April 16, 2016: Mash Tun Journal Issue 009 Release Party

Mash Tun Journal Issue 009 Release: 4/16/16 at Maria’s, 3-7pm • Free ( 21 and over) 960 W 31st Street Chicago Il 60608 Get Free copies of Mash Tun Journal, Issue 009. Complementary Korean-Polish fare at 4pm (grilling starts at 3pm). Mash Tun Journal Issue 009 is here. Get your sweet heinies to Maria’s on 4/16/16 from 3-7pm for the release of issue 009. Attendees will receive a free copy of the journal, tasty Mash Tun-curated suds, and grilled Ko-Po fare for your belly. Maria’s will be featuring beer by brewers who are profiled in the latest issue, offering pours at the bar for purchase and complimentary samples + Ko-Po grub on the patio. Maria’s will also be exhibiting work by Ryan Duggan, our featured artist in the new issue. Issue 009 tells the story of C.H.A.O.S. Brew Club’s diaspora, profiling homebrewers who made their liquid dreams a reality. C.H.A.O.S. vets include folks from Begyle, Louis Glunz Beer Inc., Arclight, Begyle, Goose Island, Breakroom, Horse Thief Hollow, Vice District, and Marz. Raise a glass with us to their achievements. Join us for complementary Korean-Polish fare at 4pm (grilling starts at 3pm). Enjoy some special suds from our special C.H.A.O.S. Diaspora Draft list (beer for purchase): Begyle J-Bird Pale Ale Goose Island 2015 Bourbon County Stout Marz Bubbly Barrel-Aged Duchess de Bridgeport Urban Legend The King’s Tree Coffee Stout With Beer tasting samples from: Arclight Moe’s IPA Vice District Far From Ordinary Session English Ale Issue 009 features work by Calvin Fredrickson, Edmar, Zak Rotello, Doug Veliky, Alex Bach, Clarence Boddicker, Paul Durica, Tim Lange, Chris Quinn, and Mike Smith.

Mash Tun x Insiders Roundtable: 
Issue 008 Release + Live Radio Show

December 10th •  7-11pm • Free! •  21+ Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St Join Mash Tun and the Beer Temple’s Insider’s Roundtable for the release of issue 8 of Mash Tun Journal. We will be hosting a bottle share and producing a live studio broadcast and taping of the Insider’s Roundtable show. Special guests include brewers featured in the brand spanking new issue # 8  of Mash Tun Journal. We will supply some of the beers made by the brewers and breweries featured. It’s a bottle share! Bring some! And please wear your ugly holiday sweater. This is a Mash Tun Society event. Please RSVP at ed@mashtunjournal.org. So we can make sure we have enough vittles..

Press Release Announcement of 2015 GABF winners!

242 Breweries Take Home Medals at 2015 Great American Beer Festival 275 Professional Medals Awarded, 423 First-Time Participants Compete Boulder, CO • September 26, 2015—The 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 275 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur brewers paired with professional brewers.   Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 29th year, the 2015 competition surpassed all previous participation records, exceeding last year’s record-setting competition.   View the 2015 winners or download a PDF list of the winners.   Overview: Great American Beer Festival Competition   Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.   This year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 242 beer experts from 15 countries, including the U.S., and 155 competition volunteers. The panel also evaluated 91 Pro-Am entries.   2015 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG) Rip Current Brewery (San Marcos, Calif.) Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe   Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by O-I Port City Brewing Co. (Alexandria, Va.) Port City Brewing Co. Team   Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, Calif.) Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Team   Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Beer Institute Pabst Brewing Co. (Los Angeles, Calif.) Gregory Deuhs   Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. Melvin Brewing (Jackson, Wyo.) Kirk McHale and Jeremy Tofte   Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG) TAPS Fish House & Brewery (Corona, Calif.) TAPS Fish House & Brewery Team   Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Country Malt Group Titletown Brewing Co. (Green Bay, Wis.) David Oldenburg   Overall Competition Highlights Reflecting craft brewing’s sustained excellence nationwide as the industry grows, overall competition highlights include:   38 first-time entering breweries won awards.   Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:   o   Maine: 21% with 14 entries and three medals o   Rhode Island: 10% with 10 entries and one medal o   North Dakota: 8% with 12 entries and one medal   Most medals won, with three medals each:   o   Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif. (three medals: two gold, one bronze) o   Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, Ind. (three medals: one gold, one silver, one bronze) o   Port City Brewing Co.; Alexandria, Va. (three medals: two silver, one bronze) o   Left Hand Brewing Co.; Longmont, Colo. (three medals: one gold, two bronze)   The 2015 competition saw three new style categories:   o   Category 8: Chili Pepper Beer o   Category 16: Session India Pale Ale o   Category 24B: Mixed Culture Brett Beer   No gold medal was awarded in Category 6: Pumpkin Beer. (See GABF awards philosophy and criteria.)   Style Categories   Since 2002, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 336 entries in 2015.   The top five entered categories were:   American-Style India Pale Ale (336 entries) Imperial India Pale Ale (208 entries) Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (179 entries) Session India Pale Ale (161 entries) American-Style Pale Ale (160 entries)   The winners in the most-entered (that is, the most competitive) categories were:   American-Style India Pale Ale (336 entries) Gold: BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Revolver IPA (Santee, Calif.) Silver: Wicked Weed Brewing – Candler, Pernicious IPA (Candler, N.C.) Bronze: The Brew Kettle Taproom and Smokehouse, White Rajah (Strongsville, Ohio)   Imperial India Pale Ale (208 entries) Gold: Fat Head’s Brewery, Hop Juju Imperial IPA (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) Silver: Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, Eazy Duz It IIPA (Portland, Ore.) Bronze: Breakwater Brewing Co., Teahupo’o (Oceanside, Calif.)   Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (179 entries) Gold: Nebraska Brewing Co., Melange A Trois (La Vista, Neb.) Silver: Sun King Brewing Co., Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil (Indianapolis, Ind.) Bronze: Ska Brewing, Ska Face (Durango, Colo.)   Session India Pale Ale (161 entries) Gold: Societe Brewing Co., The Coachman (San Diego, Calif.) Silver: Steel Toe Brewing, Size 4 (St. Louis Park, Minn.) Bronze: Noble Ale Works, Nose Candy (Anaheim, Calif.)   American-Style Pale Ale (160 entries) Gold: Central Coast Brewing Co., Monterey St. Pale Ale (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) Silver: Track 7 Brewing Co. – Natomas, Hoppy Palm (Sacramento, Calif.) Bronze: Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Featherweight Pale Ale (Golden, Colo.)   2015 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White Labs   Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are:   Gold: Muscat Love, Great South Bay Brewery, (Bay Shore, N.Y.) Brewmaster: Great South Bay Brewery Team and AHA member Brian Giebel   Silver: Atahsaisa, Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette, Colo.) Brewmaster: Ryan Scott and Brandon Boldt and AHA member Mike Froehlich   Bronze: Citra IPA, FATE Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colo.) Brewmaster: FATE Brewing Company Team and AHA member Ryan Lotter   Summary: 2015 Great American Beer Festival Statistics   750 breweries in the festival hall 3,800 beers served at the festival 60,000 attendees 3,400 volunteers (festival and competition combined) 1,552 breweries in the competition from 50 states…

Sept 19: The Next Wave Breweries Bash and Mash Tun Release Party

Next Wave Breweries Bash September 19, 2015 • 5-8pm Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St Admission: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-wave-breweries-bash-tickets-18449903157 Join us for the relaunch of Mash Tun Journal at the Next Wave Breweries Bash! Each year Mash Tun Journal highlights emerging breweries from the Midwest by hosting an event celebrating the brewers making a mark in the craft beer industry. Featuring: Mikerphone, Transient Artisan Ales, Imperial Oak, Noon Whistle, Wild Rose, Devils Trumpet, Illuminated Brew Works, Pollyanna, South Loop, Hailstorm, + Vice District The event takes place at our headquarters and studio, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St in the neighborhood of Bridgeport, Chicago. Admission get you the hot of the presses copy of Mash Tun Journal #7, some Kimski KoPo BBQ, a tasting glass, and complementary tastes of beers made by the breweries featured in the new issue of the Mash Tun Journal. Admission is $25 Proceeds go the Public Media Institute, the 501 C 3 non profit, that publishes Mash Tun Journal.

The 2015 Homebrewer’s Ball Call for Beer!

Mash Tun Society and Mash Tun Journal present: The 2015 Homebrewer’s Ball Call for Beer! The 2015 Homebrewer’s Ball is our second annual homebrewers competition. The Ball takes place on August 23, 2015 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere.  The 2015 winner will have their liquid brewed and distributed by Marz Community Brewing Co. The competition is open to homebrewers in the Chicagoland area and entry to competitors is FREE! DEADLINE FOR PARTICIPATION IS AUG 1, 2015! Judging of the event is open to members of the Mash Tun Society. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, the non profit that publishes Mash Tun Journal and organizes The Mash Tun Society. Here’s how it works: •    Any homebrewer, whether a member of a homebrewing club or not, is encouraged to enter his or her beer in the competition. There is no entry fee for competitors. •    A maximum of 25 beers will compete. You must email us to state you are going to compete. •    The Ball and competition both kick off at 3pm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere on August 23, 2015. •    Mash Tun Society members will sample competing beers and vote on their favorites. •    Four finalists will be selected based on Mash Tun Society members voting results. •    A panel of judges chosen by Mash Tun Journal will choose the winning beer through a blind tasting. •    The Winner will have their beer brewed by Marz Community Brewing Co. How do homebrewers Qualify? 1.    You need to decide if you are going to compete and then email ed@mashtunjournal.org  Email Ed your name, address and phone number. 2.    The competition is open to anyone, regardless of homebrew club affiliation. There are no “official club entries”. 3.    Register early! ONLY THE FIRST 25 ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.  You must email ed@mashtunjournal.org and inform him that you will be competing. The first 25 persons to email will be put on the list of competitors. You will be contacted to receive information about your submission and the process for getting your brew into the competition. DEADLINE FOR RESERVING A SPACE TO COMPETE IS AUG 1, 2015! 4.    Only one beer may be entered per person/team. 5.    One co-brewer is allowed. Please, no brewing teams of three or more. 6.    Beers may be submitted in Cornelius ball-lock kegs or pin-lock kegs. Bottles will be accepted this year. We need about 5 gallons of bottled beer to be sampled out. 7.    Brewers must will supply all tapping equipment. We supply the sampling glasses, buckets and ice. ( We do not have 25 tanks of gas or tapping systems, sorry). 8.    Beer submissions must be dropped off during business hours at Co-Prosperity Sphere by August 22. No late submissions will be accepted! You must label your submission with your name, phone number, email and name and style of beer. 9.    Beers not received by August 22 will be disqualified from the competition. 10.    It is not guaranteed that the winning beer will be the exact beer that will be made by Marz Community Brewing Co—e.g., if the winning entry is a sour beer, we may not be able to brew it. Regardless, the winning brewer will select the recipe and work directly with Marz brewers to make the beer. 11.    The locally released beer will be a collaboration between Marz and the winning homebrewer(s) only. 12.    We cannot accept recipes for bacterially soured beers, Brettanomyces beers, beers brewed with artificial flavorings or ingredients, or beers requiring extended aging (more than 60 days) for brewing on our system. 13.    Employees of Marz Community Brewing Co. and their family members are not eligible to compete. Important Information on How to Submit Your Beer •    All beer must be submitted in Cornelius ball-lock kegs or pin-lock kegs or as bottled beer. •    Beer must be dropped off at Co-Prosperity Sphere between Wednesday, August 19 and no later than Saturday, August 22 during the hours of ( 11pm – 7pm) •    Participating homebrewers must bring their own gas, and tapping equipment, we will supply the ice and containers for your brew.
•    Any changes to your entry (e.g. different beer or name) must be submitted no later than 4pm on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Photo Credit: Carl Kleiner

Liquid Dreams! The Lagunitas TapRoom Party

Liquid Dreams! The Lagunitas TapRoom Party Join us from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on June 16, 2015  at Lagunitas Company TapRoom (2607 W 17th Street) for a fundraiser in support of Chicago’s newest FM radio Station: WLPN, Lumpen Radio. BUY TICKETS HERE: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/liquid-dreams-the-lagunitas-taproom-party-tickets-17295977735 For only $30 you get: • Complementary culinary delights by Publican Quality Meats • THREE drink tickets, • A live set by some of the best jokers in Chicago’s comedy scene ( The Comedy Butchers featuring: Mitch Nathan, Abby Stassen, Ray Holleb & James Vickery) • Audio action by DJ Major Taylor • The new issue of Mash Tun Journal featuring an in depth interview with Tony Magee • And a chance to win a slew of Raffle Prizes. All additional drinks are $ ( including rare TapRoom only beers) and the net proceeds from the tap room go towards building a new studio for Lumpen Radio. You can also purchase a $10 ticket which gets you admission to the party, but you get NO drink tickets.  You will have to spend $ for your own drinks. Additional Info: Lumpen Radio: http://www.lumpenradio.com/ Mash Tun Journal : http://www.mashtunjournal.org/

The Lager Beer Riot Reenactment! April 25, 2015

To mark the 160th anniversary of the Lager Beer Riot, Chicago’s first act of civil disturbance, and to celebrate the city’s growing beer culture, Pocket Guide to Hell and Marz Community Brewing Company are hosting an audience interactive dodgeball reenactment and beer tasting on Saturday, April 25, 2015 starting at 6 pm. The event is part of Version Festival 15 and is a fundraiser for Benton House, the historic nonprofit charitable center in Bridgeport. BUY TICKETS HERE!  Mash Tun Journal will be releasing a brand spanking new issue at the event! The Lager Beer Riot occurred at the Clark Street Bridge in April 1855. The reenactment is going to be staged in the Benton House gymnasium as a game of dodgeball following National Amateur Dodgeball Association rules. One team, consisting of representatives of Law & Order under the command of Mayor Levi Boone, is to be made up of 10 representatives of Chicago area breweries. The revolting Irish and German bar owners are to be portrayed by 10 representatives of the Bridgeport community. The Strange Brews podcasters (Alison Cuddy and Andrew Gill) are going to provide play-by-play coverage with color commentary from Randy Mosher (The Map Room, Five Rabbit) and Tim Samuelson (City of Chicago Cultural Historian). Historical referees, halftime music by Brass Inferno Productions, and a working model of the Clark Street bridge round out the experience. The Lager Beer Riot reenactment is going to consist, per NADA rules, of 10 three-minute matches, with an 11th if a tiebreaker is needed. There will be a halftime show after 5 matches are played. A beer tasting of specially brewed beers run from 6-9 pm at Benton House in the remains of the former Ramova Grill. Participating Breweries: Marz Community Brewing Company Revolution Brewing Goose Island Brewing Haymarket Pub & Brewery Middle Brow Beer Co. Urban Legend Brewing Company Spiteful Brewing Company Ten Ninety Brewing Company Cademon Brewing Company Ale Syndicate Tickets: $30 gets you admission to the Lager Beer Riot, 10 beer tickets, and a NEW issue of Mash Tun Journal. $40 gets you admission to the Lager Beer Riot, 10 beer tickets, the special issue of Mash Tun Journal, and a limited edition event poster by Kathleen Judge. (Limit 20) $50 gets you admission to the Lager Beer Riot, 10 beer tickets, the special issue of Mash Tun Journal, limited edition event poster, and the chance to play in one of the 10 dodgeball matches (Limit 10) Proceeds benefit the programs offered by Benton House  

Feb 14: The Power of Sour

  Marz Community Brewing Co presents: The Power of Sour Feb 14, 2015 4-8pm Western Exhibitions • 845 W Washington Blvd. 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60607 Marz Community Brewing is excited to bring you an anti-Valentines Day event on Sunday, February 14th at Western Exhibitions. We have been dying to do an Art of Marz Brewing event with Paul Nudd, one of our favorite painters, trouble makers and friends along with his gallery, Western Exhibitions. Paul made the painting of the “Bubbly Creek” monster which adorns our Bubbly Creek Berliner Weiss bottles. For this event we are releasing a limited edition four color silk screened print made especially for this Power of Sour event. And Paul’s work will also be on view. To enjoy Paul’s art Marz will be sampling out our expanding line of South Side Sours. Our sour ales are made with a strain of Lactobacillus plantarum discovered by Marz Brewer, Al Robertson, and isolated by Omega Yeast labs. It’s our secret weapon in converting beer drinkers to a style of sour ales that are tart, mildly acidic, delicious and made here in Chicago. During the Power of Sour event we will provide complementary pours of our Bubbly Creek Berliner Weiss, The Duchess de Bridgeport sour brown ale and our brand spanking new Gose style beer called Ruby’s Tears. Sampling glasses will be provided by our sister project, Mash Tun Journal. A suggested donation of $15 will get you one of the prints made by Paul. If you want to guarantee you will receive one of the edition of 100 or so prints you must purchase Admission online at EventBrite. The link is below : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-sour-tickets-15611467319 See ya there.

2014 FoBAB Winners

The 2014 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer (FoBAB) is bigger than ever this year – expanding to three sessions over two days (Nov. 14 and 15) with over 90 breweries serving up at least 300 beers that have been in contact with wood. The beers are judged by a panel of industry experts, awarding gold, silver and bronze medals to beers in 11 categories.  This year was a tipping point for the festival. It will soon become one of the world’s most important and must attend craft beer festivals. Go Chicago! Go BRoBAB! 2014 National Wood-Aged Beer Competition Results at FoBAB Best of Show Port Brewing Veritas 013 Runner up: Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxas Classic Porter / Stout Gold: Saugatuck Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout Silver: 5 Rabbit Barrel Aged Yodo Con Leche Bronze: Perrin Lil Griz Strong Porter / Stout Gold: Pipeworks Barrel Aged Jones Dog Silver: Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Bronze: 4 Hands Barrel Aged Bonafide with Cinnamin Barleywine / Wheatwine Gold: Revolution Straightjacket Silver: 4 Hands Volume 2 Bronze: Firestone Walker Abacus 2013 Classic Styles Gold: Ei8ght Ball Reintarnation Silver: Glacier Beam Marzen Bronze: Sun King Soul Shakedown Party Strong / Double / Imperial Pale Beer Gold: Revolution Filibuster Silver: Southern Prohibition Barrel Aged Mississippi Fire Ant Bronze: Rock Bottom Chicago Gin Blitz Strong / Double / Imperial Dark Beer Gold: Milwaukee Brewing Louie’s Resurrection Silver: Sun King Sympathy for the Devil Bronze: Glacier Buffalo Trace Eisbock Fruit Beer Gold: Off Color Yuzu Er’d Og Begravet Silver: Lake Effect Cerise De Michigan Bronze: Goose Island Clybourn Vainglorious Experimental Beer Gold: Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxas Silver: Breakside Aquavit Barrel Aged IPA Bronze: Temperance Boulevardier Barrel Aged Might Meets Right Wild Beer / Brett Gold: Off Color Papillon Silver: Trinity Easy Swinger Wild IPA Bronze: Oakshire Hermanne 1882 Wild Beer / Acidic Gold: Port Brewing Veritas Silver: Trinity 365 Day Sour Bronze: AC Golden Dark Creek Cider / Perry / Mead Gold: Virtue Lapinette Silver: Vermont Wyder’s Reposado Pear Bronze: Vandermill Chapman’s Oats

Homebrewer’s Ball Winners!

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a beer festival in our Chicago neighborhood of Bridgeport, known as “The Community of the Future.”  Many Homebrewers and beer enthusiasts that did not go to the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin made their way down to our gallery, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, to participate in our first annual Homebrewer’s Ball. This year we had twenty two entries that competed to win the prize of having their liquid entry made by our new brewery, Marz Community Brewing Company. Our Marz project started about the same time as Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal some two years ago. After a grueling wait, we are finally up and running and are making some exceptional and delicious brews. You can try them all the time at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and other fine drinking establishments throughout Illinois, if yer interested. We also poured a few brews at the Ball to let these Homebrewers know we are not fucking around. We were delighted that over 140 people showed up to vote for the final four beers that would be entered in the final round of judging by Master Cicerone, David Kahle, Marz Brewing brewer, Tim Lange, and Beer Superfreak and CHAOS Hombrewers club member, Eric Padilla. While we were waiting for the final vote tally and judging we treated everyone to The Doner Men Food truck. If you are smart you will follow them on Twitter and figure out a way to try their German Stye doner wraps, and curry wurst. My god it’s good. And the food pairs perfectly with beer. Attendees were also able to procure an on the spot silk-screened t-shirt, tote bag and/or bar towell from our best buds at Teetsy! The competition was pretty tight. There were about 10 brews within a few votes of each other. The People’s Choice was the Blood of the Bine Imperial IPA by Frank and Danielle Costanzo. And the final award winners of the Hombrewer’s Ball are as follows: Honorable Mention: Morning Rush, a Coffee & Oatmeal Stout • ABV: 8.5%  by Oscar Montenegro + Dany Reyes Third Place: Blood of the Bine, a Double IPA by Frank and Danielle Costanzo Second Place: La Ley, a Wheat Beer with fruit and peppers • ABV:5.3%  by Walter Ornelas and Oscar Sanchez and First Place went to Lazy Susan, an American-style Strong Pale Ale • ABV: 7.35% by Joe Sumrall  and Eric Franklin. We are super thrilled to have been able to taste so many great brews from Chicagoland based homebrewers. We know some of these guys will be turning pro real soon. Thanks for joining us and see you at the Ball next year! For  more awesome photos by David Ettinger please visit this link!    


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