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Prost! Beer Culture and Chicago’s German Immigrants

Thursday, February 21 6 - 8 p.m. Buy Tickets Member: $25 Adult: $35

Historian and Chicago Brewseum founder, Liz Garibay, shares stories of how German immigrants—through industry, craft, innovation and culture—were vital to Chicago’s late 19th-century urban development and to her socio-cultural landscape. Doug Hurst, co-founder and head brewer of Metropolitan Brewing, discusses German-American influences on beer making from the 19th century to today and brings along some beers to try.

Liz Garibay is a Chicago historian and founder of the Chicago Brewseum who has been studying and conducting field research in beer and alcohol history for nearly two decades. She created the Chicago Beer History + Culture Project and acts as an independent curator and consultant with partner institutions, including the Field Museum, Chicago History Museum, Newberry Library, DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center, the Pabst Mansion and many others, to highlight their collections and to preserve, share and promote Chicago’s beer history and culture.

Doug Hurst was once offered the choice between home-brewing a batch of beer and writing a term paper. Nearly 30 years later, he’s considered a pioneer in the Chicago craft beer industry. Metropolitan Brewing’s classically brewed German-style lagers - consistent, reliable, and crowd-pleasing - demonstrate his expertise and dedication to craft beer.


Image above courtesy of Liz Garibay.

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