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2018 Day of the Living Ales

CBS Announces the Winners of the Day of the Living Ales 2018

Cellarmanship Award (Golden Tut. An award given for clarity and condition. A beer that best exemplifies the qualities of a cask ale.)

  1. Goose Island – Red Ale (#13) 5.7% ABV
  2. Goose Island Clybourn Brewhouse – Fingers Crossed English Bitter (#14) 4.5%
  3. Alter Brewing – Denali Llama Double IPA (#2) 8.6% ABV

Low Gravity (Under 6% ABV)

  1. Imperial Oak – Dom Beerignon (#18) 4.5% ABV
  2. Spiteful Brewing – Farthing Dark Mild (#39) 3.6% ABV

High Gravity (Over 6% ABV)

  1. Temperance – Barrel Aged Might Makes Right (#41) 13% ABV
  2. Maplewood- Grahammy Cakes (#21) 6.0%

The Chicago Beer Society announces the Day of the Living Ales for 2018, featuring cask conditioned ales from breweries around Chicagoland, plus selected guests. Join us on March 3 in Chicago’s home for real ale: Bottom Lounge. Located at 1375 West Lake Street, Bottom Lounge is located steps from the CTA Green and Pink Lines, several bus routes, a long walk or short cab ride to two Metra stations, plus the aforementioned cabs and street parking nearby.

As usual, casks are handled by CBS’s experienced cellarmen, trained in the UK to care for and serve real ale. Cask ale is the traditional English method of serving beer before draft systems and refrigeration. A properly served real ale is neither cloudy, flat, nor warm: rather it is bright, with a gentle carbonation and served at cellar temperature. Food will be available for purchase. As always, public sessions are from 1-5 and 6-10 PM. When finished, the lively Randolph corridor offers ample entertainment options.

Saturday March 3rd, 2018
Two Spirited Sessions:
1-5PM Get Tickets Now!
6-10PM Get Tickets Now! <–Evening 4 Pack Special Available

Attendees will vote for their favorites to select the 2018 Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland from among over 40 cask ales from the following participating breweries

Alter Brewing
Around the Bend Beer Co.
BuckleDown Brewing
The Church Street Brewing Company
Empirical Brew Pub
Finch Beer Co
Goose Island (Fulton)
Goose Island (Clybourn Brewhouse)
Half Acre Beer Company
Hopvine Brewing Company
Imperial Oak Brewing
Lakefront Brewery
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
Metropolitan Brewing
Mickey Finn’s Brewery
Middle Brow Beer Co.
Miskatonic Brewing Company
Old Irving Brewing Co.
Prairie Krafts Brewing Company
Prairie Street Brewing Co.
Revolution Brewing
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Sketchbook Brewing Company
Spiteful Brewing
Temperance Beer Co.
Tighthead Brewing Company
Two Brothers Brewing Company

*Note that sometimes beer gets spilled. Brewery participation is subject to change based on factors beyond our control.

2018 Brewpub Shootout

Chicago Beer Society presents:

20th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout

Saturday January 20, 2018


Baderbräu Tap & Brewery

2515 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL


  1. #16 Blue Island
  2. #6 Corridor Brewery and Provisions
  3. #16 Three Floyds


  1. #15 Rock Bottom
  2. #4 Blue Island/Maple Tree Inn
  3. #11 Imperial Oak/Burger Antics

Beer and Food Pairing

  1. #16 Three Floyds
  2. #04 Blue Island / Maple Tree Inn
  3. #15 Rock Bottom

Come out and enjoy the best beers paired with the best food from over a dozen Chicago-area brewpubs and microbreweries. Attendees will sample a wide variety of beers as well as each brewpub’s food items and vote for their favorite beer, food, and pairing. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.

Current members will be able to purchase tickets beginning at 10:00am on Tuesday December 5th for $70.00 each. Use the the code you received via email to purchase tickets.

Individual members can purchase up to 2 tickets. Couples memberships can purchase up to 4 tickets. Your unique code can be used to purchase tickets one time only.

Non-members will be able to purchase any remaining tickets starting at 10:00am on Friday December 20th for $75 each by visiting:

Come to support your favorite brewery/brewpub or discover a new favorite – either way, you get to taste the very best beer and food that Chicago has to offer.


Ticket sales for current members ($70 each) begin Friday, December 5th, 2017 at 10:00am CST 

Ticket sales for non-members ($75 each) begin Wed, December 20th, 2017 at 10:00am CST 

Admission includes all beer samples and one food sample from each brewery/brewpub.
You must be 21 years or older to attend. No children. No refunds.
We recommend public transportation for all our events.

2017 Spooky Brew Review

The Spooky Brew Review is one of the oldest homebrew competitions in the country.

Many details are still being worked out but it will be held October 28th, 2017 at the Rock Bottom Chicago location so fire up those kettles and get your award winning beers ready!

Note: The actual homebrew competition event is closed to judges and stewards only. Sign up for entries will typically be around the first of September.

See the following for all the details.

2017 Annual CBS Picnic

SOLD OUT. Picnic is now at capacity

Real time beer status!

View beers on deck, pouring, and kicked!
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Our “Umpteenth” annual picnic is always one of our most anticipated events, and with good reason:  Every year we supply an extraordinary beer selection backed up by a seemingly endless feast of ribs, chili, salsa, and desserts that are whipped up by our amazing members who enter into hotly contested competitions.

The 2017 picnic will be September 9, 2017 in the same *old* place on the North side. TICKETS ARE FREE AND REQUIRED. Anyone without a ticket will be turned away.

2017-08-08 – Tickets are nearly gone. Don’t delay.

A flyer has beene emailed to members of record on August 7th with a unique code to obtain tickets.

Competition Categories

  1. Ribs
  2. Other Meats
  3. Salsa
  4. Chili
  5. Veggie
  6. Dessert

If you plan to enter one or more categories, you will need to fill out the competition form. The link to this form can be found when you purchase your tickets.

Any questions, email picnic a/t.

Summer Bus to Southwest Michigan

Join CBS for our annual summer bus trip to breweries outside of the Chicagoland area. For 2017, we return to southern Michigan to visit some of the new breweries that have opened since our initial trip in 2013.

The first stop is Bridgeman, MI, where we will be greeted by long-time friend of CBS Pete Crowley at his new Haymarket production facility and tap room. Here, we’ll be given a behind-the-scenes tour and private tasting. Lunch and beer is included. We’ll hang in Bridgeman for a few hours, giving you the opportunity to also visit Transient and/or Tapestry – both within walking distance – if you choose. From here, we head north to Benton Harbor, to visit both Silver Harbor Brewing and North Pier Brewing. Turning back south, we’ll stop at Watermark Brewing, before heading home. A beer, each, is included at Silver Harbor, North Pier, and Watermark Brewing. Join us for summer in Michigan (where it could be snowing by the next week.)

Get Tickets!