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On September 18th through October 3rd, Funkenhausen is creating a Funktoberfest celebration filled with food, music, and of course, beer. Diners can expect various specials to be running including Oktoberfest beer in novelty mugs, apparel, and an Uber Piggy Plate featuring smoked pork chop, haus bratwurst, pork belly, sauerkraut, pretzel, mustard, and pickles. The festival will also have live music from the Oompa Band and will feature surprise pop-up acts throughout the length of the festival. A variety of fall beers will be available for purchase including Pfungstädter Festbier, Maisel’s Amber Hefeweizen, Hirter Morchl Munich dunkel, and more


PB&J will be hosting their Oktoberfest starting on September 24th. Diners can order the "German Trio" which consists of a Giant Pretzel with beer cheese and mustard, Brat, and German Chocolate Cake. Beers include: Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Hofbrau Original, and Oktoberfest. The team will also be tenting off the patio and will feature numerous games.

Pilot Project Brewing

Pilot Project Brewing in Logan Square is hosting its second annual Dogtoberfest this weekend on September 19. The canine-forward event will feature a variety of pet-friendly activities, like homemade dog treats, dog bandanas, a mobile groomer, and kiddie pools for pets to splash in, weather permitting. Alive Rescue will also be on-site with a few of their current foster pups.

Pilot will be offering an Oktoberfest brew for humans along with Parisian ‘Ruff’ lattes (made with whipped cream, rice dye with cranberry juice and dog treats) for canines. The event is free, but reservations are recommended through Tock.

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Photo courtesy of Pilot Project Brewing

Hannah's Bretzel

Each year Hannah's Bretzel brings back its inaugural Oktüberfest sandwich in partnership with Gene's Sausage Shop for a limited time during the fall season. 

  • The Oktüberfest Sandwich is inspired by the inaugural festival in Munich and Hannah's Bretzel's approach to sandwich making. It's a German favorite, annual Hannah's Bretzel staple, and includes a brat from Gene's Sausage Shop, a Chicago staple. 
  • Ingredients: A Gene's Sausage Company Chicken Bratwurst, Mama Nina's Sauerkraut (created by the restaurant founder's mother, Nina, directly from Germany), caramelized onions, whole grain honey mustard on an organic Bretzel baguette. 
  • Dates available: September 27 - October 17
  • Order online or stop in at Hannah's Bretzel's two open locations: 400 N Lasalle and 107 S. Franklin.
Photo courtesy of Marcin Cymmer

Great Central Brewing Company

Great Central Brewing Company, a Chicago-based collaborative brewer for brands like Middlebrow, Pollyanna, Cruz Blanca, Old Irving, Maplewood, and Illuminated Brew Works, is celebrating the fourth anniversary of their taproom with the launch of their limited-edition Oktoberfest beer dubbed the Festzelt. 

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 with the season while maintaining the crisp, clean, and drinkable flavor.

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. 

Because the company’s anniversary coincides with the Oktoberfest season, they are celebrating the Festzelt and four years of business with an Oktoberfest-inspired event. From noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th, patrons can stop by Great Central’s taproom at 221 N. Wood Street in Chicago’s Fulton Market district to order German-style beer, Bavarian food, live music, and a Lederhosen contest. There will also be a 50/50 raffle where half of the proceeds will go to Alliance for the Great Lakes, whose mission is to provide clean water to all.

In order to attend the event, patrons will have to provide either a COVID-19 vaccination card showing their fully vaccinated status or proof of a negative COVID test within the previous 72-hours of October 9th to be admitted. 

“Oktoberfest represents a time honored tradition in Germany. This celebration just so happens to coincide with the anniversary of our own brewery, and the release of our seasonal beer, Festzelt, a German-style Oktoberfest. What better way to celebrate another year than to gather with our community at Great Central for a celebratory Oktoberfest-inspired event,” says CEO and co-founder, David Avram.

Not only is the Festzelt available on tap at select local restaurants such as Gino’s East, Kaiser Tiger, Lucky Dorr, Roots Pizza on Dearborn, and 2Twenty2 Tavern, but individual cans are also available for purchase at various craft beer shops and food markets across Chicago, namely Beermiscuous, Bitter Pops, Beer Temple, Fresh Marketplace, Joe’s Wine Cellar, and Green Grocer, retailing for $9.99 for four 16 ounce cans. It’ll only be around until the beginning of November.

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Flyer courtesy of Great Central Brewing Company

Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing

Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing are together again for their Sixth Annual Oktoberfestiversary located between the breweries at 1800 W Cuyler Ave, Chicago, IL. For two days, from 12-9pm on Saturday, October 16 and 11am-7pm on Sunday, October 17, they invite Chicago to celebrate the season, their neighborhood, and of course beer. The festival is free to attend with a $5 suggested donation to benefit The Friendship Center, which provides hope and dignity in the community through access to food, clothing, and critical social services, which have seen an increase in need throughout the pandemic.

To keep this gathering thoughtful, please be vaccinated if you are planning to attend, and while the party will be all-ages, we won't be able to welcome our pet friends this year. The fest will include special tappings, as well as standby favorites, from both breweries throughout the weekend. 

Dovetail will tap its annual Festbier, and for the first time, will pour beers with fall-inspired flavors including: Bourbon Barrel Kriek, Pumpkin Vignette, and La Mûre—a spontaneously-fermented beer on blackberries.

Begyle will be tapping several barrel-aged beers throughout the weekend; including our gold-medal winning 2018 Barrel-Aged Imperial Pajamas, our Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Snooze Button, and Batch 663 (our 7th anniversary English-Style Whiskey Barrel-Aged Barleywine) 

Attendees will also enjoy Oktoberfest-inspired food from some of Chicago's finest, including:

●       Sausages from Beard And Belly

●       Pretzels from Bulldog Bakery

●       German-style kebabs from Dönermen

●       Caramel apples from Amy’s Candy Bar

Local DJs and more will provide musical entertainment during the fest. For updates and more information, please visit the event’s Facebook page.

Collage courtesy of Bettie Bomb PR


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