Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 17-19

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 17-19
View of the Löwenbrau tent at Munich Oktoberfest.

I have been spreading my “brand” my guesting on another beer blogger’s YouTube series! Check out “Rob (from the internet) talks about beer,” a series of YouTube videos where Rob, from Canada, video conferences with other beer fans about one style at a time. I just happened to sign up to talk about Pilsners, because I could just walk down the street and get a fresh crowler from Goldfinger.

Oktoberfest Weekend

4:00 – 7:00 pm • Berghoff Oktoberfest
The Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams St., Chicago (312) 427-3170 Map
Oktoberfest kicks off on Thursday, September 16th! Enjoy festive décor, specialty menu, and live music Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 PM in our historic bar!
Contact to book your after-work Oktoberfest Happy Hour today!
Per the City of Chicago Mask Mandate effective 8/20, masks are required for all individuals over the age of 2.
Regardless of vaccination status masks must be worn while engaging with our staff and not actively eating or drinking.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Downers Grove Oktoberfest
Downers Grove Main St. Metra Station, Downers Grove, IL  Map
The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 is excited to announce out “8th Annual Oktoberfest”
Friday, September 17th & Saturday, September 18th, 2021
Authentic German Food & Beverages Downers Groves very own Cadence Kitchen & Company, The Foxtail & Skuddlebutts.
Our feature artist, September 18: Sebastian Bach “The Original Voice of Skid Row”
General Admissiom & VIP Party Tickets available – Swag Included
For Ticket and Information go to: 
Live Local music: Thrill Pill, Send in the Clones, The Lounge Puppets, Frank K & Company, Wayne Messmer and much more.
On tap: Tangled Roots Vermillion River Weiss, Hacker Pshorr, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Revolution Oktoberfes, Miller Lite. Selections May Vary

Flaptober Fest 2021
Flapjack Brewery, 6833 Stanley Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 637-4030 Map
Come Join us for Flaptober Fest 2021 this Friday, September 17th & Saturday, September 18th from 3-9pm
We will be releasing our Bierwynsteiner Marzen & new GALOOP Festbier.
• Beer Brats – sautéed onions and whole-grain mustard, served with a giant pickle
• Pretzels – served with house-made beer cheese, honey dijon and whole-grain mustards
Limited Edition Flaptober Fest T-Shirts and Full beer/Pizza menu also available during fest.
Make your table reservations now at
(Must wear your masks unless seated). Bar & outside seating first come/first served

Tangled Roots Oktoberfest
Tangled Roots Brewing Co., 812 La Salle St., Ottawa, IL 815-324-9549 Map
Tangled Roots Oktoberfest will kick off in Ottawa, IL on Friday, September 17th through Sunday, September 19th. The fest will feature music, a carnival, miniature golf, vendor market, authentic Bavarian dishes and other menu items from Tangled Roots’ restaurant, The Lone Buffalo, and of course farm-to-foam beers. Local food vendors will also be on site in addition to a wide selection of beer from Tangled Roots, Nik & Ivy Brewing, Ace Cider, Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, St. Bernardus.
Friday: 4:30pm – 10pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 4:30pm

Haymarket Oktoberfest
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 638-0700 Map
Join us as we usher in Fall, and celebrate Oktoberfest!
Our Fest Bier will be flowing, and our Chef has created a delicious sampler plate to pair with the beer! Pretzel & Sausage Plate $13
Housemade Veal brat, Pork Cheddar Brat, Fermented Blau kraut, potato salad, and Bavarian Pretzel with Sweet Mustard. With a pint of Fest Bier $18 5.7% ABV. A german-style lager with deep copper color, mild hop flavor, firm malt middle, notes of toasted malts, cherries, and a spicy dry finish.

Sew Hop’d Oktoberfest
Sew Hop’d Brewery & Taproom, One Union Special Plaza, Ste. 113, Huntley, IL (815) 701-8819 Map
September 17-19
Food Trucks, Live Music, & Games
Stein Holding Competition, Children’s Activities, & More

1:00 – 11:00 pm • St. Margaret Mary presents Algonquin Oktoberfest
St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, 119 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin, IL  Map
Saturday and Sunday. An Annual tradition to celebrate the official kickoff of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. We are making feturing bands, authentic food from the Knights of Columbus, kids games, sweets, baked goods and crafts, and all the fun your friends and family can handle. Come on out. Open to the public.
Stop by and try one of Scorched Earth’s Oktoberfest beers.

Brass Taptoberfest
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave. Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL 708-226-1827 Map
Join us all weekend for Taptoberfest ! The Brass Tap version of Oktoberfest!
Friday 17th – Special tappings
Hofbrau Oktoberfest
Weihenstephaner Festbier & Dunkel
We will also be tapping Local Oktoberfest offerings from Phase Three, Church Street, Three Floyds, Revolution and Goose Island
Saturday 18th – 7pm Stein Hoisting – Hosted by Hofbrau
Sunday- Revolution Stein Giveaway
$6 Hofbrau Oktoberfest pints all weekend

Friday, September 17

Exit Strategy Oktoberfest
Exit Strategy Brewing, 7700 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL (708) 689-8771 Map
This Friday, we’ll release Mocktoberfest, our Marzen style Oktoberfest ale. Malty and amber in color, this beauty was fermented with Kviek yeast, making it a smooth and delicious fall brew…
And we aren’t just releasing this new beer, we’re throwing a weekend long Oktoberfest celebration!!
Here’s the scoop:
Mocktoberfest will be available in all size pours, including a MUG upgrade for this weekend only!
We’ll have three German specials from the kitchen bundled together with Mocktoberfest to really highlight both the beer and the food!
Stay tuned for announcements regarding kitchen specials and other fun happenings this week!

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • Tap Takeover: The Veil Brewing Co.
Crafted 1979, 19200 LaGrange Rd., Ste. E, Mokena, IL 708-860-2826 Map
We’ll be celebrating The Veil Brewing Co. of Virginia all day!!! Don’t miss the hype!
Beers on Tap:
* Never Aloha3 Fruited Gose – triple fruited Hawaiian Punch (need we say more)
* Good Morning, Anxiety Milkshake NEIPA – creamy and tropical
* blinkbugatti Triple NEIPA – with only 171 checkins, this is a rare beast in the wild
* The Accomplice: Xtreme Fruited Sour
* Mr. Shredder IPA – unique take on the OG Master Shredder IPA
* Crucial Taunt Double NEIPA – all that Citra and more
* greenmiata IPA

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • Vikings Releases
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
The queen of the Vikings. Avenged by Vikings returns for her annual reign atop the smoldering mountain of Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial, and Mandarina Bavaria hop mastery.
Additionally, the bigger, more successful brother of Kidnapped by Vikings is being released. Rich caramel malt sweetness is beaten over the head with resinous, piney American hop character in this American style Double IPA. Ravaged by Vikings, ’tis the season. 8% ABV.
Releasing Friday at the open.

2:00 pm • Friday: Smashburgers
D and G Brewing, 303 N. 4th St., Suite A, Saint Charles, IL (773) 203-2325 Map
Friday Night is The Biker Dude Smashburger Night. Well, this Friday. The 17th.

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest Riverwalk Crawl – Keep the Stein
Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago  Map
Join the Revolution Brewing team for an Oktoberfest crawl along the Chicago Riverwalk. Take home a Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest stein at select accounts.
4 PM – 5 PM: Island Party Hut (east of Columbus)
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM: O’Brien’s (between Wabash & Michigan)
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Chicago Brewhouse (between State & Wabash)
7:45 PM – 8:45 PM City Winery (between State & Dearborn)
9 PM – 10 PM: Tiny Tapp (between Clark & Dearborn)
The Polkaholics will be rocking out at Chicago Brewhouse From 6-8pm.
Hit RSVP on this event so we know you’re coming.

4:00 – 8:00 pm • Nice Buns at BHBC!
Black Horizon Brewing Co., 7560 S. Quincy St., Willowbrook, IL (630) 413-4964 Map
Come join us Friday for some of the most delicious “Asian Fusion” steamed boas you’ve ever had! Chef Jesse Avery back at BHBC offering his amazing food for your eating pleasure! Enjoy your evening with great food, great music and delicious beers!

4:00 pm • Wisco Links
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 445-2467 Map
Wisco-Links serving specialty sausages, unique chips and dips.

5:00 – 8:30 pm • Billy Denton & Dope Sandwich
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd, Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
Please join us as we welcome back Dope Sandwich and Billy Denton to our taproom.
Dope Sandwich will be slinging their tasty sandwiches starting at 5pm. We are drooling just thinking about it.
Billy will be rocking out in the Biergarten (weather permitting) starting at 6:30.
Stay tuned for the special Friday Tapping! 
All Covid-19 protocols and mandates will be in place. Please be respectful of our rules and our staff.

7:00 pm • An Evening with A Cuban Experience at ZümBier
ZümBier, 3232 Monroe St., Waukegan, IL 847-420-7313 Map
Join us at ZümBier for a fun night of beer and cigars!!! Pair your favorite Craft Beer with a Premium Cigar and enjoy the evening. New to beer or cigars?? No problem, you have the best experts of both at your service!!
Cigar lounge atmosphere in the Bier Garten tent. Cuban Jazz records and music.

7:00 – 10:00 pm • Marz Popup: DJ Night
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
DJ Sono Rama will be in the Taproom Saturday night spinning some Marz vibes! Drink Marz, Enjoy the tunes and positive vibrations!
Our Marz Popup Events will be taking place 9/16 – 9/19 and 9/23 – 9/26.

Saturday, September 18

9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Energy City Releases
Energy City Brewing, 917 First St., Batavia, IL 630-597-5581 Map
We’re ending summer with a couple seasonal favorites and our latest DIPA! Online pre-orders are live via for this Saturday’s beer release. See our full lineup below:
Bistro Crumble – Strawberry & Rhubarb, fruited Berliner Weisse (6.5% ABV)
Aloha Sunrise Sorbet – Pineapple & Orange, fruited IPA (6.5% ABV)
Hop Skiff – Idaho 7 & Citra hops, New England-Style DIPA (8.2% ABV)
Bâtisserie S’mores Stout – Imperial Stout (10% ABV)
Bistro Cream Pie – Pineapple, Banana & Vanilla, fruited Berliner Weisse (6.5% ABV)
Bistro Pumpkin Cobbler, fruited Berliner Weisse (6.5% ABV)
Piña Sunset Sorbet – Pineapple & Coconut, fruited IPA (6.4% ABV)
Hop Schooner – Nelson Sauvin and Rakau hops, New England-Style DIPA (8.2% ABV)
Zephyr Turbine – Pineapple, Orange & Citra Hops, fruited American Sour Ale (6.5% ABV)
Cabana MOSA – Peach, Orange & Cranberry, Hard Seltzer Smoothie (6.5% ABV)
Ambrosia MOSA – Pineapple, Tangerine & Cherry, Hard Seltzer Smoothie (6.5% ABV)
Apple Cranberry Crumble MOSA, Hard Seltzer Smoothie (6.5% ABV)
Beer is available for online pre-order NOW
Drive-thru pickup time: Saturday, September 18th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

11:00 am – 11:00 pm • Ørkenoy 1st Year Anniversary
Ørkenoy, 1757 N. Kimball Ave., Chicago (312) 929-4024 Map
Join us this Saturday from 11-11 to celebrate our crazy first year! We wouldn’t be here without all your support In honor of this momentous occasion we brewed a very special, tiny limited batch of Oscar Orchard, our seasonal Gruit on Caleb & Whitney’s farm. This crazy concoction was made with their Såinnhus germinated and sun dried Wind Malt, a bunch of herbs from their garden and our favorite tropical Lithuanian yeast. At 7.4%, there’s tons of tropical fruit, botanical & herbal notes, and slight umami on the finish. This will be available in small pours only. We will also have another special limited beer on tap brewed in collaboration with Cruz Blanca – a lovely mixed culture fruited table beer fermented on spent black raspberries left over from our previous collab.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm • RUN for BEER – Whiner Beer Co.
Whiner Beer Co., 1400 W. 46th St. #104, Chicago 312-810-2271 Map
We are the Illinois Brewery Running Series and we run for beer!
Come join us at Whiner Beer Co. on Saturday September 18, 2021 for a 5kish course that starts and ends at this awesome Back of the Yards taproom. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!
What’s included?! All participants receive:

  • FREE craft brew from Whiner
  • Your choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series
  • Your chance to win sweet door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or a growler to take home
  • Access to event festivities, games, goodies and giveaways
  • And more!

We are all about being active, having fun and giving back to our local community. Since our inaugural event (the Brewery Running Series was founded in Minnesota in 2012), we have been able to donate over $160,000 back to local nonprofits. 10% of all proceeds goes directly to Chicago Run and Chicago Parks Foundations, awesome local organizations that make Chicago a great place to live. 
We will be respecting all COVID-19 safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC and our local department of health.
We understand these details may vary and are always subject to change. If these details change the nature, date, timing of this event and you are no longer interested or able to attend, we will do our best to accommodate.
The current time listed for the run is what is planned, typically IL Brewery Running Series events start anywhere between 10am and 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Should the event end up having starting waves, participants already registered will be communicated on how to select their wave.
Keep an eye out for additional communications from us as this event date approaches. We’ll share everything you need to know.
Registration is limited, so sign up today!
Questions? Contact us at

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
3500 N. Southport Ave., between Addison & Roscoe, Chicago  Map
With its eclectic mix of stores, boutiques and restaurants, the Southport Corridor is arguably one of the hottest commercial strips in Chicago.
This September it gets even more sizzling when the glorious taco is again in the spotlight as the tortilla-wrapped fave is celebrated at this annual food and music happening. Back for its eighth flavor-filled year in 2021, it’s also a celebration of seasonal beers as well as the start of autumn.
Whether one prefers their shells filled with traditional chicken, steak, chorizo and beef, or stuffed with imaginative ingredients such as mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck, this fall fest is a wildly popular fixture to the Windy City’s food scene. More than a dozen local eateries challenge themselves to make the tastiest tacos.
The fest also features special beer and taco pairings, two music stages, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, activities for kids, and visitors can text vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco.”
A $10 suggested donation benefits the Friends of Lakeview & the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.
Advance tickets available here.

12:00 – 10:00 pm • 7th Anniversary Viking Funeral 2021 Release
Four Fathers Brewing, 3705 Bowman Drive Suite B, Valparaiso, IN (219) 464-9712 Map
Make plans to join us on Saturday for our Viking Funeral Release! Food will be available for purchase from Fuzzyline Kitchen. Live music by Anchors, Zach and Scott of The Blues Project, and Got Issues. All Viking beers will be on tap and this is an all ages event!
Ticket Options:
Designated Driver – $10 – Ticket includes entry to the event and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.
General Admission – $20 – Ticket includes entry to the event and one drink ticket.
Viking VIP 1 – $50 – Ticket includes entry to the event, one mixer Viking 4-pack (Viking Funeral , Valhalla, Viking Funeral Hazelnut, & BA Viking Funeral), event glass, and one drink ticket.
Viking VIP 2 – $80 – Ticket includes entry to the event, 2 mixer Viking 4-packs (Viking Funeral, Valhalla, Viking Funeral Hazelnut, & BA Viking Funeral), event glass, and one drink ticket.
Viking VIP 3 – $105 – Ticket includes entry to the event, 3 mixer Viking 4-pack (Viking Funeral, Valhalla, Viking Funeral Hazelnut, & BA Viking Funeral), event glass, and one drink ticket.
Viking VIP 4 – $125 – Ticket includes entry to the event, 4 mixer Viking 4-packs (Viking Funeral, Valhalla, Viking Funeral Hazelnut, & BA Viking Funeral), event glass, and one drink ticket.

12:00 – 9:00 pm • Oktoberfest Celebration at The Monkey House
Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Suite 900, Romeoville, IL 630-862-9595 Map
It’s that time of year again, time to raise a stein, put on your Lederhosen or Dirndl and party like we’re in Germany…OKTOBERFEST IS HERE!
This year’s celebration brings back a few fun contests and games. We will celebrating all day on September 18th.
Throughout the day in 2 hour blocks we will be giving away some killer MMB prizes. Purchase a draft or 4-pack of Oktoberfest and receive a raffle ticket for each one purchased!
Giveaway times & prizes:
12-2pm – Gift Card & Prize
2-4pm – Gift Card & Prize
4-6pm – Gift Card & Prize
Large Prize Giveaway of a $100 gift card at 6pm chosen from all non-winners during the day!
Stein holding contest 2pm.
Lederhosen & Dirndl costume contest judging from 3-4pm, winner announced at 4pm. Prizes TBD.
GRZ GRUB food vendor pop-up beginning at 1pm.

12:00 pm • 2nd Annual Fight Against Suicide Fundraiser
McCarty Mills Taproom, 140 S. River St., Aurora, IL (630) 229-0451 Map
McCarty Mills joins forces with Team DaLoveHz for the 2nd Annual Fight Against Suicide Fundraiser benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Raffles, Food, Great Beer and more!

12:00 – 4:00 pm • Oktoberfest Bags Tourney
Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead, 113 W. North St., Elburn, IL (630) 320-2255 Map
Oktoberfest may be canceled in Munich, but it’s ALIVE AND WELL at Obscurity… and we’re kicking it off with a BAGS TOURNEY! As long as there’s beer, good food, and raffles for a local nonprofit, who cares if you’re any good?!
Get your team (you + 1), come up with a good name, and get ready to rock out this tournament as we help Obscurity Brewing kick off their Oktoberfest festivities in the Beer Garden!
We will have 36 teams, single-round elimination to get to our winners. GRAND PRIZE for our winning team, but prizes will be given during EACH round for various reasons (even if you get knocked out of the tourney, you still should have a shot at winning a little somethin’).
PLUS… we will have a raffle table set up with 100% of proceeds benefitting local nonprofit, Sneaker Heartz, and their mission to get shoes on the feet of those who need it the most.
Your ticket includes TEAM ADMISSION (2 people), a draft beer for each of you (2 TOTAL), and access to our raffle table!
Additional food and beverage available all day (Obscurity has a FULL BAR)! And you’re invited to hang out after the bags tourney for Live Music and additional Oktoberfest Shenanigans!

12:00 – 9:00 pm • Oktoberfest at Prestige
Prestige 6249 Tap Room, 6249 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 963-9733 Map
Time to break out das lederhosen and steins!!! We are bringing the Hofbräuhaus to Westmont! Multiple local märzen beers will be tapped!
More details to come!

12:00 pm – 12:00 am • Oktoberfest Celebration!
Steam Hollow Brewing Co., 450 S. Spruce St. Unit C, Manteno, IL  Map
4pm: Bags Tournament – sign-up at 3:30!
6pm: Stein Holding Competition!
Seasonal beers on tap: OctoberAlt beer and Hefeweizen along with our other classic beers.
Steam Hollow 20oz beer stein available for purchase. $20 each includes the first pour and $6 refills ALL DAY!
German Oktoberfest will be playing all day day and at 8pm Group Therapy will get the night rocking!
– The Neighborhood Kitchen
– Ben’s Soft Pretzels

12:00 pm • Wolfden’s 1st Biergarten Oktoberfest!
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
Join us in celebrating our very first Oktoberfest! There will be beer! There will be German Food! There will be Polka Rock! PROST!
Beer Releases: Dräufganger Oktoberfest & Festwölfin Festbier
Food Special: Bavarian Pretzels with beer cheese, Düsseldorf mustard and hot honey!
Games & Prizes!
• 3pm: MAYOR FRANCO opens the event!
• 3pm-6pm: Dark Horse Pastries Oktoberfest food pop up with Schnitzel, Kaesaspaetzle, Brats and More!
• 4pm: Stein holding contest!
• 5pm-8pm: The Polkaholics LIVE in the beer garden! Get ready for some Rock N’ Roll Polka!
• 6:30pm: Yodeling contest!

12:00 – 8:00 pm • Food Truck Fest at Flesk Brewing
Flesk Brewing Co., 200 Applebee St., Ste. E, Barrington, IL 244-655-7291 Map
Join us 9/18 for an epic day of food trucks and Flesk Brewing beer! Featuring Mac and More, Flyin’ Hawaiian and Taste of Jamaica.

12:00 – 5:00 pm • Date Night in a (Charcuterie) Box
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
On Saturday, grab your partner for date night, your friends for girls- or guys-night-out, or maybe your mom…she deserves it!
Our friend Rosanna from Chewcuterie Grazing Boards is creating these SUBLIME charcuterie boxes in two sizes: 2-person and 4-person. With an incredible mix of fresh meats, cheeses, fruit, and grains, these boards are well worth the price!
We’re pre-selling these boxes (order link) for the evening of Saturday, September 18, starting at 5pm. Cut off for pre-orders is Thursday, Sept 16.
Here’s what you get:
– Either a one 2-person or 4-person charcuterie box (choose during order)
– $2.00 off any flight of four 5oz pours of our St. Charles brewed beer
– An evening of awesomeness featuring music by New Vintage Strings Contemporary Quartet!
Pre-order now to reserve yours today, then just show us your receipt (via the emailed receipt we send out) when you arrive any time after 5pm Saturday, Sept 18 to pick up your box and pick out a flight to receive $2.00 off!
We’ll have a limited amount of extra boxes available that night, but pre-ordering is the BEST way to guarantee this experience!

12:00 – 6:00 pm • 6th Annual Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest
Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst, IL  Map
We’re back! The Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest returns on September 18th! Filled with brews, ciders & seltzers to sample. Many of the top Chicagoland breweries will be on hand, along with well-known breweries from across the country.
Early Admission ($65) and General Admission tickets ($50) includes a 3 oz. commemorative tasting glass, live music, snacks, wrist band and 18 drink tickets. Tickets here.

1:00 – 5:00 pm • 8th (ish) Grayslake Craft Beer Festival
Center St., downtown Grayslake, IL  Map
The Grayslake Craft Beer Festival is an afternoon in heaven for lovers of craft beer!
This is an opportunity for fans of craft beer to compare their favorite brews with similar brews and to find new favorites. It is also a chance for new beer drinkers to explore the wide range of brewing styles and flavors.
To enhance the sampling experience, the beer will be poured by knowledgeable representatives of the breweries.
While enjoying an afternoon of craft beer, quality food, and musical entertainment, attendees will be doing a good deed. All of the net proceeds of the Festival will go to the Grayslake Scholarship Fund, NFP. Each year the Fund has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to deserving students selected by the Exchange Club of Grayslake and Grayslake Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ticket Prices:
VIP $75, Regular Admission $40, Designated Driver $15
1-5 pm General Admission, Rain or Shine. VIP admission is at noon​
Purchase your tickets here: Grayslake Craft Beer Tickets
If you purchased a ticket in 2020, it is good for Beerfest 2021. For any other questions please call the Grayslake Area Chamber at (847) 223-6888.
We sincerely thank you Grayslake and Lake County for supporting us the past 8 years. We could not do this without you!
Due to the Governor’s current mandate, proof of vaccine or recent (negative) test will be needed. Unvaccinated people should wear masks while walking about.

1:00 – 6:00 pm • It’s All About The Paws: Drinking for Dogs Pre-Event
Pollyanna – St. Charles, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL (630) 549-7372 Map
We’re so excited to formally invite you all to our Pre-Event hosted by Pollyanna Brewing Company.
Each September we kick off our It’s All About The Paws: Adoption Event festivities & fundraising with a fun event to hang out with our community.
What to expect:
— Raffle Baskets
— Merchandise
— Music by InFunktious & Matthew Kopecky
And a lot of fun!
Pollyanna is dog friendly, so feel free to bring your pups to the patio for a fun night!
We can’t wait to see you all there!

1:00 – 3:00 pm • Midwest Coast 2 Year Anniversary
Midwest Coast Brewing Co., 137 W. Walnut St., Chicago (312) 361-1176 Map
It’s hard to believe we’ve reached our 2 year mark (and that we’ve been open 4x longer during a pandemic than not) but we have all of YOU to thank for that! The best guests and regulars a place could ask for, this community has made the hard times bearable.
So join us next Saturday for a full day of tasty beer, live music (3-9:30 pm), a dog ice cream truck and a German style food truck at 2-7 pm to celebrate!

2:00 – 11:00 pm • Pollyanna Oktoberfest @ The Forge: Lemont Quarries
The Forge: Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main St., Lemont, IL (630) 326-3301 Map
Pollyanna Lemont’s Oktoberfest celebration is back and better than ever! This year, we have teamed up with our neighbors at The Forge: Lemont Quarries to bring you an Oktoberfest like no other! We’re proud to be the only brewery in the area pouring a Great American Beer Festival award winning Oktoberfest (Fruhauf!) as well as the only brewery with The Forge’s beautiful outdoor concert space! The music will be bangin’, the beer will be flowin’, and the lederhosen and drndls will be sportin’. Mark your calendars now!
In case of inclement weather, we have a rain date for Saturday, September 25,.
$10 entrance includes a souvenir stein (while supplies last), $5 pours of Pollyanna beer, live music all day, and tons of Oktoberfest fun.
Our Oktoberfest will feature food from Weber Grill Restaurant Lombard.
– The Forge: Lemont Quarries is an outdoor concert venue. There will be no tents and limited seating. This is a BYO chair and shade event.
– 21 and under are allowed to enjoy the music, food, and limited selection of soft drinks and water. All we ask is that you keep an eye on them as they are amongst adults consuming adult beverages.
– Dogs will not be allowed.
– The Forge: Lemont Quarries has limited parking. FREE shuttle buses will be running from the Lemont Metra Lot, Lemont High School, and Pollyanna parking lots throughout the event.
Tickets are available at the door and for pre-sale.

2:00 – 10:00 pm • Penrose’s Second Oktoberfest
Penrose Brewing Co., 509 Stevens St., Geneva, IL 630-232-2115 Map
Break out your lederhosen, great ready for some stein drinking, live music and a day full of fun!
$5 @ the door= General Entry
$10 @ the door= Entry + Souvenir Stein
Also Featuring:
German Fare from Fire & Smoke BBQ Company
German Style Pretzels from Hahns Bakery
Penrose Stein Hoisting Tournament
Beard + Mustache Competition Featuring Beardsgaard
Live Music + Family Friendly Fun
Stay tuned to for more details

2:00 – 4:00 pm • Marz Popup: Singing to Plants
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
Check out our Taproom and find the perfect plant for your home and enjoy some delicious brews while you’re at it!
Our Marz Popup Events will be taking place 9/16 – 9/19 and 9/23 – 9/26.

4:00 – 7:00 pm • BBQ Pop Up With Head’s Red BBQ
ZümBier, 3232 Monroe St., Waukegan, IL 847-420-7313 Map
Head’s Red BBQ will be serving up award winning BBQ at Zümbier Brewery. We will be there from 4pm – 7PM or until we sell out (whichever comes first). Stop on out and enjoy some great BBQ and beer.
BBQ Angus Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork Belly, Head’s Three Cheese Mac & Cheese

5:00 – 9:00 pm • Taste of Jamaica Food Truck
Black Horizon Brewing Co., 7560 S. Quincy St., Willowbrook, IL (630) 413-4964 Map
Taste of Jamaica Food Truck at BHBC serving up their delicious homemade Jamaican & Southern inspired food from 5-9pm. Stop in and enjoy your Saturday! Great food, tasty beers and awesome music live 6-9pm.

5:00 – 9:00 pm • Hops & Props
Schaumburg Regional Airport, 905 W. Irving Park Rd, Schaumburg, IL Map
The public is invited to attend the Schaumburg Regional Airport’s Hops & Props event, a celebration of the local brews, drinks, food, and aircraft from across the Midwest. Vintage aircraft, live music, food trucks, and local vendors will be out in the Schaumburg Airport Hangar and Ramp for all to enjoy. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Casual attire is recommended. Admittance is 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased for $5 (plus processing fees) online.

5:00 – 10:00 pm • Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo, N. Cannon Drive & W. Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago  Map
Savor a selection of more than 150 craft beers and ciders at the sixth annual Craft Brews beer festival, hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events!
Beer tasting stations will be set up throughout the zoo’s beautiful gardens during this one-of-a-kind, after-hours experience just for adults. Ticket holders will also enjoy food for purchase, music, lawn games, and of course the zoo’s amazing animals!
Note: Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo will take place on Saturday, September 18 only.  
Tickets at Eventbrite.
General Admission tickets ($55) include entry to Lincoln Park Zoo beginning at 6 p.m. as well as (20) 3oz tasting tickets and (1) souvenir tasting glass.
Need more time? Purchase an Early Access ticket ($65) which includes entry to Lincoln Park Zoo beginning at 5 p.m. as well as (20) 3oz tasting tickets and (1) souvenir tasting glass.
Designated Driver tickets ($20) include entry beginning at 5 p.m. They do NOT include tasting tickets and ticket holders will NOT be served beer.
All ticket holders, including Designated Driver tickets, must be 21+ with valid ID.

5:00 – 10:00 pm • Alter Fest 2021
Alter Brewing Co., 2300 Wisconsin Ave. #213, Downers Grove, IL 630-541-9558 Map
Alter Fest is returning on Saturday! This annual festival is a celebration of all of our fans and another year of brewing in the books! We’re on our way to 6 years old and couldn’t have made it through all of this recent craziness without all of the amazing people that have supported our craft. Here are all of the juicy details:
Early Bird Tickets: $30 Includes your first 2 beers!
Festival Day-of Admission (if not sold out): $40 Includes your first 2 beers!
Ticket prices do not include tax & fees.
Music from Decadents and Mojo
Food from Dope Sandwich, Dan’s Pizza, and Smilin’ Clydes
Beer will be flowing at over 30+ taps and include all of your current faves plus an experimental station, barrel aged goodies.
Bob’s Photo Booth Bus will also be returning to help you capture some hilarious memories.
Parking: Please be aware that we will not having parking directly on site as the lot will be used for the fest. We HIGHLY recommend that you use a rideshare like Lyft or Uber as your primary transportation. If you do need to drive, there will be plentiful parking available at the Metra station just an 8 minute walk north of the brewery.

5:30 pm • Oktoberfest Barrel Tapping with Art History Brewing!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave., Lisle, IL 630-241-4701 Map
Join us along with our friends from Geneva’s Art History Brewing celebrate the start of this year’s Oktoberfest season! We’ll be presenting a very special tapping of a ceremonial barrel of Art History’s Artoberfest Oktoberfest Marzen! This classic, true-to-style, amber-hued fest lager will be available poured directly from a special ceremonial barrel that will be tapped in the bar at 5:30 PM and available to everyone seated inside or out (21 and over, of course!) while it lasts! Love beer? Want to talk lagers with those in the know? The Art History crew will be there… so stop by and say hello!
Ceremonial Oktoberfest Barrel Tapping:
– Art History Artoberfest @ 5:30pm at the Bar.
Also Available on Tap:
– Art History Artoberfest
– Art History Gravitace Czech Lager
– Plus several other Oktoberfest beers on Tap including classics from Germany’s Paulaner & Ayinger.
Ceremonial Barrel will be tapped around 5:30pm at the Bar.
Information Subject to Change Without Notice.
No RSVP Required. No Entrance Fee.
Face Mask Required to Enter Building.

6:00 pm • First Annual Corn Crawl
Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Rd., Malta, IL (815) 825-2158 Map
We are excited to announce our first annual Corn Crawl event this Saturday! Our friends from Forge Brewhouse & Byers Brewing Co. are hiding out in our maze along with our Cider House staff to supply you with delicious brews as you explore the maze.
We will also have The Vodka Boys playing music on the band stage along with Tinez Tacos serving food on the law. Drink tickets can be purchased in the Cider House or Corn maze hut to be used throughout the corn maze at different booths. Admission is $6.00.

7:00 – 10:00 pm • Celebration of Marz Print
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
Saturday Night we’ll be celebrating all of the exciting publications and prints from Marz Community Brewing. At 8 PM there will be a Raffle and Giveaway. Free registration through Eventbrite.
Our Marz Popup Events will be taking place 9/16 – 9/19 and 9/23 – 9/26.

Sunday, September 19

9:00 – 11:30 am • David’s Bazaar at Pollyanna St. Charles
Pollyanna Brewing Co. – St. Charles, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL 630-549-7372  Map
Morning gig alert! Post- Fox Valley Marathon party!… Music from 9:00am to 11:30am… No cover charge…

9:00 am – 2:00 pm • Monarch Fest Beer Can & Breweriana Show
American Legion Post 76, 570 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL (630) 682-0076 Map
Public show, free walking
Tables: $10.00 for Brewery Collectibles Club of America members – 15.00 for non-members
Set Up Time: 7:00 AM 
For information or to buy a table, email or call Paul Cervenka, (630) 379-1522

10:00 am – 12:00 pm • Marz Popup: Run on Marz
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
Meet at Bitter Pops on Sunday at 10 AM for a 5k and enjoy a refreshing Marz Michelada once we’re back in the Taproom! Free registration at Eventbrite.
Our Marz Popup Events will be taking place 9/16 – 9/19 and 9/23 – 9/26. Check out our Eventbrite page for the full list of events.

12:00 – 5:00 pm • Sunday Fun Day
The Beer and Now, 2801 Ogden Ave., Ste 7, Lisle, IL (630) 946-6660 Map
Every Sunday stop by for $1 off all draft beers!

12:00 – 5:00 pm • Oktober-Family-Fest
The Northman Beer & Cider Garden, 233 E. Riverwalk, Chicago  Map
Celebrate our Oktoberfest launch weekend with fun for all the family, and help us raise money for Friends of the Chicago River!
Our 4 weekend Oktoberfest series launches on Friday, September 17th, but on Sunday 19th we wanted to do a little something special for all the family!
Join us for LIVE music, balloon twisting, face painting and featured Oktoberfest food and drinks.
Live on our Pergola Stage from noon:
LittleBirds – 12pm-1:30pm
The Lucky Trikes – 2pm-3pm
The Luna Blues Machine – 3:30pm-5pm
Kids entertainment from
Balloon Twisting: 12pm-2pm
Facepainting: 12pm-4pm
The Lucky Trikes: 2pm-3pm
Friends of Chicago River “Craft & Go” table. Make and take your own windsock: 12pm-supplies last
25% of Temperance Beer Co. sales will be donated back to Friends of the Chicago River!

12:00 pm • Bears Pot Luck
LunaR brewing co, 54 E. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL (630) 530-2077 Map
We’ll be having a pot luck kind of thing at noon for the Bears-Bengals game! Come hang out with Nick!

12:00 – 3:00 pm • Bears Game Specials
Chuck’s Cafe Burbank, 6501 W. 79th St., Burbank, IL 708-229-8700 Map
Join us in Chuck’s Voodoo Lounge for Bears games this season! We will feature drink and food specials throughout the game! Reservations recommended.

1:00 – 4:00 pm • Savory Crust’s Empanadas in the Beer Garden!
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
Baked and never fried, Savory Crust’s Filipino-inspired cuisine combines a delicious pastry turnover with a variety of savory ingredients.
Wash down “the dinner of your dreams” with a frothy brew at Wolfden.

1:00 – 5:00 pm • Beer & Art Festival
One Allegiance Brewing, 10215 S. Harlem Ave., Chicago Ridge, IL (708) 529-7067 Map
Stop by OAB on Sunday to enjoy multiple arts and craft vendors in our huge backyard beer garden! We’ve got everything from hot sauce to t-shirts and string art and of course, plenty of your favorite beers! With live music, backyard bar and a food truck, this festival is sure to be a hit!
List of current vendors:
Heartstrings by Scarlett, Gindo’s Hot Sauce, Badge Buddies + Tshirts , The Smile on a Dog, Pagan Moon Magick, Dust Bunny Mahfia, Wreaths/Glasses, Beadz Streetz, Creative House Crafting Company (Woodwork Signs), Dips/Tshirts, Pastry Sue Sue, Reflections With Kate (Paintings/Art), DK Custom Wood Designs, Forest Floor Photography
And many more!

2:00 pm • Sip & Dye
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Have a beer while tie-dying a limited edition Side Lot “Unfiltered & Outspoken T-shirt. Each ticket includes a T-shirt, Tie Dye Materials, and a beer.
$32 through Tock.

3:30 – 6:30 pm • RUN FOR BEER – One Lake Brewing
One Lake Brewing Co., 1 Lake St., Oak Park, IL (708) 434-5232 Map
We are the Illinois Brewery Running Series and we run for beer!
Come join us at One Lake Brewing on Sunday for a 5kish course that starts and ends at this awesome Oak Park taproom. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!
What’s included?! All participants receive:
-FREE craft brew from One Lake
-Your choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series
-Your chance to win sweet door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or a growler to take home
-Access to event festivities, games, goodies and giveaways, and more!
Registration is limited, so sign up today at Eventbrite.
Questions? Contact us at

4:00 – 9:00 pm • Mädern Mäke Sushi and RAMEN!
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 445-2467 Map
Trucking in with a greatly expanded menu including real RAMEN (not that bagged stuff)! Former Sushi chefs from Ikigai serve up the good stuff made to order. This time with Tempura, fried rolls and other delights not normally found at their pop-ups!

5:00 pm • Star Wars Trivia
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
Chicago Trivia Guys and Black & Gray Brewing are bringing you another themed trivia night. Come out and test your Star Wars knowledge, drink beer, and win prizes!

5:00 – 7:00 pm • Bingo in the Begyle Beer Garden
Begyle Brewing, 1800 W. Cuyler Ave., Chicago 773-661-6963 Map
Sunday Funday is back! The forecast is for bingo on last Sunday of summer.
We will be hosting bingo in the beer garden on September 19th. Reservations are not required but space will be limited.
Bring your friends and compete to win fantastic prizes (gift cards!). First time playing bingo at Begyle? No worries. The rules are easy and we supply the bingo sheets and dabbers. There is no cost to play.
Reservations can be made here.

6:00 pm • Dog Trivia
Global Brew Tap House, 2100 Prairie St., Saint Charles, IL 630-549-0397 Map
All the dog loving peeps out there, we are doing a special Dog Trivia on September 19th Sunday at 6p so mark your calendar and bring your favorite four legged friend to GB Saint Charles to celebrate @brucewaynedapug 11th birthday. Prizes will be sponsored by
Pug & Hound Pet Apothecary in Geneva so don’t miss out this awesome event. Bring your loved dogs with you as they can celebrate his birthday!!

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