I stopped by the Field Museum in Chicago a few weeks ago, and had a chance to check out the Field Brewseum exhibit. I didn't have a chance to try the dinosaur themed beers at the museum cafe unfortunately.Highlights
- Exhibit is in a room that's ~15x20'
- Focuses on social effects, mostly influx of German & Irish immigrants into Chicago
- Covers anti-immigrant sentiment leading up to 1855 Lager riots
- Covers the late 19th century, ending with the Worlds Fair
- Information on the brewing process is pretty limited
- Not a lot about actual breweries in Chicago, but there are some cool relics such as the participation medals for Schlitz & Pabst for Worlds Fair
It's a cool exhibit, Randy Mosher, Siebel, and a handful of others contributed but it's pretty small. It's also a bit out of the way-it's tucked back by the lions of Tsavo in the back of the African animal exhibit. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to check it out, but the new Evolution exhibit (Featuring Sue the T Rex) is pretty amazing. It's definitely worth checking out if you're already planning a trip. Another top tip-if you have a membership with your local museum, you might be able to get in for free. A ton of museums have reciprocity agreements, it's a great way to save the $24 museum entry fee.