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Earth Day 2010 – Where’s Your Beer Brewed?

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?



2010 Symposium Ale

Hop Cast put together a fantastic piece on the making of the 2010 Symposium Ale for the Chicago Craft Brewers Conference. The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild collaborated with area brewers to create this blend of four different beers  – Russian Imperial Stout, Scotch Ale, Barleywine and Imperial IPA.  The four beers were aged in Woodford Reserve barrels before being blended and bottled for the conference.

Making of the Symposium Ale

Brews for History 2010

The Chicago Metro History Education Center is hosting a beer tasting on Wednesday, March 3rd.

Goose Island and Two Brothers will pouring their delicious craft beers for the tasting.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Chicago Metro History Fair (serves 20,000 students and 500 teachers in 200 local Chicago schools).

There will also be a Chicago beer history lecture, door prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets are $40 and they encourage an RSVP.

To register or for more information, visit Brews for History and Chicago History Fair.

Revolution Brewing

Chicago’s newest brewpub is set to open this week in Logan Square. Revolution Brewing joins Metropolitan Brewing, Goose Island, Half Acre and Piece in Chicago’s craft beer family.

The crew at Revolution has survived months of remodeling and presumably years of planning to mold their brewpub to what it is today. If the pictures on their site are any indication, the hard work has really paid off!

The food menu is a step up from the normal Chicago bar fare, with bonus points for rumblings of buying local products and ingredients to use in the kitchen.

But what about the beer?! They’ll be pouring Cross of Gold (American Blonde), Iron Fist Pale Ale, Workingman Mild, and Bottom Up Wit (Belgian style wheat). All four are brewed on-site by Jim Cibak and Josh Deth who have years of experience in the beer making process through gigs at Goose Island, Three Floyd’s and Golden Praire, among others. These guys know their beer.

They haven’t yet opened to the public, but if they deliver on what looks to be good food and great beer, you can bet this place will be thriving by summer.

– RjR