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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: 197
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

Future rides 70 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 djm on Wednesday.

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 15, 2013 at 12:42pm

Much as I'd like to join you guys, I can't on May 11th (nor April 28).

Comment by Rich S on April 15, 2013 at 11:32am

Yup that's pretty close to what I have in mind but ideally I would like to get on the Des Plaines River Trail further south than Lake Cook Rd. From that thread it sounds like it's ride-able north of Demptster but I'll do a pre-ride the weekend before to check on conditions. Then determine where to pick up the trail. I was planning on getting on the trail at Devon anyway so a bit further north is no biggie. 

Adam thanks for the suggestion but it's the Des Plaines River Trail I'd like to ride since I haven't ridden that trail before. I'd be up to do your route later this year! 

I think I'll post this for Sat May 11. Soon as I have some time today. That way we don't have to worry about Tighthead or Lake Bluff's closing time. 

Comment by Adam Z on April 15, 2013 at 12:10am

This is it via an iPhone app so it's a little weird.  But you get the idea.

Comment by Adam Z on April 15, 2013 at 12:04am

The Cook County portion is a little, er, rugged.  But it is a nice ride up that way.  I've done the ride to Libertyville from Oaktonish on.

You could do this trip in reverse and start at lake Bluff via the Skokie Valley trail and then wind your way to Libertyville and take the Metra back.  I'll see if I can find the route Envane/Alex took us on last year.

Comment by Rich S on April 14, 2013 at 11:26pm

I've never ridden the trail so that would be good to know. We can always take the north branch trail partway. 

Sunday Apr 28 or May 5 were dates I was also looking at. Only drawback is it would mean an earlier start since Lake Bluff Brewing closes at 6 on Sundays.

Comment by Jared on April 14, 2013 at 11:21pm

Isn't the Cook County section of the trail a little rugged for road bikes?  Might have to look into a backup route if that's the case, the Lake County section is much smoother though.

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 :)


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