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

March 5, 2016
1:00 pmto5:00 pm
6:00 pmto10:00 pm

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 Results (Recap)

Results for the 2016 Brewpub and Microbrewery Shootout

Favorite Beer

  1. #8 Revolution
  2. #6 Off Color
  3. #10 Three Floyds

Favorite Food

  1. #10 Three Floyds
  2. #5 Haymarket Pub and Brewery
  3. #9 Rock Bottom Restaurants and Breweries

Favorite Pairing

  1. #5 Haymarket Pub and Brewery
  2. #10 Three Floyds
  3. #6 Off Color

2016 Brewpub Shootout (SOLD OUT)

January 23, 2016
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

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.



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.

2015 Fall Tasting Results (Recap)

On December 6th, 2015 we were hosted again at Kiser Tiger where approximately 75 people were presented with 14 wonderful and special beers.

These 14 beers were presented in a walk-around blind tasting where attendees were not aware of the brewery or name of the beer. Crib sheets with Style and ABV were made available upon request. All beers presented were truly great and many folks had to make some tough decisions. At 3PM ballots were collected and the below winners were announced.

  1. Goose Island Clybourn Brewery Wheatwine on Wood – Wheatwine aged for 10 months in Woodford Reserve Barrels. (11.5% ABV)
  2. Firestone Walker Brewing Company Union Jack – IPA double dry­ hopped with bold grapefruit, tangerine and citrus flavors. (7.5% ABV)
  3. Ploughshare Brewing Co Coal Train – Baltic Porter (lager) with aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and plums. (8.8% ABV)

The following is the list of beers as presented. Thank you to all the brewers and breweries that presented their beer for this years tasting!

1 Revolution Brewing Fist City 5.50% American Pale Ale brewed with 2 row, red wheat and a little specialty malt.
2 3rd Ploughshare Brewing Co. Coal Train 8.80% Baltic Porter (lager) with aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and plums.
3 Penrose Brewing Company Deminimus Festivál 4.30% Session Sour Brown Ale with sweet raisin and plum malt character balanced by subtly sharp cranberry, cinnamon and bright orange zest.
4 Aquanaut Brewing Company MoonRay 6.00% London Porter, smooth and creamy with a hint of roasted coffee.
5 2nd Firestone Walker Brewing Company Union Jack 7.50% IPA double dry­ hopped with bold grapefruit, tangerine and citrus flavors.
6 1st Goose Island Brewpub Wheatwine on Wood 11.50% Wheatwine aged for 10 months in Woodford Reserve Barrels.
7 Blue Island Beer Company Hard Luck IPA 6.30% American IPA with flavors and aromas of tropical fruits, citrus, and pine.
8 New Oberpfalz Brewing Russian Imperial Stout 9.20% Russian Imperial Stout with a deep malt body and a silky, smooth finish.
9 Off Color Brewing Le Woof 7.30% Bière de Garde, sweet but strong, brewed with Munich and Vienna malts.
10 Solemn Oath Brewery The Telegraph 9.50% Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale with chewy malt complexity of caramel, dried fruit and nuts.
11 Goose Island Fulton Real Nice Surprise 7.00% Porter laced with lactose and finished in whiskey, rum, and brandy barrels.
12 Half Acre Beer Company Goneaway IPA 7.00% IPA, shooting straight for a bitter edge before falling into a mellow haze.
13 Goose Island Fulton Fassinator 8.00% Blonde Doppelbock crafted by our own Brian Turner. Golden, crystal clear and malty with a slight bitterness in the finish.
14 Forbidden Root Bourbon Barrel Aged Heavy Petal 10% Bourbon Barrel aged 9 months, Imperial Stout with pecans, magnolia flowers and chocolate.
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39th Annual Fall Tasting

December 6, 2015
12:00 pmto5:00 pm

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.


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


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.


Available at each table from start




Devils Deviled Eggs

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta

Main Dishes

Bacon Bombs

Smoked BBQ Chicken

2015 Spooky Brew Review

As been discussed on the listserve and our Facebook group, we regretfully will not be hosting the Spooky Brew Homebrew Review this year.  We have not been able to secure an organizer or a venue with sufficient time to guarantee the caliber of judging event for which we have been known.  If you might be interested in organizing a one of the oldest BJCP sanctioned homebrew competitions or feel that your space would be amazing for a homebrew competition, please feel free to Contact Us and let us know.  It takes 8+ months to prepare for a competition so don’t delay.


Great Taste of the Midwest 2015 (Nearly Sold Out)

August 8, 2015
9:00 amto9:00 pm

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

July 11, 2015
9:00 amto6:30 pm

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)

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

Big Brew Day 2015

May 2, 2015
8:30 amto5:30 pm

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).


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 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. We will also take a brief break for mint juleps whilst viewing the Kentucky Derby around 5-ish, if you’re interested. We will provide mint and simple syrup, but we will require a large jug of bourbon.

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 2, 2015 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.