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2017 Day of the Living Ales

Recap

The 2017 Day of the Living Ales was another successful showcase of 52 casks from Chicago area breweries. Two sessions were held and attendees voted on their 2 favorite above 6% and below 6% beers. See you at the next Day of the Living Ales!

Afternoon session of Day of the Living Ales is going great… Can't wait to see you evening session folks at 6pm,

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Results

Cellarman’s Awards

The Golden Tut award highlights the beers that best exemplify a cask beer based on condition, clarity, and quality as determined by the cellar staff.
Bronze – #33 – Revolution – Kazimierz (Grodziskie)
Silver – #2 – Alter Brewing – Alterior Motive IPA
Golden – #6 – BuckleDown Brewing – Copper Pot Brown Ale (English Brown Ale)

Under 6% ABV

Runner Up – #6 – BuckleDown – Copper Pot Brown Ale
Champion – #4 – Around the Bend – Vera Pistachio Cream Ale

Over 6% ABV

Runner Up – #41 – Spiteful – Mrs. O’Leary’s Chocolate Oreo Milk Stout
Champion – #42 – Temperance – Double Rye Barrel Aged Might Meets Right


The Chicago Beer Society announces the Day of the Living Ales for 2017, featuring cask conditioned ales from breweries around Chicagoland, plus selected guests.  Join us on March 4 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. 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 vote for their favorites to select the 2017 Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland from around 50 cask ales provided by this year’s participating breweries:

  • Alarmist Brewing
  • Alter Brewing Co.
  • Around the Bend Beer Co.
  • Blue Island Beer Co.
  • BuckleDown Brewing
  • Cruz Blanca Brewery
  • Emmett’s Brewing Co.
  • Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Hailstorm Brewing Co.
  • Half Acre Beer Co.
  • Hand of Fate Brewing Co.
  • Hopvine Brewing Co.
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Metropolitan Brewing
  • Mickey Finn’s Brewery
  • Miskatonic Brewing Co.
  • One Trick Pony Brewery
  • Radicle Effect Brewerks
  • Revolution Brewery
  • Revolution Brewpub
  • Rock Bottom Chicago
  • Rock Bottom Orland Park
  • Solemn Oath Brewery
  • Spiteful Brewing
  • Temperance Beer Co.
  • 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
  • Tighthead Brewing Co.
  • Two Brothers Artisan Brewing
  • White Oak Brewing

Non members may purchase tickets for $50/each

Members of record will be emailed with links to allow them to purchase tickets at membership prices on Jan 9th 2017. Please check your spam and deleted folders for a message with the subject “Chicago Beer Society Presents 2017 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

Note: Sometimes a cask breaks and beer spills. Brewery participation can change at any moment for reasons beyond our and often the brewers control.

2017 Brewpub Shootout

Chicago Beer Society presents:

19th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout

Saturday January 21, 2016

1-5pm

Baderbräu Tap & Brewery

2515 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL

Winners

Beer

  1. #13 Pollyanna – Fun Size
  2. #14 Revolution – Loganberry Reserve
  3. #08 Forbidden Root – Keine Krumel (German Chocolate Cake Stout)

Food

  1. #04 Blue Island/Maple Tree Inn – Short Rib
  2. #13 Polyanna/Burger Antics – Ten Drops (slider)
  3. #06 Cruz Blanca – Encamaronada (Cheesy Shrimp Tacos)

Beer and Food Pairing

  1. #13 Polyanna/Burger Antics (“Fun Size” Milk Stout paired with “Ten Drops” Coffee Rubbed Chuck & Brisket Slider)
  2. #04 Blue Island / Maple Tree Inn (“HeaVee” paired with Chicory rubbed, braised short rib)
  3. #08 Forbidden Root (Keine Krümel (“No Crumbs”) — German Chocolate Cake Stout paired with Malted Lamb Ribs with Sorghum Tamarind Glaze and Mint Yogurt)

View a copy of the program: 2017 BPSO Program

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 Friday December 16th for $65.00 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 30th for $70 each by visiting:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/chibeerorg/2727363

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.

SEE YOU THERE!

Ticket sales for current members ($65 each) begin Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 10:00am CST 

Ticket sales for non-members ($70 each) begin Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 10:00am CST 

Codes and instructions to acquire tickets were emailed out to members of record on Thursday, December 15th.  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.

Big Brew Day 2016

Please note this is MAY 14th which is the Saturday after the official AHA big brew weekend

We’re happy to host the CBS National Homebrew Day Celebration at our house once again this year but, due to my travel schedule, the party will be postponed to the FOLLOWING SATURDAY, MAY 14. As the telephone lady used to say, “please make a note of it.”

You are cordially invited to the annual celebration of the American Homebrewers Association‘s Big Brew Day. Homebrewers all across the country will be brewing batches of beer at the same time, including some of us. There are even some standard recipes listed on the Big Brew Page (which we rarely follow).

IF YOU PLAN ON BREWING, YOU MUST CONTACT RANDY BELOW TO RESERVE A SPACE.  Space is limited.

We expect, as in the past, that the party will be mostly non-brewing participants–thank gawd, as we’d burn down the neighborhood otherwise. Gates will be open starting at 8:30 AM (brewers can set up earlier by prior arrangement) and coffee and coffeecake will be available for early birds. Please don’t make Peter brew alone this year–c’mon and bring some equipment over and set up in our driveway!

Please note that THIS IS A 100% PITCH IN PARTY. We have a ploughman’s lunch (cheese, cured meat, pickles, bread, etc.) midday-ish, then get the smoker fired up and eat a hot meaty dinner later. We’ll have a Big Green Egg available as well as the smoker. Do NOT show up empty handed: beer, meat, cheeses, side dishes for dinner, snacks, and desserts, preferably homebrewed or homemade, are all welcome. Chicago Beer Society will supply plates, forks, cups, etc. Since the Derby will have run without us the prior Saturday, we won’t be stopping at 5 for mint juleps, unless there is a hue and cry for them, and in which case volunteer(s) committing to the provision of bourbon will be required.

This is an outdoor event and will be held RAIN OR SHINE.  Regardless of the predicted temperature, it can be considerably cooler by the lake especially if the sun is not shining so dress accordingly.  In case of rain, we’ll have EZ-ups and other shelters set up. We have limited seating, so portable/collapsible chairs are advisable if you want to be guaranteed a seat. We’ll fire up the fire pit after dinner, so we can Kumbaya around it at the end of the evening.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 8:30 AM until Nancy has had enough and makes everyone leave.

Location: 1604 W. Lunt Ave, in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Lunt is 7000 north; we’re 4 blocks west of the lake, 2 blocks east of Clark, 1 block north of the Morse Red Line stop. Also easily accessible from the Metra UP North Line Rogers Park stop, which is just a block west of Clark on Lunt. Parking is on the street only, so good luck with that…

Contact: 773 973 0240 or randymosher@rcn.com if you plan to brew and need to reserve a space.  Otherwise, feel free to come with beer, meat, cheese, or side dishes in hand.

 

2016 Day of the Living Ales (Recap)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Day of the Living Ales. Forty-six cask ales were sampled by attendees over 2 sessions. Attendees voted on their top three favorite beers. Once the votes were tallied, awards were announced for the top two beers over 6% ABV and the top two beers at or under 6% ABV. In addition, the beer that best exemplified a cask beer based on condition, clarity, and quality as determined by the cellar staff was awarded the Golden Tut.

Day of the Living Ales

This years winners:
Golden Tut: #11 Goose Island Brewpub – Curbside English Bitter

Low Gravity Winner: #29 Off Color – IKEA Beer
Low Gravity Runner-up: #30 Off Color – Wari: Chicha de Mole

High Gravity Winner: #17 Half Acre – Big Hugs
High Gravity Runner-up: #43 Temperance – Might Meets Right Russian Imperial Stout

More details about the event can be found here: http://chibeer.org/2016/02/11/2016-day-of-the-living-ales-2

Be sure to check out the pictures on Instagram (@ChicagoBeerSociety) and Facebook

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)