Brew Canoe!

Brew Canoe!

Kayak Chicago (map)

Explore the Chicago River, like the (beer) Voyageurs of Chicago’s past.

Our vessel in exploring some of Chicago's beer stories - past and present - is a replica First Nations Voyageur Canoe. The 36 foot long canoe was primarily used between 1680 and 1870 during the fur trade in the Great Lakes region.

We begin at Kayak Chicago’s North Avenue launch and paddle north and discuss some early Native American history and early Chicago beer history. When we arrive at Metropolitan Brewing, we’ll dock in order to stop for a beer or two. As we paddle back south we’ll chat a bit more about Chicago’s rivercentric beer and alcohol history. We conclude at Off Color Brewing’s Mousetrap for more brews.

$75 ticket price includes:

  • An awesome and extremely stable, Coast Guard approved replica historic canoe.

  • Professional guides to paddle you to each location (you can paddle too if you’d like!).

  • History!

  • One beer at Metropolitan Brewing.

  • One beer at Off Color Brewing’s Mousetrap.

  • Philanthropy! Net proceeds benefit the Chicago Brewseum.


Collaborade: Beer Release!

Collaborade: Beer Release!

Forbidden Root (map)

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Gather with us for the special release of Collaborade, a beer brewed in collaboration with Forbidden Root Brewing in Chicago and Pike Brewing Company in Seattle in honor of the cultural collaboration happening between the Chicago Brewseum and Pilchuck Glass School.

Come learn about Beer + Glass, the special art exhibition celebrating the relationship between glass and our favorite beverage. Randy Mosher will discuss the history of glassware through time and will also tell you a bit about Collaborade, a delicious lemony Hefeweizen. Liz Garibay of the Chicago Brewseum will discuss the partnership with Pilchuck Glass School and the Beer + Glass exhibition opening in September.

Collaboration + lemon hefeweizen = Collaborade!

Samples of Collaborade will be given to all in attendance, and the beer will be featured in Forbidden Root’s Love Handle program: $1 from each pour will be donated to the Chicago Brewseum.

Brew A Fair! Dinner + Discussion

Brew A Fair! Dinner + Discussion

Windy City Pie (map)

All the world really is a fair! The Chicago Brewseum is teaming up with Windy City Pie and the Olympia Tumwater Foundation to bring you a truly Chicago-style meal, a historic look at the world’s fairs that helped define Seattle, Chicago, and Portland, and a special world’s fair themed collaboration beer brought in from Chicago!

Over dinner, we’ll highlight how beer helped make these fairs unique. After all, the Century 21 Exposition gave Seattle the Space Needle, but there’s a reason you’d have passed a few Olympia Beer ads to see it. Chicago’s Columbian Exposition witnessed a bitter argument between brewers whose legacy can still be found in just about every liquor store and bar in the country.

One way or another, beer played an integral role in telling the contentious stories about American society that these fairs were designed to tell. And thanks to Windy City owner Dave Lichterman and the Foundation’s own Karen Johnson, this glimpse of the past includes a look at actual artifacts from multiple world’s fairs!

On top of that, we’re bringing in one of our historically-minded collaborations with us from Chicago. All the World is Here, a dry-hopped cream ale brewed by Temperance Beer Company in Evanston, IL in partnership with the Chicago Brewseum and the Field Museum, commemorates the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Drawing inspiration from ingredients and beer styles on display during the expo, this delectable beer speaks not only to the sense of rapid social progress that the fair attempted to portray, but also the long and rocky path that actually lay ahead.

Join us for this special dinner and discussion!

$25 ticket includes the presentation, a selection of Windy City’s amazing Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and a sample of All The World Is Here.

It’s the People! How Brewing History (Re)Formed Olympia-Tumwater and Chicago

It’s the People! How Brewing History (Re)Formed Olympia-Tumwater and Chicago

The Schmidt House (map)

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What can a brewery mean for its community? Is brewing beer just a business, or can it achieve something more? Join us for a beer and a special conversation about what breweries mean for communities.

Over a century ago, the German-born Schmidt family used artesian springs not only to brew Olympia beer but also to help build Tumwater itself. Not long before, German immigrant brewers in Chicago and other eastern cities had used brewing and drinking culture to redefine both beer and their very place within American culture. The Schmidt legacy and its civic role lives on today as Olympia’s modern craft brewers use that same water to help their community thrive.

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation and the City of Tumwater hosts the Chicago Brewseum for a panel discussion about Olympia’s significant brewing heritage and its connections with historic brewing centers like Chicago. Moderated by Karen Johnson, the Foundation’s curator, the panel will consist of:

-       Liz Garibay, historian and Executive Director of the Chicago Brewseum

-       Brian Alberts, historian and National Advisory Board member at the Chicago Brewseum

-       Megan Ockerman, researcher and Editor at PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc.

-       Tiah Edmunson-Morton, curator of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archive at Oregon State University

-       John Doan, City Administrator for the City of Tumwater

Of course, no conversation about beer is complete without a glass in hand! This event will feature Leopold’s No. 1 Lager, a historic lager from Olympia’s own Well 80 Brewhouse which recreates Leopold Schmidt’s original 1896 recipe.

 This event is free but registration is required.


Beer + Glass: A Field Trip

Beer + Glass: A Field Trip

Pilchuck Glass School (map)

Join us for a rare opportunity to visit and explore the Pilchuck Glass School campus through the lens of beer.

We’ll depart from Pilchuck Seattle and head north into the woods. While we throw back a beer, Pilchuck Executive Director, Chris Taylor, provides a brief tour of the campus which is then followed by a beer centric glass blowing demo by American Master Glassblower (and home brewer) Ed Schmid.  As we move into the main campus building, we’ll enjoy a hearty charcuterie spread and more beer! Here you’ll hear from Liz Garibay, Executive Director of the Chicago Brewseum and beer expert, Randy Mosher, who will discuss the sensory relationship between beer and glass. We wrap it up with time for you to enjoy the vast brews and views before you.

$95 Ticket price includes:

  • Round trip transportation from Seattle to Stanwood.

  • Private access to the Pilchuck Glass School Campus.

  • Tour of the campus with ED Chris Taylor.

  • Glass blowing demo by Master Glassblower, Ed Schmid.

  • Sensory exploration talk from Randy Mosher.

  • Beer! Charcuterie! Beer! An assortment of beer will be available throughout the afternoon.

  • Special tasting of the limited edition beer crafted for Beer + Glass by Pike Brewing and Forbidden Root Brewing in Chicago.

$65 Ticket price includes:
All of the above without transportation. Guests must arrive at the Pilchuck Stanwood Campus on their own.

Beside the Bine: The Humanity of Hop Cultivation

Beside the Bine: The Humanity of Hop Cultivation

The Pine Box (map)

The hops in our beer have stories to tell, and what better time to listen than while sitting in your favorite bar, glass in hand, during the hop harvest? Gather with us at The Pine Box for a beer and a bit of hoppy history. Join our own historians Liz Garibay and Brian Alberts, who will team up with Tiah Edmunson-Morton of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archive to celebrate the unique experiences of the hop pickers who helped give American beer its flavor.

Hops have been a cultural laboratory far longer than they’ve been a commodity. Since the early 1800s, the hop-center of the United States wandered from New York to Wisconsin to Oregon to Washington, carrying with it a complex history where business, gender, race, and labor all intermingled beside the bine. We’ll dig into those stories and show how hop cultivation has long relied on the tireless labor or women, migrants, and the working class…and how hop fields in the Pacific Northwest sowed ingredients not just for beer but also for debates over equality, the concept of leisure, and workers’ rights.

All in all, Washington and Oregon hop farms have added fascinating new chapters to a story that began centuries before. We’ll explore that legacy together.

And of course, we could never celebrate hops without amazing beer! In addition to The Pine Box’s expertly curated tap list, this event highlights two Bale Breaker beers:  

- Leota Mae IPA, which celebrates maverick Yakima hop farmer Leota Mae Loftus (great-grandmother of one of Bale Breaker’s owners, Meghann Quinn).

- Mango IPA, part of Bale Breaker’s Sesiones del Migrante series commemorating the Mexican migrant workers who travel to the Yakima Valley each year to harvest hops for breweries around the globe.

This event is free but registration is required.

Culture de la Biére Day

Culture de la Biére Day

Metier Brewing (map)

To complete our tour of the greater Seattle area, the Chicago Brewseum is teaming up with Métier Brewing Company to raise funds for the Black Heritage Society of Washington State! Find us in the taproom all afternoon to talk beer history and culture - two special discussions happen.

The day begins at noon with Jackie Dodd, aka the The Beeroness, Jackie will lead a fun 90-minute workshop to help you prep for the Cicerone Certified Craft Beer Server exam.

At 2:00 PM, we lead a discussion with Seattle brewing industry veteran Larry Rock, Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, president of the Black Heritage Society, and Jackie Dodd for an open discussion about the African-American contributions to the brewing industry throughout history, as well as the importance of inclusivity in modern beer culture.

Throughout the afternoon, Metier donates a portion of beer sales to the Black Heritage Society.