Slowly building up to speed. There still may be a few craftbeer events I've missed, but things should be full tilt for this weekend.
Monday, September 22
6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest On The Roof
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
The time has come again to roll out the barrels for Fountainhead’s 4th annual Oktoberfest! This year will feature some incredible Oktoberfest Beer selections—both foreign and domestic. Plus, Chef Cleetus will have some amazing & delicious specials on the menu to pair with the Oktoberfest brews. Prices for beer range from $6-$10.
For the first time in Fountainhead history, there will be live music on the Roof Deck! Alpine Thunder will be playing at 8 p.m. for guest listening pleasure!
On Tap: Spaten Oktoberfest, Ayinger Oktoberfest, Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest, Metropolitan After Burner, Left Hand Oktoberfest, Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Avery The Kaiser, Victory Festbier.
For more information and updated details, visit the event page.
6:30 pm ♦ Wolves in the Farmhouse: 3Floyds/Surly/Solemn Oath
Farmhouse Tavern, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 312-280-4960
Tickets are $100, including tax and gratuity. There's only 75 tickets so for details and tickets go to Brown Paper Tickets
Wolves In The Farmhouse?!! Yo, that sounds straight metal. Whether you love the reference or not come out, eat, drink with three of the best breweries in the Midwest. There might be a few heads banging, but we always find a way to keep the brows and bars high when we put together a beer dinner.
This ain't your white table cloth prix fixe. We're doing it up in the only fashion Farmhouse knows: keeping it classy while keeping it weird. The tunes'll be barreling about our tavern the night our friends from around the Midwest bring beer, bring metal, and we bring the food. At the risk of being ultra mysterious, we've got a few snippets, i.e. the beer, caveats and courses pending.
We're celebrating Monday with a six course beer dinner featuring pairings with these beers:
Three Floyds: Permanent Funeral, Zombie Dust
Surly: Surly Fest, Rye Barrel-Aged Pentagram
Solemn Oath: The Patron Saint of Quality Footwear, Happy Fun Beer
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Barley's Angels Field Trip to Penrose Brewing
Penrose Brewing, 509 Stevens St., Geneva, IL
We all have taken field trips in grade school or during summer camps, but I’m pretty sure you’ve never experienced one quite like this! The Chicago Chapter of Barley’s Angels is excited to head into a fall season of fun beer drinking with a field trip to Penrose Brewing in Geneva, IL! For this special event, we are encouraging Barley's Angels to invite their male, beer drinking buddies, as well (they shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun ALL the time!)
Event ticket holders will be responsible for getting to Geneva. Once we arrive at the Geneva Metra stop, it is just less than a one-mile walk. The event at Penrose will begin precisely at 7 p.m. where guests will enjoy a private tour of the brewery, Q&A with the Penrose team (including Christina Canto, female brewer) and a guided tasting of the delicious brews. The brewers will be mix ‘n minglin’ & raising a glass all evening with us.
Complete with sandwiches and, of course, lots of tasty brews.
For those taking the train back, we will need to catch the 9:37 p.m. Metra train to arrive back in the city at 10:46 p.m.
TICKETS: $12 per person and available at Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, and the Metra schedule, visit the Facebook event page.
Tuesday, September 23
5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Brew Talks Travels to Chicago (Industry Event)
Lagunitas Chicago Tap Room, 1843 S. Washtenaw Ave. Chicago
Brewbound is hitting the road once again, taking its traveling Brew Talks event series to Chicago for a meetup with beer industry professionals at the brand new Lagunitas Brewery taproom on Sept. 23.
Designed to provide brewers, distributors and retailers with an intimate opportunity to network and learn the business of beer in craft-friendly locales, Brew Talks Chicago will offer attendees two unique discussions on the marketing and distribution strategies of successful craft brands.
In addition to hosting conversations with local beer industry experts, Brewbound will also be raising funds for Foundations of Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing music education programs to students in the Chicago Public Schools system.100 percent of the suggested contribution proceeds ($10 – $100) will be donated to Foundations of Music. Click here to register for the event.
Earlier this summer, Brewbound completed a four-city west coast tour that made stops in Portland, Ore., Sacramento, Calif., Los Angeles and San Diego and raised over $4,000 for Safe Water International.
Brew Talks is sponsored by Owens-Illinois, the world’s leading glass container manufacturer.
Launched in 2013, Brew Talks are gatherings designed to provide craft brewers, distributors and retailers the opportunity to come together and have in-depth discussions on the business side of craft beer. The events serve as an educational and networking opportunity for beer industry professionals and all events are broadcast globally via a free live stream.
Published by BevNET.com, Inc., a leading business-to-business media company in the beverage space, Brewbound is dedicated to covering the rapidly evolving craft beer industry.
5:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Delilah's Oktoberfest & Pumpkin Beer Festival
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
Delilah’s is hosting a comprehensive tasting of Oktoberfest & Pumpkin beers. We will be tasting every possible version of these beers we can get in this market - plus a five year vertical of Ayinger Oktoberfest and a 3 year vertical of Southern Tier Pumking!
Some of the other beers being tasted include, but are not limited to Oktoberfest beers from Paulaner, Hacker-Pshorr, Becks, Goose Island, Great Lakes and Summit, plus Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale, Lakefront Pumpkin Lager & O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale - more than 75 to choose from!!! This is guaranteed to be ideal for both the new enthusiast as well as the long term aficionado - and talk about becoming an educated shopper. There is no cost to attend and the various beers will be available by the whole bottle/pint, or as a comprehensive sampling - information about the beers will be available.
5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ End of Summer Bash
Hub 51, 51 W Hubbard St, Chicago
As the craft beer movement continues to sweep the nation, HUB 51 is proud to announce their new, carefully curated selection of seasonal craft beers. The new lineup will please both connoisseurs as well as those that may be trying a new brew for the first time. A standout in the new offerings—HUB 51’s “Draft of the Moment.” Just as the name suggests, this limited edition beer will change often, with the featured beer only available until it runs out. Currently up for the enjoying - Sweet Leif, a Belgian blonde ale brewed by Chicago’s very own, Local Option. Additional draft offerings include Three Floyds (rotating), Greenflash West Coast IPA, and Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, among others.
Another event that will catch beer lovers attention is the End of Summer Bash at lower-level club SUB 51 (51 W. Hubbard St.). On Tuesday, September 23 from 5-8PM, join host Jay Michael, star of Bravo’s “100 Days of Summer,” and indulge in the build-your-own taco bar and passed appetizers, as well as beer cocktails, and ales provided by Ommegang. A portion of proceeds will benefit Common Threads, an organization that teaches children living in underserved communities how to cook wholesome, healthy meals in professional led, curriculum-based after-school programs. Tickets are $50 plus tax (gratuity not included) and can be purchased here,
5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Tasting Tuesday at Beermiscuous with Ale Syndicate
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Every Tuesday, Beermiscuous pours free 2 oz. samples of several different beers during its Tasting Tuesday. Each week features a unique format: themed tastings, tastings of related beer styles, a focus on a specific brewer (with representatives from the brewery), or simply random. Samples are limited so arrive early.
As part of our mission to highlight Chicago breweries, we'll have representatives from Ale Syndicate in the cafe on September 23. Ale Syndicate will have free samples of three of their beers: Revel Belgian Pale Ale, Omega Midnight Extra Foreign Stout and their Seven Flowers Imperial IPA collaboration with Atlas Brewing and the Welsh brewery, The Celt Experience.
7:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Wobble IPA Preview Party
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
After months of research and development, Two Brothers Brewing Company is happy to announce that they've come up with a new year round IPA; Wobble – an India Pale Ale that "wobbles" on the edge of really hoppy. The Bar on Buena is excited to host a preview party featuring this newest creation. Every pint from Two Brothers is $1 off and will get attendees a raffle ticket to win a brewery tour.
On Draft: Wobble – IPA, Atom Smasher Oak – Aged Oktoberfest, Cabinet of Curiosities White IPA – A Chef Cleetus collaboration. For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.
7:00 pm ♦ Dark Harvest IV
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
When the autumnal equinox arrives, we turn to the darkness. Dark Harvest IV takes us into the night with opaque brews, films of horror, and spectral sounds that only the absence of light can inspire.
Surly Darkness, Perennial Artisan Ales Sump, Penrose Coffee Navette, Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break, Cigar City/Great Lakes Wandering Pelican, Three Floyds Moloko, Solemn Oath TBA, Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ "Chicago Fire" Season Premiere Viewing at Lottie's
Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago (773) 489-0738
On Tuesday, September 23 at 9 p.m., Chicagoans can catch a glimpse of Lottie's on the season 2 premiere of NBC's hit show Chicago Fire. To celebrate, the Bucktown bar, known as "Molly's" on the show, will host a viewing party with the sound on.
Lottie's will air the show on their 19 flat screen TVs upstairs. Featured specials will include $3 Coors Banquet, $4 Fireball and a $5 Chicago Fire Burger (spicy burger with jalapenos and pepper jack cheese). Lottie's will also host a Fireball brand sampling, feature Chicago Fire t-shirts for half-off between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. There will be a special appearance from The Chicago Fire Department Bucktown Engine 35 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The series filmed at Lottie's before building a set replicating the bar at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, and according to the show's storyline, two of the firefighters bought "Lottie's" after battling a fire in the building, and they named their new pub Molly's.
Wednesday, September 24
Revolution Beer Release Wednesday
Revolution Brewing Brewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Unsessionable, a brand-new, big, bad hop bomb!
11:00 am - 10:00 pm ♦ Sour Beer Tap Takeover at Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
Pucker up with a pint! Beer novices and aficionados alike will have the opportunity to explore sour draught beer at Franklin Tap's tap takeover, featuring eight different sour craft beers. Chef Glenn Pistorio's full menu featuring appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches and more, will be available.
De Proef Sour Barrel #1 — 6.75% — Mixed Fermentation Sour Ale
Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour Strawberry Blonde — 5.8% — Strawberry Sour/Wild Ale
Goose Island Two More Weeks — 5.3% — Belgian Style Lambic
Goose Island Matilda Lambicus — 7% — Belgian Style Pale Ale/Wild Ale
Grand Teton Snarling Badger — 7.5% — Berliner Weiss
New Belgium La Folie — 7% — Flanders Oud Bruin/Brown Sour
Off Color Troublesome — 4.3% — Gose
Two Brothers Fathom — 6.5% — American Sour/Wild Ale
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Revolution Filibuster: Our Congressional Approval imperial wheat ale aged in bourbon barrels for sevent months. Sweet, malty and dark fruit notes.
5:00 pm ♦ Oh Gnome You Didn't!
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
It’s Gnome Week and we’re celebrating by pouring three beers from La Chouffe! So grab all your gnomies and come drink some great Belgian beer.
La Chouffe ● Belgian Strong Pale Ale ● 8% ABV
McChouffe ● Belgian Strong Dark Ale ● 8% ABV
N’Ice Chouffe ● Belgian Strong Dark Ale ● 10% ABV
7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest Party
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago
To celebrate all things BEER the Revolution Brewing gang will be hosting their Oktoberfest party at Sheffield's. There'll be LIVE music with The Bolzen Beer Band, a party punk polka band that is like nothing else you've ever seen, bringing polka into the next generation! $4 Revolution Drafts & Loadsa' Giveaways Including Revolution Steins, Swag & A Revolution Brewery tour!
7:30 pm ♦ WhirlyBall 80's Party w/ Tallgrass Brewing
WhirlyBall Chicago, 1880 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago 773-486-7777
WhirlyBall is hosting Tallgrass Brewing Company for a WhirlyBall Challenge and beer tasting. Bring your friends and enjoy an 80's themed evening (think Super Mario Brothers and NKOTB) with free games of Whirlyball and a chance to meet and beat the brewers, the Tallgrass Brewing Company team.
This Free Event Includes:
- Free WhirlyBall (Woah)
- A Bodacious Beer Selection from Tallgrass, including 8-Bit Pale Ale (The Official Beer of Retro Gamers), Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout (Rich and smooth like Remington Steele), Ethos IPA (six different hops from across the globe. It's basically "We Are The World" in a can), Velvet Rooster Belgian Tripel (just like your first Warhead; sweet, and strong) and a MYSTERY firkin!
- Classic Arcade Games, including Mortal Kombat 2, NBA Jam, and Pac Man
- 80's Prom Photographer complete with backdrop for couple's photos (ruffled dresses and awkwardly-fitting tuxedos encouraged)
- Raffle for a Nintendo Game Boy, so one lucky winner can relive their glory days long after the event is over
All guests will receive a raffle ticket to enter to win a genuine Nintendo Game Boy. Additional tickets will be awarded to those superior WhirlyBallers that beat Team Tallgrass on the courts. Show up as close as you can to 7:30 to register to play.
RSVP for the event here. This your last chance to hang out on the WhirlyBall patio so come check it out while it's still around!
Thursday, September 25
4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA
Founders' most complex, most innovative, most feared and yet most revered ale produced. Massive in complexity the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alpha’s used to create this monster. More IBU’s than any brewery has documented, more than you would believe and dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil. We dare you to dance with the Devil. 112 IBUs
5:00 pm ♦ Trooper Premium British Beer & Glassware Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Keep the glass when you order an Iron Maiden Trooper on tap starting at 5pm!
Real ale fan and history aficionado Bruce Dickinson, Maiden's vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer, entailing ongoing visits to Robinson's brewery in Stockport.
6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Brew Brawl at The Bar on Buena
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
The Bar on Buena’s first Beer Brawl, the Hefe-Weizen Battle, HEFE-OFF!! was a huge success so now it’s time for Round 2. A battle of this seasonal favorite, OKTOBER-FISTS!! pins four different Oktoberfest brews against each other to see which will reign supreme.
The contenders are: Ayinger Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, Great Lakes Oktoberfest and Metropolitan Afterburner.
For this event The BoB will be offering a flight of all 4 of the contenders. Individual beers will start at $5. Will it be a traditional Oktoberfest Märzen or a recent, American craft beer version? Guests can try them all and vote for their favorite to help decide.
There is no cover for the event with beer available for purchase. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams Octoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition
Binny's Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Rd. Algonquin, IL 847-458-2470
Think you can hoist a full liter of beer longer than anyone else? Come test your skills at the annual Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition. The top three winners for both men and women will receive great prizes, including valuable Binny’s Gift Cards. Whether you’re hoisting, cheering on your friends while they hoist, or just getting a taste of Samuel Adams 2014 Octoberfest, it’s sure to be grand time. Good luck and happy hoisting!