Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 19-21

We're back! Seems as I tried to take a hiatus, the crush of events just kept going. I had not counted on the diminishing time off between Labor Day and Oktoberfest celebrations, nor that fact that are more beer festivals than ever!

And I realize that calendar I posted in the previous article was a bit of a mess. I just spun off an API from my Google Calendar that I had set up for New Year's Eve events, and forgot that the date at the top of the list was set for December 31. One day, though I will get that worked out, which will make my job easier and keep these calendar articles constantly updated. Someday.

Friday, September 19

Forbidden Root Samplings
Binny's Beverage Depot 
Chicago's botanic brewers Forbidden Root announced that two of their beers, Sublime Ginger and Shady Character, are now available in bottles at Chicago retail locations. This weekend they are being stocked at Binny's location, and they will be out with samplings at the following stores:
Friday: 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Grand Avenue, Lincoln Park and South Loop locations.
Saturday: Binny's Naperville: 11:00 am-1:00 pm  ♦ Lincoln Park: 12:00-2:00 pm ♦ Downers Grove: 2:00-4:00 pm ♦ South Loop: 2:00-4:00 pm ♦ Willowbrook: 4:30-6:30pm
More tastings will be schedule next weekend.
Starting next week, Forbidden Root will also be stocked at Armanetti's Grand & Western, Beermiscous, Beer Temple, Bottles & Cans, Fischman's, and Noble Grape. For an updated list of locations and tastings, check the Forbidden Root website.

Friday, September 19

11:00 am - 1:00 am ♦ Oktoberfest Celebration at Cactus
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago
Raise a stein while helping local canines! Oom-pah-pah your way to half-liter and one-liter keepsake steins, filled with your choice of five Marzen-style beers from Chicago, Germany and beyond: Revolution Oktoberfest; Two Brothers Atom Smasher Oktoberfest Lager; Left Hand Oktoberfest Marzen Lager; Sam Adams OctoberFest; and Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier. Liter steins are $15 and half-liter steins are $9. Pints are $6 each throughout the month of September. Proceeds from each souvenir stein sale will be donated to Chicago Canine Rescue.

12:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Heyoka Release
Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
A year ago we released Heyoka India Pale Ale in cans. Right when fall cracks, we begin putting Heyoka in cylindrical bunkers for the taking. Heyoka IPA is a primal blend of Amarillo and Chinook, classic hop varietals earning their place in lore. Pouring a blazed orange, pale malts coddle liquid pine bitterness riding corduroy swells of depth. It will clap in your ears and buzz through your skull. Get good and comfortable, we’ll be churning it out for a while. 4 pack 16 ounce cans: $9.99. 64 ounce growler refill: $14. 32 ounce howler refill: $8. 16 ounce draft: $5

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm ♦ Chicago Ale Fest (CANCELLED)
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Unfortunately, the decision was made this morning by the event organizers to cancel this weekend's Chicago Ale Fest due to anticipated inclement weather and financial concerns. We are hoping to reschedule the event for some time next year. As a ticket holder, you will receive a full refund via our ticketing website, ExtremeTix.

6:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest Kick-Off Party & Pig Roast!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Celebrate the start of this year's Oktoberfest season with our 28th Annual Oktoberfest Pig Roast accompanied by two very special firkins made especially for this event! Both casks will be tapped right on the bar counter and gravity dispensed until they're gone.
In Germany, Oktoberfest celebrates local brewing. We keep that spirit alive this year by featuring draft and cask beers from Chicago's very own Metropolitan Brewing. We love Metro's focus on German-style lagers and ales and are proud to celebrate with them once again this year. Stop in and meet the Metropolitan crew for a good old fashioned Oktoberfest stein hoist!
In addition to all of the fresh brewed goodness, this same day marks the beginning of our Oktoberfest Pig Roast! Succulent pork, roasted whole, and carved to order. Accompanied with parsley boiled potatoes, our homemade sauerkraut, and pan gravy. This special will be available daily through the end of October!
Metropolitan from Cask-Conditioned Firkin:
- Diablo Dynamo (w/Hot Peppers)
- Blueberry Krankshaft (Kolsch w/Fresh Blueberries)
Metropolitan Beers on Draft
- Afterburner Oktoberfest Lager
- Heliostat Zwickel Lager
- Arc Welder Dunkel Rye
Other German Oktoberfest draft offerings for your enjoyment as well!
Firkins will both be tapped at around 6pm.
Pig Roast & Drafts Available @ 4pm.

Saturday, September 20

Beer House "Local" Oktoberfest
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Get our your lederhosen! Join the Beer House family to kick off Oktoberfest! Our focus will be Local Oktoberfest beers! We'll have the Church Street Brewing Company and Lakefront Brewery Brewery to name a few! Our Beer of the Month will be Two Brothers Atom Smasher! Want to drink them out of an Oktoberfest boot?...don't worry, we'll have those too! Oh, and how about some pretzels?? We'll be playing traditional German music...and when we've had just about enough of that, we'll rock it out Beer House style with DJ FoxHound spinning vinyl at 9pm!

Imperial Oaktoberfest
Imperial Oak Brewing Co., 501 Willow Blvd, Willow Springs, IL (708) 559-7311
Dig out your Dirndls and Lederhosen and join us as we celebrate the German tradition of Oktoberfest! We will be tapping our Oktoberfest bier and will also be releasing a limited amount of our Barrel Aged I Must Break You. To add to the festivities we will also be hosting a few of our favorite local breweries and distilleries. Stroll our lot to try offerings from Hailstorm Brewing, BuckleDown Brewing, Blue Nose Brewing and Quincy Street Distillery. More details to follow soon, but mark your calendars now!

11:30 am ♦ Durty Nellie’s Fall Beer Fest
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
Ticket Price: $38 at PayPal.
Durty Nellie’s Fall Beer Fest will offers 25 2-oz pours for each ticket. This year we will “Savor the Local Flavor” and have invited some of the top local craft breweries to show off their new, and past favorite, beers! Local music talent Crisp, as well as Matt Burke, will be performing.
Brewers attending: RevolutionPenroseTightheadLake BluffUne Annee, BuckleDown, Baderbrau, Finch’s, Lagunitas, BrickStone, Argus, Two BrothersOff ColorHalf Acre, Church Street, Goose Island, Wild Onion, Moody Tongue, Pig Minds, Rabid Brewing, Middle Brow, Urban Legend, and more….

A special Belgian beer release

A special Belgian beer release

11:00 am - 8:00 pm ♦ Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Zwanze Day is a special day in which Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium releases a rare beer at only fifty-six locations around the world. West Lakeview Liquors is extremely pleased and honored to have been selected as one of the locations again this year!
The event starts at 11:00 am; Zwanze 2014 tapping is at 2:00 pm. Commemorative Zwanze Day Glasses for sampling will be available. We have a great day planned with rare beers, special bottle releases throughout the day, lot’s of delicious food & so much more. This year's event will benefit our neighbors, The Common Pantry, who have been serving the needs of our community and beyond since 1967.
Draft List:
Imported: Brasserie Cantillon, Belgium: Zwanze 2014 Cuvée de Florian, Gueuze, Iris Grand Cru, Mamouche.
Domestic: New Belgium Tart Lychee, La Folie 2013, tba...

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Sausagefest 2014
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
We’re pairing 10 house-made sausages (and some guest sausages) with 10 artisanal cheeses and 20 craft beers! We’ll also have live music from Karl Neurauter and an appearance from the Grateful Bites Wood Fired Pizza trailer.  Tickets tend to go pretty fast, but some are still available—$45 plus service fees at

12:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Schuba's Pig, Swig, & Record Dig 2014
Schuba's Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 525-2508
Schubas will host our fourth annual Pig, Swig & Record Dig. Browse a massive selection of new and vintage LPs from Chicago’s most trusted record labels and stores, while enjoying the smell of crackling pork skin from the suckling pig roasting outside and drinking discounted beverages from Revolution Brewing: Anti-Hero IPA Draft $2, Oktoberfest Can $2, Bottom Up Wit Can $2.
Vendors include Reckless RecordsPermanent Records Chicago, Village Records, HoZac RecordsThrill Jockey RecordsImmune RecordingsBeverly Records and Costumes, ChicagosakiDusty GrooveBucket O' Blood Books and RecordsRecord Breakers, Aadam Jacobs (Private Dealer), Matt Sohn (Private Dealer), Rob Gillis (Private Dealer) + more to come!
We’ll also be raffling off tons of cool stuff throughout the day, including autographed screen prints, gift certificates, prizes from our vendors, and a grand prize package featuring a pair of five-day festival passes to Tomorrow Never Knows 2015. Raffle proceeds will go to Lakeview Pantry. RSVP via Do312 for one free raffle ticket!

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm ♦ Logan Square Beer Fest
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd Chicago, IL
The Logan Square Beer Fest will feature 20 Breweries and 50+ Beers, including rare beers (barrel aged, cask conditioned, collaboration, etc).
For 2014, the fest has two sessions: 1 - 4 pm and 5 - 8 pm. Tickets are $45 each, available through the festival web site. The festival includes Live Music from Lagunitas founder Tony Magee’s Band, Alice Drinks the Kool Aid; and Baily Dee’s Late Night Bait Band; a Brewery Swag Raffle (brewery hats, t-shirts, mugs, beer, etc.), and commemorative Logan Square Beer Fest glass mugs to each participant.
Scheduled participating brewers include 3 Floyds, Ale Syndicate, Begyle, Bell's, Berghoff, Greenbush, Half Acre, Lagunitas, Lake Effect, Lakefront Brewery, Metropolitan, Middle Brow, Penrose, New Holland, Off Color, Revolution, Solemn Oath, Temperance, and Transient Artisan Ales.

1:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest Open House
Binny's Beverage Depot, 323 W. Golf Point Plaza, Schaumburg, IL 847-882-6000
Celebrate the season with this store wide Oktoberfest tasting. We'll taste a wide array of Oktoberfest beers from around the world, from German classics to American craft takes on the style, plus great estate-bottled German wines that are delicious in any season.

1:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Brew at the Bridge
Hudson Crossing Park, S. Harrison St., Oswego, IL
Enjoy Oswego's craft beer festival along the Fox River! Admission include a souvenir glass tasting pilsner and five 2 oz. taste tickets plus 3 additional taste tickets for the new Home Brew Tent. Guests can buy additional tickets while listening to live music and enjoying the shady park of Hudson Crossing in downtown Oswego. Brew at The Bridge will also feature food which serves as the perfect compliment to a cold craft beer on a sunny afternoon.
The 2014 $20 brew package includes your commemorative glass, five 2 oz. brewery tastes, and three 2 oz. limited supply home brew club taste. For additional information on participating breweries, bands and tickets visit
Participating brewers: Hailstorm Brewing, Nevin's, Destihl, Penrose, Samuel Adams, Ale Syndicate, Three Angels, Angry Orchard, Temperance, Village Vintner and Brewery, 5 Rabbit, Lagunitas, Stockholms, Virtue Cider, Revolution, New Holland, Hopothesis, Werk Force, Hopvine, Baderbräu.

2:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Pumpkin Beer Tasting
Binny's, 124 McHenry Rd.–Town Center Shopping Center, Buffalo Grove, IL 847-459-2200
It's that time again, when you can get your hands on pumpkin beer in all its tasty glory. Come on down for a taste, and discover why pumpkin beer has quickly become one of the top seasonal favorites.

3:00 - 4:30 pm ♦ Beer Tasting at the Bottle Shop
The Bottle Shop, 1148 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL (847) 256-7777
Great Lakes is back in the shop. $10 reimbursed with purchase.

4:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ 312 Urban Block Party
Goose Island Brewery,
1800 W Fulton St., Chicago
Goose Island Beer Company and WXRT present the third annual 312 Urban Block Party. Once again, Goose Island will be rolling out some exclusive and rare beers from our secret stash in the brewery.  In addition to these beers, variations of beer cocktails, beer cotton candy, beer-battered corn dogs & other beer foods will be offered.  There will also be beer with beer in it. Food trucks taking part in this bash are: The Tamale Spaceship, Jerk 312, Haute Sausage, Bombay Wraps, DönerMen (German), Taquero Fusion, The Eastman Egg Company. In addition to these delicious trucks, a pig roast by the Goose Island Brewpubs will be happening.
If you missed the recent collaboration beers, SVE Kolsch and Recommended Pils then this will be your last chance to give it a try. SVE Kolsch was made with musician Sharon Van Etten and Recommended Pils was made in collaboration with the team using the 'fountain of youth' water hand pumped from the Schiller Woods Cook County forest preserve. Our Fulton and Wood series, which happens to be the location of the brewery and the entrance to the fest, will also be pouring from the taps.
We promise great live music on two stages –with one being dedicated to local acts, our local anesthetic. Goose Island's first block party took place 22 years ago, we promise to stay in the spirit of a neighborhood fest and not bring you a table full of cheap sunglasses or a 'food' stand of elephant ears, just good beer, local food, great music and Chicagoans having a good time.
Check Goose Island's Event page for the full schedule of bands and pouring. Tickets are still available at $10 each through Ticketweb


4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Terrible Twos: Jerry's Andersonville's Second Anniversary
Jerry's - Andersonville, 5419 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 796-3777
Jerry’s – Andersonville is turning 2 in September, and how do we celebrate? With beer!
Every hour from 4 to 7, we’ll be tapping a gruesome twosome that will make your mouths water!
4PM: 2012 Allagash Interlude, 2013 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
5PM: Goose Island Madame Rose & 2012 Big John
6PM: Jolly Pumpkin Rambic, Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey Older Viscosity
7PM: Surly Pentagram, Founders KBS
Plenty other great craft beers pouring all day long, and we'll be releasing a couple very rare bottles the day of….but you’ll just have to show up to find out what!

5:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ A Star is Born
Illuminated Brew Works LLC, 415 N. Sangamon St., Chicago
We're celebrating over 4 years of hard work, bad decisions, and big dreams and we want you to be there.
On Saturday, Illuminated Brew Works is celebrating its official licensing from the State of Illinois to legally sell and be taxed for selling beer in this fine state of ours. There will be music from great local bands Brickfight, The Columbines as well as a super special guest.
There will be Burlesque dancers! The Can Car! Nonsense! And of course collaborations and pours from Une Année, Local Option, DryHop Brewers, Andersonville, Inebriated Brewing and delicious gluten-free homebrew from Fled!
The League of Troubled Souls will be bringing their fiery effects for our crumbling empire, too!
We'll be giving very short and probably underwhelming tours of our dank, dark and disturbing brewspace. There may be games of chance and battles of wits. There will be port-a-potties! Food trucks. Massages provided by high ranking city officials! And so much more.
And because we're so freaking nice and super stoked to be able to see our dream take flight we're GIVING this event to you our lovely friends and supporters for COMPLETELY, 100%, ABSOLUTELY FREE. FREE!!! The catch here is that YOU HAVE TO RSVP to get into this thing. This is a private affair and unless you let us know ahead of time we aren't going to let you in. No exceptions hot shot. You don't want to miss this, seriously. RSVP to

6:00 - 9:00 am ♦ The Elbo Room 25th Anniversary Party
The Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 549-5549
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Elbo Room will be combining local bands with local brews. The tasting and tap takeover is free, cover to enjoy the bands is $10. Breweries include Ale Syndicate, Rude Hippo, Big Shoulders! Tickets are $10 each, check Elbo Room's Events calendar for info and the ticket link!

6:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Maiden the Lot: The Trooper w/Judas Beast (Iron Maiden Tribute)
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Artisanal Imports and Fischman Liquors & Tavern present: The TROOPER with ultimate Iron Maiden Tribute Band...JUDAS BEAST!
TROOPER is a Premium British Beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery. It takes its name from the Iron Maiden song which is inspired by the famous Charge of the Light Brigade. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character!
JUDAS BEAST is a bad-ass Iron Maiden tribute band with an amazing vocalist that nails the sound of Bruce Dickinson's voice! This band doesn't mess around. They're ready to bring you a full on Maiden show with sound, lighting, thunderous lead bass, epic guitar solos, war-torn British flags and of course...EDDIE!!!
It's time to celebrate and to raise your TROOPER glass (yes, there'll be branded TROOPER glassware for the first 100 people to order the TROOPER on draft!) in the air to one of the biggest and best metal bands of all time! We'll also have T-Shirts, posters, flags & plenty of TROOPER on draft and in bottles!!!
More details to come, but in the meantime...we wanna know what IRON MAIDEN song you want Judas Beast Chicago to play the most!

6:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Main Street Libertyville Oktoberfest
120 W Church, Libertyville, IL
Live music, friends, food (including German), fun, and your favorite beverages in downtown Libertyville. Please join us for a great time. Children under 18 are free! Advance purchase online for $15. See you at Mickey Finn's for the after party featuring music by The Personnel - no cover charge of course. Info at this link.

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Last Block Party of the Year
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179
One more party before the Winter consumes us! (Admit it Fall no longer exists) We have our own beer-slinger/multi-instrumental vocalist Kevink Davidson's band Ferris playing outside. Party starts at 6:00PM with beers outside and in, including the return of our Belgian Monkey dark strong ale.

Saturday and Sunday

12:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Andersonville City Made Fest
5000-5100 N. Clark Street (Carmen Ave. to Argyle St.), Chicago
Andersonville welcomes local businesses, brewers and artists from across Chicago to participate in our second-annual City Made Fest. The fest will feature Chicago beers, Chicago music, and Chicago artisans in a weekend long celebration of all things local.
This fest offers patrons the City of Chicago’s ONLY local-only craft brew festival. The theme of the event, “City Made,” highlights our commitment to exalting crafters working within the Chicago City Limits. Unlike other craft brew festivals, this event showcases even the smallest scale brewers and makers on a grand stage.
Featuring a revolving line-up of local brews on tap, one stage of live music, and dozens of vendors, Andersonville City Made Fest invites participants from across Chicago to celebrate its exceptional artisan community and the breweries that are making some of the nation’s best beers right in our own backyards.
The event is open to the public (suggested $5 donation at gate).

Sunday, September 21

4:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Bach, Blues and Brews
Carlyle Brewing Co., 215 E State St, Rockford, IL (815) 963-2739
Join us for an evening of Bach, Blues and Brews to support the student financial aid and scholarship programs of The Music Academy in Rockford!
• Bach and blues by Jon Rozman (alum) and Rachel Handlin (faculty member)
• Pub-style appetizers from Abreo, Capri, Vintage @ 501
• Brews and Rootbeer by Carlyle Brewing Company
• Door prizes from neighborhood restaurants: Uncle Nick’s and Irish Rose

Tickets are $25/adults and $15/students (18 and under)
Each ticket includes four drink vouchers.

Family friendly! All ages welcome.

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