Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 7-10

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 7-10
Yes, it's Kwaktoberfest somewhere.

Coming up this weekend is the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. This is another event that's become so popular, even many craft brewers couldn't get a space to pour their wares. Will this mean a slowdown in Chicago activity? Check in later.

Monday, October 7

6:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Tasting Party
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Yup! Taste some Lagunitas beerz!

7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Beers for Books!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for our next book club! October 7th at 7pm we’ll be discussing A Very Recent History by Choire Sicha. Open Books will have copies on hand at the store and will offer 20% off the book for anyone who mentions Northdown! In addition to helping Open Books out by purchasing the book through them you can also bring books with you to donate to the store. AND, when you join us for book club, 10% of your ENTIRE tab that night will be donated to Open Books! The more you eat and drink, the more money raised for Open Books! As if you needed an excuse!
Visit the Open Books website, like their facebook page, and join us in helping a great cause — you’re only enriching your mind but also quenching your palate.

Tuesday, October 8

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Jolly Pumpkin Luciérnaga & Baudelaire iO Saisons
Luciérnaga 6.50% Farmhouse house Saison. Aged in oak barrels with souring wild yeast.  Baudelaire Beer iO Saison 6.80% Ale Brewed with Rose Hips, Rose Petals, and Hibiscus. Let's face it, Beer is an art form that excites our senses and stirs our imagination. This truth gave Jolly Pumpkin an idea. We'd create a limited series of beer by throwing caution to the wind and following our creative muse no matter where it leads. This is how we discovered Baudelaire Beer. A romantic world, dimly lit by distant memory, yet alive and inspiring us to pursue beauty at any cost. In the world of Baudelaire, label and beer come together in character and art influencing the drinker to take upon the spirit of creativity and fun. Let the muse guide you. "A breath of air from the wings of madness." ~Baudelaire.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Beer and Cheese Pairing 101
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Representatives from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery and Ludwig Farmstead Creamery from Fithian, IL will present an educational session on pairing beer with cheese. Learn why certain beers and cheeses are the perfect match for each other, while sampling each delightful duo.
$10 per person. Three rare Goose Island brews (Marisol; The Illinois Imperial IPA; Cucumbersome Pils) will be available on tap for $4 each. Register for the beer and cheese pairing class at

5:00 pm ♦ Spaten Oktoberfest Glass Night!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us for an evening with the fall classic Spaten Oktoberfest. Purchase a liter of this amazing beer and take home this year's Spaten glass. Quantities are limited so get here early to make sure you don’t miss out.

6:00 pm ♦ Game of Thrones/Ommegang Event
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 235-1006
A night of treachery and blood lust. Bare bodies and goblets of beer. Kings and peasants. Knights and dragons. Sorcery and more bare bodies. And more beer. Delicious beer!
Jerry's in Wicker Park will be tapping Take The Black Stout, Ommegang's second installment in their Game Of Thrones series. We'll also have the first Game Of Thrones beer, Iron Throne, as well as Ommegang BPA on tap for the night. Beers tap at 6 pm. We'll play select episodes from the first three seasons of Game Of Thrones, beginning at 8 pm. Costumes Encouraged! Over 21 only. Please leave the kids at home for this one.

7:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest at the Green Lady
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 525-5571
It's not Munich...but it's going to be a night of German beer drinking! Steins and Boots alike will be filled with many Oktoberfest offerings, including: Hofbräu; Goose Island; and a special cask of Sünner Keller Bier!

7:00 pm ♦ KWAKtoberfest Kickoff Tapping
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago, IL
Come into the BOB for our KWAKtoberfest Kick Off!!
The BOB will proudly be pouring Pauwel Kwak in its traditional carriage glass all month long, but Tuesday the 8th is your chance to walk away with your very own KWAK Carriage glass and some other KWAKing swag from our friends at Artisanal Imports and Brouwerij Bosteels.
For the extremely daring, grab three fearless friends and ask for the QUATTRO. That's 4 glasses of KWAK delivered to your table on the mothership of all beer transport devices.
Impress your friends, make your parents proud, wow complete strangers with this unique drinking implement. For professional Belgian Ale experts only.
We'll be offering traditional KWAK Carriage Glass and Quattro Service all KWAKtober long beginning on the 8th, but the 8th is your only chance to meet Jack Van Antwerpen, Import Manager for Brouwerij Bosteels in a rare US appearance.

7:00 pm ♦ Fall Harvest Beer Dinner with Lagunitas
Heaven on Seven Naperville, 224 S. Main St., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0777
We team up with Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma, California (soon to be from Chicago) for a seven course Fall Harvest themed Beer Dinner. Check Heaven on Seven's website for the menu. The cost of the dinner is $50 plus tax and gratuity, there is a no beer option available for $40. Sorry, the regular menu will not be available. Reservations are required, so click here or call us at (630) 717-0777.

Wednesday, October 9

2:00 pm ♦ Tribes Loves IPAs
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
The Tribes Mokena will be tapping over 40 of our favorite IPAs, Black IPAs, Belgian IPAs and Double IPAs from all over the World!

6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Wet Hop Tap Takeover & 3 Floyd’s Special Release
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
Let’s celebrate this fall’s hop harvest! We’ll tap six wet hop beers all brewed with freshly picked hops, including the release of our own – Little Fog Feet.
At 10pm, we’ll also have a special release of 3 Floyds' BrooDoo, their 7.0% Fresh Hop IPA.
6pm Release:
DryHop Little Fog Feet (Fresh Hop American Wheat Ale) – 6.0% ABV
Two Brothers Heavy Handed (Fresh Hop IPA) – 6.7% ABV
Deschutes Hop Trip (Fresh Hop Ale) – 5.4% ABV
Greenbush Demeter (Fresh Hop American Pale Ale) – 6.8% ABV
Haymarket Humulus Lingus (Fresh Hop American IPA) – 7.0% ABV
Urban Legend Responsibly (Harvest Brown Ale) – 5.1% ABV
10pm Release: 3 Floyds - BrooDoo (Fresh Hop IPA) – 7.0% ABV

Thursday, October 10

Lake Effect 45th Ward Fresh Hopped Beer Release
Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 725-1300
Brewed with NW Side hops, 45th Ward Harvest Ale is a smooth ale with a mild malt backbone and plenty of fresh hopped character. Approx 12 local hop growers donated hops to make this beer and several met at Lake Effect Brewing Company and took part in the actual brewing process. We are very happy to bring you this unique collaboration.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Firestone Walker Parabola. 12.5% Parabola has been a major component of past anniversary blends and is one of our most aggressive offerings. This beer features bold bourbon and tobacco aromas and a rich dark chocolate, charred oak flavor. Parabola is best enjoyed in moderation and is a perfect beer to pair with those chocolate dessert favs. An extension of Quercus Alba —the Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

5:00 pm ♦ Upland Brewing Meet & Greet!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us in welcoming Indiana brewery, Upland, to Chicago!
We’ll have their Harvest Ale and Wheat Ale on tap, and a firkin of Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout. The brewers will be here to talk — and drink — beer with you!

5:00 pm ♦ New Holland Ichabod sampling at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
New Holland representative Laine Berndt will be sampling one of Michigan's best pumpkin beers, New Holland Ichabod. Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin, with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. Berndt will also sample New Holland Brewing's Oak Aged Hatter IPA from the Hatter Series. Ichabod (16oz, 5.7% ABV) and Oak Aged Hatter IPA (12 oz, 7.2% ABV) will be priced at $6 each through October 12.

6:00 pm ♦ Carlucci End of Summer Patio Party
Carlucci Restaurant, 1801 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 512-0990
End the summer and welcome fall with an outdoor/indoor patio party featuring 16 unique craft beers as well as a wide-ranging wine selection which will be offered in addition to a full dinner buffet of Italian favorites. Guests can also enjoy live music by one of Chicago's top cover bands, SODA
A variety of fall themed craft brews will be featured from several brewery's including Revolution (Coup D'Etat, Cross of Gold, Eugene Porter, and Bottom Up Wit), Boston Beer Company (Octoberfest, Harvest Pumpkin, Angry Orchard Crisp), Miller Team (Leinenkugel Oktoberfest, Blue Moon Tongue Thai'd, Blue Moon Pine in the Neck, Blue Moon Fall Harvest Pumpkin Ale), Emmett's (Red, Pale Ale), New Belgium Pumpkick, Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA, and Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat.
The buffet will feature Caprese Salad, Bocci Balls Arancini (breaded, deep fried risotto balls with fresh mozzarella, pecorino, and peas with a tomato sauce), Squeeze Box Con Pollo (radiator pasta with chicken, broccoli and red peppers in a roasted garlic cream sauce), Pizza, Chicken Piccata, Grilled Salmon and more. Photos available upon request.
COST: $20 Includes buffet and 3 drink tickets (additional drinks are $3 each). No RSVP required.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden
McGinley Pavilion - Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL (847) 835-5440
Welcome the fall season with a cold glass of beer! Oktoberfest celebrations happen throughout Europe, and the Garden will be celebrating locally.
Guests check in at McGinley Pavilion and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Breweries will pour a few different seasonally selected beers in 2-ounce tastings. Light fare and featured beer by the bottle will be available for purchase.
Tickets to this event are available at this link. Advance: $20 members/$25 nonmembers. Day-of: $23 members/$28 nonmembers. Parking fees apply; parking is free for Garden members. Must be 21 or older to attend event; valid ID card must be shown. Tickets are nonrefundable. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage you to buy tickets in advance. A confirmation will arrive via e-mail once your order is received. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Chicago Botanic Garden Information Desk in the Visitor Center. Event will occur rain or shine. If you have questions, please call (847) 835-5440.
Participating Breweries: Lake Bluff, Lagunitas, Bell's, Finch's, Four Horseman, Argus, Baderbrau, Sprecher, Berghoff, Emmett's.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ OctoBEARfest – Beers, Brats and Bears
Public House, 400 N State St., Chicago, IL (312) 265-1240
Join Public House for the ultimate bro-fest during the Bears vs. Giants home game. The eatery partners with Revolution Brewing to offer four different beer and brat pairings. The featured beers offered are Anti Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit, Eugene Porter and Oktoberfest, each paired with a delicious brat, for $25 a per person.. In addition, each guest will receive entry into a raffle with two incredible prizes – one at half time and one at the end of the third quarter – and the grand prize is a VIP Experience/Tour of Revolution Brewery. Table packages are also available for $250, which includes five tickets, a table tap booth with access to Oktoberfest beer on draft, five OctoBEARfest shirts and the best views of the game.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Cave Aged Cheese Release Party and Beer Tapping
Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
Standard Market partnered with two of the best in the business to create this unique cheese, aged for months in the in-house cheese cave. Standard Market's fromagers took Tomme de Nena from Kenny’s Farmhouse in Kentucky and washed it with Urban Legend Brewing's God Country Kolsch before it was fermented. Now that the cheese has aged and the beer has fermented, Standard Market is throwing a party to celebrate. Enjoy samples of the aged Tomme de Nena, both alone and in chef-prepared dishes. Wash it down with God Country Kolsch, a light bodied but full flavored beer with a unique bing cherry note on the palate. The fee to participate is $10 per person. The fee is waived for those who purchase a “cheese future” in advance ($6.50 per quarter pound).

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm ♦ Bell's Überon Tapping
Warren's Ale House, 51 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 630-462-5126
An evening with Bears and Bell's. On tap: Best Brown Ale, Octoberfest Beer, Two Hearted Ale and Überon (a 10% abv version of their Oberon Wheat Ale).

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