Chicago Brewseum Hosts Beer Culture Summit, Oct 24 - 27

Chicago Brewseum Hosts Beer Culture Summit, Oct 24 - 27
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Here's an announcement of an event near and dear to my heart: beer and the culture it supports (and I don't mean yeast). I'm posting the announcement pretty directly from the news release.

The Chicago Brewseum, a nonprofit museum project exploring the historical and cultural significance of beer, announces the Beer Culture Summit—an inaugural 4-day conference and event series organized in partnership with museums, cultural organizations and breweries. The event brings together experts and enthusiasts from Chicago and around the country to exchange ideas, discuss beer-focused projects and share industry wisdom with each other and the public. The conference is produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The Summit takes place October 24 - 27, at museums, breweries, taverns and restaurants throughout the city of Chicago. It will feature beer-focused scholars, museum and public education professionals, brewery industry insiders, and everyday beer enthusiasts. The mission is simple: to enhance our cultural understanding of beer openly and candidly, in a friendly atmosphere fit for the world’s most important drink.

Beer is more than a beverage—it is a dynamic cultural force with the power to bring people together and the ability to make change. Around the nation and the globe, an ever-growing community of researchers, professionals and everyday enthusiasts strive to learn more about beer’s historic legacies and modern worth. Organized in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Beer Culture Summit brings them all to the table for a pint and a discussion.

The Summit’s presentations, beer tastings, and other events welcomes expert and public audiences alike, considering beer not just as a beverage but as a dynamic cultural force that influences communities both large and small. More than two dozen lectures, panels and beer events will take place in museums, taverns, and breweries around the city, with topics that range from ancient beer styles and Chicago’s local brewing history to inclusivity, beer’s sensory power and immigration. Prices range from free to $175 for an exclusive beer dinner at Girl & The Goat, and everything in between.

Click here for the full line-up of what’s happening at the Beer Culture Summit. Some examples of the programs and featured guests include:

Welcome Keynote & Opening Reception 

A one-of-a-kind weekend of beer history and culture starts here as Goose Island founder John Hall and Chicago Brewseum Executive Director Liz Garibay kick off the summit at the Goose Island Barrel House. Special tours of the barrel aging facility will be provided along with samples of Goose Island barrel aged selections and a delicious line-up of food pairings curated by Chef Stephanie Izard’s Goat Group Catering.

Looking at History Through the Pint Glass Beer

Alison Cuddy of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Liz Garibay of the Chicago Brewseum, and Theresa McCulla, Curator of the Brewery History Initiative at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, peer through their pint glasses into the past, and examine the many ways beer refracts and enhances our perceptions of history. This is a featured event for the Chicago Humanities Fall Festival.

Let’s Talk About Sex. And Gender. And Race. And Class. Oh, And Beer

Moderated by The Beer Babe Carla Jean Lauter, this event brings together Andres Araya (5 Rabbit Cervecería), Sally Selwan (Craft Beer Specialist at Breakthru Beverage), Lily Waite (Queer Brewing Project, UK), and Chalonda White (Afro.Beer.Chick), to discuss both the successes and challenges that beer brings to communities.

Ella: A Historic Beer Celebrating Women of the 19th Century Midwestern Hop Industry

A panel and unveiling of a new collaborative beer—Ella—made with Eris Brewery+Cidery of Chicago and 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. of Sheboygan, WI, inspired by historical research being conducted by Dr. Jennifer Jordan at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

For the Love of Beer

Couples in the brewing industry discuss how their journeys through beer affects their journey together, featuring Steve and Libby Crider (2nd Shift Brewing of St. Louis, MO), Samantha Lee and Stephen Bossu (Hopewell Brewing Co. of Chicago), Julie Verratti and Emily Bruno (Denizens Brewing of Silver Springs, MD) and Adam and Kim Vavrick (Publican of Chicago and Virtue Cider of Fennville, MI, respectively), and moderated by Kate Bernot, The Takeout.

To learn about the Beer Culture Summit and any of its programs, or to connect with any of the speakers, panelists, brewers or featured guests, in advance of the summit, please contact Noreen Keeney for assistance at or 773-272-6504. 


The Chicago Brewseum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating that beer has been a dynamic cultural and historic force that has the power to build community, the ability to create change, and reflects and influences the human experience. The organization debuted its first major exhibit, Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed a City, at the Field Museum and is on display through January 5, 2021. While the organization works to build its independent museum, they regularly collaborate with local, regional and national museums and cultural organizations to implement this vision. In addition to the Field Museum, programming and exhibition partnerships have been hosted with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington DC, and the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle.

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