Beeronaut weekend highlights, April 13 to 15

After a big news week, it's time to get back to the simple pleasures of finding a good beer in this town.

Friday, April 13

Sox Opening Day at Haymarket
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Bring your opening day ticket stub for a $9 burger & pint.

6:00 p.m. Low Dive a Walk Through the Dark
OhNo!Doom Gallery, 1800 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 698-8348
Low Dive Brewing, yet another couple of homebrewers with a business plan and a dream, announce: This will be our second time offering samples at their gallery this year, and we're excited to debut three new and entirely different beers on this night.

But first, the main attraction. (This is an art show after all.) Curated by the great Joey Potts, It's titled A Walk Through the Dark (Art Works of the Macabre, Strange, and Bizarre), and will feature work from Ego, Ben Lyon, Steven Fiche, Scarecrowoven, Stephanie Brown, Scott Shellhamer, and Jonathan Bergeron. This is a not-to-be-missed showing of extremely talented artists. DJ Paisley  Babylon will also be in attendance to set the pace. All beer aside, we'd be at this show regardless.

We will be there with beer. In fact, we'll be presenting our Mini Series which will consist of our "small" beers resulting from past parti-gyle brew days of this year. In January, we brewed an English Barleywine. But what you'll be able to sample from that day is our Spring Barleywine. This beer, although from the second running's of the mash, finished at almost 9% abv, and will have gone through a total of three separate dry- hoppings! A month later, we brewed a Scotch Ale. Using the third runnings, we produced a much smaller beer by comparison of the Spring Barleywine and finished around 5% abv. However, we took a drastically different cold side approach by pitching a Bavarian lager yeast, introducing to everyone our first ever Märzenbier, which as Matt explained is more commonly referred to as Octoberfestbier because breweries traditionally brewed the beer in March and would proceed to lager through the Summer months. Only days after we brewed the Scotch Ale, we brewed another beast of a brew with an entirely new Imperial Stout recipe. Like the English Barleywine brew day, we used the second running's in order to produce our take on a new style: German Stout, or Starkbier. We used only German Noble hops, and fermented the wort with German Kölsch & Alt yeast strains. One last little plug... There are a few remaining Low Dive shirts available at the gallery. These little gems were designed by Joey Potts, and it may be a while (if ever) until they're printed again.

Saturday, April 14

12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Craft Bikes & Brews @ Whole Foods
Whole Foods, 3300 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago (773) 244-4200
We’re gearing up for warm weather with local beers and HeritageChicago, a new locally handcrafted bicycle shop. Don’t miss this chance to talk bikes with a local company committed to the environment and our community, all while enjoying some of Chicago’s finest local brews & snacks.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Blue Chip Brewfest
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa Michigan City, IN 888-879-7711 ext. 2427
The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino plays host to the second annual Blue Chip Brewfest, where top microbreweries from around the nation will gather to showcase the unique flavors of their different brews. VIP Admission: $55; includes access to limited release beers paired with food from 12 noon to 1 pm. Also includes complimentary pint glass, bottle opener, t-shirt and lanyard.
Tickets on sale now at or you can visit the Blue Chip Gift Box!
Participating Breweries: Abita, Anchor, Ayinger Brauerei, Back Road, Bare Hands, Barley Island, Bee Creek, Bell's, Bitburger, Blue Moon, Bluegrass, The Boston Beer Company, Boulevard, Brasserie LeFebvre, Ommegang, Brouwerij Lindemans, Brouwerij Timmermans, Brooklyn Brewery, Chapin Park Homebrewers, Chimay, Crispin Hard Cider Company, Dark Horse, Evil Genius, Figure 8, Flat 12, Flying Dog, Four Horsemen, Greenbush, Hacker Pschorr, Harpoon, J.W. Dundee, Leinenkugel, Lost Coast, Magic Hat, New Belgium, New Holland, North Coast, Oaken Barrel, Orval, Paulaner, Pyramid, Rogue, Samuel Smith, Schlafly, Shiner, Southern Tier, Trappistes Rochefort, Unibroue, Upland, Victory, Westmalle Trappistes, Woodchuck Ciders, Wyder’s Ciders. Illinois readers, here's your chance to sample the wares of many Indiana brewers that aren't distributed here!

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. Check out or the event's Facebook page for more details.

Sunday, April 15

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
(I had this listed on April 1, apparently that show was by the Westmont Stroh's chapter of the BCCA) 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! Info here.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. First Annual LBBC Chili-Cookoff for Charity
Lake Bluff Brewing Company, 16 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL (224) 544-5179
Lake Bluff Brewing proudly sponsors its first annual ChiliCook-off to benefit the Shields Township Food Pantry. Enter your famous chili for a chance to win a free growler fill every month for the next year! Two winners will be selected by a panel of judges and by popular vote. Come out and sample some of the area’s best chili, drink a couple beers, and support our local food pantry for those in need. Entry Fee: $25 (12 entries max,register/pay at Tap Room) Bottomless Cup: $10 to sample the entries. Facebook info

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. An Evening with Brouwerij Van Steenberge's Jef Versele!
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
We're very excited to announce a visit from seventh generation Brewmaster and owner of Belgium's Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Jef Versele! The ever exuberant and passionate Jef Versele will be here to introduce you to his full line-up of beers, including the world-wide debut of his brand new creation, Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple. Meet Jef and enjoy specially priced Van Steenberge taster flights! Plus, be sure to be in the pub room at 6:00 p.m. when Jef gives a special presentation introducing you to his delightful beers. Taste along with the Belgian Brewmaster, learn about each of the beers, how it is produced, and the history behind it.
AVAILABLE ON DRAFT: Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple, Gulden Draak, Piraat, Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale, Augustijn Blond, Augustijn Brune, Augustijn Grand Cru.
All Van Steenberge beers available as soon as we open at 12:00 p.m. Special Presentation and Tasting with the Brewmaster @ 6:00 p.m.. No RSVP Required. Facebook Info.

7:00 p.m. Sunday Night Movies at Haymarket
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St, Chicago (312) 638-0700
Haymarket's Sunday Night Movies offers Cult Favorite Double Features in the Drinking & Writing Theater, Starting 4/15. Tonight's features: Revenge of the Nerds and Major League **FREE POPCORN**

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