Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend: May 13-15

Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend: May 13-15

Just a quick breather before the fun and frolic that is Chicago Craft Beer Week:

Friday, May 13

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Point Brewing Co. tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison St., Chicago (773) 525-1916
Tony Scony will be here to sample out CANS of Point's delicious Wisconsin beer
including the current seasonal... Nude Beach!

6:30 p.m. Wildfire-Lincolnshire Great Lakes Beer Dinner
Wildfire Lincolnshire, 235 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire, IL (847) 279-7900
Great Lakes' Kevin Hack, Guest Speaker. $45.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity) RSVP to: Brad Wermager, Wildfire Wine & Spirits Director at (773) 398-6960.

  • Reception: Homemade Bratwurst Kolache, rich European pastry, mustard poppy seed aioli. Eliot Ness
  • First Course: Blue Crab Ceviche, salt chips, Spanish marcona almonds. Holy Moses White Ale
  • Second Course: Cocoa Rubbed Rack of Lamb, Italian sweet pepper risotto, broiled asparagus. Edmund Fitzgerald
  • Third Course: Herb Crusted Bacon Steak, crispy pork belly, sweet potato hash. Burning River
  • Dessert: French Chocolate Cheesecake, espresso mousse. Commodore Perry

Paul Guerrero, Chef & Luis Trujillo, Executive Chef.

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

Saturday, May 14

12:00 p.m. Ultimate Beer Bout V (Sold Out)
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Lagunitas and Two Brothers in a five Round Tasting Event. Hey, I haven't been to attend one of these yet, either. Be that as it may, Niall Freyne reports: "While both are excellent breweries, We feel the beer chosen by the reps is not in keeping with the high standards of beer we believe makes our event special. So we have decided to run our own event with beer personally chosen by Niall and his team. The format will be slightly modified, but the beer will be outstanding and continue to represent what has become one of the best events in the local craft beer arena." Now, I love the many 2Bros beers I've tried, but it would be hard to match them to Lagunitas' typically uberhoppy West Coast brews. I hope this strategy makes it more of a contest.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. It's Time to Taste Beer
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
By mid-May, even confirmed wine drinkers begin to feel a yearning for beer. The thirst from a warm day's work in the the yard or a brisk round of golf is often quenched by really cold beer. In warmer weather our beer experts will steer you toward a lighter, crisper style of beer.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Staff Selection Wine and Beer Tastings
Binny's Beverage Depot, 124 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL (847) 459-2200
Our thirsty staff has scoured the wine world to uncover exceptional values, ranging from $7 to $70. We will revisit perennial favorites, but also expand your wine horizons and find diamonds in the rough. In addition, taste some of our favorite beers. Finally, sample a series of wines to taste blind. $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call, or email for more information.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Ultimate Summer of Beer
Malloy's Finest Wine & Spirits, 1175 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 357-7000
Summer is right around that corner and itis time to kick off it off right and join us at Malloy's for a massive FREE beerfest! Over 70 beers will be popped open from Brooklyn, Two Brothers, Goose Island, Firestone Walker, Arcadia Ales, Boulevard and more! Mark the day and be ready for an overwhelming number of outstanding brews!

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Craft Week at Little Ricky's
Little Ricky's, 540 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL (847) 784-1444
Kick off American Craft Beer Week at Little Ricky's in Winnetka! Free tasting: Enjoy beers from Arcadia, Anchor, Breckenridge, Capital and Founders. Craft beer specials all week.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. A Celebration of Craft Beer at Naper Settlement
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL (630) 420-6010
Calling all beer enthusiasts, beginners and hard core geeks: get a "hop" on American Craft Beer Week as Naper Settlement debuts the first in a series of "Liquid History" events. Stroll the grounds munching appetizers and tasting craft beers from six exceptional breweries - Summit, Bell's, BridgePort, Rogue, Samuel Smith and Lindemans. Guests will have the unique opportunity to learn about each specialty beer and the story of the breweries directly from the representatives; plus the history of Naperville's Stenger Brewery. Must be age 21 and over to attend. Advance reservations recommended. Limited tickets at the door. Email Address: Ticket Price: $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

Sunday, May 15

Flights & Bites with John Freyer of Founders Brewing
The Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 360-8406
Flights of 5 Founders beers with 5 accompanying bites $30. Pairings: Cherry & Cheese/ Curmudgeon; Pulled Pork Corn Arepa / All day IPA; MBR smoked corn moonshine Citrus Scallop & Asparagus/Double Trouble; Oxtail Slider/ Imperial Stout Coffee; Cupcake/ Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 5 Rabbit & Metropolitan Meet & Greet
The Publican, 845 W. Fulton Market, Chicago (312) 733-9555
Beer tasting meet and greet with 5 Rabbit Cerveceria and Metropolitan Brewing. Beer will be available for purchase, we'll provide appetizers.

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