Beeronaut Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 29-31

Beeronaut Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 29-31
The KBS in my header means it's being tapped this week!

Are you up for some Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap? Are you up for an early-morning road trip?

Friday, Mar. 29

3:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Goose Island Matilda & Sofie.

4:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Shiner Premium w/ the Gin Palace Jesters
Whole Foods Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (312) 587-0648
Join us at the 1550 Bar in the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park for a Shiner Premium party. Grab a Shiner and some BBQ provided by the chefs at Whole Foods and dance along to the hillbilly and honkytonk stylings of the Gin Palace Jesters. Enjoy FM966, Ruby Redbird, and Wild Hare on draft and $2.00 cans of Shiner Bock and Shiner Premium.

5:00 - 7:00 pm ♦ Samuel Smith Salute at Binny's Lincoln Park
Binny's, 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (312) 664-4394
Adam Vavrick, beer buyer at Binny's Lincoln Park, and Jim Blockinger with Merchant du Vin will co-host a beer class focusing on the birth of modern American craft beer by exploring authentic English styles like India Pale Ale, Porter and Brown Ale from iconic brewery Samuel Smith. Samples will be included in the class fee.

5:00 pm ♦ Ommegang Game of Thrones Iron Throne Party
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922
Join us at the Emporium Arcade Bar for an Brewery Ommegang Tap Takeover featuring the long-anticipated HBO's Game of Thrones collaboration, Iron Throne. Catering will be provided by Frontier.

9:30 - 11:00 pm ♦ Samuel Smith Salute at Jake's Pub
Jake's Pub, 2932 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 248-3318
Jake's Pub will feature several Samuel Smith Beers to celebrate the Salute. Jim Blockinger with Merchant du Vin will be in attendance to answer questions about the iconic English brewery.

Saturday, Mar. 30

Founders Tastings at Sav Way
Sav Way Wines & Spirits stores.
Sav Way is hosting Founders Brewing Tastings! Get a FREE pint glass with purchase of a 6-pack!

Sav Way St. Charles
2500 E. Main St.
from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Sav Way Geneva
515 W State
from 4:00 - 7:00 pm



7:00 am ♦ Samuel Smith Salute at the Globe Pub
The Globe Pub, 1934 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (773) 871-3757
The Globe Pub will host an early morning toast to Samuel Smith. Several Sam Smith beers will be featured during three soccer games leading up to a raffle of a one-of-a-kind custom made Samuel Smith soccer jersey.

11:00 am - 2:00 am ♦ KBS Draft Release Party
Founders Brewing Tap Room, 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 776-1195
One of our biggest parties, for one of our biggest beers!
This unmissable event is an all-day, indoor-outdoor, 21+ affair held in our Taproom, and features free live entertainment in the evening. This will be the first time that 2013 Kentucky Breakfast Stout will be available on draft.
Come down and enjoy one of our most lauded and most-sought after beers fresh from our taps! 8oz. pours of KBS will be available for $6 ($5 for 2013 Mug Club Members). Sorry, no growlers.
In addition to the delicious KBS, we'll be closing down our front parking lot to accommodate more people! A giant, heated tent will be raised with additional seating and an outdoor bar!
Best part? It's FREE!

2:00 - 6:00 pm ♦ Saturday Tastings
The House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St., Chicago
In-store, open house tasting featuring new arrivals, seasonal specials and end-of-bin deals. Tastings, unless otherwise stated, are free of charge.

4:00 pm ♦ Goose Island Tap Invasion at Blues Bar on Busse
Blues Bar on Busse, 2 W. Busse Ave., Mt Prospect, IL (847) 788-9977
Join us as Goose Island takes over 12 tap handles at Blues Bar!
Tap List: 2012 Bourbon County Cherry Rye Stout, 2012 Bourbon County Coffee Stout, 2012 Bourbon County Stout, Night Stalker, Big John, Fleur, Matilda, Pere Jacques, Pepe Nero, Marisol, Golden Goddess, Gran Gas.
Goose Island Brewery representatives will be on hand to answer all of your questions and to give out some Goose Island swag!

8:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Brewery Ommegang Tap Takeover Featuring Iron Throne
Paddy Long's Irish Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
Celebrate Brewery Ommegang and HBO's highly anticipated Game of Thrones Iron Throne Blonde Ale. Enjoy Iron Throne along side Ommegang's Duvel Rustica and Gnomegang.

Monday, Apr. 1

April Fool's Bob for Beers
The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (773) 828-5055
Guests are invited to submit their best April Fool's prank ideas to The winners will receive help staging their prank at The Pony (or at Lottie's Pub, 1925 W Cortland, Chicago.

The Pony will also have a $3 "Bob for Beers" Prank Tank: pick a beer from the tank and receive anything from Smirnoff Ice and Big Flats to Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin, Half Acre Daisy Cutter or Revolution Wit.
$3 Malort shots
Complimentary prank props.

And tickets are going fast for…

Saturday, April 6, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Join 5 Rabbit in the Rabbit Hutch
5 Rabbit Brewery, 6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, IL
Come to 5 Rabbit's brand new brewery in Bedford Park and experience the delicious beers crafted by our incredible brewing team.
Help us find the perfect cheese pairing for Huitzi, our Midwinter ale, and have a go at some hands-on experiments to find the perfect combination of fruits and spices for our new summer series, PALETAS. You might even get a sneak preview of our spring seasonal MISSIONARIO, a strong wheat beer brewed with Muscat grape juice and a hint of almonds.
The beer will flow from 2pm to 6pm. Tickets to this afternoon of tasting, snacking, music and mingling are limited, and are $25 through Brown Paper Tickets.

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