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Chicago Beer Society Events

2016 – 40th Annual Fall Tasting

This Fall Tasting will be the 40th Fall Tasting and one of the oldest and longest continuously running beer event in the country! As such, we are pulling out all the stops to put on a very special tasting that you will not want to miss. The Fall Tasting allows the public to participate in a blind tasting of craft beers and then vote for their favorites. This will be a blind tasting to allow you to judge the specially procured beers strictly on their own merit. When the formal tasting ends, all the beers will be available for your enjoyment.

Location: Berghoff Cafe
Date: November 5th, 2016
Time: 6pm – 9pm

Winners

Champion Beer (1st): Pilsner Urquel Nefiltrovaný (Unfiltered, flown fresh from Czech Republic)
Most Favorite Beer (2nd): Goose Island Pub Big Lazy Joe
Favorite Beer (3rd): Off Color Apex Predator

All Beers

1Pilsner UrquellUnfiltered Pils Urquell4.4%Czech Pils – Winner of 1978 Fall Tasting (International)
2Heineken Heineken5.4%Euro Lager – Winner of 1977 Fall Tasting (International)
3 Not entered -NA- -NA- -NA-
4FlossmoorOktobertrain6%Marzen –
Flossmoor has won the following:
1999 – Tripel
2001 – Imperial Elipse Stout
2006 – Imperial Mocha Stout
5Goose Island PubBig Lazy Joe11.5%Imperial Brown Ale  –
Goose Island has won the following:
1995 – Old Aberration Barleywine
1997 – Russian Imperial Stout
2002 – Autumn Bitter
2014 – Cran Bruin
2015 – Wheatwine on Wood
6Evil Horse Charging Bull7%Weizenbock
7BellsBest Brown5.8%American Brown Ale – (Winner of 1998 Fall Tasting w/Two Hearted)
8Cruz BlancaMarigold8.7%Belgian Strong Ale
9PloughshareSoddie Robust Rye Porter6.6%Rye Porter
10Off Color Apex Predator6.5%Farmhouse Ale
11Forbidden RootFig Dubbel7.1%Dubbel
125 Rabbit5 Grass6.4%Hoppy Ale with Juniper, Two Kinds of Sage, Rosemary, and Tasmanian Pepperberry
13LakefrontLatif10.4%Double Chocolate Stout
14BerghoffOktoberfest5.5%Marzen
15Church StreetShony Scottish Ale5.1%Scottish Ale
16DovetailGrodziskie6%Grodziskie

2016 Spooky Brew Review

Spooky Brew is back this year and will be held on October 22nd at the Copernicus Center.

More information including how to enter is available at http://spooky.chibeer.org

Note: this homebrew competition is closed to judges and stewards only. As in past years, there will be no awards ceremony.

2016 Annual CBS Picnic (SOLD OUT)

SOLD OUT. Picnic is now at capacity

Scroll down for the full beer list!

Please note the Foster Ave bridge will be down between Pulaski and Cicero. This will affect all traffic including buses so please plan accordingly and allow yourself extra time.

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 2016 picnic will be September 10, 2016 in the same *old* place on the North side. TICKETS ARE FREE AND REQUIRED. Anyone without a ticket will be turned away.

A flyer will be emailed to members of record around July 30 with a unique code to obtain your tickets. Tickets will be available starting on Aug 1st at 12PM.

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. chibeer.org
Click Here to Open Beer List in Full Screen [Open in Google Sheets]

Results

Salsa
3 – #90 Adam Campos
2 – #87 Chris Cutlip
1 – #27 Sarah McKinney

Chili
3 – #42 Adam & Jen Murphy
2 – #40 Art Lopatka
1 – #22 Michael & Jessica Young

Ribs
3 – #3 Mark Korabik
2 – #14 Doug Ferguson
1 – #12 Jeff Filo

Other Meat
3 – #75 Brian Dombrowksi
2 – #85 Mark Naski
1 – #91 Randy Mosher / Jonathan Levin

Other Veg
3 – #1 Steve Mastny
2 – #70 Mike St. Denis
1 – #71 Julie Rice

Dessert
3 – #69 Mark Tunney
2 – #36 Debbie Ramsay
1 – #54 Livia Glatz

Great Taste of the Midwest 2016 (Sold Out)

Both Country and City Buses are Sold Out

The Great Taste of the Midwest at Olin-Turville Park in Madison, WI is always one of the country’s best beer festivals. It’s become so popular that the limited (now 6000) tickets sell out WAY in advance. This year is likely to be no exception!!  As it has been the case for many years, Chicago Beer Society offers its members first dibs from our already-purchased block ‘o tickets. In fact, we’ll even bus you there and back, whether you live in Chicago or the suburbs.

CBS has booked two luxury coaches that will comfortably transport folks to and from Madison. The bus for City folk will depart from Goose Island Clybourn while the Country bus leaves from Rock Bottom WarrenvilleBoth buses will start boarding at 9:00 am and return around 9 pm the same evening. Doors shut and buses depart at 9:30 AM SHARP. The bus waits for no one!

Members will be emailed official flyer in early June with your unique password in order to receive the membership price. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of tickets *might* be available to non members if our members don’t gobble them all up! Don’t risk being left out and join CBS today!

Additional details will be forthcoming.

For those lucky enough to score tickets, here’s some important information:

  • No smoking; no kegs or glass containers on the bus
  • You must be at least 21 years old to attend
  • Festival tickets will be distributed on the bus, no exceptions. No refunds. YOU MUST RIDE THE BUS SPECIFIED ON YOUR TICKET TO GET YOUR TICKET TO THE FEST!

2016 Bus Trip to NW Indiana

You Can’t Dance in Indiana, but You Can Drink..Bus Trip

Have you ever wanted to visit many of the great breweries in NW Indiana? Chicago Beer Society is pleased to announce our summer event is a bus tour to do just that!

On Saturday June 25, at 9:00 am, we will board a luxurious motor-coach for a one-day trip to Northwest Indiana and back!

One beer per brewery is included in the price of your ticket. Our first stop will be Crown Brewing in Crown Point, Indiana. Crown Brewing is a resurrection of the original Crown Brewing that closed it’s doors in 1916. Current owner Dave Bryan is thrilled to make great beer a part of the Crown Point community again. Pizza will be served here and is included in the cost of your ticket.

Our next stop will be the historic Griffith, Indiana to visit the town’s newest, and oldest breweries, each bringing their own unique brews to the Griffith beer scene. We will start at New Oberpfalz Brewing, then head to Wildrose Brewery, and finally visit Pokro Brewing.

Our final destination will be Hammond, Indiana’s hidden gem, 18th Street Brewing. This unassuming brewery serves fantastic beers that will make for a memorable finish to our trip.

We are excited to have you join us and get your summer started on a fun note. Cheers!

Please note that the bus will be waiting for NO ONE. Please arrive on time. Tickets are non-refundable.

Itinerary (Saturday June 25th, 2016)

  • Leave Goose Island – Clybourn (9:25 AM SHARP! Bus is NOT able to wait!!) Please use street parking or take public transit. Cars parked in lots could be towed.
  • Crown Brewing
    • Pizza will be provided
  • Griffith
  • New Oberpfalz Brewing
  • Wildrose Brewing
  • Pokro Brewing
  • 18th Street Brewing
  • Arrive Goose Island – Clybourn (~7:00 PM)

Ticket Details

  • Chicago Beer Society Member – $70/person (Buy Ticketsmember passwords were emailed around May 5th
  • Non-member – $75/person (Buy Tickets)
  • NO KEGS OR GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED ON BUS
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Tickets may be transferred via Brown Paper Tickets by changing the name on ticket 24hrs or more before departure.

For questions regarding this event or membership status, please Contact Us.

2016 Day of the Living Ales

2016 Day of the Living Ales Winners
Be sure to check out the winners and event recap here!

The Chicago Beer Society announces the Day of the Living Ales for 2016, featuring cask conditioned ales from Chicagoland, plus selected guests.  Join us on March 5th in Chicago’s new 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. 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.

Attendees will select the 2016 Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland out of nearly 40 participating breweries!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Two Spirited Sessions!

Afternoon, 1:00-5:00 PM (SOLD OUT)

Evening 6:00-10:00 PM

Non members may purchase tickets for $45/each

Members of record were emailed with links to allow them to purchase tickets at membership prices. Please check your spam and deleted folders for a message with the subject “Chicago Beer Society Presents 2016 Day of the Living Ales” If you have any questions or are sure you did not receive a unique member code and should have, please Contact Us.

Please note that some breweries, just like guests on someone’s RSVP list, will end up having to back out due to unforeseen circumstances or technical challenges. We will do our best to keep this page up to date with expected participants.

Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Full List of Breweries

 


Here are the list of breweries that will be participating in this years Day of the Living Ales.
5 Rabbit – Ca-Cao 2.0 Imperial Stout
Alarmist – Entrenched IPA
Alter (Removed 03/03/2016)
Aquanaut – MoonRay Robust Porter
Argus (Removed 2/26/2016)
Around the Bend – Fools Folly Belgian Saison  / Silk Road APA
Atlas – Facemelter Hibiscus IPA
Banging Gavel (Removed 2/17/2016)
Begyle (Removed 2/23/2016)
Blue Island (Added 2-8-2016) – Chi-style Massive Political Corruption
BuckleDown – Shady Aftermath
Destihl – Amra Mango IPA
Emmett’s – Hoptweet American Wheat Ale
Goose Island Clybourn – Curbside English Bitter / Mac Train
Goose Island – Scotchy Scotch Scotch / Special Blend / Requiem for a Red Head
Half Acre – Shrub Tundra / Big Hugs
Illuminated Brew Works – Hasselhopf Pale Ale
Imperial Oak – Sugar Shack Maple Chocolate Brown
Lagunitas – Blueberry Oat-y Stoopid
Maplewood – Pimm’s Cup Lemondrop
Metropolitan – Flywheel Bright Lager / Dynamo Copper Lager
Mickey Finn’s – Imperial Delusion Russian Imperial Stout / British Invasion
Middle Brow – ad astra Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)
Miskatonic – Oddfellow Scotch Ale
Noon Whistle – Bernie
Off Color – IKEA Beer / Wari: Chicha de mole
One Trick Pony – Storm Cat / Warlander
Revolution – Adams’ Best / Thee Destroyer
Rock Bottom Chicago – The Hammer Imperial Red / Headband IPA
Rock Bottom Lombard – Springboard Pale Ale
Rock Bottom Orland Park – Route 45 Session IPA / Suicide Kings
Solemn Oath – The Telegraph / Goat the Eunuch
Spiteful – Hostile Harry
Temperance – Might Meets Right Russian Imperial Stout / Zythos Dry Hopped Gatecrasher
Three Floyds – Look the Witch in the Eye / Amber Smashed Face (Removed 3-2-2016)
Tighthead – Bear’s Choice American IPA
Two Brothers – The Green Quincy / Cane & Ebel Rye Red Ale
Urban Legend (Removed 03/03/2016)
White Oak – WOW (White Oak Wheat)
Wild Onion (Removed 2-8-2016)

 

2016 Brewpub Shootout (SOLD OUT)

NOTE:  This event is SOLD OUT.  

Chicago Beer Society presents the 18th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout, Saturday January 23, 2016, 1-5pm at Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W 35th St Chicago IL 60609.

Come on out and enjoy the best beers and the best food from Chicago-area brewpubs and microbreweries. Sample a bunch of beers as well as each brewpub’s food item and then vote for your favorites. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.

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

SEE YOU THERE!

TICKETS IN ADVANCE FOR CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY – $60 ea.

Single members can order 1 ticket. Couple members can order 1 or 2 tickets. The code can only be used one time.

Ticket sales begin Monday, December 21, 2015 at 10 am CST 

ONLINE ONLY at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/chibeerorg/2475195.

Codes and instructions to acquire tickets were emailed out to members of record on Sunday, December 13th.  Please check your inbox and spam folder (From: “info@chibeer.org”).  If you cannot find the email, please Contact Us with your current information so we can ensure we have your correct information.



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.

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39th Annual Fall Tasting

39th Annual Fall Tasting

The Chicago Beer Society is pleased to announce that its 39th annual Fall Tasting & Dinner will be held from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Kaiser Tiger1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, on Sunday, Decemeber 6, 2014.  Returning again to a great venue with a fabulous view
of the Downtown skyline that was rated the #1 Beer Hall. The Fall Tasting is probably the country’s oldest beer event that allows the public to participate in a blind tasting of craft beers and then vote for their favorites. This will be a blind tasting to allow you to judge the specially procured beers strictly on their own merit. When the formal tasting ends, all the beers will be available for your enjoyment.

Ticket Information

$55 Members / $65 Non-Members — Tickets Go On Sale November 10, 2015, Tuesday at 10am
Ticket sales thru BrownPaperTickets.com only. Price includes beer glass, beer samples and food.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2433159

Everyone must be 21 years old to attend. No children, please. NO REFUNDS.

Transportation

The Chicago Beer Society emphasizes responsible consumption and recommends using a designated driver or taking public transportation. CTA Green or Pink Line to Ashland/Lake;
walk a half block east on Lake St, and then
a long block southeast on diagonal Randolph St.

Menu

Available at each table from start

frites

pretzels

Appetizers

Devils Deviled Eggs

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta

Main Dishes

Bacon Bombs

Smoked BBQ Chicken

Great Taste of the Midwest 2015 (Nearly Sold Out)

The Great Taste of the Midwest at Olin-Turville Park in Madison, WI is always one of the country’s best beer festivals. It’s become so popular that the limited (now 6000) tickets sell out WAY in advance. This year is no exception – the event has already been declared a sellout!!  But – as has been the case for many years – CBS offers its members first dibs from our already-purchased block ‘o tickets. In fact, we’ll even bus you there and back, whether you live in Chicago or the suburbs.

CBS has booked two luxury coaches that will comfortably transport folks to and from Madison. The bus for City folk will depart from Goose Island Clybourn while the Country bus leaves from Rock Bottom WarrenvilleBoth buses will depart at 9:30 am and return around 9 pm the same evening.

Members were snail-mailed an official flyer in early June with your unique password in order to receive the membership price. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can purchase tickets for the CITY BUS here: cbscitybus15.brownpapertickets.com ****SOLD OUT****
You can purchase tickets for the COUNTRY BUS here: cbscountrybus15.brownpapertickets.com ****ONE TICKET REMAINS****

There are currently a limited number of tickets available for non-members.  Order soon as supplies are limited.

For those lucky enough to score tickets, here’s some important information:

  • No smoking; no kegs or glass containers on the bus
  • You must be at least 21 years old to attend
  • Festival tickets will be distributed on the bus, no exceptions. No refunds. YOU MUST RIDE THE BUS SPECIFIED ON YOUR TICKET TO GET YOUR TICKET TO THE FEST!

2015 Bus Trip to Milwaukee

Chicagoans sometimes refer to Milwaukee as being like “a smaller Chicago.” We figure this probably irks Milwaukeeans (all 97,000 of ’em…er is it 970,000?… whatever), but hopefully they won’t take it out on us.

On Saturday July 11, at 9:25 a.m. sharp, we will board a luxurious motor-coach for a one-day trip to Milwaukee and back! This journey will include a visit to Sprecher Beer Garden in the Park, with bratwurst and beer served from refurbished fire engines; the outstanding Lakefront Brewing Co. Brewery Tour (with samples), as well as a visit to Ale Asylum’s Milwaukee location. After a brief stop at Woodman’s so that guests can pick up a six-pack or two of Wisconsin beer to bring home, we will re-cross the border to the flat lands and aim the bus for Libertyville, Ill., where we will visit Mickey Finn’s to have a beer and a bite with brewer Greg Browne, a long-time friend of CBS. In fact this trip may be full of old friends. We end up back at Goose Island – Clybourn (where this trip begins), by around 6:30 or 7 pm. Yes, there will be cheese, and yes there will be plenty to eat at two of our stops.

Itinerary (Saturday July 11th, 2015)

  • Leave Goose Island – Clybourn (9 AM SHARP!) Please use street parking or take public transit. Cars parked in lots could be towed.
  • Sprecher Beer Garden in the Park
    • Bratwurst and beer served from fire engines!
  • Lakefront Brewing Co (samples included)
  • Ale Asylum (Milwaukee)
  • Visit to Woodmans to fetch a six-pack or two of your favorite Wisconsin beer
  • Mickey Finns
  • Arrive Goose Island – Clybourn (~6:30 – 7:00 PM)

Ticket Details

  • Chicago Beer Society Member – $70/person (Buy Ticketsmember passwords were emailed around June 5th
  • Non-member – $75/person (Buy Tickets)
  • NO KEGS OR GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED ON BUS

For questions regarding this event or membership status, please Contact Us.