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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). Four hundred and seven (407!) breweries so far.

Location: Chicago and around
Members: 126
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

Beer-, but non necessarily bike-related events 37 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 Rich S Aug 5.

Future rides 45 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 Jun 22.

Post your favorite local beers here! 9 Replies

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

Started by Rich S. Last reply by Rich S Feb 14.

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Comment by bob hsiung yesterday

left around 1. did you go? i was glad i brought a raincoat!

Comment by envane (69 furlongs) on Saturday

Bob, when are you going to head over to West Lakeview?

Comment by bob hsiung on Saturday

would like to get some riding in tomorrow (sat.), but might not get farther than Zwanze Day @ West Lakeview. Anybody else going?

Comment by Debbie Mossburg on September 15, 2014 at 8:36pm

"I wanted to invite the group out to join us for a great event for a great cause...Take the train, or drive extremely convenient location in Naperville.  A LARGE Tweed Ride to support Children with Cancer - "Step up & Pedal for…"...Naperville has some of the best Pubs to visit right in town...Quigleys, Jimmys, the Wise Boxer etc...

Comment by envane (69 furlongs) on September 15, 2014 at 8:24pm

Serge, I rode once from the Fox Lake Metra to Chain O Lake's State Park taking the Chapel Hill Rd. bridge across the Fox River, then Wilmot Rd.   They were both terrible - narrow lanes, no shoulder, high traffic.   Any other western route and you'd be deviating quite a bit from the lake.

Comment by LarryN on September 15, 2014 at 7:36pm

It was beautiful yesterday!

Thank you Serge for putting this (and all these rides) together!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on September 15, 2014 at 7:32pm

It was a beautiful ride yesterday. Thank you, Alex, Jared and Larry.

For future use, I've rerouted the first leg:

I wonder if there's a way to go around the west side of the Fox Lake…

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on September 8, 2014 at 4:36pm

Scorched Crystal is posted, waiting for approval.

Comment by djm on September 8, 2014 at 1:53pm

If I go my preference is the Fox Valley route; dont think I can ride Saturday and "Don’t listen to BBC!" Sunday.

Comment by Rich S on September 8, 2014 at 1:18pm

Serge, I'm 50/50 to ride with you Saturday so don't put too much weight on my vote. That being said I'd prefer Crystal Lake and then ride south especially since I haven't visited Crystal Lake or Scorched Earth breweries. Plus I really like Penrose! However I was on the Fox River Trail this past Saturday and the trail was closed in a number of places due to trees and power lines being down. Especially around Elgin. Detours weren't a big deal but drivers weren't giving a lot of room. 


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