Chicago Brewseum on Tour: Seattle & Washington State
The Chicago Brewseum, a nonprofit museum project exploring the historical and cultural significance of beer, announces an exciting event series in the greater Seattle area from September 4-8, 2019. Organized in partnership with multiple local breweries, businesses, cultural organizations, and historic sites around Seattle and Washington State, this tour celebrates the Pacific Northwest’s longstanding and storied relationship with beer. “We want to go where these amazing beer stories are,” says Liz Garibay, the Chicago Brewseum’s Executive Director, “there’s compelling history and culture in every pint glass and given Seattle’s deep connection with beer, it was an obvious destination.”
From discussions of hops and glassware to enlightening conversations about beer’s influence on world’s fairs and community growth, this lineup treats beer as more than just a beverage. The Chicago Brewseum and its Washington partners will offer not only their insight but also special release and collaboration brews, local artistry, a look at rare historic artifacts, and even a slice of Chicago-style deep dish pizza.
Here’s the schedule of events:
Wed, 9/4: ‘Brew a Fair’ at Windy City Pie, Seattle (ticketed event)—a casual discussion about beer’s impact on iconic world’s fairs in Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, paired with authentic Chicago-style pizza and a historic Chicago Brewseum collaboration beer brought in from Chicago. Features artifacts on display from multiple fairs, courtesy of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation and private collections (link to event).
Thurs, 9/5: Beer + Glass Opening Reception at Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle (free with registration)—Debut of a new Pilchuck/Chicago Brewseum glass exhibition about the longstanding sensory relationship between beer and glass, featuring interpretations of historic beer glassware styles and bottles by seven expert glass artists. The reception will also host the launch of a limited release hefeweizen by Pike Brewing Company and Chicago’s Forbidden Root Brewery (link to event).
Fri, 9/6: ‘It’s the People!’ Panel Discussion at The Schmidt House, Tumwater (free with registration)—a special panel discussing the brewing industry’s influence on the Chicago and Olympia-Tumwater communities, past and present. Featuring experts from the Chicago Brewseum, Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Oregon State University, and the City of Tumwater as well as a resurrected Olympia Brewing Company lager from Olympia’s Well 80 Brewhouse (link to event).
Sat, 9/7: Beer + Glass: Fieldtrip to Pilchuck Glass School Campus, Stanwood (ticketed event)—a private afternoon tour of Pilchuck Glass School’s beautiful Stanwood campus. Guests will meet in Seattle and take a bus north for a tour of the campus, a beer-centric glass-blowing demonstration, lively discussion with beer author Randy Mosher, as well as (naturally) charcuterie and beer (link to event).
Sat, 9/7: ‘Beside the Bine’ Hop History at The Pine Box, Seattle (free with registration)—a celebration of the communities that have historically influenced the U.S. hop harvest. Featuring experts from the Chicago Brewseum and Oregon State University, this casual discussion will highlight the women, working class, and migrant hop pickers who help give American beer its flavor. Beers commemorating past and present hop cultivators will also be available via the event’s sponsor, Bale Breaker Brewing Company (link to event).
Sun, 9/8: ‘Culture de la Biére’ Day at Métier Brewing Company, Woodinville (partly ticketed event)—a friendly afternoon in Métier’s taproom, including a fun workshop on becoming a Cicerone Certified Craft Beer Server with Jackie Dodd, aka The Beeroness, as well as a panel discussion on inclusivity and African-American brewing throughout U.S. history. For each pint sold, Métier will make a donation to the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (link to event).
About the Chicago Brewseum: The Chicago Brewseum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to show how beer, past and present, is a dynamic cultural force with the power to foster community create change. The Chicago Brewseum explores the local, national, and global histories behind beer and offers that knowledge to communities around Chicago and beyond. The organization recently debuted its first major exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago, with a goal to open an independent museum by 2021. Help build the Chicago Brewseum by clicking the ‘donate’ button on our website and making a tax-deductible contribution.
Company: Chicago Brewseum
Contact: Brian Alberts