Illinois Craft Beer Week 2023 Plans Emerge

Plans for Illinois Craft Beer Week 2023 are beginning to emerge, and the Guild is switching issues up a bit this 12 months. Not content material to relaxation on final 12 months’s adjustments — transferring Beer Beneath Glass to Union Station — they’ve opted to shut out the week with BUG as an alternative of getting it function a kickoff occasion.

I like the concept of working to the second-best Chicago beer pageant of the 12 months because the climax of the week. In earlier years the week’s occasions have been sandwiched between BUG and one other extra neighborhood-focused pageant (the occasions in Winnemac Park have been superior) however since then the annual celebration of the state’s craft beer producers has been slowly regressing to the imply.

Using the Union Station location for BUG makes it rather more accessible for folk within the ‘burbs to hop a Metra and be a part of the enjoyable without having to drive wherever or hustle for El transfers (although, within the case of the Garfield Park Conservatory, the trek was all the time price it). I hope the VIP ticketholders can battle their manner by way of no matter workplace staff are nonetheless escaping the Loop for house on the 4:30 kickoff hour on Friday, Might twenty sixth.

See beneath for more information on a brand new beer/bourbon pageant, a Day of Giving, a Day of Motion, Small Brewery Sunday, and different efforts arrange by the guild. Obtained any non-guild occasions coming for Illinois Craft Beer Week 2023 that we should always learn about? Ship us an e mail and we’ll attempt to drop them a point out in our weekly beer information e mail. And take a look at all our previous Beer Beneath Glass content material whilst you’re at it.

Press launch follows:

Illinois Craft Beer Week takes flight Might 19-26 with dynamic lineup of festivals, occasions, and alternatives for Illinoisans to expertise and assist Illinois’ craft beer neighborhood 

Signature festivals, fundraisers, and advocacy days are only a few methods Illinois breweries will rejoice with the state’s craft beer fanatics throughout Illinois Craft Beer Week 

CHICAGO, Unwell., March 24, 2023 – The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the nonprofit commerce affiliation representing the state’s craft breweries, immediately introduced Illinois Craft Beer Week will return Might 19-26 with a dynamic lineup of festivals, occasions, and actions to excite and have interaction craft beer fanatics throughout the state!

Hosted yearly in Might, Illinois Craft Beer Week is a celebration of the state’s craft beer neighborhood – the brewers, beertenders, companions, and fanatics whose persistent assist has been instrumental to the business’s development and continued restoration. The theme of Illinois Craft Beer Week this 12 months facilities on the enduring impression Illinois breweries have on their communities, neighborhoods, and nonprofit companions and options distinctive, day by day alternatives for followers to expertise and assist Illinois craft breweries and retailers.

“This 12 months, we have now curated a incredible lineup of signature festivals, occasions, and alternatives to construct assist for our breweries, give again to our communities, and excite our craft beer followers from Chicago to Quincy,” mentioned Ken Henricks, president of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s Board of Administrators. “Illinois Craft Beer Week has all the time been a celebration of what makes our business so particular: our members and the one-of-a-kind craft beer they produce right here in Illinois. We’re excited to rally collectively and to make this week probably the most impactful celebration of Illinois beer but!” 

New this 12 months, Illinois Craft Beer Week kicks off with ‘A Day of Giving’ as greater than 100 Illinois breweries assist the Will County Beer & Bourbon Pageant. Hosted on Saturday, Might 20 by the Will County Habitat for Humanity with assist from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the Will County Beer & Bourbon Pageant is an outside tasting occasion with a whole lot of regionally produced craft beers and bourbons, with all proceeds supporting Veteran Construct packages in communities throughout Will County.

Beer Beneath Glass, the cornerstone pageant and fundraiser, will mark the official shut of Illinois Craft Beer Week for 2023. Hosted on Might 26th the place the State of Illinois meets the Metropolis of Chicago – below the glass at Chicago Union Station’s Nice Corridor – Beer Beneath Glass is a one-of-a-kind night that pairs craft beer samples from greater than 100 Illinois craft breweries with the historical past and architectural marvel of an iconic venue. Gentle refreshments will likely be accessible for buy on the venue. 

Now in its 13th 12 months, Beer Beneath Glass presents attendees the chance to immerse themselves in Illinois’ craft beer scene, mingling with brewers and discovering new craft favorites. The only tasting session runs 5:30 to eight:30 p.m., with one-hour early entry for VIP ticketholders starting at 4:30 p.m. Common admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $60, and present members of the Guild’s fanatic program, ImBIBE, are eligible for a free VIP ticket improve with the acquisition of a common admission ticket. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. CT.

Illinois Craft Beer Week additionally marks the return of the fan-favorite Summer time Passport, a bodily booklet to encourage craft beer followers to discover breweries throughout the state and doc their adventures! From Might 19-August 19, passport holders might gather Visa Stickers at taking part breweries round Illinois; passport holders who gather 50 or extra will likely be eligible for entry right into a raffle for a present card to a taking part brewery. Passports will likely be accessible starting Might 19 at choose breweries and are anticipated to go shortly. Extra info is offered right here.  

Complementing the pageant lineup, the Guild has developed a collection of day by day occasions to construct momentum and assist for craft breweries throughout Illinois Craft Beer Week. Small Brewery Sunday (5/21) will encourage followers to inventory their beer fridges with an additional journey to the brewery, bottle store, or craft beer bar, whereas the Pint Day Fundraiser (5/22) will serve up limited-edition glassware to assist increase cash for the Guild’s mission. A Day of Motion (5/25) will mobilize our craft beer neighborhood as we advocate to modernize Nineteen Thirties liquor legal guidelines that make it more durable for Illinois breweries to open, function, and develop. A full lineup of day by day occasions will be discovered right here

“Illinois Craft Beer Week is a well timed reminder of the deep and abiding impression that Illinois breweries have of their communities,” mentioned Ray Stout, government director for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. “From creating jobs to supporting native organizations and internet hosting fundraisers, craft breweries are so usually cornerstones of their cities and neighborhoods. This week is our probability to flood our breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, and bottle outlets with visits to allow them to proceed brewing and promoting nice beer whereas giving a lot again to their communities.”

For a full lineup of occasions and actions for Illinois Craft Beer Week, please go to and observe alongside at @ILCraftBeerWeek on Fb, Twitter, and Instagram. 


In regards to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (ICBG) is a nonprofit group devoted to supporting the event and enlargement of the craft beer business in Illinois. Based in 1997, ICBG focuses its efforts on member and client schooling, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and the promotion of its member craft breweries. Be taught extra at and observe alongside on Fb (Illinois Craft Brewers Guild), Twitter (@IllinoisBeer), and Instagram (@ILCraftBeer).

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