The Chicago Brewseum is going on tour!

The Windy City may be our home, but we are committed to exploring beer's cultural and historical significance nationally and around the globe.

At various times throughout the year, we’ll be heading to other cities to collaborate with colleagues around the country to bring you a series of beer focused programs and events in their fine cities.


In April, we visited a weekend in Washington DC to meet with other beer scholars, museum educators and beer makers to host a whirlwind of events.



We joined other academics, historians, and researchers at this year’s Pop Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference. The Chicago Brewseum had a presence at two different panel sessions. Our founder, Liz Garibay, presented on new approaches to cultural partnerships while National Advisory Board Member, Brian Alberts, discussed beercentric collaborations for the classroom.

Brewing in the City: A Look at DC and Chicago 19th Century Brewing History april 18, 6pm. heurich house

We gathered or a special public program at the Heurich House that examined how breweries shape the cities they are in.

Over the course of the 19th century, waves of immigrants shaped America, and German immigrants in particular shaped its brewing industry. They we’re often considered outsiders, but were able to leverage their way into American society through their trade. Over time, they impacted the economy and became enmeshed in political and capitalist systems leaving an important mark on American life.


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BEER HISTORY HAPPY HOUR WITh beer historians, liz garibay + Theresa mcculla april 19, 6:30pm. RIGHT PROPER BREWING.

Why do histories of beer and brewing matter? What is being done to preserve that history? Beer historians Liz Garibay of the Chicago Brewseum and Theresa McCulla of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History led a casual conversation – over a pint, of course – about their work and about American brewing history: past, present, and future.

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cabin & cottage beer release + Trivia april 20, 4pm. President' Lincoln’s cottage

We raised this beer high to toast Abraham Lincoln, an honest leader who aimed to forge a nation of equals. History tells us that beer, like Lincoln, has its own distinct way of bringing us to the table. A union seemed only natural.

The official DC beer launch happened at President Lincoln's Cottage. Cabin & Cottage is a Berliner-style Weiss beer and is a collaboration between the Chicago Brewseum, President Lincoln’s Cottage (DC), Powers Farm & Brewery (VA), and Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery in Springfield, IL.

Look out for the Chicago and Springfield release in late July 2019!