Up late putting this together after spending two hours watching the Super Moon Eclipse that graced our Northern Hemisphere. Why? Because I’m old enough to remember what a bust Halley’s Comet was. And Comet Kohoutek, for that matter.
Monday, September 28
6:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Crazy Mountain Tasting
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Call us crazy:
Join us when our beer buds from Crazy Mountain Brewery from Vail Valley, CO present a special tasting of three of their rarest brews exclusively here in Chicago. The featured beers include Neomexicanus Native Pale Ale and Tequila Barrel Aged Wit.
That’s right. I actually have one day with no events.
Wednesday, September 30
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Night Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Three Floyds Alpha Kong: A very complex Belgian sextuple, sweet with caramel notes .
6:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Fall Beer Tasting
Binny’s Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Come celebrate fall with us! Here’s your chance to taste new fall seasonals, Oktoberfest classics and unique pumpkin beers. We’ll also have games, swag giveaways and a fun list of beers on tap. Reservations required.
Event Cost: $20.00 ($10.00 w/Binny’s Card)
Reservations Required; Please call to reserve your spot (312) 664-4394.
6:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Fulton & Wood Release Party – The Great Road
Bucket o’ Blood Books, 3182 N. Elston Ave., Chicago (312) 890-3860
Join the Goose Island team for the release of our latest Fulton & Wood Series launch!
Rich, dark malt complexity casts long shadows over a sea of apples in 2015’s third Fulton & Wood release, The Great Road. Born from a mysterious and spicy blend of traditional Dunkelweiss and apple cider pressed by our partners at Seedling Farms, The Great Road is a unique style of beer that some know as an ‘Apple Graf.’ This Dunkel-Cider Blend signals the start of our journey to Autumn.
6:30 – 7:30 pm ♦ Beer Academy – German Beers
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Goose Island brewers on the last Wednesday of each month to learn about a different beer theme. Enjoy a sample of different beers from various craft breweries. $25 per person. To RSVP call 312.915.0071.
8:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Paint & Beer!
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Join us for our September Paint & Beer party!
Cost is $35 and includes all supplies needed. NO experience necessary. Must sign up online to attend. Click CrystalCanvas.com to purchase!
*Drinks not included. Beer house is an order-in food concept or you can BYOF (Bring your own food). Must be 21 or older for this event
Thursday, October 1
11:00 am ♦ Kwaktoberfest 2015
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
All October long, we’ll be featuring the always kwaffable Pauwel KWAK on tap!
Artisanal Imports’ Kwak will be served in the traditional coachman’s chalice, as well as in four pack “Kwatros” if you want to buy a round for the whole table. We’ll also be drawing for Kwak themed giveaways every Saturday in October (must be present to win).
Kwak is rich amber in color with a slightly sweet, generously malty character. Hops are subdued, but present a well-considered balance with the juicy ripeness of grain and a fruity, meringue softness. An amazing, food friendly Belgian!
11:00 am ♦ Southern Tier Pumking / Warlock Tapping
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 962-8758
We’re tapping everyone’s favorite October beers — Southern Tier Pumking and Warlock!
Both on tap at 11am. A very limited amount of Southern Tier glassware will be available for purchase.
4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
4 Hands Super Flare IPA: Collaboration with Wicked Weed. Brett IPA with mango, guava, mosaic, galaxy hops.
4:00 pm ♦ Meet Pollyanna Brewmaster Brian Pawola
Tuman’s Tap & Grill, 2159 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 773-782-1400
Tuman’s is pleased to host Pollyanna Brewing Co. for a tap takeover showcasing the Lemont, Illinois brewery. Brewmaster/Partner Brian Pawola, who was classically trained at the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany, and is a graduate of the Siebel Institute of Technology’s Master Brewer Program, will be on-hand during the event for beer discussion.
Limited release beers include the rare Lexical Gap IPA Cask Ale, a special cask-conditioned version of the year-round Lexical Gap IPA; this version is dry-hopped with Zythos and Summer hops and pineapples and melons were added to the cask. Lemont vs Everybody ReplicAle, a rare sour rye Saison that was brewed for 8th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review will also be tapped. Mazzie Pale Ale Nitro, a nitrogenated version of the brewery’s year-round American Pale Ale that is in limited supply and will not be available again until sometime in 2016 is also featured. Fruhauf Oktoberfest, a seasonal Märzen-style lager, and the award-winning Eleanor Porter round out the selections.
The beers will be tapped at 4 p.m.; Brian will be on-hand from 7-9 p.m. for beer discussion and logoed gear giveaways. There is no cover charge to attend.
4:00 pm ♦ Oskar Blues Firkin & Tap Feature
Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
French Toast Ten Fidy Russian Imperial Stout ● 10.5% Abv
Other Oskar Blues beers on tap include:
Mama’s Little Yella Pils Czech Pilsener ● 5.3% ABV
Pinner Session IPA ● 4.9% ABV
G’Knight Imperial IPA ● 8.7% ABV
Old Chub Scottish Ale ● 8% ABV
Dale’s Pale Ale ● 6.5% ABV
5:00 – 11:30 pm ♦ PRTP Oktoberfest Night
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Road, Elgin, IL (224) 238-3527
Well, it’s time for you guys to use a vacation day for us again! We’ve gathered some friends that we think you’d like to hang out with.
Thursday, we have four special guests for your märzen-drinking pleasure!
Metropolitan Brewing is bringing their delicious Oktoberfest, Afterburner. It’s a flavorful lager with complexity and balance. You know, the kind of thing Alan geeks out about.
Surly has Surlyfest all lined up for you. It’s not a traditional German-style Oktoberfest. They want to be up front about that. Surlyfest is brewed with three different types of rye and dry-hopped with a healthy dose of Sterling hops. It’s a fun one, that’s for sure.
Half Acre will be hanging out and so will Lager Town. Lager Town is a clean, smooth festival crusher that’s perfect for a night like this one.
Solemn Oath and Oktöberface round-out the lineup. This Oktoberfest lager has a little extra hop character to compliment the velvety smooth malt bill. It also has a umlaut in the name so yeah…it’s pretty, serious.
We’re pulling out our friend Bertram the Penguin on this one. We are flightless for the evening. Flights are an inappropriate way to celebrate Oktoberfest!
6:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ Pig Minds Brewing Tap Takeover
Union House Kitchen, 0S050 Winfield Road, Winfield, IL 630.456.4188
Union House Kitchen will be featuring three draft selections of Pig Minds Brewing including Sweep the Leg IPA, Briiekraut Oktoberfest and Freeport Fresh. Pig Minds reps will be handing out stickers, buttons and T-shirts while supplies last.
6:00 pm ♦ TAP THIS! Firestone Walker Rarities!
Fischman Liquors & Tavern, 4776-80 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
Firestone Walker makes some delicious beer, don’t they? Check out this list…..
On Tap: Sour Opal, Helldorado, Stickee Monkee, Easy Jack & Pivo Pils
Food Truck: La Cocinita
6:30 pm ♦ Emmett’s West Dundee Brewmaster Dinner
Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co., 128 W. Main St., West Dundee, IL (847) 428-4500
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 quarterly. The menu can be viewed here.
6:30 – 8:30 pm ♦ Delirium Tremens “Keep the Glass Night”
Beelow’s Steakhouse, 763 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 847-540-0600
Beelow’s NorthShore will be serving samples of Delirium Tremens to the entire restaurant/bar (21 and over of course). Any guest who purchases a draft Delirium Tremens will get to keep a Delirium branded glass, be entitled to a half price appetizer and entered into a raffle for prizes. Limit one per guest while supplies last. Join the fun…drink the beer…keep the glass. Cheers!
7:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ BYOB Comedy Show “Congrats on Your Success”
Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
If you enjoy hilarious entertainment from diverse, literate performers, check out Congrats on Your Success – a free, byob comedy show at Uncharted Books in Logan Square the 1st Thursday of every month.
Free admission, BYOB, plus Free Beer courtesy of Powell Brew House.
(this is not a 21+ event because it’s a bookstore, but don’t bring children or be a child because everyone will hate you).
There will be games, antics, giveaways, beer, music, and, of course, FREE COMEDY!
(Donations encouraged! Goes to performers!)
7:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Battle: Oktoberfest
Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St., Elgin, IL (847) 468-8810
We put the Oktoberfest brews to the test.
Four of the best craft breweries in America. Four different takes on the German classic Oktoberfest Marzen style. You decide who wins!
We’ll be tapping four Oktoberfest brews, and in a blind taste test, you get to try the brews, and see if you know what is what! Plus you get entered in a drawing to win some sweet swag, gift baskets and other cool stuff from the participating breweries! How cool is that?!
7:00 ♦ 4 Hands Chocolate Milk [Stout] Mania
Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7922
We like this beer… A WHOLE LOT!!!
You will most definitely like this beer… A WHOLE LOT!!!
Celebrate the beginning of, what many of us consider, the most wonderful ‘beer season’ of the year! That’s right, stout season is upon us & the mad beer scientists from St. Louis’ very own 4 Hands takes this season to the next level every year with their tasty Chocolate Milk Stout cans!
So come out, drink a bunch of Choco cans & win some super dope 4 Hands schwaaaag!
Who knows… maybe we’ll even get some cookies to enjoy with our Chocolate Milk!
Doors open at 5pm as always!
Chocolate Milk Stout goes on sale at 7pm!
– First 100 people to purchase a can of CMS will get a scratch off ticket for FREE prizes with their beer!