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Try Rare Fall Beers, German Food At Malt Row’s Oktoberfest Fundraiser For Area Food Pantry

Organizers Dovetail and Begyle breweries are asking for a $5 donation to support the Friendship Center, a nonprofit food pantry that feeds almost 2,000 Northwest Siders each month.

A beer festival in Malt Row.
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RAVENSWOOD — Neighbors can enjoy rare beers and live music during a festival hosted by two Malt Row breweries that doubles as a fundraiser for The Friendship Center food pantry.

The free, two-day event hosted by Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing kicks off noon Saturday at 1800 W. Cuyler Ave. Organizers suggest attendees make a $5 donation to benefit The Friendship Center.  Attendees must be fully vaccinated; people of all ages can come, but dogs won’t be admitted. 

Founded in 1969, the Friendship Center is a nonprofit funded by community donations. It serves neighbors in Albany Park, Lincoln Square, North Park, Ravenswood and West Ridge. The food pantry regularly feeds more than 1,900 people every month on the Northwest Side, and that number will likely triple by the spring, according to organizers.

During the weekend fundraiser, Dovetail will tap its annual Festbier and will pour beers with fall-inspired flavors, including Bourbon Barrel Kriek, Pumpkin Vignette and La Mûre, a spontaneously fermented beer with blackberries.

Begyle will tap several barrel-aged beers throughout the weekend; including Imperial Pajamas, Snooze Button and Batch 663.

Attendees will also enjoy Oktoberfest-inspired food, including sausages from Beard and Belly, pretzels from Bulldog Bakery, German-style kebabs from Dönermen and caramel apples from Amy’s Candy Bar.

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

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