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Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer tickets on sale Saturday

Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer tickets on sale Saturday
A lot of news has been getting by me due to circumstances I've hashed in extreme detail before, but here's a quick catch-up to this deadline: Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 1 for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild's 10th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged beer! This year's FOBAB, as we call it, will take place Saturday, November 17 at  the Skyline Loft of the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago. Sales start at 11:59 a.m. through There will be admissions to two tasting sessions: 1:00 − 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 − 10:00 p.m. Taster tickets are $45 and include a commemorative tasting glass, 16 two-ounce sample tickets, and a souvenir program.  Additional sample tickets and food are available for purchase.  Designated driver tickets will be sold for $10. While previously tickets have remained available for a few days, the booming craft beer scene leads me to suggest you prepare to avoid a possible quick sellout...

Chicago-area winners at the World Beer Cup

Chicago-area winners at the World Beer Cup
Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup this past Saturday. The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories.... Read more »

CBS News: Brewpub Shootout winners, Day of the Living Ales is March 3

Let’s try to catch up on a few news items here. The Chicago Beer Society held its 14th annual Chicagoland Brewpub and Microbrewery Shootout last weekend. The contest was a judging not only of craft beers from our area, but of foods entered along with the beers. Brewpub beers were matched with a dish from... Read more »

Joe Formanek wins Sam Adams LongShot

Another area resident has been named a winner of Samuel Adams LongShot homebrewing competition. Joe Formanek of Bolingbrook won for his Russian Imperial Stout, which will be “brewed up” and offered next year as part of the 2012 LongShot six-pack. Joe is a member of the Urban Knaves of Grain, a hombrew club based in the western suburbs.He tried out homebrewing while pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology at the University of Minnesota, according to the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year site. In 1993, he founded the Boneyard Union of Zymurgical Zealots (BUZZ) in Champaign while studying at the University of Illinois...

Area winners at Great American Beer Festival

Area winners at Great American Beer Festival
Many area brewers new to the scene took home medals this past weekend at the Great American beer Festival, held last week in Denver. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria of Chicago won a Gold medal for its 5 Lizard, the first year of its existence. And Sun King Brewing of Indianapolis won four Golds amid eight total... Read more »

Goose Island Perfecta at Day of the Living Ales

The Chicago Beer Society held its seventh annual Day of the Living Ales tasting on Saturday, March 5. The festival featured 44 beers from 26 brewers from Chicagoland and across the nation, all served from casks in “real ale” style. The beers are conditioned in their serving casks and served by “cellarmen” trained in britain... Read more »

Brewpub & Brewery Shootout Results

The 13th edition of the Brewpub and Brewery Shootout was held Saturday, January 22, at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. The Chicago Beer Society hosted the event at which 300 members sampled beer and food from 14 area brewpubs. Attendees cast ballots for Best Beer, Best Food, and for Best Beer/Food... Read more »

Tribes Ultimate Beer Bout III lineup announced, UBB IV planned

UPDATE, Dec. 8: Niall reports that Founders Vice President Dave Engbers will attend Saturday’s Ultimate Beer Bout, and he’ll be bringing a keg of their prized Kentucky Breakfast Stout! The Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout will replace harvest Ale in the Founders lineup, though Harvest Ale will still be available for sale. They have secured... Read more »
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