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!

FULL BEER LIST:

BREWERYBEERSTYLEABV %
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
collage of photos featuring bar area and brewery equipment

45th Annual Fall Tasting & Dinner

Sunday December 4th 2022 | 4pm – 8pm

Double Clutch Brewing Company
2121 Ashland Avenue
Evanston, IL

This year’s tasting will be our 45th — one of the oldest and longest running beer events in the country!

For the 2022 edition, we are planning for a truly special evening at Double Clutch Brewing Company, who’ve just returned from the Great American Beer Festival carrying not only two medals, but also the title of Small Brewery of the Year!

(cbs member pre-sale now live, general admission tix avail Friday 11/4/22 @ noon)

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 mouth-watering options from the talented kitchen team at Double Clutch:

APPETIZERS

  • House Salad
  • Humus Platter
  • Bruschetta
  • Charcuterie

ENTREES & SIDES

  • Beef Sliders
  • Amish Wings
  • Portabella Mushroom Sandwiches

SWEETS:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Mexican chocolate Cookie

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Capacity is limited and we expect this event to sell out, so don’t hesitate – secure your spot ASAP!

CBS Members may now purchase up to 4 tickets at the discounted member rate, and any remaining tickets will become available to the general public at noon on Friday November 4th.

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THE FINE PRINT:

  • 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

2022 Brewpub Shootout Recap


Despite a few of our brewing friends having to drop out late due to some (understandable) staffing/logistics complications as we continue to recover from the pandemic, those that were able to participate in the competition brought their “A” games as usual!

Massive thanks to our hosts (Metropolitan Brewing), all of the participating brewpubs, the enthusiastic attendees, and to our hard working volunteers who arrived early and stayed late to help make this amazing event possible once again!


For those who were unable to attend, here are this year’s winners (full program here):

Best Beer

  1. Une Année
  2. Brickstone Brewery
  3. Ørkenoy

Best Food

  1. Brickstone Brewery
  2. Ravinia
  3. Une Année

Best Pairing

  1. Brickstone Brewery
  2. Eris
  3. Une Année

Help Skeleton Key Brewery

As many of you may have already heard, Skeleton Key, a family owned & operated brewery/taproom in Woodridge, experienced devastating damage to their facility during the tornado on June 20th. They have received news that the building will be condemned, and will need all the help they can get to begin recovery from this terrible event.

The local brewing community has helped us out countless times over the years with events, education, expertise, and so much more – now is our chance to give back. The Chicago Beer Society Board of Directors has made a donation and we’re calling on our fellow members to pitch in as well with whatever amount you can; every bit helps. Let’s show the love & support this group has for our brewing scene with a flood of donations coming from Chicago Beer Society!

Funds raised will go towards assisting owners Emily, Paul, & John, & their staff in as many ways as possible. This could include:

  • Immediate relief for staff compensation
  • Rental & purchase of items (trucks, gas, forklifts, etc) to move what can be salvaged
  • Feeding volunteers & staff assisting in moving product & supplies
  • Assistance in rebuilding if/when possible
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

BREWERIES:

FOOD:

MUSIC:


  • 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