2020 Events Update

Greetings,

We are writing today to provide an update on the remaining events we had in the works for 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented situation for all of us. Due to the (necessary) restrictions in place to prevent further spread of the virus large gatherings have been banned which makes it impossible to host our typical slate of in-person events.

We’d been holding out hope that things might take a dramatic turn for the better but recently received official word from the Cook County Forest Preserve that all remaining 2020 permits for more than 50 persons have been canceled, which unfortunately means that the 2020 Umpteenth Annual picnic will not happen.

In addition to the Picnic, we’ve also been forced to cancel Hazy Days of Summer (July), Spooky Brew Homebrew Competition (October), and the annual Fall Tasting (November). We are beyond disappointed that we won’t be able to gather with everyone over the coming months, but  there isn’t much we can do until the situation improves enough for Illinois to enter Phase 5 or restrictions around the phases are relaxed.

We understand that many of you look to these events, particularly the annual picnic, as the primary reason for your membership. We also understand that times are tough financially right now. With all of this in mind, anyone who would like a refund for a membership renewing between March 2020 – March 2021 can request it by forwarding the PayPal receipt (must include the transaction ID) for their renewal to covidrefund@chibeer.org. Requests sent to other addresses might not get processed.

NOTE: this will NOT cancel your membership – it simply provides the option for a one-time refund of membership fees as recompense for fewer events happening this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are exploring possibilities for virtual events and will keep everyone updated should those plans come together, but either way we hope to be back with more amazing events sometime in 2021.

Thank you for your support.

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 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 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!