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Chicagoland Beer Exploration Society


Chicagoland Beer Exploration Society

Every member of the Society (CBES) should aspire to have a beer at every brewery or brewpub located in a day or two bicycle ride distance from Chicago (and, of course, within the city limits).

Naturally, preferable way of getting to is by bike, as for riding back . . . whatever is available, train, bus, horse and buggy, depending on amount of beverages consumed at the destination.

Routes on Ride with GPS, here.

On Facebook, here.

On Twitter, here.

Lists of breweries and brewpubs (and other beer things): on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Location: Chicago and around
Members: 202
Latest Activity: Aug 2

Discussion Forum

Future rides 71 Replies

Please post suggestions, ideas and discuss 'em here.Continue

Tags: beer rides, brewery rides, future rides, CBES

Started by Serge Lubomudrov. Last reply by Brett Miller Apr 28, 2021.

Post your favorite local beers here! 14 Replies

Did you just try a local beer that you thought was exceptional?  Post it here!  Continue

Started by Rich S. Last reply by Allan Oct 3, 2017.

Bikes, Bites and Brews - North Mayfair Festival 1 Reply

North Mayfair Improvement Association (NMIA) is pleased to announce “Bikes, Bites & Brews”, a neighborhood festival scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 1 – 3, 2017.  Fest-goers can look…Continue

Started by Matthew J. Robertson. Last reply by Serge Lubomudrov Jul 30, 2017.

Beer-, but non necessarily bike-related events 43 Replies

Post here a beer-related event you'd like to attend and invite others.Continue

Tags: beer events, events, beer

Started by Serge Lubomudrov. Last reply by Serge Lubomudrov Dec 11, 2014.

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Comment by Raul Rodriguez on January 14, 2013 at 3:23pm

I hope 5 Rabbit's Tap House opens early this year. That would be another good one on the south side...


Comment by globalguy on January 14, 2013 at 3:11pm

I hear what Duppie's sayin, but we can navigate by streets near the IPP. Also, is 18th St. Brewery in Gary on our list. More info here!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 14, 2013 at 11:15am

Good idea, Duppie. I've been only to Mickey, so far, in that direction.

. . . Speaking of breweries, history of brewing and beer drinking in Chicago, as well as other interesting things, Forgotten Chicago is having their meetup at the Haymarket Brewing tomorrow night.

RSVP here, if you're interested.

Comment by Duppie on January 14, 2013 at 11:08am

How about Lake Bluff Brewing (approx. 30 mi from the north side) and/or Mickey Finns (37 mi) and/or Tighthead (42 mi)?. Lake Bluff and Micky Finn's are close to Metra lines and all reachable by paved path/roads, so thaw should be less of an issue.

Never been to Tighthead myself, but heard good things about them.

Mickey Finn's is good; Lake Bluff is great. Food options at Lake Bluff are limited.

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 14, 2013 at 9:04am

fair enough Duppie, it would be cool if we could establish a monthly thing, possibly keep a bit more local until the weather warms up a bit. 

Comment by Duppie on January 14, 2013 at 8:47am

@Deet, are you talking about Two Brothers?

Winter/early spring may not be the best time. The IPP often does get very soggy, especially after a thaw. So while the temps may be nice, riding on the IPP will not be.

Better to wait until it dries out later in spring (i.e. April).

My $0.02...

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 14, 2013 at 8:31am

Sure, why not. Depending on weather. I'd suggest to take Blue Line train all the way to Forest Park and start from there. Or even take Metra to Lombard or Wheaton.

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 14, 2013 at 8:05am

What do you guys think about setting up a ride out there in the first or second week of Febuary?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 13, 2013 at 3:51pm
Not only Dos Hermanos doable, but have been done and surely must be visited again.
Comment by globalguy on January 13, 2013 at 3:11pm

SO EXCITING! 2 Bros is immensely doable, even the Aurora location. As are the locations along the Fox River between Batavia and St. Charles. Alan Lloyd and I did an +80 mile fiasco one Sat just to prove it! All Hail the IPP!  Also there's a new distillery in Riverside as well as one of IL's oldest taverns in Oak Brook; both accessible with the help of the Salt Creek Path.


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