Chicago's Week in Beer, October 18-21

Chicago's Week in Beer, October 18-21
Monarch Brewing operated from 1892 to 1958 on W. 21st St.

Got a lot of stuff to do, only some of which involves beer. Plus, lots of Halloween events are coming. So I’m getting right to this:

Monday, October 18

Pug Day Roundup
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, 2717 N. Maplewood Ave., Chicago (773) 270-1061 Map
We’re gearing up for the 4th Annual National Pug Day: ROUND UP Edition at the brewery on Monday, 10/18, with a fresh drop of Fat Pug American Malt Whiskey!
Available ALL DAY during the 10/18 celebration, snag a pint of Fat Pug Oatmeal Milk Stout and a shot of Fat Pug Whiskey for only $10!
Want to take the rodeo home with you? We’ve got a special price of $39.99 on 375ml bottles TO-GO all day on Pug Day!

12:00 pm • Paranormal Gummy Release
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL ​(630) 376-6895 Map
& 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL  Map
Grab a goblet of this scarily hazy Northeast IPA jam-packed with El Dorado, Lemon Drop, & Vic Secret hops providing hints of pineapple, bright lemony citrus and pine.
Paranormal Gummy will be on tap and to go at both locations.

12:00 – 1:00 pm • Dixie Highway Beer Fest in a Box Sales
IT’S BACK and it’s better than ever! This year we are once again offering our
Dixie Highway Brewery Trail Beer Fest in-a-box, loaded with great SouthSide beers and brewery swag! NEW this year, you can also order the Deluxe Box, which contains up to 4 more beers, brewery swag and a brewery glass!
You will also have the opportunity to order some cool DHBT apparel – tees, long-sleeved tees and hoodies in your choice of standard and super-soft materials!
Tickets go on sale Monday, October 18 at noon, so order early (here) before they’re gone! Pick up dates will be Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 18 at the DHBT of your choice. Must be 21+ to order fest boxes. ID’s will be checked at pick up.
Participants: Blue Island Beer Co., Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, One Trick Pony Brewery, Rabid Brewing, Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co., Open Outcry, & Evil Horse Brewing Co.

Tuesday, October 19

5:00 pm • The Last Meal: A Beer Dinner + Murder Den Preview
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
For Wolfden’s very first look at the long awaited Murder Den Serial Killer experience, Catering with Elegance has created a devastatingly delicious 5 course dinner + beer pairing!
This 2 hour dinner includes five different 5oz tasters of preselected beers. Our entire menu will still be available for purchase.
• To purchase tickets, please email Once we confirm your spot, we will send you a link to purchase tickets.
• $60 per person

6:00 – 7:30 pm • Fall Wreath Workshop at Penrose Brewing
Penrose Brewing Co., 509 Stevens St., Geneva, IL (630) 232-2115 Map
Join us for a fall wreath workshop at Penrose Brewing Company! Floral expert Lisa Schulte (of @lifeonwillowlane) will guide you through creating a beautiful seasonal fall wreath. We will use fresh elements that will dry beautifully to last through the season. All supplies and materials needed will be provided.$75 through Eventbrite.

6:30 – 8:30 pm • Tuesday Night Trivia at Chuck’s!
Chuck’s Café Darien, 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 331-431-4000 Map
Trivia is coming back to Chuck’s in Darien! We’re so excited to welcome back trivia to Tuesday Nights!
FREE to play each & every Tuesday 6:30-830p.
General Knowledge along with a special themed night once a month!
Great drink specials each & every Tuesday including:
$2 Domestics | $2 PBR Drafts | $8 Flights |
$3 Imports | $4 Well Spirit One & One’s

Wednesday, October 20

Neon Nite
Hopewell Brewing Co., 2760 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 698-6178 Map
Neon is our series exploring mixed-fermentation with loads of fruit. We’ll be pouring BlackBerry Nectarine, De Chaunac, Cabernet Sauvignon, Raspberry Plum and Pluot variants.

12:00 pm • Hazy Pitch Sneak Preview and Away Match Watch Party
Revolution Brewery & Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS Map
Join Revolution Brewing and Chicago Fire FC for the first taste of Hazy Pitch Pale Ale. Then stick around to cheer on the Fire as they face FC Cincinnati on the road.
Along with the beer and the match, we’ll have raffles, photo ops, giveaways, and more.

2:00 pm • Wolfden Brewing presents: THE MURDER DEN!
Wolfden Brewing, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale, IL (847) 610-5117 Map
From the otherwise quiet town of Bloomingdale, IL, comes a terror like never before! This limited pop-up experience transforms Wolfden into a murderous museum of mortification – detailing the exploits of infamous real-life murderers in multiple immersive, interactive displays!
From October 20th to November 21st, encounter an extensive collection of true horror for your drinking and dining pleasure! KILL some time at one of our seven unique serial killer exhibits – paired with terrifying drink and food specials all month long! Each table features cruelly curated history and props from some of the most heinous individuals to ever walk the Earth, all free to attend! Murderous merchandise and other special surprises await your arrival.. IF YOU DARE!
John Wayne Gacy (can accommodate between 6-8 guests)
Jeffrey Dahmer (can accommodate 6-8 guests)
Ted Bundy (can accommodate 4-6 guests)
Zodiac Killer (can accommodate 2-4 guests)
H.H. Holmes (can accommodate 2-4 guests)
B.T.K. Killer (can accommodate 2-4 guests)
Jack the Ripper (can accommodate 2-4 guests)
The Murder Den contains extremely adult-oriented content, including graphic depictions of violence, substance, and sexual acts. Parental/guardianship discretion is STRONGLY encouraged, as our exhibits are of a 21+ nature. Please consider the inherently disturbing true-crime themes of this exhibit if attending with minors.
The upstairs mezzanine and outdoor seated areas will NOT be part of this pop-up experience (if you wish to attend with the kiddos, granny, or faint-of-heart). However, please note, the washrooms and general walkways will still lead through our decorated taproom and ARE exposed to the general experience / exhibits.
Our serial killer exhibits can accommodate various party sizes (from 2-8 people). Please notate the exhibit you would like to be seated at on our reservation form and we will do our absolute best to accommodate your preference, although we cannot guarantee your placement due to fluctuating reservation requests and party sizes.
If you would like to confirm your attendance, reservations MUST be made at least 24 hours in advance on – due to demand, we cannot guarantee same-day availability, but we will accommodate walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis pending open availability.
Since our serial killer experience is free of charge, please be mindful that exhibit tables will have a 2 hour limit to accommodate as many guests as possible. Thank you for your cooperation!

3:00 – 9:00 pm • Wing Wednesday!
Wildrose Brewing Co.,1104 E. Main St., Griffith, IN (219) 595-5054 Map
Wing Wednesday! Smoked then flash fried jumbo chicken wings tossed in our house spicy garlic, Jamaican Jerk or savory / sweet dry rub. Get ’em before they are gone!

3:00 – 10:00 pm • Spontaneous Human Collaboration Release
Alter Brewing Co., 2300 Wisconsin Ave. #213, Downers Grove, IL 630-541-9558 Map
KABOOM! The taproom will be blowing up on Wednesday 10/20 when we welcome our friends from Skeleton Key Brewery for the release of Spontaneous Human Collaboration!
WARNING: This beer has so many hops crammed in that your face may very well explode… but at least you’ll still have your personality. Injected with Spectrum Mosaic, Salvo extract, El Dorado, and Talus hops at twice the normal rate as a typical hazy IPA – hence the style, High Density Hop Charge IPA. Don’t know what those things are? Don’t worry about it. There are some serious rose-hip, floral, and tropical aromas that detonate from the glass the moment your nose dives in. Brewed in collaboration with our friends from Skeleton Key, lift and let lift!

4:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Brother Chimp Brewing
Brother Chimp Brewing, 1059 W. Orchard Rd, North Aurora, IL (630) 800-1724 Map
Join us to celebrate Batavia Chamber of Commerce member Brother Chimp Brewing with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony!
Brother Chimp Brewing features small batch, handcrafted traditional beers. Their North Aurora taproom was recently expanded and now accommodates more indoor seating. Outdoor seating and beer-to-go is available as well. Come by Brother Chimp Brewing to cut the ribbon, meet owner Steve Newman and his team, and wish them well. Stay around for our monthly Net-Working It! that begins at 4:30 p.m.
Masks required per CDC Guidelines and Illinois mandates.

5:00 pm • Manic Run for The Bees
Lake County Fairgrounds Shelter #6, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point, IN  Map
Join us for Manic Meadery’s first ever charity 5K run/walk benefiting The American Bee Foundation! 
Registration at 5PM. Race starts at 5:30PM.
Tickets are $20. This is an all ages race so no alcohol will be served.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers.
Help save the bees by buying a ticket or donate on your to ABF.

5:00 – 9:00 pm • Burgers & Beers Night: The Biker Dude Pop-Up
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Rd., Elgin, IL 224-238-3527 Map
We are excited to bring Burgers & Beer Night to the tap room! One night each month of 2021, The Biker Dude will be out in the beer garden smashing burgers to enjoy with your cold beer. So save the date in those phones, grab a friend, and relax, you’re here now. Serving burgers until sold out.
PRTR & Beer Garden is 21+ only. Children are not allowed on premise. If you are not staying for a beer, we respectfully as you to take your meal to-go. Our parking lot and beer garden is for tap room customers only.

7:00 – 9:00 pm • New Belgium Glass Etching Night
Global Brew Tap House, 2100 Prairie St., Saint Charles, IL 630-549-0397 Map
New Belgium will be doing the glass etching event at GB while we pour some of their awesome beers during our trivia !!! Don’t miss out on this awesome gift idea before the holiday season!

Thursday, October 21

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Happy Lobster Food Truck
Sew Hop’d Brewery & Taproom, One Union Special Plaza, Ste. 113, Huntley, IL (815) 701-8819 Map
The Happy Lobster Food Truck is making their way to Huntley for the very first time- we highly suggest you don’t miss out!
This event is by PREORDER only. Of course we encourage you to stay with us at the brewery to enjoy your meal and a beverage or two, however there will be no walk-up orders available.
To order follow the Tock link.

5:00 – 7:00 pm • Prop at The Shop
The Open Bottle, 7101 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
We took another deep dive into the depths of our cellar to find another vertical of barrel-aged beer! The Open Bottle and Goose Island present… Prop at The Shop, a special 5-year vertical tapping of one of Goose Island’s most coveted annual releases, Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout.
Since 2013, Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout has been released every year alongside its Bourbon County counterparts, and only within the Chicagoland area. Each year is a special variant that’s unique to the year it was released and differs from all previous years.
On Thursday, please join us for a special preview tapping of Proprietor’s 2016. There will be a very limited number of 5oz pours available, and everyone who purchases a 5oz pour will receive a punch card.
On Friday, October 22nd at 5pm, please join us for a special preview tapping of Proprietor’s 2017. There will be a very limited number of 5oz pours available, and everyone who purchases a 5oz pour will receive an additional punch on their punch card.
Finalize your punch card during our main event on Saturday, October 23rd starting at 3pm. Order at least one 5oz pour of Proprietor’s and enter your punch card into a raffle for the right to purchase a full bottle allotment of the 2021 Bourbon County lineup on Black Friday (11/26)!
FOOD (OCT. 23RD): Enjoy a delicious plate of barbeque from Bangers Barbeque. Menu includes wagyu brisket sandwiches, hot burnt ends, and plenty more!
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016) Aged with chipotle peppers and cocoa nibs. 13.6% ABV
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2017) Aged with bananas, roasted almonds, and cassia bark added. 14.0% ABV
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2018) Aged with two types of cocoa nibs and chocolate added. 14.4% ABV
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2019) Aged with coconut, vanilla, cacao nibs, and pecans added. 14.5% ABV
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020) Aged with pistachios, cherries, cacao nibs, and natural flavors. 14.2% ABV

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Beers With Queers
Dry City Brew Works, 120B N. Main St., Wheaton, IL (630) 456-4787 Map
Welcome to Beers With Queers. We heard you and we know there needs to be more safe places for LGBTQ+ folxs to feel welcome and accepted. We have partnered with Dry City Brew Works to bring you an open and welcome space every Other Thursday. Every other Thursday join Us here at OUTspoken Leaders, Dry City, and other LGBTQ+ folx as we hang out and connect with the community together. Please note this is a 21+ event every other Thursday however if you are and LGBTQ+ youth or young adult looking for support in your life please know we offer a weekly support and discussion group called OUTspoken Online and we also offer a sober space specifically for the LGBTQ+ on Saturday mornings called Coffee Chat!
OUTspoken Leaders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving, empowering, and amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ+ community. We offer social and service programs that promote self-acceptance, intentional compassion, and unconditional leadership!

6:00 pm • Trivia at Great Central
Great Central Brewing Co., 221 N. Wood St., Chicago (855) 464-4222 Map
Love to test your knowledge while sharing some laughs with friends, and 24 beers on tap?!
Maybe you just want to try something different than your typical Thursday night?
Our Trivia night is for you!
Thursdays @6pm

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Xtreme Music Bingo
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
An exciting combination of music trivia and the classic game of BINGO!
No boring numbers here, just one hit song after another as players listen, sing along and “Play BINGO to the Music”
It’s free to play and prizes will be given out to the winners!

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Brewery Bingo Season 7
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
Season 7 is here! Over the next 5 months, we’re partnering with a new brewery every Tuesday at 7pm for our monthly Brewery Bingo! No more sneaking into bingo halls for you!
Every week, we’ll have a draft beer on special and prizes from a variety of breweries from across the U.S.
Here’s who’s up:
October – Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
November – Bell’s Brewery
December – Phase Three Brewing Co.
It’s Bingo in Tinley Park with breweries you love & fantastic prizes for you to win!
Imagine a Bingo card. Now replace the B-I-N-G-O with five breweries and the numbers replaced with their most popular beers. We’ll spin our bingo balls ’round and ’round until a random ball decides to set itself free. We call out a beer, you look at your bingo card, and then place a bottle cap on your card if you’re lucky. Get 5 in a row and win a prize! In between rounds, there will be penny pours, good music and even better times. Must be 21+ to play.

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Taproom Trivia
Scorched Earth Brewing Co., 203 Berg St., Algonquin, IL (224) 209-8472 Map
Join us in the taproom for trivia and beer! See who is the smartest in the taproom

7:30 – 9:00 pm • Team Trivia
Sidecar Supper Club & Beer Garden, 12 N. River St., Batavia, IL (630) 406-9200 Map
Join us for Team Trivia every Thursday! Go 4 It Entertainment features 12 rounds of general trivia with musical hints and toss up questions to win your team free ‘tasty prizes’.
1st place – $30 gift certificate, 2nd place – $20 gift certificate, 3rd place – $10 gift certificate
Hosted by Chevy Mallhi

7:30 pm • Side Lot Trivia
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Are you the smartest one in the Taproom? The only way to find out is to join Side Lot Brewery on Thursday nights at 7:30pm for Taproom Trivia.
7 Rounds with varying categories. Free to Play, Prizes to Win!

7:30 – 10:00 pm • Thriller Thursdays at Lo Rez Brewerry
Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom, 2101 S. Carpenter St., Chicago (888) 404-2262 Map
Join us every Thursday in October at 7:30 PM for classic thriller movies on a giant projector in the taproom. 
10.21: The Shining
10.28: Beetlejuice, followed by after hours ft. The Witch
Cheese flights, pretzels, beer & more will be available to distract you when necessary
Thanks to our friends at El Paseo Community Garden for offering us the big screen!

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