Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 4-6

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 4-6
One of many pumpkin beers pouring this week in Chicago.

Friday-Saturday, October 4-5

World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us for our second annual WOBtoberFest celebration on October 4th and 5th. We will have a bunch of Oktoberfest and harvest beers on tap plus Das Boots from Warsteiner for sale along with large Revolution Oktoberfest Mugs, live music, raffle prizes and games.

Friday, October 4

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join Us for Another Firkin Friday! A special cask-conditioned beer dispensed by gravity directly from the firkin, tapped right on the bar counter.
This week’s cask: New Holland Ichabod - 5.5% ABV
Cask-Conditioned Spiced Pumpkin Ale
Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. Don't miss Ichabod in this very special cask conditioned presentation. The cask will be tapped at approximately 5:30 pm at the bar. Its delicious contents will be available to everyone in both the restaurant and pub until the firkin runs dry. First come, first served. See you there!

6:00 - 10:00 am ♦ Revolution's Oktoberfest Party at Kedzie
Revolution Brewing Co. - Kedzie Brewery, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS
This year's party will be held indoors and outdoors where you can enjoy some of our delicious Oktoberfest and other great Rev beers, some German-style delights and live music from Meat Wave, Treasure Fleet and Slutter! E-tickets are $35 and on sale NOW through our webstore only.
That gets you admission, a one-liter Oktoberfest mug and one ticket for a beer.
A portion of proceeds will again go to our our neighbors Concordia Place, a nonprofit serving local families. Click here for more event information including FAQs and the beer list.

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Itasca International Craft Beer Tasting
Itasca Holiday Inn, 860 W Irving Park Rd, Itasca, IL
The Village of Itasca will be hosting its Second International Craft Beer Tasting at the Itasca Holiday Inn. The tastings will feature over 75 craft beers from more than 20 microbreweries both locally and internationally. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Itasca Food Pantry and Walk-In Ministry.
Tickets $35 or $40 at the door (credit or cash- ATM inside Holiday Inn)
The Highlight of the event is beer from Itasca's two breweries: Church Street Brewery and Itasca Brewing Company

7:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Brewery Mash Slow Supper
Germania Place, 108 W Germania Pl. Chicago
Tickets $100 at eventbrite. Showcasing the first Ferris wheel, dazzling and unprece­dented electrification, and exhibits from around the world, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was Chicago’s chance to demonstrate that it had risen from the ashes of the Great Fire and was about to take its place as one of the world’s great cities.
Set in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, Germania Place endures as one of Chicago’s most famous and significant historical landmarks built in America’s Gilded Age of the 19th Century. Designed in 1888 by the architectural firm Addison & Fielder, Germania Place is home to a 15’ stained glass portrait centerpiece designed in Heidelberg, Germany, and first exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Join special host Paul Durica of Chicago By Day & Night at Germania Place for a journey through the Chicago of 120 years ago. Celebrate the cuisine of yesteryear with a multi-course feast created by Found Executive Chef, Nicole Pederson in collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery House Chef, Andrew Gerson.
Guests will celebrate time past with Brooklyn Brewery libations, the music of Justin Amolsch of Brass Inferno, and special appearances by historical figures including the Kimballs, Pullmans, Palmers, Armours, and Glessners as well as architect Daniel Burnham and poet Harriet Monroe.
Period attired encouraged but not required. Festive cheer a must. See menu at this link.

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ St. Matthais Friends of the Craft Beer Fest
St. Matthias School Hall, 4910 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago
A new addition to a long-running fundraiser for St. Matthias school, Friends of the Craft brings together Chicago's North Side breweries for a evening of great beer and good fun! An exciting festival featuring microbreweries of Chicago's north side microbreweries of Chicago's north side all under one tent. Admission fee of $35 per person includes unlimited tastings from Half Acre, Begyle, Lake Effect, and other great local brews
Tickets: $35. More information:
Tickets are $45 per person, at the rectory on online, $50 at the door for either event. A weekend pass for $75 is also available.
Brewers attending:

Saturday, October 5

9:00 am - 11:00 am ♦ “Breakfast Brew Club Part 1”
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Brew your own beer at Tribes Mokena on Saturday morning October 5th and return to bottle your beer to take home on Saturday, November 2nd from 9AM-11AM! $40+tax per person. Very Limited Availability. See James for details!

12:00 pm ♦ OktoberFest Tapping at SmallBar Division Street
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Join us as we kick off Fall in grand style with the classic fall flavor of Oktoberfest!
We’ll have liters, half liters and pints of the best Oktoberfest Biers made in and around Chicago as well as some from our favorite breweries further afield. Including:
Metropolitan Afterburner
Two Brothers Atom Smasher
Three Floyds MunsterFest
Greenbush Momento Mori
Solemn Oath Oktoberface
Boulevard Bob’s 47
Firestone Walker OaktoberFest
Victory Festbier
We’ll tap em at noon and drink all day!

Saturday, October 5

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm ♦ The Drinking and Writing Festival
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
The Drinking & Writing Theater holds the 9th annual Drinking & Writing Festival at the Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery.
This year’s festival focuses on Jim Morrison, not only the iconic lead singer of The Doors but was a poet in his own right. Morrison’s writing includes the books of poetry The Lords and the New Creatures (1969) and An American Prayer (1970). The Doors have a special connection to Chicago: Ray Manzarek, founding member and keyboardist for The Doors is from the South Side of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University.
This year’s coveted Drinking & Writing Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drinking & Writing also goes to Jim Morrison. Previous recipients include Rick Kogan, Christopher Hitchens, and Studs Terkel.
The festival will include special beers from Chicago breweries, a presentation on Jim Morrison and his writing by Northwestern professor Bill Savage, a talk by Steve Krakow from Secret History of Chicago Music and Paul Durica form Pocket Guide to Hell, and the “2 Drink Minimum Writing Contest” (participants are given a theme related to Jim Morrison/The Doors and given five minutes to write on the theme). Of course, people are encouraged to dress up in their late sixties/early seventies outfits.
Tickets are $30.00 and include admission to all events and an opportunity to sample all the beers. Tickets are available at

2:30 pm ♦ Trachten Pub Crawl
Laschet's Inn, 2119 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago 773-478-7915
It's time to don your dirndl and lace up your lederhosen for the annual "Trachten Kneipe Crawl". Register online or at 2:30pm at Laschet's Inn, 2119 W. Irving Park Rd. We will enjoy the hospitality of the following bars: Laschet's Inn, Resi's Bierstube, The Globe Pub, Wild Goose, Huettenbar, and Chicago Brauhaus.
A modest "steuer"of $10 as a fundraiser for the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, and will be collected and you will receive a drink coupon to be used at a future DANK event.

3:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Crown Brewing Oktoberfest
Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
Our Oktoberfest celebration is this Saturday and we will be pouring plenty of Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest Lager! The party is on Main Street in downtown Crown Point. We will also have Special Forces IPA, Crown Blue and Java Porter. There will be live music, lots of food vendors, a chili cook off, pie eating contest, bean bag tournament and more. This year, the Deutsch Meisters will be setting the mood with some festive German beer drinking music!
At 3pm on Saturday, we are going to tap a half barrel of our own Apple Ale at Oktoberfest. Get there early, because it won't last long!

6:00 pm ♦ Night of the Flight Vol. XIII: Unibroue
Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 541-8840
Unibroue flight for $15.00
The following beers will be featured:
Ephemere Cherry, La Fin Du Monde, Maudite & Trois Pistoles
While supplies last you will be able to take home the Unibroue flight stand.

9:30 pm ♦ Found Footage Festival's Best of the Midwest
Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago
Tickets, $12. As part of Brooklyn Brewery Mash week in Chicago, The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will debut a special show, the Best of the Midwest, at the Music Box Theatre. Together with Krulik, Found Footage Festival will present the greatest public access television footage from over twenty years of collecting, some of it originating from the Maryland area.
Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, "Inside and Outside Custodial Duties" in a McDonald's break room. Since then, Joe and Nick have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous, and profoundly stupid videos on VHS.
Since the first tour in 2004, the Found Footage Festival has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The festival has been featured on National Public Radio, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and G4 TV’s Attack Of The Show, and has been named a critic’s pick in dozens of publications, including The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, ("Skull-crushingly funny.") and The Chicago Tribune.
Opening the show will be comic Michael Lehrer, a Chicago based comedian, actor, writer, and improviser, who can currently be seen on The Second City e.t.c. stage’s 37th Revue, A Clown Car Named Desire. Previous Credits: iO Chicago, Chicago Underground Comedy, ESPN Radio, Just For Laughs Festival, The Andy Kaufman Awards (2010 Semi-Finalist), Sports Action Team, and BTN’s Big Ten Tailgate (Co-Host).
John us before and after the show for delicious and cheap Brooklyn beers at Cullen’s Bar & Grill next door.

10:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest Beer Crawl
Lincoln Square, Chicago
As the weather chills and the leaves turn orange you know what that means...Oktoberfest! Chicago's deep German roots can be seen throughout the city and Multilingual Connections is proud to partner with Liz Garibay of Tales, Taverns, and Towns, a tavern history group, to celebrate the last day of Oktoberfest. Crawl through Lincoln Square's German taverns and receive light German lessons, a historical tour of the Lincoln Square neighborhood, and lots of delicious beer. This is a fundraiser for Multilingual Connections, a Chicago-based, woman-founded business that features language classes for kids and adults as well as a 75-language translation service.
Tickets are $30 at this link.

Saturday - Sunday, October 5-6

12:00 noon ♦ Ravenswood Artwalk Detour
Ravenswood & Berteau, Chicago
Checking out the Ravenswood Artwalk? Make sure to DETOUR to enjoy craft beer and craft spirits from local breweries and distilleries, several who call Ravenswood home. With special tappings of limited release brews throughout the weekend, it's a great way to enjoy some of the city's best artisans. More information at
WHEN: Saturday, October 5th, Noon-9pm, Sunday, October 6th, Noon-7pm

Sunday, October 6

7:00 pm ♦ Books & Beer: Exploring Chicago's Beer Culture
Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern, 2600 W. Iowa, Chicago (773) 486-2626
Come celebrate Chicago’s past and present beer culture with Brooklyn Brewery as we go behind the scenes of the cities growing craft beer scene with Michael Kiser, creator of, and local historian Bill Savage.
Winner of Saveur Magazine’s 2013 'Best Beer Blog' award, Good Beer Hunting is Michael's personal, photographic journey through the industry, highlighting the people, places and products that stand out along the way. From exploring craft breweries in Boulder to sipping a lager with locals in Sweden, Michael's site chronicles his international explorations in the beer world and is a virtual hub for all things beer.
Bill Savage’s book, Chicago by Day and Night is a resurrected 1892 guide to Chicago’s entertainment nooks and crannies offered to tourists and travelers who flocked to Chicago by the hundreds of thousands for the World’s Columbian Exhibition.
Admission includes a Brooklyn Brewery beer, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit Slow Food Chicago. RSVP now to reserve your spot! Tickets at

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