When she worked in downtown Chicago, every Friday night The Local Tourist founder Theresa Carter’s mom would get on the 5:04 Metra train. Over time she got to know others that took the same route, and it’s a tradition for commuters to drink beer on that last ride of the week. Well, her mom and crew came up with the idea to bring a beer every week that started with a different letter of the alphabet. More and more people thought this was such a good idea that they went from needing one six pack to three. This group of ale-lovers even had a web site.
They’ve since disbanded. Her mom no longer works downtown and the others have also gone their separate ways, but the story stuck. In 2009 Theresa shared it with a friend while at the Twisted Spoke, a Chicago bar whose beer list is so comprehensive it seemed like you really could taste beers from A to Z.
Thus, AlphaBeer was born. What began as a diversion on the train has become a series of events that invite craft beer aficionados to learn their A-Beer-C’s in a fun, unconventional tasting format. It’s a three-hour tour of hops and barley and lager and ales, led by an expert who truly appreciates fine beer.
We invite you to visit our Events Calendar to see when our next event is. If you’d like to host one of your own, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org