Beer Under Glass 2014 – A Story of Mud, Cold and Beer

In Event Review by Karl

This is the view that most people will remember from this year’s Beer Under Glass:

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But that doesn’t mean we had a bad time. 

Even before I arrived, the tweets about the turf were flying:

So I was glad I wasn’t wearing my open-toed 6-inch heels. What an embarrassment that would have been. I’ve discussed my basic thoughts about the event over at Time Out Chicago, so allow me to supplement that with the view from my camera.

Behold, Beer Under Glass 2014: The Muddy One.

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A saison through a coffee randall? Sign me up, Middlebrow.

A saison through a coffee randall? Sign me up, Middlebrow. Their Junta collaboration with Transient, a brown sour session ale, was quite nice as well.

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DESTIHL’s wild ale also impressed. We look forward to trying their Black Berliner at this years South of 80.

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This older gentleman, rocking a Three Floyds Dreadnaught hoodie, was perhaps more well prepared than most for the elements.

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Over at the Goose tent, the newly released Madame Rose went pretty fast (as you might imagine). The Endless IPA, also on hand, was…okay.

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*obligatory artsy flower shot*

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A pile of ice. Quite obviously, unused.

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Spiteful brewer Calvin Fredrickson, caught in a brief moment away from the tent. Yes, he is wearing jorts. Yes, he was cold.

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Dont tell the brewers that the longest line wasnt for beer…but for hot fresh donuts.

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You can begin to see just how waterlogged the available lawn area became.

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Not pictured in this image: The feet of Penrose brewer Tom Korder in a couple of inches of mud.

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Unsurprisingly, the 5 Rabbit line for paletas and a chance to bend the ear of Randy Mosher started long and stayed long.

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By nightfall, the interior began to take on a shelter mentality. Huddled masses, yearning to drink beer in a warm environment.

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Karl has written about food, travel and beer for Chicago Magazine, Draft Magazine, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago and more. His book, Beer Lovers Chicago, comes out in early 2017, and if you're buying, he's likely having a porter or a pale ale.