It’s the week of Halloween and Day of the Dead, and beer will be on the menu for several celebrations. In nonspooky news, Chicago revs up for FoBAB with preparties across town. Also, an important upcoming panel discussion will tackle the subject of inclusivity in the craft beer community.
Devil’s Night at 3 Floyds Distilling
3 Floyds’s new distillery, next to the brewpub in Munster, has gone even further toward the dark side with frightening decor flourishes. This round-trip tour leaves Lone Wolf on Randolph Street at 6 p.m., then stops for a bloodcurdling visit at Reaper’s Realm haunted house in Hammond, before landing at 3 Floyds to partake in its array of spirits and cocktails.
Details: October 30, 6–11 p.m.; $45
Dino S’mores Release Party
Off Color is making the move from bottles to cans, and apparently Dino S’mores, its imperial stout that subtly and delightfully resembles the popular campfire dessert, is no exception. This Halloween-night beer-release party will feature a costume contest, as well as a Dino S’mores vertical on tap and other variants including Chixculub (aka spicy s’mores).
Details: October 31, 6–11 p.m.
Heavenly Brew Fest 2019
The Marriott in Hoffman Estates will again host this exclusive event featuring an unplugged performance by the long-standing Chicago act 7th Heaven. Twenty-plus Chicago-area breweries (like Hop Butcher, Scorched Earth, and Maplewood) will be in attendance along with food trucks, and proceeds will benefit a program providing less fortunate families with a fulfilling Christmas.
Details: November 1, 6–10 p.m.; $30
Casa Humilde’s Day of the Dead Celebration
Casa Humilde Cervecería officially joins the roster of breweries at the District Brew Yards after releasing a couple beers there this summer. Casa Humilde’s Mexican-inspired art design and easy-drinking beers occupy the 10 tap handles on DBY’s Fourth Wall, and canned beers and merchandise will also be sold at the shop. The celebration includes DJs, a mariachi band, and a Mexican folkloric dance performance.
Details: November 1, 6 p.m.–1 a.m.; no cover
Take a trolley tour through Pilsen and discover all the local beer and cocktails that the neighborhood has to offer. There will be more than 10 bars and restaurants participating in this tasting tour, with a drink included at each stop. Costumes are encouraged.
Details: November 2, noon–6 p.m.; $40
Diversity in Beer: A Panel
Beer is for everyone. Diversity makes a society stronger and more dynamic. These principles were challenged, but certainly not overthrown, when a racist email was sent to a craft beer online influencer. Her response spawned the Twitter hashtag #IAmCraftBeer and countless personal testimonies of support. Now this online discussion will move in-person to the Goose Island Clybourn Brewhouse with an all-star panel of brewing industry experts, including Liz Garibay, the founder of Chicago Brewseum; Chalonda White, a craft beer influencer; Jill Hopkins, the amazing host of The Morning Amp on Vocalo; and more.
Details: November 4, 6–9 p.m.; $15
The annual FoBAB competition brings dozens of the hottest breweries in the country to town, and thanks to their relentless collaborations, Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove Village is friends with all the cool kids. It will be tapping beers from nearly 20 breweries (including Bottle Logic, Toppling Goliath, and Weldwerks) to whet our appetite for the forthcoming FoBAB. Food will be served from Mario’s Cart.
Details: November 6, 3–10 p.m.; free
FoBAB Sneak Peek at the Beer Temple
The Beer Temple also carries a lot of credibility in the brewing industry; after all, it is a beer temple. So it is welcoming some of its buds (like 2nd Shift, Maplewood, Surly, and more) to share some of its favorite barrel-aged suds. In addition to the medal-worthy tap lineup, there will be discussions from the brewers at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Details: November 7, 5–10 p.m.
Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer
Returning to the UIC Forum, this national competition honors the best barrel-aged beers in a variety of styles: stouts and barley wines, but also fruit beers, ciders, and experimentals. A best in show and a runner-up will also be named. FoBAB is typically part accolade battle between breweries and part boozy celebration of the heavy stuff among fanatics.
Details: November 8 and 9; $85
Legions of Craft Beer Festival
Support the Gurnee American Legion, ride Six Flags’s world-class roller coasters, and sample beers from more than 35 craft beer vendors. Said vendors include the likes of Black Lung Brewing, Zumbier, and Solemn Oath, all on deck at the ultimate equilibrium-challenging beer fest.
Details: November 9, noon–4 p.m.; $30 for beer fest, plus admission tickets to Six Flags are also required