Last week we were excited to attend a charity event for Girls on the Run – Chicago. If you’re unfamiliar with the organization, Girls on the Run is a a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Bethany volunteers on the Associate Board in her spare time, so we attend several fundraisers throughout the year. This one though, I was pretty excited for…
The Chicago brewery scene has been on my must-see list since moving to the city, and I’ve heard great things about Lagunitas. So when I heard about the opportunity to tip back a glass (for charity!), I was in.
The taproom itself is located in Lagunitas’ brewery and production facility on the southwestern side of the city. I didn’t know this at the time, so when I arrived I thought I had the wrong address. Inside the building, there was an attendant that provided directions to get to the taproom, which is through a long hallway on the far side of the building.
The taproom space itself is cool, with lots of seating, an expansive bar, and a stage for a band (more info on the lineup here if you’re a live music fan)… but the coolest part is that you’re overlooking the actual brewery.
There are catwalks just off the taproom that let you walk above the entire brewery and observe the staff brewing, bottling, and packing beer. If you’ve ever done a brewery tour the steps are familiar, but with Lagunitas’ size the process falls on the spectrum of more automated than a microbrew but far more ad-hoc than one of the big national beer companies.
We had a great evening, and really enjoyed wandering around above the production facility while drinking a few of Lagunitas’ beers. Catching up with friends and contributing to a great cause were icing on the cake.
What are your favorite breweries? What’s more important, the atmosphere or the beer?