Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 21-24

Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 21-24
The German postal service knows what's worth honoring.

Yes, the Oktoberfests just keep on coming!

Monday, September 21

6:30 – 9:30 pm ♦ Great Divide Raffle
Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168
A very special vinyl night! We will be pouring the brand-new Great Divide 21st Anniversary Sour Ale, along with last year’s 20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Strong Ale brewed with Viognier grape juice, and the Showdown Rye IPA. Buy a Great Divide beer, get a raffle ticket, get a raffle ticket. And of course, raffle tickets mean prizes! So bring your records and your drinking arms!

Tuesday, September 22

5:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest & Pumpkin Beer Tasting
Delilah’s, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
Delilah’s will be hosting a comprehensive tasting of Oktoberfest & Pumpkin beers. We will be tasting every possible version of these beers available in this market – plus a five year vertical of Ayinger Oktoberfest and a 3 year vertical of Southern Tier Pumking! Some of the beers being tasted include, but are not limited to: Paulaner Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pshorr Oktoberfest, Becks Oktoberfest, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Summit Oktoberfest + Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale, New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Lakefront Pumpkin Lager & O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale – more than 50 options will be available! This is guaranteed to be ideal for both the new enthusiast as well as the long term aficionado – and talk about becoming an educated shopper. There is no cost to attend, and the various beers will be available to purchase by the whole bottle/pint or as a comprehensive sampling. Information about the beers will be available.

6:00 pm ♦ Rocktoberfest Tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Chicago, Orland Park, Warrenville
It’s the tapping you’ve all been waiting for! Put on your lederhosen and get over here to enjoy the first tastes of this long awaited beer.

6:30 pm ♦ Tighthead Dinner Pairing
Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St., Elgin, IL (847) 468-8810
Chef Greg is at it again, this time with Tighthead Brewing Co. from Mundelein! $50 per person plus tax & gratuity. Check the EPH website for menu, and get your reservations in soon at 847-468-8810.

7:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest with Goose Island
The Harding Tavern, 2732 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (872) 802-0182
Oktoberfest & Autumn Ale- 16oz $6 (We will be giving Goose Island glassware with a purchase of one of those drafts)

Chef’s Special: Weisswurst Burger – house made white sausage burger, stone ground mustard, blackkraut with apricots, grilled panela cheese on a pretzel roll garnished with a Spätzle skewer. $13
We have two exciting raffle prizes.
1. Goose Island Vinyl Record Player
2. A trip for two to the Goose Island Brewery
The raffle winners will be chosen at 8:30pm – winner must be present to redeem.

Wednesday, September 23

4:00 pm ♦ Berghoff Tap Feature
Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Berghoff beers on tap include:
Germaniac American Pale Ale ● 6.3% ABV
Oktoberfest Marzen ● 5.6% ABV
Sir Dunkel Altbier ● 5.5% ABV
Stock Ale Oak-Aged Stock Ale ● 10% ABV
Plus cans of Rowdy Rootbeer!

6:00 – 11:30 pm ♦ Oktoberfest in Chicago
Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 262-5310
To celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago we’re hosting an al fresco German-themed beer dinner! Join Howells & Hood for our annual outdoor Oktoberfest Beer Dinner.
Hosted in our giant patio and attached private event space, this fall-festive event includes seven grilled German-themed dishes from Executive Chef Brett Neubauer, four Oktoberfest beers from Surly, Avery, Urban Chestnut, and Metropolitan breweries, plus a special traditional digestif.
We offer food and drink enthusiasts a spin on the traditional beer dinner with a casual, convivial environment. Come hungry!
To kick off the festivities, guests are welcomed on the patio with a 6oz. tasting of a classic Oktoberfest beer. Representatives of Surly, Metropolitan, and Urban Chestnut will be onsite, and each beer station will be free-flowing and approachable throughout the night. Chef Brett will be roasting a whole suckling pig out on the patio (photos encouraged), accompanied by more German-inspired food. We will also finish off the night with a traditional German digestif.
Tickets are priced at $60 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and available, with the full menu, here.

6:30 – 9:30 pm ♦ 1 + 1 = A (2) DOS DINNER with Antique Taco + Half Acre Beer
Antique Taco The Guest Room (2nd floor), 1360 N Milwaukee, Chicago 773-687-8697
Antique Taco + Half Acre Beer Collaborate to Bring you a Special Dinner In The Guest Room! Tickets are $55 plus fees at Brown Paper Tickets. A (2) Dos Dinner Includes Cocktail Hour + 4 Course Dinner with Beer Pairings.

Thursday, September 24

4:00 pm ♦ Drink Local…Drink Fresh Tap Takeover
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Tribes Alehouse & Beer Company hosts a Drink Local…Drink Fresh Tap Takeover. The evening will focus on only Illinois breweries featuring brews from Tribes Beer Company, Solemn Oath, Revolution, Goose Island, Hailstorm, BuckleDown, Destihl, Pollyanna, Pipeworks, Small Town, Lagunitas and more. Some outstanding beers that aren’t readily available will be featured at the event, as well as meet the brewers and brewery reps of some of these Illinois staples!
Beers will range from $5-$10 and the first hour (from 4-5 p.m.) will be included in the new Happy Hour special–$3 off all drafts! Flights will be available on all beers that aren’t a rare 9oz pour—four 5oz pours for $12 and four 5oz pours of exclusively Tribes Beer Co. beers for $8. First come, first served and when the beer is gone, it’s gone—so get in early!

5:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Half Acre Meet & Greet
Villains, 730 S. Clark St., Chicago (312) 583-0283
Come by Villains to meet the Half Acre folks and drink some extremely limited beers! Look for Rambis, Golden Tuna, Meat Wave, Lagertown, and MORE!

6:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Rocktoberfest Tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
We are partnering to end Sickle Cell Anemia with a silent auction and raffle! Join us for great German style food, some free beer tasters, and some Rockin’ oompah pah music!

7:00 pm ♦ Vander Mill + Revolution Brewing Tap Takeover
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Besieged is the latest “Cyser” release from the Admirals of Apples at Vander Mill in Spring Lake, MI! A dose of Michigan apples & local wildflower honey combine to make up an already deadly combination which is then aged in Revolution Brewing Straight Jacket barrels producing the final product, a Cyser to behold, celebrate and consume!
We will feature Besiged, Foggy Quahog and Hard Apple along with Revolution Brewing’s Straight Jacket and Mosaic Hero. Draft lineup subject to change as we may add more…

7:00 – 10:00 pm ♦ Beer Tasting Fundraiser at Bar on Buena
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
The Bar on Buena hosts the 8th annual Swedish Covenant Hospital Beer Tasting Fundraiser. Tickets are $40 in advance ($45 at the door), available at BoB or on Brown Paper Tickets. The event includes appetizers from Chef Cleetus Friedman and over 80 American and Imported craft brews. Featured breweries include Ayinger, Evil Twin, Stone Brewing, Left Hand, Founders, Ommegang, Surly, New Holland, Destihl, Two Brothers, Hinterland, Begyle, 5 Rabbit, Vander Mill, St. Feuillien, Pollyanna, Middle Brow and more!
A raffle will also be part of the event, giving guests a chance to win beer-related merchandise and more much more! Proceeds from this event will benefit the Swedish Covenant Hospital.
For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

7:00 – 10:00 pm ♦ New Belgium Beer Release: Hop Stout
Dark Horse Tap & Grille-Wrigleyville, 3443 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
So many rare New Belgium beers, house made pretzels and a chance to win a New Belgium bike!
Try the Hop Stout – just released this week, it combines the stouty notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and toasted bread with the accent of citrusy, woodsy hops. YUM!
A fan of Barrel-Aged sours? The Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour and the La Foile Flemish Sour.
Laine from New Belgium will be chatting and answering questions on all things New Belgium. And giving away a New Belgium bike at the end of the night!
So many rare and cool beers, so little time. Make sure you get there early so you can try them all! Free RSVP at Eventbrite!

7:00 pm ♦ Bell’s Tappening at High Noon Saloon
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
High Noon Saloon hosts Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery for a tap takeover. The event features the extremely limited Mango Habanero Oberon Ale, a spicy spin on the brewery’s Oberon Ale with aromas and flavors of mango and warm habanero notes. This beer has never been offered outside of the Bell’s brewery, and there are only a dozen barrels allocated for all of Chicagoland. High Noon Saloon has secured a barrel and this will be the first tapping of the Mango Habanero Oberon Ale in the area. Other limited beers include the Hell Hath No Fury Ale; this beer has not been brewed for three years and only a handful of barrels will be released in the Chicago market. Quinannan Falls Special Lager, a limited-release draft-only beer that is brewed and dry-hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, and Best Brown Ale, a seasonal favorite with caramel and cocoa notes, will also be tapped. Two year-round favorites, the refreshingly tart Oarsman Ale and the intensely hopped Two Hearted Ale, also make the Tappening lineup.
Bell’s field sales representative Monica Mooney will be on-hand for questions about the featured beers. Giveaways include Bell’s hats, T-shirts and other logoed gear. There is no cover charge and food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Beers range from $5-$8 each and food specials range from $4-$7 each. Reservations recommended via 773-227-9339.

Thursday-Saturday, September 24 – 26

Revolution Oktoberfest
Revolution Brewery & Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS
Join Revolution at the 3340 N. Kedzie Production Facility location for beer, food, and Oktoberfest fun in our back lot under a big-top tent!
There will be four tasting sessions:
Thursday, Sept. 24 (6-9pm)
Friday, Sept. 25 (6-9pm)
Saturday, Sept. 26 (1-4pm)
Saturday, Sept. 26 (6-9pm)
E-tickets for our fall event cost $45 and include beer, food, and an Oktoberfest Stein.
The beer list will include:
Oktoberfest – our traditional Oktoberfest lager featuring German malt and hops
Fist City – crisp and clean Chicago Pale Ale
Rev Pils – a brand-new Pilsner recipe
Old Country Altbier – a German-style brown ale fermented with our Kolsch’s yeast
Click here for more details and an FAQ.

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