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Beer Under Glass- Opening Ceremonies of Chicago Craft Beer Week at Garfield Park Conservatory

Beer Under Glass- Opening Ceremonies of Chicago Craft Beer Week at Garfield Park Conservatory

 

It’s no secret that this is one of our all time favorite events. Beer Under Glass ranked number 2 last year on our 12 most awesome of 2012 list. BUG is the only time all year that we get to venture to the west side of Chicago for a major festival. Did we mention that it’s the Opening Ceremony of Chicago Craft Beer Week? For me more than anything in this cold weather town that we live, Beer Under Glass represents that time of year where my city come alive! This year’s celebration featured 54 breweries and 8 food vendors. The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild always does a good job of not overselling events, this year was no exception.

In addition to the breweries we have come to expect at these events, we were able to enjoy several breweries making their Beer Under Glass debut. 18th Street, Ale Syndicate, Baderbrau, Triptych, 4 Paws, Church Street and one of STL’s Finest – Perennial Artisan Ales just to name a few. Many people don’t know that the man behind Perennial – Phil Wymore is part of the Goose Island lineage. He is also responsible for the recipes of Madame Rose (Goose) and Big Hugs (Half Acre).

Beer Under Glass kicks off the 11 days of citywide civic pride known as Chicago Craft Beer Week. This town has so many stories to tell. In many ways it is a living, breathing museum that we are constantly rediscovering. For most of us craft beer is not just what we drink, it’s who we are..it’s a way of life. We are a collection of brewers, entrepreneurs, artists, historians, change agents…and beer geeks. This event is not just us converting a national landmark into the city’s largest beer garden for one night. It is also us celebrating all the we are and welcoming the coming of Spring under a classic backdrop.

 

 

casks and beards

casks and beards

 

Art

Art

 

America's Finest Pilsner - Baderbrau

America’s Finest Pilsner – Baderbrau

 

one of the largest most stunning conservatories in the nation

one of the largest most stunning conservatories in the nation

 

John J. Hall and Randy Mosher of 5Rabbit Cerveceria

John J. Hall and Randy Mosher of 5Rabbit Cerveceria

 

the ladies of Chicago Festiv-ale w Spiteful Brewing and CBG Nik

the ladies of Chicago Festiv-ale w Spiteful Brewing and CBG Nik

The Goose Island Beer Company

The Goose Island Beer Company

 

 

Lake Effect Brewing, Jefferson Park, Chicago

Lake Effect Brewing, Jefferson Park, Chicago

 

over 1500 attendees under 7 different climates

over 1500 attendees under 7 different climates

 

dont be suprised if you see Jarrett Payton headlining our Bears Bash Event series this fall

don’t be surprised if you see Jarrett Payton headlining our Bears Bash Event series this fall

 

 

 

Early Burd Brewing Company

Early Burd Brewing Company

Desert House

Desert House

 

 

Bluestone Terrace

Bluestone Terrace

 

steps from the Destihl booth

steps from the Destihl booth

 

a classic backdrop

a classic backdrop

 

 

 

the night ended with us at the Haymarket booth enjoying Acrimonious for what ended up being like 30 mins.. Matt Arata (Beer Download), Kent Weber (BeerFX), Mark Skala (Skalawag Productions) Darien Kruss, Steve Mastny (Beer Download) Ashley Knapp and Tasha from @metacookbook

the night ended with us at the Haymarket booth enjoying Acrimonious for what ended up being like 30 mins.. Matt Arata (Beer Download), Kent Weber (BeerFX), Mark Skala (Skalawag Productions) Darien Kruss, Steve Mastny (Beer Download) Ashley Knapp and Natasha from @metacookbook

 

 

*photos courtesy of Joseph Harvey

 

 

 

nkosio

Beverage Consultant, Host of the Chicago Brew Bus, Co-Host of the Chicago Beer Pass Podcast, Co-Founder and heartbeat of the Chicago Beer Geeks..@nkosio on twitter

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