Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend: May 6-8

Friday, May 6

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Lucky Monk First Friday Social
The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
The Lucky Monk's First Friday Happy Hour event features live entertainment and cocktail specials including $5 Grey Goose, $4 House Micro Brews, $3 Miller Lite and a complimentary appetizer buffet that changes monthly and includes spice wings, flatbreads, pretzels and much more.

6:00 - 8:30 p.m. New Release beer tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 790 Royal St. George, Cress Creek Square Shopping Ctr, Naperville, IL (630) 717-0100
Taste many of the best newly released beers. $10 with Binny's Card / $15 nonmembers. Appetizers by Braconi's of Naperville. Call, or email naperville@binnys.com for more information.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Belgian Bottle Shock
Binny's Beverage Depot, 1919 Skokie Valley Hwy., Highland Park, IL (847) 831-5400
In this seminar, America's best will square off against Belgian classics in this blind beer tasting. Vote for your favorites and discover hidden gems. Space is extremely limited and reservations are required. $10 W/Binny's Card / $15 non-members. Call, or email highlandpark@binnys.com for more information.

Saturday, May 7


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9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Big Brew Day 2011
The Livery, 190 5th Street, Benton Harbor, MI (269) 925-8760
Like beer? Like making beer? Like drinking beer? 'Big Brew Day' is your event! Ever wanted to learn how to brew your own beer? We'll have homebrewing demonstrations from 9:00 - 4:00 plus our own 40 by 80 ft. tent (i.e. 'Rain or Shine'). Are you a home brewer? Come brew with us! Be apart of the camaraderie, bring your best brew. Home brew competition: BJCP styles: 8B, 12B, 16A. Best of show will get the chance to brew their winning beer on the Livery's brew system! Do you enjoy craft beer? Come sample many different beer styles by home brewers! We'll also have live entertainment from noon 'til 8:00 & food will be available.

Big Brew Day is sponsored by the American Homebrewers Association. AHA members around the country will be invited friends and the brew-curious to witness and take part in brewing sessions. For a complete list of other Big Brew Day events in this area, check the Big Brew Day home page

11:30 a.m. Durty Nellie's Beer Fest
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL (847) 358-9150
Over 90 hand crafted brews! Souvenir pint glass! Live entertainment featuring Jim and Justin from Modern Day Romeos! $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Right next to the Palatine Train Station.

12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m. The Drinking & Writing Festival: Haymarket
Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL
Tickets on sale now at www.brownpapertickets.com. First 100 ticket buyers get a rare taste of Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)!
The 7th Annual Drinking & Writing Festival celebrates the Haymarket Riot's 125th Anniversary. How fitting since the new Drinking & Writing Theater is situated in the new Haymarket Pub & Brewery right near the location of the Haymarket Riot.
Here is a rundown on the day:
12:00 p.m. Doors Open
1:00 p.m. "The Haymarket Riot" Bill Savage
2:00 p.m. "Save Illinois Beer" Pete Crowley, Haymarket Co-Founder and Brewmaster
3:00 p.m. The Western Avenue Project (a 25 documentary on Western Avenue and its bars made by Drinking & Writing)
4:00 The Drinking & Writing Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drinking & Writing presented posthumously to Studs Terkel
5:00 The 2 Drink Minimum Writing Contest
6:00 p.m. The End...but stay and drink if you dare
And then there is the BEER... Amazing homebrewed beer by HOPS! (Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside Homebrew Club).
AND... Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Three Floyds and Founders Tasting featuring over 20 beers:
10 of Haymarket Pub & Brewery's beers including but not limited to:
Mother Jones Dubbel, Mathias Imperial I.P.A., Comeback & Guzzle Spiced Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Founders:
Nemesis 2010, Double Trouble, Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon, KBS (first 100 ticket buyers) and more!
Three Floyds:
Dreadnaught, Black Sun Stout, Rabid Rabbit, Arctic Panzer Wolf and Topless Whytch Baltic Porter

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Going Against the Grain: New Belgium Sponsored DIY Fair
ReBuilding Exchange, 2160 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
"Going Against the Grain: A DIY Fair for Enthusiasts" will bring together Chicagoland's homebrewing, beekeeping, chicken-keeping, weatherization, gardening, composting, bicycling and other enthusiasts to share their knowledge with others at this family-friendly fair benefiting the non-profit ReBuilding Exchange. This event is hosted by the Delta Emerging Leaders, an auxiliary board of Delta Institute and ReBuilding Exchange that engages young professionals interested in sustainability issues. Enter through the parking lot entrance on Webster Avenue. Attendance is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested. Beverages from New Belgium Brewery will be available for $3.
WHY: Many Chicagoans "go against the grain" with non-traditional ways of creating their own foods, drinks, fertilizers, and transportation sources. Many more Chicagoans want to learn how.This fair connects experienced DIYers willing to share their knowledge with those thirsty for it - all to benefit a new sustainable business in the Bucktown / Wicker Park neighborhood.

Coming Next Week: Chicago Craft Beer Week, and Tribes Ultimate Beer Bout IV.

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