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Chicago Beer Society Events

2017 Annual CBS Picnic

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 2017 picnic will be September 9, 2017 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 the end of July with a unique code to obtain your tickets.
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

Summer Bus to Southwest Michigan

Join CBS for our annual summer bus trip to breweries outside of the Chicagoland area. For 2017, we return to southern Michigan to visit some of the new breweries that have opened since our initial trip in 2013.

The first stop is Bridgeman, MI, where we will be greeted by long-time friend of CBS Pete Crowley at his new Haymarket production facility and tap room. Here, we’ll be given a behind-the-scenes tour and private tasting. Lunch and beer is included. We’ll hang in Bridgeman for a few hours, giving you the opportunity to also visit Transient and/or Tapestry – both within walking distance – if you choose. From here, we head north to Benton Harbor, to visit both Silver Harbor Brewing and North Pier Brewing. Turning back south, we’ll stop at Watermark Brewing, before heading home. A beer, each, is included at Silver Harbor, North Pier, and Watermark Brewing. Join us for summer in Michigan (where it could be snowing by the next week.)

Get Tickets!

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2017 Day of the Living Ales

Recap

The 2017 Day of the Living Ales was another successful showcase of 52 casks from Chicago area breweries. Two sessions were held and attendees voted on their 2 favorite above 6% and below 6% beers. See you at the next Day of the Living Ales!

Afternoon session of Day of the Living Ales is going great… Can't wait to see you evening session folks at 6pm,

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Results

Cellarman’s Awards

The Golden Tut award highlights the beers that best exemplify a cask beer based on condition, clarity, and quality as determined by the cellar staff.
Bronze – #33 – Revolution – Kazimierz (Grodziskie)
Silver – #2 – Alter Brewing – Alterior Motive IPA
Golden – #6 – BuckleDown Brewing – Copper Pot Brown Ale (English Brown Ale)

Under 6% ABV

Runner Up – #6 – BuckleDown – Copper Pot Brown Ale
Champion – #4 – Around the Bend – Vera Pistachio Cream Ale

Over 6% ABV

Runner Up – #41 – Spiteful – Mrs. O’Leary’s Chocolate Oreo Milk Stout
Champion – #42 – Temperance – Double Rye Barrel Aged Might Meets Right


The Chicago Beer Society announces the Day of the Living Ales for 2017, featuring cask conditioned ales from breweries around Chicagoland, plus selected guests.  Join us on March 4 in Chicago’s home for real ale: Bottom Lounge.  Located at 1375 West Lake Street, Bottom Lounge is located steps from the CTA Green and Pink Lines, several bus routes, a long walk or short cab ride to two Metra stations, plus the aforementioned cabs and street parking nearby.

As usual, casks are handled by CBS’s experienced cellarmen, trained in the UK to care for and serve real ale. A properly served real ale is neither cloudy, flat, nor warm: rather  it is bright, with a gentle carbonation and served at cellar temperature. Food will be available for purchase. As always, public sessions are from 1-5 and 6-10 PM.  When finished, the lively Randolph corridor offers ample entertainment options.

Attendees will vote for their favorites to select the 2017 Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland from around 50 cask ales provided by this year’s participating breweries:

  • Alarmist Brewing
  • Alter Brewing Co.
  • Around the Bend Beer Co.
  • Blue Island Beer Co.
  • BuckleDown Brewing
  • Cruz Blanca Brewery
  • Emmett’s Brewing Co.
  • Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Hailstorm Brewing Co.
  • Half Acre Beer Co.
  • Hand of Fate Brewing Co.
  • Hopvine Brewing Co.
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Metropolitan Brewing
  • Mickey Finn’s Brewery
  • Miskatonic Brewing Co.
  • One Trick Pony Brewery
  • Radicle Effect Brewerks
  • Revolution Brewery
  • Revolution Brewpub
  • Rock Bottom Chicago
  • Rock Bottom Orland Park
  • Solemn Oath Brewery
  • Spiteful Brewing
  • Temperance Beer Co.
  • 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
  • Tighthead Brewing Co.
  • Two Brothers Artisan Brewing
  • White Oak Brewing

Non members may purchase tickets for $50/each

Members of record will be emailed with links to allow them to purchase tickets at membership prices on Jan 9th 2017. Please check your spam and deleted folders for a message with the subject “Chicago Beer Society Presents 2017 Day of the Living Ales” If you have any questions or are sure you did not receive a unique member code and should have, please Contact Us.

Please note that some breweries, just like guests on someone’s RSVP list, will end up having to back out due to unforeseen circumstances or technical challenges. We will do our best to keep this page up to date with expected participants.

Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Note: Sometimes a cask breaks and beer spills. Brewery participation can change at any moment for reasons beyond our and often the brewers control.

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

Winners

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

1Pilsner UrquellUnfiltered Pils Urquell4.4%Czech Pils – Winner of 1978 Fall Tasting (International)
2Heineken Heineken5.4%Euro Lager – Winner of 1977 Fall Tasting (International)
3 Not entered -NA- -NA- -NA-
4FlossmoorOktobertrain6%Marzen –
Flossmoor has won the following:
1999 – Tripel
2001 – Imperial Elipse Stout
2006 – Imperial Mocha Stout
5Goose Island PubBig Lazy Joe11.5%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
6Evil Horse Charging Bull7%Weizenbock
7BellsBest Brown5.8%American Brown Ale – (Winner of 1998 Fall Tasting w/Two Hearted)
8Cruz BlancaMarigold8.7%Belgian Strong Ale
9PloughshareSoddie Robust Rye Porter6.6%Rye Porter
10Off Color Apex Predator6.5%Farmhouse Ale
11Forbidden RootFig Dubbel7.1%Dubbel
125 Rabbit5 Grass6.4%Hoppy Ale with Juniper, Two Kinds of Sage, Rosemary, and Tasmanian Pepperberry
13LakefrontLatif10.4%Double Chocolate Stout
14BerghoffOktoberfest5.5%Marzen
15Church StreetShony Scottish Ale5.1%Scottish Ale
16DovetailGrodziskie6%Grodziskie

2016 Spooky Brew Review

Spooky Brew is back this year and will be held on October 22nd at the Copernicus Center.

More information including how to enter is available at http://spooky.chibeer.org

Note: this homebrew competition is closed to judges and stewards only. As in past years, there will be no awards ceremony.