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The 46th Annual Fall Tasting & Dinner

Saturday December 2nd 2023 | 4pm – 8pm

Church Street Brewing Company
1480 Industrial Drive #Unit C
Itasca, IL

Chicago Beer Society is proud to announce the winners of the 46th Annual Fall Tasting and Dinner as chosen by you!!

Third Place: #12) BubbleHouse Brewing Company – That Escalated Quickly – Belgian Golden Strong Ale
Second: #11) Revolution Brewing – Eugene – Robust Porter
First: #8) Metropolitan Brewing – Generator – Doppelbock

Many thanks to our friends at Church Street Brewing Company and their wonderful staff for hosting us as well as a massive thanks to all the volunteers that made it one of the smoothest running events. Fun was had by all.

Over 45 Years of Great Beer!

This year’s tasting will be our 46th — continuing it’s legacy as one of the oldest and longest running beer events in the country!

For the 2023 edition, we are planning a special evening with our friends at Church Street Brewing Company.

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

Our menu for the evening features a variety of delicious options from the kitchen at Church Street:


  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • Pretzel Station


  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
  • BBQ Wings
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Greek Salad


  • Fresh Baked Cookies

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  • CBS Members may purchase up to 8 tickets at the discounted member rate.
  • Capacity is limited and we expect this event to sell out, so don’t hesitate – secure your spot ASAP!


  • 21+ to attend. No children. No refunds
  • Ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass + all food and beer
  • Chicago Beer Society recommends using ride share or public transportation for all our events
  • Imbibe responsibly; anyone who is visibly intoxicated or causing problems for themselves, attendees, or event staff may be asked to leave
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2023 Bus Trip to Great Taste of the Midwest

Join Chicago Beer Society for a fun-filled day at the Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival in Madison, WI!

On Saturday August 12th we’ll be riding in style on a comfortable luxury coach bus. Departing at 9:30 am from our starting point, the Goose Island Clybourn Brewhouse (1800 N Clybourn Ave), our bus will safely deliver you to & from the festival at Olin Park in Madison, WI.

Each package includes a seat on the bus and your festival ticket ($70 value) so you won’t have to worry about purchasing one separately. This offer is open to CBS Members, guests, and friends! All are welcome, but space is limited so purchase a ticket now to secure your spot!

Once we arrive at the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the best beers, meads, and ciders from hundreds of producers in every corner of the Midwest. There will also be delicious food vendors and live music to enjoy throughout the day.

Don’t miss out on this amazing event! Book your spot on the bus today!

  • Bus will depart at 9:30AM exactly and will return around 9PM.
  • The bus waits for NO ONE. Wheels up at 9:30am, those not on board will be left behind.
  • No refunds.
  • Attendees must be 21 years or older.
  • Price includes festival ticket ($70) plus cost of the coach, tolls, and tip for the driver.
  • Tickets will be distributed on the bus just prior to arrival at the fest.
  • No smoking, no kegs, and no glass containers allowed on the bus.
  • Any carry-ons must fit below the seat.
  • Larger items will be stowed in the cargo hold and will only be accessible upon arrival.
  • Adult beverages and snacks will be permitted on the bus. Riders are responsible to clean up after themselves.
  • Please see the Great Taste website for list of permissible items.
  • This is a rain or shine event. Riders to the fest are encouraged to dress appropriately. There will be no access to the bus during the event.
brewpub shootout attendees enjoying their beer and food pairings inside Metropolitan Brewery


On Saturday we welcomed around 300 of the most knowledgeable, dedicated beer enthusiasts in the area to crown the best beers, foods, and pairings around at the 24th annual Brewpub Shootout.

The quality on offer this year represented the most impressive spread we’ve had in many, many years and the tight results of the vote reflected that; everyone involved truly brought their “A game” and we can’t thank enough all of the brewers and chefs who made it possible.

Special thanks also go out to our devoted attendees, our hosts Metropolitan Brewing, and the CBS volunteers and board members who put in many hours of work to make this event so special once again.

With all that being said, here are the winners:


Champion: Eris Brewery and Cider House

Favorite: Off Color Brewing / Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

Favorite: Flipside Brewing


Champion: BrickStone Brewery

Favorite: Half Acre Beer Company

Favorite: Revolution Brewing


Champion: Off Color Brewing

Favorite: Double Clutch Brewery

Favorite: Flipside Brewing

45th Fall Tasting & Dinner Recap

The 2022 edition of our annual Fall Tasting reminded us how much fun sampling blind can be!

The venue was incredible (BIG shout-out to Double Clutch Brewing and their amazing staff), the food was tasty, and the wide variety of beers on offer kept tasters on their toes!

While there were many excellent options pouring throughout the night, the top 3 favorites (voted on blind by attendees) were:

CHAMPION: Goose Island (Clybourn Brewhouse) – Big News 1 (Imperial Stout aged on coconut & pecan – 13%)

FAVORITE: Revolution (brewpub) – Party Britches (Rye Dunkel – 6%)

FAVORITE: Ike & Oak – Woollysicle (Milkshake IPA w/orange, vanilla, lactose – 6.3%)

Many thanks once again to our host venue, and the volunteers & board members who helped with everything from hauling kegs to check-in to draft system maintenance to cleanup and tear-down! See you again next year!


1) Revolution (Brewpub)Party BritchesRye Dunkel6
2) Ike & OakWoollysicleMilkshake IPAw/orange, vanilla, lactose6.3
3) HaymarketOscar’s PardonBelgian Pale Ale4.5
4) Off ColorBeer for the Top ShelfVienna Lagerw/maple syrup5.5
5) TightheadWe Be Yammin’Sweet Potato Ale6.9
6) DuneyrrScarlet WynterRosé Vineyard Aleco-fermented w/ riesling grapes, blood orange, red currant & elderflower4.8
7) Double ClutchHellesHelles Lager5.1
8) Goose IslandBig News 1Oatmeal Stoutaged on toasted & raw coconut, and roasted pecans13
9) MaplewoodModified ConceptDDH IPA7.2
10) Casa HumildeMesita C2CMixed-FermentationTable Beer3.4
11) Half AcrePretty StreetsLime Lager4.8
11) Roaring TableAccordanceCzech Dark Lager4.6
13) Printer’s RowDark AdaptationStout w/ Cacao Nibs & Peanut Butter8.6