Goose Island Beer Co. is a brewery located in Chicago. The brewery opened its doors in 1988 after John Hall took a life-changing trip to Europe, where he gained an appreciation for local beer as well as a realization that Americans did not have nearly enough options. Hall decided to open Goose Island Brewery and Brewpub on the north side of Chicago, a city classically set up for brewers; with easy and ready access to one of the largest fresh water systems in the world. What started off as a local craft brewery and brewpub in 1988 had, by 1995, become so popular in Chicago that Hall opened a larger brewery and a bottling plant. In 1992, Goose Island introduced their first Bourbon County Stout to mark the anniversary of their 1,000th batch of beer brewed, which made them one of the first breweries in the Midwest to venture into barrel-aged beer.
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company started in May of 2009 with Clark and Barb Lewey after months of dangerous experimental home brewing projects that claimed the Lewey’s garage. As the recipes gained favor with family and friends, they decided to build a small nano-brewery “on the hill” in Decorah, Iowa. Brewing 3 times a day, for almost 2 years on a ½-barrel nano-system, led to a demand that could not be kept up with. When a 10-barrel system lost its home in Washington State, it relocated to NE Iowa and became the workhorse of our brewery. Soon, it too was incapable of keeping up with local demand.
Today, brewing on a new high-quality, 4-vessel, 30-barrel system; and packaging on a new state of the art filling line, the demand still outpaces supply, but not our eagerness! Our brews are distributed throughout NE and central Iowa, and SW Wisconsin. A pleasantly quenching California Common lager, refreshingly clean hop forward ales, bold double IPA’s, barrel and wood aged beers and attention-getting imperial stouts have become the foundation of our quest to make big beers In small batches.
The Chicago Brewseum
The Chicago Brewseum highlights the dynamic culture and innovative history of one of the world’s most vibrant industries. By using stories of the past and tales of the present, the Chicago Brewseum takes a deeper look into one of the oldest beverages and its power to build community and its importance as an ongoing cultural force.
The Field Museum
The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago and has spent more than 120 years in the pursuit of scientific knowledge about the world around us. Making A Beer Run is proud to support The Field Museum's conservation work in the Andes-Amazon.
Earth’s greatest wealth of diversity rests squarely in the American Tropics. The Field Museum's Action Center scientists currently work in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, where they have built a solid network of relationships with government and private organizations.
Their conservation work in the Andes-Amazon puts science into action. We conduct rapid inventories of large wilderness areas,work with local communities to ensure the sustainability of these areas, and provide scientists with the best possible identification tools.