Hazy Days Festival

HAZY DAYS: PART DEUX

Saturday July 31st, 2021
1pm – 5pm

Space Stage Studios – Galaxy Courtyard
1844 W Hubbard (enter courtyard at 455 N Wolcott)
Chicago, IL 60622

It’s been an incredibly long & difficult year for so many, but as things begin to settle into the new “normal” we’re excited to get back to hosting the types of events we’ve been known for over the past 40+ years. With that in mind… these warm, lazy days call for some cold, hazy brews!

Everything from modern hazy hop bombs to traditionally unfiltered zwickels & weizens to more experimental stuff with lactose & fruit, wilds, sours, and milkshake/smoothie styles will be featured at this festival & competition celebrating all things haze.

Attendees will sample and vote for their favorites to crown the champions of Chicagoland from each of three categories: Modern Haze, Traditionally Unfiltered, and Experimental.

A limited number of discounted earlybird tickets are available now. EARLY BIRD SOLD OUT!

Limited GA Tickets remaining…. do not sleep on this one!

UPDATE:HAZY DAYS 2021 IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!!!

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE GATE.

If you didn’t get tickets, your best bet is to sign up for the Eventbrite waitlist at chibeer.org/hazy – if tickets become available due to refunds or cancellations you’ll receive an email notification and then have 2 hours to finalize purchase of the ticket.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hazy-days-of-summer-outdoor-beer-festival-competition-tickets-156977129821

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  • This is an outdoor rain or shine event – sales are final
  • Attendees must be 21 years or older
  • 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 strongly recommends that all attendees be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test no more than 3 days prior to attending an event

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First Thursday: Keeping Together Edition ft. Averie Swanson

In light of the social distancing measures necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are once again going digital for this month’s First Thursday meetup. Join us online at 7pm on Thursday September 3rd to see a few friendly faces & chat about beers we’re enjoying during these crazy times… This month will feature a very special guest; Averie Swanson.

Averie is a beer lover and mixed fermentation enthusiast. She is the Founder and Beermaker of Keeping Together in Chicago, IL, and co-owner and former head brewer of Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX. Averie is one of nineteen people to have earned the certification of Master Cicerone®, and is recognized world-wide for her contribution to farmhouse brewing.

Averie will join us for a tasting & discussion of her two most recent releases:

At the Still Point of the Turning World
Saison made with Buckwheat and Rye | 5.6% abv

I Am Because We Are
Lavender-smoked Saison with Honey | 5.7% abv

Both of these are available for online ordering and curbside pickup at Half Acre’s Lincoln Avenue taproom. Get those orders in ASAP if you’d like to taste along with us as we discuss these truly remarkable beers from an incredibly talented recent addition to the Chicago brewing scene.

We’ll get things going around 7pm so place your orders, pick up the beers, and join us for what is sure to be a great discussion.

cheers!

2020 DAY of the LIVING ALES!

The national drink of Great Britain, cask conditioned ales have been served for centuries. Before brewers fell in love with artificial carbonation and filtering, beer was naturally conditioned by yeast in the cask, and served at a temperature warm enough to actually taste the beer. A properly served cask ale is neither cloudy, flat, nor warm; rather it is bright, with a gentle carbonation, and served at cellar temperature.

Sample a vast array of different beers at our walk-around tasting featuring the best cask conditioned ales from Chicagoland breweries and specially selected guests. Food will be available for purchase.

>>> NEW FOR THIS YEAR: CHEESE CHEESE CHEESE! <<<

During the afternoon session Hook’s Cheese, Mineral Point Wisconsin, will sample one of its blue cheeses, a sheep milk Gouda, a mixed milk number called Triple Play, and Hook’s classic 5-year-old cheddar.

For the evening session, Dave Phillips of Cheese and Cheers (and an active member of the Chicago Beer Society) will sample a specially-curated selection of cheddars, blues and odd styles that pair well with cask beer. All the cheeses will be available for purchase at Potash Markets State Street, where Phillips spends his days running the chain’s gourmet cheese department.

Casks are handled by the Chicago Beer Society’s own experienced cellarmen, trained in the UK to care for and serve real ale. Attendees will vote on their favorites to crown The Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland for 2018!

Admission includes souvenir tasting glass, program & beer samples. All ticket sales and sessions chosen are final. All beers will be available for both the afternoon and evening sessions.

Participating Breweries:

All Rise
Alter
Around the Bend
Burning Bush
Church Street
Dovetail
Finch Beer Co
Goose Island Clybourn Brewhouse
Goose Island Fulton Street
Hailstorm
Half Acre
Haymarket
Hopvine
Illuminated Brew Works
Imperial Oak
Lake Effect
Metropolitan
Noon Whistle
Off Color
On Tour
Open Outcry
Prairie Street
Revolution
Roaring Table
Rock Bottom Chicago
Rock Bottom Orland Park
Rock Bottom Warrenville
Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery
Sketchbook
Spiteful
Tighthead
Two Brothers
Urban Renewal
Werk Force

*Note that sometimes beer gets spilled. Brewery participation is subject to change based on factors beyond our control.

“First” Thursday: Bourbon County Vertical Edition

NOTE: due to the first Thursday in January being so close to New Year’s day, we are shifting this “First” Thursday meetup to the second Thursday – January 9th @ Goose Island Clybourn.

You are invited to come out to our monthly meeting to share your homebrew, get critical feedback, and sample other fine beers.

For the January meetup we are coordinating a crowd-sourced vertical/horizontal tasting of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout including any & all of its wonderful variants. To help keep things organized, we’ve set up a spreadsheet where attendees are encouraged to indicate which of the variants they will be able to contribute.

SPREADSHEET: https://bit.ly/2YjYzAg

NOTES:

-Contributions not required for participation, but we appreciate all the help we can get in putting this together, so if you’ve got something to share, please do.

-For smaller 12oz bottles, we are aiming to have 2 of each so that there are samples for more attendees

-While we most likely will not complete the full vertical/horizontal, we’re hoping that with help from our attendees & friends we can put together a strong lineup, so dig through those cellars, fill out the sheet, and get ready for some good times!

Many attendees arrive around 7pm for beer & food at the bar with the meetup/tasting officially getting going by around 8pm.

RSVP HERE

See you There!

2019 Fall Tasting & Dinner

Chicago Beer Society Presents:
2019 Fall Tasting and Dinner

Saturday November 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00PM

Once Upon a Party Banquet
5911 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL

This year’s tasting will be our 43rd Annual — making it one of the oldest and longest continuously running beer events in the country! As usual, we are pulling out all the stops to put on a very special tasting that you will not want to miss.

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

The event will take place at Once Upon a Party Banquet, and features catering from Jolly Inn, a Polish staple of Chicagoland for over thirty years, known for its great homemade food. The evening’s menu will include a buffet-style dinner, offering:

Meatballs with dill gravy
Polish Sausage
Dumplings
Potato pancakes
Pierogi with Sauerkraut
Cucumbers with sour cream
Mix of pastries

21+ to attend. No children. No refunds.

Tickets available NOW!

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The Chicago Beer Society emphasizes responsible consumption and recommends using ride share or public transportation. Once Upon a Party Banquet is located on the 78 Montrose bus route and is a brief bus ride from the Montrose Blue Line stop, the MD-N Mayfair Metra station and the Jefferson Park Blue Line/UP-NW station. The 91 Austin and the 85 Central bus both serve the Jefferson Park station and will bring you within a short walk of the location.