Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 8-10

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 8-10
Oktoberfest Card

The shortest brewery crawl in the western suburbs will be coming to an end.

Two Fools Cider at 1665 Quincy Ave. Naperville, just across the parking lot from Solemn Oath, announced that they would be moving shortly. In a Facebook post, Two Fools said only that they had outgrown their production space and taproom, and would be closing shortly. A new location and reopening has not yet been announced.

In the meantime, entrepreneur Joe Chura has applied to open a non-alcoholic brewery in the space, starting as soon as January. Go Brewing would be the first Illinois brewer dedicated to NA beers, although a few Chicago brewing incubators have made some under contract. (Chicago Tribune).

Friday, October 8

Sox Playoff Specials
Half Day Brewing Co., 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire, IL 847-821-6933 Map
Watch all Sox Playoff games here! Sound up and Game on!
DRINK SPECIALS
$3 Lincolnshire Lager
$6 Chicago Handshake (Malort & Lincolnshire Lager)
$6 Game Day Margarita
$7 Bases Loaded Flight (3 – 5oz Half Day Brewng Tasters)
SWAG GIVEAWAY, 7th inning of all games
Food specials available during the game only, While supplies last.

Fun Size Release
Pollyanna Brewing Co., 431 Talcott Ave., Lemont, IL (630) 914-5834 Map
& Pollyanna – Roselare, 245 E. Main St., Roselle, IL (847) 285-1909 Map
& 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL 630-549-7372 ,  Map
The candy man stopped into Pollyanna this week because Fun Size is officially back! Our seasonal Milk Stout will be available in cans and on draft Friday in Lemont, Roselle, and St Charles! Coming in at an approachable 6.1% ABV, Fun Size is brewed with a hefty amount of milk sugar and sticky oats before we throw in a whole bunch of peanuts, vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and sea salt. It’s like having Halloween every day of the year, so don’t be ashamed to drink your dessert before dinner! This will start seeing distro soon as well!

More Brewing Release
More Brewing Co., 126 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, IL 630-501-1519 Map
& 13980 Automall Dr., Huntley, IL 847-310-7530 Map
This week we’re bringing back a doubled version one of our most popular variants from our FROOTED series: Double Frooted Mango! This Smoothie Ale is absolutely loaded with fresh Indian-grown Mangos. Simply brilliant, this straightforward mango ale permeates with everything you love about the ripe tropical drupe that’s refreshing as it is tasty. Ultra-juicy with a nice tangy mouthfeel and exquisite fruity aroma. (8% ABV)
$20 per 4pk. Available Friday in cans to-go and limited draft.

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Windmill Brewing Oktoberfest
Windmill Brewing Co., 121 Gettler St., Dyer, IN (219) 440-2189 Map
Join us for an Oktoberfest celebration featuring our märzen-style lager, 95 Problems But a Pope Ain’t One, and some German-inspired food from Sizzlebox!
We’ll also be releasing a new collaboration beer with Humane Indiana, Golden Paw-Purrtunity, a hoppy golden sparking ale. $1 from every four pack and $1 from every pint sold in our tap room from October 7th through 14th will be donated to Humane Indiana.
No tickets necessary, just show up with an appetite for great food and beer, and a desire to help out our furry pals at Humane Indiana.

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Oktoberfest at 93 Octane
93 Octane Brewery, 1825 Lincoln Hwy., Saint Charles, IL 630-549-0332 Map
Come celebrate Oktoberfest at 93 Octane Brewery to raise money for Fox Valley Food For Health!!! The party starts at 4pm with Wurst Käse Scenario playing from 5pm-9pm. In addition to an awesome and diverse beer lineup, you can also enjoy traditional German style Bratwurst and soft pretzels, and of course Urban Counter will have their full menu available for the event. We will be offering tastings of Clean Slate Riesling, as well as full glass pours and bottles to go. Lederhosen and dirndls are not required, but are encouraged!

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Food Truck Friday w/ Grumpy Gaucho
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL 815-531-5557 Map
Grumpy Gaucho will be joining us this Friday!
Get your empanada game on! They’ll be serving up hot, fresh and delicious empanadas while we have you covered with cold beers!

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Customer Appreciation with Sketchbook
Winestyles Norwood Park, 6182 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago (847) 518-9463 Map
We’re celebrating our customers all weekend, including a FREE Craft Beer Tasting with Sketchbook Brewing Co.. Come in to taste a selection of craft beers from Sketchbook Brewing Co. and learn more about their brewery!

7:00 pm • Pumpkin Painting
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Paint pumpkin during Halloween Family Movie night. $5 includes one mini pumpkin & paint. Register here.
Registering for Pumpkin Painting is NOT a table reservation & a table is not guaranteed by purchasing. Table Reservations can be made at SideLotBrewing.com

9:00 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Halloween continues with the original version of Candyman!

Saturday, October 9

8:00 am – 1:00 pm • Fall Monkey Market
Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Suite 900, Romeoville, IL 630-862-9595 Map
The first ever “Fall Monkey Market” is Saturday, and will feature 16+ local artists and makers in a first ever fall artisan market. Plus a tarot reader! It will combine indoor and outdoor use and you will be able to drink delicious beers while shopping from small businesses.
Shop for family and friends, or treat yourself to something truly unique created by local artisans!
Food Vendor: Blue Smoke BBQFor more information, and a current list of vendors, check the Facebook Event page.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Energy City Releases for Pickup
Energy City Brewing, 917 First St., Batavia, IL 630-597-5581 Map
We’re bringing back two favorites this Saturday at the brewery: Orange Ripple Sorbet IPA and Bistro Smoothie – Pink Guava & Banana!
New beer will be available for online pre-order Wednesday at noon via shop.energycitybrewing.com (Energy City Brewing pickup ONLY)
Drive-thru pickup time @ Energy City Brewing: Saturday, October 9th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Walk-in pickup time @ Church Street Brewing Company:
Starting Saturday, October 9th while supplies last!

10:00 – 11:00 am • Doom Metal Yoga
Soundgrowler Brewing Co., 8201 183rd St., Ste P, Tinley Park, IL (708) 263-0083 Map
Have you ever found yourself at a yoga class but couldn’t quite Namaste listening to Enya’s Greatest Hits? Look no further. Soundgrowler is hosting Doom Metal Yoga. Get your Om on and follow the riffs to the smoke filled land of the Doom Metal Trance.
Join Soundgrowler Brewing Co. as we host our monthly Doom Metal Yoga Practice. $19 (Eventbrite) gets you an hour of all level yoga with a Soundgrowler beer of your choice and two tacos after your practice. Please bring a mat, water, and towel.

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • Oathtöberfest 2021
Solemn Oath Taproom, 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville IL (630) 995-3062 Map
The newest addition in homegrown celebrations highlighting the spectacle of beer, collaboration, friends, music, and good vibes born from the SOB family arrives for just the second time on Saturday, October 9 at the brewery in Naperville.
An all day extravaganza geared towards traditional Bavarian style with table and barrel reservations that include all traditional German fare, SOB brews, and gratuity for our crew included. Two bands spread across the day, Die Kellerknaben and Ed Wagner’s Brass Band, and Aurora’s Wurst Kitchen changing your life with all natural handmade sausages like they’ve been making since the Grover Cleveland Administration. Steinholding, Hammy-Slammies, and more. 
Make A Reso

11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Two Brothers Brew Trot
Summerlakes Park, 3010 Talbot Ave, Warrenville, IL (630) 393-7279 Map
The Brew Trot is back and better than ever! Run or walk your way to an after race celebration at Two Brothers Brewing Co. This is an unofficially timed 1.5mile run run that includes a knit beanie and swag bag.
Registration fee for 21 & over includes a pint from Two Brothers Brewing Co.
$30 (21 & over participant)
$15 (Designated Driver/Under 21)
$10 (Spectator)
Sponsored by the Warrenville Park District, Two Brothers Brewing Company and Planned Financial Independence Co.
Help us Stuff a Truck with food for the People’s Resource Center! The Wheaton Noon Rotary Club will be onsite at the Brew Trot collecting food and donations for the People’s Resource Center’s annual food drive, Stuff a Truck. We ask all participants to consider bringing a donation of healthy non-perishable food items or even a monetary donation. Did you know that $30 feeds a family with a WEEK’s worth of groceries? Since 1975, People’s Resource Center (PRC) has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County, including Warrenville.
Register online at here.

12:00 – 3:00 pm • OAKtoberfest
Goldfinger Brewing Co., 513 Rogers St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-9728 Map
A week after our official Oktoberfest celebration, we’re hosting a really fun event for a great cause.
We are proud to announce a partnership with Downers Grove Park District for this year’s “OAKtoberfest.” Come to our brewery on October 9th, from 12-3pm to pickup your free oak seedling, have some beers, and enjoy 20% off any of our merchandise. We will be donating a portion of the proceeds of this event to benefit the DG Park District’s Growing the Grove initiative.
Planting trees is one of the many ways we can thank Mother Nature for its abundant gifts.

12:00 – 9:00 pm • Great Central Oktoberfest
Great Central Brewing Co., 221 N. Wood St., Chicago (855) 464-4222 Map
Come one come all to the REAL Oktoberfest experience! Celebrate our 4th anniversary of making delicious beers in the German tradition, and try our limited release Festzelt while you’re at it. We’ll have live music, a charity raffle, Bavarian food, a brewery tour and…oh yes…a lederhosen contest. Our limited-editionOktoberfest brew will be on tap. With an ABV of 5.7%, the Festzelt uses a Vienna Malt to create a light caramel taste and bring out the underlying bready notes. The Oktoberfest brew pairs well with the season while maintaining the crisp, clean, and drinkable flavor and quality Great Central is known for. In addition to using ingredients imported directly from Germany, the Festzelt is brewed using a decoction process, a traditional way of German beer brewing, to support superior foam and flavor.
There will also be COVID-19 precautions in place!
Join us any time from noon to 9pm on Saturday October 9th! Who’s in?

12:00 – 6:30 pm • 2021 Brew at the Bridge
Oswegoland Park District, 313 E. Washington St., Oswego, IL  Map
Oswego’s Craft Beer Festival is back along the beautiful Fox River in 2021. Spend the afternoon under the shade of the mighty oaks listening to great music and tasting the brag-worthy, brilliant brews of Illinois beer. This is a Rain Or Shine event. No refunds will be issued, so we encourage you to dress for whatever the day presents and see us at Hudson Crossing Park! Tickets $25-$35 at etix.com.

12:00 – 9:00 pm • Maplewood Takeover
Prestige 6249 Tap Room, 6249 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 963-9733 Map
Maplewood is taking over the Prestige 6249 Tap Room! Join us, October 9, as Maplewood taps some of their fan favorite beers. What is a better way to bring in the fall, than with a little bonfire? Enjoy your brew in our outdoor seating area.

1:00 – 6:00 pm • Svengoolie on the Big Screen
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043 Map
Every Saturday Svengoolie on our BIG SCREEN and all TV’s including the beer garden.
Why not come early and catch The 3 Stooges?
Food and Drink specials always a fun time. Halloween is on the way.

2:00 – 6:00 pm • Chuck’s BBQ Pop Up Tour: Miskatonic Brewing
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL 630-541-9414 Map
Chuck’s Cafe Darien is hitting the road this Fall & setting up shop at some of our favorite breweries! Up next- a stop down the street to visit our neighbors at Miskatonic!
We’re bringing our $6 Menu & welcoming Cream of Chicken Rice Soup back to the menu!
Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Piggy Mac, Mac N’ Cheese, Cream of Chicken Rice Soup, Hot Link Bites & Rib Tips!
Come thirsty & come hungry!

2:00 – 6:00 pm • Old Town Brew Fest
Old Town, Lake St. (Rte. 20) & 3rd St., Bloomingdale, IL  Map
Old Town melds the best of vintage and modern; nestled next to Old Town Park at Lake Street and Bloomingdale Road, Old Town features small businesses and eateries in a restored building on the site of the Village’s first settlement in 1833.
This beer festival plans to feature more than 50 special beers from more than 20 craft breweries from the Chicagoland area. In order to meet Illinois liquor law compliance standards, the fest will be a ticketed event. Festival participants 21+ will be able to taste up to twenty-five 3 oz. samples. The festival will feature music (Listen to Black Bolts) and food from local vendors.
General Admission – $50 (includes a wristband and tasting glass)
Designated Driver Admission – $10
Tickets available through Eventbrite.
Parking – Local parking is limited. Parking will be available in the Roosters parking lot (behind Wolfden Brewing) and our Old Town Parking Lot on Third and Schick.
Tickets are non-refundable. No pets allowed.
This is a fundraising event for the Bloomingdale Cares Community Fund.

3:00 – 8:00 pm • Food Truck Saturday w/ Chef’s Taste
Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557 Map
Chef’s Taste will be with us this Saturday!
Bring your hunger and thirst because we have your evening covered! Enjoy yourself on the patio or inside the taproom with good eats and good beer!

3:00 – 11:00 pm • IBW Moctoberfest
Illuminated Brew Works, 6186 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago (708) 669-7287 Map
This Saturday we’re tapping our moctoberfest beer Mock Turtle Necks we made with Omega Yeast’s pseudo-lager yeast LUTRA.
To celebrate, we’re going to have a strange & stilted MOCTOBERFEST party with sausages, pretzels, liters of MOCK TURTLE NECKS and – holy shit creeps, I’m not kidding – VOCODER KARAOKE.
If your closet is still living it’s glory days from 1990s, wear a mock turtle neck and we’ll buy you a Liter of Mock Turtle Necks on das Haus.
We’re gonna have faun faun faun on the…. uh, Saturday. Probably. Come by and see if this zeppelin gets off das ground.

6:00 – 7:00 pm • Angel of Fire Beer Release
Alarmist Brewing & Taproom, 4055 W. Peterson Ave. (Rear Building), Chicago (773) 681-0877 Map
Long before October 1871, Joseph and Anna Elizabeth Hudlin were already heroes. Joseph was born into slavery in Virginia but escaped. He later married Anna Elizabeth and the couple arrived in Chicago in 1855. When the Great Chicago Fire began on October 8th and ravaged the city for three days, the Hudlins sprang into action. Joseph ran to the Board of Trade, where he worked as a porter, to save important documents from being burned. With their home safely out of the inferno’s path, Anna opened it to anyone who needed a safe place to go, earning her the nickname Angel of Fire.
We invite you to join us for the official release of Angel of Fire, the 8th cultural collaborative beer spearheaded by the Chicago Brewseum and made in partnership with the Chicago History Museum and Alarmist Brewing.
At 7PM, Charles Bethea, Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Chicago History Museum is joined by Liz Garibay, Chicago Brewseum Executive Director and Gary Gulley, Chief Alarmist at award winning Alarmist Brewing for a brief conversation about the collab and the beer. The 5.2% ABV roasted lager will be available on draft and in 4 packs of 16oz cans.
It seemed wrong not to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire with a beer. And it seemed only right to craft a collaborative beer that honors the Hudlins, one of many lesser known, unsung heroes of the Great Chicago Fire.
This event is free. No registration required. All guests must wear masks while entering, exiting, and anytime away from their seat.
Angel of Fire is made with Pilsner and dark Munich malts. Caramel Munich and debittered black malt provide pleasant roasted chocolate and dark caramel notes.

7:00 – 11:00 pm • 2021 Chicago Beer Festival
The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago 312-922-9410 Map
The Chicago Beer Festival will take place at the Field Museum for a one of a kind experience — a night at the museum! The event will feature dozens of local and domestic breweries, sampling their fall seasonal beers.
General admission ($50) will be 8pm to 11pm and VIP admission ($65) will be 7pm to 11pm (in addition to the added hour, VIP admission will include specialty beers poured for the VIP session) Tickets will not be sold at the door. Proof of vaccination as well as masks are required for all attendees except when actively eating and drinking. All attendees must be 21.
For information and tickets, go to: thechicagobeerfestival.com

7:00 – 9:00 pm • One Tail at a Time Fundraiser!
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Join us in support of a rescue that is dear to our hearts, One Tail at a Time! A purchase of a bracelet will get you beer and wine from 7-9pm with a portion of the proceeds going to OTAT. Raffles and fun throughout the night!

9:00 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
It wouldn’t be Spooky Season without Nightmare on Elm Street.

Sunday, October 10

11:00 am – 4:00 pm • Craft + Brew Market
Kishwaukee Brewing Co., 1900 Dillard Ct., Woodstock, IL  Map
Join Kit and Caboodle Market for their 2nd Craft + Brew Market. This is a free, family friendly event held at Kishwaukee Brewing Company in Woodstock.
The Market will feature 12 local woman crafters and makers.
The show will also feature two food trucks, Fire and Smoke BBQ and Biker Dude Smash Burgers. There will be plenty of beer flowing and shopping for all to enjoy.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Zen At The Den: Yoga In The Beer Garden!
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
Stretch and sip in our beer garden with Donna The Wellness Builder! For only $25, enjoy a one-hour outdoor yoga class with a complimentary pour of Wolfden beer!
Purchase Tickets Here.
Donna is a Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and Group Exercise with Specialty in Yoga and Pilates. The class is designed for all fitness levels to entice your senses and energy! Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel!

11:00 am – 3:30 pm • EBC Craft Market
Elmhurst Brewing Co., 171 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst, IL 630-834-2739 Map
Sunday, is the return of the Elmhurst Brewing Crafts & Drafts event! Featuring close to a dozen local artists! Who doesn’t enjoy brunch and craft beer while shopping local artists, makers, creatives and crafters?
Note: Brunch runs until 2:30pm
The shows we did earlier this year were all a blast and well attended. This is mostly on their outdoor Beergarden! Family friendly. Free to attend. And worth adding it to your calendar.

12:00 – 7:00 pm • Oktoberfest Wrap-Up
Pollyanna Brewing Co. – St. Charles, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL 630-549-7372  Map
Don’t put the drndls away just yet! To conclude the season’s Oktoberfest festivities, we are excited to announce our Oktberfest Wrap Up event in St. Charles this weekend. Taking place in conjunction with the Scarecrow Stroll, our wrap up will be Sunday from 12-7pm. We’ve got Bruce Karosa playing polka music 2-4:30pm, Four D’s serving up an Oktoberfest themed menu from noon to sell-out, AND .5L Steins of Fruhauf. Come on out and polka it up with us one last time this year!

12:00 – 7:00 pm • Octoberfest at Off Square!
Off Square Brewing, 11000 Delaware Pkwy., Crown Point, IN (219) 310-8898 Map
Join us to celebrate Octoberfest! Your ticket price of $20 includes a Collectors Mug and 2 drink tickets. Enjoy Working Class Zero live from 2-5pm!German inspired dishes will be available for purchase. PROST! Tickets can be purchased at this link. Get your tickets now, price goes up to $25 at the door!

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 – 7:30 pm • Oktoberfest in October
Une Année Brewery, 6343 W. Gross Point Rd., Niles, IL  Map
We know, we know, Oktoberfest is supposed to be in September. But you know you still want to Fest in October. We’ll have music from the Musikmeisters (we’re talking legit oompa band music), beer specials, and food specials (brats and pretzels anyone) this beautiful fall day!

1:00 – 8:00 pm • Hospital Heroes’ Fall Fest
Online with ZümBier, 3232 Monroe, Waukegan, IL 847-420-7313
Kindness and Fun, at the same place!!
Let’s get together and raise a glass to our Hospital Heroes. Ticket sales will support personal sized pizza delivery to our hospital heroes in Lake County. Presale online tickets are only $5 (cover charge) or at the door for $10. If you are a Hospital Hero, show your hospital ID at the door and get into the event for FREE!
Tickets available at Ticketleap.
Drinks for purchase, DJ (until 5), Karaoke (until 5), Live Music (onsite 6pm-8pm) Raffle and Bar Games included!
Z¨¨mbier will have craft beers and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase and Boogie Nights Entertainment will provide Music and Karaoke, The Jazz Wave Band will be playing after the Bears Game! The Bears game will be on the TV at the bar!
(The event will be held primarily outside as weather permits. Covid safety protocols will be practiced indoors, masks, etc.)

1:00 – 5:00 pm • Sour Peach @ BCB
Brother Chimp Brewing, 1059 W. Orchard Rd, North Aurora, IL (630) 800-1724 Map
Sour Peach will be back at the brewery this Sunday serving up their tasty food starting at 1pm!!

3:00 – 5:00 pm • Trivia Night at Noon Whistle Lombard
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL ​(630) 376-6895 Map
Are you tired of sitting at home answering every question correct on Jeopardy with nothing to show for it?
Come out for our General Knowledge trivia night and join your host as they quiz your teams through two full hours of general knowledge trivia, including awesome themed bonus rounds and music rounds!
While we’re testing your wit, Cellar Door will be keeping you fueled up an incredible food menu and delicious drinks all night, PLUS the top teams will win bragging rights and prizes, so bring your friends, family, and even your enemies (if they’re good at trivia) to increase your chances of winning.
Be sure to get there early and snag your team a spot and fuel up with some drinks, see you soon!
Please follow ALL Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions put in place by the venue, and here are a few extra tips:

  1. Please bring your own pen/pencil. Our host will have pencils just in case, but it would be best to use your own for everyone’s safety & comfort.
  2. The questions will be read by your host over our PA system, but may not be displayed on a screen if one is not easily available.
  3. Any and all rules/restrictions are subject to change.

3:05 – 6:00 pm • Bears Game Specials
Chuck’s Café 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.

9:00 pm • Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
We wrap up the weekend with Fright Night!

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