Approximately 120 members and guests attended one of the most memorable Fall Tastings in recent memory. Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro was our host for the evening, and wow – they were great. The room was beautiful, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful, and the food was both plentiful and delicious. And then there was the beer…
Thirteen outstanding beers were presented in a walk-around blind tasting, and after the ballots were cast, Older Viscosity, a wood aged Imperial stout from Port Brewing, San Marcos, CA was selected as champion beer. It narrowly edged out Claire’s Impure Thought, a Russian Imperial Chocolate Raspberry Stout from Rock Bottom Chicago. The voting was so tight there was a tie for third place between 1871, a pre-prohibition lager from Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Company and Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company.
Filling out the rest of the impressive field (in presentation order):
- Capital Oktoberfest (thanks to Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.)
- Lakefront Local Archer (Harvest Ale)
- Flossmoor Station Black Magic Black IPA
- Shoreline Batch 200 Black IPA
- Goose Island Clybourn Black Cat Export Stout
- Mickey Finn’s Gudendark Dunkelweizen
- Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel (thanks to Map Room)
- New Belgium Tart Lychee Wild Ale
- Lunar Darkside Dubbel
CBS thanks all of the brewers, distributors, and bar-owning friends who made such an incredible selection possible. We also owe a great debt to the organizers and volunteers who made this event possible and who did their hardest work behind the scenes.
To our members and guests and attended, it was great having you! Hope to see you at our next event, the 12th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout, coming up in the new year. Make sure your membership is current to assure your exclusive opportunity for tickets.