Urban Knaves of Grain (UKG) Resources

We share the following useful links for your surfing pleasure.

The UKG and Our Members In The News

The Beacon-News - March 2014Drunk Monk Challenge brings home brewers to Two Brothers
Samuel Adams LongShot 2013 Competition finalistsTom Fitzpatrick – Beerpulse.com - September 2012.
ChicagoNow - The BeeronautJoe Formanek wins Sam Adams LongShot
The Beacon-News - March 2012Matt Klausner – North Auroran a master of the brewing art
The Chicago Tribune - April 2011Rodney Kibzey – Lombard Home Brewer Hits it Big -- Again

Competition Lists and Calendars

American Homebrew Association (AHA) Sanctioned Competition Calendar
BJCP Sanctioned Competition Schedule
Midwest Homebrewer of the Year Competition Circuit

Other Nearby Homebrew Clubs

Chicago Beer Society Combination beer appreciation/homebrew club, meets at Goose Island in Chicago.
Silverado St.Charles/Wasco, IL
Brixie's Brewers Brookfield, IL
Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusiasts (PALE) Plainfield, IL
Spent Grain Society Plainfield, IL
Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS) Chicago south suburbs
Homebrewers Pride of the Southside (HOPS) Chicago south side, meeting in Bridgeport and Oak Lawn
Chicago Homebrew Alchemists of Suds (CHAOS) Chicago, has a unique club brewhouse on the Near West Side at Hubbard & Western that members can brew on
Square Kegs Chicago, Lincoln Square neighborhood
Brewer's Association of Beer and Beverage Libations Extraordinaire (BABBLE) Lake County, IL
Midnight Carboys Crystal Lake, IL
Club Wort Palatine, IL
Boneyard Union of Zymolurgical Zealots (BUZZ) Champaign/Urbana, IL
Beer Barons of Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild Madison, WI
Mississippi Unquenchable Grail Zymurgists (MUGZ) Quad Cities, IA-IL

Local Homebrew Supply Shops

The Homebrew ShopSt. Charles, IL
The Brewers CoopWarrenville, IL.
Brew & Grow Bolingbrook, Roselle, and several other locations
Chicagoland WinemakersElmhurst, IL
Fox Valley Homebrew & Winery SuppliesAurora, IL

Local Breweries and Brewpubs

Two Brothers Brewing and Tap HouseWarrenville, IL
Two Brothers RoundhouseAurora, IL
Hopvine BrewingAurora, IL
Rock Bottom ChicagoChicago, IL
Rock Bottom YorktownLombard, IL
Rock Bottom Orland ParkOrland Park, IL
Rock Bottom WarrenvilleWarrenville, IL
BuckleDown BrewingLyons, IL
Emmett's / Emmett's Ale House Downers Grove, Palatine, and West Dundee, IL
Flesk BrewingLombard, IL
Flossmoor StationFlossmoor, IL
Goose Island (the brewpub)Chicago, IL
Gordon BierschBolingbrook, IL
Imperial Oak BrewingWillow Springs, IL
Lucky MonkSouth Barrington, IL
Lunar BrewingVilla Park, IL
Mickey Finn'sLibertyville, IL
Onion Pub and BreweryLake Barrington, IL
Penrose BrewingGeneva, IL
Piece Brewery & PizzeriaChicago, IL
Pollyanna BrewingLemont, IL
Solemn Oath BreweryNaperville, IL
Urban Legend BrewingWestmont, IL

Great Craft Beer and Classic Beer Bars

Brixie's Brookfield, IL
Bavarian LodgeLisle, IL
HopleafChicago, IL
John's Buffet Winfield, IL
The Map RoomChicago, IL
Palmer PlaceLa Grange, IL

Great Craft Beer Stores

Binny's Beverage Depot Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, and several other locations


Association of BrewersIncludes the American Homebrewers Association (publishers of Zymurgy), Brewers Publications, and the GABF.
Beer Judge Certification ProgramCertifies judges and sets guidelines for competitions.
Midwest Homebrewer of the YearAnnual race to choose the winningest homebrewer in 12 states.
Masters Championship of Amateur BrewingYearlong cycle of events culminating in an invitational competition to choose the best brewers.
Illinois Craft Brewers GuildBreweries and associated businesses of Illinois.

Beer Festivals

Great American Beer FestivalThe biggest commercial beer festival in the U.S.
Great Lakes Brew FestivalAlso serves as host of the Schooner Home Brew Championship

Our Members' Home Pages

We'll provide a link to any member's home page...there should be
something beer-related there, of course...contact .
Tom Dennis
David Star
Mike Uchima
Kevin "Woj" Wojdak – Kilted Hop Brewing

Member Resources

CO2 Resources in the Chicago Area

Dress Up Your Beer

GrogTag Custom bottle labels, keg labels, coasters, signs, caps and more.
iCustomLabel Custom bottle labels, gift tags, and other labels.

Other Links

Beer Advocate Two popular beer reviewing sites.  They also have good beer events calendars and listings of breweries, brewpubs, and craft beer bars across the US and worldwide.
Real Beer PageBeer news and links, good index of breweries and pubs for travelers.
Beermapping.com - Chicago beer mapInteractive map helps you find beer places all over Chicagoland.  Has similar maps for other cities as well.
Authentic Wine CountryFermentation science pages covering both beer and wine.
Homebrew DigestSearchable archives of the Homebrew Digest mailing list.  Links, calendars, discussions; also hosts many homebrew club sites.
The BreweryLoads of recipes (including the huge Cat's Meow collection), software, club info, and more.
rec.crafts.brewingHuge, active Usenet newsgroup on beer and homebrewing.