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.
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.