Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 3-5

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 3-5

I spotted another brewer on the horizon: BubbleHouse Brewing Company, a family-owned operation, now has tanks and a sign up on 2121 Ogden Ave., in west suburban Lisle. No opening date has been announced, but everything seems to be trending towards one soon.

The Tribune’s Josh Noel notes that Half Acre is reopening its original Licoln Ave taproom for a few more days in September, before turning the building over the Hop Butcher for the World. The brewery at 4257 N/ Lincoln Ave. closed down in March 2020 due to the pandemic, with customers being served at the new brewery at 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. The Lincoln Ave. outlet will operate Thursdays through Saturdays, until Sept. 25. The beers served will include their flagship Daisy Cutter, brewed at Lincoln Ave. for the first time since its closure, and Space IPA, their first house beer, along with several Hop Butcher collaborations. (Chicago Tribune)

There is usually not a lot of activity with Monday holidays, since many places

This Weekend

11:00 • CLB Oktoberfest
Crystal Lake Brewing, 150 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, IL (779) 220-9288 Map
Celebrate the release of CLB’s amazingly delicious, true-to-style Oktoberfest beer, here in the beer garden and tap room. We’ll have this year’s Oktoberfest on tap, of course, as well as traditional German food and awesome live music, all with no cover charge!
Thursday, Sept 2: Live music by Josh Skaja (7 – 9 pm).
Friday, Sept 3: Live music by Bourbon Country (7 – 9 pm) & Smash Burgers by The Biker Dude (5 – 9 pm).
Saturday, Sept 4: Live music by Brewmeisters German Oompah Band (3 – 5 pm) and The Lincoln Ramblers (7 – 9 pm) & Paninis and More by Party Food Alien (5 – 9 pm).
Plus, CLB will be serving authentic Bavarian brats and pretzels all 3 evenings!

Phase Three Taproom Anniversary
Phase Three Brewing Co., 932 Donata Ct., Lake Zurich, IL (847) 320-1910 Map
This Friday, our taproom turns ONE. That’s right, it’s been one full year since we opened our doors up here in Lake Zurich, we’re plannin’ some fun things to celebrate!
Starting with Friday, we will be releasing our collab with our friends Other Half Brewing: All Pixel Everything, and we’ll be featuring some fresh, Other Half hazies in our taproom (more details on this to come)
Also this Friday, we will have Four Star Artisan serving up some delicious chef-crafted sausages from 3-8pm.
Saturday, we’ll be officially releasing a new barrel-aged stout, 1&2, for onsite consumption. 1&2 is a blend of the first two casks we filled with stout here at Phase Three. Aged for 26 months in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel (1), and in a Morenos Liquors store pick Widow Jane bourbon barrel (2). This is an extremely small release, and we will only have a limited amount available. We only plan to release this a few times over the next several years. Expect this to sell out very quickly. In addition to 1&2, we will also be opening bottles of Eunoia Batch 5 to enjoy in 5oz pours. We will have food from Que Pasta LLC from 12-5pm, Dark Horse Grill serving pizza from 3-7pm and live music from the Triple Hop Trio from 2-5pm.
Sunday, we’ll also be doing onsite bottles of 1&2 (again, very limited – we’re spacing them out between two days to give everyone a chance this weekend. This means that it honestly will be unlikely to get a bottle for onsite, if you do, please enjoy!). Bottles of E5 will also be popped.

Friday & Saturday

Holzlager 2nd Anniversary Weekend
Holzlager Brewing Co., 150 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock, IL (815) 308-5901 Map
Join the party. Help us celebrate 2 years! We couldn’t have done it without the amazing support from all of you. We have a great weekend planned. Stop by, say hi, and have a beer. Thank You for supporting a local, small, family run company!
Fri. Sept 3: Michael Steven Cohen Live Music 7-10 pm
Sat. Sept 4: The Olive Bunch Food Truck 3-8 pm
The Blue Shield Band Live Music 7-10 pm
Sun. Sept 5: Beer-To-Go Special $10 4-Packs, 12-7 pm

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Zane Lamprey’s Laughs & Drafts
Noon Whistle Brewing, 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 331-431-4882 Map
Zane Lamprey, award-winning travel show host and comedian, performs stand-up comedy based on his experiences while shooting Three Sheets and Drinking Made Easy. Known for being the guy who gets paid to travel around the world and drink, Zane has found himself in many awkward situations, which he’d love to tell you about! Join us for a night of comedy and delicious craft beer.
This event is strictly 21+. Tickets $25-$40 through Eventbrite.
Sept. 3 tickets
Sept. 4 tickets

Friday, September 3

Henna: Coconut Double Rainbow Pickup
More Brewing Co., 13980 Automall Dr., Huntley, IL  Map
Our latest Imperial Stout to hit OZNR is a reimagining of one of our absolute bangers. Henna: Coconut Double Rainbow is an Imperial Stout with Coconut, Strawberry, Vanilla, & Cocoa Nibs. It started with a super small batch of our beloved Neapolitan stout recipe that we dosed with the perfect amount of coconut to elevate an already insane Henna variant. We then scaled it up on our Villa Park brew system and tried out a new Small Batch Reserve program amongst our Bairal Society members to gain some feedback on the new brew. After some great responses, we made the necessary tweaks and scaled the brew once more to accommodate our large, production-scale brew house in Huntley. What remains is a wonderfully balanced, syrupy stout with a warm, roasty body and all the flavors of everyone’s favorite strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream PLUS a hefty topping of toasted coconut flakes. (14% ABV)
ONSALE ONLY ON @get.oznr $22 per 2pk. Limit 3 per transaction. Proxies are allowed for this release.
This goes live on both Huntley & Villa Park’s Oznr page September 1st at 10am while supplies last. To purchase, please download the Oznr app, subscribe to Villa Park and/or Huntley and then click in at 10am to purchase at your location of choice! All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Pickups run from Friday, September 3rd thru Friday, October 1st.

Java Jus Release
Alarmist Brewing & Taproom, 4055 W. Peterson Ave. (Rear Building), Chicago (773) 681-0877 Map
Canning & releasing Friday! Java Jus: Hazy IPA with Citra, Mosaic & 60 lb of Big Shoulders Coffee

11:00 am • Oktoberfest Beer Release
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
If it is September, it is time for Oktoberfest beers! Ours is one of the best around. Malty, flavorful, but easily quaffable by the mug, it makes the beginning of fall one of our favorite seasons of the year. On tap starting at 11 am.

3:00 – 8:00 pm • Sour Peach Pop-Up @ the Solemn Slashie
Solemn Oath Brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
The Solemn Slashies always call for a special vendor visit and for this iteration we’re steaming things up with Sour Peach. Steam buns and snack situations perfect for setting you up for the long weekend ahead.

4:00 – 8:00 pm • Food Truck: Chicago Lunchbox
Sketchbook Brewing Co., 4901 Main St., Skokie, IL  Map
The popular Chicago Lunchbox food truck will be parked at Sketchbook. Pre-order link:

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Yacht Rock Karaoke + Beer-Cocktail Party
The Beer Cellar, 488 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-315-5060 Map
If you’re a sentimental lady or a rich girl (or dude), you’ll love belting out your favorite yacht rock songs and enjoying some beer cocktails: Half Acre Fader + Three Floyds Distilling Gin & Aquavit (plus more beers from those breweries on tap!)
If you haven’t done karaoke in a while, then, baby come back! We’re not talkin’ bout movin’ in, but we’d really love to see you that night. You might even fool around and fall in love (with Half Acre + Three Floyds, and the best burgers in the ‘burbs, from 302 Wheaton).

5:00 – 9:30 pm • Lord of the Fryz & Bradley Hides
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
We are excited to welcome back Lord of the Fryz & Bradley Hides. Lord of the Fryz will be serving at 5pm. Bradley Hides will be performing from 6:30 – 9:30.
Stay tuned for a special tapping!

9:00 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
It’s that time of year that most teachers and students dread, so of course we kick off the weekend with Back to School!

Saturday, September 4

9:00 am – 4:00 pm • New Energy City Releases
Energy City Brewing, 917 First St., Batavia, IL (630) 597-5581 Map
This Labor Day Weekend, we’ve got the return of two seasonal classics: Piña Sunset Sorbet IPA and Bistro Pumpkin Cobbler! Whether you’re ready for fall or hoping summer lasts a bit longer, we’ve got you covered!
New beer will be available for online pre-order Wednesday at noon via
Drive-thru beer pickup time:
Saturday, September 4th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Piña Sunset Sorbet IPA – Pineapple & Coconut fruited IPA (6.4% ABV)
Bistro Pumpkin Cobbler, fruited Berliner Weisse (6.5% ABV)
Hop Schooner – Nelson Sauvin and Rakau hops, New England-Style DIPA (8.2% ABV)
Bistro Parfait – Raspberry, Blueberry, & Blackberry (6.5% ABV)
Bistro Banana & Peanut Butter Sandwich, fruited Berliner Weisse (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)
Zephyr Turbine – Pineapple, Orange & Citra Hops, fruited American Sour Ale (6.5% ABV).
Mango’rine Sorbet IPA – Mango, Tangerine & Citra Hops, NEIPA (6.8% ABV)
Mango Strawberry MOSA, Hard Seltzer Smoothie (6.5% ABV)
Apple Cranberry Crumble MOSA, Hard Seltzer Smoothie (6.5% ABV)

12:00 pm • Solemn Oath Collab and Brewery Crawl
Marz Community Brewing Life on Marz Community Brewing Club ~ 1950 N. Western Ave  Map
Marz Community Brewing excited to be part of an all Logan Square brewery collab with our pals at Solemn Oath Brewery. We made the Nixie Hustle IPA (6.5% ABV) with them and we’ll be slanging Mom’s awesome Japanese inspired hot dogs.
Hot Teriyaki – Mom’s teriyaki sauce, S&B hot mustard, spicy mayo, crispy garlic, togarashi
Okonomiyaki – Bulldog sauce, kewpie, shredded cabbage, nori, pickled ginger, tempura crumbs
What better way to spend a Saturday in Chicago than celebrating the robust Logan Square craft brewing community with a one-of-a-kind brewery crawl to commemorate the release of two new collaborative brewing efforts.
Stroll, roll, or ride The 606 and the Armitage corridor for a Logan Square brewery crawl between the Solemn Oath’s Still Life, bungalow by middle brow, Life On Marz, and Ørkenoy taprooms for pours and cans of these two special neighborhood collab beers as well as unique offerings at each stop along the crawl.
Collect one of four custom, limited edition holographic trading card stickers at each brewery along the crawl to complete the set. After hitting Middle Brow, and Ørkenoy cruise over to Still Life with your full set of four cards to receive a special gift to commemorate the occasion!
Our friends across the street at Parson’s Chicken & Fish will be offering a custom SOB discount code for the day that all guests at the Still Life will have access to. Grab some hot nuggz, a sando, and some ranch fries for you and the crew. You won’t be sorry you did!
We look forward to seeing you in Logan Square on Saturday, September 4th!
– Solemn Oath x Middle Brow x Ørkenoy City League Grisette – 4.7% ABV
– Solemn Oath x Marz Nixey Hustle India Pale Ale – 6.5% ABV
– Solemn Oath’s Still Life ~ 2919 W Armitage Ave
– Bungalow by Middle Brow ~ 2840 W Armitage Ave
– Life on Marz Community Brewing Club ~ 1950 N Western Ave (at Armitage/Milwaukee)
– Ørkenoy – 1757 N Kimball Ave (just off The 606)

12:00 – 5:00 pm • The Argonaut Co. Returns
Solemn Oath Taproom,
1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
It’s been a minute since we’ve had the distinct pleasure of dining with The Argonaut Co. in the SOB Community Oasis. We’re glad that drought is over and we’re certain you are too. Pre-order your boils, oysters, and more right here or just mosey on over to the beer garden Saturday afternoon and a la carte yourself some seafood feasting!

12:00 – 10:00 pm • Hailstorm Oktoberfest
Hailstorm Brewing Co., 8060 W. 186th St., Tinley Park, IL 708-480-2268 Map
Please join us for our favorite event of the year- Oktoberfest!
There is no ticket/cover for this event.
Hailstorm x Cultivate Collab 12 PM – 10 PM
Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Truck 5 PM – 10 PM
Midwest Movement 1 PM – 4 PM
Die Musikmeisters Band 6 PM – 9 PM
We will have some German beers flowin’ along with our other classic styles.
One-of-a-kind Hailstorm .5 L steins will be available for purchase. $20 each includes first pour and $5 refills of any beer ALL DAY!
Make sure you wear your dirndls & lederhosen!
Be ready for classic German music, sing alongs, stein holding competitions, pretzels, food and MUCH MORE!

2:00 – 10:00 pm • Quato with Mac & More at ZümBier.
ZümBier, 3232 Monroe St., Waukegan, IL (847) 420-7313 Map
Quato plays an acoustic guitar/cojon oriented set of rock’n roll. Even our toned down acoustic set will rock your socks off.
Mac & More will serve some great Mac dishes and soup.
Bier Menu frequently updates here.

3:30 – 7:30 pm • Crown Beer Fest 2021
Bulldog Park, 183 South West St., Crown Point, IN  Map
Crown Brewing is excited to present the 11th Crown Beer Fest.
The first hour (3:30pm – 4:30pm) will be for VIP entry only, with General Admission entry beginning at 4:30pm. Designated Drivers may enter the event at any time.
The event will again feature UNLIMITED SAMPLES from over 200 beers from 50+ breweries!
To learn more about the event or to see the incredible benefits of a VIP ticket, please visit
You must be 21 years of age or older to attend the event–this includes Designated Drivers. All attendees must show a valid I.D. upon entry. This is a rain or shine event. All ticket sales are final. No exceptions.

4:30 pm • Food Truck: Flyin’ Hawaiian
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Rd., Elgin, IL 224-238-3527 Map
The Flyin’ Hawaiian is bringing classic Hawaiian flavors to the Chicagoland, and will be serving their delicious dishes at the tap room to pair with a tasty cold beer this Saturday for dinner!
*Plank Road Tap Room & Beer Garden is 21+ only.

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Fire & Smoke at Wolfden!
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
Come out and enjoy Fire & Smoke BBQ at Wolfden! They will be serving up their amazing BBQ from 5-8pm!

9:00 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
“Back to School” weekend continues with Class of 1984. In this drama a new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school.

Sunday, September 5

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 – 8:00 pm • Burn ‘Em Labor Daze
Burn ‘Em Brewing, 718 Freyer Rd., Michigan City, IN 219-210-3784 Map
Sunday will be our annual Labor Daze event! The event runs from 12-8 PM CST, all ages welcome. 4 live bands, 3 food trucks, ridiculous tap list, & more. Tickets $15 through Eventbrite.
Music by: American Eats Its Young, Pushing Daisy’s Band, Modern Vultures, & Jack Whittle Trio
Food by: Battista’s Artisan Pizzeria, Moe’s Food Truck, & Valpo Velvet Ice Cream
Beer Menu: we’ll also offer wine, & non alcoholics
PB & J Barrel-Aged Longjohn On 11.5% Barley wine conditioned on peanut butter and mixed berry puree then aged in a Misbeehavin’ Meads mixed berry mead barrel.
Campfire Music 11.5% Barrel-aged Imperial stout brewed with graham cracker and aged in Hotel Tango Distillery whiskey barrels with marshmallow and cocoa nibs.
Conquistador’s Brew 8% Heavy lager brewed with spruce tips and finished with cranberry puree then aged in Journeyman Distillery gin barrels.
Pineopoly 6.5% NEW DDH Hazy IPA with BRU-1 and Idaho7 hops.
Lager Of The Wood: Fest Bier 5.7% Malty Golden lager brewed with all German malt, hops, and yeast.
Oh Scheisse 5.5% Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager.
Mr Tea ( All Four Variants Will Be On Tap ) 6.5% Golden ale brewed with green and black tea and finished with fruit.
– Raspberry
– Blueberry (Tillman Farms)
– Sour Peach(New)
– Strawberry & Meyer Lemon
Juice Puns 6.7% DDH Hazy IPA with Sabro and Mosaic hops.
Reel Light 4% American lager brewed with all Sugar Creek Malt Co. pilsner malt and malted white corn.
Krankenwagen 6% Bavarian-style Hefeweizen
Fourteen Buck Chuck 5.5% All Citra hopped American pale ale.
Blue Raspberry Alky Seltzer 5% Hard seltzer with raspberry and lychee flavoring and butterfly pea flowers.
Fruit Punch Gator’s Aid 5.5% Sports drink-inspired hard seltzer.
Limited amount of tickets with a first come first serve basis – get ’em quick!

1:00 – 5:00 pm • Paulie Gee’s Sunday Slices
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
We know you’re all going to be grillin’n’chillin on Labor Day Monday, so we figured a visit from the Sicilian-style slice slingers on a Sunday afternoon would be just the ticket to gear you up for your extra day away from work! Slide over for a slice from the Paulie Gee’s peeps and some last minute suds this Sunday before you head to the store for those buns you totally forgot to grab.

5:00 pm • Piñatta x Maplewood
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, 2717 N. Maplewood Ave, Chicago (773) 270-1061 Map
Join us and Piñatta Chicago for a tasty Pop-Up featuring their plant-based food!
Piñatta is a plant focused pop-up inspired by growing up in Chicago and the of the Indigenous culture of Mexico. They will be featuring Tetelas, empanada/quesadilla-type fried triangles with deliciousness inside.
Menu (no substitutions):
•TETELA: heirloom corn masa, house made cashew cheese, smoked poblano, confit garlic, fermented salsa chiltomate
•FRISÉE AND HERB SALAD: citrus vinaigrette, cilantro and chive
•MAYOCOBA BEAN PURÉE: epazote, charred jalapeño, charred onion
Swing by the Lounge on Sunday, September 5th at 5pm to order food (and drinks!) while supplies last!

9:00 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
What else could we end Back to School Weekend with besides Fast Times at Ridgemont High!

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