As part of the Marketing Department, I was asked to accompany other Deschutes Brewery crew members to Chicago for a huge beer launch. This sounded like an exciting adventure so I thought I’d take “the kids” along for some sightseeing since neither Mirror Pond Pale Ale nor Black Butte Porter had been to the windy city before.
Our 1st stop was the Willis Tower formerly known as the Sears Tower. We had heard that this was the highest building in the US with a pinnacle height of 1729 feet though “the kids” refused to believe this and thought that they were just as tall or maybe even taller. After showing them the photo, they agreed that indeed, they were not as tall.
Next, we hit up the famous Chicago Theater built in 1921 and dubbed “The Wonder Theatre of the World.” This was the first truly lavish movie theater in America being seven stories high and can hold a capacity of 3,600 show-goers. Black Butte Porter was interested in seeing a show so I let Mirror Pond Pale Ale take the spotlight and pose for some photos in front of this amazingly beautiful landmark.
It was a gorgeous day so Black Butte Porter decided to go ice skating at Millennium Park so Mirror Pond Pale Ale and I hit up our last stop of the day…Cloud Gate or “The Bean.” “The Bean” is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together and its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. Said to have been inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture’s surface reflects and distorts the city’s skyline making it the perfect spot for photos. We walked around the sculpture in awe and got some great shots.
Our last stop was the Art Institute of Chicago. After viewing some incredible works of art for about 3 hours we decided that our favorite piece was called, “The Drinkers,” painted by Vincent Van Gogh in the year 1891. Black Butte Porter thought the subjects on the canvas were drinking his great great grandfather Porter, but we knew that Black Butte Porter Senior was not around until 1988.
Not only did we have a great day of sightseeing, we had 2 full weeks of over 60 events throughout the state of Illinois. We met great people, enjoyed tasty food & visited amazing bars, restaurants, bottle shops, breweries, liquor stores and grocery stores.
Chicago is our kind of town too and “the kids” have decided to stay awhile. You can find them and other Deschutes Brewery beers with our beer finder tool at: www.deschutesbrewery.com/find.
We thank the craft beer fans and community of Illinois for opening your state to us and don’t worry, we’ll be back…in November!!
– Gina Schauland, Social Media Coordinator