Beeronaut's Cinco de Mayo weekend highlights

Beeronaut's Cinco de Mayo weekend highlights

I've finally wrapped up my coursework for the semester after encountering a problem:

You know how in PL/SQL Oracle when you create new users you also grant them specific access to view or update files? Sure you do. But every user I created had full dba access by default. Makes it difficult to test your assignment to create users and write the statements giving specific privileges. I worked around by writing triggers specific to each user name. I did, I did! Hope that counts for extra credit.

Anyway, on to beer stuff.

I too am gearing up for Chicago Craft Beer Week. Although this year's promotion will be more inclusive than last year's disaster, I'll again be trying to highlight events whether they're on the "official" calendar or not.

The migration to the chitownontap calendar is live, but it still has a few glitches. My idea is NOT to stay up til 3 am putting it together, but, well, technical difficulties and all. I'll spend a lot of time setting up the computer to do my work for me in the near future.

Anyway, here are some highlights of this weekend for Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. Those that involve more than buckets of Coronitas and Mint Juleps:

Saturday, May 5

11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. • Mai Fest at Galena Brewing
The Galena Brewing Company, 227 North Main Street Galena, IL 815-776-9917
Beer festival! Music, Homebrew contest, May Queen, good food and more! Supporting Safe Havens, the JoDaviess County No Kill Animal Shelter. Events include the tapping of Galena's Maifest Kölsch Ale and Belgian Farmhouse Saison. Plus a beer tasting with the best ales in the U.S.A. Safe Haven animal adoption tour, a tour of Galena's historic brewery sites, and live 50's and 60's rock music from Fast Clydes ($5 cover in aid of Safe Have),

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. • Cinco De Derby at Roots Handmade Pizza
Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo and the Kentucky Derby all day at Roots. Offering $3 beers from 5 Rabbit Brewery, $5 mint juleps, $3 Cazadores and Woodford Reserve shots and 20% off taco and Lillie’s Q pizzas.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Craft Brews and Chicago Blues at Pheasant Run
Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St., St. Charles, IL 800-474-3272
The St. Charles beer tasting event you won’t want to miss! Offering tastings from over 25 breweries, food sampling, concessions, and live blues music by Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners. $25 entrance fee.
Beer participants:
Argus, Berghoff, Boston Beer (Sam Adams), Blue Moon, Bridgeport, Brooklyn, Chicago Beer, Finch's, Firestone Walker, Goose Island, Julian Hard Cider, Lakefront, Leinenkugel, Milwaukee Brewing, McSorley's Old Ale House, New Belgium, Redbridge, Redhook, Shiner, Two Brothers, and Widmer Brothers.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. • 2012 DiCarlo’s Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival
Doubletree Hotel, 510 E. IL Route 83 Mundelein, IL
Experience Lake County’s Premier Wine, Food and Craft Beer Festival. We will once again showcase hundreds of Fine Wines, dozens upon dozens of Craft Beers and local restaurants will once again feature their tasty signature dishes!!! Tickets will be $25/person in advance (DiCarlo Members), $30/person in advance (Non-DiCarlo Members) & $35/person at the door. Included is a complementary Riedel Crystal Wine tasting glass ($10 value and yours to keep)! Preferred Member Price: $25.00. Ticket reservations at This link.

6:00 – 10:00 p.m. • Arts 'n' Drafts
Powell Brewing House, 3012 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago 513.288.4990
Facebook info.
A combination of musical arts and craft home brews. 4 live bands. 7 home brews. ...and a big, fat, delicious PIG.
Any and all proceeds will go to benefit Auxiliary Art Center's music lesson programs as well as help pay for the bands and any contributions made to the event.
Email with your name and number of +1s to receive a Paypal order and RSVP. $20 advance donation with an RSVP to reserve your spot, which guarantees entry before 8pm. Space permitting, we will also accept donations at the door. What does the 20 bucks get you? Everything. All you can drink, provided the brewers don't think you have had too much, and all the pork tacos you need to soak it all up... with vegetarian options, and a great time with 4 amazing local acts. Music will be provided by Ev Darst (6:15), Poor Elvis (7:15), The Dirty Generals (8:15), You Black Kettle (9:15).

Sunday, May 6

8:00pm • Super Focused No Bull Sh*t Beer and Spirits Festival
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St, Chicago, IL 312-666-6775
Price: $20. Participating breweries include Bell's, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Founders, Great Lakes, New Belgium, New Holland, Three Floyds, Stone and more. This event is 21 and over, valid ID required for entry. Tickets at

Yes, I have news of Mexican themed pub crawls and other events at Chitownontap. You can also check my Twitter, Google+ or my Facebook Beer Fan page.

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