Drinking Games

Drinking Games

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Please gather with our friends at the Art Institute of Chicago for another delicious Gallery Talk!

Museum educator and beer historian Lucas Livingston leads a lively discussion exploring the artistry and history of drinking games around the world and across the centuries.

Free with museum admission.


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

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

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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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Van Gogh's The Drinkers

Van Gogh's The Drinkers

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We’re excited to partake in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Block Party, a full day dedicated to performances, talks, storytelling, and art making in and around the entire museum.

Our founder, Liz Garibay, hosts a pair of talks in front of Vincent Van Gogh’s The Drinkers to discuss the history and culture of drinking and drinking establishments in Chicago and beyond and how beer and alcohol bring people together. Talks are at 3:00pm and 4:00pm and are 30 minutes each.

More information about the day and tickets can be found here.

Cabin & Cottage: Chicago Beer Release

Cabin & Cottage: Chicago Beer Release

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Join us as we raise 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.

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

The official Chicago release of Cabin & Cottage happens at HOPLEAF, one of Chicago’s best and most historic beer bars. We will gather with Rolling Meadows Farm & Brewery owner, Caren Trudeau and Head Brewer, Deion Corley along with Liz Garibay and Michael Roper of the Chicago Brewseum to discuss the collaboration, the beer, and its connection to Abraham Lincoln.

This event is free with beer available for purchase. Cabin & Cottage sales for the evening benefit the Chicago Brewseum.

Cabin & Cottage:  Springfield Beer Release

Cabin & Cottage: Springfield Beer Release

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Join us as we raise this beer high to toast Abraham Lincoln. History tells us that beer, like Lincoln, has its own distinct way of bringing us to the table. A union seemed only natural.

Cabin & Cottage is a Berliner-style Weiss beer and is a collaboration between Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery, the Chicago Brewseum, Powers Farm & Brewery (VA), and President Lincoln’s Cottage (DC).

The official Springfield release of Cabin & Cottage happens at Rolling Meadows Farm & Brewery.  The event will feature a discussion about the Chicago Brewseum and the unique collaboration that created the beer. Ian Hunt, the Lincoln historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer some casual discussions about the time period in Lincoln’s life related to Cabin (early years) and Cottage (later years). Folk musician, Tom Irwin, will also regale us with his Tales of the Sangamon. Food and beer will be available for purchase.

This event is FREE.

Rolling Meadows Farm & Brewery is open from 12pm-5pm.

Chicago Brewseum and Lincoln Lectures take place at 1pm and 3pm with Tom Irwin immediately following.

The Ghosts of Eden Park

The Ghosts of Eden Park

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Join us in the underground catacombs at Binny’s Lakeview for the official Chicago launch of Karen Abbott’s latest page turner, The Ghosts of Eden Park. Karen Abbott shares insight into her book which tells the true story of George Remus, America’s most successful bootlegger and real-life inspiration for Jay Gatsby. Remus was riding high until his wife fell in love with the very federal agent who put him in jail, sparking a feud that reached the highest levels of government - and that could only end in murder.

$40 ticket price includes:

  • An intimate conversation with author Karen Abbott.

  • A copy of The Ghosts of Eden Park.

  • Various beer and liquor tastings.

  • Access to the underground catacombs at Binny’s.

  • Net proceeds benefit the Chicago Brewseum.

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of SIN IN THE SECOND CITY, AMERICAN ROSE, and, most recently, LIAR TEMPTRESS SOLDIER SPY, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and Amazon. She has written for newyorker.com, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Salon and other publications. She serves on the National Advisory Board for the Chicago Brewseum, the country’s first non-profit museum dedicated to telling the story of beer.