Beeronaut's Chicago Weekend, April 12-14

Beeronaut's Chicago Weekend, April 12-14
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AAAGH! Here's the problem with events announced way, way in advance. Sometime I forget to put them in my calendar! See the revision adding Blue Chip Brewfest below!

Friday, Apr. 12

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday Cask Tapping: Solemn Oath Ticklefight
The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701
Join us for another Firkin Friday! A cask-conditioned ale dispensed by gravity directly from the firkin, tapped right on the bar. This week's featured ale: Solemn Oath "Ticklefight," Barley Wine Ale Cask-Hopped with Cascade Hops - 11% ABV. "Ticklefight" will be presented in true in cask-conditioned format, with the added twist of being dry-hopped in the cask with Cascade hops. Cask Will Be Tapped at around 5:30PM on the Bar.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Brewery Sampling at Noble Grape
Noble Grape, 802 N. Bishop St., Chicago (312) 846-1204
Brooklyn Brewery sampling.

8:00 - 11:00 pm ♦ Brooklyn Noint at the Point
The Point, 401 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Join us for a night of Brooklyn Brewery beer, door prizes and glassware giveaways. Pennant '55 on draft all night.

Saturday, Apr. 13

12:00 - 4:30 pm ♦ Blue Chip Brewfest
Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr., Michigan City, IN 219-879-7711
The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino plays host to the third annual Blue Chip Brewfest, where top microbreweries from around the nation will gather to showcase the unique flavors of their different brews. Besides the usual suspects, you'll get a chence at several local and Indiana-only brewers, like 3 Floyds, Back Road, Barley Island, Bare Hands, Bluegrass, Bulldog, Burn 'Em Brewing (the debut for this new Michigan City brewer!), Evil Czech, Figure 8, Flat 12, Four Horsemen, Hop City, Oaken Barrel, Shoreline, Sun King, Triton, Upland, Iechyd Da!,  and many, many more. There are separate ballrooms for firkins, and a food pairing with limited release beers. There are still some tickets are on sale now at or you can visit the Blue Chip Gift Box! General Admission: $40, Designated Driver: $15

1:00 - 5:00 pm ♦ Spring Beer Tasting at Dobby's
Dobby's World-Wide Liquors & Wines, 15 S. Brockway, Palatine, IL (847) 359-0400
Spring has sprung and our baseball optimism knows no end. With that in mind, we have several beer choices for you to consider when enjoying a pitcher change, or finishing up spring chores. Stop on by to taste some fine brews.

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.

2:00 - 3:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors
Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210
Founders Beer.

3:00 - 4:30 pm ♦ Lagunitas Beer Tasting at the Bottle Shop
The Bottle Shop, 1148 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL (847) 256-7777
The Bottle Shop is hosting a Lagunitas Tasting. $10 tasting fee is reimbursed with purchase!

3:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival
Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL
The Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival is unique from other tasting events as it offers tastings for both fine wines and craft beers, as well as gourmet foods. Attendees can enjoy tastings from popular venues from the surrounding area, as well as dozens of other award winning statewide selections. This upscale event will provide guests a wonderful evening with great libations, culinary creations, live music and artisans from the areas best.
Admission to the festival includes wine, beer and food tastings, a commemorative wine or beer glass, and access to the event. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities, as well as vendor applications are now available on the festival website at

Beer Vendors
Argus Brewery, Baderbrau, Blarney Stone, Brewers of South Suburbia, Central Beverages, Church Street, Saint Killians Importing, The Wild Onion Brewery, Atwater Brewery, Binding USA, Flossmoor Station, Granite City, Lagunitas Brewing, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, Vito & Nicks, The Boston Beer Company, Blue Moon, Crispin Cider, Leinenkugel’s, Goose Island.

4:00 pm ♦ Longroom BEER-B-QUE
Long Room, 1612 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (773) 665-4500
First 50 people - Free Raffle Ticket for a 4 Year Vertical of Dark Lord. read this right!
3 Floyds: Zombie Dust, Space Station, Pride and Joy, Robert the Bruce, and In the Name of Suffering
Founders: KBS, Red's Rye, All Day IPA, Dirty Bastard, Old Curmudgeon

Sunday, Apr. 14

3:00 pm ♦ "Bozo's Circus" Homage
Hideout Inn, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago (773) 227-4433
Pocket Guide to Hell presents "Bozo's Circus," an unauthorized homage that celebrates the past and present of children’s programming in Chicago! 3 PM for kids and families, 7 PM for everyone else. Each show is 75 minutes
**$5 suggested donation for children over 10 and a $10 suggested donation for adults**
**Parents with children please RSVP at**
Join Cooky the Cook (Tim Tuten); Wizzo the Wizard (Fred Sasaki); Ringmaster Kenneth (Kenneth Morrison); Professor Justin Amolsch and his Big Top Band; and, of course, Bozo (Martin Billheimer) as they welcome special guests:
The Chicago History Museum
Barrel of Monkeys
Adventure Sandwich
Elephant & Worm
& performers from Aloft Loft Circus.
With music by the Old Town School Of Folk Music’s Young Stracke All-Stars in the afternoon and the Lincoln Squares and Madame Barker in the evening.
With cartoons by Lilli Carre, Drew Dir, Lyra Hill, & Emily Kuehn.
And prizes for the Grand Prize Game donated by Busy Beaver Button Company, Derek Erdman, Kathleen Judge, Hansen Mansion, Barrel of Monkeys, Poetry, Drinking & Writing Theater, The Haymarket Pub & Brewery (Oh, I knew I had a beer connection in here somewhere), Victory Gardens Theater, Wee Hairy Beasties, Uncle Fun & the Chicago History Museum.
Bozo’s Circus is the second installment of the Chicago Television Project and was preceded in November by Studs’ Place. The second installment will look at locally produced children’s programming, once rich and varied but now largely non-existent. Bozo’s Circus ran from 1960-2004 and is beloved by many Chicagoans. The "new" episode will highlight the work of individuals in the city committed to producing fun and engaging programming for children. The Chicago Television Project has the generous support of the Propeller Fund.

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