Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 25-27

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 25-27
Celebrating the release of Mash Tun Journal at Maria's

Yep, this is the weekend we start Halloween partying in earnest…

Friday, October 25

Chainlink Halloween Party with Upland Brewing Co.
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 666-6775
Join us for an evening of beer, bikes and Halloween costumes at The Bottom Lounge as Upland Brewing Co. sponsors the 3rd Annual Chainlink Halloween Party!
Every year, the Chainlink, a Chicago bicycling online community throws an awesome Halloween party. It’s a gathering of bicycle enthusiasts, hobbyists, die-hards, couriers, mechanics, commuters, tourers, and racers. It’s a time to celebrate a love for bikes (and for riding them in and around Chicago). Because Upland shares these same passions, they’ll be sponsoring the party.
The drinks will be a flowing with costumes aplenty, amazing prizes, food courtesy of BICYCLING magazine, and much, much more!
Check out this POST on the Chainlink site for more information, or RSVP on Facebook HERE.
Tickets are only $9 if you get them in advance ($10 at the door) and go to supporting the Chainlink and help bring Chicago cyclists closer together over a shared passion. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Admission includes One Upland beer, Raffle Tickets, Food (sponsored by Bicycling Magazine), Costume Contest, and  a damn good time
Before the party, members of Upland Brewing Co and River North Beer will be participating in the Halloween Critical Mass, a mass bike ride that takes place in downtown Chicago. We’ll meet at Daley Plaza at 5:30 (in costume, of course), ride around with the pack and eventually end up at the Bottom Lounge for the party. You should definitely join us.

3:00 pm ♦ Where Eagles Drink
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Rare and evil offerings from Cantillon (Belgium), Brasserie de Franches-Montagnes [BFM] (Switzerland), and Struise (Belgium) will be tapped to honor the musical and socio-cultural legacy of The Misfits. Additionally the event will feature the only pumpkin beer that will flow through the draft lines of Local Option this year: Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin from Hoppin’ Frog in Akron, Ohio. The festivities will be complemented by the haunting hymns of Danzig era Misfits.
“Where Eagles Drink” will also act as the release party for Local Option Bierwerker’s newest release Top Fuel – a barley wine aged on Four Roses Barrels – as well as offerings from two new and innovative brewers: The Monarchy (Germany) and Scratch Brewing (Ava, IL).
Preliminary Tap List:
Cantillon Gueuze
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter
Alvinne Cuvée Freddy Zymatore
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2011 & 2012
DuPont Foret
Hitachino Dai Dai IPA
Hofstettner Granit Bock Zymatore
Hoppin' Frog Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin
Local Option Bierwerker/Central Waters BBA La Petite Mort
Local Option Bierwerker Blood ov the Kings, Dampf Loc, Morning Wood, Oak Aged Kentucky Common, Schmetterling Göse, Top Fuel, Voku Hila
Prairie Bomb!
Scratch Honey Apricot & Stein Stout
Struise Cuvée Delphine & Hopverdomme-Hopdamnit, Motuecha
The Monarchy Grätzer, Grodziskie, Methusalem, Münchhausen, Preussen Weisse, Year of The Dragon
Three Floyds Moloko, Zombie Dust
Tilquin Gueuze
Vicaris Tripel
Full Info

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Armanetti's Beer Tasting
Armanetti's, 925 Rt. 22, Fox River Grove, IL (847) 516-WINE
Tasting Event featuring 5 Rabbit, Great Lakes, Founders, and Arcadia.

Saturday, October 26

Villains and Heroes Themed Beer List and Costume Smash.
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
A day of Comic Book, SyFy, and SuperHero themed beers to vanquish your thirst in highly logical ways. Loot drops to be divided up between those who suit up in costume.
Beers appearing: Half Acre Beer Hates Astronauts, Revolution Deth's Tar, Red Skull & Anti-Hero, Firestone Walker Wookie Jack, Southern Tier Warlock, Evil Twin Falco & Spicy Nacho, Three Floyds Zombie Dust & Gumballhead, Stone Farking Wheaton W00tStout, and more...

11:00 am - 1:00 am ♦ Prost! A Final Toast to Oktoberfest
The Berghoff's Century Room, 17 W. Adams St, Chicago (312) 427-3170
Don’t miss Berghoff’s first annual tribute to the closing ceremony of Munich’s Oktoberfest. You’ll feel like you’re transported to a traditional German beer hall. Enjoy live entertainment, family style dining, and genuine liter steins, served by our very own staff dressed in customary German lederhosen and dirndls.

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Face Meat Fest at Nevin's
Nevins Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte 59, Plainfield, IL (630) 428-4242
Rock out your best Halloween costume for this ghoulish fest! Nevin's chef will create a dozen face meat inspired dishes to pair with brews from your favorite local breweries. Whether you are an adventurous foodie or a beer geek, this fest should please your palate. Tickets include admission to the fest, food and beer tickets, and a souvenir sample glass. Tickets: $60 at Brown Paper Tickets.

3:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Founders Beer Tasting
Berkot's Super Foods, 2141 Calistoga Drive, New Lenox, IL (815) 463-5046
A sampling of Founders Brewing.

Saturday, October 26

3:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Lost Cat: Gumballhead w/ 3Floyds
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Wanted by the St. Louis Animal Control. Do Not Approach. Considered Armed and Dangerous.
View full-color representations of Gumballhead the Cat by Animal Criminology Expert and Fine Artist Rob Syers featuring 3 Floyds Gumballhead.

7:00 pm ♦ Stout at the Devil
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513
Our second annual Stout at the Devil fest is set for Saturday, October 26. Expect a full line up of seasonal craft beers, crazy costumes and tunes all night long.
We’ve been holding back on some really fantastic stuff in the beer cooler, this will be the night we tap ‘em all. Don’t miss out!

8:00 pm ♦ Sheffield’s Annual Halloween Bash
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us to celebrate the weekend before Halloween with a costume contest and live DJ in our back bars!
Prizes for best dressed female and best dressed male – judging will take place at 10:30pm

8:00 pm - 12:00 pm ♦ Mashtoberfest
Bridgeport Art Center Atrium, 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago
Now in its third edition, the Mash Tun Festival is a celebration of the release of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal. The Mash Tun is a publication put out by your buddies at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and The Public Media Institute, a non profit arts and culture organization based in Bridgeport. Mash Tun is our paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. Our Halloween costume ball will be held at our gallery, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, featuring complementary pours of the finest libations offered by Half Acre, DryHop, Solemn Oath, Pipeworks, Revolution, Lagunitas, Allagash, 18th Street, Stone, Greenbush, Three Floyds and others.
Maria’s will also be providing tastes of a wide variety of fruity, spicy, tart and pumpkin beers. Our buddies at Hardcore Craft Beer will be featuring their Alechemy project during the night and will help you infuse beer! We will also be giving out prizes for best costume, so make it happen, cholo.
Food will be provided by local Bridgeport chefs and our favorite fried food: Popeye’s Chicken. You can enjoy live music by geighties cover band Members Only, Population, and INDI-SYNTH<< DJ’s Atech (Hector A) LGA and Co. Admission $40 • Very Limited RSVP only. Tickets available at Paypal (21+). Admission gives you membership to the Mash Tun Society, our not so secret beer club.

9:00 pm - 12:00 mid ♦ Lake Bluff Brewing Co Fright Night
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL (224) 544-5179
Lake Bluff Brewing Co is host a Horror movie night October 26th! Here is the scoop:

  1. Tell us your favorite scary movie on Facebook, or email
  2. Of the most frequently suggested films we will hold a vote on what TWO films to watch
  3. At 9PM on Saturday October 26th we will view the films, and serve popcorn.
  4. We will be releasing the last keg of the Wee-Bit Heavier Barrel Aged Scotch Ale along with the movie showing!

Sunday, October 27

11:00 am - 2:00 pm ♦ Family Halloween Party!
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Come on out for Halloween family fun time! Craft projects, trick or treating, a pinata & we'll be showing "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" Kids buffet $5, & $3 pints of house beers for the big kids. Costumes encouraged! Pinata attack starts at 1pm!

5:00 pm ♦ Sunday Session with Great Lakes
WaterShed, 601 N State St, Chicago (312) 266-4932
We will be hosting our first "Sunday Session" Beer Dinner and Cocktail Hour. This one is all Ohio, with a 4 course menu from Chef Luke Creagan paired with 5 brews from Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland) and a cocktail hour featuring spirits from Watershed Distillery (Columbus).
Cocktail Hour begins at 5:00 pm, Beer Dinner at 6:00 pm
$65 per person {includes tax + gratuity}
(For those of you who have attended Beer Dinners with us before, this will be a new format. We will NOT be open for regular business and guests will all be seated at the same time. We hope that this will allow everyone to better enjoy our space in this social atmosphere and allow for a more pleasant pace at such a great event).
See the PDF menu here.
Send us an email via our website if interested (use the "Beer Dinner" drop down), and we will fill you in on all the tasty details and take your reservation:

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest Chicago Craft Beer Night
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 1429 W Wellington Ave., Chicago (773) 525-0709
Don't miss Oktoberfest's first ever Craft Beer Night! Enjoy 20 tastings from craft breweries around the country. You'll get a commemorative sampling glass, a pretzel necklace and plenty of great beer to taste. Space is limited, so sign up now! Must be 21 or older. Tickets are $30 at Ticketfly and include Admission to the Fest, a souvenir tasting glass, 20 tastings, and a Pretzel Necklace. 21 and over, of course.

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