Purchase a ticket to any one (or all three!) of the tasting events scheduled for June 4, 5 and 6 at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom and you’ll be rubbing elbows with the country’s finest craft brewers. It’s pretty straightforward – entry into the event gets you a souvenir glass and unlimited tastings from any of the breweries in attendance. And wow, the list of breweries is impressive – Dogfish Head, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Summit, Bells and many more. Of course, local breweries Goose Island, Half Acre, Two Brothers, Flossmoor and Roundhouse will be sharing their suds. Complete list here. The big downside is going though Ticketmaster for tickets.
Goose Island and the Green Line Project
In 2009, Goose Island and the City of Chicago worked with the Chicago Manufacturing Center to uncover the carbon footprint of one keg of beer from their brewery. The report (full report here) broke down the carbon footprint to production of malted barley (44%), energy used during the brewing process (42%), delivery and refrigeration costs (12%) and waste from hop production (2%).
Goose Island took what it learned from the study to develop initiatives in their brewing processes and changes in their brewery culture to lessen their carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
One of the Green Line Project initiatives was the production of a new beer to raise awareness. The Green Line Pale Ale (5% abv) is a honey colored American pale ale with a subtle hop aroma with a lightly toasted malt and citrus flavor. It’s available only on draft in Chicago to reduce packaging waste and the impact from transportation and refrigeration over long distances. If you haven’t noticed the light-colored wood taps (made from wood reclaimed from ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer in Wilmette, IL) at your favorite Chicago bar, here’s a list of bars that are currently pouring Green Line.
So, with today being Earth Day, we ask you – where is your beer brewed?
The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild announced the 1st annual Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 17-23, 2010) which coincides with American Craft Beer Week. The week-long celebration of all things craft beer will showcase our local breweries, tastings at bars/restaurants, beer dinners, pub crawls and special limited edition beers created especially for the various events.
For more information and a soon to be published calendar of events, check in with Chicago Craft Beer Week and start planning your Chicago craft beer adventures!
Pretty strange one, here. This is singer/songwriter Will Oldham (a.k.a. Palace Songs, Bonnie “Prince” Billy) in an eleven-minute short for Dogfish Head. Vision of a dystopian future in which beer – reduced to its lowest common denominator – is crafted by computer. Dystopian, indeed.
While you’re in Chicago for the Craft Brewers Conference, make sure you try the Chicago-Style Fusion Ale from Lagunitas – available at dozens of Chicago bars during the conference. The folks at Lagunitas collaborated with Chicago area bar owners to create a limited edition beer unique to Chicago to celebrate the conference.
Available at your favorite Chicago bars starting at 4:20pm on April 7th.
via the Chicago Tribune