The Chicago Beer Society was founded in 1977 as a nonprofit educational association dedicated to the appreciation of beer. We are one of the country’s oldest, largest, and respected beer organizations. Our membership includes a diverse group of people united by a love for craft beer and the art of brewing.
CBS is member-supported and run exclusively by volunteers. There is no paid staff. If you would like to assist with any of our activities or even suggest a new one, we definitely want to hear from you!
The Society is governed by a non-elected Board of Directors. Members are chosen by existing Board members from the general membership based on regular and significant volunteer work for the organization. Every year in December the Board members elect a President to convene and preside over its meetings during the following year. He or she does not have executive power – each board member’s vote has equal weight. By tradition, the President is limited to a single term. Board members do not receive any exclusive benefits: all pay annual dues and the standard member price for each event.
How do you get named to the Board? Volunteer! Step forward to work on an event or in a support capacity, and do so with regularity. Your effort will definitely be noticed and a Board appointment may soon follow.
Chicago Beer Society Board of Directors
Chris Schwigen is the CBS President for 2016.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Chris Schwigen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer (for Life!): Bob Lifka, email@example.com
Tony Babinec, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Deschner, email@example.com
Roger Falk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Gustafson, email@example.com
Zemo Holat, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Linsner, email@example.com
Tim Norris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Patino, email@example.com
Dave Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Preiser, email@example.com
Glenn Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Sparrow, email@example.com
Keith Stocker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Turner, email@example.com
Peter Sloan, firstname.lastname@example.org (Immediate Past President)
Steve Mastny, email@example.com
Ray Daniels, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Hamburg, email@example.com
Jonathan Levin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Mosher, email@example.com
Brad Reeg, firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I join CBS?
We give you multiple ways to join the Beer Society: online via PayPal; by snail mail via check, cash or money order; in person at many of our events. Membership runs for 12 months from the month of your initial sign up. The fee is $25 for individuals, $40 for couples. Save five dollars ($20/$35) each year when you renew. Members will be notified a month prior to your expiration date. You must be of legal drinking age (21 or older) to join.
Join via PayPal
The fastest, easiest way to sign up is online by using our PayPal option. Simply select link above and then the proper membership type from the dropdown list. You can use most major credit or debit cards and do not have to have a PayPal account, even though the transaction is processed through PayPal. Just make sure to select the credit or debit card link on the PayPal login page.
Join via Mail
Simply print, fill out and mail in this membership application (PDF) with your payment (cash or a check/money order payable to the Chicago Beer Society) or join whenever you order event tickets (registration forms always contain a membership option). Don’t trust the mail? Sign up at most of our events at our registration or merchandise tables (when applicable) or give your application/payment to any Board member. If you can’t view and print PDF, send an email to email@example.com and a copy of the application form will be mailed to you. Please make sure to include your name and full street address. Make sure to also include both member names if you are signing up for a Couples membership.
Members receive discount tickets to all paid events. More importantly, they also get exclusive access to our most-popular events (the Brewpub Shootout, Bus Trip to the Great Taste of the Midwest, and our annual picnic), where tickets are now offered only to members. Membership definitely has its privileges!
Other CBS Resources
The CBS-HB Internet Mailing List
A great way to keep up on all of the region’s beer and brewing events is to subscribe to CBS-HB, our very own e-mail list. Topics must have something to do with Chicago Beer Society and broader beer community events, homebrewing, or the beer world at large. Membership in the list is open to everyone, not just CBS members. Subscription is by application. Just e-mail to: listserv @ listserv.uic.edu and include the following one line as the body of your message:
SUBSCRIBE CBS-HB Your Name
The system will determine your address automatically from the “From:” line of your e-mail. For complete information on using CBS-HB, including how to post, change options, or unsubscribe, please check out the CBS-HB FAQ.