Beeronaut's Chicago weekend events: Feb 11-13

You might notice I have nothing slotted for Sunday the 13th. There'll be a separate list of Valentine's Day events coming soon!

Friday, February 11

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Binny’s Beer, Cider & Mead Tasting
Binny’s Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin, IL (847) 458-2470
Come out of the cold and taste some of the finest extreme and dessert beers, ciders, and meads! Over 30 extremely huge beers, including chocolate, fruited, and smoked brews! $10 with Binny's Card, $20 non-members.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Duvel beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Don't miss an opportunity to sample a classic beer!

Saturday February 12

2:00 p.m. Stella's 3rd Annual Anti-Valentines Day Pub Crawl
$10 gets you a T-Shirt and Wristband for $3 Stellas Artois (some of the procceds will go to the Michael J. McGee Cancer Research Institute )

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. History by the Pint
Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
A benefit for the Chicago History Museum. Support the city’s history museum while enjoying a pint of brew. Guests can enjoy a pint or two of beer to help support history and enjoy fun facts and interesting tidbits about Chicago's history, beer, and taverns in the city – past and present, as well as our nation’s presidents, in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. For every beer sold, Sheffield's will donate $1 to the Museum’s Annual Fund which supports all Museum activities including exhibitions, programs, and operations. More information on both the event and the Museum’s many tours and programs can be found at

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Delilah's Vintage Strong Beer Fest 2011
Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 472-2771
More than one hundred beers, primarily strong ales and live beers, from over 50 breweries will be tasted – side by side, for the first time ever in Chicago – many in multiple vintages. Regionally, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Greg Browne Brewing (Mickey Finn's), Capital, Two Brothers, Metropolitan, Half Acre, Flatlander’s, Bell’s and Lakefront Brewing will be represented, and many of these brewers will be in attendance.

Strong ales have been traditionally brewed during and for the winter and early spring months and are quite suitable for aging – often being brewed a year before release. Many of the ales for this tasting will be sampled in vintage with a few vintage verticals and there will be an emphasis on barrel aged beers – the J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, for instance, will be available from the 2004 vintage aged in used Lagavulin Scotch Barrels. There will be a King & Barnes Christmas Ale from 1998 plus ten vintages of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barley Wine. A very unique experience to sample all these strong beers together – along with vintage dated brews including: Anchor Old Foghorn, Avery Hog Heaven, Thomas Hardy’s Ale, Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale, Scotland’s Skull Splitter, Portland Brewing Adam Barley Wine, Dog Fish Head Immort Ale, Lucifer Ale by Belgium's Het Anker, Trois Pistoles & La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue, Malheur Millennium, Capitol Blonde Dopplebock (multiple vintages), Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine, Maredsous Triple, EKU 28 and the French Belzebuth, Rogue Ales Old Crusty and Young’s Old Nick. Admission is $20 for a sampling of the offerings. Information concerning each product will be available.

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