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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.

Up-to-date map (with a list, postal- and web-addresses and phone numbers, where available). Five hundred thirty (530!) so far.

Location: Chicago and around
Members: 162
Latest Activity: on Monday

Discussion Forum

Future rides 59 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 Serge Lubomudrov on Monday.

Post your favorite local beers here! 12 Replies

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

Started by Rich S. Last reply by Steve A Sep 16, 2015.

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 bobweiser on October 16, 2016 at 1:20am

b5k: Grassroots Brother Soigné @ schwa, no complaints

Comment by Chris C on October 9, 2016 at 3:49pm

The bridge is still out. The sign says until Oct 31. The site was a ghost town so I tried to cross the bridge. No joy - it's fenced off near the top.

Comment by bobweiser on October 6, 2016 at 10:49pm

looking forward to your return to circulation!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on October 6, 2016 at 2:59pm

Unfortunately, I'll be out of circulation 'til the mid-November...

Comment by Rich S on October 6, 2016 at 2:44pm

I believe the trail is still closed. There are two options to go around that I'm aware of:

First is to continue north at the point where the trail turns directly east a half mile or so before the bridge at about where Bryn Mawr is north/south. That takes you to a place where you can go under the expressway. But be aware it's almost always really muddy. 

Second option is to use the Cumberland Blue line station to get across the Kennedy. I would recommend that over Cumberland Ave. Then rather than ride Higgins, use the side streets to get to Devon and rejoin the trail there. 

Comment by Chris C on October 6, 2016 at 2:07pm

Doing a trial run this weekend of Ride the River from North Ave. Anyone know if the trail is still closed at Bryn Mawr?  If so, whats a good way around the closure?

Comment by bobweiser on September 27, 2016 at 4:27pm

lol, thanks for the link

Comment by Steve A on September 27, 2016 at 1:20pm
Comment by bobweiser on September 27, 2016 at 12:01pm

forbidden root:

it's not normal! 32 bikes on one super duper heavy duty industrial strength bike rack:

second Octoberfest last weekend:

Comment by bobweiser on September 27, 2016 at 11:38am

maybe it's less boring going south? or maybe it was the users i was with.

summer seems to be over. looking ahead: F-12 Oct Alternative fri. 10/14, Tenth Step Ride sat. 10/22.


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