The Beeronaut's Chicago Weekend Events: April 8-10

Friday, April 8

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Bell's beer tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
PJ Fischer will be here to sample beers from this great Michigan brewery!

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Craft Beer Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 790 Royal St. George, Cress Creek Sq. Shopping Ctr., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0100
Taste the newest and most exciting craft beers to hit our shelves - along with our perennial favorites in craft beer. $10 w/Binny's Card / $15 non-members. Signature samples provided by City Meat Market. Proceeds will be donated to the Naperville Humane Society. Call (630) 717-0100 or email for more information.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. An Evening with Avery Brewing Co.
Small Bar - Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago (773) 772-2727
The Bounty of Boulder Colorado! A special tapping event with three of Avery's finest.
First: It's the Chicago premier of Avery's newest beer, Joe's Pilsner. Enjoy a sneak preview with draft pints of the upcoming release. (Chicago will see the Joe's Pilsner and the Avery IPA in cans in mid-April!)
Second: It's the spring release of the DuganA DoubleIPA. A unity of bitterness, hop flavor, and aroma... A rapturous Double IPA.
Third: Ellie's Brown Ale. The chocolate malt in this beer provides a brown sugar character, with hints of vanilla and nuts,balanced by subtle hops.

7:00 p.m. Collaborative Brew with New Holland - Tall Dark & Handsome Exclusive Tapping
Silver Cloud Bar & Grill, 1700 N. Damen, Chicago (773) 489-6212
Home Brew Competion winners The Kasablanca Brew Team from LGBI worked in conjuction with New Holland Brewery to bring you the inaugural tapping of their winning brew the "Tall Dark & Handsome Stout". Stout Tasting Flight for Only $1 per person includes Tall Dark & Handsome, Old No. 38 and The Poet! Reserve your space at or (773) 716-7200 Limited space available. Guest must RSVP in advance to attend.

10:00 p.m. Repeal of Prohibition Party: Brew Year's Eve
BrickStone Brewery, 557 Latham Drive, Bourbonnais, IL (815) 936-9277
Can you imagine a world without beer? Our great-great-grandparents can, in fact they have lived through it! In the early 1920's Uncle Sam abolished alcohol. No breweries, no bars, just bootleggers and speakeasies. Twelve years later they came to their senses and gave us back what we love most ... BEER! Drinking beer is a privilege. And each year BrickStone celebrates this privilege with our Annual Repeal of Prohibition Party. This year is no exception. Join us at 10:00 p.m. to celebrate 78 years of beers! Enjoy local microbrews while you dance to the tunes of DJ Havoc and DJ Scizzl all night! Must be 21+ to enter with two forms of ID.

Saturday, April 9

12:00 p.m. Binny's 4th annual homebrew contest
Binny's South Loop, 132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago (312) 768-4400
Binny's South Loop is hosting their 4th annual homebrew contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. There is no charge to enter the contest, but entries will be limited to the first 50 beers submitted. Each entrant may only enter one beer. Entrants need to drop two 12 oz. bottles or one 22 oz. bottle of their beer off at Binny's South Loop on Tuesday 4/5 or Wednesday 4/6, along with your entry form rubber banded around your beer. Judging will take place Friday, and winners will be announced on Saturday around 1:00 p.m.. You must be present to win.
1st place will be a trip for two to the Great American Beer Fest that includes tickets, airfare, and hotel. Nine runners up will win valuable prizes, and every entrant will take home a free gift when they drop their entries off. New to the homebrew contest this year are prizes for best lager and best ale. Beers don't need to include labels, although the entrant with the most creative label will take home a valuable prize. The event also includes a Samuel Adams beer and cheese pairing and raffles for beer themed prizes. We will be passing out the beer evaluation sheets with judges comments to all participating homebrewers on the day of the event. The Boston Beer Company has also told us they will tapping something unique at the Binny's South Loop bar for the event. Call (312) 768-4400 or email for more information.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 2011 Blue Chip Brewfest
Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr., Michigan City, IN (219) 879-7711
The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino plays host to the first annual Blue Chip Brewfest, where top microbreweries from around the nation will gather to showcase the unique flavors of their different brews. You'll get a chance to sample from the breweries of Samuel Adams, Goose Island, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, New Holland, Upland and many, many more. Tickets are on sale now at or you can visit the Blue Chip Gift Box! Tickets: $30 per person includes souvenir glass VIP Tickets: $50 per person includes Brewmaster Presentation at 12:00 noon, lanyard, t-shirt, bottle opener and souvenir glass.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Staff Top Beer Picks Open House
Binny's, 7330 W. North Ave. Elmwood Park, IL (708) 456-2112
Celebrate Craft Beer Month with Binny's!! Stop by and sample a variety of beers that have been hand picked by our staff. Call, or email for more information.

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Bell's Afternoon Tasting
The Paramount Room, 415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (312) 829-6300
Price: $15. We will be tasting out some Bell's specialty and year round beers at this event, including Smoked Vienna Lager, Hell Hath No Fury, Two Hearted, Amber Ale, Oarsman and Oberon! There will also be some finger foods to nosh on during the tasting, just to hold you over til dinner.

4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tinley Park Brew & Vine Festival
Tinley Park Convention Center (Holiday Inn), 18501 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL (708) 532-5700
$20 advance, $25 door. Ticket gets you a commemorative Beer Glass, 8 Tasting Tickets (Extras are $1 per), Live Entertainment and Free Parking.
Beer Vendors: Granite City, Galena Brewing Co., Flossmoor Station, BrickStone, Harrison's Restaurant & Brewery, Rock Bottom Orland Park, Hamburger Mary's, Limestone Brewery.
WINE VENDORS Cooper's Hawk Winery, Prairie State Winery, P.R.P. Wine, Inc. International, Aged 2 Perfection, Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery
FOOD VENDORS Casto's Ristorante, Creative Cakes, Ed N Joe's Restaurant and Pizzeria, Jenny's Steakhouse, Polonia Catering, Stamper Cheese Company, Etalaya's Exotic Mandel Broit & Ethereal Boutique, Salina's Catering, Pasta & Pizza Taj Mahal, Jersey Mike's Subs.

7:00 p.m. Drinking & Writing Christmas Show in April
Drinking & Writing Theater @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL
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. Through April 23, 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.

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