2016 – 40th Annual Fall Tasting

November 5, 2016
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

This Fall Tasting will be the 40th Fall Tasting and one of the oldest and longest continuously running beer event in the country! As such, we are pulling out all the stops to put on a very special tasting that you will not want to miss. The Fall Tasting 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.

Location: Berghoff Cafe
Date: November 5th, 2016
Time: 6pm – 9pm

More details will be forthcoming.

2016 Spooky Brew Review

October 22, 2016
9:00 amto4:00 pm

Spooky Brew is back this year and will be held on October 22nd at the Copernicus Center.

More information will be forthcoming as details are finalized.

Note: this homebrew competition is closed to judges and stewards only. As in past years, there will be no awards ceremony.

2016 Annual CBS Picnic (SOLD OUT)

September 10, 2016
12:00 pmto6:00 pm

SOLD OUT. Picnic is now at capacity

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 2016 picnic will be September 10, 2016 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 around July 30 with a unique code to obtain your tickets. Tickets will be available starting on Aug 1st at 12PM.

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.

Any questions, email picnic a/t. chibeer.org

More details will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Great Taste of the Midwest 2016 (Sold Out)

August 13, 2016
9:00 am

Both Country and City Buses are Sold Out

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 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. 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!

Additional details will be forthcoming.

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!

2016 Bus Trip to NW Indiana

June 25, 2016
9:00 amto7:00 pm

You Can’t Dance in Indiana, but You Can Drink..Bus Trip

Have you ever wanted to visit many of the great breweries in NW Indiana? Chicago Beer Society is pleased to announce our summer event is a bus tour to do just that!

On Saturday June 25, at 9:00 am, we will board a luxurious motor-coach for a one-day trip to Northwest Indiana and back!

One beer per brewery is included in the price of your ticket. Our first stop will be Crown Brewing in Crown Point, Indiana. Crown Brewing is a resurrection of the original Crown Brewing that closed it’s doors in 1916. Current owner Dave Bryan is thrilled to make great beer a part of the Crown Point community again. Pizza will be served here and is included in the cost of your ticket.

Our next stop will be the historic Griffith, Indiana to visit the town’s newest, and oldest breweries, each bringing their own unique brews to the Griffith beer scene. We will start at New Oberpfalz Brewing, then head to Wildrose Brewery, and finally visit Pokro Brewing.

Our final destination will be Hammond, Indiana’s hidden gem, 18th Street Brewing. This unassuming brewery serves fantastic beers that will make for a memorable finish to our trip.

We are excited to have you join us and get your summer started on a fun note. Cheers!

Please note that the bus will be waiting for NO ONE. Please arrive on time. Tickets are non-refundable.

Itinerary (Saturday June 25th, 2016)

  • Leave Goose Island – Clybourn (9:25 AM SHARP! Bus is NOT able to wait!!) Please use street parking or take public transit. Cars parked in lots could be towed.
  • Crown Brewing
    • Pizza will be provided
  • Griffith
  • New Oberpfalz Brewing
  • Wildrose Brewing
  • Pokro Brewing
  • 18th Street Brewing
  • Arrive Goose Island – Clybourn (~7:00 PM)

Ticket Details

  • Chicago Beer Society Member – $70/person (Buy Ticketsmember passwords were emailed around May 5th
  • Non-member – $75/person (Buy Tickets)
  • NO KEGS OR GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED ON BUS
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Tickets may be transferred via Brown Paper Tickets by changing the name on ticket 24hrs or more before departure.

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

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.

 

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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.

SEE YOU THERE!

TICKETS IN ADVANCE FOR CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY – $60 ea.

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.