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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: 155
Latest Activity: on Sunday

Discussion Forum

Future rides 57 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 Apr 26.

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 Rich S on Saturday

No worries, Serge. 

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on Saturday

OK, here's what I came up with for a little Milwaukee breweries tour. Either June 4th (would be preferrable for me—sorry, Rich!) or 11th. There's a link to an itinerary, but here it is again, just in case. Whaddaya think?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on Friday

Exactly, Chris! ;)

Comment by Chris C on Friday

Every week is craft beer week.

Comment by bob hsiung on Friday
Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on Wednesday

This time, yes. One half at a time, Robert ;)

...Speaking of the Grand Rapids Amtrak, the departure/arrival times would require not one, but at least two overnight stays. Kalamazoo schedule is not much better.

Comment by bob hsiung on Wednesday

serge, just the southern half?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on Wednesday

To make it clearer, it is the difference between the "Walk-On" and "Walk-Up" services (that is, convenience) and number of bikes per train. Same price.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on Wednesday

I can't, lacking personal experience, compare the Kalamazoo train to neither Grand Rapids nor Milwaukee, as I've only taken my bicycle to the Kalamazoo train once. But if it's as easy to just walk your bike to the baggage car of the GR train and give it to the Amtrak guy there as it is, according to recent reports, on the Milwaukee, it's definitely better than Kalamazoo.

Comment by djm on Wednesday

Amtrak to Grand Rapids isnt great; its somewhat better to Kalamazoo.


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