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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.

21st Annual Spooky Brew Review

Spooky Brew is back and better than ever!  This year we will be hosted at Revolution’s Kedzie Brewery on October 26, 9a to 5p.

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 see http://spooky.chibeer.org/ for up to date 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

Entries will be accepted can be dropped off starting October 1st.  To register and enter, please go to http://spooky.chibeer.org.  All entries must be registered and dropped off by Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM CDT.  For more details please see http://spooky.chibeer.org/entry  BJCP entries are $8.  Spooky, Smashed Pumpkin, and Witches Brew are $2.  Please note the special instructions regarding payment if you are entering both BJCP and Spooky categories.

Judging

Judges and Stewards – we need you! If you are interesting in serving as a judge or steward on October 26, 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

Special instructions regarding payment

PLEASE NOTE UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS. This year, in order to streamline operations, we are only accepting payments via paypal.  You do not have to have a paypal account and it will accept most major forms of credit cards.  Please note, due to the limitations in the software, if you want to enter a Spooky, Smashed Pumpkin, or Witches Brew and receive the discounted rate, you must register and pay the full $8 per entry.  Upon receiving payment, your entries will be reviewed and if you have one or more Spooky, Smashed Pumpkin, or Witches Brew entries ($2), the difference in price will be refunded to you ($6/entry). We have already processed quite a few transactions this way and it is working quite smoothly.  Unfortunately, the discount code was not working as intended and thus had to be disabled.

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)

Goose Island Collaboration Brew with Chicago Beer Society

On April 2nd, 2013, Goose Island and Chicago Beer Society teamed up to brew a collaboration beer to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Goose Island.  The beer will be released May 2nd and samples will be available during our monthly First Thursday homebrewers meeting.  Nick Barron, head brewer for the Goose Island brewpubs, will talk about the beer and the process.  The beer is not yet named but we will update here as soon as it is decided.

The Brewing Team

Chicago Beer Society and Goose Island

Chicago Beer Society and Goose Island

Front Row (from left to right)
Kevin Segna, Nick Barron (GI Head Brewer), Peter Sloan, Chris Schwigen, Dave Philips, Tom Gustafson, Steve Mastny, and Jacob Sembrano (GI Brewer)

Back Row (from left to right)
Tim Norris, John Hall (GI Founder)

The beer at a glance

  • Style: American Black Ale
  • Starting Gravity: 1.068
  • Targeted Final Gravity: 1.016
  • Targeted IBUs: 33
  • Grist: 80% Canada Pale, 13% Aromatic Malt, 6% Midnight Wheat
  • Hop Schedule: Chinook @ 60, Cascade @ 30, Cascade @ 5, Centennial @ 0
  • Dry Hopping: To be determined…

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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

Eddie C. Campbell Benefit

The Chicago Beer Society is saddened to hear that Eddie C. Campbell, Chicago resident and blues musician, has suffered a heart attack and stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side while on tour in Germany.  Eddie has performed on our Blues & Brews Cruises in the past.

In order to help his family get Eddie back to the States for treatment, Rosa’s Lounge has donated their venue to host a blues benefit concert this Sunday, February 17, 2013.  Rosa’s Lounge is located at 3420 W. Armitage Ave. Phone number is (773) 342-0452. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $25.00. Show time is 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  The lineup includes Eddie ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Sugar Blue, Eddie Shaw, Lurrie Bell, Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy Johnson, Sharon Lewis, Mathew Skoller, Deitra Farr, Bob Stroger, Zora Young, Rico McFarland and Scott Dirks. More information regarding this benefit event can be found here.

If you are unable to make the benefit event but would like to help him and his family out through this hard time, you can make a donation to his assistance fund ran by his wife and manager, Barbara Mayson Campbell, via paypal:

Eddie C. Campbell Assistance Fund

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.

35th Annual Fall Tasting Recap

The Chicago Beer Society’s 35th Annual Fall Tasting Dinner’s in the books. Thanks to our host and the staff at Klas Restaurant for a great meal, all the brewers and breweries, The Map Room, Paramount Merchants, Louis Glunz Beer Inc., and 10th & Blake for the excellent beers. Hope all those attending had a good time!

The 2011 winners were:

First Place (tie): Revolution Brewing Co. Rise (American hoppy stout)
First Place (tie):  Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Big EddyRussian Imperial Stout
Third Place: 5 Rabbit Cerveceria Hibiscus Belgian Golden Holiday Ale

Filling out the rest of the impressive field were (in alphabetical order):

Regards,
Frank Patino
Fall Tasting Organizer

 

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