Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend, June 17-19

Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend, June 17-19

Friday, June 17

American Dream IPA tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
American Dream IPA will be available.

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Chi-town Throw Down
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Join us before & during the Cubs vs. Yankees as we put 3 of our favorite beers against 3 New York beers. We will be hanging with brewery reps and raffling off prizes.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Sampling at Berkot's Super Foods Mokena
Berkot's Super Foods Mokena, 20005 Wolf Rd., Mokena, IL
Goose Island's Matilda, Sofie and Pepe Nero will be sampled.

3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Beer Tasting at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Tasting out Wild Onion Brewing of Lake Barrington. Also, Goose Island Matilde, Sofie and Pepe at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. Crown Brewing Birthday Party
Crown Brewing, LLC, 211 S. East St., Crown Point, IN (219) 663-4545
There will be live music from The Oracles, the release of the Dunkel Weizen Bock and specials. Starting at 5:00 p.m., we will be handing out an empty growler and a raffle ticket to the first 100 people at our birthday party. We will then raffle off 20 prizes around 8:00 p.m.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Fathers Day Beer & Wine Open House
Binny's, 12307 S. Route 59 Plainfield, IL (815) 436-9300
Bring Dad in and find out if he prefers beer or wine? He can sample both at this tasting! Domestic, Imports and artisanal beers will be tasted, along side many great red and white wines from various regions. Receive 10% OFF wines and beers presented. Reservations requested. Call, or email plainfield@binnys.com for more information.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Schlenkerla Marzen Wooden Cask Tapping
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Our love for Bamberg, Germany's Brauerei Heller-Trum and their Schlenkerla smoked beers knows no bounds. We've arranged a special treat for all of you smoked beer fans out there: A wooden gravity-fed cask of Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen! Bamberg's original speciality beer, this is a dark, bottom fermented rauchbier, brewed with copious amounts of Schlenkerla's house smoked malt and lagered in ancient caves deep underground. We will tap this beer according to Franconian tradition, directly from the gravity-fed oakwood cask. This wooden cask will be tapped on the bar in our pub room just after 6PM. The smoked elixir inside will be available to all guests (21 & over), seated in both in the pub and dining room, while supplies last.
Available: From Traditional Wooden Gravity-Fed Cask: Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen. In Bottles: Aecht Schlenkerla Weizen Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lager, Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen, Aecht Schlenkerla Ur-Bock, Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche "Oak-Smoke" Doppelbock.

Saturday, June 18

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Schaefer's 75th Anniversary Tent Party
Schaefer's Wines, Foods and Spirits, 9965 Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL (847) 677-9463
Schaefer's Wines, Foods and Spirits formally celebrates its 75th anniversary with a tent party and summer wine sale kickoff. This event will showcase an extensive tasting of wines as well as Midwest craft beers and artisan cheeses. Over 75 products will be dramatically reduced in price. Also enjoy free hot dogs, root beer and the introduction of Schaefer's Raspberry Cabernet Sorbet made by Homer's Ice Cream. There will be music, a beer truck and fun 75th anniversary giveaways. There will be a beer truck and music under the tent. Featured vendors include: Great Lakes Brewing (OH), New Belgium Brewing (CO), Metropolitan Brewing (Chicago), Founders and New Holland Brewing (MI), Homer's Ice Cream (Wilmette), Milton Farms (IA), Longbranch (Wilmette), Capriole (IN), Leon's hot Dogs (Chicago), Prairie Fruits Farm (Champaign, IL), Frisian Farms (IA), Crave Brothers (WI), Carr Valley Cheese (WI), and Bigfats hot sauces (Niles). This doesn't even touch on the wine tables we'll have set up around the store.

Noon - 11:00 p.m. Hop Juice Festival
Two Brothers Brewing Company, 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville, IL
Join us for a day full of great beer, great food and great bands. Food Turkey legs, nachos, brats, corn on the cob, veggie corn dogs, veggie patties, and fish tacos. Thanks to the generosity of our brewing friends, we have compiled the biggest and best guest beer list ever. Two Brothers Brewing Company is excited to be working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Minnesota to grant a wish within the brewing community. Four year old Emma's wish is to meet the Disney princess. Through fundraising, sponsorships, and your help we will be granting her wish the day of the festival. This slightly more aggressive dark version of our classic Hop Juice Double IPA will be available in extremely limited amounts. See this article for more information.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Wines for Dad Open House
Binny's, 4610 W. Elm St., McHenry, IL (815) 385-3200
Sample wines and beers just made for the grill! We will also have a selection of imported beers, from cutting edge to old favorites. Call, or email mchenry@binnys.com for more information.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 2nd Annual Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival
Bayshore Town Center - Town Square, 5800 Bayshore Drive, Glendale, WI
It's the premiere All-Wisconsin craft beer and tasting festival, with more than 100 unique beers from 30 participating craft breweries located throughout the state. Treat Dad to a Father's Day weekend immersed in beer traditions -  meet and converse with craft brewers, and enjoy the finest craft beers Wisconsin has to offer and delectable food pairings to match. Tickets are $40, and $45 on the day of the event, and include event admission, a souvenir beer glass, unlimited beer sampling, and complimentary food pairings from more than a dozen area restaurants. Each brewery has been paired with a local chef to create a unique tasting portion designed to complement the craft beer. Tickets are available for purchase online by visiting wisconsinbeerloversfest.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at Bayshore Town Center and Sprecher Brewery in Glendale, and the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild in Madison.
Breweries - Ale Asylum, Angry Minnow, Bull Falls, Capital Brewery, Central Waters, Chameleon, Delafield Brewhaus, Fox River, Great Dane Pub & Brewery - Madison, Grumpy Troll, Hinterland, Lake Louie, Lakefront, Milwaukee Ale House, Minocqua, New Glarus, Northwoods, O'so, Pearl Street, Potosi, Rock Bottom Milwaukee, Rowland's Calumet Brewing, Sand Creek, Silver Creek, South Shore, Sprecher, Stevens Point, Stone Cellar, Titletown, Tyranena, Vintage, and Woodman Brewery.
The Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival is sponsored by the City of Glendale in partnership with the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild and Draft Magazine. Follow @draftmag and @WIBeerFestival on Twitter for ticket giveaways and specials!

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Goose Island Beer Sampling at Berkot's Super Foods New Lenox
Berkot's Super Foods, 2141 Calistoga Dr. New Lenox, IL
Goose Island's Matilda, Sofie and Pepe Nero will be sampled.

2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Beer Tasting at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors
, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Samples the beers of Mendocino Brewing.

3:00 - 11:00 p.m. Founders Fest 2011
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI
Our street party: The 4th Annual Founders Fest is our biggest party of the year and features multiple local, regional and national live bands and entertainers, local food vendors, local arts and crafts, and plenty of Founders beer. Ages 21+. A variety of local, regional entertainment will rock this year's Founders Fest, with nationally-recognized Galactic of New Orleans as the event's headliner. Other performers include former Jerry Garcia Band Organist Melvin Seals performing with Terrapin Flyer, Chicago's own Grateful Dead tribute; Michigan's favorite global groovers The Ragbirds, Boston's own Rubblebucket; Lansing, MI based Americana group Steppin' In It, and Grand Rapids' own AB & Coconut Brown. Local DJ Spydre Murphy, and a super-group of Founders Employees return as the FBC ALL-STARS round out the entertainment line-up.

Some new info as of Thursday evening about tickets:

  1. Advanced ONLINE ticket sales have ended.
  2. Advanced IN PERSON tickets will be available through the end of day Friday at both our Taproom and our Company Store ($15).
  3. All remaining tickets will be sold at full price ($20), on Saturday, AFTER the event begins at 3pm.

The event is limited to ages 21 and older.

3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Lagunitas Beer Tasting
Paramount Room, 415 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (312) 829-6300
$20 admission

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Whole Foods - Ashland Ave. Beer Fest
Whole Foods-Lakeview, 3300 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 244-4200
It's all things beer at the 3rd annual Beerfest. Come sip old favorites and new brews, along with snacks, a home brew-kit sweepstakes and a special paired tasting in the Lifestyle Center. Check-in is required, please be sure to bring a valid ID.

Sunday, June 19

Menu Highlights and Beer Pairings for Father's Day at Bistronomic
Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago (312) 944-8400
For Father's Day, Bistronomic will highlight several dad-friendly menu items with suggested beer pairings, including Braised Lamb Shoulder ($19), Flat Iron Steak ($24) and Glazed Short Rib ($25). To complement these items, guests are encouraged to try Trumer Pils ($6), Duvel ($9) and local Chicago beer Goose Island "Sofie" ($8). Dads can also enjoy outdoor dining on the canopied sidewalk patio with capacity for 30 guests, weather permitting.

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