Beeronaut's half-a-weekend calendar, March 31 to April 1

So what's happening with this column? Marvel Comics in the 1970s would often slip in a reprint, blaming the "Dreaded Deadline Doom." I can't very well repeat a calendar, so here's a few highlights, while I try to deal with a very loaded schedule of my own.

Saturday March 31

11:00 a.m. Meet and Greet With Greg Koch
Binny's Lincoln Park, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Co. will be hanging out at Binny's in Lincoln Park. The Stone Brewing Co. founder will be signing bottles,and according to our beer manager Adam at Lincoln Park, “making Greg faces.” Greg will be bringing some Archive brews with him that will be available for purchase and signing, such as 2008 Imperial Russian Stout and 2009 Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale.

11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Solidarity! Celebrating Hardcore Beer in Chicago
Timothy O'Toole's, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700, and 5572 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL (847) 249-0800
Timothy O'Toole's in Chicago and Gurnee host Solidarity! Stone Brewing Co. has been in Chicago for 2 years and this event marks the anniversary celebration. Both bars are featuring over 50 taps of core and rare beers from Stone, Dogfish Head, Victory, Two Brothers, Half Acre, Three Floyds, Great Lakes, and New Belgium. CEO and Co-Founder of Stone Brewing Co., Greg Koch, will be in attendance to celebrate the hardcore of craft beer in the Windy City. Tickets are now on sale at Ticket packages are: $15 - Venue Package - One Location - 5 samples, Commemorative Glass - limited availability; gratuity not included. $50 Hardcore Package - Charter Bus Transportation to and from both locations , Glass, Buffet and 10 samples - limited availability; gratuity not included Check out for more information and complete tap list.

1:00 - 9:00 p.m. Chicago Beer Festival
Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., Chicago
For details and tickets, link here.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Three Floyds' Explosion at Brixie's
Brixie’s Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Join us as Brixie’s celebrates our 78th anniversary by putting on tap as many Three Floyds beers we can get our hands on. Right now the list is at 15 and counting. Beers include: Infinitas Attero, Jinx Proof, Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker, Ham on Rye, Stygian Darkness, ZombieDust, Brian Boru, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Dreadnaught, Gumballhead, Robert the Bruce, Alpha King, Topless Wytch, Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn, Mikkeller / Three Floyds Boogoop... and hopefully more

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. • GOD vs. Hall & Oates
Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago
"GOD vs. Hall & Oates" pits the Creator of everything against the most successful musical duo of all time. It is sin versus the existence of no sin. It is the Good Book against "She's Gone" and "Maneater." God has His book and now Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda have written the opposing view. Why Hall & Oates? Many reasons, including the seven platinum albums, the sinful lyrics, and Daryl Hall's dabbling in Thelema in his early days of fame. Thelema is the religion/philosophy founded by writer and magician Aleister Crowley, ("Mr. Crowley" from Black Sabbath fame) based upon the edict, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." Benjamin and Mosqueda will present their arguments and maybe even channel Hall & Oates to help bring down the myth of the seven deadly sins...or at least make them less deadly. And, of course, God will have her say. In true Drinking & Writing fashion, literature and alcohol will be a large part of the process. The fight will be backed up by literary references from the Bible to Chaucer to Jim Morrison to Chicago's very own Dan Savage, author of "Skipping Towards Gomorrah." The show also features Carolyn Shoemaker from Trap Door Theatre and Drinking & Writing's hit Christmas show "A Beer Carol". Tickets at Facebook info

Sunday, April 1

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Beer Collectibles - Buy/Sell/Trade Show
Elk Grove Village VFW Hall, 400 E. Devon Ave. - Elk Grove Village, IL
The Chicagoland Breweriana Society hosts a beer collectibles show. All types of breweriana will be on display: Beer Cans, Bottles, Glasses, Light-Up Signs, Coasters, Tap Knobs, Microbrewery Items. Open To The Public = Admission FREE. Bring your brewery items in for a free appraisal!

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