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BEER CULTURE SUMMIT

OCTOBER 24 - 27, 2019

CHICAGO, IL


 

Organized in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival

 

The first conference of its kind, the Beer Culture Summit brings an ever-growing community of researchers, professionals, and everyday enthusiasts to the table for a pint and a discussion. It is a new public and scholarly gathering dedicated to exploring the ways that global beer history can fire the imagination, advance our understanding of the past, and help us grow.

This conference showcases cutting-edge research, beer-focused public projects, and industry wisdom in accessible spaces like museums, breweries, and taverns. Our audience is everyone—scholars, professionals, and the public—and our partners range from breweries to cultural organizations to local businesses. Our mission is simple: to enhance our cultural understanding of beer openly and candidly, in a friendly atmosphere fit for the world’s most important drink.


 
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Conference Agenda


Thursday, October 24


OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Goose Island Barrel House, 603 N. Sacramento

7 PM - 10 PM

Speakers: John Hall, Founder, Goose Island Beer Company and Liz Garibay, Founder & Executive Director, Chicago Brewseum

The official conference kick off celebration! Goose Island founder, John Hall and Chicago Brewseum Executive Director, Liz Garibay introduce us to a weekend that gathers scholars, museum professionals, beer industry and the wonderful public together. Our lively evening includes music, food and beer pairings, tours of the barrel aging facility, and samples of Goose Island barrel aged selections. A delicious line-up of food pairings is curated by Chef Stephanie Izard’s Goat Group Catering. A one of a kind weekend of beer history and culture and festivities starts here.


Friday, October 25th


10-11:30AM || SESSION 1: BEER. IT’S REALLY OLD.

Field Museum, 1400 S. Lakeshore Drive

Beer was the cornerstone of early civilization. It gave us writing, built the pyramids, and was eventually a cultural anchor in colonial America. Beer led us to agriculture, hygiene and medicine, and helped define social standards. Tastes and methods may have changed, but beer’s important social role has remained for thousands of years. This panel of experts in the history, archaeology, science, and visual culture of ancient, medieval, and colonial brewing will not only explore the age-old insights beer can provide, but also how ancient beer styles have been resurrected for the modern beer community.

Panelists:

  • Frank Clark, Colonial Williamsburg

  • Lucas Livingston, Art Institute of Chicago

  • Travis Rupp, Avery Brewing and University of Colorado Boulder

  • Dr. Ryan Williams, Field Museum

  • Moderator: Randy Mosher, Author and Beer Expert

11:30AM-12:45PM // LUNCH BREAK

Track 1: Find your own Field Museum adventure. Have lunch in the Field Bistro, sample Field Museum beers and explore the museum on your own.

Track 2: Gather for a behind the scenes talk and tour of the Field Museum’s Economic Botany and Herbarium collections. Christine Niezgoda, Collections Manager will discuss the overall collections and brings out beer specific specimens including those used in the making of All The World Is Here, the Chicago Brewseum - Field Museum – Temperance Beer Company beer collaboration. Herbarium holdings of historical significance from the collection of 3 million plants will also be displayed. Limited to 25 guests. Registration for this event will take place in mid October.

Track 3: Learn a bit about the business behind cultural collaboration with an informal talk and tour of the Chicago Brewseum exhibition, Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed a City. Liz Garibay of the Chicago Brewseum and Megan Williams of the Field Museum chat about their on-going partnership and dig deep into the exhibition on this curator led talk and tour. Limited to 25 guests. Registration for this event will take place in mid October.

1-2:30PM // SESSION 2: CHICAGO’S PLACE IN BEER HISTORY + CULTURE

Field Museum, 1400 S. Lakeshore Drive

St. Louis to the south. Milwaukee to the north. Chicago is surrounded by major Midwestern brewing centers but the Second City’s place in American history stands apart. The city’s political, industrial and cultural relationship with beer not only helped define an urban landscape but radiated out through the rest of the country – not through beer on refrigerated rail car but via scientific expertise and cultural influence. And the city’s beer legacy continues today. This panel explores the many ways that Chicago’s beer and its community historically gives as good as it gets.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Brian Alberts, Chicago Brewseum

  • Ray Daniels, Founder, Cicerone Certification Program

  • John Hannafan, Vice-President, Siebel Institute

  • Pat Odon, Chicago Bars

  • Michael Rehberg, Black Point Estate and Gardens, Lake Geneva, WI (Conrad Seipp Mansion)

  • Moderator: Dr. Maureen Ogle, Author and Historian

2:45-4:15PM // SESSION 3: WHAT’S IN STORE FOR BEER HISTORY?

Field Museum, 1400 S. Lakeshore Drive

Professionals and scholars work best when they work together, but to what end? What fundamental research questions must we investigate to better understand beer’s historical and cultural significance? What narratives and stories are the most important to convey via exhibits and public programming? This panel brings cutting edge scholars, museum professionals, and archivists to the table to consider what questions and goals should drive our field of study.

Panelists:

  • Liz Garibay, Chicago Brewseum

  • Dr. Jennifer Jordan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Michael Morgan, Queen City History and Education Ltd., Cincinnati, OH

  • Moderator: Dr. Theresa McCulla, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

7:30-9:30PM // FRIDAY EVENING CONVERSATION + PARTY + BEER RELEASE

Metropolitan Brewing, 3057 N. Rockwell

ELLA: A HISTORIC BEER CELEBRATING WOMEN OF THE 19TH CENTURY MIDWESTERN HOP INDUSTRY

This evening we gather to unveil a new collaborative history based beer made with Eris Brewery + Cidery in Chicago and 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan, WI inspired by historical research being conducted by Dr. Jennifer Jordan at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ella, a wet-hopped harvest ale tells the story of young Wisconsin women who tirelessly labored on hop farms during the mid-1800s. At a time when every hop blossom in the world was picked by hand, these seasonal workers traveled the countryside harvesting Cluster hops by day and sleeping in the family farmhouse at night.

It is with Ella that we remember, honor and commemorate these hardworking women - without their labor, we might not have American beer at all. Dr. Jennifer Jordan will share stories about these women while our modern day brewers discuss their approach to making the beer and interpreting history. Event includes a light snacks, a . liter of Ella, samples of select Eris and 3 Sheeps beers, and a half liter of Metropolitan Brewing beer. Ella is the first beer in a new collaboration series called Voices. American beer history is neither bland nor homogeneous. The people who make the nation’s beer are as diverse as the nation itself, but history has often forgotten or even erased their effort. The Voices collaboration series, produced by the Chicago Brewseum in partnership with breweries and cultural organizations around the country, pays tribute to the unseen and unheard pioneers who helped make American beer. We are excited to unveil the first collaboration in the Voices series as part of the Beer History + Culture Summit.

Panelists:

  • Michelle Foik, Eris Brewery + Cidery, Chicago, IL

  • Dr. Jennifer Jordan, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  • Grant Pauly, 3 Sheeps Brewing Company, Sheboygan, WI


Saturday, October 26


10-11:30AM || SESSION 1: IMMIGRANTS AND THE AMERICAN MASH TUN

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.

Immigrants don’t just bring their own brewing and drinking culture to the United States. Centuries ago and today, they’ve completely redefined the way Americans produce, think about, and consume beer, just as immigrants have reshaped American society for centuries. This panel combines a past and present look at migration and ethnicity to illustrate not only how immigrant perspectives affect our beer, but also how they help us define what it means to be American in the first place.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Brian Alberts, Chicago Brewseum

  • Cesareo Moreno, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

  • Alison Orton, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Moderator: Dr. Nathaniel Chapman, Arkansas Tech University

11:45AM-1:00PM // LUNCH BREAK

Track 1: Find your own CHM adventure. Grab some lunch and enjoy the museum on your own.

Track 2:  Gather with us in the Chicago History Museum’s main Chicago history exhibition gallery for a walk and talk through the space. Historian Liz Garibay will discuss some of Chicago’s more famous events and people to the city’s beer and boozy past. Limited to 25 guests. Registration for this event will take place in mid October.

Track 3: A behind the scenes peek at CHM’s beer related documents and collections with Ellen Keith, Director of Research and Access. Documents relating to the Lager Beer Riots of 1855, photographs of breweries from the Wolf-Linde photograph album, and indenture papers from 1768 for a brewer’s apprentice will be among the items on display. Attendees are welcome to visit the Museum’s Research Center when the last panel ends at 3 pm.

1-2:30PM // SESSION 2: LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX. AND GENDER. AND RACE. AND CLASS. OH, AND BEER!

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.

Beer brings people together...or at least it should. The sad truth is that beer is no more immune from the problems that divide us than the rest of society. Many industry insiders and drinkers alike have faced exclusion, discrimination, and even harassment. But beer can also be a vehicle for positive change we can all raise a glass to. This panel discusses both the successes and challenges that beer brings to communities.

Panelists:

  • Andres Araya, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

  • Sally Selwan, Craft Beer Specialist, Breakthru Beverage

  • Lily Waite, Queer Brewing Project, United Kingdom

  • Chalonda White, Afro.Beer.Chick

  • Moderator: Carla Jean Lauter, The Beer Babe

4:00-5:00PM // SESSION 3: LOOKING AT HISTORY THROUGH THE PINT GLASS

Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive

Despite some off-years under the 18th Amendment, thinking and drinking is a longstanding American institution. Beer, in particular, has played a central role in the cultural, economic, and political development of the nation. In this conversation, Alison Cuddy of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Brewseum founder Liz Garibay and Theresa McCulla, Curator of the Brewery History Initiative at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, will peer through their pint glasses into the past, and examine the many ways beer refracts and enhances our perceptions of history.

*This is a featured event for Chicago Humanities Fall Festival. Tickets for this event must be purchased through the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Panelists:

  • Alison Cuddy, Chicago Humanities Festival

  • Liz Garibay, Chicago Brewseum

  • Dr. Theresa McCulla, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

5:30-7:00PM // NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR

Great Central Brewing, 221 N. Wood St.

Gather with us to meet and network with other beer history and culture scholars and professionals.

The Beer History + Culture Summit is all about showing off the amazing brewing history projects that are taking shape around the nation and beyond. If we can accomplish all this separately, just imagine what we can accomplish together. This casual gathering invites reflection, friendship, and cooperation among the scholars and professionals advancing beer history every day. We hope this weekend will be a place where innovative projects are not only celebrated but conceived. Registration not required.

7:30-10:00PM // SATURDAY EVENING CONVERSATION + PARTY

Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph

FOR THE LOVE OF BEER

The business of beer is hot! And sometimes love and romance - for better or worse - are part of the beer story.  Join us as we gather with a diverse group of brewing industry couples to hear about their journey together in beer. Warning: fun loving stories might make cameos. Event includes light snacks and beer.

Panelists:

  • Steve and Libby Crider, 2nd Shift Brewing, St. Louis, MO

  • Samantha Lee and Stephen Bossu, Hopewell Brewing Company, Chicago, IL

  • Julie Verratti and Emily Bruno, Denizens Brewing, Silver Spring, MD

  • Adam Vavrick (Publican, Chicago, IL) and Kim Vavrick (Virtue Cider, Fennville, MI)

  • Moderator: Kate Bernot, The Takeout


Sunday, October 27


10-11:45AM || SESSION 1: LEGACY BRANDS IN A MODERN LANDSCAPE

Nisei Lounge, 3439 N. Sheffield Ave.

What happens when brewing history isn’t just found in a museum or a book, but in the very beer we drink? Select brewers throughout the country have resurrected and maintained historic brands hundreds of years in the making, drawing on legacies and recipes alike to infuse beer’s past into its present. This panel asks some of these stewards what it means to bring unique and historic brands into a 21st-century marketplace.

Panelists:

  • David Berg, August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN

  • Greg Hardman, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Cincinnati, OH

  • Laurin Mack, Seipp Brewing Co., Chicago, IL

  • David Thieme, Thieme & Wagner Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN

  • Moderator: John Harry, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

12:00-1:15PM // SESSION 2: HISTORIC BEERS: A CHAT, SAMPLE + TAP TAKEOVER

Nisei Lounge, 3439 N. Sheffield Ave.

It’s hard to talk about beer history without sampling some historic brews. Historians and experts are teaming up with brewers around the world to resurrect forgotten beers using original techniques and recipes or crafting beers with historic narratives. We’ve put together a selection of amazing historic beers and invited the experts behind them to discuss what they did and how they did it. 

Panelists:

  • John Laffler, Off Color Brewing Company, Chicago, IL

  • Mike Siegel, Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL

  • Kyle Spears, Carillon Brewing Company, Dayton, OH

  • David Thieme, Thieme & Wagner Brewing Company, Lafayette, IN

  • Moderator: Mike Stein, Lost Lagers, Washington, DC

2:00-4:30PM // THROUGH THE SIDE DOOR: A WALKING TAVERN TOUR

What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 18th Amendment, or the beginnings of Prohibition, than with a toast? Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood is steeped in beer history, especially through its taverns. Join historian Liz Garibay on an exploration of historic taverns and speakeasies. From the 1893 World’s Fair to Prohibition bootlegging to modern pop culture, this historic pub crawl provides a fun overview of Windy City history, culture and identity.

2:00-4:00PM // SCHOLARS & PINTS

This conference gathers beer scholars and experts from all over. We’re giving them a beer and a platform so they can do what they do best! Learn about and discuss their passion projects (which just so happen to be cutting-edge insights about beer history and culture) in the time it takes to drink a pint. Scholars and Pints will all take place in the various bars and breweries that make up Malt Row, a beercentric area on the north side of Chicago.

2:00 - 2:30PM: Resi’s Bierstube, 2034 W. Irving Park Rd

  • Mike Morgan

  • Alison Orton

2:45 - 3:15PM: Begyle Brewing, 1800 W. Cuyler

  • Mike Stein

  • David Thieme

3:30 - 4:00PM: Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine

  • John Harry

  • Lucas Livingston

4:00-5:30PM // BEER TASTING AS A PATH TO SELF AWARENESS WITH RANDY MOSHER

Forbidden Root Brewery, 1746 W. Chicago Ave.

Join Randy Mosher as he demonstrates that tasting beer leads to richer understanding of our often hidden inner life. From the way our senses work to their connection to our emotion and memory tasting reveals an almost totally hidden part of our selves that usually operates without conscious intervention. Sensory learning is quite different from the type of learning we normally engage in and takes a different approach to do it successfully. Along the way, we'll get a tour of the mind as well as the landscape of beer flavor and pick up a few hints about becoming a better and more perceptive taster.

6:30-9:00PM // BEER DINNER AT GIRL & THE GOAT

Girl & The Goat, 809 W. Randolph St.

Join us for a special beer dinner at one of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants. This exclusive experience offers you an eight dish, five-course family-style dinner specially curated by Chef Stephanie Izard and features her favorite staples alongside seasonal dishes. We’ve thoughtfully paired eight savory dishes with a Chicagoland beer to highlight our city’s food and beverage artistry.

This unique gathering takes place in the Underground Goat, a private casual and rustic dining area. It is this space where we toast the conclusion of the Summit and where we’ll raise another glass to begin planning for next year.