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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: 183
Latest Activity: yesterday

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 bobweiser on December 7, 2017 at 4:04pm

have fun. going to Todd Rundgren that night!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on December 7, 2017 at 10:29am

OK, here it is. A short brewery ride.

Comment by Duppie on December 7, 2017 at 8:20am

Well, if we wont hit seven breweries, we may have to cut down on the mileage too.

The keep the ratio the same, that is

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on December 7, 2017 at 8:16am

Do you know what "tentative" means, Ryan? Look it up.

Comment by Tank-Ridin' Ryan on December 6, 2017 at 8:55pm

Seven breweries, 20 miles - sounds like a good ratio.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on December 6, 2017 at 12:50pm

Allan, get you bike fixed, pronto. Black Husky is even better in its lair.

Comment by Allan on December 6, 2017 at 4:28am

I've tried a few Black Husky beers before(thanks to Tenuta's in Kenosha, LOVE stopping at that store SO MUCH for create your own 6 packs of beer), and liked them. If I had a working bike, I'd consider going on this trip. Just got one, but I'm still getting it tuned up for riding. A friend who's more into bikes than me did fix some of the issues with it(i.e. brakes), thank goodness. Maybe I'll do some riding with that bike in 2018, if not later in December?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on December 5, 2017 at 7:12pm

It's a go, unless the weather service says there will be a blizzard in Milwaukee.

Comment by Duppie on December 5, 2017 at 4:39pm

Serge, I plan to join you to Milwaukee

When will you make the go/no go call?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on December 5, 2017 at 3:54pm

Weather permitting:

Saturday, December 16th, Milwaukee breweries ride. I think some of you haven't been yet to all of them.

Tentative list:

Like Minds

Gathering Place

Black Husky


Good City

Eagle Park


Amtrak to Milwaukee—departs 8:25am, arrives 9:54am.

Back to Chicago—deperts 5:45pm, arrives 7:14pm.


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