Beeronaut's weekend beer events: Feb 25-27

Friday, February 25

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Silly Name, Serious Beer
Binny's Beverage Depot, 1919 Skokie Valley Hwy., Highland Park, IL (847) 831-5400
Binny's Highland Park welcomes the newest brewery to come to Chicagoland, Massachusetts' Clown Shoes. Joe Katz of Stoller Wholesale will be on hand to answer your questions and pour samples. Taste the beer that started it all, Hoppy Feet Black IPA, as well as Brown Angel, Clementine, and Eagle Claw Fist. Call (847) 831-5400 or email for more information.

6:00 p.m. • A Taste of Chicago's Culinary Schools
Eli's Cheesecake, 6701 W Forest Preserve Drive Chicago, IL (815) 777-8030
$60 Enjoy Goose Island beer and hors d'oeuvres by the top students from the best culinary schools in Chicagoland. Participating schools are College of DuPage, Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, The French Pastry School of Chicago, Kendall College, Joliet Junior College, Lexington College, Robert Morris University and Washburne Culinary Institute.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Maggiano's - Goose Island Dinner and beer pairing
Maggiano's Little Italy, 1901 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 240-5600
Maggiano's in Schaumburg hosts a four-course meal and beer pairing with Goose Island. $32 per person includes tax and tip. Courses will be paired with 312, Matilda, Sofie, and Pere Jacques. Chef Ryan Neach will demonstrate how to prepare each course.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Wild Onion beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Wild Onion Brewery, Barrington Cans! Try the Paddy Pale Ale & Jack Stout!

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. • SmallBar Fullerton One Year Anniversary
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago (773) 525-2727
SmallBar Fullerton Turns One! To celebrate, we've worked with our friends at Hopcast and BeerMapping to bring you a dynamite lineup of Sours and Rare brew. Böckor Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge, Cantillon Kreik, Goose Island Dominique, Haandbryggeriet Farewell Ale, Mikkeller It's Alive, Timmermans Bourgogne des Flandres, Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne, PLUS! something special from Two Brothers Brewing and Jolly Pumpkin. We'll be tapping 'em all at 7:00 p.m.!

Saturday Febrewary 26

12:00 p.m. • Hi-Fi Rye Barleywine release
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
The bottle release for the Hi-Fi Rye Barleywine (2011) and the Barrel-Aged Hi-Fi Rye Barleywine (2010) will be released in tandem at Noon. Bottles of the Hi-Fi will be $10 and bottles of the Barrel Aged Hi-Fi will be $15. There will be a 6 bottle limit for each.

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Ultimate Beer Bout IV
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
UBB IV between Dark Horse and Tyranena. SOLD OUT. And yet I list, in case you might still have a chance to score a ticket for yourself. I don't have one, either.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Spring Training Beer Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 639 E. Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook, IL (630) 972-1187
Sample over 60 beers from around the world, including domestic craft beers, imports, and some highly unusual selections! This tasting is sure to whet your appetite for March Madness, baseball, and all your favorite spring activities. $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call (630) 972-1187 or email for more information.

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Mardi Gras Beer Tasting
Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Sick of this winter yet? Spring cannot come soon enough. We're getting tired of waiting and Mardi Gras is finally drawing near. So laissez les bon temps rouler! Stop by Brixie's and sample from an extensive selection of beers including seasonal brews and some beers that are new to the Chicagoland market. We'll be pouring beers from Lagunitas, New Belgium, Smuttynose, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Tyranena, Grand Teton, Goose Island, and many more! Cost: $15.

Sunday, Febrewary 27

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. (or thereabouts) 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 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Celebrating Chocolate: Beer & Chocolate Tastings
Ginkgo Restaurant at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rte 53, Lisle, IL (630) 968-0074
Enjoy artisan beers from Two Brothers Brewing Company of Warrenville, along with food and chocolate pairings from Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream of Geneva.  $25 ($30 non-member). Reservations Online or call 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m or In person at The Visitor Center, daily during regular hours.

Taste microbrews paired with an unexpected mole infused chile, a savory chocolate panini, and baby field greens dressed with a piquant chocolate balsamic vinaigrette. Food and beer pairings will also be complimented with handmade chocolate delicacies from Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream, Geneva. Ages 21+. Limited availability.

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