CHAOS at CHIditarod - Volunteer!

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CHAOS at CHIditarod - Volunteer!

Hey Brewsters, we've been asked to brew beer for CHIditarod, Saturday March 3rd. 

CHIditarod is an annual shopping cart race that raises food and money to fight hunger in Chicago. Every March they collect tons of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, as well as raising tens of thousands of dollars for community grant awards given out by the CHIditarod Foundation throughout the year.

On Saturday March 3rd, over 100 teams of five racers will push/pull shopping carts on a course that has them visiting five bars throughout Ukrainian Village & Wicker Park. Each team is in costume, some of them acting in character all day long, and everyone is drinking from late morning to sundown. The day ends at Mahoney's for an award ceremony. 

CHAOS has been asked to brew beer to share at the pre-race gathering, and also produce 36 award 5-packs of beer for the winning teams for 2018 (they have a lot of award categories.)

PRE-RACE BEER TENT
For the pre-race gathering from 10am to 12:30pm at Hubbard & Wolcott, we will have kegs and bottles to serve samples at a CHAOS tent, like a really small version of what we do for a party. Burnt City brings around 8 kegs each year for the morning gathering, and they always run out of beer.
– EVERYONE is welcome to brew for the pre-race gathering.

AWARD 5-PACKS
For the award beers, the winning teams are announced at a ceremony after the race ends at 5pm, but the awards are handed out at a later date (Time & Location TBD). Each team will get a five pack of CHAOS beers, and I would like it to be five different beers in each pack. We want to be more selective about the award beers, so please put your A-game on for this.
– Maybe we should evaluate the beer donations and pick the best five?

CHIditarod is a great cause, but it's also crazy fun, everyone that steps up to get involved will have an amazing time. I have started a spreadsheet for beer donations and volunteers. 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SPwWqWMuWCQWgqwF4pqi7iAF6OYTVtNc...

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For the last 10 years I've

For the last 10 years I've volunteered as a Bike Marshal for CHIditarod, basically a mobile squad of baby sitters. CHIditarod racers are encouraged to sabotage each other, and the drunken hijinks needs to be reigned in from time to time. I made the following CHIditarod videos, let me know if you would also like to volunteer during the race as a Bike Marshal.

Someone sabotaged the start of the race on this one

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Sounds awesome Steven. Count

Sounds awesome Steven. Count me in for brewing for this!

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Yeah, I'm in, sounds like fun

Yeah, I'm in, sounds like fun!

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Signal Boost! There was a lot

Signal Boost! There was a lot of initial enthusiasm about brewing for CHIditarod on Sat Mar 3rd.

Has anyone brewed? This is your last chance. 

It would be great to have more kegs to serve before the race. Boollish, a NEIPA???

SIGN UP!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SPwWqWMuWCQWgqwF4pqi7iAF6OYTVtNc...

I'm taking care of most of the award pack beers. Can anyone donate 12 ounce bottles?

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Do you need 35 bottles from

I'm kegging my Irish red ale on Monday.

I may also be able to donate bottles for the award pack. Do you need 35 bottles from each brewer? If so, do all 35 need to be the same beer?

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I brewed a Pils for this. It

I brewed a Pils for this. It's a bit over a week old and should be done in time.

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Jon, thanks!

Jon, thanks!

Jeff, I decided the award packs can be random (needed beer for my bday party!) 35 12oz bottles would be great, but even a 12-pack or a case could help out.

Burnt City is donating beer again but cannot send people to the race to serve it, so we are now the only beer vendor at the start of the race. Kind of weird we're handing out Burnt City beer, but being the only beer station on site is a very good thing for us :)

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That is weird, but we'll take

That is weird, but we'll take all the free beer attention we can get!!

I'll have an American pale and red IPA ready by then and can donate 10 bottles from each.

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BC has a wedding to go to.

BC has a wedding to go to. They have been huge supporters of Chiditarod from the beginning, but weddings happen.

People are used to BC serving at the start, so it will be a good hook for us. I think they do cans, but I'll check to see if they have kegs.

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Hey Brewsters,

Hey Brewsters,

CHIditarod is three Saturdays away, so make sure your beer donations are ready to serve by Saturday March 3rd.

Matt, I placed your TBD entry in the keg section of the spreadsheet.

We could use more beer at the start of the race. If anyone has a keg or bottles to donate, let me know and signup on the spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SPwWqWMuWCQWgqwF4pqi7iAF6OYTVtNc...

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How did I fall so far behidn

How did I fall so far behidn on this? I've reduced the OG of my beer and I'll brew it tomorrow (Feb 16).

Will be pushing it hard, but I think 10 days is enough for an IPA.