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Chicago Beer Society Events

22nd Annual Spooky Brew Review

October 25, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm

Spooky Brew is back and better than ever!  This year we will be hosted at Goose Island Wrigleyville Goose Island Clybourn on October 26, 9a to 5p.  Location changed due to the unfortunate closing of Goose Island Wrigleyville on Sept 29th.

As usual, Spooky Brew Review will feature judging in all categories of the BJCP Style Guidelines. But a highlight is always the judging of the special Spooky (scariest) and Smashed Pumpkin (Worst of Show) categories, which definitely should not be missed. We are also including Witches’ Brew, which is an open category for beer, mead, and cider brewed only by women.

NOTE: All entries for the Spooky and Smashed Pumpkin categories must be drinkable. Anything deemed otherwise by the Competition Committee will be DISQUALIFIED, and that’s very hard to do.

Event Details

Please note that the actual competition is closed to the public and competitors.  Only judges, stewards, and event staff will be allowed at the actual competition. This helps ensure the judges can focus and do what they do best.

Entry Registration

http://spooky.chibeer.org/entry

Judging

Judges and Stewards – we need you! If you are interesting in serving as a judge or steward on October 25, please contact competition organizer Peter Sloan (peter @ chibeer.org). All general questions can also be directed to him.

You can also sign up via http://spooky.chibeer.org/register

Special instructions regarding payment

PLEASE NOTE UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS.  In order to streamline operations, we are only accepting payments via PayPal.  You do NOT have to have a paypal account in order to pay and it will accept most major forms of credit cards.

Changes and additional information will be posted here so please check back frequently.

2014 CBS Bus Trip: Beyond the Cheddar Curtain and Back

July 12, 2014
9:00 amto8:00 pm

Chicago Beer Society presents:
The Next in a Series of Tasting Tours – “Beyond the Cheddar Curtain and Back”

On Saturday July 12, we will board a luxurious motor coach for a trip Beyond the Cheddar Curtain and Back. This journey will focus primarily on the Madison area with stops at landmarks like Great Dane Brewpub Eastside (for lunch) and Capital Brewery Beergarten, as well as the newish and exciting Karben4 Brewery. Once we are safely back on the Illinois side of the state line, we will also pay a visit to Pig Minds Brewing near Rockford. Of course our terminus destination will be one of our second homes, Goose Island Clybourn (the trip starts there, too, departing at 9 a.m.).  Yes, there will be cheese, and yes, we will make a quick stop at a Woodman’s or another off-premise retailer so that guests can pick up a six-pack or two of Wisconsin beer to bring home. We will also provide each guest with a can of beer on the bus, beer at each destination, plus lunch. 

A limited number of tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets. The member price is $70 ($73.43 with service fee), nonmembers $75 ($78.62 with service fee). All current CBS members were sent an event flyer with a ticket purchase password. If you lost your copy and need to get the password, drop us a line via the Contact page to request yours. Tickets are Will Call only. You must be at least 21 y.o. to board. No smoking, no kegs or glass containers on the bus.

2014 Day of the Living Ales

March 1, 2014
1:00 pmto5:00 pm
6:00 pmto10:00 pm

Note: Tickets are still available for both Afternoon and Evening sessions of Day of the Living Ales! Non-member General Admission tickets will go on sale  January 26 at 10 AM CST at afternoondotla.brownpapertickets.com (Afternoon session is SOLD OUT) and eveningdotlabrownpapertickets.com

A walk-around real ale tasting featuring the best cask conditioned ales from Chicagoland breweries as well as from specially selected guest brewers, plus fine meats, cheeses and assorted appetizers. 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.

Attendees will select the 2014 Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland!

Saturday March 1, 2014

Two Spirited Sessions!

1:00-5:00 & 6:00-10:00PM

Goose Island – Wrigleyville – 3535 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL

Only 250 Tickets Per Session Will Be Sold! Chicago Beer Society members will receive ticket ordering information in the mail soon.  DO NOT THROW THIS MAILER AWAY.  It will contain a unique code by which you can order your tickets.

Any questions regarding this event, membership status, or other queries should be directed to http://chibeer.org/contact/

 

2014 Brewpub Shootout (SOLD OUT)

January 25, 2014
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

NOTE:  This event is SOLD OUT.  

Chicago Beer Society presents the 16th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout, Saturday January 25, 2014, 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 – $55 ea.

Use the eight character, Case Sensitive code above your name on the envelope to purchase tickets.

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 Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9am 

ONLINE ONLY at www.bpt.me/521583.

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.

37th Annual Fall Tasting

November 2, 2013
6:30 pmto11:00 pm

37th Annual Fall Tasting

The Chicago Beer Society is pleased to announce that its 37th annual Fall Tasting & Dinner will be held from 6:30 to 11:00 pm at Reza’s Restaurant, 432 W Ontario, Chicago, on Saturday, November 2, 2012. 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

$45 Members / $55 Non-Members
Ticket sales thru BrownPaperTickets.com only.
Sales begin soon. [Date Pending: 9/30/13, 10am]
http://37falltasting.brownpapertickets.com/

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. The closest CTA train stations are at Chicago (Brown Line), Grand and Halsted (Blue Line), and Grand and State (Red Line). Taxis and buses are also easily available in the area.

Menu

~~Appetizers~~

Grilled Mushrooms
Baba Ghannouj
Herbed Roasted Feta Cheese

~~Entries~~

Filet Mignon Shish Kabob
Broiled Salmon
Lamb Shank (Seasoned Baby Spring Lamb Shank Simmered in Homemade Tomato Sauce)
Chicken Fessenjan (Boneless Chicken Breast Simmered in S&S Pomegranate Sauce with Crushed Walnuts)
Fresh Baked Bread
White Rice & Dill Rice

~~Dessert~~

Baklava and Bamieh (Deep Fried Dough Covered with Honey)

2013 CBS Bus Trip To South West Michigan

July 27, 2013
8:00 amto9:00 pm

Michigan Bus Trip – SAT, JULY 27th

There have been some epic Chicago Beer Society trips, just ask around at Thirst Fursday or Third Wednesday, but it’s been awhile, so we believe it’s time for a bus tour to The Left Side of the Mitten. We’ll charter a coach and motor around that Great Lake the natives called Michi Gami for a day of Beer, Food and Fun — All Inclusive!

On Saturday, July 27, 2013, we’ll depart from Goose Island – Clybourn at 8 AM, arriving in Grand Rapids, MI around noon (ET) for approximately three hours. Afterwards, we’ll work our way back down the shore of the Lake of the Stinking Water, with leisurely stops in Holland, Saugatuck and Sawyer. We’ll arrive back at Goose Island – Clybourn around 9pm.

Itinerary (Saturday, July 27, 2013)

8 AM CST
Bus will pickup members from Goose Island Clybourn and depart at 8 AM (Chicago Time). Each member will receive 2 “Revolution Road Beers” for the drive to Grand Rapids.

12 Noon EST
We will arrive at Founders Brewing Co. at approximately noon (Michigan Time). Each member will be provided Lunch and Beer. (Sandwich pre-order forms will be sent to ticket holders after sellout).

1:15 PM EST
Bus will leave Founders at 1:15 PM (MI Time) to Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids.  Each member will be provided a beer at Vivant.  Members can choose to stay at Founders or visit a neighboring brewery or pub (Hopcat, Grand Rapids Brewing, etc)

2:30 PM EST
Bus will return to Founders at 2:30 PM to pickup anyone that stayed at Founders or visited a nearby pub/bar.

3:00 PM EST
Bus will depart from Founders to New Holland Brewing Co, New Holland.

3:30 PM EST
Bus will arrive at New Holland Brewing Co.  Each member will be provided a beer.

4:45 PM EST
Bus will depart from New Holland Brewing Co to Saugatuck Brewing Co.

5:15 PM EST
Bus will arrive at Saugatuck Brewing Co. Each member will be provided a beer.

6:15 PM EST
Bus will depart from Saugatuck to Greenbush Brewing, Sawyer MI.

7:15 PM EST
Bus will arrive at Greenbush Brewing.  Each member will be provided a beer.

8:30 PM EST
Bus will depart Greenbush and head back to Goose Island – Clybourn, Chicago, IL.

9:00 PM CST
Arrive back in Chicago at Goose Island Clybourn.  Each member will be provided a beer.

Beers Included With Ticket

  • 2 Road Beers from Revolution Brewing
  • 1 Beer and Lunch from Founders Brewing
  • 1 Beer from Brewery Vivant
  • 1 Beer from New Holland Brewing
  • 1 Beer from Saugatuck
  • 1 Beer from Green Bush
  • 1 Beer from Goose Island

Most breweries are offering discounts on merchandise for members while on site. Note: Dinner is not included but folks would be able to pick up a quick dinner at one of the scheduled evening stops.

Ticket Details

Effective at 12 noon, June 24, Non-Members can purchase tickets for $75 each. Limit 2 tickets / order, please. Members can still use the mailed password to purchase their tickets at the member price.

»»» Please go to http://cbsbustoswmi.brownpapertickets.com/ to purchase tickets. «««

Tickets for members are $70 each and includes some beer and food.  Single members can purchase only ONE ticket.  Couples members can purchase one or two tickets.  Tickets will be available for sale ONLINE ONLY and instructions will be sent to current members.

You must be 21 years or older to attend. No smoking and no kegs or glass container of any kind on the bus.

2013 Annual CBS Picnic

September 7, 2013
12:00 pm

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 2013 picnic will be September 7, 2013 in the same old place. TICKETS ARE FREE AND REQUIRED. Ticket request forms will be mailed in June July to members of record as of May 31. Single Members can request up to 2 tickets, Couples Members can request up to 4 tickets. (Minor children are welcome and do not require tickets.) There will be a limited number of free tickets so do not delay mailing in your request.

2013 Day Of The Living Ales (sold out)

March 2, 2013
1:00 pmto5:00 pm
6:00 pmto10:00 pm

A walk-around real ale tasting featuring the best cask conditioned ales from Chicagoland breweries and specially selected guest, plus fine meats, cheeses and assorted appetizers. 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.

 

Attendees will select the 2013 Champion Real Ale of Chicagoland!

Saturday March 2, 2013

Two Spirited Sessions!

1:00-5:00 & 6:00-10:00PM

Goose Island – Wrigleyville – 3535 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL

 

Only 250 Tickets Per Session Will Be Sold!

The event is now completely sold out. Subscribe to the CBS-HB listserv (read FAQ for subscription and posting instructions) to post your interest and see if tickets become available.

2013 Brewpub Shootout – Sold Out!!!

January 19, 2013
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

Come out and enjoy the best beers and food from the 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 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!

Sat Jan 19th, 2013
1-5pm
ZHOU B Art Center1029 W 35th St Chicago, IL

 

THIS IS A CBS MEMBER TICKETED EVENT ONLY!!!

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT DOOR!!!

36th Annual Fall Tasting at Goose Island Clybourn (sold out)

December 1, 2012
6:30 pmto10:30 pm

The Chicago Beer Society is pleased to announce that its 36th annual Fall Tasting & Dinner will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 pm at the Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 North Clybourn, Chicago, on Saturday, December 1, 2012. 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. As always, highly-coveted plaques will be awarded to the breweries that win top honors.

The Chef at GI-C will be preparing a variety of small plates of beer-centric food to complement the beers provided in the blind tasting. Attendees will be able to judge the specially procured beers strictly on their own merit, as well as with the menu items. When the formal tasting ends, the breweries and beer names will be announced and all beers will continue to be available for your enjoyment.

Note that as of the reservation deadline (November 26), the event is now sold out. If you have not yet mailed in your reservation or already contacted us directly, please don’t mail one in as it will be returned. Thanks to all of you for responding so promptly.

Tickets have finally been mailed, but if you do not receive them before Saturday you can check in at the event. To confirm that you are on the list, just send a query via the Contact Page.

The Chicago Beer Society emphasizes responsible consumption and recommends using a designated driver or taking public transportation. The closest CTA train stations are at North & Clybourn (Red Line) and Armitage (Brown Line). Taxis are also easily available in the area.