Craft Beer Events and Bears Specials, September 6-8

Craft Beer Events and Bears Specials, September 6-8
Will we see these Bears helmets on the Art Institute lions come next January?

Check a little further down, and you'll see a listing of bar specials for Bears games! Of course any of our usual locals will be having the Bears on, but these are the ones with the extra attraction of craft beer specials.

Friday, Sept. 6

SCBF Pre-Party with Stone Brewing
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
Join us on the night before Screw City Beer Festival as we tap some very special Stone kegs, hang out with Aaron T. from Stone Brewing Co, and prepare ourselves for the next day's beer extravaganza.
We're also raffling off a pair of VIP tickets to the SCBF -- $5 per entry or Five / $20. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Pints for Prostates. Winner must be present at 9pm for the drawing.
Scheduled to Appear (tapping at 11am):

  • Stone Enjoy By 9.13.13 Double IPA
  • Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung German style Double IPA
  • Stone Smoked Porter
  • Stone R&R Coconut IPA (Randallized w/ fresh mango & coconut)
  • Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout

4:30 - 6:30 pm ♦ Revolution Oktoberfest Sampling at Cactus Bar & Grill
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago
Morgan Marshall, representative from Revolution Brewing, will be in house to sample out one of his favorite seasonal beers and to chat about what it is like to be at the forefront of Chicago’s craft beer scene.

Saturday, Sept. 7

9:00 am - 5:00 pm ♦ Rt. 66 Car Show
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Beer and Bloody Marys in the lot. See cars from all over! Live music from The Butterfields, Jet Black Comedy, & Hillbilly Idle!

11:30 am ♦ Flossmoor Fest
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
We will be out front on Sterling Avenue during Flossmoor Fest, serving up burgers and beer! We would LOVE to see you so stop by and say 'hi'.

1:00  - 5:30 pm ♦ Rockford's 3rd Annual Screw City Beer Fest (SOLD OUT)
Intersection of State & Main Sts., Downtown Rockford, IL
Screw City Beer Festival is completely sold out (Thank you!!) Tickets will not be available at the gate on Saturday.
If you are looking for tickets, keep your eyes on our Facebook page as people may come forward with tickets they ultimately cannot use. Not guaranteed, but always a chance. View the list of participating breweries on our website.

5:00 pm ♦ The Beer Bistro's 8th Anniversary Party & Slapshot Brewing Launch
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
Come celebrate the 8th Anniversary of the Beer Bistro with the launch of Chicago's newest brewery, Slapshot Brewing! And other great surprises.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Back to School Block Party
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179

Update: Remember that block party we told you about? Well due to a schedule conflict the block party has been transformed into a standard awesome party inside the taproom. There is still going to be awesome live music by the Luxmen as well as TWO specialty beer releases! We cracked open one of our Whiskey barrel aged beers, the Weeeee-Bit Heavier Scotch Ale, as well as the glorious return of the Co-Champ of Chicago Pale Ales, the Gamma Ray! So come by this Saturday for live music and once in a lifetime beers 6-8PM!

Summer is almost over. School is back in session, the weather is cooler, the world is in transition. However, every transition in life should be treated the same, by throwing a huge block party with live music and amazing craft beer! There is simply no other way.
We are hosting a block party featuring live tunes from The Luxmen and celebrating the re-release of our Gamma Ray, which tied Chicago Magazine's survey for Best Pale Ale in Chicago! Mark your calendars and keep an eye peeled on our social media sites for other possible specialty beer releases!

Sunday, Sept. 8

12:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Kegs for Kids Fundraiser at Hopleaf
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Our 4th annual Craft Beer Tasting Party—for adults, of course— will again be held here at Hopleaf the first Sunday afternoon in September. Tickets are available in advance for $40 at this link. Purchase of tickets immediately gets you registered for the silent auction. ALL proceeds go to benefit quality public school education at Helen C. Peirce Elementary School on Bryn Mawr in Edgewater!
Beer Lineup:
5 Rabbit 5 VultureAbita Rye Honey AleAffligem NoelAllagash Bourbon Black AleAnchor Brekles Brown AleAvery Immitis & IPABell's Hop SolutionBosteels Tripel KarmelietBrooklyn Lager & Reserve ConcoctionHalve Mann Brugse ZotCentral Waters Satin Solstice Imperial StoutEmmett's SaisonFinch Cut ThroatFounders Harvest Ale & Red's RyeGoose Island Gillian, Matilda, Scarlett & Vanilla Bourbon County StoutGreat Divide Old Ruffian BarleywineGreat Lakes Market Wheat & NosferatuGreen Flash Hop Head RedHalf Acre TBA ◊ Haymarket Mathias Imperial IPA & Speakerwagon PilsJulian Hard Cider ◊ Lagunitas MaximusMalheur 10Metropolitan Crankshaft & IronworksNectar Red AleNew Belgium Abbey Grand Cru & Super CruNorth Coast Brother Thelonious & Le MerleOmmegang Belgian Pale Ale & HennepinPort/Lost Abbey Older Viscosity AleRevolution PorterShmaltz Mermaid PilsSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine & Tumbler Brown AleSouthern Tier MokahStone Arrogant Bastard & Imperial Russian StoutSummit 25th Anniversary AleThree Floyds TBA ◊ Timmermans FramboiseTwo Brothers French Country Ale, Heavy Handed IPA & Prairie PathUinta Punk'inUnibroue RaftmanVanberg and DeWulf Hop RuiterVictory Moonglow Weizenback
From bottles: Leelanau Good Harbor Golden, Hoppy Brewing Co. Stoney Face Red Ale, Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

12:00 pm ♦ Belgian Fest 2013 (SOLD OUT!)
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Our annual Belgian Fest will have Chicagoland breweries and their brewers on hand, pouring their handcrafted Belgian style ales. I managed to get a post on the Beeronaut Facebook page when they went on sale August 7, hope someone was able to make use of it.

2:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ 9 Year Anniversary Midwestern Shrimp Boil
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago
Join us as we celebrate 9 (nine!) great years here on West Division street with a shrimp boil, picnic, live music, Virtue Ciders and some of the year’s great beers.
$25 will get you a flight of Virtue Ciders featuring Ledbury, Red Streak and Cidre Nava + all-you-can-eat at Chef’s shrimp boil picnic spread.
The picnic spread will be ready to eat around 3pm and the “Sanctified Grumblers” will be providing some old time sounds 5:30-7pm and
Featured drafts on the day:
Virtue Red Streak, Cidre de Nava & Ledbury; Half Acre Gossamer Nitro & Daisy Cutter with Mosaic Cask; Three Floyds Tiberian Inquisitor & Zombie Dust.

Bears Season Specials

Emmett's Game Day
Emmett's Brewing Co., three locations
All three Emmett's locations will feature half-price pitchers all through game day.
Emmett's Brewing Co. West Dundee, 128 W. Main St., West Dundee, IL (847) 428-4500
Emmett's Brewing Co., 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
Additionally, Emmett's Downers Grove will half half-price burgers during Bears games.

Gameday Specials at Mickey Finn's
Mickey Finn's Brewery, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 847-362-6688
$12 Wheat Pitchers, $5 Bloody Mickey, $3 Mimosas, 50 cent Wings, $2 Chili Mac, $1.95 pulled pork sliders

Bears Gameday Specials at Two Brothers Roundhouse
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, Illinois 60505
$4 pints of Prairie Path and Domaine DuPage plus a bags tourney after the game, rain or shine. Go Bears.

Chicago Bears specials at Warren's Ale House
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
Join us for $15 Two Brothers canned beer buckets (Sidekick & Outlaw), Absolut premium bloody Mary bar, game day food menu (sloppy Joe's, nachos, corn dogs etc.), tons of TV's with sound, and a massive projector screen to catch all the action. Bears Bingo for every game. Free to play, awesome prizes!!! Give us a call for reservations!

11:00 am ♦ Bears Football on the Roof at Fountainhead
Fountainhead, 1970 Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Bears Football is upon us! We will be showing all Bears games on the Roof Deck with sound. When it gets chilly we have heaters and blankets for ya.
We also have incredible beers, whiskey, two different but equally fantastic bloody marys, cocktails and Chef Cleetus has promised Kafcas some incredible food specials for this Football season!
$1 off all Chicago draft beers on Bears Gameday.

12:00 pm ♦ Chicago Bears on the Big Screen
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
$.75 OFF all Taps on Sundays for the GAMES on the Big Screen. GO BEARS!!!!! Chili is ON!

12:00 pm ♦ Bears Opening Day specials: Belmont Pourhouse
Belmont Pourhouse Lakeview, 1113 W Belmont Ave., Chicago
We have half price apps, $3 dollar craft beer keg busters, $5 22oz stadium cups of Bud light, $25 dollar brunch package, $3 fireball shots and $4 dollar Jameson. (A new addition to my watch list. They answered my appeal for Bears specials, and I see they have a well-stocked draft list including (at last reading, DFH 90-Minute alongside the Summer Shandy. At least they aren't advertising the "bucket of Buds" I warned against).

Preview of Next week:

Monday, Sept. 9

Founders Night with KBS at Scofflaw
Scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 773-252-9700
We’ll be featuring a whole slew of phenomenal Founders drafts: Pale Ale, Breakfast Stout,  Curmudgeon Old Ale, Backwoods Bastard and Devil Dancer

We’ve also got a few truly rare and spectacular bottles for your Founder’s drinking pleasure: Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Doom, and Bolt Cutter

6:30 pm ♦ Lindemans Ice Cream Social
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Enjoy a special end-of-summer Ice Cream Social with Lindemans Belgian fruit lambics and local artisanal ice cream producer Ruth and Phils. Ice cream samples will be paired with different Lindemans lambics. Ruth and Phil will be there to create a special ice cream made with one of the Lindemans flavors.

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