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Drink Beer On A Train With Slow Food Chicago

By Anthony Todd in Food on Oct 18, 2012 5:08PM

Photo by clarkmaxwell.

We'll admit to occasionally sneaking a split of champagne onto a Metra, but if you want to class up your train drinking, this is the event for you. Slow Food Chicago, Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen and Oskar Blues are getting together for a great event filled with food, beer and music. Oh, and train drinking.

If you haven't been out to Duke's Alehouse in Crystal Lake, you are seriously missing out. We visited about two months ago and were amazed at the enormous beer selection and wonderful food. They have their own farm/garden, source ingredients sustainably and stock every local beer you can think of. So much for the city's monopoly on good things!

On Nov. 10, guests will board the Metra to Crystal Lake. There will be Oskar Blues beer to keep you entertained during the journey. Once you arrive at Duke's, you will be served a 3-course dinner with beer pairings, made with locally-sourced ingredients. After dinner, you'll hop back on the train for home.

Of course, you can buy tickets for the dinner ($35) without the journey if you prefer to drive yourself. But for $7 more bucks, you get to drink on a train. Plus, if enough people buy tickets, there will be live music while you ride. Tickets for the dinner/train combo are only available until tomorrow - so buy now. The ticket price includes a donation to Slow Food Chicago.