Saturday March 7th marked the annual Night of the Living Ales festival at the Goose Island Wrigleyville location in conjunction with the Chicago Beer Society . The festival involves cask/real ales from many local breweries as well as others from around the country. This is one of my favorite events of the year. There were quite a few standouts this year including last years’ winner, Surly Tea-Bagged Furious.
Much hype surrounded the premier of Popskull , a collaboration between Three Floyds and Dogfish Head. This brown ale was aged on the famous Palo Santo Wood and will also be available at Dark Lord Day according to rumors. Goose Island also had quite a showing with their Madam Rose(Kriek), Bourbon Sherry Beer, and Saison Le Chance.
There were some great IPA’s tapped that night and the Hop Cast wouldn’t have it any other way! Rock Bottom Chicago impressed with their Neil Diamond IPA and Flossmoor Station’s Ore Gone IPA was wonderful as well.
Rock Bottom Orland Park brought their experimental ShamRock Stout. Looking at the name, I was hoping it was a take on the delicious Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. They didn’t disappoint!! This mint stout was delicious and would probably make a damn fine beer float.
Overall this was a fantastic event, especially since this was the first year that they split into two sessions. I would certainly say this was a success because the crowd was much more maneuverable than years past. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience so many great craft beers. Don’t miss it next year!!