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!


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


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

2016 – 40th Annual Fall Tasting

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


Champion Beer (1st): Pilsner Urquel Nefiltrovaný (Unfiltered, flown fresh from Czech Republic)
Most Favorite Beer (2nd): Goose Island Pub Big Lazy Joe
Favorite Beer (3rd): Off Color Apex Predator

All Beers

1 Pilsner Urquell Unfiltered Pils Urquell 4.4% Czech Pils – Winner of 1978 Fall Tasting (International)
2 Heineken Heineken 5.4% Euro Lager – Winner of 1977 Fall Tasting (International)
3  Not entered  -NA-  -NA-  -NA-
4 Flossmoor Oktobertrain 6% Marzen –
Flossmoor has won the following:
1999 – Tripel
2001 – Imperial Elipse Stout
2006 – Imperial Mocha Stout
5 Goose Island Pub Big Lazy Joe 11.5% Imperial Brown Ale  –
Goose Island has won the following:
1995 – Old Aberration Barleywine
1997 – Russian Imperial Stout
2002 – Autumn Bitter
2014 – Cran Bruin
2015 – Wheatwine on Wood
6 Evil Horse Charging Bull 7% Weizenbock
7 Bells Best Brown 5.8% American Brown Ale – (Winner of 1998 Fall Tasting w/Two Hearted)
8 Cruz Blanca Marigold 8.7% Belgian Strong Ale
9 Ploughshare Soddie Robust Rye Porter 6.6% Rye Porter
10 Off Color Apex Predator 6.5% Farmhouse Ale
11 Forbidden Root Fig Dubbel 7.1% Dubbel
12 5 Rabbit 5 Grass 6.4% Hoppy Ale with Juniper, Two Kinds of Sage, Rosemary, and Tasmanian Pepperberry
13 Lakefront Latif 10.4% Double Chocolate Stout
14 Berghoff Oktoberfest 5.5% Marzen
15 Church Street Shony Scottish Ale 5.1% Scottish Ale
16 Dovetail Grodziskie 6% Grodziskie

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

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

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

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

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

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