Beeronaut weekend events, August 5 to 7

Friday-Saturday, August 5-6

BackLot Brewfest 2011
Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688
Backlot Brewfest is back. Friday night features our rib eating contest and music by Betty Soul and Rubber . No charge before 6:00 p.m. Cover: $10.
Saturday, August 6th Rib Cookoff,Pig Roast...of course, special anniversary beer (Santa's Magic & Summer Ale), and lots more. Kid Friendly and free admission until 6:00 p.m.
Cover: $10. Live music all day: The Personnel, Almost Famous, Jim and Justin from MDR, Even Five.

Friday, August 5

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. International Beer Day at Monk's Pub
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
A worldwide celebration of beer! The purpose of IBD is threefold: 1) To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer. 2) To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer. 3) To bring the world together under the united banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day.

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Amager Bryghus Beer Tasting
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison St., Chicago
Come sample a wide variety of offerings from Amager of Denmark. We'll have the standard lineup: Hr. Frederiksen, Sundby Stout, and Fru Frederiksen. A few rotating beers: Rugporter, Batch One and  Imperial Stout. The summer seasonal: Summer Fusion, and some vintage and/or rare barrel-aged offerings.

5:30 - 10:30 p.m. Blues, Brew & Burger Fest
Bliss Wine & Gifts, 201 S. Main St., Wauconda, IL (847) 526-7133
Join us for the 2nd Annual Blues, Brew & Burger Fest featuring Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners! Great brews, great burgers (wine too)! Brought to you by Bliss Wine & Gifts and Bulldogs Grill.

Saturday, August 6

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Beerapalooza! Brewery Tour/Pub Crawl
Reggie's, Maria's, Three Aces, and Skylark
Cost: $20 includes bus and food, drinks are separate. Why sweat it out at Lollapalooza? Join in a pub crawl with amazing special beer tappings along the way. Here's the schedule for the day -
11:00 a.m.: Brunch Starts @ Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State St., Chicago.
Noon: 3 Floyds tapped at Reggies (Beer TBA).
1:00 p.m.: Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale Stone/Green Flash/Pizza Port Collaboration tapped at Reggie's
1:30 Bus to Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W 31st St.
2:00 p.m.: Founders Blushing Monk tapped at Maria's
3:00 p.m.: Uinta Labrynth tapped at Maria's
3:15 p.m.: Bus to 3 Aces, 1321 W.Taylor St.
3:30 p.m.: Goose Island Minx tapped at 3 Aces: Belgian Style Imperial IPA. ABV 9.5%
4:30 p.m.: Dogfish Head tapped at 3 Aces TBA (Beer TBA).
4:45 p.m.: Bus to Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted St.
5:00 p.m.: Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger at Skylark
6:00 p.m.: Lagunitas Maximus tapped at Skylark
6:15 p.m.: Bus to Reggie's. Special Beer List: Green Flash/Pizza Port Carlsbad, Founders Imperial Stout, Founders Old Curmudgeon. Food from Man B Que along the way. Check for tickets here.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Thirst Quenching Beers for the Heat of Summer
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Long, hot days mean you need an ice cold house beer waiting for you in the cool recess of your fridge. Taste some well-chilled winners at Dobby's.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Wheaton Ale Fest
In Front of The Bank Restaurant & Bar, Front Street, Wheaton, IL
Sample From Over 100 Brews by over 40 local and national brewers. Great Eats Available for Purchase. Live Music. Guest Beer Tent, Vote for your Favorite Illinois Beer, Home Brew from Urban Knaves of Grain.
Click here for Tickets: All-Star – General Admission $40, Includes Sampling Pint Glass, Unlimited Sampling.  Limited to 2000 attendees.
VIP (SOLD OUT) – $65: 1-Hour early admission, VIP T-shirt, Sampling Glass, Sausage and Cheese Sampling, Sampling of Rare and Limited Beers, Limited to 200 attendees.
Designated Driver – $15: Includes Sampling Glass, Unlimited soda and water. Must be purchased with a GA or VIP ticket. Contact: Michael Burke at The Bank for info

2:00 p.m. Haymarket's First Barrel Aged Beer Tapping
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Haymarket's first barrel aged beer is finally here. Indignant has been aging in 8 year old Woodford Reserve barrels, and now it's ready for prime time. Available on draft, in growlers, and limited bottles.

4:00 p.m. Tommy Nevin's BBQ Bash
Tommy Nevin's, 1454 Sherman Avenue Evanston, IL (847) 869-0450
Cost: $10. Join Goose Island at Tommy Nevin's in Evanston for a BBQ Bash. Enjoy Goose Island drink specials and delicious BBQ! Raffle Prizes include a Weber Propane Grill. Live music from Rock and Roll Band "Strange Brew" starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 7

Sunday Movie Night
Jack's Bar & Grill, 2856 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 404-8400
Every Sunday we have our Movies on the Patio from May 29th to Sept 4th. Complimentary popcorn and 8 flat screens. 8/7 Theme: John Candy Movies. Uncle Buck and The Great Outdoors.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sundays with LUSH: Dog Days of Summer Beers
Lush Wine and Spirits, University Village, 1257 S. HalstedSt., Chicago (312) 738-1900
Each Sunday from 2 - 5 pm, Lush will have focused tastings guided by friendly wine or beer 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. Sign up online at the Lush website.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday Goose Club
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Join Green City Market’s Junior Board and Pub Brewmaster, Jared Rouben, on Sundays as Jared showcases his weekly Farmer’s Market Series beerfeaturing a new ingredient and farm from Green City Market. Check out the Junior Board's Goose Club Facebook event to see which beer will be premiering this Sunday.

7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. A Sustainable Reality Kickstarter Party 2.0
The New Chicago Brewing Company, 1400 W. 46th Street (Between Racine and Ashland), Chicago
Bands, Beer, Food and Fun Within a Sustainable Microbrewery!  Tickets $30 through
Over the course of the summer we have been hosting an online fundraiser via Kickstarter in order to generate funds for our web series, and documentary "A Sustainable Reality: Redefining Roots." Little did we know how hard fundraising truly is. In order to reach our goal of $11,000 by midnight (central time) on August 12th we are hosting one final Kickstarter bonanza at The New Chicago Brewing Company. This is the soon to be sustainable brewery that operates within The Plant in the Back of the Yards on the south side of Chicago. Jesse and Samuel Evans are gracious enough to let us host this event in their incredible new home for Chicago Ales. We will be providing live entertainment all evening long via a large eclectic ensemble of local bands and artists. Ice cold beer, fine wine, and delicious foods will be served all night, complimentary with ticket purchase. Please help support local film makers by purchasing a ticket today! To view more info about our project, or to sign up for our newsletter please visit

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