Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 21-24

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 21-24
Regrettably, these limited edition pympkin growlers sold out last year. But they make a great column topper.

Monday, October 21

12:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Carving
Flo and Santo's Pizza, 1310 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago 312-566-9817
Kids get root beer drafts, pizza buffet and a pumpkin to carve, pumpkin carving expert on site. Adults get three Warsteiner Oktoberfest beers and a mug to keep, pizza buffet and a pumpkin, too. $10 kids, $25 adults. Please call ahead to RSVP.

Tuesday, October 22

5:00 pm ♦ Duvel Art Glass Night: "The Guilded Age of Beer" by Jono
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for the release of the 8th art glass in the Duvel Art Glass series, “The Guilded Age of Beer” designed by the artist Jono. We’ll have Duvel Single on draft & Duvel Tripel Hop & Golden Ale and in bottles. Buy a beer, keep the glass! Quantities are limited, so come early!

7:00 pm ♦ Sweet Home Chicago – Halfway to CCBW '14
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
We can’t wait 6 more months, so we are celebrating local brewers in October. Join us as we tap offerings from some of Chicago’s local breweries! Our friends over at Bee’s Knees Food Co. donated Hot Mexican chocolate covered Almonds to pair with the delicious beer.
Draught Line Up:
Begyle Black Cherry Saison & Oktober First Oktoberfest
Spiteful Alley Time & Bourbon Barrel Aged Malevolence (first tapping. ever. an RIS with a plethora of specially selected grains and a large dose of Piloncillo (a Mexican brown sugar) to create a depth of flavors. Aged in FEW Spirits bourbon barrels to add an element of bourbon to the palate. 10.5% ABV)
Ale Syndicate  Sunday Session & Municipal IPA
5 Rabbit Vida y Muerte
Cask: 5 Rabbit Golden ale with fresh sage and local honey

7:30 pm ♦ Fall Beer Tasting at Bluebird
The Bluebird Chicago, 1749 N. Damen Ave., Chicago (773) 486-2473
Let’s celebrate the harvest! Summer has parted ways with Chicago, even though many would argue it never happened. Regardless, the brews that spent the last few months maturing are ready to strut their stuff. Join us for a tasting of some of our fall favorite beers — expect selections from all over the globe and some tasty snacks to go with them. $40: tickets are available on

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, Innis and Gunn, Pilsner Urquell, and New Belgium Ranger IPA.

Wednesday, October 23

4:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Heavy Handed Flight Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Try every batch of Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers!
Batch 1-Centennial #1
Batch 2-Willamette
Batch 3-Centennial #2
Batch 4-Centennial #3
Batch 5-Cascade
We will be featuring flights of all five beers for $18

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
De Struise St Amatus - Oostvleteren 12
10.5%. Saint Amatus has aged on Woodford Reserve barrels from Labrot & Graham, Kentucky USA. Some batches were instead aged on Pappy Van Winkle whiskey barrels.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Temperance Beer Release Party
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 334-9851
Join Temperance Beer Co. of Evanston at Hopleaf's upstairs party room for food, fun and drinks. Featuring Temperance National Anthem, Smitty Town, Restless Years, and Root Down.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Fall Local Beer Expo
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Join us and several more of Chicago's newest brewers to celebrate the fall with beer, food, and bowling. So far, Begyle, Lake Effect, Flesk, Slapshot, Ale Syndicate, Church Street are bringing beer, and there may be others as well. Sample beers from 7 pm to 10 pm. Appetizers, pizza, and bowling are included as well. Tickets are available now at Tickets are available now at This link.

7:00 pm ♦ Firkin Halloween
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
We will be tapping Lakefront Pumpkin Lager firkins. Come get some, it won’t last long!!!!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Bell's Wedding Ale Tapping
Stonewood Ale House, 601 Mall Dr., Schaumburg, IL (847) 805-0202
Join us for a special, limited tapping of Bell's Wedding Ale. As always, you can snag a Two Hearted Ale on draft as well!

7:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Vintage Cat Fight Night
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us for a triple vintage tapping of Goose Island's 3 lovely ladies as they duke it out: Juliet, Matilda Lambicus & Sofie Paradisi

Thursday, October 24

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Greenbush Demeter
Live in the now - that’s is what we always say when we have fresh hops, straight from a local Michigan grower. What a better way to enjoy the summer harvest?

4:00 pm ♦ Revolution Brewing "Penguin Hops" Release
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
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, The Bavarian Lodge 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, only available at the Revolution’s Tap Room, (3340 N. Kedzie.) and at select Chicago establishments, including The Bavarian Lodge.

5:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams Pumpkin Brews at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Chuck Ferrier from Sam Adams will sample two very unique pumpkin beers from Boston Beer Company. Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale and House of Shandy Jack-O-Traveler Pumpkin Shandy will be sure to get guests in the Halloween mood. Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale (12oz, 8.5% ABV) will be $7 and Jack-O-Traveler Pumpkin Shandy (16oz, 4.4% ABV) will be $5 through October 26.

5:30 pm ♦ Ten Ninety Brewery Tap Take Over
Tap In Pub & Carvery, 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville, IL
Tap In Pub & Carvery, at CityGate Centre on the campus of Hotel Arista, hosts their first Tap Take Over featuring Chicago brewery, Ten Ninety. The event will feature beers including Imperial IPA, Imperial Porter, Imperial Witbier and Imperial Tripel. Meet the Brew Masters at 6pm and enjoy free pizza and wings from 5:30pm-7pm.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Barley’s Angels Beer Tasting
Public House, 400 N State St Chicago, IL (312) 265-1240
Public House’s annual Barley’s Angels event is a beer tasting that celebrates Oktoberfest and raises awareness for (and benefits) Breast Cancer Awareness. In addition to tasting brews, guests are able to shop local retail vendors and taste menu items. Public House has partnered with Lolly’s Locks, a charity that connects high-quality wigs with cancer patients who are suffering hair loss as an effect of chemotherapy and who would otherwise be unable to afford them. Keep an eye out for tickets on Gilt City Chicago!

6:00 pm ♦ Local Pumpkin Ale Tapping
Rock Bottom Lombard, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Join Brewmaster Jim as he taps a pumpkin ale made with the help of Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm in Minooka. Served directly from the fresh pumpkin along with some unique pumpkin treats.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Murph's Monster Mash Pumkin Ale Charity Tapping
Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
A return of our ever popular Pumpkin Ale will be a Charity tapping in aid of the American Cancer Society. There will be a number of fund raising events. Imperial Black Pumpkin Ale, spiced with curry powder, will be available at the tapping, in very limited quantities. All proceeds will be going to the American Cancer Sociey.

7:00 pm ♦ Arcadia Ales Appreciation Night
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago, IL
The Bar on Buena hosts an Arcadia Ales Appreciation Night to celebrate the brewery as October's Brewery of the Month! Out of Battle Creek, MI, Arcadia Ales produces beers in small batches and practices methods originated in England, allowing its style of beer to reflect over 250 years of world class brewing heritage.
The exact line-up is still to come definitely expect a tapping of a special pin (small, gravity pour firkin) of Arcadia's Loch Down Scotch Ale, the brewery's tribute to the Scottish Highlands. Two other beers will also be tapped and bottles of Shipwreck Oak Aged Porter, the Baltic-style porter aged in Kentucky bourbon oak barrels, will be for sale. Prices will range from $5-$15.
Reps from the brewery and distributor will be on hand spreading the love with some complimentary pint glasses and some other swag hand outs. To continue the appreciation, Arcadia beers will be $1 off on Tuesdays all month long at The Bar on Buena.

7:00 pm ♦ Sheffield’s 28th Annual Pumpkin Carving
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Every year we bring in a huge truckload of pumpkins for customers to carve for free and it’s that time of year again!
We provide the pumpkins and the carving tools, you provide the imagination! Your pumpkin will be displayed at Sheffield’s through Halloween for all to see. Come early to grab your seat and carving spot and enjoy a pumpkin beer and hot mulled cider on special.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Atlas Beer and Video Game Pairing at Emporium Arcade Bar
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
Join us at Emporium Arcade Bar for an evening of Atlas Brewing Company beers paired with Emporium Arcade Games. Atlas Head Brewer Ben Saller, also author of the blog The Art of Pairing Video Games and Booze, will be on hand to discuss the rationale behind the recommended pairings. The beer lineup for the event will be announced soon!


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