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Have an Ice-Cold One

Thursday kicks off Chicago Craft Beer Week. Just in time for happy hour, here's how to stretch it out to the 'burbs with some craft beers, some cheap beers and some locally brewed beers.

On a hot day—grab a cold beer. Thursday, May 19, marks the first day of Chicago Craft Beer Week and a few Wheaton establishments have a bevy of beverages to help you celebrate:

At , the first-ever craft beer menu features 23 American craft beers, including four from Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville and two from Belgium. Prices range from $5 to $12 and the potency range is between five and 10 percent. 

started a Beer Club this year, which allows members special access to a beer of the month, and a 20 oz. mug to hold it. Membership cost is $50. Non-members can still get in on the summer beer action, particularly on Cubs, Sox and Bulls game days, when Miller and Bud bottles are on special for $2.50.

At , the beers of the month are Dos Equis and Old Style—available for $3 and $2, respectively. Other daily specials include $2.50 Bud and Bud Light drafts on Sundays and Mondays—with $8 pitchers on Mondays. On Wednesdays, drafts are $3 and on Thursdays, $8 buys a pitcher of Bud, Bud Light, Shock Top, Green Line or 312.

There is also the Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville. Try the Fab Five menu, which includes the Domaine DuPage French Country Ale for $4, a Bitter End American Pale Ale for $4, an Ebel's Weiss German Style Weiss for $4, the Prairie Path Golden Ale for $4 and the Cane and Ebel Red Rye Ale for $5.

Editor's Note: This article is only intended for beer drinkers 21 and over—and beer drinkers who will not drive after enjoying their craft beer week festivities. Call the American Taxi service in the west suburbs at 630-305-0700, or Wayne's Taxi Service 630-670-3314.

Jim Hankes May 19, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Thanks for the information and as always, drink responsibly.
Anthony Trendl May 20, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Best beer restaurant in the region: Lisle's Bavarian Lodge on Ogden Ave (next to the Russian store). It has some like 185 different beers. Nothing trendy about it -- just an incredible menu with knowledgeable servers. Incredible German food (with a couple decent Hungarian dishes too).
Jim Hankes May 20, 2011 at 08:06 PM
I second Anthony with the beer rating. A weiss beer fan like myself is like a kid in the candy store. I'm also a big fan of the tap beer selection at The Bank Restaurant, great variety, always fresh and cold. In fact, it's 3pm on a Friday.....HMMMMM.
Anthony Trendl May 21, 2011 at 12:47 AM
Alas, I had to work til 5 pm. Never been to the Bank. I'll take a look. Thanks.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) May 21, 2011 at 02:20 PM
That sounds pretty cool and it's always hard to find a good German restaurant (in my experience). Thanks Anthony!

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