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    Basics of Craft Beer Making

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    A home brewer can legally make up to 100 gallons of beer or wine a year, or if two adults are living in the house, 200 gallons per year. This class will show you just how simple it is to make wine or beer. You will learn about the thousands of ingredients, different accessories, as well as multiple techniques used in making beer and wine. So time to put your mind to the test as you master homebrew basics and design your own craft beer. Taste the hops. Taste the beer. Drink up this phenomenal experience!
    Basics of Craft Beer Making

    335 W Northwest Highway, Palatine

    • Create your own craft beer
    • Learn the fundamentals of homebrewing and mix ingredients like hops and special grains to create your unique brew
    • Discover the process of brewing, fermentation, and what to look for in a delicious beer
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    3 positive reviews
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    Debonair Live Music Series

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    This show puts the air in debonair. Treat yourself to some live music and dancing, while breaking out your fancy duds at the Debonair Social Club's live music series. This isn't your regular high society event, but rather a night for urbane minds to succumb to a little delinquency, with drink specials and two floors of raucous dancing. Following the live music, which typically includes three bands, you'll be able to keep on hopping thanks to the DJ'd dance parties that follow. Dress to impress, but bring your degenerate side. Are you hip enough to be debonair?
    Debonair Live Music Series

    1575 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy live sets of music in a vogue, fashion-forward environment
    • Get down with some of the best DJs around after the live shows are done
    • Take advantage of two floors of dancing on which to let loose
    • Enhance the fun by partaking in drink specials offered at the full bar
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    3 positive reviews
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    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

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    Bring out your inner chef and have a great time as you learn to whip up a delicious menu from a professional instructor. In this all-levels class, you'll practice techniques ranging from proper selection of produce and meat to stirring up pan sauces and preparing cake batter from scratch. You'll break off into small groups and make such mouthwatering dishes as sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction, spinach salad with dried cranberries and candied pecans, smashed potatoes, and chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow filling. Sip as you learn with 2 complimentary glasses of beer or wine for each student.
    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to cook up a delicious dinner, from fresh starter salads to desserts
    • Cook up dishes like sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction
    • Enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine or beer
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    6 positive reviews
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    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

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    Before you go and drink that last bottle of beer in the fridge, you might want to check this out. Did you know beer is actually an excellent ingredient for a number of delicious recipes? The flavors and layers of complexity can complement and enhance some of your favorite foods. In this class, you'll learn how to wield the power of the pint as you make savory and sweet dishes such as nachos with Dos Equis cheese sauce, beer-braised pork tacos with cumin crema, borracho bean, and a roasted pineapple sundae with beer-caramel sauce. Discover the arts of selecting and braising meat, cooking with different types of beer, cutting pineapple, and preparing homemade caramel sauce. Finally, you'll taste the fruits of your labor as you and your classmates sit down to a satisfying meal.
    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the flavorful art of cooking with beer
    • Create enticing dishes such as beer-braised pork tacos with cumin crema and borracho beans
    • Practice skills like selecting and braising pork and utilizing proper spices
    • Find a new purpose for your favorite drink
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    24 positive reviews
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    Science of Alcohol Tour

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    She BLINDED me, with SCIence! Don't pretend like you don't know the song. Ever wonder why Thomas Dolby said "science "instead of" alcohol"? Maybe because alcohol IS science, by some transitive property. But enough about one-hit wonders. Let's talk liquor. Get ready to learn all about how CH makes Vodka, Gin and lots of other spirits from locally-grown grains. This tour includes "The Tradition", a special take on the classic Russian way to drink vodka: ice cold CH Vodka, with rye bread and pickles. Time Out Chicago included The Tradition on their list of "The 100 Best Things We Ate and Drank" (www.chdistillery.com/press) and it's the perfect way to wrap up the tour of this beautiful Vodka distillery! Just remember Newton's Third Law of Motion, paraphrased as "drink responsibly!"
    Science of Alcohol Tour

    564 W Randolph St, Chicago

    • Learn all about how CH makes vodka, gin, and loads of other spirits from locally-grown grains
    • Experience "The Tradition", CH's take on the Russian way to drink vodka: ice cold CH vodka with rye bread and pickles
    • Tour a beautiful and mesmerizing vodka distillery unlike any other
    • Meet other alcohol enthusiasts who are just as eager to broaden their knowledge of the craft as you are!
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    9 positive reviews
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    Winemaking Class

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    How many times have you been to Napa Valley or Sonoma County? Forget about those long flights and expensive trips because now, you can learn to make your very own wine, locally. During this class, learn all about the winemaking process, from selecting the proper grapes, all the way to bottling and labeling. In the first of this two session class, you will discover various approaches and techniques to this art form, as well as create 24-28 bottles of your very own wine. Once your wine ferments, you'll return and fine tune your product by balancing, stabilizing, and adjusting the tannin and sugar levels of your vino. Finally bottle, cork, and label your final product so that it's ready to break out at your next party and impress all your guests. Stop for a second and smell the roses -- or grapes -- because the next world-famous vino could be right under your nose.
    Winemaking Class

    10033 S Western Ave, Chicago

    • Learn about the fine art of winemaking
    • Discuss winemaking approaches, bottling techniques, and what to look for when tasting wine
    • Practice making your very own Chardonnay or Cabernet to take home and enjoy
    • No experience necessary
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    8 positive reviews
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    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

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    On this pub crawl with an educational twist, you'll explore Chicago's entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, vices, and social clubs. You will interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads and visit historic buildings for three drink stops. On this walking tour of Chicago, visit some magnificent lobbies and really engage with beautiful historic architecture. Historic photos and video clips are presented on shared iPads along with expert tour guide commentary.
    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Join a historic pub crawl with an educational twist as you enjoy delicious beverages
    • Explore Chicago's entertainment history and observe storied architecture
    • Learn about local prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, and social clubs
    • Interact with Chicago in one of the most unique ways imaginable
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    17 positive reviews
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    Brewery Tours

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    The resurgence of craft beer is now! Your Prohibition-Era expert will guide you on an all-inclusive adventure to taste samples at three breweries and tour one brewing production facility. Enjoy the distinctive qualities of Chicago craft brewing, while reveling in the artistic triumphs of this charming and historic city. This full-bodied voyage will indeed leave your palette pleased! Did you know Chicago's first mayor owned a Brewery? -- As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn the history of Chicago's beer industry and how it traces its origins back to the 1800's. Your guide will provide educational and entertaining insights about Chicago politics in connection with breweries and the effect that Prohibition had on the city. There's no better way to travel from brewery to brewery than in a Prohibition-Era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy-style vertical door and start your one-of-a-kind Chicago Brewery Tour. Each brewery has its own unique qualities. Stop by large and small facilities so you can get a sense of what it was like to walk into a brewery before Prohibition. You'll receive samples of craft beer at each of the three breweries and tour one of the production facilities. At the production facility, you'll learn the step-by-step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process. Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer throughout the tour. So, Carpe Diem -- loosely translated, it means 'grab a beer' in Latin!
    Brewery Tours

    600 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a tour and tastings at three craft breweries in Chicago
    • Taste the distinctive qualities of the city's craft brews
    • Learn about history and the brewing process from a Prohibition-era expert
    • Drink 45-55 ounces of delicious craft beer with your friends
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    33 positive reviews
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    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

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    Impress everyone at your next dinner party with your knowledge of fine wines and rich mahogany cupboards... well, maybe not so much the latter. Join Discovery Center for an exciting evening of wine and good times as you learn the delicate art of wine tasting. There's more than red vs. white or box vs. bottle. For budding wine enthusiasts, you'll cultivate your palate and expand your wine vocabulary, becoming the vino expert among your friends. Taste your way through exquisite wines and develop a taste of your own. You will also learn the nuances of terroir and the many viniculture techniques used to impact the aroma and taste of wine. No wine list shall intimidate you ever again!
    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the delicate art of wine tasting by cultivating your palate and expanding your wine vocabulary
    • Taste several classical grape varietals of the world and discover their aromas and flavor profiles
    • Gain command of wine and food pairings, storage, and how to select wine at a restaurant or shop
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    3 positive reviews
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    Distillery Tour

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    Chicago Distilling Company was founded in 2010 when the DiPrizio family turned a family pastime of making moonshine and wine in the Northwoods of Wisconsin into what promises to be a multi-generational business. Production of their first batch of spirits began in the Fall of 2013 in the Logan Square Neighborhood of Chicago. Explore the grounds and learn about the art of the distillation with a start'to'finish tour of the Chicago Distilling Company's production floor. If you've ever wondered about the many processes that go into converting grain to delicious alcohol, this is your chance for an inside look. Enjoy a sampling of Chicago Distillery's fabulous spirits, made with local ingredients, most of the grain is farmed less than 50 miles away! You'll also be able to relax in the the Distillery's cozy tasting room. A perfect way to lift your spirits!
    Distillery Tour

    2359 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

    • Expand your knowledge of distilled liquors during a comprehensive distillery tour
    • Discover the processes behind creating some of the most renowned spirits
    • Learn about the hard work and commitment that has gone into taking a family pastime and turning it into a modern distillery
    • Enjoy tasting the award winning spirits
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    9 positive reviews

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