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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: 185
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

Discussion Forum

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.

Future rides 65 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 bobweiser Apr 19, 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.

Comment Wall


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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.

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 13, 2013 at 1:53pm

This looks like it could be cool, it seems that a route from downtown to 2 brothers seems rather do able, any thoughts?

Comment by Jared on January 11, 2013 at 11:25pm

Thanks.   Noticed they missed One Trick Poney in Lansing.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 11, 2013 at 11:00pm

This map is for reference only. I meant to provide the source, which is The Beer Mapping Project.

Comment by Jared on January 11, 2013 at 10:33pm

I can enlarge the map but can't see much more detail.  What is the difference between red and blue?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 11, 2013 at 10:04pm

Planning ahead . . . Wild Onion Brewing (Lake Barrington, IL) has tours of their brewery first Saturdays of every month. How about May 4th? Here's an approximate route, generated by Google Maps. Opinions?


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