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“Sets the Bar” for Fun!

Schaefer’s hosts numerous tastings, classes, dinners, and parties. An expert and/or VIP always guides the way. For decades Schaefer’s has been graced by scores of luminaries from around the world. It’s a testament to how we conduct our business and to the character of our customers.

“Schaefer’s Saturday” Tastings

Every Saturday we are tasting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sample foods from our deli and selected wines, beers, and spirits. Put us on your calendar!

Uncorked Events

On a scheduled basis, usually Thursday evenings, Schaefer’s hosts tastings and events featuring winemakers, distillers, brewers and their ambassadors. Broaden your horizons, sample the newest releases and enjoy great “one night only” deals. Be sure we have your email for a timely heads-up.

Schaefer's Calendar of Events

Derby Day! – Sat. May 2, 11-5pm

Derby Day Race Prep

In a race to get everything set for before the Run for the Roses, let Schaefer’s be your one-stop-shop. This way you will have plenty of time to polish up the Julep glasses and pull your hat box out of the closet. Basil Hayden, Jefferson Small Batch and Jim Beam Craft “Signature” Bourbons are just a few of the libations that will be sampled.

Blue Moon & Leinenkugel Breweries will also be here from 1-3pm with samples of their seasonal brews.

There will be plenty of appropriate Derby Day snacks available, too. Our usual Saturday wine tasting will also be happening.

We will have plenty of crushed ice and frest mint at the ready for your Mint Juleps! What you don’t know what goes into a Mint Julep? No problem…click here for Byron’s recipe. Give us a call and let us help you plan your derby party. As always, we offer free delivery and loaner glassware. Giddy up!

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Grgich Hills- Wed. May 6: 5-7:30pm

An Evening With Violet Grgich from Grgich HillsViolet Collage

Please join us on this special Wednesday evening as we proudly welcome Violet Grgich, the daughter of famous winemaker Miljenko (Mike) Grgich of Grgich Hills. Violet’s in town to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Grgich Hills being the winner of the 221-entry Great Chicago Chardonnay Showdown with wines from around the world. It was conducted by Craig Goldwyn, wine critic of the Chicago Tribune in 1980. Sterling Pratt, our former Beverage Director, was one of the judges at the event, the Grgich family has always had a special place in their hearts for Schaefer’s.

Violet’s passion for wine began at an early age, as she literally grew up accompanying her father in the vineyards and cellar. Involved with every aspect of the wine business and Violet enjoys wearing many different hats. On this evening Violet will be presenting her latest vintages from this iconic winery.

Wine Tasting – Sat. May 9: 11-5pm

Our good friend Nick from Maverick Wines will be here on this Saturday. Nick’s portfolio consist of some of the best little-known producers from around the world. BUT, these little beauties will not break the bank! wine-glass-pour

Wine & Roca Patron Tequila – Sat. May16: 11-5pm

Roca PatronBrad from Heritage Wine Cellars is breaking out all the stops this week. His selections are perfect to enjoy this weekend with friends and family. Roca Patron Tequila will be mixing up their goodies at our Wine Bar from 1-4pm. Don’t miss the chance to taste these incredible Tequilas!

6th Annual Summer 2015 Kick-Off Sale Under The Big Top!!!

Saturday, June 20th: 11-5pm 

We are kicking off our Summer Sale with a party not to be missed! Wine, spirits, beer and food tastings throughout the store and under the tent.
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Wine distributors include Southern Wine & Spirits and Heritage Wine Cellars. Crafthouse Spirits will be on hand serving up Moscow Mules & Southside Cocktails. Knob Creek will have a few Bourbons available to taste and Casamigos Tequila will be mixing up the summer libations.
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Finch’s Beer Company, Lake Effect Brewing, Ten-Ninety, Temperance Beer Company and Urban Legend Brewery round out the list of suds to sample.
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Of course, there will plenty of goodies to munch on. Isola Imports (Italian Specialist), Fortune Fish (Spanish Division), Midwest Roots (Salami and Jams), CDS (Cheese Experts) and Taza Chocolates will handing out their tasty treats.
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Rain or shine, get here early. Bring your friends and stock up on all your summer needs for patio/BBQ entertaining!
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$1 wristbands for tastings and beer truck

$5 wristbands for our hot dog lunch, tastings and beer truck