Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 3–5

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 3–5
So many beer festivals this weekend!

Hey, I thought things would be quiet this weekend because all the brewers would out attending, judging or pouring at the Great American Beer Festival. Instead, there's a lot to do for those of us who are left behind.

Friday, October 3

Half Acre Sticky Fat Release
Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038
Once a year, cones grow plump, the yard boss readies his men, and brewers across the country await their delivery of whole cone, wet hops. At the same time, the farmers that make our sticky dreams possible, sharpen their stakes against the historic foe - a bear we've come to know as Sticky Fat.
We brew a beer in honor of this giant, to keep his story fresh. This year we brewed with 300 pounds of Chinook hops, soaking wet and straight from our northern friends in Michigan. Sticky Fat American Dark Ale is brown as the bear's hind quarters, and laced with piney, resinous hop character, backed up by plunging levels of chocolate and roast. Swing by and tip one back, a toast to all the things that keep us on our toes. 22 ounce bottle: $8.99, 64 ounce growler refill: $18, 32 ounce howler refill: $10, 16 ounce pour: $6

4:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Anderson Valley Brewing Happy Hour Tap Takeover
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago (312) 922-8025
After work is all said and done on Friday, stop by The Franklin Tap and enjoy some bahl AVBC steinbers for happy hour and kick your weekend off right. We'll the tried and true favorites Boont Amber and Hop Ottin IPA as well as our delicious pumpkin ale, Fall Hornin. Add to that some very rare and exclusive kegs of Rye IPA, Mowkeef Saison and Dunkelweisse. Should be pretty tasty indeed.

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Warsteiner Oktoberfest
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us as we celebrate both the Oktoberfest Season and the triumphant return of Warsteiner to our draft line-up! Join us as we tap a wooden ceremonial keg of Warsteiner Oktoberfest right on the bar! Warsteiner has played a huge part in the history of The Bavarian Lodge, and it's time we threw a party to welcome it back to its true Chicagoland home.
The folks from Warsteiner will be here to celebrate by hoisting a stein with us and handing out fun Warsteiner trinkets to those that attend and raise a glass with us!
Of course, what's a German party without a pig roast! We'll be serving our roast suckling pig roast all night long...Tender, juicy, well-marbled, young suckling pig, roasted whole in our oven and carved to order - served in the traditional Bavarian fashion with the skin-on. With pan gravy, caraway boiled potatoes, and homemade sauerkraut. Pair this fantastic meal with any of these fantastic Warsteiner draft and cask offerings...
AVAILABLE FROM WOODEN BARREL: Warsteiner Oktoberfest (Tapping at approx. 6:30pm)
AVAILABLE ON DRAFT: Warsteiner Premium Pils, Oktoberfest, Dunkel, Konig Ludwig Weissbier

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest Party at Revolution Kedzie (Sold Out)
Revolution Brewery & Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS
E-tickets for our fall event cost $30 each and include a huge one-liter commemorative glass stein and one ticket toward a beer. PURCHASE E-TICKETS AT OUR WEB STORE! Please bring your photo ID and printed purchase confirmation to the door.
This year, we're giving you a sneak peek of our NEW EXPANSION at the Kedzie brewery. We're setting up the new area as a traditional German Beer Hall and invite you to trinken und essen with us!
We'll also have live music and food trucks outdoors.

6:00 pm ♦ Auf Wiedersehen Oktoberfest
Jake Melnick's, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Oktoberfest is a German beer festival lasting for 16 days, running from September 20th to October 5th.
We are saying “Auf Wiedersehen Oktoberfest” and seeing it out with a bang! No tickets needed- just come ready to drink GREAT beer and have fun!
Starts at 6pm with beer tappings (Food specials from 6pm-8pm)
Food Specials:
$5 Jumbo Brat on a pretzel bun with sauerkraut and stone ground mustard. Served with fries.
$5 Pretzels and Beer Cheese appetizer basket
Beers on Tap:
Solemn Oath Oktoberface, Left Hand Oktoberfest, Surly Fest, Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Weinstephaner Oktoberfest, Victory Festbier, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Ayinger Oktoberfest.

7:00 pm - 12:30 am ♦ Shiner Spotlight
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Join us for a festive brewery spotlight, featuring Shiner Beer out of Texas!!
The full draft line-up will include Holiday Cheer (5.4%, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches & roasted pecans), Bock (4.4%, Vienna Lager), Prickly Pear (4.9%, brewed using the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to the region), Premium (4.4%, Premium Golden Lager), Oktoberfest (5.7%, Marzen), White Wing (4.7%, Witbier). RSVP on Facebook!

St. Matthias Friends of the Craft7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ St. Matthais Friends of the Craft Beer Fest
St. Matthias School Hall, 4910 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago
Last year we added to the tradition of our Friends of the Grape festival with the first annual Friends of Craft beer tasting on Friday evening. We are happy to announce that this occasion will continue in 2014.
This new addition to the 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.
Tickets are $45 per person, at the rectory or online, Buy a weekend pass for entry into both events Friday & Sunday for $75.
Brewers attending: Alarmist Brewing, Ale Syndicate, Aleman, Aquanaut, Atlas, Begyle, Breakroom, Empirical Brewery, Half Acre, Pipeworks, Square Keg Homebrew Club, Finch’s, Lake Effect, Virtue Cider

Saturday, October 4

11:00 am - 2:00 pm ♦ You Can't Drink All Day Unless You Start w/ Breakfast Stout
Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph Chicago, IL (312) 243-3100
You bet it's stout season again! Do you like bacon? Do you like beer? Join us as we kick of Kaiser Tiger's new brunch menu with some very special tapping of Founders Breakfast Stout and a prerelease of the first new beer in two years, Dark Penance Black IPA. We will have a limited supply of Founders Breakfast Stout coffee mugs and other giveaways available. Oh yeah, did we mention Kaiser Tiger was just named best beer bar in the US by

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Hyde Park Brew Fest
Nichols Park, 355 E. 53rd St., Chicago
Come sample over 60 beers and cider as a part of Discover Hyde Park's Oktoberfest in Chicago's Hyde Park community. Sponsored by Sam Adams and Kimbark Beverage Shoppe
Breweries include: Revolution, Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Ale Syndicate, Vice District, Metropolitan, Baderbrau, Atlas, Bell's, Brooklyn, Hofbrau, Capital, Deschutes, Seattle Cider, Smith and Forge, Angry Orchard, Goose Island and many more ...
Particpants receive 20 sample tickets and a souvenir glass.
Early Bird Tickets are $35 through Eventbrite. General Admission/At the Door are $45
Don't want to sample beer? Come enjoy the free festival. Live Music, Vendors, Food Trucks, Sam Adams on Draft and a whole lot more! Festival Hours 11am-8pm
Sponsored by Discover Hyde Park, Southeast Chicago Commission, and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Woodstock Ale Fest
Corner of Clay & Bartlett Streets, Woodstock, IL
The Woodstock Ale Fest will be Woodstock’s first craft beer festival. The inaugural fest will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2014. The Woodstock Ale Fest will be a celebration of Craft Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass. The fest will feature over 100 unique beers from craft breweries around the country, that irresistible pork product called bacon and live Bluegrass.
General admission tickets are $40 through this link. The net proceeds from the fest will benefit the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Adult & Child Therapy Services.

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle, IL
Warm up this fall with a celebration of 80 + unique craft beers from the Midwest and other areas across the country. Dozens of breweries will be on hand to pour you their favorite brews and even share a few beer-making secrets. Fill your glass with all the Arboretum has to offer with our NEW Drink It In: Craft Beer Festival. Cheers!
Admission ticket entitles holders to enjoy up to 15 craft brew samples (3 oz pours). Additional beer samples can be purchased for $1 each. CASH ONLY.
Are you an early bird? VIP admission ticket holders will be able to enter the event at Noon.
The Morton Arboretum encourages safe driving with designated driver tickets. Designated drivers will not receive tastings or a souvenir beer glass. They will enjoy free soda and water during the event.
This Festival takes place outdoors on the lawn near the Visitor Center, rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. We encourage you to bring a chair or blanket for relaxed outdoor seating while enjoying the crisp autumn afternoon and live music.
28 Days & According to Sarah will be playing!
General Admission: Member: $35; Nonmember: $45; Designated Driver: $15
VIP Admission (included exclusive access to the event at 12:00 pm: Member: $55; Nonmember: $65; Designated Driver: $15. Check the festival website for ticketing.
Brewer list:
51st Ward, Argus, B. Nektar, Baderbräu, Boulevard, BrickStone, Church Street, Destihl, Dogfish Head, Empirical, Emmett's, Firestone Walker, Flesk, Founders, Goose Island, Granite City Food & Brewery, Hailstorm, Hopvine, Lagunitas, Lakefront, Lazy Magnolia, Left Hand, Local Option, Nevin's, New Belgium, New Holland, Off Color, One Trick Pony, Penrose, Pollyanna, Revolution, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, SlapShot, Small Town, Southern Tier, Transient Artisan Ales, Two Brothers, Vander Mill Ciders, Virtue Cider, Werk Force.

1:00 - 4:00 pm ♦ Craft Beer Showcase
Famous Liquors, 7714 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 708-366-2500
Famous Liquors presents Craft Beer Showcase! Come out and enjoy samples from a variety of local/ regional breweries and enter for a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes as well. Local favorite, Amelia's Good Food and Drink, will be on hand serving up some bite sized dishes to complement the beer. Call 708-366-2500 directly for ticket information and for participating breweries.

3:00 - 4:30 pm ♦ Beer Tasting at the Bottle Shop
The Bottle Shop, 1148 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL (847) 256-7777
Green Flash Brewing Co. will be pouring. $10 reimbursed with purchase.

4:00 pm ♦ Drinking & Writing - Brechtoberfest!
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
BrechtoberfestYa! It's that time of year, Ya! Lederhosen, Dirndl, Oktoberfest Beer, Oom Pa Pa music, Bratwurst, Strudel and Pretzels with mustard. We're not saying any of that will be at our show but we'll have plenty of Bertolt Brecht!!!
The Drinking & Writing Theater's newest show, "Brechtoberfest" explores what festivals like Oktoberfest are really all about as seen through the aesthetic of the German poet, playwright, director and Marxist Bertolt Brecht who said..."a Theater without beer is merely a museum"
Show opens Saturday, September 6 at 4pm and continues through Saturday, October 25.
Showtime is 4pm - tickets are $15 For Tickets Click Here.

7:00 pm ♦ Octoberfest at Paddy Long's
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Featuring live music with Big Al and a killer Octoberfest beer selection including Three Floyds, Revolution and Goose Island.

Sunday, October 5

9:00 am - 3:00 pm ♦ Brewery Collectibles Show
Elk Grove Village VFW Hall, 400 E. Devon Ave. - Elk Grove Village, IL
The show will feature all types of breweriana such as: beer cans, signs, trays and microbrewery items. Annual membership is $7.00. Member Sellers: First table FREE, additional table $5.00. Non-Member Sellers: Table fee is $10.00. General admission FREE. Bring your brewery items in for a FREE appraisal! For information, call John Warnick, 708-764-BEER. Also at

11:30 am - 4:00 pm ♦ Cheese and Cheers Moveable Feast No. 1 CANCELLED
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
This cheese, beer and wine pairing has been cancelled on Oct 3 buy its organizer. Check the ticket site at Brown Paper Tickets for refund information.

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