Gotta get this article out so I can filter through the list of local winners at the Great American Beer Festival. Watch for that info soon!
Also watch for The Saint Louis Brewery (the Gateway City's largest American-owned brewery!), which will soon be introducing its Schalfly beer to the Chicago market! A few kegs will be popping up at various events soon, while the formal launch is planned for January.
Tuesday, October 7
Beer Hoptacular Kick Off Party
Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago (773) 506-3100
Fat Cat hosts a Beer Hoptacular Kickoff Party! Do you classify yourself as a "Beer Geek" or just love to drink beer? Then join us for Beer Team Trivia at 8pm for your chance to win 2 tickets to Beer Hoptacular (October 10 - 11) featuring over 50 breweries at the Aragon Ballroom and two Half Acre beer brewery tour tickets. Raffle and Giveaways from several breweries throughout the night at Fat Cat. Choose from 16 taps and 50 bottles of beer.
5:30 - 8:00 pm ♦ Binny's Grand Beer Tasting
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Don't miss the best beer tasting of the season, hosted at the newly expanded Binny's Lincoln Park. This is your chance to meet the makers of the beer you love and taste their latest and greatest. Sample selections from Chicago hometown heroes to American pioneers, worldwide craft leaders to the latest cideries. Admission covers bites from local burger slinger Epic Burger. The beautiful Lincoln Park Tasting Room will feature a curated taplist with special selections available for purchase just for this event.
Tickets are just $20 with your Binny's card. They WILL go fast, and the only place to purchase them is RIGHT HERE.
6:00 pm ♦ Stein Hoisting and Beer/Cider Mixer
Beelow’s Steakhouse, 763 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 847-540-0600
$19 per person includes: entrance to Stein Hoisting with opportunity to win a trip to Oktoberfest 2015 and $50 Beelow’s gift cards, food pairings with Angry Orchard's “Cider House Collection”, and three tickets which get guests one beverage of their choice per ticket.
6:30 pm ♦ Bell's Amber Ale Infused Beer Dinner
Gammon Coach House, 3 S Batavia Ave Batavia, IL (630) 482-3663
This Amber Ale infused beer dinner will blow your mind. Kick off the season with a fall-tastic dinner and see just how well Bell's Amber Ale pairs with and complements a wide variety of foods. A 5-course Amber Ale infused dinner to be paired with year-round, seasonal, and specialty beers for your taste buds only! Space is limited, reserve your seat now. Call 630-482-3663 to reserve your spot today. Reservations can also be made in person.
7:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Beer and History at the Raupp Museum
Raupp Museum, 901 Dunham Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL 847-459-2318
Love beer? Enjoy a good true crime story? Join Lake Bluff Brewing Co at the Raupp Museum for a chilling lecture on a historical “Murder in the Meadow”. Tickets include beer, lecture and light appetizers. Parking and museum admission is always free. Hurry to reserve your spot for one or all of these nights. Space is limited to 40 people each night.
$15 residents/ $19 non residents. Ticket includes beer, talk, food and museum entry. Ages 21 and over only, please.
Easy ticket options:
- at the brewery, 16 E Scranton, Lake Bluff (224) 544-5179
- by calling the Park District (847) 850-2100
- online: registration.bgparks.org
Wednesday, October 8
Oktoberfest Tap Takeover
Tradition Gastro Pub & Kitchen, 160 N. Franklin St., Chicago (312) 263-0260
Oktoberfest is here, and Tradition Gastro Pub + Kitchen will be celebrating in a big way! During the month of October the Tradition taps will be taken over by Oktoberfest brews – six different beers in all:
Sam Adams Octoberfest, Southern Tier Pumking, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin, Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest, Erdinger Oktoberfest, Victory Festbier
On the evening of October 8th, Tradition will host a tasting event in which brewery representatives will be on-site to hand out samples, talk about each beer and answer questions about the brewing process.
5:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Sticky Feather Tapping & Brewer Meetup
SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago 773-772-2727
Join us for a pint of Goose Island's wet-hop I.P.A., Sticky Feathers.
Sticky Feathers is made using 100% Michigan grown hops. Really nice example of the style, which is popping off right now during hop harvest season.
We'll be joined by Goose Island brewers and a big gang from the Fulton Street operation lookin' to hang out, have a pint and talk beer with you.
6:00 pm ♦ Show Me Your "O" Face
Tuman's Tap & Grill, 2159 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 773-782-1400
Bell's Oracle, Octoberfest, and Oarsman are bound to make you say "Oh!" After a day in your office space - come to Tuman's and show us your "O" face. The Oracle, a Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) so rare there are only eight quarter barrels in all of Chicagoland (Tuman’s has secured one especially for this event). Other featured seasonal and year-round beers include Oarsman Ale, Two Hearted Ale and Amber Ale. Tuman’s has also reserved one of the last kegs of the annual summertime favorite, Oberon Ale. The featured beers range from $4-$8 each. Monica Mooney, Bell’s brand ambassador/beer expert, provides beer education and gives away Bell’s hats, T-shirts and other logoed gear. A $9 brat dinner special, which includes a beer brat and mashed potatoes, augments the regular menu. There is no cover charge for the party and food and drink is pay-as-you-go.
6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Barrel Aged Beer Dinner
WildFire Glenview, 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL (847) 657-6363
Join us for our first ever Barrel Aged Beer Dinner, featuring a four course custom menu of food and beer pairings. Guests will enjoy the complex and rich brews from Tyranena Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Allagash and Alltech Lexington Brewing. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. The event is priced at $65.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Marissa or Grace at 312-787-9000.
6:30 pm ♦ Ten Ninety Beer Dinner
Fork Chicago, 4600 N.Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 751-1500
We'll be celebrating Fall with a fantastic four course dinner paired with you favorite beers from Ten Ninety. $50 per person, not including tax and gratuity. heck the restaurant website for the full menu. Beers to be paired include Apricot wheat beer, Half Wit Belgian style ale brewed with honey and spices, Imperial Black Saison, and Imperial Porter brewed with cayenne and pomegranate.
7:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Iron Maiden Trooper Pint Night
World of Beer Evanston, 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 328-3688
Come on out for a very special Keep the Pint Night!! We will be tapping Iron Maiden Trooper ESB, a collaboration brew between Iron Maiden and Robinsons Family Brewers!
Purchase a pint of Iron Maiden Trooper and receive your very own Pint Glass to take home with you!!
Come for the Pint, Stick around for our weekly PUB QUIZ @ 7:30pm with Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes! Play to win WOB gift cards and free bottles of beer!
7:00 pm ♦ Penrose Farm to Table Pig Roast
Feast, 1616 N. Damen Ave, Chicago 773-772-7100
Bourbon glazed bacon apple fritters. Bourbon-inspired abbey ale. A whole roasted hog. Penrose Brewing Company beer. $50 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets.
Beers to be paired include: Devoir Saison Ale, Proto Gradus Single Ale, Wet Hopped Harvest Saison, Navette Black Ale, and an exclusive Belgian Dubbel.
7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Beer Necessities And Northdown Present: Ladies, Let's Party At Schooll!
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Beer Necessities and Northdown are excited to host a beer school night - for ladies only!
The focus will be Harvest/Seasonal beers, and they'll be explained to you by the lovely Aimee of Revolution Brewing! 10 beers total for your tasting enjoyment, plus a raffle for a bottle to treasure the memories with!
6 of the confirmed beers: Capital Autumnal Fire, Revolution Oktoberfest, Surly Fest, O'Fallon Pumpkin, Uinta Imperial Jacked Pumpkin, Tieton Smoked Pumpkin Cider.
The other 4 will be revealed at the event!
Only $25/ticket includes: 10 pours, schooling and bottle raffle.
If you're interested in eating or drinking more, please come by before -- or stay after!
Tickets now on sale at Northdown. CASH ONLY!
7:00 pm ♦ Stone Beer Dinner at Compass Bar
Compass Bar, 433 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago (773) 248-3230
Not only but will there be amazing food, but we'll be pulling some pretty scarce Stone Brewing beer out of hiding - including the Stone/Chris Banker/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout & Stone Stochasticity Project Hibisicusicity! Secure your seat by stopping in to Compas or calling 773-248-3230.
Thursday, October 9
4:00 pm ♦ Fall Tap Takeover
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
All of your favorite fall seasonal beers on tap!
Full beer list coming soon, but here’s a sneak peak:
Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale ● 8.5% ABV
Revolution Red Skull ● Imperial Red Ale ● 8.3% ABV
New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole ● Wheatwine ● 11.4% ABV
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale ● 10% ABV
Southern Tier Pumpking Pumpkin Ale ● 8.6% ABV
Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Stout Brewed w/Pumpkins ● 8.6% ABV
5:00 pm ♦ Tap Room Thursday
Kimbark Beverage Shoppe, 1214 E 53rd St, Chicago
A free beer tasting that features tap room brewers, regional and local craft breweries.
5:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Allagash Tap Takeover with Rare and Exclusive Selections
Pazzo's Bar & Grill 23 E Jackson Blvd - Downstairs, Chicago,
Allagash Brewing Co. will be taking over 15 of our taps. Showcasing the classics as well as some exclusive selections. Ben Iversen will be on hand to talk about all things Allagash.
Please make your free reservation through Eventbrite.
We will be serving up the following:
The Rare and Exclusive:
Hugh Malone 2014, Confluence, Fluxus 2014, Odyssey, Bourbon Black, Golden Brett, James Bean, Neddles, Evora
White, Saison, Tripel, Black, Dubbel, Curieux
Follow Pazzo's on Beermenus.com for the always rotating selections and to get updates on events.
5:00 pm ♦ Penrose Bites & Flights with Preservation Bread & Wine
Penrose Brewing Co., 509 Stevens St., Geneva, IL
We’ve shown you the sweet side of beer pairing — prepare to get funky. Bites + Flights returns to the taproom with beer and cheese pairings from our friends at Preservation Bread & Wine. Pairings are first come, first serve.
6:00 pm ♦ Ommegang Game of Thrones beer release
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
We will be featuring the latest beers from Ommegang's Game of Thrones series!
Including Take the Black Stout, Fire and Blood, and the newest Valar Morghulis all on tap. Additionally, Ommegang's Scythe & Sickle will be on draught.
The party starts at 6:00pm, make sure to get here because we will also be offering some amazing German cuisine catered from the one and only Edelweiss Restaurant in Norridge!
6:30 pm ♦ Emmett's Downers Grove Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett's Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 434-8500
Join us for one of our widely popular Brewmaster Dinners. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a beer reception where attendees can sample their choice of any of our handcrafted beers. During the reception hour Brewmaster Rob Hunter and the brewing staff, will conduct tours of our brewery and explain the beer making process. During dinner our chef and Rob will passionately explain their handiwork and how it applies to each of the five delicious courses. The price for this unique culinary experience is $59.95 per person, plus tax. Brewmaster Dinners are held semi-annually at each of Emmett's 3 locations. More info here.
6:30 - 9:00 pm ♦ Wildfire Barrel Aged Beer Dinner
Wildfire Schaumburg, 1250 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 995-0100
See Wednesday's listing for Wildfire Glenview for information. There is also a dinner scheduled for the Lincolnshire location on Oct. 10, but it is sold out. A waiting list is available.
6:30 pm ♦ Dogfish Head Ancient Ales Beer Dinner at Beer Market
The Beer Market, 641 E Boughton Rd., Suite 110, Bolingbrook, IL 630-739-3000
$60. Space is limited – reserve your spot today! Call the Beer Market and pay via phone or stop in and pay in person.
Beers to be paired: Birra Etrusca, Midas Touch, Sahtea, and Theobrama
7:00 pm - 12:00 am ♦ Drink & Draw Release Party for Armbar Amber Ale!
Paramount Room, 415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (312) 829-6300
Come celebrate the release of Arcade's latest beer the Armbar Amber Ale with a label designed by comics artist Jill Thompson! Come participate in the Drink & Draw and enter the charity raffle to win the pieces created during the night! All proceeds will go to benefit the Hero Initiative! Jill Thompson (Sandman, Beasts of Burden, The Invisibles, Scary Godmother) and Mike Norton (Revival, Battlepug, Runaways, Young Avengers) are already on board and we will be updating this page with more artists participating! If you can't make it to NYCC then you should come hang with us for great beer and amazing art for a good cause! We will also have Arcade Brewery merch and swag available for the raffle! Anyone over 21 can come out and draw and put their work up for raffle! The raffle will be started at 10pm! CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation and AW YEAH Comics will be throwing in some comic swag for the raffle as well! Threadless will be donating some swag!
Other Artists Participating: Will update as more get confirmed! Jenny Frison Hilary Barta
7:00 pm ♦ Brewery Ommegang & Geek Bar Present: Valar Morghulis - The Game
Moonlight Studios, 1446 W Kinzie St, Chicago
Challenge your friends (and enemies) to a game of deceit, knowledge, and betrayal. Collect the most coins. Win a trip to New York. Toast your victory with a glass of Brewery Ommegang's Valar Morghulis.
Brewery Ommegang and Lakeshore Beverage are teaming up with Geek Bar Chicago, Strange Brews Podcast, Nerdette Podcast, Geek Girl Chicago, and WBEZ to host an epic night of deceit, knowledge and betrayal. In addition to enjoying Brewery Ommegang's newest Game of Thrones-inspired beer and Geek Bar's tasty food, guests will be given various challenges in order to win two-headed iron coins. At the end of the night, the Lord or Lady with the fattest purse will win a trip for two to Brewery Ommegang in New York, as well as other fantastic prizes. More details on the game here.
Tickets are $25, available at this link, and include:
- Entrance to the event
- Hors d'oeuvres by Geek Bar
- Sample of Valar Morghulis beer from Brewery Ommegang
- Limited Edition Valar Morghulis Glass
- Inclusion in the game
- Entry into the costume contest hosted by Geek Girl Chicago
Come dressed as your favorite character and compete for the honor of being named "Best Dressed" by Lauren of Geek Girl Chicago in our costume contest! The costume contest winner will be awarded a genuine Longclaw Sword of Jon Snow, the second prize winner will receive a Game of Thrones prize pack and the third place winner will win a Gift Certificate to Chicago Costume.
7:30 - 10:30 pm ♦ Blackhawks Puck Drop Party
The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 828-5055
$4 Stadium cups, $5 Hawks Punch, $5 Fireball. Enter for our jersey giveaway!
(I had to get at least ONE Blackhawks season opener party!)
8:00 pm ♦ Art of Baderbräu and Naked Selfie Debut
The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., Chicago
Baderbräu Brewing Company is hosting an 'Art of Baderbräu' event at Hyde Park's hotspot the Promontory. The event will serve as an integrated studio for renowned Chicago graffiti artists as they perform live to celebrate the launch of Naked Selfie.
Baderbräu Naked Selfie is a Black India Pale Lager, dry hopped with Ella hops from Australia. It has a black color with a deep roasted malt flavor, accentuated by the anise aroma imparted from the Ella hops. Pairs well with strong flavored foods such as aged cheese, nuts and meats.
Naked Selfie is available at fine retailers and bars and restaurants like Binny's, Bangers and Lace and Boiler Room among others across Chicagoland.
8:00 pm ♦ Piece Oktoberfest Party
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery, 1927 W. North Ave., Chicago 773-772-4422
We'll be tapping our own Oktoberfest beer, and featuring Oktoberfest brews from your favorite local breweries: Haymarket, Half Acre, Revolution, DryHop, Off Color, Firestone Walker, Three Floyds and Goose Island. Rock out with live music from the Phil Angotti Band.