Archive for August 2011

Beeronaut's Labor Day weekend events

Beeronaut's Labor Day weekend events
Wow, the calendar really lightens up on the holidays. So let’s throw in Monday, Labor Day, to keep this at least as long as the rail with the ads.  Watch for more festivals next weekend! Friday, September 2 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors, Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen,... Read more »

The Midwest Brewers Festival 2011

Even from the shuttle buses, there's still a bit of a hike to the entrance.
Yes, I did get out to the Midwest Brewers Festival last Saturday in Plainfield. Missed a connection, and arrived after it was half way through, but, well, that’s my own fault. But I could see before I walked in that this little first-time event was being run much better than some beerfests that have been around for years. MWBF was co-organized by Steve Caton, principal at Limestone Brewing Co., and Dale Lewis owner of Finnegan’s Irish Pub, both in Plainfield. It took place along an empty stretch of DuPage River Shoreline that was a resort called Electric Park a century ago, and is organized as a fundraiser for The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, to hopefully turn it into a popular attraction once more. Because of the location, there was just enough room to park VIP ticket holders and brewers unloading kegs for pouring. But the MWBF folks had it all covered, designating the nearest parking available; quite a hike compared to shuttle buses from several locations, including the Rt. 59 Metra station, making it possible for some to attend without even driving. Overall, some 3,000 to 4,000 people braved the devastatingly perfect weather to walk along the river and try beer from nearly 60 brewers. I heard one attendee came up the river and tied his canoe wherever he could get ashore. Indeed, we saw a flotilla of canoes and inner tubes drifting by with coolers in evidence, although they may just have been having their usual weekend drift...

Beeronaut's events, August 29 to September 1

Beeronaut's events, August 29 to September 1
Monday, August 29 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Brewniversity Beer Dinner featuring Great Lakes Public House, 400 N. State St., Chicago (312) 265-1240 Spend a summer evening enjoying cold brews and delicious food. Don’t sweat which beer goes with which dish, let the experts handle that! Join us for Brewniversity Beer Dinners on the last Monday... Read more »
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Beeronaut's weekend events, August 26 to 28

Beeronaut's weekend events, August 26 to 28
Friday, August 26 GABF Pro-Am Tapping of Black Beaver Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021 Our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Pro Am entry is Black Beaver, the Best of Show Winner at the Brewers of South Suburbia's Chicago Beer Cup, brewed by Dustin Kirk and Dennis Nee. This German style Schwarz Bier is a smooth dark lager with some roasted notes and a clean dry finish. Hopefully it will continue with its award winning form in Denver. 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Bell's Sampling Evanston 1st Liquors, 1019 Davis St., Evanston, IL (847) 328-9651 Come sample some of the great Bell's beers. Chicago Bell's Rep, PJ Fischer, will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Binny's Downers Grove, 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 705-9463 Taste a variety of imported and domestic Oktoberfest beers specially selected for this tasting. Sample and stock up before it's too late! $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call, or email downersgrove@binnys.com for more information. Saturday, August 27 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bike The Breweries Pub Crawl Brew Camp, 2039 W Belle Plaine, Chicago (773) 857-2400 Currently Sold Out. Check the web site for a waiting list. Join TeamPete and Brew Camp homebrew supply store for a bike and beer tour of Chicago. We'll start at Brew Camp with a lesson on beer: the ingredients, how it's made, and notes on tasting. Then we're off to Back of the Yards, where we'll tour The Plant, a vertical farm and the home of the New Chicago Brewing Company. Post-tour, we'll ride to Haymarket Pub and Brewery for lunch and beer, and conclude at a beer bar for a few more brews. Price: $20 Includes: The trip, the tours, and beer samples Does not include: Lunch and drinks Start Time: 10:00 a.m. End Time: 4:00 p.m. (feel free to leave early or stay late!) Distance: 20-25 miles, with several lengthy stops. Pace: Leisurely. Bike Experience: Must be comfortable riding in the city. Beer Experience: Must love it, or at least be willing to try it. Info and Paypal ticket link at brewcamp.com 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. Midwest Brewers Festival Plainfield Riverfront Park, Plainfield, IL This is the inaugural year for the Midwest Brewers Festival. Over 60 brewpubs and microbreweries from the Midwest will descend upon the beautiful 80 acre Riverfront Park overlooking the Du Page River in Plainfield, Illinois to serve and enjoy great beer and great food with American Craft Beer lovers from all around the Midwest. Info at the above link, on Facebook, or see my article here...

Plainfield hosts first Midwest Brewers Festival August 27

Plainfield hosts first Midwest Brewers Festival August 27
The village of Plainfield has come into its own as a craft beer destination within the past few years. There’s Limestone Brewing Company, north of town on Rt. 59, which opened its doors late in 2009. About the same time, Finnegan’s Irish Pub downtown reinvented itself as a craft beer and foodie destination. On August 27, Plainfield and environs will see more of the local craft beer scene as Limestone, Finnegan’s, Two Brothers Brewing, and an army of local volunteers presents the first Midwest Brewers Fest at the Plainfield Riverfront, south of Lockport St. on the west bank of the DuPage River. 
The MWBF is a fundraiser for the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, dedicated to redeveloping the Riverfront as an attraction and a showcase of sustainable use. The area had once been the site of Electric Park, a vacation resort built by the trolley companies to which they brought summer tourists from throughout the Chicago region in the early 1900’s. As the trolley service died out, Electric Park fell into disrepair, and its last remnants were destroyed in the tornado of August 28, 1990. In 2007, Plainfield Village and its Park District adopted a plan for developing a two-mile stretch of the river through downtown. As with other riverfront towns like Naperville, the plan hopes to build the DuPage River as a resource and an attraction for private and public development. The Riverfront Foundation was founded in 2009 to shepherd outreach and fundraising to implement the Master Plan.
 The area was already hosted the River Days Festival, and further volunteer cleanup has been going on throughout the summer to prepare for the MWBF, simply to clear space for the fest...

Craft Beer Review-Preview: Lunar-Blue Cat Black Zemon

Today only, I get to tell you about a buzz-worthy local beer before it hits the taps in Chicago. Technically, I was trying Finch’s Golden Wing right off the canning line last week, but that’s another story. This beer is a collaboration between LunaR Brewing Co. of west suburban Villa Park, and Blue Cat Brew... Read more »
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Beeronaut Chicago events, August 22 to 25

Monday, August 22 7:00 p.m. Kirsch and Blücher DunkelWeiss tapping Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW This week’s tapping is a collaboration we did with City Provisions. It is a Dunkel Weiss to which we added 100 lbs of fresh Michigan Cherries to the mash. Cleetus, the head chef/proprietor... Read more »

Minhas is brewer for Frank Thomas Big Hurt Beer

Minhas is brewer for Frank Thomas Big Hurt Beer
Two short weeks ago we heard the news that there would be a new beer to carry the likeness of future Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas. Regular news outlets were content to just print the press release claiming this Big Hurt Beer would be “light and crisp” and would yet pack 7% alcohol by volume. But here... Read more »

Beeronaut's Chicago weekend, August 19 to 21

Beeronaut's Chicago weekend, August 19 to 21
Missed the Great Taste? Fuhgeddaboutit! This weekend and next, we get a few manageable beer fests of our own! Through August 31 IPA Fest 2011 Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730 Join us as we celebrate the American IPA. We’ve tapped 12 more IPAs on August 17th: GROUP THREE – East Coast:... Read more »
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Visiting Q-BBQ in LaGrange

Visiting Q-BBQ in LaGrange
My family and I got to have dinner at Q-BBQ, an eatery just south of Ogden Avenue at 70 S. LaGrange Road. We had visited downtown LaGrange before, and been impressed with its assortment of local shops and restaurants. Almost by design, the chain places like Chipotle, Noodles & Co. are all clustered around Ogden... Read more »
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