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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: 200
Latest Activity: Jan 15

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 daWillinChi on January 24, 2013 at 2:22pm

As in Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014???

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 24, 2013 at 1:24pm

That would be great.

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 24, 2013 at 1:05pm

How about we plan it for Saterday the 8th.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 24, 2013 at 12:47pm

OK, that settles it. Oh, well. As Russians say, первый блин комом (I'll leave it to you to translate this ;)

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 24, 2013 at 10:33am

i just called and they are not open until Feb 7th and they  were not willing to have people come thru until then. Anybody have another idea, being that we will have some snow down on the ground it might be better to keep it local. Thoughts?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 24, 2013 at 9:03am

Route: something like this, the starting point could be different, of course.

Here's their phone no.: 773 779 2739

More info here (their website is still under construction).

Thank you, Deet :)

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 24, 2013 at 8:45am

i can give them a call and confirm. Do you have a route in mind?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 23, 2013 at 6:54pm

Sorry, peepl, been a bit busy at work to keep you informed here.

As you probably know, there is another brewery opening this very week (the grand event is scheduled for February). It's the Horse Thief Hollow, on the southside.

I've contacted them about visiting, they said, and I quote, "any time from 10:00–5:00." My further inquiry as to how many people can go, what kind of payment they accept has not been answered yet.

So . . . tentatively . . .

How about this upcoming Sunday, to be there around noon?

Here's their address: 10426 S Western Ave.

I'd appreciate if some of you also contact them and ask whether it's OK for us to inspect their fermentation tanks this Sunday, as I'm rather busy this week (see above).

Sounds good?

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 23, 2013 at 6:41pm

a home brew thing would be great i know a couple of people that do it and i always have a batch of something working.  It would be cool if we could find a BYOB or another cool establishment that would welcome a tasting. I know the owner of the Pecking Order, she might be game, no pun intended. Again a simple function to talk about ideas and up coming rides seems like good place to start planning for the summer.

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 22, 2013 at 8:10am

i like the idea of keeping it local for Febuary, we could then see what the turn out is and possibly bring some routes with us and discuss what the should do in the upcoming months. What date are we talking about for next one? February 2nd?


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