Meeting Minutes and Agenda

September Meeting highlights:

  • The September meeting was held at Nevin’s Brew Pub, Aurora, IL. with over 35 in attendance.
  • Raffle was held.
  • Next PALE Meeting: October 5th, 7 pm at Hopvine Brew Pub, Plainfield, IL.
  • Ready for a little competition?  Join the next PALE Project!  Entries will be judged and winners announced at the October PALE Meeting. Judging starts at 6 pm at Hopvive before the meeting.

Industry Updates


  • Ten Drops Coffee: Ten Drops is continuing to offer their roasted coffee beans in more local businesses.  The expansion is moving along, continuing to work on construction and permitting.  Watch the Ten Drops Facebook page for updates on the new space opening.
  • MyGrain Brewing Company: Planning for a soft open on September 6th. Full food, bar, and beer menus will be available. Grand opening tentatively scheduled for September 15th.
  • Chicago Brew Werks/Werk Force Brewing Co.:
    The expansion project is on course with the opening (hopefully) scheduled before the AHA Rally being held at Werk Force Brewing on September 23rd.  They are continuing experimentation with new beer flavors.

Upcoming events

  • Sept 10th – Navy Pier Brew Cruise

Sept 16th – Brew at the Bridge Festival in Oswego

Sept 23rd – AHA Rally at Brew Werks 1 – 4 pm. In need of a total of 9 volunteers to staff booth and help at the door.

  • New in 2017, we are adding a VIP component to the festival, and the Home Brew Tent will be a highlight of the VIP experience. We are pouring in the VIP tent.
  • They will once again be hosting a Home Brew Contest for brewers to put up the best, Belgians, Hoppy beers, Light Ales & Lagers, Ambers & Browns, and Dark beers. Entry information can be found at

11/4 – AHA Learn to Homebrew Day. CBW hosting and looking for feedback and suggestions to help improve the event.  Currently planning to pair up an experienced brewer with a novice, please let us know if you’d be willing to help.

PALE Elections coming up – nominating for elections in October.

Holiday Party – Save the date: December 9th

Jockey Box Rental and other tidbits.  PALE has a jockey box you can rent for $25. Return it clean and you get $10 back. See John Marlovits for more info.

 Other News, Notes and Event Updates
  • Bottleshares – as always if interested in hosting a bottleshare, either create one on Facebook or contact us and we can get an email blast out to the group
  • If you’re interested in learning more about various style details and characteristics and/or off flavor specifics, or in depth tech talks watch the PALE Facebook page for upcoming event details.  Interested in hosting a night?  Please see Patrick Elder to work out details!