Urban Knaves of Grain (UKG) Meetings

UKG Monthly Meetings

UKG monthly meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every month. In November and December, the meeting is usually moved 1-2 weeks earlier due to the holidays.

Alter Brewing

Our regular meeting location is Alter Brewing, 2300 Wisconsin Ave #213, Downers Grove, IL 60515; map here.  Alter Brewing is located off I-355 at the Maple avenue exit East and then North along Walnut avenue to Wisconsin ave.

The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. with brief announcements and/or a discussion of club business. Sometimes, we'll have a scheduled event such as a speaker, or a mini-competition to select a club-only entry for a larger competition. But, most of the time, the rest of the meeting is unstructured. We socialize, meet new friends and old ones, taste each other's latest brews, and trade advice.

Everyone, members or not, is welcome at our meetings. You don't have to be a homebrewer! Even if you're only thinking of brewing your first beer, stop by and let us help you get started.

VERY IMPORTANT rule: absolutely NO commercial beer may be brought to monthly meetings. You can bring all the homebrew you want, but no commercial brews. Check out Alter Brewings's tap lineup instead.

UKG Technical Sessions

John's Restaurant and Tavern

UKG technical sessions are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month starting at 7:30pm. The location is usually Skeleton Key Brewery, 8102 Lemont Rd in Woodridge; map here. But we sometimes hold them at other locations. Be sure to check the monthly tech session calendar item for the location.

Each one focuses on a single technical topic and lasts about 1 hour. The topic varies from month to month, and may include brewing equipment/techniques, troubleshooting, beer styles, or beer judging practice. Topics are announced on the website calendar and on the UKG email list a week or two before the meeting. After the meeting, there's time to enjoy the outstanding selection of draft beers at the host location.

VERY IMPORTANT rule: absolutely NO commercial or homebrewed beer may be brought to technical meetings at Skeleton Key. This is to comply with restrictions on Skeleton Key's liquor license. Rules will vary at other locations. Be sure to check the calendar announcement.

UKG Social Nights

UKG Social Nights are held on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 7:30 p.m. The location changes from month-to-month and is announced on our calendar and at the monthly meeting. We look for brewpubs and draft beer bars with outstanding selections all around DuPage, Eastern Kane, and Western Cook counties. Occasionally, we will substitute another event, such as a pub crawl, for Social Night.

UKG Board Meetings

UKG board meetings are held periodically, depending on the business at hand. Most often they're at Rock Bottom an hour or so before the club meeting.  Board meetings are open to all members but, in order to help move things along so we can all go have a beer, we ask that non-board-members only attend if they have an issue to bring before the board. Please for more information.