A 2022 Beer Under Glass What-To-Drink Preview

In Events by Karl

Here’s where we’d be heading first at the 2022 Beer Under Glass event at Union Station this Friday.

An interior of Union Station's great hall, where the 2022 beer under glass will be held.
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It’s weirdly ironic that when I search my Google Photos for anything taken at Union Station, for some reason it displays images from previous Beer Under Glass events at the Garfield Observatory. An odd quirk of metadata fate that I’m choosing to believe bodes well for this week’s Illinois Craft Beer Week kickoff event.

The 2022 Beer Under Glass will take place at a new location for the first time in over a decade, with beer drinkers gathering beneath the glass ceiling at Union Station just outside the Chicago Loop. As always, there are an overwhelming number of breweries from around Illinois participating, and there’s no way to try a beer from all of them … so we’re here to lend a hand.

(One immediate recommendation: Having attended events in that hall before, I strongly suggest you bring earplugs. Sound bounces off those hard walls like crazy.)

It’s best to have a gameplan when heading into a major beer festival, so here’s a few thoughts on who to prioritize based on your preferences. Don’t have a ticket? Grab one here. See you out there!

The Newest Breweries:

If you follow the updates in our weekly craft beer news email, you’ll know that there’s been no stopping breweries from opening over the last couple of years. Since this is the first BUG in a while, this might be the first chance you’ll have to try beers from Bubblehouse Brewing, Crust Brewing (aka the new project in the former Rosemont Hofbrauhaus), First Forest (a new brand from the former Blue Nose Brewing), Funkytown, Niteglow or Milk Money.

Where to Find the Hype Lines:

If you’re heading to Beer Under Glass and don’t follow the beer scene quite as closely as well do, you’re probably wondering where the most sought-after beers will be found (which will also be the ones whose kegs kick the quickest). We’d recommend making a bee-line for the beers from Phase Three (and their side brand Lulz), Energy City, Hop Butcher, MORE Brewing and probably Whiskey Hill as well. And if you see barrel-aged stouts from Revolution, Maplewood or Werk Force, you’re gonna want to sample those as well.

Lagers! Lagers! Lagers!

If you’re looking for beers that skew more traditional and take a bit more time to make, Chicago’s never had a wider array of lager-focused breweries. Naturally you’ll want to start at Metropolitan (maybe they’ll be pouring their new Microvolt table lager?) and then stop by to see what Art History and Goldfinger have on tap. Don’t forget to check out the beers Great Central Brewing Company is pouring—their house-brand lagers are reliably excellent as well.

GABF/WBC Medalwinners Galore:

The 2021 Great American Beer Fest was the best year for Illinois breweries in pretty much ever. Good news: nearly every single one of the medal winners is going to be at BUG this year. DESTIHL, Will County Brewing co. and Pollyanna took gold last fall while silvers were awarded to Old Irving, Sew Hop’d, Tribes, and Mickey Finn’s (which also just won a World Beer Cup medal). Round out your sample pours with this year’s bronze medal winners: Alarmist, Goose Island, Tangled Roots, and Crystal Lake Brewing.

Go Beyond the ‘Burbs:

Like most BUGs this is an extremely Chicagoland-centric event. That’s why we always like to take advantage of the opportunity to try beers from brewers downstate. Check out whatever’s pouring from Cypress Grove (Assumption, IL), Door 4 Brewing (Decatur), Keg Grove Brewing Company (Bloomington), Tangled Roots (Ottawa), White Oak Brewing (Normal) and even Brickstone (Bourbonnais) if you haven’t grabbed a pale ale from them lately.

A list of all participating 2022 Beer Under Glass breweries follows:

2 Fools Cider

93 Octane Brewery

Adams Street Brewery

Alarmist Brewing

All Rise Brewing Co

Alter Brewing Company

Alulu Brewpub

Around the Bend

Art History Brewing

Banging Gavel Brews

BBGB Brewery

Begyle Brewing

Black Horizon Brewing Company

Black Lung Brewing

Bold Dog Beer Company

Brickstone Brewery

Brothership Brewing

Bubblehouse Brewing Co

BuckleDown Brewing

Buffalo Creek Brewing

Burning Bush Brewery

Burnt City Brewing

Casa Humilde Cerveceria

Church Street Brewing Company

Corridor Brewery & Provisions

Crushed By Giants Brewing Company

Crust Brewing

Cruz Blanca Brewery

Crystal Lake Brewing

Cypress Grove Brewing

Destihl Brewery

Door 4 Brewing Company

Dry City Brew Works

DryHop Brewers

Dutchbag Brew Co

Elmhurst Brewing Company

Energy City Brewing

ERIS Brewery and Cider house

Evil Horse Brewing Co.

Exit Strategy Brewing Company

First Forest Brewing

Flapjack Brewery

Forbidden Root

Funkytown Brewery

Goldfinger Brewing Company

Goose Island Beer Co.

Great Central Brewing Company

Hailstorm Brewing Company

Half Acre Beer

Hop Butcher For The World

Hopewell Brewing Company

Hopvine Brewing Company

Horse Thief Hollow

Ike & Oak Brewing Co.

Illuminated Brew Works

Imperial Oak Brewing

Keg Grove Brewing Company

Kishwaukee Brewing Co.

Lake Effect Brewing Company

Light the Lamp Brewery

Lil Beaver Brewery

Lo Rez Brewing

LULZ Hard Seltzer

Lunar Brewing Company

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

Marz Community Brewing Co

Metal Monkey Brewing

Metropolitan Brewing

Mickey Finn’s Brewery

Middle Brow

Midwest Coast Brewing

Mikerphone Brewing

Milk Money Brewing

Misbeehavin’ Meads

Miskatonic Brewing Company

Moody Tongue Brewing Company

More Brewing Company

Nik & Ivy Brewing Co.

Niteglow

Noon Whistle Brewing

Obscurity Brewing

Odious Cellars

Old Irving Brewing Co

On Tour Brewing Co.

One Allegiance Brewing

One Lake Brewing

Open Outcry Brewing

Orkenoy

Oswego Brewing Company

Penrose Brewing

Phase Three Brewing

Piece Brewery

Pig Minds Brewing Co.

Pilot Project Brewing

Pipeworks Brewing Co

Pollyanna Brewing Company

Primary Colors Brewing

Rabid Brewing

Ravinia Brewing Company

Revolution Brewing

Riverlands Brewing Company

Roaring Table Brewery

Rock Bottom Brewery

Second City Meadery

Sew Hop’d Brewery

Short Fuse Brewing Company

Side Lot Brewery

Sketchbook Brewing co.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Solemn Oath Brewery

Tangled Roots Brewing Company

Temperance. Beer Company

Tighthead Brewing Company

Tribes Beer Company

Twisted Hippo Brewery

Two Brothers Brewing Company

Two Hound Red Brewing Co.

Urban Brew Labs

Virtue Cider

Werk Force

Whiner Beer Co

Whiskey Hill Brewing Company

White Oak Brewing

Will County Brewing Company

Wolfden Brewing Company

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Karl has written about food, travel and beer for Chicago Magazine, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, AskMen and more. His book, Beer Lovers Chicago, is now available via Amazon and other booksellers.If you're buying, he's likely having a porter or a pale ale.

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