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Crown Jewels (CBES)

Time: May 17, 2014 at 9am to May 18, 2014 at 9pm
Location: Queen's Landing
Street: LFT across the Lakeshore Drive from Buckingham Fountain
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:
Phone: vii vii iii vii iii iii i ix vi i
Event Type: social, brewery ride, beer ride, chicagoland beer exploration society, cbes, beer, beerfest, crown brewing, crown point
Organized By: Serge Lubomudrov
Latest Activity: May 19, 2014

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Here's the plan: On Saturday, May 17th, ride to the Crown Beer Fest in Crown Point, Indiana, drink beer there (obviously), stay overnight in a hotel nearby, next morning visit two new Indiana breweries: Devil's Trumpet in Merrillville and Pokro in Griffith (I have a tentative "yes" from both for a sneak preview).


Let's meet at 9 in the morning at Queen's Landing, leave no later than 9:30. It's 40.5 miles to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, where the beerfest will take place.

General admission to the fest starts at 2 p.m. Tickets ($35.00) could be purchased here. Fest closes at 6 p.m.

Closest hotels are all located in Merrillville, around the I-65 and Lincoln Highway intersection (approximately 7 miles from Crown Point).

Devil's Trumpet is just a couple of miles to the east from the said intersection.

From Devil's Trumpet to Pokro Brewing is about 12 miles.

~31 miles from Pokro back to Queen's Landing.

Alternatively, we can ride 17 miles to Flossmoor, refuel there and take the train to Chicago.

Feel free to invite friends!


For those who do not want or can not stay overnight, please drink responsibly and ride back safe. You will be provided with a cue sheet.

If anyone wants to join me only on Sunday, May 18, for the visit of Devil's Trumpet and Pokro, please contact me, we will arrange time and place to meet.


Trails: Lakefront; Burnham Greenway; Erie LackawannaPennsy Greenway (?).

Minimum average speed: 12 mph.

Total distance: approximately 90 miles.

Do not forget: water, spare tubes, tools, lock, bungee cord, layers, gloves, snacks, sunscreen, etc.


More details to follow, if needed.


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Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on May 19, 2014 at 11:40am

It was a fantastic ride, and a beer fest to match! Your loss, people ;)

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on May 14, 2014 at 5:27pm

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on May 14, 2014 at 3:25pm

You can try, of course ;)

Comment by JustWill on May 14, 2014 at 3:23pm

I meant: Should I just get it at the door?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on May 14, 2014 at 3:06pm

If you're coming, sure.

Comment by JustWill on May 14, 2014 at 2:33pm

Looks like General Admission is still available from their website, though. Should I bother getting it?

I see VIP is sold out.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on May 14, 2014 at 11:44am

By the way, for those who still might attend: according to the Crown Fest organizers, the tickets are sold. I'm not sure whether there will be any available at the door.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on May 13, 2014 at 5:38pm

Can't blame you . . . two moves equal one fire, as Russians say ;)

Comment by Duppie on May 13, 2014 at 5:05pm
Sorry, can't make it. Too busy prepping for our move.
Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on May 13, 2014 at 3:48pm

Have a nice trip! (And bring something brewy from there ;)

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