I love HBT...
Only here can a thread begin with a question regarding beer tasting classes and end on the opportunities to learn and score with randy drunkin cougars! Awesome.
While we're talking about Chicago Bars... there are tons of good ones, but one of my all time favorites is the Hop Leaf (Hopleaf • Uptown, Chicago
). Awesome selection, great atmosphere and usually good people. I met one of the last ladies I dated (just prior to meeting my wife) at the Hop Leaf. She was no cougar, but now a life-long friend. Oh yeah, bring cash - they don't accept plastic.
Another thought on beer tasting: I've had this idea for a while and try to follow the notion, but it gets hard: Work your way through the BJCP style guide. Find good examples of the style and keep notes. It's the only way you will remember what beers you had and what you tasted.
Enjoy the cougars at the MAP ROOM!