High on Hops: Chicago Beer Festival


Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History is an impressive venue to visit. The heavily columned exterior guards a wealth of the world’s scientific knowledge that stays with guests long after the daily tours have concluded.

Sue, the 42-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in the Field Museum’s Main Hall, welcomes over two million visitors a year to view the interactive exhibits, research materials and immersive installations on topics ranging from meteorites to biodiversity and to the lives of indigenous peoples.

On March 26, 2016, Sue will also be presiding over the Chicago Beer Festival.

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The development of alcoholic beverages, be it wine, beer, mead, or early in-between concoctions has long been heralded as a defining point in cultural and social evolution. Through that lens, the Field Museum of Natural History is the perfect venue for gathering of like-minded enthusiasts to sample beers from some of the world’s most eclectic and highly regarded breweries.

The festival’s museum takeover begins at 7:00 PM on March 26 and lasts until 11:00 PM. VIP ticket holders get the initial hour to themselves, with first pick of the more limited beers. Ales and lagers from at least seventy different breweries will be poured, including beloved Chicago-area brewers like Vice District Brewing Co, Moody Tongue Brewing Co and Half Acre Brewing Co. Spring seasonal releases promise to highlight the festival’s offerings. Attendees will receive 40 tasting vouchers, which should make for a very fine evening indeed.

The Chicago Beer Festival is an advance ticket only affair and entry cannot be purchased at the door. Buy your ticket online now at the Chicago Beer Festival website.

Photo by Connie Ma – Sue, the world’s largest and most complete dinosaur skeleton. CC BY-SA 2.0