Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 9-12
By Mark McDermott

This week is making up for last week's light schedule, and there are still Oktoberfests coming up! In fact, there's a pretty big list of Oktoberfests at Carole Brewer's (how appropo!) Show Me Chicago page, so I'm linking to it here!

Monday, September 9
Founders Night with KBS at Scofflaw
Scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 773-252-9700
We’ll be featuring a whole slew of phenomenal Founders drafts:
Founders Pale Ale: 5.4% ABV
Breakfast Stout w/ chocolate & coffee, 8.3% ABV
Curmudgeon Old Ale, 9.8% ABV
Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels, 10.2% ABV
Devil Dancer Triple IPA, 12% ABV
We’ve also got a few truly rare and spectacular bottles:
Kentucky Breakfast Stout: Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels, 11.2% ABV
Doom Imperial IPA aged in bourbon barrels, 10% ABV
Bolt Cutter Barley Wine, 15% ABV

4:00 pm ♦ High Gravity Monday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Revolution Straight Jacket & Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

6:30 pm ♦ Lindemans Ice Cream Social
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Enjoy a special end-of-summer Ice Cream Social with Lindemans Belgian fruit lambics and local artisanal ice cream producer Ruth and Phils. Ice cream samples will be paired with different Lindemans lambics. Ruth and Phil will be there to create a special ice cream made with one of the Lindemans flavors.

7:00 pm ♦ Green Lady 2nd Anniversary Blast
The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 525-5571
Cheers to our 2 years! We will be celebrating 2 fantastic years with special tappings and bringing bottles out of the cellar. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria made us a special cask for the night! Join us in raising a glass or two!

Tuesday, September 10
4:00 pm ♦ Special Tuesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
“Taste the Tropics!” Stone R&R Coconut IPA & Founders Mango Magnifico

5:30 pm ♦ Two Brothers Heavy Handed Release Party
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL
Cheers to the beginning of the Harvest! Two Brothers Brewing Company is excited to announce the release of its Heavy Handed and Heavier Handed IPAs. Within moments of harvest, we add fresh-picked American hops to this India Pale Ale and this year, we've added a twist! 2013 Heavier Handed was brewed using hops grown on a local Illinois farm and harvested with our very own hands. Join the Two Brothers family for a brewer firkin competition and a special Heavier Handed pairing menu.
“Bring on the Heavy Competition!”
5 Teams of brewers took firkins of Heavy Handed and modified them with different ingredients and brewing techniques. We need your help in determining which firkin is best!
$5 limited tickets will be available for purchase at either the Two Brothers Tap House or Roundhouse. Tickets include:
- commemorative tasting glass
- 1 tasting ticket for a brewer tweaked firkin; $3/ ticket for additional tastes

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Café Ba Ba Reeba Craft Beer Tasting
Café Ba Ba Reeba, 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago 773-935-5000
We will be hosting this “refreshing” event alongside beloved Chicago and Spanish breweries including Goose Island, Revolution, Estrella Damm, 5 Rabbit, Founders - just to name a few. Feast on a sampling of small bites, including Cauliflower Frito with Espelette Pepper, Roasted Piquillo Pepper Stuffed with Zucchini & Pine Nuts and Crispy Pork Belly with Sherry-Sesame Glaze, courtesy of Chef Andrew Shedden.
Enter a raffle for the chance to win prizes including dinner for four at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!, a private Goose Island Brewery tour and 765 bottles of vintage ales signed by the brewmaster himself.
Cost is $30, plus tax and gratuity. Call for more information and to make a reservation.

6:00 pm ♦ Allagash Brewery Night
World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
We will have several delicious Allagash brews on draught for your to enjoy, samples, giveaways, and a representative from the brewery on site.
Beers on Draught: Allagash White, Dubbel, Curieux, Confluence, Fluxus, and Four Ale.

7:00 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Dinner
Fox & Obel, 401 E. Illinois, Chicago 312-410-7301
Fox & Obel's culinary team has created a custom, five course tasting menu, with each course paired with one of Revolution Brewing Company's finest beers--including their brand new Oktoberfest. Menu at the Facebook event page.
$50.00/person, tax included. Gratuity not included
Advance tickets are required for this event.
Seating is limited, so please call today.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our customer service counter or call 312-410-7301.

7:00 pm ♦ Rosemary's Red Devil Collaboration Release
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead executive chef Cleetus Friedman offers the first of three September collaborations with Midwestern brewers. First up, tonight, is Rosemary's Red Devil, a project with Haymarket Pub & Brewery. This Belgian red ale is made with rosemary, demerara sugar and burnt orange peel, and aged in Heaven Hill barrels. In addition to Chef Cleetus, Pete Crowley from Haymarket Brewing will be available to chat and answer questions. Watch for the other collab releases on September 12 and 17.

Wednesday - Friday, September 11 - 13
11:00 am - 9:00 pm ♦ 28th Annual Berghoff Chicago Oktoberfest
John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago
Celebrate Berghoff Oktoberfest in Chicago, with traditional German musical performances by the Johnny Wagner Band and featured nightly shows with Chicago’s favorite bands. Free daily admission.

Wednesday, September 11
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Stone Farking Wheaton w00t Stout

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Two Brothers Atom Smasher Tasting
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago
As part of our month-long Oktoberfest celebration, Paul Wonak, territory manager for Two Brothers Brewing, will be in house to sample out one of his favorite seasonal beers.

6:00 pm ♦ DryHop/Flossmoor Collaboration Release
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
The release of the Flossmoor Station Brewing Company/DryHop Brewers collaboration brew, Smoking Nanners, is a result of Flossmoor Head Brewer Bjorn Johnson and Greg’s time together in Munich for brew school.
Together, they traveled to different regions of Germany, and a memorable stop was in Bamberg, where smoked beers are considered a specialty of the area. Smoking Nanners was brewed in tribute to Bjorn and Greg’s antics experienced there.
DryHop Chef Pete Repak and Flossmoor Chef Eduardo Camarena also collaborated on a dish for the evening – Smoked Guajillo Chile Glazed Texas Quail on Jicama-Tortilla Salad with Roasted Pineapple Relish and Pulped Avocado.
Tapping schedule is as follows:
6pm – Flossmoor’s Berliner Weisse, a low alcohol wheat beer, soured with lactobacillus and fermented with a Kölsch yeast strain. (3.0% ABV)
7pm – Flossmoor’s Kölsch, a clean, crisp, session beer with a soft malt and hop character. (5.2% ABV)
8pm – Flossmoor’s Roggenbier, a dunkleweizen made with rye instead of wheat. (5.6% ABV)
9pm – The release of our collab with Flossmoor – Smoking Nanners, a 5.5% Smoked Hefeweizen.

6:30 - 9:30 pm ♦ Revolution Beer Dinner
EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva, IL (331) 248-0269
Join Evenflow for a beer dinner with Revolution Brewing. 5 courses paired with an exciting local brew for $45. For reservations please contact
The menu and pairings can be viewed at this Facebook event page.

Thursday, September 12
Revolution Tap Overthrow
American Tap, Addison
Stop by American Tap in Addison starting at 6pm for a Revolution Brewing tap overthrow featuring Very Mad Cow, Oktoberfest, Anti-Hero IPA, Cross of Gold, Double Fist, and a specialty TBD
Also featuring: Wings Special and Burger special (both cooked with Rev Beer)

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Founders Rubaeus

5:00 pm ♦ Ommegang BPA Glassware Giveaway at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Ommegang BPA is $5 all month! Order a BPA and keep the glass while supplies last! (And watch for the release of the next beer in Ommegang's "Game of Thrones" series on September 20th).

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