Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend: June 10-12

Friday, June 10

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Beers of Summer Open House
Binny's Beverage Depot, 1919 Skokie Valley Hwy., Highland Park, IL (847) 831-5400
Taste beers from the oldest brewery in the world, Weihenstephan. Sample thirst quenchers like Original Lager and Kristall Weiss, the seductively spicy Hefe Weiss, and the perfect summer nightcap, Vitus. Call, or email for more information.

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Belgian Tap Takeover
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
12 taps of Belgian excellentness at Monk's. This is going to be a good one.

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. New Holland Hatter Day 2011
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for New Holland Hatter Day 2011! Celebrating the 14th Anniversary of New Holland Brewing Company... Five Special Variations of Mad Hatter IPA Available on Draft! Hatter Flights Will Be Available Along With New Signature Cocktails Made with Hatter Royale Hopquila!
Available On Draft: New Holland Imperial Hatter, Black Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter,  Oak Aged Hatter, and Rye Hatter. All New Holland drafts available starting at 4:00 p.m. 'til they're gone!

6:10 - 11:30 p.m. Hatter Days Chicago!
A city wide celebration for the 14th anniversary of New Holland Brewing!! Establishments across the town will be tapping:

  • Black Hatter - Black IPA (new this year!)
  • Farmhouse Hatter - Belgian Style IPA (new this year!)
  • Oaked Hatter - IPA aged in Oak Barrels (new this year!)
  • Rye Hatter - IPA with some Rye (new this year!)
  • Mad Hatter IPA
  • Imperial Hatter - Imperial IPA

The tap take-over at the following locations includes the release of four new Hatters to the market this year, which will also be available in 22 oz. bottles soon. They are limited, single-batch brews and won't be around for long!
Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena - Chicago
Brownstone, 3937 N. Lincoln - Chicago
Cocktail, 3359 N. Halsted - Chicago
Fountainhead, 1968 W. Montrose - Chicago
Four Moon Tavern, 1847 Roscoe - Chicago
Haymarket, 737 W. Randolph - Chicago
Mrs. Murphy's Bistro, 3905 N Lincoln - Chicago
Publican, 837 W. Fulton - Chicago
Red Ivy, 3525 N. Clark - Chicago
Sheffields, 3258 N. Sheffield - Chicago
Small Bar, 2 W. Division - Chicago
Toons, 3857 N. Southport - Chicago
Whole Foods
, 1550 Kingsbury - Chicago
Wild Goose, 4265 N. Lincoln - Chicago
Prairie Moon, 1502 N Sherman - Evanston
Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave. Lisle
Tribes, 11220 W. Lincoln Highway - Mokena
Durty Nellies, 180 N. Smith St. - Palatine
Lunar Brewing Company, 54. E. St. Charles - Villa Park
Tap House Grills: 123 W Washington - Oswego, 6010 S. Cass - Westmont, 3341 Main Street - St. Charles

Saturday, June 11

11:00 a.m. Blokes & Birds Hatter Days Hangover Brunch
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
After a city wide celebration of 14 years in brewing, come to Blokes and Birds for the Hatter Days Hangover Brunch! Mad Hatter and Farmhouse Hatter on draft, plus Farmhouse Hatter Mimosas, Hatter Royale Hopqulia Bloody Marys, and Dutchess Citrus Screwdrivers. And an amazing brunch menu, with signature items like stuffed french toast, shrimp & grits, duck confit hash, fish & chips, prime rib, and steel cut oatmeal brûlée.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Summer Beer Tasting - Part 2
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Summer is the greatest season for beer! Picnics, barbecues and ballgames call for a cold beer. We'll have a good variety of our best recommendations for summer food compatibility and just plain thirst.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Teddy's Craft Beer Fest
Teddy's Liquors, 135 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 253-5336
Free beer tasting. Over 75 different Brews from all over the world. Mendocino, Two Brothers, Uinta Brewing, Emmett's, Weihenstephaner, Arcadia, Half Acre. Special Pricing Day of ONLY!!! Come Sample Local Restaurants, too.

5:00 p.m. Balmoral Park Brewhaha
Balmoral Park, 26435 S. Dixie Hwy., Crete, IL
$25 package includes 10 beer samples, 4 beer pints, food, and a raffle ticket. Single pint & sample tickets are also available. Live Music starts at 5:00 with Muddsharks, followed by the Shatners. Live Racing starts at 7:00 p.m.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mad Hatter Birthday Bash
New Holland Brewing, 66 E. 8th St., Holland, Michigan
Help us celebrate Mad Hatter's birthday - Alice in Wonderland style! The fun starts at 5:00 p.m. with a Beer and Cheese Smackdown followed by a Mixology Class. The Bike n' Bar will be available for rides, we will have a Photo booth in the house, complimentary Tea Party Snacks and Raffle Prizes throughout the evening. Music provided by DJ Snax from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. and we will feature a Mad Hatter birthday cake you will have to see to believe!!! The cake will be on display through the evening with a carving and toast at 10:06:00 p.m. There is no cover for this event, no minors allowed after 11:00 p.m.
The Beer and Cheese Smackdown will feature our reigning champion, brewer Little John vs. Mike Baptista - Creamery Manager - Zingerman's Creamery. Six different cheeses, 12 different beers- who will this year's winner be? You be the judge! The Smackdown is from 5-6:00 p.m. and is $10 per person. Seats are limited- stop by the pub to purchase your ticket today!
The Mixology Class is from 6:30-7:30 and is $5 per person. Join Spirits Ambassador Rich Blair for a Hatter Days Cocktail Seminar. This year we will feature classic summer cocktails, each recipe using fresh local ingredients. Stay cool all summer with refreshing local cocktails! Pick up your ticket at the pub today- seats are limited! We are excited to release four new Hatters to the market this year- Black Hatter, Oak Aged Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter, and Rye Hatter. In addition to on tap at the pub, all four Hatters will also be available in 22 oz. bottles. They are limited, single-batch brews and won't be around for long! Artist, Kyle Bice, will be in attendance signing copies of our new Hatter labels that he designed!
Hatters on tap at the pub: Mad Hatter Imperial Hatter, Rye Hatter, Oak Aged Mad Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter, Oak Aged Imperial Hatter, Black Hatter. This will be our 14th annual Hatter Day Celebration.

Sunday, June 12

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sundays with LUSH: Summer Beers
Lush Wine and Spirits, University Village, 1257 S. Halsted St., Chicago (312) 738-1900
Summer beer. Citrus. Hoppy. Sour. And crispy, chilly, oh so very refreshing. Craft brews all day long. Sunday Afternoons with Lush is our way of sharing our love of wine and beer, and thoroughly enjoying the last moments of the weekend. Each Sunday from 2 - 5 pm, Lush will have focused tastings guided by friendly geeks to help make you the practiced lush you esteem to be. These events are always complimentary. Feel free to bring your mother and anyone else who would appreciate exploring their Lush side.

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