45th Fall Tasting & Dinner Recap

The 2022 edition of our annual Fall Tasting reminded us how much fun sampling blind can be!

The venue was incredible (BIG shout-out to Double Clutch Brewing and their amazing staff), the food was tasty, and the wide variety of beers on offer kept tasters on their toes!

While there were many excellent options pouring throughout the night, the top 3 favorites (voted on blind by attendees) were:

CHAMPION: Goose Island (Clybourn Brewhouse) – Big News 1 (Imperial Stout aged on coconut & pecan – 13%)

FAVORITE: Revolution (brewpub) – Party Britches (Rye Dunkel – 6%)

FAVORITE: Ike & Oak – Woollysicle (Milkshake IPA w/orange, vanilla, lactose – 6.3%)

Many thanks once again to our host venue, and the volunteers & board members who helped with everything from hauling kegs to check-in to draft system maintenance to cleanup and tear-down! See you again next year!

FULL BEER LIST:

BREWERYBEERSTYLEABV %
1) Revolution (Brewpub)Party BritchesRye Dunkel6
2) Ike & OakWoollysicleMilkshake IPAw/orange, vanilla, lactose6.3
3) HaymarketOscar’s PardonBelgian Pale Ale4.5
4) Off ColorBeer for the Top ShelfVienna Lagerw/maple syrup5.5
5) TightheadWe Be Yammin’Sweet Potato Ale6.9
6) DuneyrrScarlet WynterRosé Vineyard Aleco-fermented w/ riesling grapes, blood orange, red currant & elderflower4.8
7) Double ClutchHellesHelles Lager5.1
8) Goose IslandBig News 1Oatmeal Stoutaged on toasted & raw coconut, and roasted pecans13
9) MaplewoodModified ConceptDDH IPA7.2
10) Casa HumildeMesita C2CMixed-FermentationTable Beer3.4
11) Half AcrePretty StreetsLime Lager4.8
11) Roaring TableAccordanceCzech Dark Lager4.6
13) Printer’s RowDark AdaptationStout w/ Cacao Nibs & Peanut Butter8.6
collage of photos featuring bar area and brewery equipment

45th Annual Fall Tasting & Dinner

Sunday December 4th 2022 | 4pm – 8pm

Double Clutch Brewing Company
2121 Ashland Avenue
Evanston, IL

This year’s tasting will be our 45th — one of the oldest and longest running beer events in the country!

For the 2022 edition, we are planning for a truly special evening at Double Clutch Brewing Company, who’ve just returned from the Great American Beer Festival carrying not only two medals, but also the title of Small Brewery of the Year!

(cbs member pre-sale now live, general admission tix avail Friday 11/4/22 @ noon)

Attendees will participate in a blind tasting of over a dozen Chicagoland craft beers before voting on their favorites. This allows the specially procured beers to be judged strictly on their own merits. When the blind portion of the tasting ends, the beers will be revealed and will remain available for your continued enjoyment, so feel free to go back for repeated samples of all of your favorites!

Our menu for the evening features a variety of mouth-watering options from the talented kitchen team at Double Clutch:

APPETIZERS

  • House Salad
  • Humus Platter
  • Bruschetta
  • Charcuterie

ENTREES & SIDES

  • Beef Sliders
  • Amish Wings
  • Portabella Mushroom Sandwiches

SWEETS:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Mexican chocolate Cookie

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Capacity is limited and we expect this event to sell out, so don’t hesitate – secure your spot ASAP!

CBS Members may now purchase up to 4 tickets at the discounted member rate, and any remaining tickets will become available to the general public at noon on Friday November 4th.

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THE FINE PRINT:

  • 21+ to attend. No children. No refunds
  • Ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass + all food and beer
  • Chicago Beer Society recommends using ride share or public transportation for all our events
  • Imbibe responsibly; anyone who is visibly intoxicated or causing problems for themselves, attendees, or event staff may be asked to leave

Hazy Days 3

(video: Frank Osako)

Chicago Beer Society presents… Hazy Days 3

Saturday July 23rd, 2022 / 1pm – 5pm

Space Stage Studios (outdoor courtyard)
455 N Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Everything from modern hop bombs to classic, traditionally unfiltered styles to boundary-pushing experimental offerings will be featured at this festival & competition where attendees will sample and vote for their favorites to crown champions in each of four categories:

  • Modern (hop-driven: DDH IPA/DIPA, NEIPA, Hazy Pale Ale, etc)
  • Classic (traditionally unfiltered / cloudy styles; zwickel, weizen, etc)
  • Experimental (wild, fruit-driven, barrel-aged, milkshake/smoothie, etc)
  • Haze-Free (clear, clean, crisp beverages of various styles)

Tickets available now at www.chibeer.org/HAZY

BREWERIES:

FOOD:

MUSIC:


  • This is an outdoor rain or shine event – sales are final
  • HYDRATION IS VITAL: you are welcome to bring outside containers for water, and we will also have shade structures and plenty of water available to help everyone stay safe in the heat
  • Attendees must be 21 years or older. Please leave kiddos & doggos at home.
  • Admission includes souvenir tasting glass & samples from each brewery
  • We recommend public transportation for all our events
  • Brewer participation may change due to circumstances beyond our control
  • Chicago Beer Society follows all local health protocols

2022 Brewpub Shootout Recap


Despite a few of our brewing friends having to drop out late due to some (understandable) staffing/logistics complications as we continue to recover from the pandemic, those that were able to participate in the competition brought their “A” games as usual!

Massive thanks to our hosts (Metropolitan Brewing), all of the participating brewpubs, the enthusiastic attendees, and to our hard working volunteers who arrived early and stayed late to help make this amazing event possible once again!


For those who were unable to attend, here are this year’s winners (full program here):

Best Beer

  1. Une Année
  2. Brickstone Brewery
  3. Ørkenoy

Best Food

  1. Brickstone Brewery
  2. Ravinia
  3. Une Année

Best Pairing

  1. Brickstone Brewery
  2. Eris
  3. Une Année

44th Annual Fall Tasting & Dinner Recap

The 2021 Edition of our annual Fall Tasting & Dinner (our 44th!) was, as always, an enjoyable and enlightening event. Massive thanks to the brewers for providing us with so much delicious beer, all the attendees, our hosts Old Irving Brewing, and especially to their hard working staff who helped keep the food flowing and our plates full throughout the evening.

Thanks again – we’ll see you in 2022 for the 45th Fall Tasting!

BLIND TASTING WINNERS

CHAMPION: #15 – Old Irving ‘Grizzly Reaper’ Imperial Milk Stout 
FAVORITE: #2 – Duneyrr ‘Sauvyn Blanc’ Hybrid Ale
FAVORITE: #10 – Printer’s Row ‘Cannonball’ Robust Porter

FULL BEER LIST

BREWERYBEERSTYLEABV %
1) DovetailHefeHefeweizen4.8
2) DuneyrrSauvyn BlancHybrid ale Co-fermemted with Sauvignon Grape Must & Passionfruit5.5
3) OrkenoyBowski HamlinGolden Amber Lager4.5
4) Half AcreSouthern Hemi Double Daisy CutterDouble Pale Ale7.7
5) MetropolitanArc WelderDunkel Rye5.2
6) Midwest CoastEnglish Sporting BeerEnglish Pale Ale5.3
7) Cruz BlancaThree KingsHoliday Punch Ale8.5
8) Casa HumildeCampesinoSaison aged in Cabernet barrels4.7
9) MaplewoodCrushinatorSession IPA4.5
10) Printers RowCannonballRobust Porter7
11) Lake EffectGose Barrel Aged Program-TequilaTequila Barrel-Aged Gose4.8
12) Une AnneeLe Grand Monde 3 2021Wild Ale7
13) Imperial OakAdmiral AckbeerDubbel7
14) Old IrvingLeon’s Last StandFruited Sour6
15) Old IrvingGrizzly ReaperImperial Milk Stout10