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It all started when…

We gathered with several of our colleagues from other cultural institutions around the country to chat over a few beers (naturally). Our conversation focused on the stories of the past and the present. We realized that we were all driven by the principles that are a part of the Chicago Brewseum mission statement: Beer is more than just a beverage; it is a dynamic cultural force with the ability to build community and the power to make change.

And that’s when we decided to do something that has never been done before.

The Beer History + Culture Project is a two year national collaboration dedicated to highlighting, preserving, and celebrating beer history and culture and building national support for the Chicago Brewseum.

Over the next two years, you will see collaborative exhibitions, beers, events, and public programs at museums and other cultural organizations around the country. Old partnerships will be preserved and new partnerships will be forged. And they will all be rooted in our shared story of beer.

By working together to preserve, share and promote beer history and culture, we will demonstrate how our unique communities come together to celebrate our past, present, and future all while making personal connections with every resident and visitor alike. And, together, we will further establish a need for the Chicago Brewseum.

Please visit our Events page to learn more about specific activities, educational programs, and other happy gatherings.


Beer History + Culture PROJECT PARTNERS

American Writers Museum

Art Institute of Chicago

Black Point Estate & Gardens (Lake Geneva, WI)

Chicago Collections Consortium

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Humanities Festival

DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center

Driehaus Museum

Field Museum

Heurich House (Washington, DC)

Illinois Humanities

Irish American Heritage Center

Joffrey Ballet

Milwaukee County Historical Society (Milwaukee)

Museum of the American Cocktail (New Orleans)

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Science and Industry

National Food & Beverage Foundation (New Orleans)

Newberry Library

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Pabst Mansion (Milwaukee)

Pacific Food & Beverage Museum (Los Angeles)

Pilchuk Glass School (Seattle)

President Lincoln’s Cottage (Washington, DC)

The Siebel Institute

Southern Food & Beverage Museum (New Orleans)

If your organization would like to join this unique project and collaboration, please contact Liz Garibay at