GLENCOE, Ill. (September 9, 2013) – Come sample regional beers, crafted from hops, grains, fruits, and spices, at the third annual Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013, in McGinley Pavilion.
Guests can taste the fruits of the growing craft beer movement while enjoying a fall evening in the Gardens of the Great Basin. The American craft brewing industry has realized steady and sustained growth, boosting sales by 15 percent in the first half of 2013, according to the Brewers Association, an industry group based in Boulder, Colorado. The 2,538 breweries now operating in the United States make America the world’s most diverse brewing nation.
Autumn Brews celebrates the harvest of crops used to make beer, primarily hops and barley, and sometimes wheat, rice, oats, fruit, honey, and spices. Guests will receive a glass and tasting sheet to guide them through the diverse selection of two-ounce pours from award-winning and historic regional breweries including Argus (IL), Baderbräu Brewing Co. (IL), Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (MI), Berghoff Brewery (IL), Finch’s Beer Co. (IL), Four Horsemen Brewing Co. (IN), Lagunitas Brewing Co. (IL), Lake Bluff Brewery Co. (IL), a gold medal winner in the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championships, and Sprecher Brewery (WI). Light fare and featured beers will be available for purchase.
Advance tickets are now available for sale. Tickets are $25 ($20 for members). Same-day tickets are $28 ($23 for members). Guests must be 21 or older to attend the event. Parking is $25 for nonmembers and free for members. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/beer to purchase tickets. For more information about the event, generously supported by Midtown Athletic Clubs, see our calendar listing or call (847) 835-5440.
Here’s a sneak preview of a few of the offerings:
- The California-based Lagunitas, set to open a brewery in Chicago early next year, plans to serve its Lagunitas IPA, its first seasonal beer initially crafted in 1995. IPAs, or India pale ales, are a best-selling craft beer known for intense hops flavors. The Lagunitas recipe balances hops with malt to leave a hoppy-sweet finish, said Bailey Hamilton, a Chicago rep for the company. Lagunitas will also offer samples of Censored, a malty and deceptively smooth beer, and Imperial Stout, a dark, thick, smoky beer made with highly roasted malted barley.
- Four Horsemen Brewing Co., from South Bend, Indiana, will be pouring two 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship silver medal winners, Leprechaun Lager and English Pale Ale. The lager is brewed using an all-grain process that yields a crisp, refreshing smooth beer. The medium-bodied pale ale offers a mild, earthy maltiness, coupled with a clean light hoppy finish. The Irish Red Ale, a bronze-medal winner in the 2012 championships, is a medium-bodied beer offering a malty undertone and a clean finish of mild hops and sweetness. The Hop Rush IPA is brewed with three varieties of hops giving the ale an aroma of fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit followed by a rush of citrus flavors all balanced by a solid malt foundation.