First Thursday

April 4, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
May 2, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
June 6, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
July 11, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
August 1, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
September 5, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
October 3, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
November 7, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
December 5, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm
March 6, 2014
7:30 pmto10:30 pm

CBS First Thursday is back and better than ever – and back to our roots.

Moving forward, our monthly First Thursday gathering will focus on homebrewing, brewing topics and other subjects relevant to homebrewing and the local Chicago beer community. We will continue to be a forum for local homebrewers to share their labors and receive input from those who love beer as much as they do.

We will convene in the cellar room (downstairs from the main bar) or the Siebel Room (just inside the parking lot entrance) at Goose Island Clybourn at 7:30, with a presentation starting at 8:00. Please bring a homebrew or two to share with the group and receive comments and insights from fellow homebrewers and esteemed CBS members. As always, guests are welcome.

Here’s our upcoming schedule of guest speakers and/or special First Thursday events:

  • April 4th – Ryan Burk, cider maker at Virtue Cider, will be joining us to preview some upcoming releases from Virtue and to speak about the process of creating cider and the similarities it shares with brewing beer.
  • May 2nd – In celebration of Goose Island’s 25th Anniversary, Nick Barron, head brewer at GI Clybourn, and the Chicago Beer Society have teamed up to brew a collaboration beer! We’ll be releasing the beer and hosting what is sure to be a memorable First Thursday!
  • June 6th  Doug Hurst, Head Brewer at Metropolitan Brewing Co, will be joining us to talk about brewing lagers, kolsch, and bottom fermenting beers.  Bring your questions!
  • July 11th  Happy Birthday America! We have shifted our date back one week but will still be in our usual location at GI Clybourn. No special speaker has been scheduled at this time.
  • August 1st - Revolution Field Trip - First Thursday is taking a field trip to the Revolution Kedzie Tap Room (3340 N Kedzie Ave).
    ***DO NOT SHOW UP AT Goose Island Clybourn on 8/1 (we will be at Revolution)***
  • September 5th  – (GI Clybourn) Chris Quinn from Beer Temple will be discussing beer freshness, why it matters, and tips regarding proper cellaring.
  • October 3rd – (GI Clybourn) Randy Mosher will be joining us to discuss malt: how its made, how different malts contribute to flavor and body, and how to think about different malts when formulating recipes. 
  • November 7th – (GI Clybourn) The good folks from Temperance Beer Company are going to join us to discuss the process and challenge of opening Evanston’s first brewery.  They also will be bringing some of their beers to sample such as Smittytown ESB, Gatecrasher IPA, Root Down Porter, and the Restless Years Rye Pale Ale.
  • Dec 5th – Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale Vertical – 25 YEARS OF XMAS, We will have 2013 and back 25 years to sample! More Details to come.
  • Jan 2nd, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Vertical
  • March 6th, 2014 – (GI Clybourn)  - Ray Daniels will joining us to speak about “Balance and Carbonation in Recipe Formulation” 

The Goose Island Brewpub is located at 1800 N Clybourn, Chicago. Closest CTA stops are North/Clybourn (Red Line) and Armitage (Brown Line). Cabs are easily available on Clybourn Avenue.