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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: 199
Latest Activity: Aug 9

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 Serge Lubomudrov on April 14, 2013 at 11:07pm
Sounds great, but for the date. Can't do it on May 11.
Comment by Duppie on April 14, 2013 at 10:48pm
Make it an event, and people will show up.
Comment by Rich S on April 14, 2013 at 10:30pm

I've never ridden the Des Plaines River Trail and I'm itching to check it out. There are also 3 brewpubs in the north burbs that I'd like to check out. Therefore I propose:

- Meet at Logan Square - ride 10 miles to Des Plaines River Trail

- Ride 30 miles north on the Des Plaines River Trail to Mickey Finn's Brewery where we have lunch and beer!

- Ride 3 miles to Tighthead Brewing where we have more beer! No restaurant there but we'll be full from Mickey Finn's.

- Take the north shore bike path 9 miles to Lake Bluff Brewing for even more beer! Looks like they have sandwiches and pizza also. 

- From there take metra home from Lake Bluff or ride 30 miles back to Chicago on the McClory and Green Bay Trails

Total would be a bit over 50 miles to Lake Bluff.  I'm thinking Saturday May 11 as the date. 

What does everyone think?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 11, 2013 at 11:29pm

Thanks, Robert. I'm not participating, but good luck for those who want to :)

Comment by bobweiser on April 11, 2013 at 11:18pm

Friday. 4.12.2013 9AM Limited amount of DLD tickets for sale at the brewery. 21+, one ticket per person. Cash only. Valid ID required. Name will be printed on ticket. Non-transferable. Non-refundable. Line will begin forming at 8:45. Please do not park in the lot or enter the property until 8:45. Buy only if you’re attending.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 11, 2013 at 11:15pm

Morgan, the speed of the ride is always set by the slowest person riding. But, hopefully, that rider should be able to keep at least 12 or 13 mph.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 11, 2013 at 4:50pm

No, those hills a fun! ;)

I haven't ridden Harvard to L. Geneva, but have to Genoa City, then all the way down PT and FRT to Aurora, all by myself.

. . . OK, the preliminary outline of the ride is awaiting approval.

Comment by Jared on April 11, 2013 at 4:33pm

I was going to suggest the Lake Geneva brewery.  A few years back I did a Harvard to Lake Geneva to Woodstock ride.  I'll see if I can dig up the route.  Most of the ride was on low traffic back roads with some hills.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 11, 2013 at 3:59pm

Wild Onion is definitely an option, as well as Stockholm ;)

OK, I'll post this as an "event."

Comment by Duppie on April 11, 2013 at 3:49pm

I think I like too. We could finish up at Stockholm's in Geneva, before taking the train back.

If that is too daunting, how about going to Wild Onion in Barrington to end there? We could take the UPNW back home


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