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Chicago, that toddling – and tippling – town.  This world-class metropolis has been a malt-loving mecca since its beginnings and much of Chicago’s history is rooted in the story of beer and the immigrant communities who built it. The steady stream of arriving citizens aimed to transform a frontier town into a metropolis, and among them were thousands of German immigrants. They brought with them a new type of beer called lager, which they drank in staggering amounts as part of a boisterous and festive culture. They used beer to help adjust to their new home, but to some Chicagoans it represented a dangerous foreign influence.

Historian and Beer Culture Center Executive Director, Liz Garibay, shares stories of how these immigrants brawled and battled bigots because of beer. And, through these efforts, ultimately shaped and defined Chicago. Liz is joined by Laurin Mack who will share the story of her great great great grandfather, Conrad Seipp, one of Chicago’s most successful 19th century beer barons. You’ll also learn about the new Conrad Seipp Brewing Company all while sipping on their delicious beer.

Beer samples at this event will be for attendees 21 and older.

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