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CBS | Covid Brewery Support

We’re writing today with a simple update. As many of you already know, our beloved local brewing industry is being hit hard by the limitations enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19, and our favorite spots need all the support they can get to make it though this crisis.

With that in mind we’re calling on the entire CBS community to do what they can to help by making purchases directly from breweries. Even with patios & outdoor areas reopening soon in parts of the state, capacity will be limited and the volume of draft/keg sales will be a fraction of what they used to be. This means that packaged beer sold directly to customers will continue to be one of the best lifelines for many brewers as we wait for things to get back to some semblance of normal.

Below is a list of resources detailing online ordering links, virtual tip jars for brewery & taproom staff, opening hours, contact info, and more for many local breweries.

For over 40 years “CBS” has been a simple acronym for “Chicago Beer Society” but right now let’s help it represent Covid Brewery Supportby visintg these links and placing an order (or three)!

We can’t wait until we’re able to see you all once again out in the real world (preferably bellied up to the bar at a taproom) but until then, cheers and stay safe.

Chicago Beer Society

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.

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/