2019 Spooky Brew Review

Spooky Brew returns again to Motor Row Brewing on Saturday October 26th, 2019!

Fire up those kettles! Plug in your BIAB! Dictate your recipe to your brewing robot! However and whatever you brew, mark your calendars to enter it into one of the oldest and longest running homebrew competitions: Spooky Brew!

Note: The actual homebrew competition event is open to judges and stewards only.

For full details, and to register as a competitor, judge, or steward, visit https://spooky.chibeer.org/

2019 Annual CBS Picnic – SOLD OUT!

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>>>>> Please note that this year we are at LaBagh Woods Grove #4 <<<<<


  • In order to ensure entry is as smooth & speedy as possible, please PRINT YOUR TICKETS and remember to bring them along. Anyone without a ticket will be turned away (minors under the drinking age are exempt)
  • We recommend using public transportation or rideshare services for transport to & from the picnic – get home safely!
  • If you must drive, please park only in designated spaces or risk being ticketed (the forest preserve police will be checking).
  • Use CBS provided cups only.  Anyone filling containers other than CBS provided cups will be asked to leave.
  • Absolutely NO GLASS is allowed in the forest preserve.
  • Whenever possible please re-use your plates, utensils, etc – let’s try to be green!
  • Remember to bring plenty of water or another source of hydration.
  • Voting will end at 4:30pm. Winners will be announced after 5:30pm. Last call will follow the Awards Presentation.
  • The picnic is over by dusk and all attendees will be asked to leave.

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A general FYI to anyone who may be contacting us regarding ticketing issues: thanks to the magic of the interwebs, we can see precisely when someone opened any email we’ve sent them and we have a time-stamped record of each time they clicked on any links (like the one to purchase picnic tickets), so please be honest with us when reaching out for help resolving any problems… 😁😁😁

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 2019 picnic will be September 7, 2019 in the same *old* place on the Northside with a slight change which will be communicated in our ticket invite. TICKETS ARE FREE AND REQUIRED. Anyone without a ticket will be turned away.

A flyer will be emailed to members of record in mid August with a unique code to obtain 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 or one of the call for competitors emails. This picnic is only for Chicago Beer Society members and their ticketed guests. Your food contributions make the picnic what it is. Please help contribute by entering a competition.

For additional information or questions email picnic (a.t.) chibeer.org

2019 Great Taste of the Midwest

The Great Taste of the Midwest at Olin-Turville Park in Madison, WI is always one of the country’s best beer festivals. It’s become so popular that the limited (now 6000) tickets sell out WAY in advance. This year is no exception!!  As it has been the case for many years, Chicago Beer Society offers its members first dibs from our already-purchased block ‘o tickets. In fact, we’ll even bus you there and back, whether you live in Chicago or the suburbs.

CBS has booked two luxury coaches that will comfortably transport folks to and from Madison. The bus for City folk will depart from Goose Island Clybourn while the Country bus leaves from Rock Bottom WarrenvilleBoth buses will start boarding at 9:00 am and return around 9 pm the same evening. Doors shut and buses depart at 9:30 AM SHARP. The bus waits for no one!

Members were emailed an official flyer early July with their unique password to access tickets at the membership price, and a limited number of remaining tickets are available to non-members through the links below:

For those lucky enough to score tickets, here’s some important information:

  • No smoking; no kegs or glass containers on the bus
  • Cans and small lunchbox coolers OK.  Collapsible camp chairs OK. Large items will need to be stowed.
  • You must be at least 21 years old to attend
  • Festival tickets will be distributed on the bus, no exceptions. No refunds. YOU MUST RIDE THE BUS SPECIFIED ON YOUR TICKET TO GET YOUR TICKET TO THE FEST!




Saturday July 13th, 2019
1pm – 5pm

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

These warm, lazy days call for some cold, hazy brews!

Everything from modern hoppy hazy NEIPAs to more traditionally unfiltered styles (such as zwickel, keller and weizen) 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 amongst two categories: modern hoppy haze, and traditionally unfiltered styles.

Tickets available now at chibeer.org/hazy – 35 brewers for $35!


  • 3 Floyds
  • Around the Bend
  • Bluenose
  • Bold Dog Beer Co.
  • Brickstone
  • Church Street
  • Corridor Brewery & Provisions
  • Cruz Blanca
  • Dovetail
  • DryHop
  • Elmhurst Brewing Co.
  • Energy City
  • ERIS Brewery and Cider House
  • Flossmoor Station
  • Forbidden Root
  • Hailstorm
  • Half Acre
  • Haymarket Pub and Brewery
  • Illuminated Brew Works
  • Imperial Oak
  • Maplewood
  • MARZ
  • Middle Brow
  • Misbeehavin Meads
  • Miskatonic
  • Noon Whistle
  • Old Irving Brewing Co.
  • Penrose
  • Pipeworks
  • Pollyanna
  • Revolution
  • Short Fuse
  • Temperance
  • Twisted Hippo
  • Wake


  • DönerMen
  • The Empanada Bike

– 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 is subject to change due to circumstances

2019 Brewpub Shootout – Saturday April 27, 2019

Chicago Beer Society presents:
The 21st Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout

Saturday April 27th, 2019

Space Stage Studios
1844 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL

Come out and enjoy the best beers paired with the best food from over a dozen Chicago-area brewpubs and microbreweries. Attendees will sample a wide variety of beers as well as each brewpub’s food items and vote for their favorite beer, food, and pairing. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.

Come to support your favorite brewery/brewpub or discover a new favorite – either way, you get to taste the very best beer and food that Chicago has to offer.


5 Rabbit Cerveceria
BiXi Beer
BrickStone Brewery
Cruz Blanca
Forbidden Root
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Half Acre Brewing
Imperial Oak Brewing
Off Color Brewing
Pollyana Brewing
Revolution Brewing
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Smylie Brothers Brewing
Three Floyds Brewpub
Two Brothers Brewing

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW @ www.chibeer.org/bpso

-Admission includes all beer samples and food samples from each brewery/brewpub.
-You must be 21 years or older to attend. No children. No refunds.
-We recommend public transportation for all our events.
-Visit our website for information on other events: www.CHIBEER.org