Chicago’s Week in Beer, November 8-11
today at 1:48 am
Nice to have caught some more Veteran’s Day events for my calandars in recent years. I will try to pop some more in as I hear about them.
I’m using the extra hour of the return to Standard Time Saturday night to noodle on this article after drinking a homebrewed cyser I made in 2004. Made this mix of mead and cider after a trip with Brewers of South Suburbia to Apples on Oak in Lockport, if I recall correctly. This is the first bottle I’ve cracked in 15 years: it’s very dry and a little tart, but packs quite a punch. Nothing I’d enter in competition, but worth realizing I still have these.
Monday, November 8
3:00 – 7:00 pm • Country Grill Chicken Truck
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL (708) 304-2907 Map
Country Grill Chicagoland is a food truck company offering rotisserie chicken and ribs fresh from the spit, homemade salads and pretzels.
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Euchre Game Night
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL 708-304-2907 Map
Euchre Game Night is back! If you’ve played before, welcome back! If you’ve never played, come a little early and we’ll teach you how to play. We have a lot of fun playing – and you can win some great prizes!
Tuesday, November 9
Stiegl Tap Takeover
Laschet’s Inn, 2119 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago 773-478-7915 Map
Starting Tuesday Nov 9th, we will be having a mini Stiegel tap takeover!! 5 Stiegels on draft! Very excited to try the Helles. Brand New to the States!! Limited quantity of some of the beers!! You have been warned. Don’t miss out.
6:00 – 9:00 pm • Beer on the Wall Bottle Share
Beer on the Wall, 106 Main St., Park Ridge, IL 312-720-3732 Map
The BotW Bottle Share has returned! Bring a commercially packaged (sorry, no homebrews) limited/seasonal/out-of-market beer with you, and be ready to share it with others in exchange for samples of their limited/seasonal/out-of-market beer. For example:
Good ideas: Heady Topper, Dark Lord, Side Project anything, Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus (Izzy).
Bad idea: That beer you bought off our shelves 5 minutes before the event started.
Even worse idea: That beer you bought off the shelves at that big box liquor store a couple weeks ago (at least buy it local, jeez)!
Some other logistic notes:
1. Bottle shares will be held every second Monday from 6-9pm. They will be outdoors when possible and will be held at Off the Wall in the event of inclement weather.
2. If you’re planning to attend, please post what you’re bringing on the event page so we can limit duplicates and potentially build verticals/themes.
3. In the interest of time, we will only enter 1-2 beers per person in the official share. Folks are welcome to bring more but excess beers will only be opened after the formal part of the share is complete.
4. Attendees do not need a ticket to attend, though we may introduce limits later in the interest of space.
5. In the interest of organization and alcoholic liability, BotW staff will collect bottles at the start of the event and open/pour bottles in an orderly fashion. If you are overserved, BotW staff reserves the right to cut you off at any time–NO EXCEPTIONS.
6. When at all possible, please bring two beers of smaller format bottles so folks aren’t getting 0.65 oz of beer.
7. No scoffing or disrespect to other beer drinkers. Scoffers will be sent home with a 6pk of expired Hamms.
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
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Think + Drink Tuesdays
BeerShop, 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park, IL (847) 946-4164 Map
Rally up your smartestest friends & come do brain things with us bi-weekly on Tuesday nights!
Things to know:
– Team max is 6
– Seating is first come, first serve
– Phones must be off the table until you’ve finished a round of trivia (public shaming could happen to YOU!)
– $5 pint specials all night!
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Disney Trivia at Global Brew Tap House
Global Brew Tap House, 339 W. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL (224) 520-8686 Map
We love DISNEY Trivia!
Play solo or bring a team and show off how much you know when it comes to Disney… movies, parks, TV shows, and more!
Enjoy a fun night out and an adult brew or two. Top teams win prizes.
Second Tuesday of the month features a themed trivia night. If you can’t make it out for Disney trivia, be sure to join us on a future Tuesday. General knowledge on all other Tuesdays.
7:30 – 9:30 pm • Tuesday Trivia Night
Illuminated Brew Works, 6186 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago (708) 669-7287 Map
Starting Tuesday, November 9th, every Tuesday night from 7:30-9:30 is TUESDAY TRIVIA NIGHT with your congenial host, the curvy MR. KING!
Take the heroes journey through the cultural index of meaningless information with Tuna Montgomery King as your trusting guide.
Put a team together, get your mind’s right, and get over to IBW Lodge #1 every Tuesday for TUESDAY TRIVIA NIGHT. Prizes will be awarded for those brave enough to contend.
Questions? We’ve all got them. Some can be answered at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 10
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!!!
5:00 pm • NON-ALCOHOLIC Corner Grind & Obscurity Dessert and Cocktail Flight Night
Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead, 113 W. North St., Elburn, IL (630) 320-2255 Map
12/ticket (sold here)
4 pastries made from scratch from The Corner Grind
Hot Chocolate from Corner Grind
Meet and greet with manager of Corner Grind and manager of Obscurity
6:00 – 8:00 pm • Bar Bingo at Region Ale
Region Ale, 1080 US-41, Schererville, IN 219-322-2337 Map
We’re here on our NEW NIGHT every Wednesday at 6:00pm!! Players could win up to $10,000 in Jackpots every week! Region Ale also offers at least 3 additional chances to win cash on game 10!
There are now 2 ways to play. You can still play OLD SCHOOL on a card OR you can play TOUCHLESS Bingo by downloading our app FNFCOUCHBINGO.
It’s another new twist to the game you already know and love!
6:00 – 7:00 pm • FREE Pizza & Pints with Savarino’s Pizza
Will County Brewing Co., 1142 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood, IL (815) 582-4157 Map
If you’ve joined us for Donuts & Drafts then you know the drill! We partnered with our amazing neighbors at Savarino Pizza to bring you FREE* Pizza the second Wednesday of every month! We’ll have a variety of delicious fresh pies available (buffet style) in the taproom starting at 6:00pm until it runs out. See you there!
*with craft beer purchase, limited availability, while supplies last.
6:00 – 9:00 pm • Barre & Brews
Penrose Brewing Co., 509 Stevens St., Geneva, IL (630) 232-2115 Map
On Wednesday, join us as we invite Pure Barre to lead a barre workout in the Barrel Room at Penrose Brewing in Geneva.
An instructor will lead us through our workout, we’ll have some beer, hang out with friends, and meet some new ones!
Tell your significant other they are in charge of the evening duties and give yourself the night off to relax before the holiday craziness begins.
You deserve this!
GET TICKETS HERE.
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Weekly Trivia at Black and Gray Brewing!
Black & Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, IL (224) 484-8200 Map
Join us each Wednesday for our fun and free trivia game! Questions cover all subjects, and you play as a team. We don’t limit team sizes, so bring all the friends you want!
The top three teams will win gift certificates to be redeemed on a future trivia night. Join us for the fun!
7:30 pm • Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival
Twisted Hippo, 2925 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (708) 844-7768 Map
The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival returns LIVE at Twisted Hippo Brewing. Enjoy over 30 short films all under 5 minutes long, excellent craft beers, tasty pub food, and a chance to meet and mingle with filmmakers and other good people. Over the course of a few hours, you will experience comedy, drama, animation, experimental films, and anything else you can think of.
Capacity is limited and proof of vaccination must be shown at the door for admittance. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at bigteethsmallshorts.com/screenings. Doors open at 6 pm with screenings beginning at 7:30 pm.
10:00 pm • Giving Wednesdays
Two Hound Red, 486 Pennsylvania Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 547-2912 Map
Two Hound Red gives back!
Join us the first three Wednesdays in November and help support the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. 10% of all proceeds each Wednesday will be donated back to the food pantry. Good for dine in only. Reservations are recommended but not required. And anytime you come and visit us, drop a can of food in the tub in the vestibule up front!
Thursday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day)
4:00 – 7:00 pm • An Evening With Duvel Moortgat: Boulevard, Ommegang & Duvel Tasting.
Beer Bazaar, 17 W. Belvidere Rd., Hainesville, IL 847-986-6473 Map
Join us at 4 PM for a free tasting. Hunter from Duvel Moortgat will be here sampling out some beers from their portfolio, and more specifically from Boulevard, Ommegang and Duvel. Don’t forget to invite your friends! Also make sure to follow and like our page to be notified on all future events
5:30 – 10:00 pm • History on Tap Pub Crawl
Orange & Brew, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880 Map
Come take a stroll through time on our second pub crawl, with a side of trivia and a chance to win prizes! Explore Downers Grove history while enjoying beverages (included in the ticket price) at six historic watering holes in Downers Grove. The last stop is the Tivoli Bowl for food, drinks, and the chance to win gift certificates to each of the participating locations. Space is limited and this event will sell out, so sign up today!
5:30-9 pm; Ballydoyle, Cadence Kitchen, Cellar Door, Gatto’s, Orange and Brew, and Pierce Tavern
9-10 pm; Tivoli Bowl
Tickets are $40 and this is a 21-and-over event.
5:45 pm • Thirsty Thursday Beer Tour
Elmhurst Brewing Co., 171 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst, IL 630-834-2739 Map
We are excited to team up with Chicagoland Brews Cruise on this event! Start the weekend early with this fun-filled excursion featuring 3 breweries with very different and unique beer styles (Elmhurst, Afterthought and More Brewing Co.). Your ticket includes a flight of 4 beers at each stop and transportation.
Space is extremely limited so get your tickets now! use code: MIDWESTBREWREVIEW for 10% off.
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 • Veterans Day BBQ & Beer Pairing
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Beer and BBQ go hand-in-hand, and we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Fire & Smoke BBQ Company on a beer and BBQ pairing event that won’t just blow your culinary minds, but also support a cause, Semper K9.
Join us at 6pm on Veterans Day, November 11, a ticketed beer and bbq pairing event! Four courses of Mikey and Amanda’s tasty BBQ dishes paired with four 5oz pours of Riverlands beer, plus a reception pint!
YOUR $55 TICKET (buy here) INCLUDES:
– A four-course paired meal including:
Reception Beer: Kayak Pils 16oz can
1st Course: Smoked Bison Meatballs paired with Wolfssegen Dunkel Lager
2nd Course: Lamb Chop paired with Cosmic Garage Party Hazy IPA
3rd Course: Pork Belly paired with Pastry Power: Apple Crisp Sour Ale
Dessert Course: Cinnamon Rolls paired with Moonlight Reflection Imperial Stout
– A guided tasting of each course with the chef and our head brewer
– A tour of our production facility
– Gratuity for included beers
– A donation to Semper K9, an organization that rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to be service dogs at no cost for disabled service members.
Tickets are sold by the table (or individual bar seats) to maximize capacity. Grab a single bar seat ticket, a table for two, or a six top to share with friends!
Arrive at 6pm when doors open for your first reception beer. Pairings will begin between 6:30 and 7pm. The event will conclude around 9pm.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a 21-and-over event. No kids menu or options available. Menu 100% subject to change.
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!
6:00 pm • Flavors of Fall: Two Brothers Beer Dinner
Tap In Pub & Carvery, 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville, IL 331-457-5798 Map
Join us as we partner with Two Brothers for an evening of bourbon, beer & bites! Start with the evening’s signature cocktail – Black Pepper Fig Iced Tea infused with Two Brothers Small Batch Bourbon – and appetizers, followed by a four-course dinner paired with distinct brews.
Save when you buy in pairs! Tickets are $40 each or $70 for two. Purchase tickets online to secure your reservation. Only pre-paid tickets will be accepted. See event policies for details.
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!
6:00 pm • Bourbon and Bacon
Milk Money Brewing, 75 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, IL 708-582-6030 Map
Join us November 11th for Bourbon and Bacon, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! From 6-9pm, we’ll be keeping the bourbon flowing while serving up all things bacon-inspired. Get your tickets at events.cff.org or our website!
6:00 pm • Beer & Food Pairing
Byway Brewing Co., 2825 Carlson Dr., Hammond, IN 219-844-5468 Map
We invite you to expand your palate and discover how beer and food can come together to create a beautiful harmony! Join us on at 6pm for our Beer & Food Pairing here at Byway Brewing Company.
Discover how various styles of food prepared by our Chef, Brian, pair alongside 5 new and unique beers crafted by our Brewer, Mark. This event will be intimate and take place in our Production Room; 30 people max.
TICKETS: $75 /single OR $140 /couple (Eventbrite).
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:
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!
HOW TO PLAY
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.
7:30 – 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!