I guess now that the kid stuff is over with, the grown-ups can party. With no further ado:
Friday, November 1
Chub Step Release at Half Acre
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
At Half Acre, Chub Step Porter has become a welcome beer. Now, for the first time, we're putting the chunk in bombers. Just like the real Chub, this beer welcomes cold weather at the door. "What's that, there's frost on the ground?" Enter the squat trotter; practically choad in dimension and grunting each breath into your life. He's your low frequency chocolatier slowing the deep beats down to a drool. An array of chocolate and brown malts stew in their sweet tea before the Fuggle nation bitters the pot. An English yeast cheers its porter roots and molds the slurry into the delicate sauce we've come to know as Chub Step. Find the bottom of a couple porter pints and climb into the palm of this comfortable host. 6% ABV. 22 oz. bomber bottle: $6.99. 64 oz. growler refill: $15. 32 oz. growler refill: $8. 16 oz. draft: $5
Day of the Dead at The Pony
The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 828-5055
In observation of the Day of the Dead (Dia De Las Muertos), The Pony will offer $4 Rogue Dead Guy and $4 Jim Beam Devil's Cut. A free Devil's Cut Brand Sampling will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and face painting will also be available.
5:00 pm ♦ Maple Tree Inn November Cellar Reserve Series
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Every Friday in November, we are opening the vault and tapping some very rare, exclusive beers from our cellar. All tappings are at 5:00 pm
Nov. 1: Firestone Walker Parabola
Nov. 8: De Struise Cuvée Delphine (Baller-Aged Black Albert)
Nov. 15: Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
Nov. 22: Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale
Nov. 29: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
5:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Weissenohe Benediktiner Zwickel
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Weissenohe Benediktiner Zwickelbier - 4.8% ABV. Unfiltered Hoppy Franconian Pilsner from Anstich Cask. An extra-hoppy, unfiltered, pilsner beer from a tiny family brewery located inside a former Benedictine Monastery. Poured by gravity from traditional German "Anstich" cask.
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 keg runs dry. First come, first served.
6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Beer Brunch with Local Option/Central Waters
1550 Bar at Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park, 1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago
The Red Star Bar on the second level at Whole Foods Lincoln Park will host a launch event for Maine Beer Company. Mo will on tap and there will be 7 bottled beers available.
7:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ Halloween Bash at Floyd's Alehouse in New Lenox
Floyd's Ale House, 901 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox, IL (815) 463-1111
Come out for a night of ghouly drinks/spooky cocktails… and half price appetizers, music and more…. Dress in your favorite costumes for extra savings… Come Party with Witches, Goblins, Ghouls….
Saturday, November 2
3rd Annual Fiesta Del Dia De Los Muertos
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Join us for one of our favorite events of the year as we celebrate La Dia De Los Muertos! We will be tapping some incredible beer and offering some fantastic food!
Upstairs we will have our annual shrine to the dead and invite you to bring pictures or items of mementos to place upon the shrine.
Complimentary Face Painting from noon to 6 and again at 11 pm.
Casks on tap: 5 Rabbit 5 Vultures w/Mexican Vanilla Beans and Intelligentsia Organic Coffee. 3 Floyds TBD
On Tap: 5 Rabbit Vida y Muerte, 3 Floyds Zombie Dust & Dreadnaught, Stone Mixed Tape 5, Suede & 17th Anniversary, Greenbush Momento Mori, Uinta Punk'n, The Bruery Autumn Maple, and so much more!
11:30 am - 5:30 pm ♦ Gapers Block Microbrewery Crawl
Start at Lake Effect Brewing Co., 4727 W Montrose, Chicago 312-919-4473
A four-brewer tour! Meet at Lake Effect; tour the brewery and get a little food courtesy of food trucks (TBA), then travel by bus to Finch's Beer Company to see how beer makes it from tank to can. The crawl then heads up for a visit to Andersonville's great Metropolitan Brewery, and finishes at DryHop Brewers in East Lakeview, where we'll find out what makes a brewpub different from a brewery. You'll then be free to stick around and have dinner, keep drinking or make your way to the next pub.
For $45, participants will get samples at each stop, and get tours of some very unique and different breweries. Be a part of this unique experience -- get your tickets now! Capacity is limited to 60 people.
5:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Requiem for a Brew House
CHAOS Brew House, 2417 W Hubbard St., Chicago
Note: this is a Members Only event at CHAOS Brew Club. Luckily, a 60 day Trial Membership can be had for $30, which gets you access to events and a chance to brew a batch of beer.
This Fall the changing of the seasons marks a huge leap for CHAOS; our first club brewhouse was abruptly bulldozed into a pile of rubble, and our new brewhouse is slowly rising like a slumbering phoenix sprung into service. For our 3rd Annual Harvest Fest, we are embracing the Halloween spirit to put our old ghosts to bed, and get to know our new ones. Join us in pouring one out for the old brewhouse, and then raise a glass to our new home. Pardon the dust, blood, and gore, moving is Hell, ya know?
Our zombie brew crew is offering a true Harvest Ale cooked up a couple weeks ago at a hop farm downstate with freshly clipped cones. We have also recently harvested a couple hundred gallons of barrel aged ales when we were forced to leave the old brewhouse before the wrecking ball struck. The upside of the whole fiasco is we have a sweet new club brewhouse and tons of awesome hard cider, beer, and food to share, so let’s party pagan style!
Food, beverages, and a special haunted brewhouse are all included in your membership.
6:00 pm - 12:00 mid ♦ IBW Presents: Sacrifice! Sacrifice Sacrifice!
Illuminated Beer Works, 116 N. Aberdeen St., Chicago
Illuminated Brew Works is a nano working it's tail off to open in Chicago. Our fundraiser/tasting/costume party to celebrate Halloween is Saturday, with previously untapped collaborations from DryHop Brewers and Hamburger Mary’s.
Come out and help support Illuminated Brew Works as we raise money to open our brewery. There will be costume contests, live music, burlesque dancers, food and a killer raffle. Live performances by: The Remedial Mesmerism of the Amazing Mr. King!, Snake Out! (Detroit), Nonagon (Chicago), Sweet Cobra (Chicago).
Hit the DONATE button at our web page to give $45. Your $45 gets you access to the event, plenty of beer samples, all the entertainment and a very limited edition IBW glass.
THIS IS A COSTUME PARTY!! SO… WEAR A COSTUME.
There will be no money taken at the door so donating our site is your only chance to get into this very limited attendance event. Need more info? firstname.lastname@example.org. Do it now!!
By donating to Illuminated Brew Works you’re taking an active role in helping our strange little baby grow. To thank you for your support you’ll receive a few I.B.W. stickers and an invitation to visit our subterranean headquarters at your convenience. Additionally, you’ll get added to our very limited distribution list for our next tasting. Donations can be of any amount, though please be aware that a minimum donation of $45 is needed to be added to the distribution list
8:30 pm ♦ The Brewprints Part 1: 40 Scenes on Hops
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Price: $15. Tickets through the Drinking & Writing website.
The Brewprints is a tetralogy (that's 4!) of separate and distinct shows by former Neo-Futurists Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda, dissecting and deconstructing each of the 4 ingredients of beer: water, hops, yeast and grain.
The Brewprints runs October 19 through November 20 on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 3
Beer Geeks Chili Cookoff
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795
Be sure to join us for the 3rd Annual Chili-Cook-off! Sample and judge homemade chili's from IBRU (Illiana Beer Rackers Union) finest chili chefs! All made with craft beer. A $5 cover lets you sample and judge all chili's. When all the votes are in, the chili feasting begins until its gone!
1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Tokens & Tankards: Beer & Video Game Pairing
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
RSVP It has come to our attention that a great many of you enjoy video games, and a great many of you also enjoy craft beer. We honestly can't blame you, and that's why we are getting together with Chicagoland brewers and Emporium Arcade Bar for something very special.
Allow us to blow your mind: A craft beer pairing event, matching local brews to Emporium’s arcade games. Each of the brewers are going to contribute a beer, which will be available at the bar. Each beer is specially and expertly paired by our drinking and gaming experts. Attendees will be given 10 tickets. Each ticket is worth 4 oz. of one of the paired beers. Attendees will also receive 10 tokens to use on of the paired games.
Tickets are $28 in advance, $30 at the door, and are tax deductible. Proceeds will be used to purchase books, toys, and games for kids at University Of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, in partnership with Child's Play. You must be at least 21 to attend.
Make sure to tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
STARRING: Two Brothers, Haymarket, Revolution, Metropolitan, Atlas, Hopothesis, Lake Effect, Solemn Oath Brewing, Off Color Brewing, Flesk Brewing Company
ALSO FEATURING: Tron, Mr. and Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, The Paperboy, Q*Bert, The Simpsons and dozens more!
STUNTS BY: Jumpman, Little Mac, Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer, Lance "Scorpion" Bean, Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Johnny Cage and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
CATERING BY: Peter Pepper and The Tapper
SECURITY PROVIDED BY: Max Force and Hit Man
Another Big Event next weekend:
Friday-Saturday, November 8-9
Lacuna Artist Loft Studios, 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago
Three tasting sessions: Fri: 6:00 pm, Sat: 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm
Beer Hoptacular invites you to explore Chicago and craft beer at the Fourth Annual Beer Hoptacular. Lacuna Artist Loft Studios welcomes Beer Hoptacular and our fans to put on another show of craft brewing, home brewing and DIY fun. We strive to create great experiences and to build on our success from Uptown in 2010 and 2011 and River North in 2012. This will be the best year yet!
Tickets are on sale now! Tickets are available at $45, or VIP passes for $85.
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