2016 Spooky Brew Review

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

More information including how to enter is available at http://spooky.chibeer.org

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)

SOLD OUT. Picnic is now at capacity

Scroll down for the full beer list!

Please note the Foster Ave bridge will be down between Pulaski and Cicero. This will affect all traffic including buses so please plan accordingly and allow yourself extra time.

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
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Results

Salsa
3 – #90 Adam Campos
2 – #87 Chris Cutlip
1 – #27 Sarah McKinney

Chili
3 – #42 Adam & Jen Murphy
2 – #40 Art Lopatka
1 – #22 Michael & Jessica Young

Ribs
3 – #3 Mark Korabik
2 – #14 Doug Ferguson
1 – #12 Jeff Filo

Other Meat
3 – #75 Brian Dombrowksi
2 – #85 Mark Naski
1 – #91 Randy Mosher / Jonathan Levin

Other Veg
3 – #1 Steve Mastny
2 – #70 Mike St. Denis
1 – #71 Julie Rice

Dessert
3 – #69 Mark Tunney
2 – #36 Debbie Ramsay
1 – #54 Livia Glatz

Great Taste of the Midwest 2016 (Sold Out)

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

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.