Beer, Wine & Spirits in Blue Island


River North Beer Fest: $29 for Admission for One to the River North Beer Fest on Saturday, June 6, 2015 ($55.50 Value)

$29 for Admission for One to the River North Beer Fest on Saturday, June 6, 2015 ($55.50 Value)

River North Beer Fest

Chicago

More than 50 microbrews flow from the taps at this 21-or-older beer fest, which brings together both hometown and national craft breweries

$55.50 $29

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Brew to Be Wild: $39 for Craft-Beer Tasting at Lincoln Park Zoo at Brew to Be Wild ($53.56 Value)

$39 for Craft-Beer Tasting at Lincoln Park Zoo at Brew to Be Wild ($53.56 Value)

Brew to Be Wild

Lincoln Park Zoo

Beer lovers head to Lincoln Park Zoo to taste 3-ounce samples of 75 different brews from more than 35 breweries

$53.56 $39

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Andersonville Midsommarfest: $25 for Live Music and Beer for 2 at Andersonville Midsommarfest on Friday, June 12 (Up to $44 Value)

$25 for Live Music and Beer for 2 at Andersonville Midsommarfest on Friday, June 12 (Up to $44 Value)

Andersonville Midsommarfest

Any Entrance

Sip cold beer and dance at the 50th anniversary of beloved festival’s opening-night celebration

$44 $25

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Chicago Craft Beer Festival: Craft Beer-Tasting Package for One with Souvenir Glass at Chicago Craft Beer Festival on July 18 or 19 (32% Off)

Craft Beer-Tasting Package for One with Souvenir Glass at Chicago Craft Beer Festival on July 18 or 19 (32% Off)

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

St. Vincent de Paul Parish Parking Lot

Use a souvenir glass to taste some samples out of the over 100 beers from the Midwest and beyond that converge at the 4th annual festival

$43.95 $29.99

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Craft Brewery Bus Tours: Craft-Beer Class for One or Two at Craft Brewery Bus Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Craft-Beer Class for One or Two at Craft Brewery Bus Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Craft Brewery Bus Tours

The Trophy Room

Craft-beer classes detail the history of craft beer and introduce students to home-brewing methods; snacks and two tastings included

$125 $59

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Paired Wine Co.: $349 for a One-Year Wine Club Membership with Two Cases of Wine from Paired Wine Co. ($600 Value)

$349 for a One-Year Wine Club Membership with Two Cases of Wine from Paired Wine Co. ($600 Value)

Paired Wine Co.

Lakeview

Membership includes 10% off purchases in store, invites to wine-tasting events, $5 voucher toward self-serving wine machines, and more

$600 $349

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Finch's Beer Company: Beer Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Two or Four at Finch's Beer Company (30% Off)

Beer Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Two or Four at Finch's Beer Company (30% Off)

Finch's Beer Company

Mayfair

One-hour tour peppered with unlimited tastes of Chicago-made beers including Fascist Pig red ale, Threadless IPA, and Secret Stache Stout

$20 $14

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Argus Brewery: 90-Minute Brewery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings, Snacks, and Glasses at Argus Brewery (Up to 57% Off)

90-Minute Brewery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings, Snacks, and Glasses at Argus Brewery (Up to 57% Off)

Argus Brewery

Roseland

During a 90-minute tour, guests learn about the historic origins of the brewery and the neighborhood while sampling craft brews

$30 $15

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Beviamo: Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Beviamo (Up to 64% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Beviamo (Up to 64% Off)

Beviamo

Little Italy

Two reds, two whites, and one bubbly from across the world recommended by a wine specialist; complimentary snacks

$50 $19

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O 'Donnell's pub: $20 for $40 worth of Drinks at O 'Donnell's pub (Up to 40% Off)

$20 for $40 worth of Drinks at O 'Donnell's pub (Up to 40% Off)

O 'Donnell's pub

Mayfair

Enjoy cold beers and cocktails and friendly conversation at this neighborhood corner pub

$20 $12

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Haymarket Pub & Brewery: $38 for a Sunday Brewery Tour with Beer, a Sausage Plate, and a Growler for Two at Haymarket Pub & Brewery ($75 Value)

$38 for a Sunday Brewery Tour with Beer, a Sausage Plate, and a Growler for Two at Haymarket Pub & Brewery ($75 Value)

Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Haymarket Pub and Brewery

Craft brewery tour with beer, followed by a house-brewed beer flight, a shared sausage-and-pretzel plate, and a growler filling

$75 $38

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Downers Grove Wine Shop: Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Downers Grove Wine Shop (Up to 53% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Downers Grove Wine Shop (Up to 53% Off)

Downers Grove Wine Shop

Downers Grove

Samples of six wines accompany light appetizers during tasting sessions for two, four, or six

$20 $10

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Valentino Vineyards & Winery: Vineyard Tour, Tasting and Wine Appreciation Seminar for 1 or 2 at Valentino Vineyards & Winery (Up to 65% Off)

Vineyard Tour, Tasting and Wine Appreciation Seminar for 1 or 2 at Valentino Vineyards & Winery (Up to 65% Off)

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

Following a brief tour in the vineyard, guests enter a winery to sample five estate wines during wine appreciation seminar

$56 $20

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  • Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
    While most people saw a worn-out and rickety building when they looked at the old Flossmoor Train Station, Dean and Carol Armstrong saw potential. The duo had often dreamed of opening a brewery of their own and thought the Flossmoor building—with it's rich history, rustic wood fixtures, and lofty ceilings—could be the perfect venue. After months of scheming, toiling, and repair work, Dean and Carolyn opened the doors to Flossmoor Station Restaurant, inviting guests to bask beneath the sun on the lush outdoor patio, sample their handcrafted beers, and peruse their menu of homemade dishes. Today, Flossmoor Station has become a bustling gathering place, where locals and tourists alike clink glasses as passing Metra trains toot their horns in the distance. In the kitchen, chefs whip up entrees infused with beer from the brewery—such as the Station Master Wheat Ale-battered fish and chips, a dish that was lauded by reporters on Chicago's Best. Meanwhile, in the upstairs fermentation vats, skilled brew-masters fold pale malts and specialty grains into award-winning wheat beers, brown ales, and IPAs—including the refreshing Zephyr Golden Ale and the aromatic Gandy Dancer Honey Ale.
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    1035 Sterling Avenue
    Flossmoor, IL US
  • Bulldog Brewery
    Bulldog Brewery was born out of steelworker Kevin Clark's home brewing hobby. But founding his own brewery didn't mean Kevin was ready to quit his day job. And neither have co-owners, Bob Fausto and Jeff Kochis, a steelworker and a second-generation firefighter respectively. The hard work required of having two jobs is in keeping with the brewery's mission: to celebrate small town America and the blue collar workers who live there. One of the ways they achieve this goal is by providing a place for customers to relax after a hard day's work, whether it's with a grilled panini sandwich or a pint of flavorful lager, stout, or IPA. Their beer also celebrates the working man. The 1890 Stout, for instance, commemorates the year that oil refineries came to Whiting. Its dark, crude-like color conceals notes of vanilla bean and cherry, and it's best consumed while wearing an oil can jauntily perched upon your head.
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    1409 119th St.
    Whiting, IN US
  • Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
    In a spacious and bustling loft space, Piece's doughsmiths twirl crispy New Haven–style thin-crust pizzas to pair with house-crafted microbrews. A triad of pizza bases—red, white, and mozzarella-free plain—balance premium ingredients better than Italy's top runway models, with toppings that include mashed potatoes, clams, and ricotta cheese. Led by brewmaster Jonathan Cutler, Piece concocts award-winning beers, such as the rye-based Worryin Ale or the Top Heavy Hefeweizen, in gleaming silver vats next door to the dining room. Parties can intersperse crispy bites with raucous cheers as they watch one of 11 46-inch plasma TVs, which punctuate the walls with the soft glow of sports games or documentaries about uranium. Amateur vocal cords strut their stuff during standard karaoke on Thursday nights, as well as live-band karaoke on Saturday nights.
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    1927 West North Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Goose Island (Wrigleyville, Clybourn Brewpubs)
    If you've ever raised a glass of Belgian-style Sofie or gotten lost in the oaky, chocolatey flavors of Bourbon County Stout, you may think that you know Goose Island's beers. But you haven't tasted the whole story unless you've visited one of Goose Island's two Chicago brewpubs. That's because the brewpubs?both of which are independently owned by Goose Island founder John Hall, despite Anheuser-Busch's 2011 acquisition of the larger company?specialize in small-batch beers that showcase the creativity and prowess of its brewers. Most of these beers are produced only once and can't be found in any beer store, corner shop, or on your roommate's side of the refrigerator. When guests visit the pubs, they have the chance to sip artful ales, imperial stouts, and IPAs that might never again be tasted once the keg runs dry. Brewmaster Nicholas Barron talked to us about the creative brews he's currently working on and what to expect during a tour of the brewpub. On the Exclusive Brews You'll Taste: "We?re able to create new batches very frequently?we have at least one new beer a week, if not two. We do a lot of small batches, one-off beers, exploring different flavors?99% of everything we make here is just for the pub [not the mass market]." On His Summery Farmers' Market Beers: "Once a week, we go to Green City Market, buy fresh local produce, and incorporate that into our new beers. . . you can follow how things ripen as the season goes on. We just did a strawberry imperial wheatwine. Next week, a hopfenweizen with sweet basil, mint and lemon balm." On the Double Life of the Brewpub's Tour Guides Typically, tour groups stand on the brewery platform so they can get a view of the brewpub's inner workings. The tour guides also provide a glimpse behind-the-scenes. "A lot of our tour guides are brewers and are excited about sharing. Bring questions.? Scroll through the slideshow at the top of the page to watch a video interview with one of Goose Island's passionate tour guides.
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    1800 N Clybourn Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • City Winery Chicago
    Michael Dorf stood with his brother Josh, smiling over the barrel filled with wine from grapes they'd just crushed, fermented, and pressed. He claims that despite tastings and classes, he'd never begun to understand wine until this moment. As his understanding grew, he laid the foundations for City Winery: a full winery facility, restaurant, and concert venue inside urban Chicago. He now watches over more than 400 international wines and 20 house wines. Inside the winery, these wines?made from nine US and international varietals?age inside stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels. Here, staffers lead winemaking classes, letting visitors join the crushing and fermenting process, and showing them how make private barrels and fill custom juice boxes or bottles pasted with labels of their own design. These monolithic tanks and barrels can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows from most of the restaurant's rooms, where servers ferry Executive Chef Andres Barrera's dishes, each a blend of Italian, French, Spanish, and Middle-Eastern flavors. The culinary team crafts small and large plates of artisanal cheeses, seafood, and flatbreads?which they make using the winery's own wine lees as yeast. In the restaurant and Barrel Room tasting bar, staffers pour housemade wines piped fresh from the cellar through 14 taps, while visitors bask in the glow from hard wood and floor to ceiling windows. Patrons dine on a ground floor lit by soft blue lights and hanging lamps fashioned from old wine bottles, as well as a mezzanine level looking out on the city skyline. Private dining rooms gather guests around long communal tables, stretched between exposed brick walls. In the show venue, comedians, live musicians, and slapstick-prone stage crew members entertain audiences under the glow of tabletop candles.
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    1200 W Randolph St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • City Winery Restaurant
    Michael Dorf stood with his brother Josh, smiling over the barrel filled with wine from grapes they'd just crushed, fermented, and pressed. He claims that despite tastings and classes, he'd never begun to understand wine until this moment. As his understanding grew, he laid the foundations for City Winery: a full winery facility, restaurant, and concert venue inside urban New York City then expanded to build his flagship in Chicago. He now watches over more than 400 international wines and 20 house wines. Inside the winery, these wines?made from nine US and international varietals?age inside stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels. Here, staffers lead winemaking classes, letting visitors join the crushing and fermenting process, and showing them how make private barrels with labels of their own design. These monolithic tanks and barrels can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows from most of the restaurant's rooms, where servers ferry Executive Chef Andres Barrera's dishes, each globally influenced, wine-focused, and locally sourced. The culinary team crafts small and large plates of artisanal cheeses, seafood, and flatbreads?which they make using the winery's own wine lees as yeast. In the restaurant and Barrel Room tasting bar, staffers pour housemade wines piped fresh from the cellar through 17 taps, while visitors bask in the glow from hard wood and floor to ceiling windows. Private dining rooms gather guests around long communal tables, stretched between exposed brick walls. In the concert venue, they host more than 300 concerts with world class musicians such as David Crosby, Sinead O'Connor, and Bebel Gilberto to entertain audiences under the glow of tabletop candles.
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    1200 West Randolph Street
    Chicago, IL US

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