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Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 6-8

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 6-8
Back to a twice a week schedule. I missed some events that popped up since the last listing went to bed. Usually I still post them on my Beeronaut Facebook Page. And you know, yesterday was the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. A lot of by brewing and serving contacts posted about it... Read more »

White House beer recipes revealed

White House beer recipes revealed
After I had previously suggested that there was no requirement for the White House to "release" recipes for the President's favorite homebrewed beers, a few reversals hit me. First, in response to the online petition started on the whitehouse.gov web site requesting the recipes, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Tweeted:
Got a Q today on @wethepeople petition asking us to share WH beer recipe: http://wh.gov/4y9b  If it reaches the threshold, we'll release it
That was on August 23. Then, on August 29, President Obama staged an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit.com, where user silent1mezzo asked: "What's the recipe for the White House's beer?" The response: "It will be out soon! I can tell from first hand experience, it is tasty." Not surprisingly, Reddit's served overloaded during the session, but the transcript is available here...

UPDATED: White House MAY disclose homebrew recipes

UPDATED: White House MAY disclose homebrew recipes
Update: Just after I posted this article based on information I got this afternoon, I was led by Reddit to a Tweet by White House press secretary Jay Carney this evening, in which he suggests he may be changing his mind:
Jay Carney (EOP) Jay Carney (EOP)Verified ‏@PressSec Got a Q today on @wethepeople petition asking us to share WH beer recipe: http://wh.gov/4y9b  If it reaches the threshold, we'll release it
Will the kitchen staff cooperate? We may find out sooner than later.
There was some buzz again this month again regarding the beer being brewed at the White House. It started with the reveal of a "White House Honey Ale" at President Obama's 2011 Super Bowl Party. Later, there were erroneous reports that more homebrew was being served during White House St. Patrick's Day Events. Last September, President Obama served a White House Honey Blonde Ale at the behest of Medal of Honor awardee, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, on the Rose Garden patio. Two weeks ago, the President confirmed that the small homebrewing setup was still operating, and that a supply of the beer is kept in stock. Mr. Obama even gave a bottle of the Honey Ale to a customer during a campaign stop in Iowa. It's know that there are at least three varieties of White House homebrew: the Honey Ale, Honey Blonde Ale, and a Honey Porter, all made with, you guessed it, honey from the beehive in the White House Kitchen Garden...
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Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights, Friday, May 25

Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights, Friday, May 25
What I have realized is that when I pull listing from various calendar sites, they will sometimes list the event as ending at “11:45 pm”, or try to just give the start time, such as when a place opens. That means events like the one below, which “starts” at 11 a.m., is actually starting when... Read more »

Beeronaut Easter Weekend events

Nope, there’s nothing scheduled for the actual Easter Day. Go and enjoy your Easter dinner with something that has been brewed by monks for centuries… Friday, April 6 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sinner or Saint: Temptingly Rare Beers on Tap! The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701 What better to tempt you... Read more »

Beeronaut weekend events, September 16 to 18

Beeronaut weekend events, September 16 to 18
Through September 25 Lucky Monk Oktoberfest The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500 For $20 each night through September 24, receive a beer pint glass and a pour of Lucky Monk Oktoberfest beer (refills are $4 each). Schedule of daily events: Sunday, September 18: Football Sunday –... Read more »
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The Midwest Brewers Festival 2011

Even from the shuttle buses, there's still a bit of a hike to the entrance.
Yes, I did get out to the Midwest Brewers Festival last Saturday in Plainfield. Missed a connection, and arrived after it was half way through, but, well, that’s my own fault. But I could see before I walked in that this little first-time event was being run much better than some beerfests that have been around for years. MWBF was co-organized by Steve Caton, principal at Limestone Brewing Co., and Dale Lewis owner of Finnegan’s Irish Pub, both in Plainfield. It took place along an empty stretch of DuPage River Shoreline that was a resort called Electric Park a century ago, and is organized as a fundraiser for The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, to hopefully turn it into a popular attraction once more. Because of the location, there was just enough room to park VIP ticket holders and brewers unloading kegs for pouring. But the MWBF folks had it all covered, designating the nearest parking available; quite a hike compared to shuttle buses from several locations, including the Rt. 59 Metra station, making it possible for some to attend without even driving. Overall, some 3,000 to 4,000 people braved the devastatingly perfect weather to walk along the river and try beer from nearly 60 brewers. I heard one attendee came up the river and tied his canoe wherever he could get ashore. Indeed, we saw a flotilla of canoes and inner tubes drifting by with coolers in evidence, although they may just have been having their usual weekend drift...

Beeronaut's weekend events, August 26 to 28

Beeronaut's weekend events, August 26 to 28
Friday, August 26 GABF Pro-Am Tapping of Black Beaver Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021 Our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Pro Am entry is Black Beaver, the Best of Show Winner at the Brewers of South Suburbia's Chicago Beer Cup, brewed by Dustin Kirk and Dennis Nee. This German style Schwarz Bier is a smooth dark lager with some roasted notes and a clean dry finish. Hopefully it will continue with its award winning form in Denver. 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Bell's Sampling Evanston 1st Liquors, 1019 Davis St., Evanston, IL (847) 328-9651 Come sample some of the great Bell's beers. Chicago Bell's Rep, PJ Fischer, will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Binny's Downers Grove, 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL (630) 705-9463 Taste a variety of imported and domestic Oktoberfest beers specially selected for this tasting. Sample and stock up before it's too late! $5 with Binny's Card / $10 non-members. Call, or email downersgrove@binnys.com for more information. Saturday, August 27 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bike The Breweries Pub Crawl Brew Camp, 2039 W Belle Plaine, Chicago (773) 857-2400 Currently Sold Out. Check the web site for a waiting list. Join TeamPete and Brew Camp homebrew supply store for a bike and beer tour of Chicago. We'll start at Brew Camp with a lesson on beer: the ingredients, how it's made, and notes on tasting. Then we're off to Back of the Yards, where we'll tour The Plant, a vertical farm and the home of the New Chicago Brewing Company. Post-tour, we'll ride to Haymarket Pub and Brewery for lunch and beer, and conclude at a beer bar for a few more brews. Price: $20 Includes: The trip, the tours, and beer samples Does not include: Lunch and drinks Start Time: 10:00 a.m. End Time: 4:00 p.m. (feel free to leave early or stay late!) Distance: 20-25 miles, with several lengthy stops. Pace: Leisurely. Bike Experience: Must be comfortable riding in the city. Beer Experience: Must love it, or at least be willing to try it. Info and Paypal ticket link at brewcamp.com 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. Midwest Brewers Festival Plainfield Riverfront Park, Plainfield, IL This is the inaugural year for the Midwest Brewers Festival. Over 60 brewpubs and microbreweries from the Midwest will descend upon the beautiful 80 acre Riverfront Park overlooking the Du Page River in Plainfield, Illinois to serve and enjoy great beer and great food with American Craft Beer lovers from all around the Midwest. Info at the above link, on Facebook, or see my article here...

Beeronaut's Chicago weekend, July 15 to 17

Beeronaut's Chicago weekend, July 15 to 17
Friday, July 15 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Bastille Day activities at Chicago French Market. Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St., Chicago The Chicago French Market, a year-round indoor marketplace in River West, has been celebrating Bastille Day (France’s Independence Day) since Wednesday, but the weekend brings some events of interest to our little sphere.... Read more »
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Details on the Obama White House homebrewed beer

Details on the Obama White House homebrewed beer
The President and First Lady check out some pewter beer steins. I’m not sure, but it looks like the Marines behind them also have a glass in their hands. White House photo by Samantha Appleton. The craft beer and homebrewing communities got quite a surprise on Super Bowl Sunday. No, not Adrien Brody crooning in... Read more »
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