Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 14-17

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 14-17
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Well, this is a rarity. Nothing scheduled for Monday. I used to have problems like this, but that was when I first started this calendar schedule thingie and the craft beer scene in Chicago wasn't at the level it is now.

Tuesday, October 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!

4:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Fall Beer Spectacular at Standard Market
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Fall beer fans, you won’t want to miss this! Standard Market’s taps will be pouring six of the best seasonal and pumpkin beers the craft beer world has to offer for just $4 each. Sip and sample Sixpoint Autumnation, Ace Pumpkin Cider, Southern Tier Pumking, Founders Harvest Ale, Great Divide Fresh Hop and Dogfish Head Punkin.

5:00 pm ♦ Greenbush Brewing Night
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for Greenbush Brewing Night! Reps for the brewery will be in attendance, and there’s a glassware giveaway — buy a beer, keep the glass!
We’ll have these bad ass brews on tap: Momento Mori Oktoberfest, Unicorn Killer & The Birds Sing a Pretty Song Blackberry Porter
Beers tapped at 5pm, reps here at 7. Glassware is limited so get here early and don’t miss out!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Une Année Nuit
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Delicious Belgian style beer brewed right in our backyard at Une Année Brewery. We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this new Chicago brewery that has made its' home just over a mile south of us. And our first few tastes have lived up to, and even surpassed, everything we'd hoped for.
Come welcome the newest member of Chicago's growing craft beer community on October 15. We're tapping the first 5 beers from our new neighbors, and we'd love to have our other neighbors, new and old, on hand for the party.
Tap List:
Maya - Belgian IPA ABV: 7.6%
Less is More - Session Saison 4.6%
Truth Against the World - Autumn Saison 5.8%
Masquerade - Belgian Tripel 8.7%
The Devil's Reign - Belgian Golden Strong 9.1%

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ 5 Rabbit Beer Dinner featuring Randy Mosher
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
Ticket Price: $35. Join Durty Nellie’s for an evening of Latin Inspired beer from 5 Rabbit Brewery, paired with a 5 course Spanish-style cuisine, as world renowned beer enthusiast and food pairing expert Randy Mosher guides you through each dish and beer!Menu and pairings at the ticket link. Limited Availability, please contact Alli with any questions @

7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Tap Takeover: Kasey's Tavern
Kasey's Tavern, 701 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 312-427-7992
Tapping a selection of Bell's beers that are particularly welcoming to autumn. Our fall seasonal Best Brown, as well as some selections from our stout series: Special Double Cream Stout, Java Stout and Expedition Stout. Hopsoulution, a double IPA, is available only on draft and in limited supply. Favorites like Oarsman, Amber Ale, and Two Hearted will also be available. There will also be a Bell's representative present.

11:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ National Pizza and Pasta Month at Municipal Bar
Municipal Bar, 216 W Ohio, Chicago (312) 951-2125
To celebrate National Pizza Month this October, every Tuesday, Municipal will offer a personal pizza and a select beer for only $10. Pizza selections will include Veggie, Five-Cheese, Buffalo Chicken, and Hawaiian. Beers will include Lakefront New Grist, Scotland's Innis and Gunn, Pilsner Urquell, and New Belgium Ranger IPA.

Wednesday, October 16

Revolution Penguin Hops Release
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Craft beer lovers can sip and support a good cause. Penguin Hops is a harvest ale made by Revolution Brewing from hops grown in Shedd Aquarium’s sustainable gardens. For each pint of Penguin Hops sold, Revolution Brewery will donate a dollar to support the aquarium’s global and local conservation initiatives. Try your sip of the sustainable Penguin Hops brew while it lasts, on sale starting Oct. 16 at Revolution’s Brewpub (2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Revolution’s Tap Room, (3340 N. Kedzie.) and at select Chicago establishments to be determined.

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
De Proef / Cigar City Collaboration: Tropical Triple (9.50% ABV)
This collaborative beer from De Proef and Cigar City definitely veers a fair distance from an ordinary Belgian tripel, finding its conceptual kernel as a “peaches-and-cream tripel.” While brewed with Belgian candi sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast strain, the recipe also adds a dose of lactose for additional mouthfeel (the “cream”) and finishes up with dried peaches. A Brux III strain of Brettanomyces and assertive hop additions add to the tropical angle, while further contributions of toasted coconut and medium toasted oak appear as well. Actually, it may make sense to just forget we said anything about this as being a tripel in the first place.

7:00 pm ♦ “Best of Chicago” Beer Dinner with Begyle Brewing
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Begyle is celebrating their Chicago Magazine “Best of” wins from the August issue with a Beer Dinner featuring a flight of beers from the “Best New Brewery” paired with small plates from Chef Justin White, winner of “Best Bar Food.” The pairings will be presented in a “food flight” format. No hard start time for the meal and paired flight, enjoy it all night until we sell out. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Food will be presented together at one time for one fixed price.
Featured beers: Hophazardly I.P.A., Black Cherry Saison, Oktoberfest & Flannel Pajamas Stout.
$30 per person plus tip and tax. Reservations are encouraged via our website open table access. Groups of 5 or more must call 773-772-2727 to reserve a table.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Pizza + Beer! Pairing at Dimo’s Pizza
Dimo's Pizza Six Corners, 1615 N. Damen Ave., Chicago (773) 525-4580
Not many things go better together than pizza and beer. Revolution has teamed up with their neighbors and local pizza geniuses at Dimo's Pizza to bring you a menu of five favorite specialty creations (1 salad and 4 tasting slices) paired with five distinct Revolution brews.
Included in the price of the ticket ($30 through Eventbrite, see the menu here, too), you will receive a Revolution Brewery 5oz. glass to keep after the tasting. Each course will be prefaced with an introduction from Dimo's Pizza owner, Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau and Revolution's Brewmaster, Jim Cibak. DJ Johnny Fonseca will be spinning tunes through the night.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Phantasmagourdia Pumpkin Ale Release Party
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Join us for the tapping of Phantasmagourdia Pumpkin Ale. Phantasmagourdia is a Belgian abbey-style ale brewed with fresh pie pumpkins and piloncillo, then spiced with cinnamon, coriander, and Szechuan peppercorns. It's one of our favorite seasonals, and it won't last long!

7:00 pm ♦ Sheffield’s & Oskar Blues present… A “CAN’d Aid Foundation” Fundraiser
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us for a whole heap of festivities all in the name of a good cause! LIVE music with David Herrero, silent auction, drink specials and lots more.
The “CAN’d Aid Foundation”, a 501(c)(3) organization, was developed by Oskar Blues Brewing with a national scope, but plans to make its first initiative raising funds for immediate relief and long-term help for victims impacted by the recent flooding in Colorado.

Thursday, October 17

Chili Cookoff to Benefit Loaves & Fishes
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
WOB Naperville and Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry will be partnering up to bring you the WOB Chili Cook-Off! The Cook-Off will allow home cooks to enter their chili in a tasting contest. All the cooks have to do is show up with 2 gallons of their best chili to be judged blindly by their fellow patrons. The prizes for the top three winning chili recipes are $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd. Tickets are just $10 for all you can chili and all the proceeds will be donated to Loaves and Fishes!

The Dead & the Dogfish
Jerry’s - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Jerry’s (who else?) will host Dogfish Head’s Midwest release of American Beauty, the next of their music series, a liquid homage to the Grateful Dead’s classic 1970 release, made with granola. In addition to American Beauty, Jerry’s will offer many other Dogfish drafts including some rare, plus the Third Coast String Band will play the ‘American Beauty’ album in it’s entirety. Oh, and Sam Calagione will be in attendance. If we could only pull this off every night…: Here’s an early peek at the beer.
Free admission, but reservations suggested through Eventbrite.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA 9.50%. Stone brewers used a grain bill comprised exclusively of pilsner malts and German hops (Herkules, Hersbrucker, Magnum, Merkur, Opal, Smaragd, Strisselspalt). Dry-hopping with Sterling, a U.S. hop with Saaz parentage, lends a bit of familiarity .
Green Flash 8th Anniversary Beer - Surfs Up Symposium IPA 7.00% We originally brewed this beer for the 2008 Craft Brewers Conference for the attendees that came from all around the world. The 2008 Surf’s Up Symposium IPA was brewed a la San Diego Style with inputs from several brewers around town. This IPA is highly quaffable, pale in color, and lighter in body with a profound emphasis on hop extravagance as we added hops at every step throughout the brewing process. We all enjoyed the beer so much that we just had to bring it back for our 8th Anniversary in 2010.

5:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams Night at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Five featured beers from Boston Brewing Company on tap!
Verloren Gose (6% ABV) ● Hazel Brown American Brown Ale (5.2%) ● Imperial White Imperial Witbier (10.3%) ● Third Voyage American Double/Imperial IPA (8%) ● Russian Imperial Stout (9.2%)

5:00 pm ♦ Bell's Night at Prairie Moon
Prairie Moon All American Dining, 1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 864-8328
Embrace autumn with Bell's Best Brown Ale, Hopsoulution DIPA, Special Double Cream Stout and Wedding Ale. There will also be an option for a sampler of the four beers to pair with a special menu.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ “Taste of Germany” at "Public Haus"
Public House, 400 N State St Chicago, IL (312) 265-1240
Public House turns into Public Haus for the ultimate Oktoberfest festivity. Tickets available on ($25). Each guest receives a 6 oz. sampling of three authentic German beers plus a one-liter Stein of their favorite of the three samples. Additionally, they'll get to take home the Stein and other goodies. The Bratwurst Brothers are the entertainment, and the first 100 attendees receive a free Public Haus Oktoberfest shirt.

6:00 pm ♦ Tap This: Local IV at Fischmans
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Our Local Tap This! events are pretty big and tons of fun! This one will be even more special because this time we will be launching our very own kitchen on wheels! Local brewers will be in attendance, probably with a beer in one hand and a delicious Wagyu Burger in the other! won't believe who's joined the Fischman team to run our new kitchen! It's pretty awesome. Please join us as we celebrate great food and great craft beer made by some of the most wonderful brewers right here in sweet home Chicagoland!
Beer lineup includes:
Revolution Deth's Tar BA Imperial Stout
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter - Imperial Pale Ale
SlapShot Stick to the Nuts - Peanut Butter Brown Ale
Local Option Barrel Aged Kentucky Common - Wild Ale (Templeton Rye)
Temperance Restless Years - Dry Hopped Rye Pale Ale
18th Street Chloe - French Saison w/Blood Orange and Hibiscus
Ale Syndicate Municipal IPA
Begyle - Flannel Pajamas - Oatmeal Stout
Lake Effect 45th Ward & BA Double IPA
Chicago Beer Geeks / Wild Onion - Deception - Black IPA (last existing keg!)
Spiteful - Ally Time American Pale Ale
Three Floyds Hell's Black Intelligencer Oatmeal Stout w/ Intelligentsia coffee
Une Année The Devil's Reign (w/DryHop Brewery)
TBD from DESTIHL, Pipeworks, and DryHop Brewery TBA w/Buckledown Brewery

6:00 pm ♦ Prairie Landing & Two Brothers Beer Pairing Dinner
Prairie Landing Golf Club, 2325 Longest Drive, West Chicago, IL 630-208-7600
We have partnered with Two Brothers to create a four course meal with four beer pairings for $45, add 18-holes of golf prior to dinner for $55! Tax and tip not included. Call Erin at 630-208-7633 for reservation. Menu at this Facebook link Note: Date correction from earlier event post.

6:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Chili and Beer Tasting at RB Orland
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
Our very own Dr. Jalapeno, Jose Torres, will be creating 4 chili inspired appetizers which will be paired with 4 chili infused beers. This event will be popular, so make a reservation early. $20 all inclusive.

7:00 - 1:00 am ♦ Lakefront Brewery Spotlight - World of Beer Evanston
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Our next brewery night, features Lakefront Brewing, out of Wisconsin!!
The full draft line-up will include:
25th Anniversary Pumpkin Lager (6%), Riverwest Stein Beer (amber lager, 6%), IPA (6.9%), Wheat Monkey (Wheat Ale, 4.2%), Cream City (Pale Ale, 5.7%), Bridge Burner (Strong Dark Ale, 8.5%), New Grist Sorghum Beer (Gluten-Free Beer, 4.8% -- Rare Draft!!)
Founded in 1987, Lakefront Brewing Co. rests on the Milwaukee River and has become a historical landmark. Their gluten-free beer, New Grist, was the first gluten-free beer to be granted label approval by the US government and is extremely rare to find on tap. This event is a must-attend for all gluten-free guests!

7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Return of THE CLEETUS! A Celebration of Collaboration and Community!
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
It has been five months since he joined us, and we are happy to say that our Chef has settled nicely into his new position. Instead of asking him to cook for events, to open the rooftop and create a new menu all in the same two weeks of starting his new job, this is where we are turning the tables for him.
Join us here at Fountainhead as we celebrate the collaborative brewing efforts of our Executive Chef Cleetus Friedman . It is going to be a fantastic evening of beer, food and (if Cleetus can choose, hip-hop) music! Cleetus will be featuring some of his signature dishes, award winning sparkling wines, and even a few more surprises.
Meet some brewers and see Cleetus in his Sweatsedo!
Featuring such draft hits as:
Greenbush Barrel Aged Terminator X, Loud Mouth Soup, & Chai Life
Two Brothers Testudo
Dark Horse Scary Jesus Rockstar,  Flat Sammich, & Sarsaparilla 666 Stout
Pipeworks Date Sugar Yeast Magik
Lake Effect 27 Blocks
Haymarket Bbl Aged Rosemary's Red Devil
Begyle Comb the Dessert
Solemn Oath Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Anaphylaxis & August Hill Cabernet Franc Barrel Aged Anaphylaxis

7:00 pm ♦ Upland Brewing Tap Takeover
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Come grab a pint of Upland Dragonfly IPA, Harvest Ale, Upland Oktoberfest and/or Teddy Bear Kisses.

8:30 pm ♦ Dogfish Head Mini Tap Takeover
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940
We will be tapping Dogfish Head's Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, 120 Minute, Burton Baton, and their Punkin beer.


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