Join us at Reza’s Restaurant (432 W Ontario in River North, Chicago) on Saturday, November 20 for the 34th edition of the country’s oldest tasting of commercial beers. 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. There are a limited amount of seats available. Reservations are due by November 13 and pre-payment is required. Everyone must be 21 or older to attend. NO REFUNDS.

Reza’s is renowned for their fine Persian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cuisine and they’ve prepared a great menu for us that includes:

  • Appetizers: Grilled Mushrooms, Baba Ghannouj, Herb Roasted Feta Cheese, Pita and Relishes.
  • Entrees: Filet Mignon Shish Kabob, Boneless Breast Chicken Kabob, Shrimp Kabob, Fessenjan (Cornish Hens Simmered in Pomegranate and Walnut Sauce), White Rice, Dill Rice and Grilled Vegetables
  • Dessert: Baklava and Bameh (Deep Fried Dough Covered with Honey)

Did you know that the Reza’s space was once Chicago’s first brewpub? Sieben’s River North Brewery opened in the same space in 1987 (a year before Goose Island opened on Clybourn) and closed a few years later.  The Berghoff restaurant took over the space and operated its own brewpub there, but it closed in 1993. Don’t get excited by the sight of the mash tun and brew kettle – they’ve long since been disconnected and are purely decorative now. Odd for a Middle Eastern restaurant, to be sure, but perfectly appropriate for the Chicago Beer Society!

Tickets are $45 for CBS members, $55 for nonmembers. As always, nonmembers who sign up for CBS when making reservations get to pay the member rate. Check out the official event flyer for all the tasty details and use the attached form to reserve your tickets. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

The Chicago Beer Society emphasizes responsible consumption and recommends public transportation or the use of a designated driver for all our tasting events. Reza’s  is convenient to the CTA (about a 10 minute walk from the Chicago stop on the Brown Line) and Metra, and is also easily accessible by cab. For more details, visit the Reza’s website and hit Click for Directions to River North Location.