The 3rd Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week (CCBW) ran from May 17th through the 27th, totaling 351 scheduled events, 219 different venues and 195 venues that hosted a featured craft beer. This year’s theme was “Chicago: A City of Neighborhoods.” Our city was divided into nine neighborhoods, including three suburban areas. Our goal was to entice patrons to explore the depth and breadth of local craft beer and honor those who enrich our community of beer lovers.
The CCBW committee provided our city the unique opportunity to explore Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. We gave bars and restaurants alike the creative freedom to develop their own craft beer events. Participating venues were also encouraged to offering special $4 tastings of rare beers. Festivities began on May 17th with the Beer Under Glass (BUG) event at Garfield Park Conservatory and ended with the closing party at Revolution Brewing’s new production facility.
This year’s participation process for both patrons and venues was simplified: Lanyards and maps were available for free at participating venues, and there was no cost for venues to participate in 2012 (registration was required).
With help from our sponsors Louis Glunz Beer Co., Chicago Beverage, Windy City Distribution and River North, we were able to successfully launch CCBW 2012 and support a 10-day celebration of craft beer for all of Chicago to embrace.