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How do I join CBS?

We give you multiple ways to join the Beer Society: online via PayPal; by snail mail via check, cash or money order; in person at many of our events. Membership runs for 12 months from the month of your initial sign up. The fee is $25 for individuals, $40 for couples. Save five dollars ($20/$35) each year when you renew. Members will be notified a month prior to your expiration date. You must be of legal drinking age (21 or older) to join.

Join via PayPal

The fastest, easiest way to sign up is online by using our PayPal option. Simply select link above and then the proper membership type from the dropdown list. You can use most major credit or debit cards and do not have to have a PayPal account, even though the transaction is processed through PayPal. Just make sure to select the credit or debit card link on the PayPal login page.


Join via Mail

Simply print, fill out and mail in this membership application (PDF) with your payment (cash or a check/money order payable to the Chicago Beer Society) or join whenever you order event tickets (registration forms always contain a membership option). Don’t trust the mail? Sign up at most of our events at our registration or merchandise tables (when applicable) or give your application/payment to any Board member. If you can’t view and print PDF, send an email to and a copy of the application form will be mailed to you. Please make sure to include your name and full street address. Make sure to also include both member names if you are signing up for a Couples membership.

Members receive discount tickets to all paid events. More importantly, they also get exclusive access to our most-popular events (the Brewpub Shootout, Bus Trip to the Great Taste of the Midwest, and our annual picnic), where tickets are now offered only to members. Membership definitely has its privileges!