2016 Day of the Living Ales

2016 Day of the Living Ales Winners
Be sure to check out the winners and event recap here!

The Chicago Beer Society announces the Day of the Living Ales for 2016, featuring cask conditioned ales from Chicagoland, plus selected guests.  Join us on March 5th in Chicago’s new home for real ale: Bottom Lounge.  Located at 1375 West Lake Street, Bottom Lounge is located steps from the CTA Green and Pink Lines, several bus routes, a long walk or short cab ride to two Metra stations, plus the aforementioned cabs and street parking nearby.

As usual, casks are handled by CBS’s experienced cellarmen, trained in the UK to care for and serve real ale. A properly served real ale is neither cloudy, flat, nor warm: rather  it is bright, with a gentle carbonation and served at cellar temperature. Food will be available for purchase. As always, public sessions are from 1-5 and 6-10 PM.  When finished, the lively Randolph corridor offers ample entertainment options.

Attendees will select the 2016 Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland out of nearly 40 participating breweries!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Two Spirited Sessions!

Afternoon, 1:00-5:00 PM (SOLD OUT)

Evening 6:00-10:00 PM

Non members may purchase tickets for $45/each

Members of record were emailed with links to allow them to purchase tickets at membership prices. Please check your spam and deleted folders for a message with the subject “Chicago Beer Society Presents 2016 Day of the Living Ales” If you have any questions or are sure you did not receive a unique member code and should have, please Contact Us.

Please note that some breweries, just like guests on someone’s RSVP list, will end up having to back out due to unforeseen circumstances or technical challenges. We will do our best to keep this page up to date with expected participants.

Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Full List of Breweries


Here are the list of breweries that will be participating in this years Day of the Living Ales.
5 Rabbit – Ca-Cao 2.0 Imperial Stout
Alarmist – Entrenched IPA
Alter (Removed 03/03/2016)
Aquanaut – MoonRay Robust Porter
Argus (Removed 2/26/2016)
Around the Bend – Fools Folly Belgian Saison  / Silk Road APA
Atlas – Facemelter Hibiscus IPA
Banging Gavel (Removed 2/17/2016)
Begyle (Removed 2/23/2016)
Blue Island (Added 2-8-2016) – Chi-style Massive Political Corruption
BuckleDown – Shady Aftermath
Destihl – Amra Mango IPA
Emmett’s – Hoptweet American Wheat Ale
Goose Island Clybourn – Curbside English Bitter / Mac Train
Goose Island – Scotchy Scotch Scotch / Special Blend / Requiem for a Red Head
Half Acre – Shrub Tundra / Big Hugs
Illuminated Brew Works – Hasselhopf Pale Ale
Imperial Oak – Sugar Shack Maple Chocolate Brown
Lagunitas – Blueberry Oat-y Stoopid
Maplewood – Pimm’s Cup Lemondrop
Metropolitan – Flywheel Bright Lager / Dynamo Copper Lager
Mickey Finn’s – Imperial Delusion Russian Imperial Stout / British Invasion
Middle Brow – ad astra Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)
Miskatonic – Oddfellow Scotch Ale
Noon Whistle – Bernie
Off Color – IKEA Beer / Wari: Chicha de mole
One Trick Pony – Storm Cat / Warlander
Revolution – Adams’ Best / Thee Destroyer
Rock Bottom Chicago – The Hammer Imperial Red / Headband IPA
Rock Bottom Lombard – Springboard Pale Ale
Rock Bottom Orland Park – Route 45 Session IPA / Suicide Kings
Solemn Oath – The Telegraph / Goat the Eunuch
Spiteful – Hostile Harry
Temperance – Might Meets Right Russian Imperial Stout / Zythos Dry Hopped Gatecrasher
Three Floyds – Look the Witch in the Eye / Amber Smashed Face (Removed 3-2-2016)
Tighthead – Bear’s Choice American IPA
Two Brothers – The Green Quincy / Cane & Ebel Rye Red Ale
Urban Legend (Removed 03/03/2016)
White Oak – WOW (White Oak Wheat)
Wild Onion (Removed 2-8-2016)


2008 Night of the Living Ales Recap

Night of the Living Ales, the region’s largest celebration of cask-conditioned beers, was held on March 1. Twenty breweries from Chicagoland and beyond provided 40 casks of real ale, while over 500 attendees sampled the beers and cast ballots to decide the 2008 Champion Real Ale of Chicagoland. After spirited voting, Surly Brewing‘s Tea-bagged Furious (Hoppy) emerged as the champion. Goose Island-Fulton captured second place with its Imperial Stout with Chicory, while Rock Bottom-Orland Park took third with its unusual M&D Peanut Butter Brown. Congratulations to the champions, and thanks to all the breweries for supplying such an outstanding list of beers.

NotLA IV simply could not take place without the support of CBS members and guests. We also owe a great debt to the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy and the Brewers Supply Group for their sponsorship this year; Roth Kase USA for supplying the fabulous cheese for the fourth straight year; above all, we want to thank John Hall and Goose Island Beer Company for their unstinting support for CBS over the last 20 years. Goose Island Wrigleyville has been our gracious host every year. Thanks to Reggie, Minda, Daria, and all their staff for their help.

We realize that this year’s event was much more crowded than it should have been. We’re sorry that we oversold tickets, but can assure everyone that we will substantially limit capacity in future years. We know that this may exclude some of you, but this will definitely provide a more comfortable environment and a better experience for all who attend.

Here’s the full list of breweries and their beers:

Goose Island Brewpub – Clybourn Avenue
1. Debbie’s Special Bitter
2. Pub Stout

Goose Island Brewery – Fulton Street
3. Matilda w/Juniper Berries & Branch Tips (pre-brett)
4. Honker’s Ale (dry-hopped)
5. Matilda w/Lime & Orange Peels (pre-brett)
6. Imperial Stout w/Chicory (Bourbon County pre-barrel)

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
7. Big Black Moriah Smoked Porter
8. Mooseknuckle Barleywine

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Chicago
9. Blitzen Belgian Strong Golden
10. Siegle d’Houblon de Moineau Belgian Rye-P-A
11. Who Are You Wit?

America’s Brewing Co – Aurora
12. Rex Grossman’s Big Play Barleywine
13. Kyle Orton’s Statistically Strong Scotch Ale

Brass Restaurant & Brewery – Lake Barrington
14. Anticipation Pale Ale

Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co – West Dundee, Palatine, Downers Grove, Oswego
15. McCarthy Red Ale

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery – Flossmoor
16. Bitter Harvest American Pale Ale
17. Milky Way Stout
18. X-IPA

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – Bolingbrook
19. Schwarzbier

Govnor’s Public House – Lake in the Hills
20. Randall Road IPA (dry-hopped)

Lunar Brewing – Villa Park
21. Kind Ale IPA
22. Orion’s Oatmeal Pale

Mickey Finn’s Brewery – Libertyville
23. Rye Stout
24. Irish Red Ale

M.T. Barrels – West Dundee
25. HopHead Heaven IPA

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Orland Park
26. King of Hearts Imperial Red
27. M&D Peanut Butter Brown
28. Naughty Scot
29. Hopbomb IPA

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Warrenville
30. Belgial Dubbel
31. English IPA

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Yorktown
32. Valentines’ Double IPA
33. 630 Suburban Wheat
34. McCoy’s Pomegranate Stout

Two Brothers Brewing Co. & Taphouse – warrenville
35. Cane & Ebel

Lagunitas Brewing – Petaluma, CA
36. Old Gnarlywine

Three Floyds Brewing – Munster, IN
37. Decimator Doppelbock
38. Blackheart English IPA

Surly Brewing – Brooklyn Center, MN
39. Oak-aged Bender (Malty)
40. Tea-bagged Furious (Hoppy)