2013 Brewpub Shootout Recap

2013 Winners!!!


1. BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery – Bourbannais IL
2. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, Warrenville IL
3. Goose Island Brewpub – Chicago IL
1. Three Floyds Brewing – Munster IN
2. Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago IL
3. Revolution Brewing – Chicago IL
Beer & Food Pairing
1. Revolution Brewing – Chicago IL
2. Three Floyds Brewing – Munster IN
3. Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago IL


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January 19, 2013 at Zhou B Art Center


1. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria – Bedford Park, IL
Brewer: John J. Hall
Beer Pairing: Ki’ Chun end-of-days beer with chanterelle mushrooms
Chef: Randy Mosher
Food Pairing: Savory triple-crème cheesecake with pumpkinseed-pretzel crust andan apricot-guava-balsamic sauce with Peruvian aji panca chiles.
Bonus Beers: 5 Rabbit Golden Ale, 5 Lizard Passionfruit Latin Witbier, 5 Grass Hoppy Ale


2. Blue Cat Brew Pub – Rock Island, ILBrewer: Dan Cleaveland
Beer Pairing: Abbey…Something
Chef: Martha Cleaveland
Food Pairing: Cream of Brie Soup with Cremini Mushrooms
Bonus Beer: Big Bad Dog Old English Ale


3. BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery – Bourbonnais, IL
Brewers: Tom Vasilakis & George Giannakopoulos
Beer Pairing: BrickStone American Pale Ale
Chef: Dino Giannakopoulos
Food Pairing: Herb-Crusted Scallop & Avocado Puree on Corn Bread Pudding
Bonus Beers: Rye Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout


4. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewing – Flossmoor, IL
Brewers: Nick Barron, Bjorn Johnson, Bill Savage
Beer Pairing: Barrel-aged Smoked Porter
Chef: Eduardo Camerena
Food Pairing: Chocolate Torte stacked with creamy, decadent silk layers and topped with Smoked Porter glaze
Bonus Beer: Iron Horse American Stout


5. Goose Island Brewpub – Chicago, IL
Brewer: Jared Rouben
Beer Pairing: Elijah Barrel-aged Doppelbock
Chef: Andrew Hroza
Food Pairing: Duck Pastrami with a Brussel Sprout Sauerkraut
Bonus Beer: Loud and Thirsty Dortmunder


6. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – Bolingbrook, IL
Brewer: John Wyzkiewicz
Beer Pairing: Barrel-aged Winterbock
Chef: Simon Sulaica III
Food Pairing: Limoncello Bread PuddingBonus Beer: Winterbock


7. Half Acre Beer Company – Chicago, IL
Brewer: Matt Gallagher
Beer Pairing: Double Daisy Cutter
Chef: Michael Carroll
Food Pairing: Bacon Rice Crispies and Creme Fraiche
Bonus Beers: Bones & All Belgian Brown, Space IPA


8. Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Chicago, IL
Brewers: Peter Crowley, Steve Mosqueda, David Kerns
Beer Pairing: Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with real cranberries
Chef: Christopher McCoyFood Pairing: House-cured bacon, micro greens, frisee, cranberries, Capriole goat chevre, grilled corn, saison-inundated barley, pickled cauliflower, charred broccolini & dry hopped cranberry Saison vinaigrette on our chicharrones
Bonus Beer: Über Mathias imperial American IPA (with a hint of Citra…)


9. Lunar Brewing – Villa Park, IL
Brewers: James O’Brien, Charlie Tierney
Beer Pairing: Kosmic Kolsch
Chefs: Charlie Tierney, Paul Farrington, Chuck Wagner
Food Pairing: Cocktail Sausages in: Carlyle/Lunar Chili Porter BB-Q Sauce or Lunar Baltic Porter BB-Q Sauce
Bonus Beer: Lunar Moondance IPA


10. Revolution Brewing – Chicago, IL
Brewer: Wil Turner
Beer Pairing: Coffee Eugene robust porter brewed with Dark Matter coffee
Chef: Courtney Baldy
Food Pairing: Spicy Mocha Sundae W/ Guajillo ice cream and porter sprinkles
Bonus Beers: Ivan’s ESB, RISE American Stout


11. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Chicago, Lombard,Orland Park, Warrenville, IL
Brewers: Hayley Shine, Iain Wilson, Jim Wolfer, Todd Britt
Beer Pairing: Days of Olde old ale
Chef: Dustin Green
Food Pairing: Asian BBQ Braised Pork Belly Slider with Cucumber/Daikon Slaw and WonTon Chips
Bonus Beers: Double Down IPA, Victory Porter, Fallen Angel Abbey Dubbel


12. Three Floyds Brewing – Munster, IN
Brewers: Nick Floyd, Chris Boggus, Andrew Mason, Barnaby Struve
Beer Pairing: 2009 Vanilla Bean Dark Lord
Chefs: Pat Niebling, Scout Hughes
Food Pairing: Pan fried Pound Cake, Dark Lord Ice Cream, hopped Crème Anglaise, Candied Bacon and wheat grain.
Bonus Beer: Milichigan


13. Two Brothers Brewing – Warrenville, IL
Brewers: Jeremy Bogan and Brenden McGrathBeer
Pairing: Bitter End Pale Ale
Chef: Tommy Michel
FoodPairing: Tater Tot Smoked Pork and Mushroom PoutineBonus Beer: Revelry

14th Anniversary Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout Results

How could the area’s greatest beer & food event get any better?

Well, for starters it could be in a larger venue so more people and breweries could attend; then the brewers and the chefs could top almost everything they’ve served for the last 13 years.  Amazingly, for the 14th edition of the Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout, that’s exactly what happened!

The Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport provided much greater room for breweries and patrons alike. There was more seating and it was definitely a lot easier to move around. Attendance was at an all-time high, and there’s still room for more people next year.

There were 15 participants, including a few first-timers: Finch’s Beer Company/City Provisions, Limestone Brewing Company, and the Goose Island Fulton Brewery (paired up with Urban Belly). As always, awards were presented in three categories (Best Beer, Best Food, Best Beer/Food Pairing) , with the top three in each taking home an attractive trophy. The attendees cast their ballots and the awards were presented towards the end of the event.

Flossmoor Station, Revolution, and Three Floyds all garnered multiple awards this year, but clearly there were no losers – everything was outstanding, so congratulations, all!

To see what you missed, check out the program (PDF) listing all of the featured beers and pairings.

14th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout Awards:

1. Goose Island Beer Company (Fulton Street)
2. Revolution Brewing Company
3. Three Floyds Brewing Company

1. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
2. Three Floyds Brewing Company
3. The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza, and Beer Company

1. Revolution Brewing Company
2. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
3. Three Floyds Brewing Company

As always, this was an unbelievable event. Thanks to all of the Brewpubs, Brewers, Chefs and their Assistants for making this possible; to the staff at the Zhou B for their assistance;  to our sizable crew of volunteers who assisted with set-up and break-down; and, of course, to our great members who continue to make the Shootout one of the best beer events in the world.


2011 Spooky Brew Review Homebrew Competition Results

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Chicago Beer Society Spooky Brew Review Homebrew Competition. Not only was this our 20th anniversary, but we also had 353 entries this year, the most ever! Thanks to all the brewers who entered beers in this year’s competition.

Congrats to BOS winner Ray Gonzalez, who grabbed the honors with an excellent Kölsch. Rodney Kibzey was BOS runner up with his now-famous Black IPA, Blackened Hops. First place in Samuel Adams Longshot, only Second Place at Spooky Brew 2011? What’s up with that?!

In our “special” categories, Alexis Jansky (Brixie’s Brewers) won the Witches’ Brew with a fine Berliner Weisse (also took 3rd place in Sour Ales with the same beer); Calvin and Tara Rowland (UKG) earned their second Spooky Brew ribbon in a row, following up their “delectable” Kitty Litter with a much-scarier Aunt Flo’s Ale; Robert Kay (UKG) grabbed the Smashed Pumpkin award with his repulsive Spider Spit Cider.

The complete competition results are available here.
Thanks to our great – and sizable – group of judges and stewards who plowed through our record number of entries so professionally and effciently. Special thanks to Pete Crowley and all the staff at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for their unbelievable hospitality. Pete’s beery expertise was displayed all day, and not just via the taps! Pete judged Belgian & French Ale, Belgian Strong Ale, and served on the Best-of-Show panel. Yay, Pete! Haymarket Manager (and Judge) Janna Mestan was particularly helpful, corralling all the drop-off entries and handling multifarious duties throughout the day of the competition. All right, Janna!

Looking forward to the next 20 years of the Spooky Brew Review,
Matt Mayes and Meghan Rutledge, Organizers


2011 Day of the Living Ales Recap

Day of the Living Ales, the region’s largest celebration of cask-conditioned beers, was held on March 5. Twenty-six breweries from Chicagoland and beyond provided 44 different beers, while 500 attendees sampled the beers over two sessions and cast ballots to decide the 2011 Champion Real Ale of Chicagoland.

The winners:

  1. Goose Island Beer Company Skully (saison aged in oak barrels with fresh strawberries, honey, and Champagne yeast)
  2. Goose Island Beer Company Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
  3. Three Floyds Zombie Dust

In addition, the cellar staff awards an annual Golden Tut Award to the brewery/beer that best exemplifies the overall cask ale experience. The winner for 2011:  Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA.

Congratulations to the champions, and thanks to all the breweries and their brewers for supplying such an outstanding list of beers. Take a look at the event program to see what was featured.

DotLA/NotLA could not take place without our great volunteers, sponsors and supporters. Any beer event requires a lot of effort, but the logistics of a cask event are even more complex. And everyone who organized, set up/broke down, stillaged, spiled, tapped, served, sold, etc. was an unpaid volunteer. Many put in many hours and traveled great distances to help us – they all deserve your thanks.

We also owe a great debt to our sponsors, the Brewers Supply Group, Cicerone Certification Program, and Owen & Engine. Thanks also to Goose Island, Marion Street Cheese Market, the Cellars at Jasper Hill, and Gene’s Sausage Shop & Deli for the great selection of appetizers, meat & cheeses. Goose Island Wrigleyville has been the gracious host of this event every year. Thanks to all GI-W staff for their assistance during the planning and functioning of this event, especially to manager Daria Olechowski.

Of course, events like this could not take place without the support of our members and guests who attend and make DotLA so much fun. The two sessions sold out in record time and proved once again that the passion for real ales is growing every day.


13th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout Results

The usual sellout crowd of approximately 300 CBS members attended the latest, greatest, and luckiest (13!) edition of our annual Brewpub Shootout at the Irish American Heritage Center‘s Erin Room on January 22.

There were 14 participants, including our area’s newest brewpub,  Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Awards were presented in three categories (Best Beer, Best Food, Best Beer/Food Pairing) , with the top three in each taking home an attractive trophy. The attendees cast their ballots and the awards were presented near the end of the event.

Talk about making a statement: Haymarket wasted no time by earning an award in each of the three categories. Flossmoor Station and Gordon Biersch Bolingbrook were also very impressive, both grabbing two awards. The other two prizes were won by Revolution Brewing (1st place pairing) and the Rock Bottom North/South team (Lombard, Orland Park). Congratulations, all!

To see what you missed, check out the program (PDF) listing all of the featured beers and pairings.

13th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout Awards:

1. Haymarket Pub & Brewery
2. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
3. Rock Bottom North/South – Lombard & Orland Park

1. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
2. Gordon Biersch, Bolingbrook
3. Haymarket Pub & Brewery

1. Revolution Brewing Company
2. Haymarket Pub & Brewery
3. Gordon Biersch, Bolingbrook

As always, this was an unbelievable event. Thanks to all of the Brewpubs, Brewers, Chefs and their Assistants for making this possible; to the staff at the IAHC for their assistance;  and, of course, thanks to our great members who continue to make the Shootout one of the best beer events in the world.