Mash Tun Oktoberfest and other food and drink events

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Thursday4
Uncloud the mystery behind enigmatic absinthe at Red, White & Green: Two Hours of American Absinthe. Deidre Darling and her bar team teach the history of the formerly taboo spirit, and provide samples and cocktail specials featuring contributions from Great Lakes Brewing, North Shore Brewing, and St. George Brewing Company. 10 PM-midnight, the Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee. 21+

Friday5
An Oktoberfest celebration for the beer aficionado, Mash Tun Oktoberfest features flagship, rare, and one-of-a-kind brews to celebrate the release of the second issue of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal. Tickets include a pig roast by Flesh for Food in addition to snacks from Duck N Roll and Brand BBQ. Michael Kiser and Friends perform a special reenactment and Aaron Tyrell and Rick Kennedy DJ. Buy tickets here. 5-9 PM, Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th, $30. 21+

Starting at the flagship Intelligentsia in Lakeview, the Red Line Coffee Crawl works its way north, stopping at Ch'ava Cafe in Uptown and Metropolis in Edgewater. Samples are available at each location, where you can also pose questions to java professionals. $30 buys a ticket, though CTA passes are BYO. 1-4 PM, meet at Intelligentsia Coffee, 3123 N. Broadway, crawl ends at Metropolis Cafe, 1039 W. Granville. 18+

2 Sparrows joins with North Shore Distillery to host a Fall Flavor Festival Dinner in celebration of Craft Spirits Week. Chef Gregory Ellis pairs dishes like sweet potato pave with tobacco cream sauce and house-made fettuccine with lamb ragout with cocktails made with North Shore spirits. Call 773-234-2320 for reservations. 7 PM, 2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey, $50.

Saturday6
Argus Brewery holds its inaugural Disk Golf Open and Oktoberfest. General admission includes food, six drink tickets, and a walking tour of the old Pullman factory. Disk golf is $10 per player for teams of two, and it's capped at 50 teams. Proceeds benefit Pullman State Historic Site. Noon-5 PM, Historic Pullman Factory, 11057 S. Cottage Grove, $50, $35 advance, $20 designated driver/under 21.

The season of beer celebrations continues at Union Station with the return of the Chicago Beer Festival. Dozens of domestic and international breweries, including Metropolitan Brewing Company and Brasserie D'Achouffe, provide unlimited tastings of fall beers. Buy tickets in advance here; they're not sold at the door. 1-4 PM and 6-9 PM, Union Station, 225 S. Canal, $40 includes unlimited tastings, food additional.

At the 9th Annual Mokena Food & Wine Fest, wines accompany specialty dishes prepared by 12 local restaurants, vendors sell gifts, and local musicians give live performances. Tickets include one food tasting per restaurant plus samples of 12 wines, four beers, and one vodka. Noon-6 PM, McGovney-Yunker Farmstead grounds, 10925 W. La Porte, Mokena, $29, $24 advance. 21+

Wednesday10
Former Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall hosts a collaboration between Harmony Grill and his own Virtue Cider. The five-course meal includes a showcase of Virtue ciders paired with dishes like roasted beet salad with shaved fennel, mushroom ragout over quinoa with fried sage and carrot tuile, and seared duck breast with gorgonzola root vegetable puree. 7 PM, Harmony Grill, 3159 N. Southport, $49.

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