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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: 1 hour 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 Angie on January 15, 2013 at 5:52pm

Looking forward to joining some rides!  Thanks for setting this up Serge!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 15, 2013 at 10:35am

Sehr kool!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 14, 2013 at 10:21pm

Hmmm . . . Not exactly beer-related, though I like it ;)

Comment by globalguy on January 14, 2013 at 9:15pm

Testy, Serge, Testy.

Perhaps this little tidbit from Knoxville

(somewhere along the downtown greenway under a bridge),

will chill you out. 
IMHO it would make a dandy mascot/logo for our august group!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 14, 2013 at 3:38pm

Garth, every brewery near Chicago is on our list. It's in the Articles, look it up! ;)

Raul, I hope so, too. And, as I heard, Half Acre has opened their tap room recently (they only had a tasting tap before, where you can try before you buy a growler to go), and Revolution Brewing also has a tap room now, in addition to their brewery/restaurant.

Comment by Raul Rodriguez on January 14, 2013 at 3:23pm

I hope 5 Rabbit's Tap House opens early this year. That would be another good one on the south side...


Comment by globalguy on January 14, 2013 at 3:11pm

I hear what Duppie's sayin, but we can navigate by streets near the IPP. Also, is 18th St. Brewery in Gary on our list. More info here!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on January 14, 2013 at 11:15am

Good idea, Duppie. I've been only to Mickey, so far, in that direction.

. . . Speaking of breweries, history of brewing and beer drinking in Chicago, as well as other interesting things, Forgotten Chicago is having their meetup at the Haymarket Brewing tomorrow night.

RSVP here, if you're interested.

Comment by Duppie on January 14, 2013 at 11:08am

How about Lake Bluff Brewing (approx. 30 mi from the north side) and/or Mickey Finns (37 mi) and/or Tighthead (42 mi)?. Lake Bluff and Micky Finn's are close to Metra lines and all reachable by paved path/roads, so thaw should be less of an issue.

Never been to Tighthead myself, but heard good things about them.

Mickey Finn's is good; Lake Bluff is great. Food options at Lake Bluff are limited.

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on January 14, 2013 at 9:04am

fair enough Duppie, it would be cool if we could establish a monthly thing, possibly keep a bit more local until the weather warms up a bit. 


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