Room, cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all 45 tickets have been sold.

4:00 pm ♦ National Drink Beer Day at HQ Beercade
Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, Chicago (773) 665-5660
In celebration of Drink Beer Day today (yes, this is real), Headquarters is hosting the local launch of Tallgrass Brewing’s Zombie Monkie. The brew is billed as a “post-apocalyptic porter,” so we’re commemorating the event with zombie makeup and a LOT of beer. Zombie Monkie is brewed with a chocolatey combination of roasted and kilned malts. This gives the beer a full body with lots of chocolate and espresso-like flavors. Bravo, Willamette, and Nugget hops add hints of floral and citrus to finish off this complex porter. The festivities start at 4 p.m., but we recommend getting there before the undead rise up and steal your free drink.
This week Headquarters Beercade is launching a very special giveaway in honor of 365 days of HQ, a.k.a. our first birthday. To celebrate, we’re giving back to the fans, by choosing one lucky winner on October 11th to take home the game of their choice from the Beercade or Pincade. With over $100,000 worth of games on the floor – the options are nearly endless. Head on over to the Headquarters Facebook page for all the details and get ready to #GameOn.

4:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Lisle Ale Fest
Downtown Lisle on the corner of Main & Burlington, Lisle, IL
The Lisle Ale Fest will be Lisle’s first craft beer festival. The fest will be a trifecta of American craft beer, BBQ, and blues music. It will feature over 80 unique beers from craft breweries around the country and one of the largest selection of Oktoberfest beers in the area. The Lisle Ale Fest is a Lou Dog Events Production
Brewer list: Abita, Allagash, Argus Brewery, Bäderbrau, Blue Moon, Boulevard, Chicago Beer, Crispin Cider, Dark Horse, Dogfish Head, Finch, Firestone Walker, Flesk, Four Horsemen, Green Flash, Lagunitas, Lake Effect, Lakefront, Left Hand, Leinenkugel, Mendocino, Metropolitan, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Revolution, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, SixPoint, Solemn Oath, Southern Tier, Stone, Two Brothers, Tyranena, Vander Mill Hard Ciders
Tickets start at $45, available here. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Trees on Tap
Lake Bluff Golf Course Tent, 355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff, IL (847) 234-6771
treesontap logoTrees on Tap is a benefit to assist in the re-forestation after the damage that the Emerald Ash Borer cause to Lake Bluff. The Lake Bluff community lost nearly 700 trees, and this event is raising funds to replace them with disease resistant trees. The cost of the ticket will provide for two craft beer/wine tickets, a bratwurst buffet, and music by Milwaukee’s Mike Schneider Polka Band! For tickets either fill out this invitation and submit the completed form to the Lake Bluff Garden Club.

Sunday, September 29

11:00 am ♦ Breweries Against MS Fundraiser
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead teams up with some of our favorite breweries to raise money for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. It is gonna be a day and night full of great beer, great music, great food and great people while we raise money for a great cause. There will be a silent auction, a raffle or two, and some other great ways to donate to the cause.
We'll have two firkins tapped at 12 noon on the roof followed by two more tapped at 3 downstairs. Firkins to be named so check in now and again to look for updates!
Breweries involved:
3 Floyds, Aleman, Ballast Point, Begyle, Greenbush, Half Acre, Lagunitas, Lake Effect, Left Hand, Metropolitan, Perennial Artisan Ales, Revolution, SixPoint, Solemn Oath, Stone.
The event will also feature some of Chef Cleetus Friedman's beer collaborations with Midwest breweries!

1:00 pm ♦ Virtue Ciders Cider School and Apple Pie Bake-Off
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
Is your Apple Pie as good as Grandma used to make? Then you should enter our Apple Pie bake-off competition.
If you’re entering, please be at Sheffield’s with your pie by 1pm.
Judging starts at 2pm, winners will be announced at 4pm.
Guest Judges: Greg Hall of Virtue Cider; Rocky Albazi, owner of Sheffield’s; Shelly Young from The Chopping Block; Courtney Baldy, Pastry Chef of Revolution Brewing; & VJ Muscia, Executive Chef of Sheffield’s.
1st Prize- Tour of Virtue Farms & Gift Cert for dinner at Salt of the Earth in Fennville.
2nd Prize- Basket of Baking Tools from The Chopping Block
3rd Prize- Virtue Cider Swag
Cider School starts at 4:30pm, come and check out all the different varieties offered by Virtue Coder and learn about old world cider making.
Flights of the 4 different ciders will be available for purchase.
Please email if you’re interested in baking a pie for the Bake-Off

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Peace Care Fundraiser at Revolution
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Join Peace Care and local Chicago health professionals in the Brewers' Lounge to raise funds for an upcoming site visit to the Dominican Republic to help bring health care to impoverished areas. The mission of Peace Care is to cultivate grass roots global health solutions by creating enduring links between communities of need and entities of resource. Suggested donation for tickets is $35.

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