Beer Hoptacular

Beer Hoptacular

Vertiport (map)

The Chicago Brewseum is pleased to be the official charity of Beer Hoptacular!

On September 22nd, Chicago craft beer fans will come together to celebrate their love of American beer culture and sample over 150 craft beers from over 60 breweries from around the country. 

All donations from this event will go directly to the Chicago Brewseum's exhibition fundraising efforts. Did you know we are opening an exhibit at a major Chicago museum this Fall? It's true, so start sipping and start celebrating!

Purchase tickets here.

Sunday Freedom: Liquor Bans, Lager Beer, and German Immigrants

Sunday Freedom: Liquor Bans, Lager Beer, and German Immigrants

Thieme & Wagner Bar Front (map)

Indiana, we're coming you're way!

Join us for an evening of beer history as Thieme & Wagner Bar Front hosts the Chicago Brewseum! Upon arrival at 7:00 PM, enjoy a welcome pint of beer before Purdue historian Brian Alberts tells us about early German-American brewers (and drinkers) in both Lafayette and Chicago, as well as Sunday liquor laws they battled (description below). Afterwards, hear about the Chicago Brewseum's commitment to telling the story of Midwestern beer, as well as its upcoming exhibit on Chicago's brewing history during the 19th century. And if we ask nicely, Thieme & Wagner owner and brewmaster David Thieme might share some of his experiences resurrecting one of Indiana’s most historic German-owned beer brands.

$20. Ticket price includes a welcome pint, talk, and insider's look at the exhibit. 100% of proceeds go toward the exhibition fundraising efforts. The exhibit opens at a major Chicago museum this November.

Purchase tickets.

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Sunday Freedom: Liquor Bans, Lager Beer, and German Immigrants

During the 1800s, German immigrants all over the Midwest made lager beer ‘king’ in the United States. But before they could, they had to use that same beer to help defend their rights (as they saw them), their cultural traditions, and their status as new American citizens.
 
In both Indiana and Chicago, Sunday liquor laws became a 19th century battleground where these arguments could be settled…at times violently. These laws, and turbulent events like Chicago's Lager Beer Riot of 1855 brought beer's political and cultural influence to the forefront of German immigrants' lives. For many, the right to drink beer on Sundays represented more than mere luxury...it represented freedom itself.

 Beer, Bigots, and Brawls: When the Nord Seite Marched on City Hall

Beer, Bigots, and Brawls: When the Nord Seite Marched on City Hall

Crystal Lake Brewing Company (map)

The Chicago Brewseum is bringing its series of beer history talks to the northwest suburbs! Upon arrival at Crystal Lake Brewing Company, enjoy a welcome pint of CLB beer, then see where it was made with a tour of the brewery. Afterward, beer historian and McHenry native Brian Alberts will tell you about Chicago’s early German immigrants…and how their love of beer led them to clash with police in the Lager Beer Riot of 1855 (description below). Along with the talk, we’ll give you an insider’s look at the Chicago Brewseum’s upcoming exhibit on beer and Chicago during the 1800s.

$20. Includes your welcome pint, the talk, brewery tour, and exhibit preview. 100% of proceeds go toward the exhibition’s fundraising efforts. The exhibit opens at a major Chicago museum this November. The Chicago Brewseum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Purchase tickets here.

Beer, Bigots, and Brawls: When the Nord Seite Marched on City Hall

Early Chicago was filled with mud and muck, but it was home. A steady stream of arriving citizens promised to transform a frontier town into a metropolis, and among them were thousands of German immigrants. They brought with them a new type of beer called lager, which they drank in staggering amounts as part of a boisterous and festive culture.

German-Americans used beer to help adjust to their new home, but to some Chicagoans it represented a dangerous foreign influence. When those groups took control of the city government in 1855, they used liquor laws to attack immigrant communities. Those communities fought back, resulting in the Lager Beer Riot and a city that could never go home again.

 

Beer at Paddy Long's

Beer at Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's (map)

What better way to support the Chicago Brewseum than by drinking at a great neighborhood bar?

Join us at Paddy Long's on Saturday, October 13th for a day and night long celebration. For EVERY beer sold from open until close, Paddy Long's will be donating $1 to our exhibition fundraising efforts. Did you know we are opening an exhibit at a major Chicago museum this Fall? It's true, so start sipping and start celebrating! See you there!

The Chicago Brewseum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Feuding Fan Dancers: An Evening with Leslie Zemeckis

Feuding Fan Dancers: An Evening with Leslie Zemeckis

The 1920s and '30s was the golden age of American entertainment and showgirls worked hard and competed in a brutal entertainment business. Faith Bacon and Sally Rand were beautiful blondes from humble backgrounds who shot to fame behind a pair of oversize ostrich fans, but with very different outcomes. Sally Rand would go on to perform for the millions who attended the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, becoming America’s sweetheart. Faith Bacon, the Marilyn Monroe of her time––once anointed the “world's most beautiful woman”––would experience the dark side of fame.  They were both towering figures, goddesses, icons. Until the world started to change. Little is known about who they really were, until now.

Join us for an evening of storytelling with author, historian, filmmaker, actress and Chicago Brewseum Advisory Board Member, Leslie Zemeckis.  Leslie will discuss her newest book, Feuding Fan Dancers: Faith Bacon, Sally Rand and the Golden Age of the Showgirl (released October 2nd), her approach to discovering and writing about forgotten feminist histories, and how all of it connects to the mission of the Chicago Brewseum.

Purchase books prior to the event via Amazon. Limited quantities will be available for purchase at the event.

$100. Ticket price includes small bites and beer from Chicago women owned breweries alongside a specially curated selection of fine wines.  Space for this unique, privately hosted event is extremely limited. 100% of the proceeds of this event will go to the Chicago Brewseum’s exhibition fundraising efforts.

Purchase tickets here.

5:30pm: Reception
6:00pm: Lecture with Q&A
6:45pm: Book signing
7:30pm: Conclusion