2015 Day of The Living Ales Recap

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Day of the Living Ales. Forty-seven 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 event’s cellar staff was awarded the Golden Tut.

Over 6%

6% and Under

Golden Tut Award

Many thanks to our hosts at Bottom Lounge, the breweries who provided beers, and the volunteers who helped with setup, serving, and clean up.

Until next year. Cheers!

2015 Brewpub Shootout (Recap)

Chicago Beer Society’s Seventeenth Annual Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout at Zhou B Art Center is in the books, but the memories of delicious dishes and astounding ales linger on…A huge thanks to the participants and everyone who attended (and didn’t have to battle snow, for a change!).

Here are the winners:

Favorite Beer – Revolution
Favorite Beer – Goose Island
Champion Beer – Off Color

Favorite Food – BrickStone
Favorite Food – Revolution
Champion Food – Three Floyds

Favorite Beer & Food Pairing – 5 Rabbit
Favorite Beer & Food Pairing – Three Floyds
Champion Beer & Food Pairing – Flossmoor Station

Here are participant and menu details:

5 Rabbit Cerveceria – Bedford Park IL
Brewers: John J, Hall (Brewmaster), Nate Chesser, Raul Heredia, Adam Stull, Mike Witkowski
Chefs: Team 5 Rabbit
Pairing Beer: 5 Grass Hoppy Ale with Juniper, Sage, White Sage, Rosemary and Tasmanian Pepperberry
Food Pairing: Tortas Ahogadas: “Drowned” sandwiches with slow- smoked pork shoulder in 5 Grass adobo seasoning on bolillo buns and salsa rojo, garnished with habañero-pickled onions and queso fresco.
Bonus Beers: 5 Vulture Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale with Fresh-Roasted Ancho and Mulato Chiles; Arroz Con Leche Imperial Rice Ale with Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, Almonds and Sweetened Condensed Milk

BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery – Bourbonnais IL
Brewers: BrickStone brewers
Chef: Chef Dino G.
Pairing Beer: Dark Secret Russian Imperial Stout aged with Dark Matter Coffee
Food Pairing: Dark Secret Coffee Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta
Bonus Beer: HopSkipNImDrunk Double APA; BrickStone APA

DryHop Brewers – Chicago IL
Brewer: Brant Dubovick
Chef: Joel Pillar
Pairing Beer: Feeling That Surrounds Belgian Stout – This year’s winter stout was brewed with our house Belgian yeast strain, candy sugar,and orange peel, which impart notes of bubblegum, orange, and raisin to meld with the classic stout flavors of espresso and chocolate.
Food Pairing: Banana Bread Pudding – Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Marshmallow Crème
Bonus Beers: Shark Meets Hipster Wheat IPA – Light bodied American Wheat Ale featuring truckloads of Galaxy hops. Expect strong notes of passion fruit.

Flossmoor Station Brewery & Restaurant – Flossmoor IL
Brewers: Tom Nelson & Ryan Czaja
Chef: Edwardo Camerana
Pairing Beer: Shadow of the Moon Imperial Stout
Food Pairing: Chocolate Silk Tart – chocolate crust, SotM Imp Stout silk filling, ancho pepper chocolate liquor ganache, whipped cream, crushed pretzel
Bonus Beer: Barrel Aged Pullman Reserve

Goose Island Brewpub – Chicago IL
Brewers: Jacob Sembrano, Jon Naghski
Chef: Brad Sewell
Pairing Beer: Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad
Food Pairing: Golden Raisin Baklava, Duck Confit, Blackberry Shallot Syrup, Pistachios
Bonus Beer: Lincoln Park Lager – American Amber Lager

Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago IL
Brewers: Peter Crowley
Chefs: Christopher McCoy
Pairing Beer: Lucy’s Belgian Tripel with grapefruit
Food Pairing: Savory grits, braised pork belly, with fried pig ear and grapefruit slaw
Bonus Beers: Mathias Imperial IPA

Off Color Brewing / Northdown Café & Taproom – Chicago IL
Brewers: John Laffler, Dave Bleitner
Chefs: NDC’s finest!
Pairing Beer: Spots – Berliner-style weiss infused with tropical fruits & jaguar pelts
Food Pairing: Jerk Wings marinated and sauced with Pineapple-infused Off Color Fierce; Hellfire Hot Wings marinated and sauced with Off Color Coffee Dinos’mores; Beer battered and fried Off Color you Never Take Me Anywhere Nice fried pickles.
Bonus Beer: Tooth and Claw Pilsner

Revolution Brewing LLC – Chicago IL
Brewers: Wil Turner
Chef: Charlie Eure
Pairing Beer: Civil Disobedience IPA
Food Pairing: Lambwich – Aged beef and lamb pate, naan bread, kumquat tzatziki, beef fat fries, Calabrian pepper & tomato relish
Bonus Beers: Straight Jacket – Bourbon barrel aged barleywine

Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries – Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, Warrenville IL
Brewers: Hayley Shine, Ray Gonzalez, Jason Cook, Todd Britt, Jim Wolfer, Iain Wilson
Chefs: Pawel Marszalek, Shawn Murphy, Scott Rainman
Pairing Beer: The Mutiny – A big hop forward beer with pineapple and citrus notes that refuses to take orders from anyone (RB-C)
Food Pairing: Chicken and Waffles – Beer braised chicken thigh wrapped in brown sugar pepper bacon and served on top of corn bread waffle with maple beer glaze
Bonus Beers: Double Down IPA (RB-L); Lumpy Dog Brown (RB-W); Blitzen Belgian Tripel (RB-OP)

Rude Hippo Brewing – Chicago IL
Brewers: Karl Rutherford, Marilee Rutherford, Ian Denson
Chef: Won Kim
Pairing Beer: Beeting Heart – Ale Brewed with Beets – Roasted beets mingle gently with a citrusy, fresh ale in this gorgeous pink beer. Normal? No. Awesome? Absolutely.
Food Pairing: “Stew of Hearts” – Beef heart stew, Parmesan crisp crumbles, quick pickled beets, micro kale.
Bonus Beers: The Bee’s Sleaze – Honey Steam Ale – A big dose of honey gives a little bit of sass to a standard steam ale. This is a beer that plays well with others. Balanced, refreshing and fun; Wooden Nickel – IPA Aged on Oak – Surprisingly refreshing, this easy-drinking IPA is just the thing for folks hankering for a belly-up at the bar. Aged on fresh oak, our Wooden Nickel IPA is sure to have you asking for another round.

Three Floyds Brewing Co – Munster IN
Brewers: Three Floyds Brewing Team
Chefs: Pat Niebling, Scout Hughes
Pairing Beer: Alpha King
Food Pairing: Smoked beef rib, blue cheese grits, Thai chili hot sauce, sauerkraut puree, beef jus
Bonus Beer: Permanent Funeral

Two Brothers Brewing Co & Roundhouse – Warrenville & Aurora IL
Brewers: Jeremy Bogan and Brenden McGrath
Chef: John Schiver
Pairing Beer: Wobble IPA
Food Pairing: Spiced donut holes with peach ginger dipping sauce

2014 Brewpub Shootout Results

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves at this year’s Shootout. Without a doubt, the brewpubs and breweries really outshone themselves with their fantastic beer and food offerings. The winners are listed below.
Chicago Beer Society
BPSO Organizers


3 – Gringolandia Super Pils – 5 Rabbit Cerveceria – Bedford Park IL — 5rabbitbrewery.com
2 – Permanent Funeral  – Three Floyds Brewing Co – Munster IN — 3floyds.com
1 – Dinos’mores – Off Color Brewing  – Chicago IL — offcolorbrewing.com


3 – Three Floyds Brewing Co – Munster IN — 3floyds.com: Grilled beef bulgogi, wasabi mousse, bibb lettuce, cucumber, cilantro, candied sesame seeds
2 – DryHop Brewers – Chicago IL — dryhopchicago.com: Bubba & Babe Sliders: House-made Gulf Shrimp & Pork Sausage, Roasted Pineapple, Potstickers, & Mango-Habenero Mustard
1 – Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries – Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, Warrenville IL — rockbottom.com: TOT ROAST!: Beer-braised chuck roast served over parsnip tots, topped with ancho chile cream sauce, pepper relish and a Mexican crema drizzle.

Beer & Food Pairing

T2 – Revolution Brewing LLC-  Chicago IL — revbrew.com:
Pairing Beer: Willie Wee Heavy
Food Pairing: 48 hr sous vide short rib, Willie braised shallot, Urban Till rocket, Chicago Smoke and plum demi-glace
T2 – Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries – Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, Warrenville IL — rockbottom.com:
Pairing Beer: Barrel-Aged Happy Camper: Smoked Porter aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel
Food Pairing: TOT ROAST!: Beer-braised chuck roast served over parsnip tots, topped with ancho chile cream sauce, pepper relish and a Mexican crema drizzle.
1 – Three Floyds Brewing Co – Munster IN — 3floyds.com:
Pairing Beer: Permanent Funeral
Food Pairing: Grilled beef bulgogi, wasabi mousse, bibb lettuce, cucumber, cilantro, candied sesame seeds

2013 Day and Night of the Living Ales Recap

Here are the winners from this years Day and Night of the Living Ales.

Golden Tut – The Cellarmen’s Award:
#20 Metropolitan Brewing Co. – Zwickel Flywheel
Third Place:
#13 Half Acre Beer Co. – Baume’ Chocolate Rye Stout conditioned with Rum-soaked Raisins
Second Place:
#9 Goose Island Beer Co. – Bourbon County Stout Rye with Coconut
Champion Beer of Chicagoland:
#30 Revolution Brewing – Chile-Vanilli Eugene Porter with Guajillo Pepper and Vanilla Beans
Thanks to everyone including the breweries for making this event another success.
Here is the complete beer list for this years event:
5 Rabbit Cerveceria – Bedford Park IL  5rabbit brewery.com
1. Huitzi Belgian Strong Golden Ale with Amazonian Honey and Roman Chamomile
Atlas Brewing Co. – Chicago IL  atlasbeercompany.com
2. Demeter Belgian Wheat, dry hopped
Destihl Gastropubs & Brewery – Champaign/Normal IL  destihl.com
3. Altercation Sticke Alt with Cacao Nibs 
4. Belgian Tripel with Hibiscus and Honey 
Finch’s Beer Co. – Chicago IL  finchbeer.com
5. Stout with Molasses and Candied Ginger
Goose Island Beer Co. – Chicago IL  gooseisland.com
6. ‘7272’ Green Line Pale Ale [experimental hop variety]
7. Bourbon Barrel Saison with Cherries
8. Bourbon County Stout Rye
9. Bourbon County Stout Rye with Coconut
10. Juliet
Goose Island Brewpubs – Clybourn/Wrigleyville  gooseisland.com
11. Smoked Porter
12. Workhorse Double IPA
Half Acre Beer Co. – Chicago IL  halfacrebeer.com
13. Baume’ Chocolate Rye Stout conditioned with Rum-soaked Raisins
14. Space India Pale Ale conditioned with Centennial & Citra Hops 
Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago IL  haymarketbrewing.com
15. Degan Imperial IPA with Simcoe
Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Petaluma CA  lagunitas.com
16. Sucks, dry hopped with Mosaic
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. – Milwaukee WI  lakefrontbrewery.com
17. My Turn Chad Organic Barley Wine 
18. Oaked 25th Anniversary Imperial Stout
Metropolitan Brewing Co. – Chicago IL  metrobrewing.com
19. Diablo Dynamo 
20. Zwickel Flywheel 
Mickey Finn’s Brewery – Libertyville IL  mickeyfinnsbrewery.com
21. Irish Red Ale
22. Karl’s Pale Ale 
23. Old Trafford Mild 
24. Red Menace Imperial Red 
Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant – Novato CA  moylans.com
25. Danny’s Irish Red
26. Hop Craic XXXXIPA 
New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins CO  newbelgium.com
27. Rampant IPA
28. Trippel
Onion Pub & Brewery – Lake Barrington IL  onionbrewery.com
29. Blonde Ale, dry hopped with Chinook 
Revolution Brewing – Chicago IL  revbrew.com
30. Chile-Vanilli Eugene Porter with Guajillo Pepper and Vanilla Beans
31. Samadhi Imperial IPA
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Chicago IL  rockbottom.com
32. Rock Bottom Red Ale, dry hopped with Indie Crystal
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Lombard IL  rockbottom.com
33. Belgian White Ale with zest of Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mint, Rosehips, Lavender, Juniper & Fennel
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Orland Park IL  rockbottom.com
34. Dominator IPA
35. King of Hearts Imperial Red 
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Warrenville IL  rockbottom.com
36. Cult of Skaro American Pale Ale, dry hopped with Zythos Simcoe
37. Proud Stout Dry Irish Stout
Saugatuck Brewing Co. – Douglas MI  saugatuckbrewing.com
38. ESB Amber with Cocoa Nibs
39. Pathfinder Pale Ale with 302 Mosaic
Solemn Oath Brewery – Naperville IL  solemnoathbrewery.com
40. Chubgutz ESB
Three Floyds Brewery & Pub – Munster IN  3floyds.com
41. Alpha King, double dry hopped
42. Brian Boru
Tighthead Brewing Co. – Mundelein IL  tightheadbrewing.com
43. Irie IPA
44. Scarlet Fire Red Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Co. – Warrenville IL  twobrosbrew.com
45. Outlaw IPA