Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend: Jan 28-30

Friday, January 28

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Left Hand beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors
, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916  
"Jason will be here to sample some fine beers from Colorado."

Saturday, January 29

11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Second Annual Two Brothers Brewery tour
Sheffield's Lakeview,
3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
"We will be taking a trip to Warrenvile to visit our good friends at Two Brothers. We will start at 11:30 with a brunch buffet at Sheffield's with the bus departing Sheffield's at 1: 30 pm. Brewery tour starts around 3:00 pm and we will be back at Sheffield's by 5:00. $45 per person for Brunch, Two Brothers Pints, and transportation to and from Two Brothers Brewery. Space is limited so please call Sheffield's Event Coordinator (773) 716-7200 or send an email to to book your ticket."

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.    Antioch Liquors 21st Annual Wine & Beer Tasting
Antioch Fine Wines & Liquors,
1180 Main St., Antioch, IL (847) 395-3540  
"This is one of the craziest and busiest tastings of the year. We are sampling over 50 beers and 50 wines at this tasting. How can you go wrong? Join us for one of the best tastings of the New Year!"

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Blowout Beer Tasting!
Malloy's Finest Wine & Spirits
, 1175 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 357-7000  
It's that time of year again for the Malloy's Finest Winter Blowout Sale. Join Beer Baron Colin in tasting some outrageous beers at phenomenal prices, including Boulder Beer's Mojo IPA and Sweaty Betty, Avery's Out of Bounds Stout, Bridgeport's Ebenezer Ale, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout and New Belgium's Triple. Stop by and take advantage of the blowout!

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. To Cure a Hangover - Drinking and Writing Brewery
Haymarket Pub and Brewery
, 737 W Randolph St, corner of Randolph and Halsted, Chicago
The Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub and Brewery opens with first show. Drinking & Writing Volume III, To Cure A Hangover! If you've never seen the show shame on you. If you've seen the show before you know exactly why we must continue to perform it in order to save the world. For tickets and information go to This show will run Saturdays through Feb. 5th.

Sunday, January 30

2:30 p.m. Freakin' Firkin Sunday
The Livery,
190 5th Street, Benton Harbor, MI (269) 925-8760  
Brewmaster Steve will be tapping the Firkin cask at 3.00 p.m. (orthereabouts) on this Sunday. Enjoy a pint of real ale in its true form - and also enjoy the lively Irish Session which is the same day from 2 - 5 p.m.

3:00 p.m. Beer Tasting for the Connosieur
306W. State St., Geneva, IL (630) 208-7070
As you sit enjoying your favorite beer, have you ever pondered the world's major beer styles and just what it is that makes them different from each other? Ever wonder how beer is made or what is in it that makes it taste so good? Maybe you really want to impress your friends with a fabulous beer vocabulary. If so, then this class is for you! Join Michael, brewer of your Stockholm's favorites, on Monday nights as heleads the class on this enlightening and tasty adventure.
Session 1 consists of: An overview of the many beer styles; basic ingredients, brewing styles, and regional varieties from Europe and North America
Session 2 concentrates on: The lighter pilsners, lagers, and wheat beers
Session 3 addresses: The darker lagers, ales, porters, and stouts. Class meets Sundays 1/30, 2/13, 2/27 @ 3:00pm Participants must be 21 or older. A $25 tasting fee will be collected in class. Class fills quickly. Sign up through the Geneva Park District at (630) 232-4542 or, Class Code #71331 $32 Resident/$48 Non-Resident

7:00 p.m. Urban Burger Bar Bell's Beer Dinner
Urban Burger Bar, 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 255-0055  
Only a few seats left. Price: $50. Call for details or visit

Hmph. What am I most upset about? Tuning in to a Bears playoff game and having the Cubs show up, or the number of "Bears fans" at the Jewel with cases of Miller Lite...from Milwaukee! I was thinking about listing places to watch the Super Bowl next month, but clearly these people might as well go watch it at Mars Cheese Castle!

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