Beeronaut Easter weekend events, April 22-24

Friday, April 22

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Two Brothers beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Andy Jenkins will be sampling these shoppe staples!

Saturday, April 23

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. American Craft Beer Journey
Binny's Beverage Depot, 1950 Lincoln Hwy., St. Charles, IL (630) 377-1671
Join us on a coast to coast American Craft Beer journey as we sample over 50 tasty brews covering a huge range of styles. $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call, or email stcharles@binnys.com for more information.

1:00 - 7:00 p.m. American Craft Beer Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 8935 N. Milwaukee, Niles, IL (847) 966-2300
Taste over 40 great craft beers from the east coast to the west coast and all points in between! Sample an array of styles from top producers that include Smuttynose IPA, Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball and a huge variety of others. $5 W/ Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call (847) 966-2300 or email niles@binnys.com for more information.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Highly Rated Beers Open House
Binny's Beverage Depot, 7330 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park, IL (708) 456-2112
Ever wonder why some beers are highly rated on Ratebeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com? Discover for yourself as we pour beers that make the "A" or 90+ point rating. Call, or email elmwoodpark@binnys.com for more information.

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Season of Saisons
Binny's Beverage Depot, 5100 W. Dempster, Skokie, IL (847) 674-4200
Taste the very best in Saisons and Farmhouse Ales. Sample over 25 different beers from breweries that include Saint Somewhere, The Bruery, North Coast, Lost Abbey, Southampton, Ommegang, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyd's, Goose Island, Stillwater, Dupont, De Ranke, Vapeur, Thiriez and De Glazen Toren. $5 W/Binny's Card/ $10 non-members.
Specific Beers Include: St. Somewhere Athene and Pays du Soleil, Bruery Saison Rue, North Coast La Merle, Lost Abbey Red Barn and Carnevale, Southampton Saison Deluxe and Cuvee des Fleurs, Ommegang Hennepin, Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire iO and Bam Biere, Three Floyd's Rabbid Rabbit, Goose Island Sofie and Pepe Nero, Stillwater Stateside and Cellar Door, De Ranke Saison Dottignies, Saison de Cazeau, De Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe, Saison de Pipaix, Vapeur de Bises, Saison Dupont and Avril, Urthel Saissoniere, St. Feuillien Saison, Nogne-Ø Saison, Nuova Mattina, Thiriez Blonde, L'Ebbe L'Amalthee and more to come! Cost: $5 w/Binny's card, $10 without.

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Don't miss a great opportunity to enjoy fine beer, good company and expert tutelage. Price, $25 per person. April's topic: Bock beers. Tickets went on sale on the Monday evening before beer school (April 18), starting at 7 p.m. first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School.

7:00 p.m. Drinking & Writing Christmas Show in April
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago
Take the first step in April! So we didn't get a chance to perform our Christmas show a few months ago. So what's wrong with doing it in April? That's right, April. It's Drinking & Writing Volume IV, The 12 Steps of Christmas! We've added some new material and a few surprises. Plus $5 dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to Donate Life Illinois. Drinking & Writing Volume IV, The 12 Steps of Christmas! thru April 23rd, 7:00 p.m., The Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub and Brewery.

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Goose Island Invasion!
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago, (773) 525-2727
Join us as Goose Island takes over our taps with some rare brews and specialty stuff from their cellars. We'll have 20 handles and a vertical tasting of Matilda in The Mezzanine.
Including: Lolita Raspberry Wild Ale, Madame Rose Brown Cherry Ale, Wilder Wild Wheat Ale, Indira Lemongrass Saison, Mae Peach Saison, Pepe Nero Black Saison, Scully White Pepper and Strawberry Saison, Bourbon County Brand Stout, Vanilla Bourbon Brand County Stout, Big John Imperial Stout, Lazarus Imperial Stout, Night Stalker Dry Hopped Imperial Stout, Old Max Danish Stout, Green-Line New Zealand Hallertau Hops, Green-Line New Zealand Green Bullet/Motzueka Hops, Marisol Belgian-style Golden Ale, Tripel Belgian-style Tripel, Demolition Belgian-style Strong Ale, Fleur Hibiscus Belgian Ale, King Henry Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine.  For $25 you can join us early from 7-8:00 p.m. for exclusive access to the brewers and tastings before the crowd hits!

Sunday, April 24

Due to ongoing turmoil at Beeronaut Mission Control (never get a Venusian brain bat drunk), I was unable to devote much time to compiling Easter brunch listings. I have made note of the one Brunch announcement that includes some craft beer specials.

10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Easter Beer Brunch
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 697-8204
Do you really want to spend Easter Sunday slicing ham & whipping sweet potatoes? No. You'd much rather come enjoy a 4 course meal created by Chef Robyn & paired with some of the best beers Phil has to offer!Reservations will be required for this event, so please call NOW to reserve your table! For just $45 a person, you will receive the following delicious pairings:

  • Two Brothers Monarch Wit with Fresh Fruit and Honey Marscapone Parfait
  • Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit Saisonwith Rabbit Crepes topped with Chive Mornay
  • Stone Smoked Porter withCrispy Pork Belly on Cheddar Grits topped with a Fried Egg
  • Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout with Black Dog Gelato & Deep Fried Belgian Waffle.

Please call 312-343-0842 to reserve your spot. Easter Beer Brunch seatings are available from 10:30 - 2:00. We will offer the meal without the beer pairings for $30. We also plan to have a limited number of regular brunch items available a la carte.

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 music, hosted by Rick Willey & Katie Montoya, from 2-5 p.m.

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