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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: 200
Latest Activity: 13 hours ago

Discussion Forum

Future rides 69 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 Oct 31, 2018.

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.

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 Deet 4.5mi on January 24, 2013 at 8:45am

i can give them a call and confirm. Do you have a route in mind?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 23, 2013 at 6:54pm

Sorry, peepl, been a bit busy at work to keep you informed here.

As you probably know, there is another brewery opening this very week (the grand event is scheduled for February). It's the Horse Thief Hollow, on the southside.

I've contacted them about visiting, they said, and I quote, "any time from 10:00–5:00." My further inquiry as to how many people can go, what kind of payment they accept has not been answered yet.

So . . . tentatively . . .

How about this upcoming Sunday, to be there around noon?

Here's their address: 10426 S Western Ave.

I'd appreciate if some of you also contact them and ask whether it's OK for us to inspect their fermentation tanks this Sunday, as I'm rather busy this week (see above).

Sounds good?

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 23, 2013 at 6:41pm

a home brew thing would be great i know a couple of people that do it and i always have a batch of something working.  It would be cool if we could find a BYOB or another cool establishment that would welcome a tasting. I know the owner of the Pecking Order, she might be game, no pun intended. Again a simple function to talk about ideas and up coming rides seems like good place to start planning for the summer.

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 22, 2013 at 8:10am

i like the idea of keeping it local for Febuary, we could then see what the turn out is and possibly bring some routes with us and discuss what the should do in the upcoming months. What date are we talking about for next one? February 2nd?

Comment by Chris C on January 21, 2013 at 7:43pm

Serge, your diligent work for this august gathering of stout individuals will not go unrewarded.  At our next encounter I shall reward you with a pint or a big frothy kiss.  But please answer me this - how will we FB & Twitter Refuseniks spy said list?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 21, 2013 at 6:32pm

Chris, your catch is a bit off. I've been busy completing the list of breweries and today, at work, didn't have a chance to post anything here.

Anyway, the lists (on FB and Twitter, so far) are mostly done. You guys can check them out and see what I missed.

And, as a first official event of our Society, we can go to the newest opening brewery in Chicago. We even have an invitation (sort of). I can do it this Sunday. More details to follow.

Comment by Duppie on January 21, 2013 at 4:28pm

Chris, What other breweries are there along Milwaukee besides Revolution in Logan Square and Mickey Finns in Libertyville?

Comment by Chris C on January 21, 2013 at 3:07pm

I'm catching a whiff of inertia here so how about this.  A few years back someone (Bob Hsiung or Envane?) organized a brewery ride along Milwaukee Ave.  As for me, I can think of no better way to spend a day in the Artic.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 16, 2013 at 2:46pm

Monthly is good. Do you have a suggestion (suggestions), Deet?

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 16, 2013 at 9:01am

All good ideas, so do we want to pick one and plan it out for the February ride? We could possibly plan for a long ride with a shorter route option if the weather is to much...  Ideas? Thoughts? Any one up for making this a monthly thing?


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