Beeronaut's Chicago beer weekend: June 3-5

Beer buddies, it's been a busy week here at the Beernoaut's launch pad, what with having to locate something called a "job." So updates are running a tad behind.

Through Sunday

Maifest Chicago
Lincoln Square (Lincoln & Leyland-4700 N), Chicago
Good Food, Dancing, Live Music, Entertainment and as always... German Gemütlichkeit!
The 12th annual Mayfest (Maifest in German) offers German food and beers from Hofbrauhaus Munich and Pabst Brewing Company, live entertainment, Maypole dancing and, as always, German Gemutlichkeit! Highlights include the "Rock the May Fest" preview party on Thursday, and a traditional keg tapping and May Queen crowning on Friday. Price: Free. Parking is available at St. Matthias Church, 2310 W. Ainslie, and MB Financial Bank, 4800 N. Western Ave. For more information, visit
Friday, June 3:
Main Tent: 6:00 p.m. Phenix. 8:00 p.m. Official opening ceremony, Traditional Keg Tapping & May Queen Crowning traditional keg tapping, and May Queen crowning. Auxiliary Tent: 5:00 p.m. The Polkaholics
Saturday, June 4:
Main Tent: 1:00 p.m. Phenix. 6:00 p.m. Paloma.
Auxiliary Tent: 1:00 p.m. Open Mic. 3:30 p.m. Dr. Zylo. 7:00 p.m. The Captain Blood Orchestra.
Sunday, June 5: Maipole Dance.
Main Tent: 1:00 p.m. Paloma.
Auxiliary Tent: 1:00 p.m. German/American Ethnic Program Featuring: Jesse White Tumblers, Rheinischer Verien Fanfaren & Amazonen, Donauschwaben, American Aid Society, DA Kinderchor, Schulplatler Verein, and more. 5:00 p.m. Dr. Zylo.

Friday - Saturday, June 3-4

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Tied House Film Festival
Drinking & Writing Theater and Chicago Filmmakers present the Tied House Film Festival
Friday Location: Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 North Clark St., Chicago.
Saturday Location: Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph Street (@ Halsted) Chicago.
5 minute films based on stages of intoxication! That's right! 5 minute films based on the 5 stages of intoxication: euphoria, excitement, confusion, stupor and coma! Chicago area filmakers have taken on this incredible task andare ready for your approval. FREE ADMISSION! Thanks to our partners for this event
Chicago Filmmakers, this promises to be a great evening of local art. Popcorn! Beer!

Chicago-based Drinking and Writing Theater has been exploring the connections between creativity and alcohol since 2002. They've successfully paired beer with theater, writing contests, a radio show, and an art festival, so why not film? The Tied House Film Festival will be the first ever film festival devoted to the art of drinking. New short films from local and regional filmmakers will be served, all loosely based on the five stages of intoxication. The films may not be about alcohol intoxication per se, but will explore the state of intoxication however personally defined. Visit our website to see the full line-up.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Shake the Quench Beer Tasting
Before You Go Liquors, 1917 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago (773) 789-0050
Summer's heat is just around the corner and there's nothing quite thirst quenching like an ice cold brew. Swing on in and try beers that fit the summer bill. We'll be sampling out some summer releases as well as year-round brews that we think are fit for the season. What to expect: Bell's Oberon, Two Brothers Dog Days, Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, Victory Summer Love, Allagash White, Goose Island Summertime & Sofie, Unibroue Ephemere, Founders Cerise ...and possibly a few more. We just might pull out some gems from the cellar to see if anyone catches them.

Saturday, June 4

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. California Dreamin' Wine and Beer Tastings
Binny's Beverage Depot, 124 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL (847) 459-2200
Explore the many facets of California and sample an array of exceptional wines and beers. The Golden State offers a huge range of grape varieties and a multitude of meso climates. We will also feature outstanding selections of the state's finest micro-brews. $5 w/Binny'sCard / $10 non-members. Call, or email for more information.

Sunday, June 5

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Brewmaster Dinner Series "Off The Grill" With Founder's
Limestone Brewing Co., 12337 S. Rte. 59, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Our next Brewmaster Dinner Series beer will be with Founders and each course will be prepared on the grill! The courses are as follows:
1st Course: Fillet Kabob ~ Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale
2nd Course: Grilled Romain Heart Salad ~ LBC's Old Chicago Amber Ale
3rd Course: Teriyaki Chicken ~ Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
4th Course: Barbecue Ribs ~ Founders Porter & LBC's IBA
5th Course: Blueberry Panini ~ Founders Cerise Cherry Fermented Ale.
As a bonus treat for everyone who attends, Founders will be providing a special, unreleased "Mystery Beer" that we will serve at the end of the dinner for those who are beer fans! Tickets are $50 and inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call the brewery to make your reservations!

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