A cold beer on a hot summer day is one of life’s simple pleasures. And it’s why HTH is hosting Summer Swelter on July 22, with local craft breweries, live music, and a market featuring unique handcrafted wares made by local artisans. But our outdoor festival also doubles as a fundraiser for a worthy local cause. This year, our proceeds will benefit programs for veterans and the Conner Lowry Foundation. Lowry was a Beverly native and U.S. Marine who died in combat while serving in Afghanistan. A color guard will perform in his honor when Summer Swelter starts at around 4:30 pm. And all the local breweries pouring with us are donating their suds at the Summer Swelter fundraiser to support the foundation. So let’s hear it for them! We salute our brothers in philanthropic brewing: Blue Island Beer Company and Baderbrau.
Blue Island Beer Company has been brewing craft beer since 2015 in Blue Island’s historic district on Olde Western Avenue, just a few miles south of Horse Thief Hollow. Our own Lizzy Benner at HTH has organized a couple of bike rides between the two breweries, with beer tastings and snacks for the cyclists. Visit BIBC’s charming taproom at 13357 Olde Western Avenue, and check out what’s on tap today.
Baderbrau is a new brewery with a familiar moniker–named for a Czech-style bottled Pilsner that was popular in Chicago during the 1980s and 90s. The brewery opened last year at 2515 South Wabash Avenue, where they have a 4,000-square-foot tap room and kitchen. Here’s what they’re pouring today.