Josh Noel, beer, spirits and travel writer for the Chicago Tribune, leads a conversation with Goose Island Beer Company general manager Ken Stout, Solemn Oath chief executive officer and president of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild John Barley and Empirical Brewery chief development officer Sumit Mehta about the short history of craft brewing in Chicago and, more importantly, its future. At the helm of large, medium and small breweries, these brewers share a dedication to the industry’s growth, but approach it from very different vantages. Grab a beer and settle in for some unfiltered opinions, insights and predictions on the future of beer.
The Hideout will sell special and rare beers from each brewery:
Goose Island Beer Company: St. Genevieve (Available June 1)
Belgian-Style Wit aged in wine and brandy barrels with oranges, limes, pears, mangoes, pineapple, and blueberry for a flavor profile similar to Sangria.
Solemn Oath Brewery: Pain Cave (Available June 15)
American double IPA — Crisp, citrus hop aroma and firm bitterness balanced by light caramel malt sweetness and medium body. More info: http://solemnoathbrewery.com/beer/pain-cave/
Empirical Brewing: Gamma Ray Ginger (Limited availability)
Check out the video on Empirical Brewery’s website for the uncommon partnership behind Empirical Brewery and Twist Out Cancer: http://www.empiricalbrewery.com/gamma-ray-ginger-wheat
6:00 p.m. – doors
6:30 p.m. – program starts