2018 Annual CBS Picnic *SOLD OUT*

SOLD OUT

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 2018 picnic will be September 8, 2018 in the same *old* place on the North side. TICKETS ARE FREE AND REQUIRED. Anyone without a ticket will be turned away.

A flyer will be emailed to members of record on August 13th with a unique code to obtain tickets.

Competition Categories

  1. Ribs
  2. Other Meats
  3. Salsa
  4. Chili
  5. Veggie
  6. Dessert

If you plan to enter one or more categories, you will need to fill out the competition form. The link to this form can be found when you purchase your tickets. This picnic is only for Chicago Beer Society members and their guests. Your food contributions make the picnic what it is. Please help contribute by entering a competition.

For additional information or questions email picnic (a.t.) chibeer.org

2018 Great Taste of the Midwest

Great Taste of the Midwest 2018

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 likely to be no exception!!  As it has been the case for many years, Chicago Beer Society 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 start boarding at 9:00 am and return around 9 pm the same evening. Doors shut and buses depart at 9:30 AM SHARP. The bus waits for no one!

Members will be emailed an official flyer early July with your unique password in order to receive the membership price. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of tickets *might* be available to non-members if our members don’t gobble them all up! Don’t risk being left out and join CBS today!

Final details are being worked out and information here is currently subject to change.

For those lucky enough to score tickets, here’s some important information:

  • No smoking; no kegs or glass containers on the bus
  • Cans and small lunchbox coolers OK.  Collapsible camp chairs OK.
  • 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!

Return of Curds & Ale

Chicago Beer Society presents…

RETURN OF CURDS & ALE
a celebration pairing craft beer & artisan cheese (with some sweet surprises!)

Saturday July 7th 2018
1pm – 5pm

Dovetail Brewery
1800 W Belle Plaine Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Mark your calendars for Saturday July 7, 2018 when the Chicago Beer Society will present Return of Curds and Ale, a celebration of cheese and beer. This afternoon event will take place in the upstairs space at Dovetail Brewery, and will feature a CBS-procured selection of craft beers paired with a variety of artisan cheeses, sweets from Katherine Anne Confections, and other surprises…

As many of you already know, pairing the right beer with the perfect cheese can make for a truly exciting combination. With common roots in agrarian history & modern artisan renaissance, similarities in flavors, and a huge range of characteristics, beer & cheese can reach amazing heights when properly paired together – and we’ll be presenting over a dozen expertly paired combinations at this event!

Member tickets are $40 and are available now (members: check your inbox for ticket info).

Tickets are now available for $45 each via 2018curdsandale.brownpapertickets.com

Space is limited and tickets will sell quickly – don’t wait too long, or you’ll miss out on one of the areas premier beer and cheese events!

SEE YOU THERE!

– Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass along with all samples.
– You must be 21 years or older to attend. No children.
– All ticket sales are final.
– We recommend public transportation for all our events.

2018 Day of the Living Ales

CBS Announces the Winners of the Day of the Living Ales 2018

Cellarmanship Award (Golden Tut. An award given for clarity and condition. A beer that best exemplifies the qualities of a cask ale.)

  1. Goose Island – Red Ale (#13) 5.7% ABV
  2. Goose Island Clybourn Brewhouse – Fingers Crossed English Bitter (#14) 4.5%
    ABV
  3. Alter Brewing – Denali Llama Double IPA (#2) 8.6% ABV

Low Gravity (Under 6% ABV)

  1. Imperial Oak – Dom Beerignon (#18) 4.5% ABV
  2. Spiteful Brewing – Farthing Dark Mild (#39) 3.6% ABV

High Gravity (Over 6% ABV)

  1. Temperance – Barrel Aged Might Makes Right (#41) 13% ABV
  2. Maplewood- Grahammy Cakes (#21) 6.0%

The Chicago Beer Society announces the Day of the Living Ales for 2018, featuring cask conditioned ales from breweries around Chicagoland, plus selected guests. Join us on March 3 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. Cask ale is the traditional English method of serving beer before draft systems and refrigeration. 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.

Saturday March 3rd, 2018
Two Spirited Sessions:
1-5PM Get Tickets Now!
6-10PM Get Tickets Now! <–Evening 4 Pack Special Available

Attendees will vote for their favorites to select the 2018 Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland from among over 40 cask ales from the following participating breweries

Alter Brewing
Around the Bend Beer Co.
BuckleDown Brewing
The Church Street Brewing Company
Empirical Brew Pub
Finch Beer Co
Goose Island (Fulton)
Goose Island (Clybourn Brewhouse)
Half Acre Beer Company
Hopvine Brewing Company
Imperial Oak Brewing
Lakefront Brewery
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
Metropolitan Brewing
Mickey Finn’s Brewery
Middle Brow Beer Co.
Miskatonic Brewing Company
Old Irving Brewing Co.
Prairie Krafts Brewing Company
Prairie Street Brewing Co.
Revolution Brewing
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Sketchbook Brewing Company
Spiteful Brewing
Temperance Beer Co.
Tighthead Brewing Company
Two Brothers Brewing Company

*Note that sometimes beer gets spilled. Brewery participation is subject to change based on factors beyond our control.

2018 Brewpub Shootout

Chicago Beer Society presents:

20th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout

Saturday January 20, 2018

1-5pm

Baderbräu Tap & Brewery

2515 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL

Beer

  1. #16 Blue Island
  2. #6 Corridor Brewery and Provisions
  3. #16 Three Floyds

Food

  1. #15 Rock Bottom
  2. #4 Blue Island/Maple Tree Inn
  3. #11 Imperial Oak/Burger Antics

Beer and Food Pairing

  1. #16 Three Floyds
  2. #04 Blue Island / Maple Tree Inn
  3. #15 Rock Bottom

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 Tuesday December 5th for $70.00 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 20th for $75 each by visiting:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/chibeerorg/3183727

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 ($70 each) begin Friday, December 5th, 2017 at 10:00am CST 

Ticket sales for non-members ($75 each) begin Wed, December 20th, 2017 at 10:00am CST 



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.