Meeting Minutes and Agenda

May Meeting highlights:

  • Next PALE Meeting: June 1st, 7 pm at Hopvine Brew Pub, Aurora, IL.
  • Potluck dinner at Tailwinds Distillery
  • Upcoming HomeBrew Competitions
  • Over 35 members attended our June meeting held at Tailwinds’s in Plainfield
  • Brewery tour was held for Brew Werks expansion
  • Tailwinds have been adding aging tanks and will be adding a 500 gallon still soon.
  • Upcoming events

May 6 – Morel Fest, Ottawa

May 6 – Big Brew Day – Hopvine is hosting another Brew Day and providing up to 10 gallons of free wort to members.

  • Mygrain brewery opening soon in Joliet
  • 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.
    June 15-17, 2017 – Tickets on sale now.
    AHA National Homebrewers Conference  PALE is looking to participate in the National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis this year.  The AHA Homebrew Con (National Homebrewers Conference) is a fun, educational gathering designed to enhance homebrewers’ brewing skills and knowledge and increase homebrewing camaraderie. Special seminars and events cater to beer enthusiasts and amateur brewers of every level.Brian Phad will be putting together a planning meeting this month.  Tentatively scheduled for February 22nd.  Please watch for details soon.  Additionally, please check the PALE facebook page for updates and respond to the poll about intentions to attend.Tickets are available now and details can be found at  Please note, you must be a member of the AHA to attend (

 Industry Updates

  • Ten Drops Coffee: Mike Zuro has shared that Ten Drops is continuing to offer their roasted coffee beans in more local businesses.  The success of the coffee cafe and roastery has allowed for expansion!  A lease has been signed for a larger space down the hall from their current location.  Watch their Facebook page for special events and moving details.
  • Pollyanna Brewing Company: Much is happening at Pollyanna. Business is growing as we expand our distribution throughout the state and build on our portfolio of beer styles that we produce locally in Lemont. For the third year in a row, we’re excited to announce that 5 of our beers will be available at Chicago White Sox home games in draft and canned options, including two brand new beers designed just for our favorite baseball team on the South Side. 

Other News, Notes and Event Updates

  • Congrats to Steve Thanos -now a contributing/staff writer for the beer blog, Sommbeer. His first article will be published this Thursday. Watch both his Facebook page and the PALE page for a link to check out his work!