Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 23-25

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 23-25
Bartender! I ordered some HIGHBALLS! Photo from Flickr user Janet, used unaltered under Creative Commons.

Geeky Talk: Google has announced that it is changing the way it serves up data for programmers crunching it into their apps. To throw some non-beer tech stuff that I barely comprehend around, they are dropping support for XML and expecting everyone to start using their API. This may or may not take down my calendar app, and I will have to learn all over again how to program it. We shall see in November.

Friday, October 23

She-Nannigans’ End of Season Oktoberfest
She-Nannigans, 16 W. Division St., Chicago 312-642-2344
She-nannigans House of Beer will host an end of season Oktoberfest celebration. Come out and get the last of the seasonal Oktoberfest beers including a tap-takeover of five draft beers: Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, Leinenkugel Oktoberfest and Harvest Patch Shandy, Shiner Bock Oktoberfest and Trumer Pils, all severed in sixteen-ounce pints for $6.50.
Chicago’s very own Polkaholics will perform live from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and there will be no cover charge. At 9:00 p.m., there will be an unofficial Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Competition. The winner will keep the authentic stein and receive $100 cash.

4:00 pm ♦ Excel Firkin & Tap Feature
Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
From Excel Brewing of downstate Breese, IL:
FIRKIN! Excel Forbidden Island ● American Imperial IPA ● 10% ABV
Beers on tap include:
3rd Anniversary Saison ● Red Wine Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison ● 9% ABV
Oktoberfest ● 5.5% ABV
Bose Roggen ● Rye Schwartzbier ● 4.8% ABV
Plague Bringer ● American Imperial IPA ● 9% ABV
Southside Stout ● American Stout ● 6..4% ABV

4:00  – 7:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Big Muddy Pumpkin

4:30 pm ♦ Local Brews Local Grooves
House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL, 60654, United States
VIP Doors: 4:30PM
General Admission: 5:30PM
Performances begin at 4:30PM for VIP Guests.
The ultimate craft beer, food and music festival. Craft beer sampling from 18 breweries including Three Floyds, Revolution, Surly, Half Acre and more. Food pairings inspired by brews and created by House of Blues chefs. Live performances by 10 of the best local bands across 2 stages!
Tickets (available here) include entry only. Sampling wristbands that can be used for beer samples and food are sold separately on site for $15/wristband. Each wristband contains 5 tabs. Each tab redeemable for a 4oz sample of craft beer or food items.
$10 – GA
$30 – Four pack of tickets
$50 – VIP Package (includes 1 GA ticket, 2 sampling wristbands, 1 Limited Edition LBLG t-shirt, and 1 hour early entry).

6:00 pm ♦ Schneider Oktoberfest Wooden Barrel Tapping
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Stop in and enjoy the last hurrah for this Okotberfest season, as we swing the mallet and tap into a traditional wooden barrel of Oktoberfest beer imported just for this event. The beautiful wooden barrel will be tapped directly on the bar counter and the beer poured straight from the barrel. The delicious contents of this wooden cask will be available to everyone until it runs dry. Enjoy a glass of this fine selection from G. Schneider & Sohn along with our famous Oktoberfest Pig Roast!
To Be Poured from the Wooden Barrel:
G. Schneider & Sohn Weisen Edel-Weisse Organic
100% Organic, Floral, Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Bavarian Wheat Ale, 6.2% ABV
Barrel Taps @ 6:00 pm. First Come, First Served.

7:00 pm ♦ Blow The Band – A head to head battle of local kegs & music
Beer House Chicago, 322 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 268-1111
Join us for our first competition to see who can blow through their kegs first!….and for an added bonus, the breweries will be bringing their band of choice to battle it out on stage!

Noon Whistle VS Two Brothers
Both of these breweries will have 2 beers (kegs) on our tap line! It’s up to you (their loyal fans) to drink up!! The first brewery to blow through a whole keg wins the prize!
Not only will you enjoy these awesome breweries and their beers, but you will get to hear their favorite bands. These bands will be representing each brewery too! Like one band better than the other??…then drink that breweries beer! The brewery that wins is also the band that wins!
Kegs begin flowing at 7pm. Music starts at 8pm!

7:00 pm ♦ Pumpkin Carving Party & Pumpkin Beer Tap Takeover
Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division St., Chicago 773-384-6886
(Date changed from Thursday)
The Division Ale House provides both the pumpkins and the carving tools for this no-cover event and displays the carved creations post-party as part of the Halloween theme. The party kicks-off at 7 p.m. and pumpkins are first come, first served (available while supplies last). The tap takeover features five seasonal pumpkin brews from five different breweries including Ballast Point Pumpkin Down, Coronado Punk’In Drublec, Greenbush Unicorn Killer, Almanac Pumpkin Sour and Seattle Cider Pumpkin Spice (beers range from $6-10 each). Chef Wally Rouse creates specials for the night including smoked pork ribs with chipotle pumpkin ale barbecue sauce and fried chicken and pumpkin ale waffles with blackened bacon gravy. For dessert, Rouse features an oatmeal pumpkin ale cream pie sandwich (prices vary).

Friday & Saturday, October 23 – 24

Live Movie Riff with Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theater 3000
@North Bar, 1637 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL, United States
Four Shows!!!!!! Two Different Movies – One for the early shows and one for the late shows!!! Starring Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (Dr. Clayton Forrester and TVs Frank).
Friday Oct 23: 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM
Saturday Oct 24: 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM
Tickets: $30 In Advance / $30 At The Door.

Saturday, October 24

Lord Stanley’s Stout Tasting
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave. Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL (708) 226-1827
Come watch the Hawks face the Lightning for the first time since they beat them for the CUP! Free samples of Saugatuck’s Lord Stanley’s 3 in 6 stout!

1:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Chicago Beer Fest
Great Hall at Chicago Union Station, 210 South Canal St., Chicago
The Chicago Beer Festival returns to Union Station, featuring dozens of local and domestic breweries, sampling their fall seasonal beers. The fall beer festival will have two sessions, 1pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Attendees will receive 40 taster vouchers. Tickets are $45, plus fees, at Eventbrite. More information at the festival website.

1:00 – 4:00 pm ♦ Cider & Ale Tasting at The Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle, IL
Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Tasting. Sip on local favorites and explore new craft ciders and beers while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of The Morton Arboretum. Guest restaurants and Arboretum concessions will be available on-site for purchase.
Bring a chair or lie down on a blanket in the crisp autumn air while listening to live music by Five Guys Named Moe. This event is rain or shine; please come prepared.
Last pour is at 3:45 p.m.
Tickets are available here. VIP Tickets: $55/members; $65/nonmembers, VIP ticket holders are admitted to event at noon.
General Admission Tickets: $35/members; $45/nonmembers, General Admission ticket holders are admitted to event at 1:00 p.m.
Designated Driver Tickets: $15/person, Designated Driver ticket holders are admitted at 1:00 p.m. If accompanying a VIP ticket holder, the Designated Driver ticket holder will be admitted at noon.
Please Note: This event is for those 21 and over. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted, including infants. No exceptions. Tickets can be purchased onsite on the day of the event. Tickets purchased day-of will have an additional $5 fee.

1:00 – 3:00 pm ♦ Beer Sampling at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Citizen Cider

3:00 – 7:30 pm ♦ Pub in the Park
Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Rd., Lake In The Hills, IL
The first annual Pub in the Park Craft Beer Festival is planned for 2000 beer lovers and guests to enjoy great beers from 40+ Breweries, Food Trucks and Live Music all on site to make for a fantastic day!
Pub in the Park Craft Beer Festival will run from 3pm – 4pm for VIP admission and from 4pm – 7:30pm for general admission. Last pour will be 7:15pm. At the front entrance you will receive an ID wristband and Pub in the Park Fest souvenir tasting glass to samples all of the great beers available. VIP ticket holders will receive a T-Shirt.
A special designated driver ticket is available. No alcohol will be served to attendees wearing a DD wristband. Nonalcoholic drinks will be available.
Pub in the Park is hosted by People for Parks Foundation of LITH, Inc. and is a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization for the purpose of supporting the Lake in the Hills’ Parks and Recreation Department. The foundation provides equipment for parks and the Lake in the Hills Preschool Academy and scholarship support to encourage participation in department programs for families in need. ALL the proceeds raised directly benefit residents who use the LITH Parks and Recreation Programs.
We will be using Find My Tap app. Tickets available here at $45 for general admission from 4 to 7:30; $75 for VIP tix for an extra hour of samples from 3 to 4 and a tee shirt, $5 in food truck coupons and special brews tasting only for VIPs. 15 tickets for 4 ounce pours; additional tastings available.

5:00 – 10:00 pm ♦ One Trick Pony Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Human Be-In
One Trick Pony Brewery parking lot, 17845 Chappel Ave., Lansing, IL
Raking Leaves is for Chumps!
But if you have to, make time to join us Saturday night for One Trick Pony Brewery’s 1st Annual Third Anniversary “Be-In” thing. $30.00 will score you new and different tappings of OTP beers throughout the evening, the serving-up of some grub, and plenty of inane conversation with people you may have just met and will probably be foggy about the following day.
Joining us this year is Chicago’s Marz Community Brewing, Horse Thief Hollow, 350 Brewing Co., Blue Island Beer Company, and the area’s newest, Blue Nose Brewery from Hodgkins, IL. And a special guest…!
Onstage performing will be the North Avenue Stompers, Three Blue Teardrops, and back again, Low-Reen and the Maxwell Street Blues Band. Watch out, someone may get hurt.
Tickets are on sale at the brewery and online. Buying in advance, like last year, will score you 4 bottles of Kentucky Mountain upon release in November, maybe even another small little event. Keep an eye out between now and then for another deal.

5:00 – 11:00 pm ♦ Hopvine’s 2nd Anniversary Brew ‘n’ Buffet
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, IL (630) 229-6030
Join us as we celebrate Hopvine Brewing Company’s 2nd Anniversary! The Brew ‘n Buffet Extravaganza, on Saturday, October 24th, that culminates our 2-day partyd includes:

  • Four Hopvine Signature Beers
  • An all you can eat selection of Hopvine Menu Favorites
  • Two raffle tickets for Gift Cards, Growlers, T-Shirts and other fantabulous prizes
  • Samples of three finalists in the Hopvine Homebrew Contest, where you help PICK THE WINNER!
  • Music from Jon Conover starting at 7:30PM

All of this for just $40 per person! Make your reservation online here, or call us at 630-229-6030

7:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest Flight Night!
D’Agostino’s Pizzeria, 241 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling IL 847-808-8200
Try a Flight of 4 Oktoberfests on draft: Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Great Lakes, Goose Island and Sam Adams. Four 5 oz pours for only $6.50. Raffle prizes too!

7:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Bourbon County Dinner Night
Beef & Barley Gastropub, 3001 N Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 248-0990
Join us as we break into our private stash of aged Goose Island Bourbon County Stout bottles. We will be preparing a meal alongside goblets of BCS. Tickets are available for $30 pre event and $35 at the door.
Ticket purchase is good for (1) entry to event. Each ticket includes (1) three course dinner prepared specifically for this event. Each of the three main courses will be paired with (1) 5oz. pour of BCBS. Additional pours may be available for an added charge. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW.

Sunday, October 25

8:00 am – 5:00 pm ♦ BrOOFEST
Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza – 800 East 81st Avenue – Merrillville, IN 46410
For tickets and details, link here.
We have moved BrOOFEST downstairs to the Celebrity Ballroom as we have even more vendors this year! We have LOCAL brewers and wineries committed to bring some of their best samples! VIP’s tickets are limited. Get yours before it’s too late!
We’ve made the event even better this year with VIP’s getting food the ENTIRE night! The Radisson is also offering rooms for only $99 that night! Please call 1-800-333-3333 to reserve your room at this special price by October 2nd.
VIP’s get an hour early entry, goodie bag, lanyard with glass holder, unlimited food provided by Radisson and TJ Maloney’s, and a commemorative pint glass. The menu includes bacon jalapeno cheddar sliders, mini rueben sliders, mini pulled chicken sliders with spicy cilantro corn relish, black bean empanadas, chorizo quesadillas with chihuahua cheese and cilantro, blue cheese steak fries, and churros with spiced chocolate suace!
We will have live music by The Unit and Hybrige, raffles, door prizes, and more! Get in on a blind draw bags tournament and win cash!!!
Committed vendors already include: 18th Street Brewery, 1919 Root Beer, Anderson Vineyard & Winery, Burn ‘Em Brewery, Cauldron Beverage Co., Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Company, Evil Czech Brewery, Four Fathers Brewing, Ironwood Brewing Company, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Journeyman Distillery, New Oberpfalz Brewing, Oliver’s Winery, One Trick Pony Brewery, Route 2 Brewing, Scarlet Lane Brewing, St. John Malt Bros., Transient Artisan Ales, Vander Mill, and Wabash Brewing!

1:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Pre Halloween Beer Tasting
Jewel/Osco, 481 Busse Hwy., Park Ridge, IL (847) 696-0824
Will be hosting a large free tasting event featuring dozens of pumpkin, and fall style beers. There is no charge for this event and everyone is welcome but you must be 21 or over to sample beers.
Scheduled to appear:
Two Brothers, Hopothesis, Sam Adams, Founders, Ballast Point, Berghoff, Magic Hat, Baderbräu. Many more to be added
Come in costume if you wish. treats and goodies will be provided.
For more information contact Patrick at 847 696 0824 (days).

Notice: October 26 – November 5

Two Brothers Tap House Renovations
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL 630-393-2337
The Two Brothers Tap House in Warrenville will be closed starting Oct. 26 for renovations. When we reopen on Nov. 5 we will be opening at Noon everyday, providing lunch to all you fine people!

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