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2014 Brewpub Shootout Results

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves at this year’s Shootout. Without a doubt, the brewpubs and breweries really outshone themselves with their fantastic beer and food offerings. The winners are listed below.
Chicago Beer Society
BPSO Organizers

Beer

3 – Gringolandia Super Pils – 5 Rabbit Cerveceria – Bedford Park IL — 5rabbitbrewery.com
2 – Permanent Funeral  – Three Floyds Brewing Co – Munster IN — 3floyds.com
1 – Dinos’mores – Off Color Brewing  – Chicago IL — offcolorbrewing.com

Food

3 – Three Floyds Brewing Co – Munster IN — 3floyds.com: Grilled beef bulgogi, wasabi mousse, bibb lettuce, cucumber, cilantro, candied sesame seeds
2 – DryHop Brewers – Chicago IL — dryhopchicago.com: Bubba & Babe Sliders: House-made Gulf Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Roasted Pineapple, Potstickers, & Mango-Habenero Mustard
1 – Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries – Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, Warrenville IL — rockbottom.com: TOT ROAST!: Beer-braised chuck roast served over parsnip tots, topped with ancho chile cream sauce, pepper relish and a Mexican crema drizzle.

Beer & Food Pairing

T2 – Revolution Brewing LLC-  Chicago IL — revbrew.com:
Pairing Beer: Willie Wee Heavy
Food Pairing: 48 hr sous vide short rib, Willie braised shallot, Urban Till rocket, Chicago Smoke and plum demi-glace
T2 – Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries – Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, Warrenville IL — rockbottom.com:
Pairing Beer: Barrel-Aged Happy Camper: Smoked Porter aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel
Food Pairing: TOT ROAST!: Beer-braised chuck roast served over parsnip tots, topped with ancho chile cream sauce, pepper relish and a Mexican crema drizzle.
1 – Three Floyds Brewing Co – Munster IN — 3floyds.com:
Pairing Beer: Permanent Funeral
Food Pairing: Grilled beef bulgogi, wasabi mousse, bibb lettuce, cucumber, cilantro, candied sesame seeds

First Thursday Hop Growing

Special Thanks to John Beystehner from Brew & Grow
For coming in to First Thursday and teaching us about hop growing.

Go to your local Brew & Grow to get everything you need to start growing hops today!

HERE are the notes from John on hop growing.

The best hop varieties he currently has here in the Chicago area and suggest growing are:

Brewers Gold
Cascade
Centennial
Chinook
Columbus
Magnum
Nugget

2013 Day and Night of the Living Ales Recap

Here are the winners from this years Day and Night of the Living Ales.

Golden Tut – The Cellarmen’s Award:
#20 Metropolitan Brewing Co. – Zwickel Flywheel
Third Place:
#13 Half Acre Beer Co. – Baume’ Chocolate Rye Stout conditioned with Rum-soaked Raisins
Second Place:
#9 Goose Island Beer Co. – Bourbon County Stout Rye with Coconut
Champion Beer of Chicagoland:
#30 Revolution Brewing – Chile-Vanilli Eugene Porter with Guajillo Pepper and Vanilla Beans
Thanks to everyone including the breweries for making this event another success.
Here is the complete beer list for this years event:
5 Rabbit Cerveceria – Bedford Park IL  5rabbit brewery.com
1. Huitzi Belgian Strong Golden Ale with Amazonian Honey and Roman Chamomile
 
Atlas Brewing Co. – Chicago IL  atlasbeercompany.com
2. Demeter Belgian Wheat, dry hopped
 
Destihl Gastropubs & Brewery – Champaign/Normal IL  destihl.com
3. Altercation Sticke Alt with Cacao Nibs 
4. Belgian Tripel with Hibiscus and Honey 
 
Finch’s Beer Co. – Chicago IL  finchbeer.com
5. Stout with Molasses and Candied Ginger
 
Goose Island Beer Co. – Chicago IL  gooseisland.com
6. ‘7272’ Green Line Pale Ale [experimental hop variety]
7. Bourbon Barrel Saison with Cherries
8. Bourbon County Stout Rye
9. Bourbon County Stout Rye with Coconut
10. Juliet
 
Goose Island Brewpubs – Clybourn/Wrigleyville  gooseisland.com
11. Smoked Porter
12. Workhorse Double IPA
 
Half Acre Beer Co. – Chicago IL  halfacrebeer.com
13. Baume’ Chocolate Rye Stout conditioned with Rum-soaked Raisins
14. Space India Pale Ale conditioned with Centennial & Citra Hops 
 
Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago IL  haymarketbrewing.com
15. Degan Imperial IPA with Simcoe
 
Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Petaluma CA  lagunitas.com
16. Sucks, dry hopped with Mosaic
 
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. – Milwaukee WI  lakefrontbrewery.com
17. My Turn Chad Organic Barley Wine 
18. Oaked 25th Anniversary Imperial Stout
 
Metropolitan Brewing Co. – Chicago IL  metrobrewing.com
19. Diablo Dynamo 
20. Zwickel Flywheel 
 
Mickey Finn’s Brewery – Libertyville IL  mickeyfinnsbrewery.com
21. Irish Red Ale
22. Karl’s Pale Ale 
23. Old Trafford Mild 
24. Red Menace Imperial Red 
 
Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant – Novato CA  moylans.com
25. Danny’s Irish Red
26. Hop Craic XXXXIPA 
 
New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins CO  newbelgium.com
27. Rampant IPA
28. Trippel
 
Onion Pub & Brewery – Lake Barrington IL  onionbrewery.com
29. Blonde Ale, dry hopped with Chinook 
 
Revolution Brewing – Chicago IL  revbrew.com
30. Chile-Vanilli Eugene Porter with Guajillo Pepper and Vanilla Beans
31. Samadhi Imperial IPA
 
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Chicago IL  rockbottom.com
32. Rock Bottom Red Ale, dry hopped with Indie Crystal
 
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Lombard IL  rockbottom.com
33. Belgian White Ale with zest of Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mint, Rosehips, Lavender, Juniper & Fennel
 
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Orland Park IL  rockbottom.com
34. Dominator IPA
35. King of Hearts Imperial Red 
 
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Warrenville IL  rockbottom.com
36. Cult of Skaro American Pale Ale, dry hopped with Zythos Simcoe
37. Proud Stout Dry Irish Stout
 
Saugatuck Brewing Co. – Douglas MI  saugatuckbrewing.com
38. ESB Amber with Cocoa Nibs
39. Pathfinder Pale Ale with 302 Mosaic
 
Solemn Oath Brewery – Naperville IL  solemnoathbrewery.com
40. Chubgutz ESB
 
Three Floyds Brewery & Pub – Munster IN  3floyds.com
41. Alpha King, double dry hopped
42. Brian Boru
 
Tighthead Brewing Co. – Mundelein IL  tightheadbrewing.com
43. Irie IPA
44. Scarlet Fire Red Ale
 
Two Brothers Brewing Co. – Warrenville IL  twobrosbrew.com
45. Outlaw IPA

 

 

2013 Brewpub Shootout Recap

2013 Winners!!!

 

Food
1. BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery – Bourbannais IL
2. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, Warrenville IL
3. Goose Island Brewpub – Chicago IL
Beer
1. Three Floyds Brewing – Munster IN
2. Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago IL
3. Revolution Brewing – Chicago IL
Beer & Food Pairing
1. Revolution Brewing – Chicago IL
2. Three Floyds Brewing – Munster IN
3. Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago IL

 

MENU for the
15th ANNUAL CHICAGOLAND BREWPUB
and MICROBREWERY SHOOTOUT
January 19, 2013 at Zhou B Art Center

 

1. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria – Bedford Park, IL
Brewer: John J. Hall
Beer Pairing: Ki’ Chun end-of-days beer with chanterelle mushrooms
Chef: Randy Mosher
Food Pairing: Savory triple-crème cheesecake with pumpkinseed-pretzel crust andan apricot-guava-balsamic sauce with Peruvian aji panca chiles.
Bonus Beers: 5 Rabbit Golden Ale, 5 Lizard Passionfruit Latin Witbier, 5 Grass Hoppy Ale

 

2. Blue Cat Brew Pub – Rock Island, ILBrewer: Dan Cleaveland
Beer Pairing: Abbey…Something
Chef: Martha Cleaveland
Food Pairing: Cream of Brie Soup with Cremini Mushrooms
Bonus Beer: Big Bad Dog Old English Ale

 

3. BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery – Bourbonnais, IL
Brewers: Tom Vasilakis & George Giannakopoulos
Beer Pairing: BrickStone American Pale Ale
Chef: Dino Giannakopoulos
Food Pairing: Herb-Crusted Scallop & Avocado Puree on Corn Bread Pudding
Bonus Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout

 

4. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewing – Flossmoor, IL
Brewers: Nick Barron, Bjorn Johnson, Bill Savage
Beer Pairing: Barrel-aged Smoked Porter
Chef: Eduardo Camerena
Food Pairing: Chocolate Torte stacked with creamy, decadent silk layers and topped with Smoked Porter glaze
Bonus Beer: Iron Horse American Stout

 

5. Goose Island Brewpub – Chicago, IL
Brewer: Jared Rouben
Beer Pairing: Elijah Barrel-aged Doppelbock
Chef: Andrew Hroza
Food Pairing: Duck Pastrami with a Brussel Sprout Sauerkraut
Bonus Beer: Loud and Thirsty Dortmunder

 

6. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – Bolingbrook, IL
Brewer: John Wyzkiewicz
Beer Pairing: Barrel-aged Winterbock
Chef: Simon Sulaica III
Food Pairing: Limoncello Bread PuddingBonus Beer: Winterbock

 

7. Half Acre Beer Company – Chicago, IL
Brewer: Matt Gallagher
Beer Pairing: Double Daisy Cutter
Chef: Michael Carroll
Food Pairing: Bacon Rice Crispies and Creme Fraiche
Bonus Beers: Bones & All Belgian Brown, Space IPA

 

8. Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago, IL
Brewers: Peter Crowley, Steve Mosqueda, David Kerns
Beer Pairing: Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with real cranberries
Chef: Christopher McCoyFood Pairing: House-cured bacon, micro greens, frisee, cranberries, Capriole goat chevre, grilled corn, saison-inundated barley, pickled cauliflower, charred broccolini & dry hopped cranberry Saison vinaigrette on our chicharrones
Bonus Beer: Über Mathias imperial American IPA (with a hint of Citra…)

 

9. Lunar Brewing – Villa Park, IL
Brewers: James O’Brien, Charlie Tierney
Beer Pairing: Kosmic Kolsch
Chefs: Charlie Tierney, Paul Farrington, Chuck Wagner
Food Pairing: Cocktail Sausages in: Carlyle/Lunar Chili Porter BB-Q Sauce or Lunar Baltic Porter BB-Q Sauce
Bonus Beer: Lunar Moondance IPA

 

10. Revolution Brewing – Chicago, IL
Brewer: Wil Turner
Beer Pairing: Coffee Eugene robust porter brewed with Dark Matter coffee
Chef: Courtney Baldy
Food Pairing: Spicy Mocha Sundae W/ Guajillo ice cream and porter sprinkles
Bonus Beers: Ivan’s ESB, RISE American Stout

 

11. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Chicago, Lombard,Orland Park, Warrenville, IL
Brewers: Hayley Shine, Iain Wilson, Jim Wolfer, Todd Britt
Beer Pairing: Days of Olde old ale
Chef: Dustin Green
Food Pairing: Asian BBQ Braised Pork Belly Slider with Cucumber/Daikon Slaw and WonTon Chips
Bonus Beers: Double Down IPA, Victory Porter, Fallen Angel Abbey Dubbel

 

12. Three Floyds Brewing – Munster, IN
Brewers: Nick Floyd, Chris Boggus, Andrew Mason, Barnaby Struve
Beer Pairing: 2009 Vanilla Bean Dark Lord
Chefs: Pat Niebling, Scout Hughes
Food Pairing: Pan fried Pound Cake, Dark Lord Ice Cream, hopped Crème Anglaise, Candied Bacon and wheat grain.
Bonus Beer: Milichigan

 

13. Two Brothers Brewing – Warrenville, IL
Brewers: Jeremy Bogan and Brenden McGrathBeer
Pairing: Bitter End Pale Ale
Chef: Tommy Michel
FoodPairing: Tater Tot Smoked Pork and Mushroom PoutineBonus Beer: Revelry

14th Anniversary Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout Results

How could the area’s greatest beer & food event get any better?

Well, for starters it could be in a larger venue so more people and breweries could attend; then the brewers and the chefs could top almost everything they’ve served for the last 13 years.  Amazingly, for the 14th edition of the Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout, that’s exactly what happened!

The Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport provided much greater room for breweries and patrons alike. There was more seating and it was definitely a lot easier to move around. Attendance was at an all-time high, and there’s still room for more people next year.

There were 15 participants, including a few first-timers: Finch’s Beer Company/City Provisions, Limestone Brewing Company, and the Goose Island Fulton Brewery (paired up with Urban Belly). As always, awards were presented in three categories (Best Beer, Best Food, Best Beer/Food Pairing) , with the top three in each taking home an attractive trophy. The attendees cast their ballots and the awards were presented towards the end of the event.

Flossmoor Station, Revolution, and Three Floyds all garnered multiple awards this year, but clearly there were no losers – everything was outstanding, so congratulations, all!

To see what you missed, check out the program (PDF) listing all of the featured beers and pairings.

14th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout Awards:

Beer
1. Goose Island Beer Company (Fulton Street)
2. Revolution Brewing Company
3. Three Floyds Brewing Company

Food
1. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
2. Three Floyds Brewing Company
3. The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza, and Beer Company

Pairing
1. Revolution Brewing Company
2. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
3. Three Floyds Brewing Company

As always, this was an unbelievable event. Thanks to all of the Brewpubs, Brewers, Chefs and their Assistants for making this possible; to the staff at the Zhou B for their assistance;  to our sizable crew of volunteers who assisted with set-up and break-down; and, of course, to our great members who continue to make the Shootout one of the best beer events in the world.

 

2011 Spooky Brew Review Homebrew Competition Results

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Chicago Beer Society Spooky Brew Review Homebrew Competition. Not only was this our 20th anniversary, but we also had 353 entries this year, the most ever! Thanks to all the brewers who entered beers in this year’s competition.

Congrats to BOS winner Ray Gonzalez, who grabbed the honors with an excellent Kölsch. Rodney Kibzey was BOS runner up with his now-famous Black IPA, Blackened Hops. First place in Samuel Adams Longshot, only Second Place at Spooky Brew 2011? What’s up with that?!

In our “special” categories, Alexis Jansky (Brixie’s Brewers) won the Witches’ Brew with a fine Berliner Weisse (also took 3rd place in Sour Ales with the same beer); Calvin and Tara Rowland (UKG) earned their second Spooky Brew ribbon in a row, following up their “delectable” Kitty Litter with a much-scarier Aunt Flo’s Ale; Robert Kay (UKG) grabbed the Smashed Pumpkin award with his repulsive Spider Spit Cider.

The complete competition results are available here.
Thanks to our great – and sizable – group of judges and stewards who plowed through our record number of entries so professionally and effciently. Special thanks to Pete Crowley and all the staff at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for their unbelievable hospitality. Pete’s beery expertise was displayed all day, and not just via the taps! Pete judged Belgian & French Ale, Belgian Strong Ale, and served on the Best-of-Show panel. Yay, Pete! Haymarket Manager (and Judge) Janna Mestan was particularly helpful, corralling all the drop-off entries and handling multifarious duties throughout the day of the competition. All right, Janna!

Looking forward to the next 20 years of the Spooky Brew Review,
Matt Mayes and Meghan Rutledge, Organizers

 

2011 Day of the Living Ales Recap

Day of the Living Ales, the region’s largest celebration of cask-conditioned beers, was held on March 5. Twenty-six breweries from Chicagoland and beyond provided 44 different beers, while 500 attendees sampled the beers over two sessions and cast ballots to decide the 2011 Champion Real Ale of Chicagoland.

The winners:

  1. Goose Island Beer Company Skully (saison aged in oak barrels with fresh strawberries, honey, and Champagne yeast)
  2. Goose Island Beer Company Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
  3. Three Floyds Zombie Dust

In addition, the cellar staff awards an annual Golden Tut Award to the brewery/beer that best exemplifies the overall cask ale experience. The winner for 2011:  Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA.

Congratulations to the champions, and thanks to all the breweries and their brewers for supplying such an outstanding list of beers. Take a look at the event program to see what was featured.

DotLA/NotLA could not take place without our great volunteers, sponsors and supporters. Any beer event requires a lot of effort, but the logistics of a cask event are even more complex. And everyone who organized, set up/broke down, stillaged, spiled, tapped, served, sold, etc. was an unpaid volunteer. Many put in many hours and traveled great distances to help us – they all deserve your thanks.

We also owe a great debt to our sponsors, the Brewers Supply Group, Cicerone Certification Program, and Owen & Engine. Thanks also to Goose Island, Marion Street Cheese Market, the Cellars at Jasper Hill, and Gene’s Sausage Shop & Deli for the great selection of appetizers, meat & cheeses. Goose Island Wrigleyville has been the gracious host of this event every year. Thanks to all GI-W staff for their assistance during the planning and functioning of this event, especially to manager Daria Olechowski.

Of course, events like this could not take place without the support of our members and guests who attend and make DotLA so much fun. The two sessions sold out in record time and proved once again that the passion for real ales is growing every day.

Cheers!

13th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout Results

The usual sellout crowd of approximately 300 CBS members attended the latest, greatest, and luckiest (13!) edition of our annual Brewpub Shootout at the Irish American Heritage Center‘s Erin Room on January 22.

There were 14 participants, including our area’s newest brewpub,  Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Awards were presented in three categories (Best Beer, Best Food, Best Beer/Food Pairing) , with the top three in each taking home an attractive trophy. The attendees cast their ballots and the awards were presented near the end of the event.

Talk about making a statement: Haymarket wasted no time by earning an award in each of the three categories. Flossmoor Station and Gordon Biersch Bolingbrook were also very impressive, both grabbing two awards. The other two prizes were won by Revolution Brewing (1st place pairing) and the Rock Bottom North/South team (Lombard, Orland Park). Congratulations, all!

To see what you missed, check out the program (PDF) listing all of the featured beers and pairings.

13th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout Awards:

Beer
1. Haymarket Pub & Brewery
2. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
3. Rock Bottom North/South – Lombard & Orland Park

Food
1. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
2. Gordon Biersch, Bolingbrook
3. Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Pairing
1. Revolution Brewing Company
2. Haymarket Pub & Brewery
3. Gordon Biersch, Bolingbrook

As always, this was an unbelievable event. Thanks to all of the Brewpubs, Brewers, Chefs and their Assistants for making this possible; to the staff at the IAHC for their assistance;  and, of course, thanks to our great members who continue to make the Shootout one of the best beer events in the world.

Results from the 2010 CBS Picnic and War of the Ribs/Chilis/Salsas/Desserts/Etc.

The results are in from the latest food, beer, and fun-filled picnic that was attended by another record crowd. Here is the rundown on total entries:

Salsa: 34
Chili: 23
Ribs: 10
Other Meat: 13
Dessert: 26

The Winners:

Ribs – Popular Vote
1. BBQ-tioners (#6)
1. Bogyo’s Mojo (#7)
3. Pigsiclicious (#2)

Ribs – Blind Judging
1. BBQ-tioners (#6)
2. Zemo Holat (#9)
3. Dan Luksetich (#8)

Chili – Popular Vote
1. Thomas Griffin (#12)
2. Dmitry Shub (#15)
3. Jason Arrigo (#6)

Other Meats – Popular Vote
1. Fish Team (#52)
2. Pigsiclicious (#51)
3. Planet Tim (Norris) (#56)

Salsa – Popular Vote
1. Linda Maher (#24)
2. Bryan Welsh (#7)
3. Dori Kaminski (#21)

Dessert – Popular Vote
1. John Warnik (#3)
2. Livia Glatz (#13)
3. Lowell Defrance (#19)

Thanks to all who prepared food, donated beer, set up, broke down, and cleaned beer taps and lines, schlepped kegs and/or soft goods, coordinated the competitions, DJ’d, checked in members and guests, and did whatever else was necessary to pull off such a major undertaking. Above all, we thank all our members and guests for taking part in one of the best beer and food events in the region.

We know we can always improve our events and thank everyone who has taken the time to offer suggestions here, on the listserv, and in emails. You can be certain that the Board will address your concerns and ideas to assure that the CBS Picnic remains a great time for all who attend.

Congrats once again to the winners! See you next year.

12th Annual Brewpub Shootout Results

The results of the 12th Annual Brewpub Shootout are in.

There were 14 participants this year, including the soon-to-open Revolution Brewing, recently-opened The Lucky Monk , and first-time participant, Half Acre. The area Rock Bottoms once again paired up into North/South and East/West teams, and the usual sellout of some three hundred CBS members gathered in the Irish-American Heritage Center‘s beautifully-remodeled Erin Room.

Awards were presented in three categories (Best Beer, Best Food, Best Beer/Food Pairing) , with the top three in each taking home an attractive trophy. The attendees cast their ballots and the awards were presented near the end of the event.

To see what you missed, check out the program (PDF) listing all of the featured beers and food items/pairings. Kudos to Three Floyds for providing a bonus beer & food pairing.

12th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout Awards:

Beer
1. America’s Brewing (Bourbon Fass Bavarian Gerste Wein)
2. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery (Dry-hopped Panama Limited Red Ale)
3. Goose Island Clybourn (Frankenporter)

Food
1. Rock Bottom N/S (Lombard & Orland Park)
2. The Lucky Monk
3. Rock Bottom E/W (Chicago & Warrenville)

Pairing
1. Rock Bottom N/S (Lombard & Orland Park)
2. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
3. BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery

As always, this was an unbelievable event. Thanks to all of the Brewpubs, Brewers, Chefs and their Assistants for making this possible; to the staff at the IAHC for their assistance;  and, of course, thanks to our great members who continue to make the Shootout one of the best beer events in the world!