Just ao many things going on, I had to stop with the list I have here and try to pick up the slack for the upcoming week. Because for many, Oktoberfest starts in October! Go fig!
Friday-Saturday, September 25-26
St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 1429 W Wellington Ave., Chicago (773) 525-0709
Join us for handmade bratwursts, plenty of cold beer and music from authentic German bands and fest favorites alike. Celebrate German traditions and the end of fest season with Oktoberfest!
Don’t miss Craft Beer Night Friday and Saturday! Choose the Friday or Saturday session, then join us from 6:00 - 9:00 pm and enjoy tastings from European breweries and local crafts. You'll get a commemorative glass, a pretzel necklace and lots of good beer to try.
Admission for Craft Beer Night is $40, $30 for Brewmasters; details at the festival web site.
St. Alphonsus Church | Corner of Lincoln, Southport and Wellington in south Lakeview. $5 Admission for the fest itself, free for Active Military and Veterans with Military ID.
Friday, September 25
New Belgium Tapping
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave. Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL (708) 226-1827
Tonight we're tapping a brew from New Belgium's Lips of Faith Series. Le Terroir is a Dry Hopped Sour ale that is golden-colored with a soft overripe peach aroma and just the right amount of tart. Don't forget: every New Belgium you drink this month enters you into a raffle to win the New Belgium Cruiser!
5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Fall Sampling
Farmer's Pride Produce, 756 N Western Ave., Chicago,
Join Half Acre Beer at Farmers Pride Produce for a sampling of our fall brands. If you purchase a 4-Pack of cans during the sampling, you can go over to Star Lounge or The Mothership for a free cup of Joe!
5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Miskatonic Meet the Brewer Night
Beer House, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Let's support another local brewery! Miskatonic (Darien) will be here to sample out some of their awesome brews and chit chat! Join us!
5:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ "All Betts Are Off" Tapping
350 Brewing, 7144 183rd St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 518-2239
House Cup Collaboration Series Vol. 8: Transient Artisan Ales & 350 Brewing Company
Come join us as we release a hoppy oat pale ale kettle soured with yogurt and blasted with Amarillo & Mosaic hops
That is correct.....YOGURT! You need to try this beer.
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm ♦ Munster Ale Fest Preview Party
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757
Munster Ale Fest will be held at Centennial Park in Munster, IN on Saturday, October 17th and your favorite Tinley Park bottle shop is one of the sponsors!
We're hosting an official Munster Ale Fest Preview Party on Friday, September 25th! Come hang out with us and enter for a chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the fest as well as other fest swag giveaways! We will also be tapping a unique draft list for the occasion (see below)
Chicago Pizza Boss will be here slingin' handmade, delicious artisan pizzas from 5-8:30pm!
-- DRAFT LINE UP --
Amager Bryghus / Jester King Brewery : Danish Metal (Imperial Stout, 10%)
Prairie Artisan Ales : Bomb! (Imperial Stout, 13%)
Pipeworks Brewing : Dreamsicle (American Pale Ale, 9%) Imperial Pale Ale Brewed with Oranges and Vanilla
6:00 pm ♦ Paulaner Oktoberfest
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us as we celebrate both the Oktoberfest Season and the return of Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen to our draft list! Join us along with the folks from Paulaner as we tap a ceremonial keg of Paulaner Oktoberfest right on the bar!
Paulaner Oktoberfest Beer will flow from our taps in addition to the very special gravity-fed barrel. The folks from Paulaner will be here to celebrate by hoisting a stein with us and answering any questions you may have. Paulaner giveaways are always a possibility!
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.
No RSVP Required, No Entrance Fee.
Paulaner Oktoberfest Draft Available at 4:00 pm. Wooden Barrel Tapping at approx. 6:00 pm. Oktoberfest Pig Roast Available All Night Long.
7:30 pm ♦ Oktoberfest at Paddy Long's
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
We'll feature 7 Oktoberfest beers on tap with brats and bacon too. Live Polka Music. Spaten, Urban Chestnut, Metropolitan, Sierra Nevada, Ballast Point, Hofbrau, and Two Brothers.
Saturday, September 26
Oktoberfest in Lake Bluff!
Lake Bluff Brewing Co., 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 224-544-5179
Oktoberfest for the first time is coming to Lake Bluff. Through the collaboration of the Maevery Public House, Inovasi, The Otherdoor, Griffin, Grant, and Lackie, Wisma, and of course The Lake Bluff Brewing Co, all are hosting a night of German beers, German sausages, music and dancing, September 26th!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ♦ Yard House NewCity Opening
Yard House NewCity, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 951-7317
Yard House, which helped revolutionize the craft beer movement when the first restaurant opened in 1996 along the Long Beach waterfront, is celebrating the opening of its first Chicago restaurant. It will feature 110 tap handles with 21 regional craft beer offerings brewed by 15 local brewers in the Greater Chicago area. In addition, five handles will be reserved for the restaurant's Chalkboard Series, a selection of small, limited releases from mostly craft brewers that rotate monthly keeping the selection both innovative and fresh. These featured beers are listed on a digital chalkboard prominently displayed above the island bar.
Among the local brewers are Ale Syndicate, Begyle, BuckleDown, Goose Island, Half Acre, Local Option, Metropolitan, Moody Tongue, Crown Valley, Off Color, Penrose, Revolution, Solemn Oath, Temperance, Two Brothers, Three Floyds and Jolly Pumpkin.
In addition, Yard House NewCity at Lincoln Park will boast 14 new draft offerings that have never been offered before at any Yard House location, including the Not Your Father's Hard Root Beer - available by the bottle.
The glass-enclosed keg room contains some 4,000 gallons of beer and is kept at a consistent temperature that ranges from 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit. It's now stacked with kegs that have been tagged, dated, assigned a tap handle, and placed on the beer head awaiting doors to open Saturday at 11am when five miles of individual beer lines encased in stainless steel will carry the golden liquid to the signature island bar.
The new Yard House NewCity at Lincoln Park, is located where North Avenue, Clybourn Avenue and Halsted Street meet on the city's North Side.
11:30 am ♦ Beer House 3rd Oktoberfest
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
1/2 liter? Full liter? "Rent" the mug? KEEP the mug? It's up to you! Join us for an amazing selection of Oktoberfest beers! We'll have 14 on the tapline to choose from.
Including Spaten, Ayinger, Ballast Point Dead Ringer, Flying Dog, Baderbräu, Shiner, Sam Adams
...and many more!
12:00 pm ♦ Dogfish Head Cellar Release: World Wide Stout (2013)
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Enjoy a very special release from our library of cellared Dogfish Head beers! This week's offering: Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (2013 Vintage, 18% ABV). Many More Cellar-Aged Rarities to Come. Tappings Each Week!
First Come, First Served!
12:00 - 9:00 pm ♦ Standard Market Oktoberfest
The CUBE at Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave, Westmont & 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL
We're celebrating with special draft pours of authentic interpretations of Oktoberfest/Marzen-style lagers and food specials!
Menu: Best Wurst Plate (Oktoberfest brat, sauerkraut, German potato salad), Bavarian Soft Pretzel with Beer Cheese & Mustard, Oma’s Apple Crisp, German Potato Salad, Spaetzle with Gravy, Sauerkraut
Westmont Draft List: Church Street ItascaFest Marzen, BuckleDown Oktoberfest, Bell's Oktoberfest, Citizen Cider Unified Press.
Naperville Draft List: Erdinger Oktoberfest, BuckleDown Oktoberfest, Surly Brewing Co. SurlyFest, Solemn Oath Oktöberface, Half Acre Lager Town
12:00 pm ♦ Beer Geeks 5th Anniversary Party with Joe Louis Walker
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795
Chips, dips, chains & whips! Save the date! Come out to Beer Geeks and help us celebrate our 5 year anniversary!
Live music provided by Robert Rolfe Feddersen (our very first live act @ 1pm), Chainsaw Dupont (our very first Tuesday Bluesday performer @ 5pm) and none other than Blues Hall of Famer….JOE LOUIS WALKER @ 9pm!
Special keg tapings from Three Floyds, 18th Street, One Trick Pony, Tilquin, Burn ‘Em Brewing and many more including Founders KBS & BliS Blast!
This is an all day, open to the public event. There is no ticket needed, nor is there a cover charge at the door. Hope you can join us!
3:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ 2015 Lisle Ale Fest
Downtown Lisle on the corner of Main & Burlington, Lisle, IL
The third annual Lisle Ale Fest will be a celebration of American craft beer, music and food. It will feature over 80 unique beers from craft breweries around the country and one of the largest selection of Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers in the area.
Tickets are $40 General Admission, $75 Early Admission VIP, available at the fest web site.
The goal of the Lisle Ale Fest is to showcase American craft beer while supporting the Lisle Community. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce and local service organizations.
Sunday, September 27
11:00 am - 3:00 pm ♦ Founders Breakfast Stout Brunch
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Road, Elgin, IL (224) 238-3527
Here at PRTR, we like brunch. It's a later, fancier breakfast. What's not to like?
We decided to talk to Byron from Founders and see if he wanted to help us celebrate the yearly release of Breakfast Stout with a late-morning soiree. It didn't take much to convince him.
On Sunday, we'll be partnering-up with Founders and Nobel House restaurant to ring in stout season with one of the all-time greats.
Your ticket will include admission, brunch, and a pint of Founders Breakfast Stout.
We will also have Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap!
Tickets are $25 through our site, and will be extremely limited and we will be closed to the general public until at least 3 that afternoon.
This event is for adults, 21 and over, only. We also ask that you do not bring pets.
We really mean it when we ask you not to miss this one. When we brunch, we brunch hard.
2:00 pm ♦ Revolution Stein Fest & Giveaway
Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL
Nothing says #Oktoberfest like a Revolution Brewing Stein! Swing by and order 2 of our featured Revolution Drafts in a limited edition Revolution Stein for $10 and keep the glass! Available while supplies last
2:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Blocktoberfest
Dusek's Beer Cellar, 1227 W. 18th St., Chicago (312) 526-3851
Since opening doors in Pilsen’s restored historic landmark, Thalia Hall in 2013, Dusek’s Board & Beer has brought the neighborhood together through great food and good beer. Now, to celebrate their 2-Year Anniversary this fall, Dusek’s puts its own slant on the traditional Oktoberfest celebrations by presenting the surrounding community with BLOCKTOBERFEST. This free-admission, block party-style festival is family-friendly, and will take over the streets of Pilsen, directly in front of Thalia Hall at 18th and Allport.
Festivities include sausages and German-inspired food by Chef Jared Wentworth and team, old & new world German beers, face painting for the kids, and DJ performances all day.
Sponsored by Erdinger, Metropolitan, Three Floyds, Lumpen Radio
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm ♦ Blood Moon Eclipse Viewing Party
Illuminated Brew Works LLC, 415 N. Sangamon St., Chicago
We're having a fire to celebrate another end to another world this Sunday! Free IBW, DryHop, Temperance & Inebriated Brewing & the sounds of the Columbines, Begin by Gathering Supplies & Cochinas y los Pistoleros. Snacks! The Moon! RSVP mandatory email@example.com
September 27 - October 4
Firkin Oktoberfest Specials
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
Come celebrate Oktoberfest beers with our local breweries at Firkin. Every night of the week a different brewery will be coming by to hang out, talk about their beer and drink with us, so don't miss out! The schedule of breweries is:
Sun 9/27: Scorched Earth
Mon 9/28: Two Brothers
Tues 9/29: Pollyanna
Wed 9/30: Metropolitan
Thur 10/1: Great Lakes
Fri 10/2: Goose Island
Sat 10/3: Tighthead
Oktoberfest beers from these great local breweries will be rotating off and on, but each evening will be hosted by the listed brewery. So get out your lederhosen and raise a glass with your favorite local brewers!