Beeronaut's Chicago weekend events: March 11-13

I just got through with Mardi Gras, and now we have St. Patrick's Day to contend with, starting with this weekend. But scroll to the bottom for a special event:

Friday March 11

11:00 a.m. • 2011 Kentucky Breakfast Stout Release Party
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI
On Saturday, March 12th, after a year in the making, we'll be releasing the 2011 version of Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS)!! One of the world's most anticipated and sought-after beers, bottled KBS will be available in our Taproom before you can buy it in other retail outlets. KBS will be available when we open at 11:00 a.m. until we run out, on a first come first serve basis. Limit one case per customer. But the KBS Release isn't just about the bottled product... it'll be the first day we'll have 2011 KBS on tap! We'll probably have a few different versions flowing, maybe some KBS nitro, maybe some vintage KBS as well. Undoubtedly, it'll be a great day of celebrating one of our finest beers. We hope you'll join us. Evening entertainment starts at 9:30 p.m. featuring Friction Records recording artists Chance Jones (Witty, charismatic, Motown-influenced indie pop).

3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Kenwood Liquors St. Patrick's Weekend
Kenwood Liquors,
12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Beer tasting, Goose Island Matilda, Sofie & Pape Nero
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Spirit tasting. , 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Wine tasting
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Bagpipers perform

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Binny's Craft Beer Road Show: Willowbrook
Binny's Beverage Depot, 6920 Kingery Hwy., Willowbrook, IL (630) 654-0988
We will be pouring 60 cellared, rare, and everyday beers for your enjoyment. Think of this no charge tasting as not only a way to try new beers, but as a thank you from Binnny's for your support. If you can't make it on Friday, the craft beer road show still has some dates in the future at other Binny's locations. See Binny's blog for a full list of stops, and the beers scheduled to be poured for each one. Brewers and beers represented include Rogue's Chatoe Rogue series, Flossmoor Station, Lindeman's, Dogfish Head and The Bruery.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Uinta beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Uinta Brewing Co. rep John Freyer will be here to introduce these new beers in town!

6:30 p.m. • Wildfire-Lincolnshire Bell's Beer Dinner
WildFire Lincolnshire, 235 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire, IL (847) 279-7900
$45. Reception 6:30 pm, Dinner 7:00 p.m. Join us for five courses of food and craft beer featuring the flavorful, unfiltered and quality craft beers from Bell's Brewing Company. Each course is paired with Bells' most popular and unique ales and beers to create the ultimate beer enthusiast experience! Check out the menu at this link. For reservations call Brad Wermager at (773) 398-6960. The next Wildfire bell's Beer Dinner will be Monday the 14th at the Oak Brook location.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Free Beer Tasting Irish Beers
Elgin Public House - Pub 217, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Elgin Public House/Pub 217 presents their monthly free beer tastings! This month is select Irish beers.

Misericordia St. Paddy's Fundraiser
Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688
The 3rd Annual Misericordia St. Paddy's Day Fundraiser. Huge tent out back. $25 for adults, $10 for kids includes admission, dinner, soft drinks, and entertainment:  McNulty Irish dancers at 6:45, Irish folk music from Finbar Finnegan at 7:30pm and more). Silent Auction and Raffle, all to benefit Misericordia Mercy Home for mentally disabled children and adults. A great time and an even better cause!

Saturday, March 12

8:30 - 11:00 a.m. • Jake's 3rd Annual St. Patty's Pre-Soak Breakfast
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago (312) 266-0400
Jake's will open up early on March 12th for the Chicago St. Patrick's Day parade. The all-you-can eat $5.00 breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. includes green eggs & ham, and Guinness pancakes with a whiskey syrup. Party with Jake's all day for the parade!

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Kenwood Liquors St. Patrick's Weekend
Kenwood Liquors,
12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
11:00 - 1:00: Feckin Irish Brunch featuring Chef Will Hastert, Sous Chef at the Union League Club of Chicago
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Bagpipes
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Guinness, Smithwick's and Harp tasting with bagpipes.
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Spirit Tasting. 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Wine Tasting

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Goose Island Stout Fest
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL
Cost: $20 (sold out, but call or ask around, you never know) Featuring more than thirty stouts from local breweries including Revolution, Half Acre, Two Brothers, Rock Bottom, Three Floyds and of course, Goose Island. In addition to about six varieties of their classic barrel-aged Bourbon County Stout including Night Stalker, Big John, Ancho Chili Bourbon County Brand Stout, Mexican Hot Chocolate Bourbon County Brand Stout, Chocolate Cherry Bourbon County Brand Stout, Van Buren American Stout, Goose Island will debut Sergeant Peppercorn, an American stout made with orange peels, Sichuan peppercorns, Intelligentsia coffee and a dash of cinnamon.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Binny's Craft Beer Road Show: St. Charles
Binny's Beverage Depot,
1950 Lincoln Hwy., St. Charles, IL (630) 377-1671
The lineup for the Binny's craft beer road show St. Charles is completely different from the Friday tasting at Willowbrook. If you can't make it to either of these events, you still have a chance as the Binny's craft beer road show still has stops slated for Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, and Lake Zurich. The beers include three Stone Vertical epics, Bell's Batch 10,000, and beers from BrewDog, Maredsous, Dogfish Head, and many more.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. • St. Patty's Day Beer (and wine) Tasting
Binny's, 12307 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 436-9300
Enjoy a wide variety of artisanal and speciality beers with Irish heritage. Also featuring Irish named California wineries like Murphy-Goode, McManis, O'Reilly, Concannon, Kenwood, Chateau Montelena, Shafer, to name a few. Receive 10% OFF wines and beers presented. Reservations requested. or (815) 436-9300

3:00 p.m. - Midnight • Finnegan's St. Paddy's Day 2011
Finnegan's Irish Pub, 24102 W Lockport St, Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Craft Beer, great food, live music with Jack Pines at 6:00 p.m., Overman at 9:00 p.m. Irish dancers at 2:30 and 9:00 p.m. Celebrate rain or shine under a heated tent! For information, call 815-733-5177.

St. Paddy's Beer Tent
Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688
As we have the last three years, St. Baldrick's Fundraiser for children's cancer during the day. Come on in and get your hair shaved or cut, all for a fabulous cause. Live Irish music and dance all day and night long. Irish Food specials and beer in the tent! Trinity Irish Dancers at 5:00 p.m., Donneybrook at 6:00 p.m. and Fitz and Celts at 8:00pm. No cover before 6:00 p.m., $10 cover after. Don't miss Rubber in the Amber Room late night.

Sunday, March 13

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • 5th Annual St Baldrick's Fundraiser
Finnegan's Irish Pub, 24102 W Lockport St, Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Let's kick cancer's butt! Join us on March 13th for our 5th annual St. Baldrick's event and help us raise money for cancer research. Head Shaving, Kids Crafts, "Those Funny Little People," Bagpipers, Raffles* and more! Last year, we raised over $120k and we would love to beat that number. This is a family friendly event so bring the kids, grandparents, etc. If you are interested in participating in the head shaving please sign up online at If you are interested in donating raffle items please drop them off at Finnegan's.

Because I want to do my readers a solid, here's advance notice of a special Monday event:

Monday, March 14

10:00 p.m. • Special Late Night Tapping of Founders KBS!
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Join us at 10:00 for a late night tapping of the elusive Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout! John Freyer of Founders will be on hand to say hello and you never know what tasty crazy surprise may find itself being tapped right alongside that same night!

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