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 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

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.

12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Chicago Heritage Craft Brewfest
Fifth Province Pub at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Chicago (773) 282-7035
Join us in the Fifth Province Pub for our first annual celebration of craft brews! We'll host local breweries for an open sampling of their best brews. Enjoy live music and food for purchase, made with some of the brews in their recipes, as you sample some of the finest craft brews around.
Featured breweries include Guinness, Heineken, Half Acre Brewing Company, the Chicago Beer Company, Samuel Adams, Batch 19, Leinenkugel, Blue Moon and Magic Hat.
The tasting runs from noon to 4pm and includes the tasting samples, live music with Machine Gun Mojo and LTD and food available for purchase. Stay all day for the tasting and enjoy a cash bar from 4pm-7pm.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. 21 and over, only. For tickets, follow this link or call 773-282-7035

1:00 p.m. City Provisions Farm Dinner
Heritage Prairie Farm & Apiary, Elburn, IL
City Provisions closes out the season out with a pretty special farm dinner. First, will tour the farm and greenhouses, then walk over to the Red Farm to tour the Apiary. Michael Killmer of Templeton Rye will greet you with a special honey rye cocktail, while Bronwyn Weaver of Heritage Prairie Farm gives you a quick overview of the apiary. Go into the apiary, then to the honey house where you will witness the harvesting of the 2011 City Provisions Vintage. At the farm dinner, Doug Hurst of Metropolitan Brewing will debut a collaboration with City Provisions, a "dunkel doppel rye bock" aged in a Templeton Rye. There will be the whiskey from said barrel, and Chef Cleetus will be breaking down the barrel and smoking a bunch of food for the dinner. Call it "three degrees of the barrel" at our dinner. Bus leaves at 1:00 p.m. from City Provisions, 1818 West Wilson, Chicago. $250 per person all inclusive. Check the link above for ticket availability, or call (773) 293-2489.

3:00 - 8:30 p.m. 2011 North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar & Food Festival
Brainerd Field, Just west of Milwaukee Ave. on Rt. 176, Libertyville, IL
(847) 722-8517 The field at Brainerd will be transformed into a fabulous outdoor festival featuring fine wines, craft beers, cigars, delicious food, live music and more. Live music from some of the area's finest musicians will provide entertainment throughout the festival. Local homebrewers will compete in the first ever Besley's Homebrew Competition. Beer sponsors include Mickey Finn's, Affligem, Bell's, Warsteiner, Summit, Rogue, Point, Goose Island, Half Acre, Gambrinus, and New Belgium. Purchase tickets at

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Bell's, BBQ and Bluegrass
Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Bell's will be taking over the taps in the beer garden and there will also be live Bluegrass music to keep you entertained. And as if this wasn't enough, Bell's sales rep. PJ Fischer will be refreshing his bar-tending skills in the outside bar, come and see if he still has it!

Sunday, August 28

Maple Tree's 2nd Annual BBQ Fest
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
$30 for all-you-can-eat barbecue, brews and bluegrass, with live music from the Leadfoot String Band. 26 craft beers on draught. Pair with Hickory Smoked Spareribs, BBQ Beef Brisket, BBQ Pulled Pork, Jumbo BBQ Chicken Legs, Fried Jambalaya Balls, Hand cut Cajun fries, Peanut Slaw, Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins, and Bred puddin' with Bourbon sauce.

12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Goose Island Clybourn's Belgian Fest 2011
Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave Chicago
Our annual Belgian Fest will have over a dozen area breweries and their brewers on hand, pouring their handcrafted Belgian ales. Breweries Attending: 5 Rabbit Brewery, Finch's Beer Co., Flossmoor Station, Destihl Brew Works, Granite City of Orland Park, Goose Island Clybourn, Goose Island Beer Co., Half Acre Beer Co., Haymarket Pub & Brewery, The Lucky Monk, Lunar Brewing Co., Revolution Brewing, Rock Bottom Chicago, Rock Bottom Warrenville, Rock Bottom Yorktown, Piece Brewery & Pizzeria, Two Brothers Brewing Co. Goose Island MBA
members have 11:00 a.m. access to the festival! TICKETS ON SALE HERE.  Proceeds from this event will go towards Growing Power, a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Big Beer Tasting
Doti Liquors’ Parking Lot, 104 E. Fullerton, Elmhurst, IL (630) 834-0025
75+ Beers in the Doti Liquors’ Parking Lot. Taste some new Oktoberfest releases as well as some familiar brews. Customer appreciation for our third year in a row! $5 gets you in and we will also have food and music to enjoy!

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