Start: October 17, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 17, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Oppermann's Cork n Ale
2940 Midland Rd, Saginaw, MI, United States



Now in its seventh year, the Chef Battle will feature five Chicago chefs using Virtue Cider in ten dishes. You try each one and vote to crown the chef most successful the winner of WBEZ prizes and the title of Chef Supreme! Chefs confirmed so far include: Jared Van Camp of Old Town Social and Nellcote, Louis Dourlain from Kendall College, and Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute. Starting off with a live recording of the Chewing the Fat podcast with Louisa Chu and Monica Eng, the Chicago Chef Battle has become a staple event for WBEZ foodies and for those just interested in sampling some fantastic food. With past winners that include Jill Barron of Mana Food Bar, Dana Cree of Blackbird, and Leonard Hollander of Marion Street Cheese Market, the Chicago Chef Battle guarantees excellent food, excellent drink and great company without requiring you to take out a second mortgage to attend.

Start: October 15, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 15, 2014 11:00 pm
Venue: Kendall College
900 N Branch St, Chicago, IL, United States




Start: October 11, 2014 4:00 pm
End: October 11, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Red Salamander
902 E Saginaw Hwy, Grand Ledge, MI, United States



Join Virtue Cider and 40 BBQ TEAMS competing for the title of Grand Champion during a two-day competition. Teams can only use all-wood (no gas or electricity) to cook their meats. Enjoy the competition, sample BBQ, and grab a few glasses of cider along the way. Proceeds benefit Operation BBQ Relief, providing food and support to American victims of natural disasters. Contestants can bring any combination of smokers, any combination of spices, garnishes, tools and experience to result in the best BBQ they have. Teams competing in the WCBC turn in meat from four categories: Pork, Ribs, Chicken and Brisket. There will be 40 judges from far and wide coming to critique the meat. This year guarantees a bigger payout in award money and bragging rights too!

Start: October 10, 2014
End: October 11, 2014
Venue: Soldier Field
Chicago, IL, United States



Start: October 9, 2014 5:00 pm
End: October 9, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Harvest Health Foods
4150 32 Ave, Hudsonville, IL, United States


Join Virtue Cider and other cidermakers and brewers from around the country for a grand tasting of beverages at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Start: October 7, 2014 5:30 pm
End: October 7, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Binny's Beverage Depot
Marcy Street Location, Chicago, IL, United States




No sooner did beer finally cement its status as a highly respected fermented libation—totally on par with whiskey and wine—than cider made a play, effectively sloughing off its associations as cheap, bubbly apple juice à la Scrumpy Jack, Strongbow or Martinelli’s. And who better to lead a Taste Talks convo about the swift ascension of cider than RedEye Chicago food and drinks writer, Kate Bernot, who examines the trending beverage with help from Virtue, a Michigan-based craft cider company, and others?

Start: October 4, 2014 5:00 pm
End: October 4, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Open Secret Studio, Upper Level
401 N Racine, Chicago, IL, United States



Come sample cider and craft beer from dozens of makers from around the country in one of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

Start: October 4, 2014 1:00 pm
End: October 4, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: Nichols Park
55th and Kenwood (Bank Financial Lot), Chicago, IL, United States



Warm up this fall with a celebration of 80 + unique craft beers from the Midwest and other areas across the country. Dozens of breweries will be on hand to pour you their favorite brews and even share a few beer-making secrets. Fill your glass with all the Arboretum has to offer with our NEW Drink It In: Craft Beer Festival. Cheers!

Start: October 4, 2014 1:00 pm
End: October 4, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois 53, Lisle , IL, United States


Support a local school in Chicago while enjoying some of the best craft cider and beer from the area. Attend the St. Matthias Friends of the Craft beerfest on Friday, October 3, and sample cider and beer from the likes of Begyle, Half Acre, Ale Syndicate, and Virtue Cider, plus enjoy live and silent auctions, food, and more. Learn more.

Start: October 3, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 3, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: St. Matthias School Hall
4910 N. Claremont Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60625, United States
Cost: $40 presale / $45 onsite