Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend, June 24-26

Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend, June 24-26

Friday June 24

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Beer New Arrivals Open House
Binny's, 4610 W. Elm St., McHenry, IL (815) 385-3200
Sample some of the new arrivals from the first half of 2011. Boulevard, Uinta, Emmett's, Brooklyn, and Central Waters will be available as well as others! Stop in and taste whats new! Call, or email for more information.

Saturday, June 25

10:00 a.m. The Long March: Sox v. Nationals
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Revolution Brewing is conducting The Long March, an 8-mile walk to Sox Park. What better way to enjoy America's pastime than after a hearty ramble down Milwaukee and Halsted across our fine city?
Purchase a $60 E-Ticket and receive: Brunch Buffet at Revolution, including your first beer of the day, A Revolution Cap to show your solidarity during the March; pit stop at Haymarket Pub & Brewery including beer and appetizers, Bleacher ticket to see the Sox trounce the Washington Nationals (3:00 p.m.)
Beer and food at the Park are on you as is gratuity at the bars. It will be a day to remember for sure, so wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and remember to stay hydrated. Tickets are currently sold out, but if interested, call the brewery in case of cancellations, or direct questions to

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Binny's Summer Beer Tasting
Binny's Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin, IL (847) 458-2470
Taste an assortment of beers that go well with any summer occasion. Featured styles will include crisp IPAs and Pale Ales from across the United States as well as an assortment of easy-drinking American Wheats and Summer seasonals that will keep you refreshed on those hot summer days. $5 W/Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call, or email for more information.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Canned Craft Beer Open House
Binny's Beverage Depot, 1919 Skokie Valley Hwy., Highland Park, IL (847) 831-5400
Looking for a great beer to take camping, boating, or golfing? Don't want to sacrifice flavor? Canned craft beer is the answer! At this open house tasting we'll be pouring selections from local producers as well as great breweries nationwide. Call, or email for more information.

3:00 - 9:00 p.m. First Annual Summer Solstice Craft Beer & Wine Festival
Blarney Stone Pub, 15400 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, IL (708) 535-4800
Cost: $20 Pre-sale at their web site, $25 at Door. Includes: 10 Sample Tickets & 2 Food Tickets. Includes Beer By: 3 Floyds, Goose Island, Victory, Two Brothers, Great Lakes, Abita, Lagunitas, Crispin, Arcadia, Anchor, Allagash, Dogfish, Stone, Argus, Bell's, Left Hand, Founders, Metropolitan, New Holland, Smuttynose, Breckenridge, Bridgeport, and more. 12 Wineries to include Italian and local vinyards. Vote for what beers get to go on one of our 32 Rotating draft handles. Live Music From until 3 AM Must Be 21 or over to enter. This event is rain or shine. (And here's another long-established suburban bar that's getting into craft beers!)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Alphabeer V at Cactus Bar & Grill!
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells, Chicago (312) 922-8025
$40 in advance, $50 at the door. This is the only event that invites you to taste 26 beers - one for every letter of the alphabet! Only craft brews are sampled and the tasting is led by an expert who truly appreciates fine beer. It's a three hour tour of hops and barley and lagers and ales, and everything we taste is crafted by masters who are passionate about their beers. BONUS: Bring 5 friends and you get to go free! A table of 6 is only $200.
Here's what we'll be sampling: Allagash White, Bell's Two Hearted, Cerise (Founders), Dark Horse Amber, Ebulum Black (Heather Ales), Fat Tire (New Belgium), Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Iron Horse (Flossmoor Station), Efes Pilsner, Jever Pils, Krušovice Černe Dark, Lagunitas IPA, Metropolitan Krankshaft, Newcastle, O'Fallon Wheach, Pyramid HefeWeis, Quelque Chose (Unibroue), Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Southern Tier Trippel, Two Brothers Domain DuPage, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, Victoria, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weizen, XX Lager (Dos Equis), Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Zephyr (Lagunitas)
Your beer guide: Christopher Tourre is an artist, educator, self-proclaimed "social aggregator", and of course, beer lover and brewer. Tourre earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005 and an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. Tourre's art projects have engaged communities from raising chickens in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen to building furniture with torn down houses at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). In 2010, Tourre began a new project titled Public Brewery. The project's goal was to entwine communities, stories, personal narratives, and education through the creation and distribution of beer and soda-making. After brewing great beers for (and with) the public for over a year, Tourre decided he wanted to take the spirit of the project into the craft beer industry. In 2011, Tourre founded Arcade Brewery with friend and director of, Lance Curran. Arcade Brewery plans to be operational in the fall of 2012.

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Map Room Beer School
The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Chicago (773) 252-7636
Greg Browne, brewmaster at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, guides us through the nuances of beer and its appreciation. Students study several beers and learn exactly what they're tasting and the roles that the ingredients and the brewing process have in forming those aromas and flavors. Don't miss a great opportunity to enjoy fine beer, good company and expert tutelage. Price, $25 per person. Topic: Blind Tasting. We pour the beers downstairs and everyone - including Greg - has to guess the beer style and brand. It's a blast! Limit, 45 people. Price, $25 per person. Tickets went on sale on the Monday evening before beer school, first come-first serve until all tickets have been sold. You must have a ticket to attend Beer School. Call the Map Room for more information.

Sunday, June 26

12:00 - 7:00 p.m. Paint It, Then Eat It! Art Show!
Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043
Cigars And Stripes in beautiful Berwyn invites you to its very first art show! Experience Berwyn at its finest, through its local art, fine food, rockin' music, and of course, craft beers! Enjoy this outdoor event under our authentic Ringling Brothers tent! Here's the deal...
Walk around, Drink beer, and discover local art! There's plenty to look at, including live art displays all day long! This fine event is sponsored, in part, by our friends at Southern Tier! We got smoked chicken wings and homemade hot sauces. Cigars And Stripes was voted the "Best Wings" in SuburbaNites Magazine. Come on in, buy a cigar, check out our neighborhood, and remember, we are pet friendly!

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