Chicago Craft Beer Events, Sept. 26-28, plus Goose Island Wrigleyville Closing!

Chicago Craft Beer Events, Sept. 26-28, plus Goose Island Wrigleyville Closing!
Goose Island Vintage Ale Glass.

As you may have heard, John Hall, founder of the Goose Island beer Company, has announced that he will be closing the Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub on Sept. 30. A post to the Goose Island Clybourn Facebook page read:

After 15 years, Goose Island Wrigleyville will be closing on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. We have been operating on a month to month lease with our landlord since February 2014 with the assurance the lease would run through baseball season 2014. We are closing because we were not able to secure similar assurances that we would be able to operate through the 2015 baseball season. We want to thank our loyal customers for their support through the past 15 years and invite them to visit us at Goose Island Clybourn in Lincoln Park.

John Hall

There will be more coverage of the whys and wherefors in tomorrow’s newspapers. Josh Noel has some information on the Chicago Tribune website, but it’s behind a paywall until the print edition comes out. To clarify, the Wrigleyville Goose will be closed on Tuesday; the last day to hoist a few is Monday.

Friday, September 26

Oktoberfest at Brixie’s
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
This weekend Brixie’s celebrates Oktoberfest! Come in on Friday when we tap Oktoberfest beers from Left Hand, Firestone Walker, Solemn Oath, and Two Brothers. Then come again on Saturday for live Music by Mic Control and the Brookfield Trolley. We will be serving traditional Brats and Potato Salad all weekend.

12:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Pollyanna Brewing Company Grand Opening
Pollyanna Brewing Company 431 Talcott Ave., Lemont, IL (630) 914-5834
We’re opening our taproom doors at noon! There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with the mayor of Lemont, some bag pipes, The Pizza Via food truck, and plenty of beer. Come celebrate with us!

3:00 pm ♦ One Trick Pony Brewery Tap Room Opening
One Trick Pony Brewery, 17851 Chappel Ave., Lansing, IL (708) 889-6683
One Trick Pony Brewery will be opening our new Tap Room. Starting at the usual opening time, 3:00 p.m., we will be bringing back and tapping some old favorites including Saddle Bags, a Centennial wet-hopped Brown Ale, and Yakut, a barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Not to be forgotten or left at the starting gate, Major, our 8% Scotch Ale, goes on tap as well as an intense Spotted Saddle, our flagship American Pale Ale, wet-hopped from start-to-finish with Simcoe hops from our farmers in the Pacific Northwest. Also on are Warlander (10% + 100 ibu IIIPA), Brome (the saison yeast leaves you thinking a Tripel with some pizzazz), Marsh Tacky (American Stout), Kisber Felver (India Black Ale), and a small amount of Touting Pucker Lips (a Sour Belgian Golden). Food truck(s) being lined-up to provide nourishment.

3:00 pm ♦ Ass Make Over at Local Option
Local Option, 1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 348-2008
Some bars do a “Tap Take-Over”. We do the Ass Make Over.
Ass Makeover commences at 3pm. The event will feature rare and highly sought after drafts from Evil Twin, Firestone Walker, Three Floyds and Pipeworks Brewing Company among others.

Allagash Fluxus 2014, Evil Twin Even More Denmark, Even More Jesus, Imperial Doughnut Break, Firestone Walker Double DBA, Firestone Walker/ Three Floyds Ol’ Leghorn
Local Option Bierwerker BBA Kentucky Common, die Königin, Local Option/Central Waters BBA La Petite Mort, Pipeworks Raspberry Truffle Abduction, Southern Tier Pumking, Three Floyds Backmasking, Moloko, Space Station Middle Finger, Zombie Dust.

4:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Seasonal Weekend Kickoff
Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (773) 509-1871
Our friends at Rockwell’s are covering beers from the past, present, and future. Akari Shogun is on its swan song, and will get tucked away to hibernate for the colder months in the near future. Lager Town is our current specialty offering, and we’re hoisting pints of this beer for the next few weeks. Heyoka is the thunderbird that is just now spreading its wings, and it will soar now through the end of winter.
Rockwell’s is the only spot in the city where they’ll have all three Half Acre drafts rolling on Friday, so come out, drink out of our co-branded glassware, and have a fun time. You can take the brown line.

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Solemn Oath Oktoberface
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join Us for a special Oktoberfest Firkin Friday! A cask-conditioned fest lager dispensed by gravity directly from the firkin, tapped right on the bar counter.
For this week’s Firkin Friday feature, we’re quite excited to present Solemn Oath‘s interpretation of a classic amber fest lager, “Oktoberface”! Rich caramel and toasted malt flavors are balanced by a fresh, grassy hop character in this full-bodied German-style fest lager. Don’t miss Oktoberface in this very special cask conditioned presentation this Friday night! The cask will be tapped at approximately 5:30 pm at the bar. Its delicious contents will be available to everyone in both the restaurant and pub until the firkin runs dry. First come, first served.

6:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest Tap Takeover with Revolution
Feast, 1616 N Damen Ave, Chicago 773-772-7100
It’s that time of year again! We love fall on it’s own but get extra excited about all of the delicious beer that comes along with it. In that spirit, join us and Revolution Brewing for a celebration of all things Oktoberfest! Ticket price includes a full German buffet featuring locally made Big Fork Sausage, two drink tickets and entertainment by Bolzen Beer Band. Attendees will also be entered to win a pair of tickets to Revolution’s annual Oktoberfest event at their brewery which is a party not to be missed.
We will be serving Revolution Oktoberfest by the can, pint and stein as well as Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Metropolitan After Burner and Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest by the pint for $3.
Tickets are $30 plus fees at brownpapertickets.

6:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Sam Adams Octoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition
Binny’s, 12307 S. Rt.59, Plainfield, IL (815) 436-9300
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!

9:47 pm – 10:47 pm ♦ Shoreline Sightseeing Oktoberfest
Navy Pier Chicago
Shoreline Sightseeing and Paulina Market again join forces to offer a unique Oktoberfest celebration on the third annual “Beer, Brats and Boats” Oktoberfest Cruise.
The evening will  feature a classic German dinner provided by Chicago’s own Paulina Market, a free drink with souvenir mug and live German-themed music and dancing. Oktoberfest festivities will take place on a starlit, two-hour cruise on Chicago’s waterways. Cash bar will be available. The Oktoberfest Cruise departs Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier 7:00 p.m., returning 9:00 p.m. Tickets $49. Must be 21; ID required. Information and tickets, please call 312-222-9328 or visit the web link above.

Saturday, September 27

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. Today they are being sampled at these Binny’s locations:
Downers Grove: 11:00 am-1:00 pm ♦ Naperville: 2:00-4:00 pm ♦ South Loop: 1:00-3:00 pm ♦ Willowbrook: 4:30-6:30 pm
For an updated list of all stores stocking these beers, check the Forbidden Root website.

12:00 pm ♦ Atlas Oktoberfest
Atlas Brewing Company, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-295-1270
Beers, Brats, and all things Bavaria!
Start the evening off with a white bratwurst and Thuringer platter, with a glass of Atlas’ Oktoberfest lager. Bring your favorite stein.
Contests begin with a Liter Lift– a feat of strength and endurance not seen before since the days of Atlas himself.
Then, don your most festive Oktoberfest apparel to face-off in the Baron and Baroness of Brews contest. The most impressive costumes will take home their very own Atlas swag bag.
Continue the festivities by taking home your very own 64 oz. growler of our Oktoberfest beer.

1:00 – 3:00 pm ♦ Saturday Swap with ABV Chicago podcast
Beermiscuous, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 855-450-2337
Saturday Swap is a great way to share your unique beer collection and have fun trading with others who may have something you’re missing.
Even if you don’t have beer to swap, this is a fun, laid-back opportunity to meet other passionate fans of craft beer. Be sure to join us and ABV Chicago podcast crew at this inaugural monthly event.

1:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Valpo Brewfest (Sold out!)
Central Park Plaza
at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street, Valparaiso, IN
Yes, sold out, but if you’re in the area and know somebody, you should know about this.

  • More Than 175 Craft Brews to Sample
  • Great Eats Available for Purchase
  • Live Zydeco Music
  • New Belgium Brewery VIP Takeover – Featuring: Sours and more (VIP’s only) NEW
  • Firkin Cellar
  • Limited to 3,000 Attendees

See more at the Fest website.

1:00 – 4:00 pm ♦ Binny’s Lake Zurich Fall Seasonal Beer Tasting
Binny’s, 975 Rand Rd. Lake Zurich, IL 847-438-143
Join us in tasting from a selection of imported and domestic Oktoberfest brews, seasonal pumpkin ales and ciders on our shelves. Fall wines handpicked by our staff will also be available to taste for even the most refined ghoulish palate. Open house.

2:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ ALT-Oberfest at Flossmoor Station
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
Flossmoor Station is hosting their annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday. Come hoist a few liters and grub some Wurst on the patio!
We will be releasing Nicola, our Dusseldorf style Altbier. Other libations will include Station Master Wheat Ale and Herr Nelson Sorachi Ace Hefeweizen, as well as some others. Mug Club members, flash your card at us and get a free half liter of Nicola!

4:00 pm ♦ Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 773.252.7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Study several beers and learn exactly what they’re tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Topic: Oktoberfest beers.
Tickets are $25 per person at the Map Room, cash only, maximum 2 tickets per purchase, and first come-first serve until all 45 tickets have been sold.

4:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Lisle Ale Fest
Downtown Lisle on the corner of Main & Burlington, Lisle, IL
The second annual Lisle Ale Fest will be a trifecta of American Craft Beer, Food & Live Music. It will feature over 100 unique beers from craft breweries around the country and one of the largest selection of Oktoberfest beers in the area. 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. Tickets: VIP: $70; General Admission: $40, with VIP and Designated Driver tickets too, at this link. The full beer list is here.

4:00 pm ♦ Drinking & Writing – Brechtoberfest!
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Brechtoberfest, Ya! 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 continues through Saturday, October 25. Tickets are $15. For Tickets Click Here.

6:00 pm ♦ Belle Meade Bourbon Barrel Aged Indignant Tapping Party
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
The Beer – Aged for 6 months in Belle Meade Bourbon Barrels and a very limited amount available, this high-octane beauty delivers rich notes of chocolate and caramel with subtle notes of oak and, of course, bourbon.
The Offering – Try a 4 ounce taster with a shot of Belle Meade Bourbon for only $7.00. Indignant will also be available in 1/2 Crowlers (32 ounce to-go jugs).
The Raffle – Guests who order Belle Meade (shot or cocktail) will receive a raffle ticket. We’ll be raffling off a bottle of Belle Meade Bourbon, a 1/2 Crowler of Indignant aged in Belle Meade Barrels, as well as the empty bourbon barrel itself! That’s right, the actual barrel that was used to aged this delicious beer could be yours!
Come have some whiskey and beer with Charlie Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. Learn the history of this storied distillery and get to know your new favorite Bourbon.

Sunday, September 28

11:00 am ♦ Two Brothers Oktoberfest
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 630-393-2337
“Who’s ready for fall? We’re celebrating the season with our annual Oktoberfest party! Catch the Bears vs Packers game at noon and stick around for Jerry May’s Happy Wanderers and a Pig Roast brought to you by Chef Tommy! Buy a stein, and get a beer! Free Event!
11:00 am:
• Pig roast available ALL DAY w/ special “sides” menu
• Chef Martin Sausages
• Buy a stein/get a beer
• Steins $9.99
• Steins +Fill $15.99
• Stein Refill regular price
• Chef Martin will be onsite (in lederhosen!)
• Bears vs GB Noon!
• Bags in the courtyard

3:00 pm
Atom Smasher Firkin Tapping
• Pints $6

5:30 pm
• Jerry May + the Happy Wanderers!
• Authentic German Oompa Music

German Sausage Plate of Weisswurst, Smoked Bratwurst, Kasekrainer
All pork sausage in Austria made with Alpine style Wisconsin cheese
Traditional German Bratwurst, Paprika Chicken Schnitzel, Pork by the Pound, Herbed Spätzle, Beer Brezen

11:00 am – 2:00 pm ♦ Ale Syndicate Tasting
Whole Foods Market Schaumburg, 750 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Join Ale Syndicate for a sampling event including their newest brew, Levee Belgian Blonde Ale.

12:00 – 10:00 pm ♦ Half Acre beer, Chili & Football
Frank & Mary’s, 2905 N. Elston Ave., Chicago
This Sunday, Half Acre will be hanging out at Frank & Mary’s with some fine folks from Three Floyds, eating chili, cheering on the Bears, and celebrating our most recent mind mash – Anicca IPA.
Frank & Mary’s will be the only establishment in the city (other than our Tap Room) receiving this venom on draft, and they’ll be slinging it your way for $4 a pour till the well runs dry.
We’ve also invited 10 teams to mince up their ultimate meaty offering in a chili cook off. Each team was required to use Anicca in the recipe, and we’ll be sampling their achievements until a judge declares the champion.

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