Celebration of Craft Beer

The beer was flowing like water at Naper Settlements Craft Beer Day. The first part of the liquid history of Naperville events, it celebrated the past and present of Americas favorite beverage.

“It has been around for ages. I think we found a recipe 4,000 or 6,000 years old,” said lead museum educator at the settlement Cindy Lackore. “Hopefully visitors have fun, but also learn a little something.”

Beer has been around for thousands of years, but the art of brewing craft beer is relatively new. Craft beer is brewed with an emphasis on enhancing flavor rather than lightening it. Brewing craft beer has become so popular that over 95 percent of breweries in the U.S. are small craft breweries.

“A lot of people are into brewing beer at home,” said event organizer John Schamberger. ” All these people started by brewing in their basement and then all of a sudden it just became a business.”

Visitors to the event were treated to beers from eight different craft beer breweries including Summit, Rogue, and Bridgeport. An American craft brewer is defined by being small, independent, and traditional. Instead of trying to make large amounts of beer, the craft brewer spends their time trying to make each and every new batch of beer unique.

“Beer is as interesting and as in depth as wine is and I think that’s what people are starting to realize,” said Jeff Marshall of Gambrinus Company. “Beer is not really about quantity anymore, it’s about quality.”

Brews of all types were served at different buildings throughout the settlement such as the schoolhouse, log house, and blacksmiths. Each sample station also included a different food item to compliment the beverages.

“One beer goes with one food, and another beer goes with another food,” said visitor to the event Sue Schemmer. “I think that is the neat thing about beers.”

The food was a great addition to the evening, but this event was all about the beer.

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