City of Beer Shoulders

City of Beer Shoulders

Binny's (map)

Chicago, that toddling - and tippling - town. This world-class metropolis has been a malt-loving mecca since its beginnings and, if it weren’t for beer, Chicago wouldn’t be here. From foundation to fires and fairs, beer and booze have played pivotal roles in the development and evolution of the city.

Please join us for a special evening at Binny’s Lincoln Park as beer and tavern historian, Liz Garibay, discusses how beer helped shape Chicago. Tickets are $10 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Chicago Brewseum.

Chicago Ale Fest

Chicago Ale Fest

Grant Park (map)

The Chicago Brewseum is pleased to be the official charity of Chicago Ale Fest!

Please join us on Saturday, June 1st for the 2019 Chicago Ale Fest - Summer Edition. This fun affair takes place at Butler Field in Grant Park, offering beautiful views of our city whilst your throw back those brews. The fest will feature over 200 craft beers, live music, games, and some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks. Plus, this year’s fest also includes the Gold Coast Art Fair.

And don’t forget to visit the Chicago Brewseum tent for something special!

From Bier to Beer: How Germans Made Lagers "King" in the Midwest

From Bier to Beer: How Germans Made Lagers "King" in the Midwest

Newberry Library (map)

We’re collaborating with our good friends at the Newberry Library to present a special half day seminar as part of the Newberry’s Summer Seminar series.

Lager-drinking German immigrants to Chicago and the Midwest brought with them a lot more than just a love of the beverage. They also redefined the way Americans thought about, produced, and consumed beer. In “From Bier to Beer,” we will embark on a complex journey through immigrant ethnicity, politics, and industry to trace the rise of lager beer in America, while also exploring how the increasing popularity of lager helped lead to the emergence of modern craft beer culture.


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

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